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Action Alerts

Take Action to get the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill, HB 1226 Passed

To help this bill pass through committee, we need you to take action!  Here are THREE things you can do.

ONE. Please attend the hearing on March 3rd if possible. Sign in “PRO” (in favor of the bill) on the sign-in sheet. If you wish to testify, please indicate so on the sign-in sheet.  The bill number is HB 1226.

TWO.  Submit your testimony or letter of support in writing

THREE.  If you cannot attend the hearing, please send your written testimony to the committee by email. Following are the committee members’ email addresses. We suggest addressing your comments to all of the members. However, if you live in a member’s district, you may wish to address your comments specifically to your legislator. Your comments should be sent no later than March 3, 2011 to the committee. Please identify yourself by name, address, affiliation, and refer to the bill number, HB 1226.

Ruth Kagi, Chair (D) 32nd District:  ruth.kagi@leg.wa.gov
Mary Helen Roberts, Vice Chair (D) 21st District:  maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov
Maureen Walsh (R) 16th District:  maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov
Mike Hope (R) 44th District:  mike.hope@leg.wa.gov
Mary Lou Dickerson (D) 36th District: marylou.dickerson@leg.wa.gov
Roger Goodman (D) 45th District:  roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov
Norm Johnson (R) 14th District:  norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov
Tina Orwall (D) 33rd District:  tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov
Jason Overstreet (R) 42nd District: jason.overstreet@leg.wa.gov

For more information & talking points, see this link

Help to Stop Sport Hound Hunting of Cougars
In 1996 Washington voters overwhelmingly passed I-655, banning the use of dogs to aid the hunting of cougars, black bear, bobcat or lynx. Included in this initiative were safeguards to allow the removal of problem cougars in an effort to protect livestock, domestic animals, private property, and ensure public safety.
However, some legislators now want to overturn the will of the voters by claiming that hound hunting is a “tool for cougar population conservation and management” and to address cougar populations that have “exceeded a community’s tolerance.”

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite call to your Washington state representative and urge opposition to H.B. 1124. Look up your state legislator’s name and phone number.

After you make your calls, please fill out and submit the form here to automatically send a brief, polite email message to your Washington state representative and urge opposition to H.B. 1124. Elected officials receive a lot of email. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.

Action Alerts

Support Washington State Proposed Shark Fin Ban
Shark finning is the practice of slicing off the shark’s fins while the shark is still alive and throwing the rest of its body back into the ocean where it can take days to die what must be an agonizing death. Some sharks starve to death, others are slowly eaten by other fish, and some drown, because sharks need to keep moving to force water through their gills for oxygen.
Earlier this week, the Washington state legislature introduced a bill to ban the shark fin trade. This bill prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. The text of SB 5688 can be seen here.
Take action
Support the passage of a Washington State bill that prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law.
Written testimony can be sent to the Members of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee. Testimony should be addressed to Senator Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee. And it should be sent to ALL committee members.

To:
Senator Kevin Ranker ranker.kevin@leg.wa.gov
Senator Debbie Regala regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
Senator Bob Morton morton.bob@leg.wa.gov
Senator Jim Hargrove hargrove.jim@leg.wa.gov
Senator Val Stevens stevens.val@leg.wa.gov
Senator Dan Swecker swecker.dan@leg.wa.gov

Actions Alerts

Call to Action:  Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill, SB 5151
please take FIVE minutes to call and email your senator now.

Homelessness is the single leading cause of death for healthy cats and dogs in the United States. About five million animals are killed in our country’s shelters each year. In Washington State, tens of thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized in Washington shelters each year.

The purpose of Washington’s spay/neuter assistance legislation is to provide funding to assist low-income owners of cats and dogs to obtain affordable spay/neuter surgeries, and to provide for spay/neuter surgeries on feral and free-roaming cats.

We need YOUR help.  Here are three things YOU can do NOW:

1.  Spread the word about the bill. Tell your friends and associates who care about companion animal welfare; ask your veterinarian to get behind this effort.  Post and distribute flyers at community locations, at community events; and ask retail stores, pet product stores, clinics, and other establishments to support the bill and have flyers on hand to give customers and clients.  Sign up, and ask other people to sign up for our newsletter.

