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Action Alerts

Donate to the Seattle Fur Exchange Activists!

Help support your fellow activists!

The Seattle and Portland Animal Defense Leagues have considerable costs to cover stemming from this past weekend’s activities to Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange!  In addition to court costs, they also need to pay for such mundane things as copying fliers, gas, sign making materials, and the like.
Any amount helps!

The Portland Animal Defense League has set up a PayPal account you can access here:

Action Alerts

Call-ins and Emails to the Seattle Fur Exchange!
Please contact American Legend Cooperative (aka Seattle Fur Exchange) and let them know how you feel about the business they conduct and the horrors of the fur industry

American Legend General Contacts:

Phone Numbers:
1(800)551-3906 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1(800)551-3906 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
1(425)251-3200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1(425)251-3200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
1(425)251-3100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1(425)251-3100 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Fax:
1(425)251-3222
1(425)656-0244

Executives and Important Contact Emails:

*THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT!!!*–>*SUPPORT*:  support@americanlegend.com

CEO and President of American Legend: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- (503)816-6132 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (503)816-6132 end_of_the_skype_highlighting jmorelli@americanlegend.com

Trustee: William Kenney-  wmkenney@americanlegend.com

Vice President: Kurt Essman-  kessman@americanlegend.com

Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen-  dtheisen@americanlegend.com

Director of Finance and Administration: David Larsen-

dlarsen@americanlegend.com

Graphic Designer: Sandra Wallace-  swallace@americanlegend.com

Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr-  dkerr@americanlegend.com

General Manager: Carol Frank-  cfrank@americanlegend.com

Director-Finance: Anne Daffern-  adaffern@gmail.com

Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon-  rdixon@americanlegend.com

Director- IT: Scott Wolfe-  swolfe@americanlegend.com

Sandra Wallace, Graphic Designer, has these websites:

faithmariedesign.com, artfortytwo.org, sandrafmw.blogspot.com

Important Facebook Accounts:

Joe Morelli, CEO-  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091117418

Carol Stone Frank-  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005334784

Sandra Wallace-  http://www.facebook.com/s.Faithmarie

Help Stop the Brutal Practice of Penning Coyotes and Foxes in Indiana
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a proposed rule to legalize the practice of coyote/fox “penning” year-round. Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. Penning enthusiasts claim the activity trains the dogs to better pursue and hunt foxes and coyotes in the wild.
Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. It is considered a good way to “train” dogs to hunt.
ACTION Comments are needed by May 18, 2011!

Contact the Governor to prohibit the practice of coyote/fox penning statewide.
Governor Mitch Daniels
Office of the Governor
Statehouse
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
phone             (317) 232-4567 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (317) 232-4567 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
online contact form:  http://www.in.gov/gov/2631.htm

AND

Tell the Indiana Natural Resources Commission that it should main its prior position and NOT allow penning. Submit comments to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission in opposition to the proposed rules.
To submit a comment online – http://www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm
Select the “Coyote/Fox – Dog Training Grounds” rule
Click on “Comment on this rule”
Enter the required information in the boxes provided
Politely express your concerns about this issue and that the inherent cruelty and abuse associated with coyote/fox penning cannot be remedied through rules (see sample letter and suggested talking points here)

OR write to

Indiana NRC – Division of Hearings
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Action Alerts

Help End Animals’ Show Business “Careers”
Video released May 7, 2011, by Animal Defenders International shows the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants, being beaten and electric-shocked during training.
What You Can Do
* Please contact ADI today and find out how you can speak up for Tai and all animals being abused in the entertainment industry. If you live in the UK, please contact info@ad-international.org and/or if you live in the U.S. please contact usa@ad-international.org and ask for a Water for Elephants Letter Writing Pack.
* Boycott this film and tell your family and friends to take a stand against animal cruelty by only supporting films without animal actors.
* Leaflet moviegoers at a theater near you to educate them about the abuse of Tai and other performing animals. Contact ADI to order leaflets.
* Contact your local theater with a copy of the DVD we can provide you, and politely ask them to make the right choice and stop showing the film.
* Contact ADI for a letter writing pack with sample letters to Water for Elephants actors and movie makers, and sample letters to the editor to help you raise your voice for Tai and the other animals abused for entertainment.
* Write a letter to your local paper about Tai’s abuse and educate the public that animal suffering is never romantic and it is never entertainment. (Sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Contact the Director and Producer and politely ask that they make Water for Elephants the last film they will use live animal actors. (Contacts and sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Share the link to the video on your Facebook and other social networking sites, to spread the word to family and friends.

