Category Archives: Action Alerts

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.

Action Alerts


Tell the Department of State to Evacuate Companion Animals from Japan
Once again, the U.S. Department of State is refusing to allow U.S. nationals evacuating a disaster zone, this time in Japan, to take their animal companions to safety. The official policy of the Department of State is that it does not evacuate pets. Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ask that the State Department allow Americans, without exception, to evacuate all their family members from Japan and from every future disaster area.

Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ask that:

1. People evacuating Japan be allowed to take their companion animals, regardless of size, with them.
2. The State Department permanently change its official policy to allow pets to be evacuated, simultaneously with their families, from disaster areas.

Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
phone (202) 647-1579
phone 202-647-6575 Public Communication Division
online email form


Don’t Let Sea World Keep Its Dirty Secrets
Please send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
When Sea World Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed last year by Tilicum, the 12,300-pound resident orca, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation and cited Sea World for the willful act of knowingly placing its employees at risk. Sea World is contesting the OSHA findings and has requested a hearing in April — and is asking that the hearing be closed to the public so that records of the case can be sealed. It seems clear that Sea World wants to keep ugly truths from getting out and being used against it, regardless of the cost to orcas or their trainers.
Please call or send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public:

Secretary Hilda Solis
Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
phone (866) 487-2365 and (202) 693-4676

Urge District Attorney to Prosecute North Carolina Lab Animal Abuse
You can be a voice for the animals who suffered at the hands of PLRS employees. Take a minute of your time today to politely urge local District Attorney Frank Parrish to bring charges against those responsible for making animals suffer at PLRS, without further delay.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
It’s been nearly six months since the release of PETA’s shocking undercover investigation inside North Carolina–based Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS), which documented PLRS employees kicking, throwing, and dragging dogs; violently throwing and slamming cats into cages; intentionally trying to rip cats’ claws from their sensitive paws—making them bleed, roughly handling rabbits and lifting them by the ears; and viciously cursing at animals, calling them “asshole,” “bitch,” and “motherfucker.” But the district attorney, whom PETA first met with almost a year ago, has yet to file cruelty-to-animals charges against those responsible for the suffering, abuse and neglect of hundreds of animals.

Make direct contact:

Frank R. Parish
113 N. Elliott Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
phone (252) 331-4743
fax (252) 331-4807

Action Alerts

Call-ins and Emails to American Legend

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. Be polite.

These coordinated efforts are very effective and it is important that people participate.

American Legend General Contacts:

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

1(503)816-6132- Joseph Morelli, CEO and President

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: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- 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

EMAIL BLOCK:
support@americanlegend.com, jmorelli@americanlegend.com, wmkenney@americanlegend.com, kessman@americanlegend.com, dtheisen@americanlegend.com, dlarsen@americanlegend.com
, swallace@americanlegend.com, dkerr@americanlegend.com, cfrank@americanlegend.com, adaffern@gmail.com, rdixon@americanlegend.com, 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

Let the Woodland Park Zoo know how you feel about repeated insemination

Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) artificially inseminated Chai for the 60th time.  Inseminated 50 times prior to Hansa’s birth and 9 times since has only yielded miscarriages.  Hansa, Chai’s daughter (conceived with a bull) died of the deadly herpes virus.  Watoto, one of three elephants on display at WPZ, tested positive in 2008 for the same strain of herpes virus that killed Hansa.  There is no cure and WPZ has no infection control in place—in fact Chai could tansmit the virus to her own fetus.  The virus attacks the internal organs causing massive hemorrhaging and a painful, gruesome death.

To even take a chance of causing a defenseless calf such a horrific death is unconscionable and unethical.

Please write a thoughtful and polite, but enraged e-mail to:

Seattle City Council members:
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, WPZ President:
deborah.jensen@zoo.org,

State Senators Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Ed Murray:
kohl_je@leg.wa.gov, Edward.murray@leg.wa.gov

Here’s the story with the zoo’s press release.  If you want to comment, no log in is required.
http://www.phinneywood.com/2011/03/14/zoo-artificially-inseminates-32-year-old-asian-elephant-chai/#respond

Action Alerts

Ask the USDA to fine the Southern Research Institute in Multiple Animal Deaths
Negligence at the Southern Research Institute killed a monkey and two ferrets, while
subjecting two more ferrets to severe hyperthermia (heat stress). This horrible
facility must be held accountable. The USDA must levy the largest fine allowable by
law, potentially $50,000.

Please contact the USDA to insist that they take immediate action against this
facility’s fatal negligence.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
Director, Eastern Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Dr, Ste 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

Promote Meatless Mondays in the Workplace

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