Send an email and follow it up with a brief telephone call to your state senator’s office.  Send your message ONLY to your state senator please. It’s quick and easy to call your state senator!  Just call your senator’s office, and speak briefly with his or her legislative assistant or leave a message. Tell them your name, that you’re a constituent, and that you support SB 5151, the spay/neuter bill.  Then request that your senator contact Senator Pridemore immediately and ask that a hearing be scheduled on SB 5151 in the Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee

2. Become a spay/neuter bill advocate in your legislative district. We would like to have at least 50 people in each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts become spay/neuter bill advocates.  We need advocates to sign up now!  Get the details here.

Ask the University of Washington to End the Use of Ferrets in its Pediatrics Residency Program

Please take a minute to ask University of Washington School of Medicine dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., to replace the use of ferrets in the school’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:
1. Please replace the use of animals in UW’s pediatrics residency.
2. Anatomical and physiological differences between ferrets and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
3. UW is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (less than 15 percent) that still use live animals for training.
4. High-fidelity simulators such as Laerdal’s SimNewB and Gaumard’s Premie HAL accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn and allow for data collection.
5. UW already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.


Support Washington State Proposed Shark Fin Ban
Take action to support the passage of a Washington State bill that prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. Text of SB 5688.
Written testimony can be sent to the Members of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee. Testimony should be addressed to Senator Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee. And it should be sent to ALL committee members.

To:
Senator Kevin Ranker ranker.kevin@leg.wa.gov
Senator Debbie Regala regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
Senator Bob Morton morton.bob@leg.wa.gov
Senator Jim Hargrove hargrove.jim@leg.wa.gov
Senator Val Stevens stevens.val@leg.wa.gov
Senator Dan Swecker swecker.dan@leg.wa.gov
For more  info, see this link

Action Alerts


Support Prevention of Animal Cruelty Bill: SB 5065 and HB 1147

Save Washington Pets (Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation) is taking a lead role in advocating for the passage of SB 5065/HB 1147.  We’ll keep you posted on this bill’s progress through this web page, our email newsletter, and Facebook page. You can help by participating in public hearings or contacting your legislators before key votes. Want more information? Track SB 5065 and HB 1147 on the legislature’s website where you can download the bills. For a two-page summary, download our flyer here.

A hearing on SB 5065 is scheduled before the Senate Judiciary Committee:  January 28, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Senate Hearing Room 1, J.A. Cherberg Building, State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA.  Note: hearing schedules are subject to change. Check the hearing schedule for the committee here.

Sign Up for Humane Lobby Day – Feb 17th

Sign up with Washingtonians for Humane Farms

Eye on the Legislature – Bills to Watch

Preventing animal cruelty  Senate Bill 5065
Introduced by Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) (R) on January 12, 2011, to revises animal cruelty provisions by expanding the definition of necessary food and water and shelter to more closely meet the needs of and sustain animals. The bill prohibits violators not just from owning specified animals, but from living with them. It also imposes a fine of one-thousand dollars for the first violation, and two-thousand five hundred dollars for a second violation. Subsequent violations are a gross misdemeanor. (Companion: HB 1147).
http://savewashingtonpets.org/crueltybill.aspx

Senate Bill 5356 (Establishing seasons for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs)
Introduced by Sen. Bob Morton, (R – Kettle Falls) (R) on January 21, 2011, to direct the Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish rules and a season for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs. This act also removes conditions on the use of dogs in cougar hunting only as a last resort and solely for the purpose of protecting livestock, although the Commission may impose conditions in its rules. (Companion: HB 1124).