Take Action (Yes, Again) To End the Taiji Slaughter
ACTION
Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales. Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.  The government of Japan should immediately pass laws to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales in their waters. By doing so, they would be sending the world a message of compassion.

PLEASE keep in mind that most Japanese do NOT know about the slaughters in Taiji.

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
phone (202) 238-6700
fax (202) 328-2187

Email: Japan Information and Culture Center
jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp


Atrazine – Let’s Get It Banned

Atrazine is one of the world’s most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide turns male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion.  Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can’t be good for humans either. That’s likely why the European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004.  Tell the EPA to BAN ATRAZINE IMMEDIATELY! Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in rainwater, groundwater and tap water in the USA.   It kills ANIMALS…which includes humans.

Make direct contact:

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
email  jackson.lisap@epa.gov

Action Alerts

Tell Woodsky’s Cruelty is not entertainment
Woodskys – a new bar in Fremont proudly holds goldfish races to entertain their drunk patrons.  During, before and after these races many of the goldfish die.  To make matters worse, the fish are kept in a small dirty tank when they are not being shot through a plastic tube by people who think sending small fish forcefully through a tube is fun.
Give Woodskys a call and let them know how you feel about their engaging in animal abuse
206-547-9662
(they are open 4pm-2am, so you will only get an answer if you call during those hours.)

They also have a Yelp page
http://www.yelp.com/biz/woodskys-seattle
Woodskys also has a Facebook page on which they have been proudly advertising their goldfish races. Please post your thoughts on their Wall

Speak Out Against Bills That Hide Truths About Factory Farming
Bills that could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms are currently making their way through the Minnesota, Florida, and Iowa legislatures. Tell the governors of Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota to veto any of these bills that reach their desks.
Even if you live outside Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota, your voice is still needed. The meat from slaughtered animals crosses state lines, and the governments in these states need to hear from consumers across the country who care about the way animals killed for food are treated.

Make direct contact:

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
1007 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
phone (515) 281-5211
email – info@terrybranstad.com

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
phone (651) 201-3400
fax (651) 797-1850

Florida Governor Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
phone (850) 488-7146
fax (850) 487-0801 (fax)

New Day Northwest’s best & worst show
King 5’s New Day NW today featured a segment on the problems with the exotic animal trade (http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Deadliest-Pets-120782014.html), for which they should be thanked, but then they followed it up with a story on bull riding (http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Professional-Bull-Rider-Shane-Proctor-120787059.html). Unfortunately, like many people, they just don’t get it! It’s classic speciesism on daytime TV: cute or wild animals deserve protection while other animals are here for our entertainment. According to a reply from New Day NW Executive Producer Lindsay Johnson, she has “never seen people who treat animals with more respect than people whose livelihoods depend on them.” It is absurd to think that because one makes money off of animal exploitation they would treat the animals well; it is also simply not true. Animals buck because they do not want to be ridden. Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. Before entering the ring, cows and horses are often prodded with an electrical “hotshot” so that the pain will rile them. The flank (or “bucking”) strap is tightly cinched around the animals’ abdomens, causing them to buck vigorously in an attempt to escape the pain. The animals are transported around the country, made into spectacles, and put in harm’s way. This is not showing respect; it is pure exploitation and cruelty.

