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Action Alerts

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

Action Alerts

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.

Action Alerts

Join the Grassroots Campaign and be a Save Washington Pets Legislative Advocate in Your District!
Save Washington Pets is looking for  people who will commit to contacting their district legislators by telephone, regular mail, or in person during the 2011 legislative session and do one very important thing: Ask your legislators to support passage of the spay/neuter assistance bill–through committee, through the house, and through the senate.
Check out their advocates page to see how you can help

Charge Animal Abusers At North Carolina Research Lab

North Carolina’s Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS) employees who abused dogs, cats and rabbits need to be prosecuted under ALL applicable county, state and federal laws.

CONTACT

FEDERAL & STATE REGULATORY AGENCIES

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Animal Plant Health Inspection Services
USDA-APHIS-AC / 4700 River Road, Unit 84 / Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
ph: 301-734-7833; fax: 301-734-4978
email: ace@aphis.usda.gov, aceast@aphis.usda.gov
Cindy Smith, Administrator, APHIS: Cindy.J.Smith@usda.gov
Dr. Chester A. Gipson, Deputy Administrator, Animal Care:
Chester.A.Gipson@usda.gov
Michael Gregoire, Deputy Administrator Biotechnology Regulatory Services
(BRS): Michael.C.Gregoire@usda.gov

N.C. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

Steve Troxler, Commissioner of Agriculture
1001 Mail Service Center / Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
ph: 919-733-7125; fax: 919-733-1141; email: Steve.Troxler@ncagr.gov
Executive Staff: David.Smith@ncagr.gov, Howard.Isley@ncagr.gov,
Richard.Reich@ncagr.gov, David.McLeod@ncagr.gov

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT

District Attorney Frank R. Parrish, District 1
202 East Colonial Avenue / Elizabeth City, NC 27909
ph: 252-331-4743; fax: 252-331-4807
email [published in 2009]: frank.r.parrish@nccourts.org

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FEDERAL & STATE REGULATORY AGENCIES
ace@aphis.usda.gov, aceast@aphis.usda.gov, Cindy.J.Smith@usda.gov,
Chester.A.Gipson@usda.gov, Michael.C.Gregoire@usda.gov,
Steve.Troxler@ncagr.gov, David.Smith@ncagr.gov, Howard.Isley@ncagr.gov,
Richard.Reich@ncagr.gov, David.McLeod@ncagr.gov

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
frank.r.parrish@nccourts.org

Action Alerts

Vote for your favorite vegan establishments in King5′s Best of Western Washington’s Poll.

King5′s Evening Magazine has a poll for the Best of Western Washington.  Help promote your favorite vegan businesses and organizations by voting for them:

Vegan Friendly Joints (via Vegan Score)
There are also some places up for voting that have great vegan options and really make it easy when you frequent their places. Here are a few (thanks Vegan Score for posting!) If you vote for one of these, be sure to post a note about voting because of their vegan goodies.

Action Alerts

Stop Return of Chimps to Research

After nearly a decade of living in peace, over 200 chimpanzees are slated by the federal government to return to biomedical research, where they may be housed in isolation and used in invasive experiments.
Tell 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.

Make direct contact:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
online email form

learn more here

Support Washington State’s Anti-Tethering Legislation
Contact your State Representative, and ask them to support House Bill 2387
http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/lawmap/wa.html
To read the entire bill click here

To find your state representative, click here

Protect Night Monkeys from Being Captured for Labs
Please write to the ambassadors of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Ask them to put pressure on local authorities to investigate the massive cross-border trade in night monkeys and protect their country’s night monkeys.
Contact:

E-mail the Ambassador of Peru to the U.S.
Find other Peruvian embassies here

E-mail the Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.:
Find other Brazilian embassies here

For more information, click here

Action Alerts


Stop Return of Chimps to Research

After nearly a decade of living in peace, over 200 chimpanzees are slated by the federal government to return to biomedical research, where they may be housed in isolation and used in invasive experiments.
Tell 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.

Make direct contact:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
online email form

learn more here

Action Alerts

Ask Everett to stop supporting animal circuses
This coming week, Ringling Bros will have numerous performances at the Everett Events Center
The animals do not enjoy being carted all over the country to jump through hoops in a brightly lit circus ring. Elephants, and the other animals in the circus, deserve better than to be forced to perform tricks for peoples’ amusement.
There has been endless documentation to show that the elephants in the circus are abused, and it is time to stop supporting animal circuses.
Take Action
In addition to attending the circus protests, please contact the Comcast Arena at Everett, and politely ask them to make this the last year that they host a circus with animals.

Comcast Arena at Everett’s phone number:
425-322-2600
email contact form:

Urge Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Retire the Alamogordo Chimpanzees
Tell Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius to keep almost 200 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico and create a sanctuary there. Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used for research. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move the chimpanzees—many of them at least 30 years old—to the Southwest National Primate Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas, where they can be used in painful, invasive experiments.
* I am troubled that NIH wants to move almost 200 chimpanzees from Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base.
* Please ensure that the chimpanzees stay in Alamogordo.
* These highly intelligent animals should be retired and a sanctuary created for them.
* If these animals are moved almost 40 people who work at the facility will lose their jobs.

Contact:

Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
web form email

Action Alerts

Urge The University of British Columbia to Disclose Information about Their Laboratory Animals
The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of the largest bio-medical campuses in Canada, that you demand transparency about the tens of thousands of animals they experiment on. Until now, there has been NO transparency, the public is in the dark about what goes on in their labs.
Contact:
UBC President/Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope
Office of the President
The University of British Columbia
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada
phone (604) 822-8300
fax (604) 822-5055
email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

Tell Primate Products, Inc. (PPI) to End Their Primate Slave Trade
Primate Products, Inc. (PPI) needs to stop profiting from the sale of living beings who will be tortured in laboratories.

CONTACT

Primate Products, Inc.
PTLC & Equipment Div (HQ).
PO Box 1588
Immokalee, FL 34143
Tel: 239-867-2020
Toll Free at (866) 881-5444
Fax: 239-867-2030
ptlcequip@primateproducts.com

Primate Products, Inc.
Live Animal Division
7780 NW 53rd Street
Miami, FL 33166
305-471-9557
305-471-8983
lad@primateproducts.com

Primate Products, Inc.
PO Box 620415
Woodside, CA 94062
650-529-0419

PPI Behaviorist
Stefanie Haba Nelsen
(239)867-2020 ext. 2242 (Office)
(239)821-9006 (Cell)

For information and talking points see:

URGENT: Ask the Seattle City Council not to increase the limit on Urban Chickens

(Note: the vote on this measure takes place at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 3rd)

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing code changes to support and encourage urban agriculture.

Please help local chickens by asking the Seattle City Council not to raise the limit on the number of chickens that may be kept in Seattle, and not to ban roosters. Animals—especially those viewed as a disposable food source—suffer terribly and needlessly at the hands of an ever-increasing number of inexperienced “urban farmers.”

Seattle Animal Shelter already takes in 20-30 unwanted roosters and some hens per year, and local area veterinarians are dealing with an increase in surrendered, sick urban hens from people who don’t want to pay vet bills for “food animals.” Approximately 80% of coop owners are already above the current limit. Raising it further may cause more over-population problems.

Let’s help the Seattle City Council keep compassion for animals in mind as they help improve the options for urban farmers in Seattle. (More information below.)

Please be sure to mention that you do not support raising the fowl limit from 3 to 8.

Contact:
Richard Conlin
richard.conlin@seattle.gov
Seattle City Council

You can learn more about the full measure at this link:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/UrbanAgriculture/Overview/

Issues:

  • Pens are often not predator proof: Dogs and raccoons will attack chickens, and raccoons can eat parts of them alive through wire fencing, without even entering the pen.
  • Feed attracts rodents: Poisoned rodents can in turn poison wildlife that eats them (such as birds).
  • Yard safety: Many yards are not fenced, allowing predators in and allowing chickens to roam the neighborhood
  • Health problems: Chickens can develop a number of health problems: feather mites, egg-laying issues (which may cause prolapse or infection), eye and head injuries (from pecking), foot infections (such as septic arthritis or bumblefoot, from poor surfaces or improper perches), pneumonia (from unclean or poorly ventilated coops).
  • Lack of veterinary care: People often buy chickens for eggs or meat to save money. When the birds get sick, their keepers are less willing to pay for expensive vet care.
  • Poor Feed: There is currently bad chicken feed circulating in Seattle, which has caused an increase in egg-laying issues in hens. Local farm coop feed is likely to blame–it is not nutritionally balanced for chickens, and it is not properly formulated into a pellet to provide even nutrition in every bite. (Bad feed is also being sold at Bothell Feed Center.)
  • Unwanted Roosters: Roosters are noisy, but they make up 50% of all eggs that are hatched. Hatcheries toss live male baby chicks into grinders to get rid of this “problem”, as most people only want hens. Banning roosters will only increase their suffering.