Senate Bill 5151 (Creating a pet population control and safety program)
Introduced by Sen. Maralyn Chase, (D-Shoreline) (D) on January 17, 2011, to create the companion animal safety, population control, and spay/neuter assistance program and spay/neuter assistance account. The program provides for spaying and neutering of feral and free-roaming cats and companion animals owned by low-income individuals. It requires the department to administer the program and authorizes private veterinarians, private veterinary practices, animal care and control agencies, and nonprofit organizations to apply to the department to participate in the program.
Senate Bill 5144 (Requiring registration of animal abusers)
Introduced by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, (D-Bothell) (D) on January 17, 2011, to requires the registration of animal abusers and authorize the release of certain information on animal abusers. “Animal abuser” means a person over eighteen years of age, or a minor who has been tried as an adult, who has been convicted of a criminal animal abuse offense. The attorney general is required to keep the registry and make it available for public access over the internet. The information includes an abuser’s personal information, but not his/her social security number, a record of his/her animal abuse convictions, and his/her photograph.

House Bill 1243 (Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person)
Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz, (R-Wauconda) (R) on January 17, 2011, creates a class C felony for intentionally killing or harming another’s livestock. This act allows the owner of livestock damaged by such conduct to file a civil lawsuit and collect triple the amount of damages if prevailing. This act also adds livestock to the class of animals protected under current animal cruelty laws.

Action Alerts

Ask South Korea to Stop Burying Animals Alive
outh Korea has been burying pigs, cows, goats, and deer ALIVE in order to minimize the spread of yet another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). South Korea could vaccinate these animals; instead the government has decided on live burial for 1,340,000 animals, including 1,230,000 pigs.
Please write, call, email, and fax the South Korean Embassy to express your outrage over the way they are handling this situation.

Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Duk-soo Han, Ambassador
2320 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-939-5663/5660
Fax: 202-342-1597
Email: consular_usa@mofat.go.kr

Also, contact the Seattle embassy to voice your concerns:
Phone: 206-441-1011
Fax: 206-441-7912
Email: koreanconsulate@yahoo.com

Please also submit your comments via this online form.

Tell Iditarod Sponsors to End Their Support of Cruelty to Dogs
Please help end the horrific treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. The 2011 Iditarod begins on March 5.

Contact many of these sponsors directly.
Below is only a partial list.  For a full listing of Iditarod Sponsors, check out this link or
check out Help Sled Dogs
The link also has grouped together the emails in several chucks at the bottom of the page.

IDITAROD SPONSORS AND PROMOTERS

Doug Nicholson, President (Barrick/Novagold Resources Company) (sponsor)
Donlin Creek LLC
4720 Business Park Blvd., Suite G25
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 888-225-7590
Fax: 907-273-0201
Email: info@donlincreek.com, dnicoski@barrick.com, s.muir@barrick.com, aschwalm@barrick.com, rjimenez@barrick.com, alloyd@barrick.com, info@novagold.net

Eagle Pack/WellPet (Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) (sponsor)
3000 Centre Square West
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: 215-563-2800
Fax: 215-575-2314
Email: information@berwind.com, vbillet@berwind.com, info@wellnesspetfood.com

Patrick T. Stokes
K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor) (sponsor)
1 Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
Fax: 314-577-2900
Toll Free: 800-342-5283
Email: Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com
Email: DLevine@kldistributor.com
Email: RicMedlang@kldistributor.com
Email: DGrasse@kldistributor.com

Sergio Marchionne, CEO
Chrysler Group LLC (sponsor)
PO Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
Email: car8@chrysler.com
Email: rick.deneau@chrysler.com
Email: kristin.starnes@chrysler.com

Muhtar Kent, CEO
Coca-Cola – Odom Corporation (sponsor)
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 404-676-2121
Fax: 404-676-6792
Email: ctuggle@na.ko.com
Email: jodom@odomcorp.com
Email: rcrockett@na.ko.com
Email: sustainability@na.ko.com

Richard Hartman
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (sponsor)
Scarsdale Place, Kensington
London W8 5SR, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7872-2444
Fax: +44-20-7872-2460
Email: skenyon@mill-usa.com
Email: david.curtis-brignell@mill-cop.com

John Stumpf, CEO
Wells Fargo & Company (sponsor)
402 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94163
Toll free: 800-411-4932
Fax: 415-677-9075
Email: john.g.stumpf@wellsfargo.com
Email: Jim.Rowe@wellsfargo.com
Email: richard.d.levy@wellsfargo.com
Email: investorrelations@wellsfargo.com
Email: corpcsf@wellsfargo.com