Please write to New Day NW. Thank them for addressing the many problems with the exotic animal trade and express your disappointment in their choice to follow it with a segment promoting animal cruelty. Let them know that rodeos and bull riding events are no fun for the animals and that all animals deserve protection, not just exotic ones: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/about/89296437.html

Please also contact King 5 Programming, as comments to New Day NW may fall on deaf ears: http://www.king5.com/on-tv/contact/62984757.html

Ask the Point Defiance Zoo to Close Elephant Exhibit
Closing the elephant exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is within sight but what about the two elephants living there?  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA) is holding a public comment meeting to discuss their 10-year plan which includes closing their tiny elephant exhibit – but not until poor Hanako and Suki die.  WHY WAIT for them to die? Why force them to continue to live in this physically and psychologically harmful environment?
Please write to the PDZ and ask that the humane decision be made.
Ask for Hanako and Suki to be retired to an elephant sanctuary.
Email the zoo at:  strategicplan@pdza.org
Or snail mail:
Attention Strategic Plan,
5400 North Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407
You can also join their facebook page and leave comments supporting the end to the elephant exhibit. https://www.facebook.com/PtDefianceZoo

Earth to EPA:  Bees Need Help Now
Tell the EPA to seriously restrict and/or refuse new uses for three particularly suspect neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, thiomethoxam and clothianidin. These pesticides are known to be particularly toxic to honey bees, persist for years in the soil and because they are applied as seed treatments on everything from corn and canola to almonds and pome fruits, chronic exposure in the field is difficult if not impossible to control.
Contact
Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
email jackson.lisap@epa.gov

Tell Edmonds Rotary:  Fishing Is Not Kids’ Entertainment
Call or write The Rotary Club of Edmond, Washington, and politely ask that they stop promoting or working with anyone who promotes the killing of and cruelty towards animals. Let them know that it is not acceptable to encourage children (or anyone) to kill or be cruel to fish or any other animals.
The Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival has partnered with the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery and will be providing a shuttle bus from the festival to the hatchery, where kids under 12 can hook the animals and then have them killed and gutted for free.
Fish are not swimming vegetables; they are animals with developed nervous systems and brains capable of processing pain and fear. Author of the 2010 book Do Fish Feel Pain? and Penn State professor Victoria Braithwaite says, “We now know that fish actually are cognitively more competent than we thought before—some species of fish have very sophisticated forms of cognition…In our experiments we showed that if we hurt fish, they react, and then if we give them pain relief, they change their behavior, strongly indicating that they feel pain.”

The Rotary Club of Edmonds
PO Box 115
Edmonds, WA 98020
phone (425) 771-1744
To call or email the Club Leadership click here

Action Alerts

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

Tell your Federal legislators to support an end to biomedical research on chimpanzees and ask that they cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810).

Because this is a new bill and new number, even if you previously signed a letter in support of ending chimpanzee research, it is vital that you PLEASE sign again.

Make direct contact:

Contact your U.S. Representative
Contact your U.S. Senators

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please show your support of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research by signing on as a cosponsor.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to prohibit:
* invasive research on great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons)
* the funding of such research both within and outside of the U.S.
* the transport of great apes for such research; or
* the breeding of great apes for such research;

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to require
* the permanent retirement of all federally-owned great apes


Free Tony the Tiger From Truckstop Prison

Tell the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to follow the regulations already set by the State of Louisiana to protect members of the public and tigers such as Tony by revoking Sandlin’s permit immediately.
On April 11, 2011, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.

Make direct contact:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70808
P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
phone (225) 765-2800
online contact form

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) has been re-introduced in the 112th Congress. This bill will end the use of chimpanzees for invasive research procedures, shut down federal breeding programs, and release federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent homes in sanctuaries.

The United States is the last country to use chimpanzees in large-scale invasive experiments, and while chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, there is still enough substantial differences in physiology, genetics, and susceptibility to diseases to make them poor models in research. Millions of dollars wasted and decades of research with inconclusive results have shown that the use of chimpanzees has not provided any advancement towards cures that human-based research has provided. There are over 500 chimpanzees that are federally owned, and by releasing them to sanctuaries, the Great Ape Protection Act will save taxpayers $20-25 million annually.

