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Action Alerts

Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011

Tell your Federal Representative and Senators to Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 that would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.
Bill description: This bill would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators

Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr2210ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr2210ih.pdf

Write to the Seattle City Council and ask them to support the immediate release of the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary.

Even a single-sentence message like:  ”Send the elephants at WPZ to The Elephant Sanctuary” will have an impact.
Consider the following points when writing your letters on behalf of the elephants incarcerated for life at Woodland Park Zoo or click on Issues for a complete overview of the elephant program:

– They have an inhumane amount of space (less than 1 acre), whereas they would have between 300 and 2200 acres at The Elephant Sanctuary.

– They are locked up in a small barn stall 16 – 17 hours a day for about 7 months of the year due to temperatures and wetness. At The Elephant Sanctuary, they would have 24-hour outdoor access all year long.

– Many elephants with symptoms similar to the elephants at WPZ, have thrived at The Elephant Sanctuary with it’s hundreds of acres of varying terrain, fresh foliage, and water features.

– The Woodland Park Zoo is managed privately but is still owned by the City of Seattle and overseen by the Parks, Neighborhoods & Education Committee.  About $6.5 million taxpayer dollars goes to support the zoo.

Individual emails listed below:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Parks Committee Chair
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov             206-684-8801

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council, Council President
richard.conlin@seattle.gov,             206-684-8805

Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council
sally.clark@seattle.gov,             206-684-8802

Nick Licata, Seattle City Council
nick.licata@seattle.gov,             206-684-8803

Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov,             206-684-8804

Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council
tim.burgess@seattle.gov,             206-684-8806

Jean Godden, Seattle City Council
jean.godden@seattle.gov,             206-684-8807

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council
tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov,             206-684-8808

Action Alerts

Urge Grand Forks, B.C., to Oppose Trapping, Killing Deer
The city of Grand Forks has passed a plan that would permit the cruel netting/trapping and killing of deer to control the resident deer population!
Despite being informed of the extreme cruelty inherent in these methods, officials have decided to allow them anyway.  Netting/trapping deer is inhumane in all respects. Every minute spent entangled or trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic
attempts to get free. And the deer who are removed or killed aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear families apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.
Take Action
Please politely urge Grand Forks officials to refrain from trapping/killing animals and to stick with
effective, humane deer control methods.
Send polite comments to:
The Honorable Brian Taylor Mayor of Grand Forks
btaylor@grandforks.ca

Grand Forks City Council
info@grandforks.ca

Tell Secretary of Agriculture to Subsidize Organic Vegan Farming
Tell Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to encourage subsidizing organic vegan farming to provide sustainable agriculture and healthy food.

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

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Subsidize Organic Vegan Farming

1. We need to subsidize Organic Vegan Farming more than what exists for corporate animal farming.

2. Organic Vegan Farming is an environment friendly agriculture that we should choose for a sustainable living. It can absorb CO2 in the atmosphere to decelerate climate change.

3. Subsidizing organic farming can produce abundant nutrient and healthy foods for all consumers with affordable price which in return will reduce the Medicare cost tremendously. It is the first baby step to accommodate the trend of increasing population who are on a plant-based diet.

4. Subsidizing organic farming can encourage and help animal farmers to make smooth transition to organic vegan farmers. The policy will help to reduce methane, the most potent Greenhouse Gas and the primary killer for the current climate change disasters all over the world.

Action Alerts

Wyoming Wolves to be Shot on Sight
A plan unveiled last week by the State of Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) would allow wolves across most of the state to be shot on sight, without a permit and without limit. No protections for pregnant or nursing wolves, no protections for pups. Just a license to kill wolves across most of the state.
Tell Secretary of Interior Salazar that this unscientific shoot-on-sight “management” plan is unacceptable and ask that he use his power to force Wyoming to come up with a responsible, science-based management plan.

Contact:

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950stop
email – feedback@ios.doi.gov

Save Our Songbirds…STOP the Tar Sands Pipeline
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada’s Boreal forest to refineries in Texas, driving more destruction of songbird habitat, fueling global warming, and threatening drinking water for millions of Americans. The U.S. State Department is rushing towards approval of this fiasco, which is designed to enrich the oil giants.
Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reject the proposed disastrous Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline will enrich the oil giants while Americans pay for it with our environment, our climate and even our lives.

Contact:

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard: (202) 647-4000


Tell the EPA to Protect Our Wildlife and Waterways from Pesticides
Nearly a billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the United States. Pesticide contamination is pervasive in aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife throughout the country and in the public water supply, causing needless threats to both wildlife and human health. Many pesticides have been shown to contribute to the loss of native fish and amphibian populations and cause significant bird kills. They’re a particular threat to wildlife species facing extinction.
Tell the EPA to reduce toxic pesticides in our waterways by protecting habitat for imperiled wildlife from pesticides and increasing water-quality monitoring for pesticides.