David Dillon, CEO
Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores) (sponsor)
1014 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-762-4000
Fax: 513-762-1160
Email: kroger.investors@kroger.com

Action Alerts

Ask South Korea to stop burying pigs alive
It sounds too horrific to be true, but officials in South Korea are piling pigs on top of each other in trucks, dumping thousands of them into mass graves, and burying them alive.
This atrocity is intended to control an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, but there is an inexpensive vaccine for the disease that the South Korean government inexplicably refuses to use. As many as 34,000 pigs have been killed in a single day. If this cruel slaughter is allowed to continue, the number of pigs killed could reach more than 1 million.
Please urge South Korean authorities to stop this massacre immediately. Send a polite e-mail to the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the U.S., Han Duk-soo, telling him that you want the South Korean government to stop burying pigs alive and to use humane methods of controlling foot and mouth disease.

Contact the South Korea embassay through their online contact form

Action Alerts


Should Michael Vick Be Trusted With Another Dog?

President Obama recently praised the Philadelphia Eagles football team for giving Michael Vick a “second chance.” Now Vick wants to be allowed to take custody of dogs again. Do you agree or disagree?
Please personalize and submit the sample letter on IDA’s page to send a Letter to the Editor of your community’s newspapers. Use their talking points or come up with your own. Be sure to enter a valid US zip code, as your zip will be used to direct your letter to your community’s newspapers.

Keep Pressure on USDA to Get Nosey to a Sanctuary
Please urge the USDA to immediately suspend Liebel’s license and to confiscate Nosey and send her to a natural-habitat sanctuary where she would receive the specialized care she needs after a lifetime of solitude and abuse in the circus.  Yet another complaint has been filed with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging immediate action to save a 29-year-old African elephant named Nosey from a miserable life with the Liebel Family Circus.

CONTACT
Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal Plant and Inspection Service
USDA-APHIS-AC, Rm. 2D13
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737
email   chester.a.gipson@usda.gov

Tell District Attorney to End Pigeon Shoots
Please contact District Attorney John Adams and demand that he allow Pennsylvania Humane Police Officers to prosecute this animal abuse.
Abandoning and neglecting wounded pigeons to die slow, painful deaths clearly falls within the purview of Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws, as it would for any other animal.

John Adams
Berks County District Attorney
633 Court Street
Reading PA 19601
phone (610) 478-6000
fax (610) 478-6002
email da@countyofberks.com

For information and talking points, check out this link


Tell Needham MA to Let Beavers Live
Tell Needham MA to find a compassionate, workable alternative to their plan to trap and kill beavers and remove their dam.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02492
(781) 455-7512
online email

Sandra Cincotta, Town Manager Assistant
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02492
(781) 455-7500
online email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Needham to trap beavers, take down dam
The Town of Needham will remove the beaver dam on Anthony Cefalo’s property in order to prevent potential drainage problems for the entire town. The beaver will be trapped and destroyed.
By Scott Wachtler
http://tinyurl.com/2dcbyog

Action Alerts

Help Save Chimps from Returning to Research
Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans to move 200 chimpanzees, who have not been used in research for nearly a decade, to a facility in Texas where they will be subject to potentially invasive experiments. Despite outcries from animal advocates, scientists, celebrities, and some members of Congress, the government has refused to budge on this situation, and now the plight of these chimpanzees is urgent.
It is believed that 14 chimpanzees have already been moved from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in Texas, with the rest of the 188 chimps scheduled to be moved in early 2011. The Center has been cited multiple times for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including failure to follow approved protocols and provide adequate housing and environmental enrichment. Other violations led to the death of a young rhesus monkey.

What you can do!