The bill has the leadership of Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) as well as 42 cosponsors already signed on in the U.S. House, and Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the U.S. Senate.

Please take a moment and send an automated letter to your Senators and your House Representative to encourage them to support an end to the confinement and suffering of chimpanzees being used in experiments. The letter is programmed to be directed to your legislators that represent you in your area, and has the option of using a pre-written request or one that you’ve written. Encourage others you know to sign on as well. Thank you.

cross-posted to UW Kills Animals.com

Action Alerts

Protect Egg-laying Hens from Cruelty – ask your Representative to Vote NO on HB1813
Millions of egg-laying hens in Washington’s egg industry are confined in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings. A dangerous bill to codify inhumane industry standards for egg-laying hens in Washington (SSB 5487) has passed the Washington state Senate and will be receiving a vote on the House floor soon. SSB 5487 will codify animal cruelty by keeping hens in cages and not do anything to move Washington toward real industry reform.

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative, and urge opposition to HB1813. Look up your state legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent and I urge you to oppose HB1813, which codifies cruel and inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens in Washington.”

Ask The NIH – When Will You Stop Testing On Animals?
Please contact the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, urging him to create a strategic plan to end the use of animals in scientific research. Although Congress ordered the NIH to move towards non-animal methods almost twenty years ago, the NIH has given lip service to these methods with little meaningful progress. That’s why we are asking for an agency-wide policy that takes concrete actions to significantly reduce the number of animals in labs each year – eventually bringing that number to zero.

Make direct contact:

Dr. Francis Collins”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
email NIHinfo@od.nih.gov
phone (301) 496-4000

Ask Your U.S. Representative to Become a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act
Each year in Department of Defense (DOD) courses, more than 6,000 pigs and goats are wounded and killed in combat trauma training courses. In these courses, military trainees practice medical procedures on anesthetized animals. At the end of each course, the animals are killed.
The DOD has defended this practice despite the overwhelming evidence that a transition to human-based alternatives would provide a better educational experience for our service members. These medical procedures are taught in the civilian world almost exclusively without the use of live animals.

Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act which would end the use of live animals in military weapons trainings.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Action Alerts

URGENT! Tell your Representatives to Vote NO on Cougar Hound Hunting Today
Your action is needed today to stop SSB 5356 in the Washington State House of Representatives. This bill would grant the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) full authority to extend hound hunting of cougars to sport hunters for another five years in designated counties. Although WDFW presents SSB 5356 as a conservation bill that also protects public safety, it’s really a bill which goes directly against the will of the voters and is driven by misinformation and weak science.
The companion version of this bill (HB 1124) was successfully stopped. We now need your help to stop SSB 5356 from passing!
Please take 5 minutes today to tell your representatives you oppose SSB 5356:
1. Enter your address to identify your district and representatives.
2. Call/ e-mail (or both) your representatives urging them to vote NO on SSB 5356, allowing the hunting of cougars using dogs, on the full House floor.

HELPFUL HINTS: Calling is fast, easy and very impactful. Legislative staff will take your call. Follow up with a polite e-mail to thank them, and to solidify your action. To avoid forms, use the legislator e-mail directory.


GoDaddy.com CEO Kills Wild Elephants – Take Action
Bob Parsons, CEO of the internet domain hosting company Go Daddy, posted a video blog that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe. This is not the first time he has publicly bragged about killing elephants and other hunting activities.
Parsons says he’s not ashamed of his reprehensible action, claiming to be helping villagers whose crops were trampled. But his lame excuse doesn’t hold water. Parsons is just another trophy hunter looking to justify murdering an innocent animal.
For more information and to see what you can do, check out IDA’s Action Alert
to contact GoDaddy directly call  480-505-8821.

Tell Congress to Pass Legislation that Eliminates Random Source Class B Dealers
Please contact your Federal representatives NOW to encourage passage of this legislation. B Dealers are licensed by the U.S. government to sell animals to research facilities with NO restrictions or regulations on where they “obtained” the animals, many of whom are companion animals either stolen from neighborhoods or bought from some dog/cat breeders.

