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Action Alerts

Help Save The Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale From Extinction
the California Gray Whale Coalition (CGWC) request your help to have the gray whale designated as “depleted” under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.  A marine mammal population must be listed as “depleted” if it is below its Optimum Sustainable Population. The CGWC submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to facilitate a long overdue status review of the population. Once this is completed, a Conservation Plan would be prepared and implemented to restore the population back to optimal levels.
Please support the efforts to save the Eastern North Pacific gray whale from extinction. Your comments in favor of the petition must be received by NMFS by the close of business day on December 8, 2010.

1.  Click this link. This will take you to the form the government set up for comments on this issue.

for more information, check out the IDA Action Alert

Tell the EPA It’s Time to Regulate Factory Farms
Factory farms are regulated under a patchwork system that leaves communities vulnerable to often indifferent and underfunded state environmental enforcement. Factory farm permitting rules released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 only require permits for facilities that declare their intention to release manure directly into waterways. Common manure management practices — like cesspool lagoons and applying manure to cropland — don’t require any permit at all.
Communities across the country are suffering from water contaminated by manure lagoon failures, waste seeping into aquifers, runoff from oversprayed fields and air pollution from overcrowded livestock operations.

Contact:

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

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Video Monitoring at Slaughterhouses Should be Required
Urge FSIS (The Food Safety Inspection Service) to make video monitoring at slaughterhouses not merely a recommendation, but a requirement.

Go here and find Submit a Comment to FSIS. The public is invited to comment before December 14.

For more information and talking points, check out the Farm Sanctuary Action Alerts here

Tell Alaska’s Governor to Keep Whale Protections
There are only a little more than 300 Cook Inlet beluga whales in the entire world. These wondrous whales are found in just one place: the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska.
Cook Inlet beluga whales have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for just less than two years. But the State of Alaska has filed to overturn these vital protections, siding with polluters and developers who have put Cook Inlet belugas on a fast-track to extinction.
Tell Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to drop his legal efforts to eliminate vitally needed protections for the 300 remaining Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Contact:
Governor Sean Parnell
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
phone (907) 269-7450
fax (907) 269-7461
online email form


Tell Congress to Support the Global Conservation Act
Wild tigers are on a path toward extinction, unless we act fast. Write to your lawmakers and ask them to co-sponsor the Global Conservation Act of 2010 to help combat wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction.

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

Information / Talking Points:

Wild tigers are now on the brink of extinction. It is estimated that fewer than 3,200 now remain and, of these, only 1,000 are breeding females.
I’m writing to urge you to support S.3508/H.R. 4959, the Global Conservation Act of 2010, which would require the six federal agencies that conduct conservation programs around the world to pursue a unified strategy to stop illegal poaching, to combat wildlife trafficking operations and to reverse environmental destruction endangering the tiger population. This important legislation was introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) in the Senate and Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the House.
This fall, world leaders will gather in St. Petersburg for the Global Tiger Initiative Summit, where they will negotiate a plan to prevent the wild tiger’s extinction. The United States’ leadership on this issue is also much needed.
I strongly urge you to co-sponsor the Global Conservation Act of 2010 and make sure the United States is doing its part to help wild tigers. We don’t have much time before this crisis turns into tragedy.

Action Alerts

Stop All Animal Testing at Johnson & Johnson

Urge Johnson & Johnson to do away entirely with animal testing and become a leader in cruelty-free production. Besides their other many products, one of the best known to animal advocates is Splenda, the testing of which caused the torture and deaths of thousands of dogs, monkeys, rabbits and rodents.

Make direct contact:

Susan L. Lindquist
Mary Sue Coleman
Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933
(732) 524-0400
online web form

Information/Talking Points:
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries represent a vast corporation with billions in annual revenue. As one of the largest and most important companies in the US, Johnson & Johnson is uniquely situated to lead the way in cruelty-free production methods. Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson refuses to ban its use of animal testing and asserts that it only tests on animals “when necessary.”  When testing Sucralose, better known as the sugar substitute Splenda, Johnson & Johnson found it “necessary” to contract an organization to poison dogs, monkeys, rabbits, and rodents with its product. Over 12,000 animals were killed in the process, all so Johnson & Johnson could market a low-calorie sweetener. The Splenda horror is hardly an isolated incident.