1. Please use this link to contact Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH, and ask him to rescind the agency’s plans to return these 200 chimpanzees to research. You can also mail your letter to: Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.
2. Please use this link to ask Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to stop the transfer of these chimps to any and all research facilities, and to instead retire them, so they may live the rest of their lives in peace

Tell the Makers of Lipton Tea to Stop Torturing Animals
Tell the makers of Lipton tea to stop this cruelty and join Honest Tea, Twinings, Stash Tea, Luzianne Tea, and other companies that do not experiment on animals.
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the tea box or bottle because you might discover that you are drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. The company behind Lipton teas has been testing (and paying others to test) tea—a beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years—on animals. The tea giant has caused animals to suffer and die simply to make health claims about its tea products and ingredients.

What You Can Do:
Send an e-mail to Dave Lewis, dave.lewis@unilever.com, president of Unilever Americas (Lipton’s parent company), and politely ask him to stop testing tea and tea ingredients on animals. If your message can’t be delivered, please e-mail the company using its contact form.

Also, make sure that your voice is heard by calling Dave Lewis’ office at 201-567-8000. (Please note that offices are only open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.)

For more information check out this link

Nominate Woodland Park Zoo for IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants
IDA invites you to submit your nomination for our seventh Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list. This annual line-up of the worst offenders spotlights the devastating effects of captivity on elephants, including lethal joint and foot disorders, abnormal behaviors and premature death.
Check out http://www.freewpzelephants.org/ to see why Woodland Park Zoo deserves to be nominated

Action Alerts

Wolves In The Northern Rockies Need Your Support!
The United States Senate is considering S. 3864, introduced by Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, which would eliminate vital protections for endangered gray wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rocky Mountain regions. If this bill is passed and signed into law, the Endangered Species Act would be significantly compromised, gray wolves in Idaho and Montana would be delisted, and permits to slaughter more than 1,000 animals would be issued, thereby destroying the potential for any recovery of the species.
S. 3864 is due to be voted on (without public hearings or comments) any day. If passed, it would effectively end the recovery process of the gray wolf population of the Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies area.
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE the Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010 that would remove wolves and grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List.
* Contact your U.S. Senators
* Follow up your email with a call to your Senators.  All U.S. Senators can be reached at (202) 224-3121. Ask to be connected to your Senators.

EPA to Kill 80,000 Animals
ACTION
Ask EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to use the non-animal ToxCast program to test the new list of chemicals for their potential to cause endocrine disruption rather than spend years torturing and killing 80,000 animals…for results that will NOT protect humans or our environment.

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.lisa@epa.gov

Information / Talking Points

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a list of 134 chemicals that will be tested for their potential to act as endocrine disruptors (ED). EDs are chemicals that interact with hormone systems and possibly affect the growth or reproduction of animals.
The EPA’s program for screening these particular chemicals will take years and will kill approximately 80,000 animals. Since this program relies heavily on animal testing, it will provide information that is hard to interpret and is unlikely to help the EPA protect either humans or the environment from harmful chemicals.
The EPA has spent millions of dollars to create a large-scale non-animal testing program called ToxCast and has already used the program to profile the endocrine activity of more than 300 chemicals in the first phase of this program.
In addition, the EPA used ToxCast to study the health effects of the oil dispersants used in last summer’s Gulf Coast oil spill, yet the review panel overseeing the EPA’s endocrine program has so far refused to accept information from ToxCast. This is perplexing in light of the EPA’s own confidence in the usefulness of the program. Rather than killing tens of thousands of animals, the EPA should take its own advice and use ToxCast to test the potential endocrine activity of these chemicals.

USDA/APHIS Need to Follow the Law and Retire Lolita

Tell USDA/APHIS Inspectors to follow the law. If they do, Lolita could be retired from her tank and work to send her home could begin.

USDA APHIS Animal Care
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
email:   ace@aphis.usda.gov
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978

United States Department of Agriculture
Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit #50
Riverdale, Maryland 20737

United States Department of Agriculture
Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Animal Care
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606
phone (919) 855-7100
fax (919) 855-7123

Information / Talking Points

Read a comprehensive overview of every violation that the Miami Seaquarium is committing in reference to Lolita. This outlines every rule that is being “overlooked” by APHIS inspectors when they enter the park. You will find research and undeniable evidence that Lolita’s tank does NOT meet minimum Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service minimum standards.

Since her capture in 1970, Lolita has been kept in a tank that violates the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements. APHIS is an operating unit of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).