ACTION
Tell your Senators and Representative to support Rep. Doyle and Sen. Akaka’s re-introduction of the Pet Safety and Protection Act, and do everything they can to see that it is passed without delay. This Act would ban random source Class B animal dealers who sell dogs and cats to vivisectors. Congress needs to shut down the shady business that sells former companion dogs and cats to research facilities.

Make direct contact:

Contact your U.S. Representative
Contact your U.S. Senators

Action Alerts

Take Action to Help Ailing Elephants Now
Help spare Karen, Nicole, Bonnie, and Minyak from additional suffering by politely urging Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to immediately seize these ailing elephants before it’s too late—foot disorders and arthritis are the leading causes of euthanasia in captive elephants.

Make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
email agsec@usda.gov

for more information check out this link

Encourage Meaningful Sentences In Dogfighting Case
Please send letters in care of Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck, encouraging Judge Rosier to hand down aggressive and meaningful sentences which clearly reflect the Court’s recognition of the cruel violence and attendant criminal activities which dogfighting inflicts on communities.

Make direct contact:

The Honorable Phyllis M. Rosier
8th Judicial Circuit
c/o Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck
339 East Macclenny Avenue
Macclenny FL 32063
phone (904) 259-0216
email  pmr@circuit8.org

For more information on this Alert see – ALDF

Protect National Forests And Wildlife Habitat
In an outrageous move, the Obama administration has proposed setting aside vital protections for the forest homes of lynx and other imperiled wildlife in our national forests that have existed since Ronald Reagan was president.
These magnificent landscapes support diverse ecosystems and an incredible array of fish, wildlife and plants including lynx, antelope, bison, bighorn sheep, elk and cutthroat trout. In all, our national forests provide habitat for more than 5,000 species of fish and wildlife and more than 10,000 plant species.
Check out IDA’s Action Alert and send a message to President Obama

Submit Comments On BLM’s “New” Strategy For Wild Horses & Burros
On February 28, 2011, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its “Proposed Strategy for Future Management of Wild Horses and Burros.” Although the plan offers some encouraging language about new BLM photodirections, it continues the agency’s business-as-usual approach to wild horse management with the proposed removal of 32,800 mustangs from the range over the next five years, increasing the population in holding to nearly 52,000 horses.
Now is the time to build a strong public record in support of REAL change for this broken federal program. Let’s secure a safe future for America’s treasured wild horses and burros –
Contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Comments on Strategy via IDA’s Action Alert

Disaster Preparedness

In light of the recent catastrophic events in Japan, it is a poignant reminder to all of us to prepare for disasters, no matter what form it takes. Here in the Pacific Northwest region, we are at risk for earthquake activity, owing to the many fault lines that run along the Pacific coastline, as well as effects of tsunamis. Many low-lying areas are also prone to flooding, and tornadoes, while rare in this region, are not out of the question.

After being lucky enough to survive an initial disaster, the infrastructure we depend on may not be functional; there may no longer be access to food or running water, electricity or shelter, so planning ahead for such contingencies increases your chance of surviving for a period of time in case rescue crews or relief supplies are not able to reach you for a few days. Especially after a substantially destructive event with widespread damage, help may not come for some time, so it is best to plan ahead; imagine taking a camping trip for a week and you’ll get some idea of what you’ll need. Speaking of camping, many of us in this region do so, so there is the added advantage of having those supplies and gear at our disposal. Failing that, you can compile such items now and it will serve the dual purpose of being available for that trip you’ve been wanting to take in the mountains.

It will take some time and money to compile these kits, but it is important to start now and add to it as time and money allows; every little bit you add will greatly improve your situation later should the unthinkable happen. We recommend compiling one go-kit for each member of your household, including special items for your companion animal(s), and stowing camping gear in your available vehicles. There are special items you can compile for the home, but be aware that after a flood, earthquake, or tornado, your residence may be compromised enough to be unsafe for habitation, if it is left standing at all.