Contact:

Water Docket, U.S. EPA
Attn: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2010–0257
Mail Code: 2822T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Lisa Jackson,
Administrator EPA
email – jackson.lisap@epa.gov

Action Alerts

Write to the City Council -ask for Woodland Park Zoo Elephants to be Released

Please send e-mails, letters or faxes to all members of Seattle City Council members below, asking them to support the immediate release of the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary. Even a single-sentence message like:  ”Send the elephants at WPZ to The Elephant Sanctuary” will have an impact.

Consider the following points when writing your letters on behalf of the elephants incarcerated at Woodland Park Zoo:

  • They have an inhumane amount of space (less than 1 acre), whereas they would have between 300 and 2200 acres at The Elephant Sanctuary.
  • They are locked up in a small barn stall 16 – 17 hours a day for 7 months of the year due to temperatures and wetness. At The Elephant Sanctuary, they would have 24-hour outdoor access all year long.
  • Many elephants with symptoms similar to the elephants at WPZ, have thrived at The Elephant Sanctuary with it’s hundreds of acres of varying terrain, fresh foliage, and water features.
  • The Woodland Park Zoo is managed privately but is still owned by the City of Seattle and overseen by the Parks, Neighborhoods & Education Committee.
  • Anything else that is important to you about the elephants!

All emails listed below:

sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, richard.conlin@seattle.gov, sally.clark@seattle.gov, nick.licata@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, tim.burgess@seattle.gov, jean.godden@seattle.gov, mike.obrien@seattle.gov, tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov,deborah.jensen@zoo.org

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Parks Committee Chair
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, 206-684-8801

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council, Council President
richard.conlin@seattle.gov, 206-684-8805
Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council
sally.clark@seattle.gov, 206-684-8802
Nick Licata, Seattle City Council
nick.licata@seattle.gov, 206-684-8803
Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, 206-684-8804
Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council
tim.burgess@seattle.gov, 206-684-8806
Jean Godden, Seattle City Council
jean.godden@seattle.gov, 206-684-8807

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council
tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov, 206-684-8808

Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council
mike.obrien@seattle.gov, 206-684-8800

Deborah Jensen, Woodland Park Zoo President
deborah.jensen@zoo.org, 206-548-2416

Or, write to each of the above council members at the following address:

[Name of Councilmember]
Seattle City Hall
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Or, fax them at (206)684-8587.

Take A Stand For Wild Animals In Movies: Boycott “Zookeeper”

IDA urges you to skip the new Kevin James movie Zookeeper. This comedy was no fun for the captive wild animals forced to perform, including a lion, monkey, giraffe, and an elephant. Even more objectionable is the controversial death of the giraffe Tweet during production of the movie, and use of the elephant Tai, whose cruel training was graphically exposed in a video in which she and other elephants held by Have Trunk Will Travel are shocked with an electric device and repeatedly struck with a bullhook, a heavy steel rod resembling a fireplace poker that is used to dominate elephants and inflict physical punishment. Wild animals have no place in entertainment and they suffer greatly for it. They are denied all that is natural to them and subjected to inhumane training that lasts their entire lives. Every ticket purchased for Zookeeper ensures that this cruelty continues. So please ask your friends, family and co-workers to join you in avoiding this and other films that exploit wild animals for entertainment.

H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011
Tell your Federal Representative and Senators to Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 that would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Sponsors: Steve Cohen, (D-Tenn.), and Brad Sherman, (D-Calif.)

Bill description: This bill would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr2210ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr2210ih.pdf

Action Alerts

Urge Congress to Support Great Ape Protection
Help protect chimpanzees and other great apes now by asking your congressional representatives to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) Passage of this legislation would permanently end the use of chimpanzees—and all other great apes—in invasive experiments and retire more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Contact your U.S. Senators

Contact your U.S. Representative

Tell the U.S. Government to Get Out of the Horse Slaughter Business…Once and For All
ACTION
A BILL entitled the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176) was introduced in the United States Senate, Thursday, June 9, 2011, by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with 14 originating co-sponsors.
S. 1176 makes it illegal to transport horses to slaughter for human consumption.
In separate articles published in The Hill days before S. 1176 was introduced, both Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Rep. Jim Moran threw down the gauntlet regarding horse slaughter.
Grijalva stated that horse slaughter has been off the Washington radar too long, and Moran that the United States should get out of the horse meat business.
If successful, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 will do just that.
Please contact your two U.S. Senators and respectfully urge them to co-sponsor and vote yes for S. 1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011.
Contact your U.S. Senators

Contact your U.S. Representative

Action Alerts

Boycott Geico for Sponsoring Rodeos

Please let GEICO’s CEO Tony Nicely know what you think about the company’s support of rodeo cruelty. “We are proud to be partnering with the PRCA and the exciting world of ProRodeo,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president.”

Tony Nicely
CEO, Geico
Email: tnicely@geico.com

GEICO Communications Department
One GEICO Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20076
Geico’s online email form

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

GEICO insurance is partnering with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Rodeos are vicious and cruel, however, GEICO thinks it’s just another way to promote themselves.