NEW ACTION ALERTS from Power to the Chickens:
- Urge President Obama to protect Polar Bears
- Help NY make attending animal fight illegal

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Tell the USDA To Enforce Animal Welfare Act Against Cole Brothers Circus

Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act against the Cole Brothers Circus, for its apparent role in an elaborate scheme to evade federal law by helping an animal handler exhibit animals even though his license was revoked by the agency.  Since losing his license in 2009 for horrific violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including animal deaths, a cast of shady characters has been playing a complicated shell game to keep Lance Ramos Kollman illegally in business.  The USDA is seeking to revoke the licenses of the exhibitors who have been helping Kollman, but so far the Cole Brothers Circus (which does not have its own license) has escaped any accountability or responsibility. In fact, this circus has a history of AWA violations and of working with abusive animals handler.

Contact:

Dr. Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978

Take Action for 1,000 Pigs Starved to Death

Please call on the Fulton County District Attorney to prosecute the owner to the fullest extent of the law for the egregious crime of shutting 1,000 pigs in a barn and allowing them to starve to death. These animals suffered terribly before they finally died.

Contact the realtor and let her know that starving animals to death is not “very normal,” that it is animal cruelty that must be prosecuted.

Make direct contact:

Fulton County District Attorney Travis L. Kendall
126 North 2nd Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
phone (717) 485-5419
email: districtattorney@co.fulton.pa.us

Realtor Rebecca A. Glesner
fax  (301) 416-8452
Office Number 1 (301) 797-2300 X 8318
Office Number 2 (301) 992-2481
website email form

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Contact USDA and ask for Release of Elephants to Sanctuary

Little more than a year after they were sent to San Diego, the zoo has announced that Tina and Jewel will be transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo – which has publicly stated that there is no guarantee the elephants will not be moved yet again.
Contact the USDA expressing your outrage that, after all they have endured, Tina and Jewel would be shipped to another zoo and not a sanctuary, and urge the agency to create criteria for elephant confiscations that include the provision of a permanent home.

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@udsa.gov

R&R Research Violates AWA Again: Urge USDA and Congress to Protect Pets!
This is the 6th time that R&R Research has violated this section of the AWA! There is no excuse for letting them flout the law continually. The USDA is charged by Congress to uphold the integrity of the AWA, yet it has failed to penalize R&R for its repeated, blatant animal welfare violations.

Tell the USDA to immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license.

Please 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.
Also, please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to spare America’s dogs and cats from a life in research laboratories by supporting the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 3907 & S. 1834), legislation that would ban random source Class B dealers.
To take action, go to www.aavs.org/PetSafety

Chester Gipson, DVM
Deputy Administrator of Animal Care; USDA
email: Chester.A.Gipson@usda.gov

Take A Stand Against Anti-Wolf Proposals in Congress

Tell your Congressional representatives to oppose various House and Senate bills that would wrongly undermine or terminate outright Endangered Species Act protections without adequate safeguards to ensure wolf populations are not driven down to unsustainable levels.
Information/Talking Points:

Various House and Senate bills threaten the historic wolf recovery efforts in the American West. Although the bills: S. 3825, S. 3864 and S. 3919 in the Senate and H.R. 6028 in the House  – would all wrongly undermine or terminate outright Endangered Species Act protections without adequate safeguards to ensure wolf populations are not driven down to unsustainable levels.
Please oppose these bills (S. 3825, S. 3864 and S. 3919 in the Senate and H.R. 6028 in the House) and commit to supporting the recovery of wolves to the American West

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

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VOTE on NOVEMBER 2nd

Check out Humane Society Legislative Fund Voters Guide

Check out League of Humane Voters Washington Chapter Endorsements

World Go Vegan Week – Oct 24th – 31st

Here are some ways you can celebrate World Go Vegan Week

Ask Subway to Add Vegan Options
COK is reaching out to the world’s largest sandwich chain, encouraging the company to expand its menu by
adding a vegan meat option,  such as Tofurky deli slices.
Let Subway know how much you’d like to see veggie meats on its menu by posting a comment on
We Love Subway

Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day, November 5

Action Alerts

Retire the Chimps!
Ask Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to stop the transfer of these chimps to research facilities and to instead retire them so they may live the rest of their lives in peace at a sanctuary.

Please contact:

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

Dr. Francis Collins, Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
francis.collins@nih.gov
301-496-2433

Contact Japanese authorities and tell them to end the dolphin captures and slaughter in Taiji
Please call the Japanese embassy at (202) 238-6700 or (202) 238-6900. If there is no answer, wait for the emergency option, tell them you are calling about the dolphins in the cove, they will take your name and number.

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Embassy of Japan in the USA
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
phone (202) 238-6700 or (202) 238-6900
fax (202) 328-2187
e-mail: jicc@embjapan.org

Ask the U.S. Senate to Approve the California Desert Protection Act
Ask the U.S. Senate to approve the California Desert Protection Act (S.B. 2921) to help save endangered animals and preserve this beautiful natural environment and its resources.
Sen. Feinstein has introduced the California Desert Protection Act(CDPA), a bill to establish two national monuments in the Mojave Desert that would protect 1 million acres of land that’s home to the tortoises, bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
Please help save these endangered animals — and preserve this beautiful natural environment and its resources — by asking the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve this legislation.

Contact your U.S. Senators

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Ask the NY ASPCA to Protect Carriage Horses
Ask the ASPCA to enforce the laws to protect horse-drawn carriage horses in New York City.
Pass this information along to anyone you know who may be visiting New York City. Ask them not to support this cruel and inhumane tradition.
This is not just a NYC issue. There are campaigns sprouting up all around the world. Attend Carriage Horse Protests if they are happening in your own city.

Talking Points
ASPCA has routinely allowed the carriage horse drivers to operate in violation of the law mandating that the horses not work in above 90 degree weather. And the ASPCA does not demand that injured horses be relieved from pulling carriages. Sending horses to the stables on protest days is not fooling anyone.

CONTACT:
Ed Sayres
President & CEO
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804
phone (212) 876-7700 ext 4603
email:   Ed_Sayres/Aspca@Aspca.org

Ed’s secretary, Christine
phone (212) 876-7700 ext 4600

Visit Campaigns to Stop Horse-Drawn Carriages for more information.

Ask Congress to End the Military’s War on Animals, Support H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act
Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, burned, and poisoned every year in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) training exercises designed to train medics and members of the infantry how to treat human battlefield injuries.
After more than a year of filing complaints with the DoD and military bases over the cruel and deadly use of live animals in trauma and chemical casualty training exercises, legislation—H.R. 4269, the BEST Practices Act—has been introduced to gradually replace the horrific use of animals in military training with modern, sophisticated non-animal methods, such as high-tech human patient simulators.
Please contact your Congressional representative asking him or her to support legislation that would phase out the use of animals in military medical training courses.
Make direct contact:

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

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Support the Child Nutrition Act, HR 5504
Please urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Education and Labor Chairman George Miller to pass the superior House bill, H.R. 5504, and reject the Senate’s bill, S. 3307.

Talking Points:
Congress is on the verge of voting for a new Child Nutrition Act. HR 5504, the House version of the bill, which would allow more children to have access to healthful plant-based options, may be rejected for a much weaker, stripped-down Senate version.

CONTACT:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100
online email form

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Cong. Steny H. Hoyer
House Democratic Majority Leader
H-107, The Capitol
Washington DC 20515
online email form

Representative George Miller
2205 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
phone (202) 225-2095
fax (202) 225-5609
online email form

Senate Needs Major Push to Pass Animal Protection Bills

Talking Points:
The end of the 2009-2010 legislative session is fast approaching and the U.S. Senate is simply sitting on major animal protection bills, some passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009.
There is still time for the Senate to take action on these bills, but they need a push from constituents to let them know that legislation to provide better protection for animal is important to voters. The bills range from ending the interstate primate pet trade to banning the distribution of crush videos, and even ending research on great apes.  While it is unrealistic to expect the Senate to approve all of the bills below, they owe it to the American public to give fair consideration to many bills that have already passed the scrutiny of the House instead of letting these bills sit in committee without any further attention.

Contact your U.S. Senators

For details on these bills click here

• The Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80
• The Restore Our American Mustangs Act, H.R. 1018
• The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, H.R. 2480
• The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010, H.R. 5566
• The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, S. 619
• The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, S. 727
• The Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009 S. 1834
• The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS Act), S. 3424
• The Great Ape Protection Act, S. 3694

Contact your U.S. Senators


Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo!
As a result of inadequate facilities, abusive management practices, longstanding intentional neglect, and breeding practices in callous disregard for elephants’ welfare, the elephants Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo suffer from severe and chronic foot and joint injuries, unexplained physical trauma and bleeding, and sustained psychological harm. Chai’s daughter, Hansa, died in 2007 when she was only six years old as a result of the Zoo’s practices. A fourth Woodland Park Zoo elephant, Sri, who is currently on loan to another zoo’s breeding program, has endured the horror of carrying a full-term deceased fetus in her womb for over four years.
That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is representing two outraged citizens who filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, Washington. The lawsuit aims to stop the City’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the Woodland Park Zoo’s reckless and illegally cruel treatment of its elephants.

Sign the petition today to urge the City of Seattle to stop funding the Woodland Park Zoo’s cruel elephant exhibit.