Vegans will have to ensure that there is enough food stocked up and packed away. Relief supplies, once they come, may not be all vegan, so having enough food for at least 7 days is recommended. Energy bars are convenient, especially in the Go-Kits, but they are expensive. Better to stock up at home on canned soups, beans and vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, and avoid foods like rice, noodles, and instant mixes as they require heat and a lot of precious water to prepare. There are now available quite a few packaged vacuum-sealed meals (usually Indian or Thai curries) that are vegan.

Another consideration for vegans is the inclusion of first-aid kits. There are many pre-packaged first-aid kits on the market, but many of them have products either with animal ingredients or are manufactured by companies that conduct testing on animals. It is better to make your own, using items from safe manufacturers. A list of recommended items are below.

Discuss an evacuation plan with all members of your household and how to notify each other in case of separation. Note that phone and internet communication networks may either be inoperable or overloaded, but establish an out-of-town/state contact person that each person can check in with, or use the same social networking sites. Discuss alternate meet-up places. If you have children, make sure they know their basic personal information should they get separated, know alternate contacts and meeting sites, and role-play with them on what to do and where to go as well as how to get hold of 911 and other contacts.

Your companion animals need special attention and planning. Make sure any licenses are current, and each animal has an ID tag. Consider micro-chips. Keep an updated list of trusted neighbors who could assist your companion animals in case of an emergency. Make sure they are comfortable being inside carriers. Fasten down aquariums and other cages to their tables to prevent them from tipping over. If you evacuate, locate all your animals and keep them with you. Be aware that shelters will only allow service animals. In a large-scale disaster, animal shelters will be set up when possible.

If there is absolutely no way to take your companion animals with you, inform animal rescue workers of your pets’ status: On your front door or in a highly visible window, use chalk, paint or marker to write the number and types of pets in your residence. Include their location in your home and the date that you evacuated. Leave plenty of water in a large, open container that cannot be tipped over. Leave plenty of food in timed feeders to prevent your pet from overeating. Absolutely do *not* tie up your pet in your home. The first chance you can get communications, find out who among neighbors, friends, or rescue workers can get to your place.

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is never as critical to follow as preparing for a disaster. It is worth it to start now, and even if you cannot afford to get everything at this point get what you can, and continue to build upon your kits, because every little bit will prove to be invaluable should the unexpected happen. And especially for those of us who have others who depend on us, like companion animals, and those who are living as vegans, it is important to place extra consideration to ensure that as many living beings survive as possible.

FIRST-AID KIT (in a small plastic container)

    + First-aid manual
    + Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
    + Adhesive tape
    + Adhesive bandages in several sizes
    + Elastic bandage
    + A splint
    + Antiseptic wipes
    + Soap
    + Antibiotic ointment
    + Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
    + Cold packs/Heat packs (wrap in towel prior to use)
    + Tweezers
    + Sharp scissors
    + Safety pins
    + Disposable gloves

GO-KIT (in a backpack)

    + LED-flashlight
    + Dust-mask
    + First-aid kit (as noted above)
    + Bottled water
    + Dried food like soy jerkies, energy bars, dried fruit, granola, etc.
    + Permanent marker, paper, tape to leave behind notes
    + Whistle
    + Flare or warning light to signal planes/helicopters
    + Multi-tool knife
    + Matches in waterproof container or cigarette lighter
    + Rain poncho
    + Warm hat/gloves
    + Sturdy shoes
    + A change of clothes
    + Emergency Mylar blanket (aka thermal blanket, Space Blanket, first-aid blanket)
    + Extra glasses, contact cases, contact solutions, other vital personal items
    + Prescription medication
    + Travel-size toothpaste and toothbrush
    + Photos of family members/companion animals for ID purposes
    + Copy of health insurance and identification cards
    + List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
    + Extra keys
    + Emergency cash in small denominations

COMPANION-ANIMAL GO-KIT (in a shoulder bag)

    + Carrier with blanket (Store with bag)
    + Sturdy leashes and muzzles for dogs.
    + Food, potable water and medicine/supplements for at least one week
    + Non-spill bowls, manual can opener (if using canned food)
    + Plastic bags for sanitation
    + Recent photo of each pet
    + Names and phone numbers of your emergency contact, emergency veterinary hospitals and animal shelters
    + Copy of your pet’s vaccination history and any medical problems
    + Favorite toy
    + A pillowcase may be a good emergency transport for cats and other small animals

HOME KIT (in large plastic tub)

    + Water*
    + Food (as noted above)
    + Manual can-opener
    + First-aid kit (as noted above)
    + Crowbar
    + Dust-masks
    + Non-leather heavy-duty work gloves
    + Hand-powered radio
    + Flashlight/batteries
    + Plastic sheeting/duct-tape to cover up broken windows
    + Bucket/heavy plastic bags for sanitation (toilets may not function)
    + Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
    + Rope/twine
    + Plastic tarps
    + A copy of important documents & phone numbers
    + Tools; hammer, nails, staple gun, hacksaw/pruning saw
    + For children provide comfort food and treats, and games

It would be a good idea to store a crowbar, dust-mask, sturdy shoes, flashlight, and glasses next to your bed

CAR KIT (to supplement Go-Kit)

    + Water*
    + Food (as noted above)
    + Sleeping bag(s)
    + Tent
    + Camping mess kit (forks, spoons, knives, metal pots/cups/plates)
    + Camp stove, or matches/cigarette lighter for building camp-fires
    + Extra blankets
    + Flashlight/batteries
    + First-aid kit (as noted above)
    + Emergency road-side kit (usually includes flares and tools)
    + In-car chargers for cell-phones and other communication devices
    + CB Radio
    + Change of clothes
    + Warm hat/gloves

*A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT WATER:
In a disaster, water supplies may be cut off or contaminated. Store enough water for everyone in your family to last for at least 3 days.
Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Three gallons per person per day will give you enough to drink and for limited cooking and personal hygiene. Remember to plan for your companion animals.
If you store tap water:
Tap water from a municipal water system can be safely stored without additional treatment.
Store water in food grade plastic containers, such as clean 2-liter soft drink bottles. Heavy duty, reusable plastic water containers are also available at sporting goods stores. Empty milk bottles are not recommended because their lids do not seal well and bottles may develop leaks. Label and store in a cool, dark place. Replace water at least once every six months.
If you buy commercially bottled “spring” or “drinking” water:
Keep water in its original container, and don’t re-store a bottle once it’s been opened. Store in a cool, dark place. If bottles are not marked with the manufacturer’s expiration date, label with the date and replace bottles at least once per year.
Treating Water after Disaster:
If you run out of stored drinking water, strain and treat water from your water heater or the toilet reservoir tank (except if you use toilet tank cleaners). Swimming pool or spa water should not be consumed but you can use it for flushing toilets or washing.
Treatment Process:
Strain any large particles of dirt by pouring the water through layers of paper towels or clean cloth. Next, purify the water one of two ways:
Boil – bring to a rolling boil and maintain for 3-5 minutes. After the water cools, pour it back and forth between two clean containers to add back oxygen; this will improve its taste.
Disinfect – If the water is clear, add 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water. If it is cloudy, add 16 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per gallon. Make sure you are using regular bleach— 5.25% percent sodium hypochlorite— rather than the “ultra” or “color safe” bleaches. Shake or stir, then let stand 30 minutes. A slight chlorine taste and smell is normal.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT EARTHQUAKES:
In an earthquake, since it happens suddenly and without warning, it is important to know what to do. It is a myth that the safest place is under a doorway; in modern structures, the doorway is no stronger than the rest of the building–in fact, you’re likely to get injured from doors swinging wildly, and if it’s a public building, people may shove past you to hurry through. Instead, drop, get under cover, and hold on. Many people make the mistake of standing, running, or trying to keep furniture from falling over—all major earthquake no-nos. When an earthquake strikes, don’t run or try to escape. Search for cover as close to you as possible; if you’re in bed, stay curled up and protect your head with a pillow. If you’re driving, pull over to the side when it’s safe, and stay off bridges and going underneath overpasses.