Tell San Diego County Fair to Suspend Cruel Elephant Rides
Organizers of the San Diego County Fair are having elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), despite video evidence that the company abuses elephants. In video footage recently released by Animal Defenders International, trainers with HTWT can be seen forcing elephants to perform by shocking them with electric prods in the belly and genital area and striking them with bullhooks—sharp metal-tipped weapons resembling fireplace pokers that can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds on elephants’ sensitive skin. In the footage, a baby elephant cries out in pain each time he is hit on the head and jabbed in his sensitive mouth with a bullhook.

Tell Rebecca Desmond, acting director of the Division of Fairs and Expositions; Barry Nussbaum, president of the Board of Directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association; and Tim Fennell, CEO and general manger of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, to urge them to suspend the elephant rides at the San Diego County Fair immediately while fair staff conduct an internal investigation.

Contact:

Rebecca Desmond
Acting Director
Division of Fairs and Expositions
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
phone (858) 755-1161

Barry Nussbaum
President of the Board of Directors
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820

Tim Fennell
CEO and General Manger
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820

Action Alerts

Tell Nestea to Stop Abusing Animals
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, the maker of Nestea, is testing and paying others to conduct painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company has caused animals to suffer simply to investigate the possible health benefits linked to tea products and ingredients, even though not one of these experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
For more information about these tests, see this link
Tell Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Lipton, Arizona, Snapple, Honest Tea, Tazo, Twinings, Stash Tea, Celestial Seasonings, Luzianne Tea, and others—that do NOT experiment on animals. Not one of these deadly experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers.
Make direct contact:

Brad Alford
Chairman & CEO, Nestlé USA
phone             (800) 225-2270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 225-2270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
online contact form:

Paul Bulcke
CEO, Nestlé South Africa
online contact form

Say NO to Another Massive BLM Mustang Roundup in Wyoming
Beginning as early as July 2011, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to send out helicopters to roundup over 1,600 mustangs from this HMA. After tearing foals from their mothers and forcibly driving mares from their stallions, the BLM will permanently remove 1,225 of the wild horses from their rightful home on our public lands.
Tell BLM to cancel the proposed removal of 1,225 Wild Horses from the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area in July 2011.
Make direct contact:

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators

Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

Little Amazon is a pet store at 10316 Aurora Avenue.
Currently they do not have puppies but they are planning on ordering a shipment for the summer.  Customers have been told that the puppies come from Kansas and Texas, and that they can order any breed a customer wants.

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

Action Alerts

Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

Little Amazon is a pet store at 10316 Aurora Avenue.
Currently they do not have puppies but they are planning on ordering a shipment for the summer.  Customers have been told that the puppies come from Kansas and Texas, and that they can order any breed a customer wants.

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

There will also be a demo in front of the store on Saturday, June 11th from 11am – 1pm.  Signs will be provided!

Tell William and Kate Why They Should NOT Attend the Calgary Rodeo

Tell Prince William and his wife Katie why they should not attend/condone the cruel Calgary rodeo at the beginning of July 2011.
Please write to him and his wife and ask him not to go to the rodeo by using this online email contact form:

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/contactus/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Prince William and his wife Katie will attend the cruel Calgary rodeo at the beginning of July 2011. They have been contacted and sent them a DVD with graphic footage made by SHARK.

You can paste this sample into the form or, better yet, write your own letter:

FOA Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine.

I am horrified that you will be attending a rodeo during your Canada trip. You must be aware of the cruelty that takes place in rodeos. It will reflect badly on the British monarchy.

Yours sincerely,
Name:
Country:

It is time for both Congress and the USDA to Protect our Pets!

Take Action

Please use the form at this link to contact Chester Gipson, DVM, the Deputy Administrator of Animal Care at USDA, and ask that the agency immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly committed serious AWA violations.

Please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to spare America’s former pets from a life in research laboratories by supporting the re-introduction of the Pet Safety and Protection Act legislation that would ban random source Class B dealers.

Action Alerts

Ask Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon aerial wolf-killing in Idaho by State and Federal Wildlife Services.
In one of its first moves since retaking the reins of wolf management, Idaho officials called in the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services — the federal government’s chief wildlife-killing agency — to kill wolves in the central part of the state.
Using radio collars to track down wolf packs in the area, the airborne marksmen only managed to kill five wolves. The mission was quickly abandoned, described as both inefficient and expensive by the Wildlife Services agents themselves.
But Wildlife Services could continue gunning from the skies and trapping on the ground to artificially boost game populations in the region.

Contact:

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

Tell Smithsonian to Suspend Researcher Charged with Cat Cruelty
According to ABC News and the Washington Post, a researcher at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center was observed via video surveillance attempting to poison cats in Washington, DC, and charged with attempted animal cruelty.
The researcher—Dr. Nico Dauphine—now faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted on charges of animal cruelty.
All animals deserve to be protected from cruelty, and intentionally harmful acts like poisoning are illegal.
Join us in calling for the Smithsonian to suspend Dr. Dauphine until the case is resolved.
Contact:

The Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington DC 20013-7012
phone – voicemail    (202) 633-1000
email – info@si.edu

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: