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Action Alerts

Boycott Geico for Sponsoring Rodeos

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

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

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

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

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

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

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

Contact:

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

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

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

Action Alerts

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

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

Paul Bulcke
CEO, Nestlé South Africa
online contact form

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

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators

Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

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

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

Action Alerts

Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

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

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOA Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine.

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

Yours sincerely,
Name:
Country:

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

Take Action

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

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

Action Alerts

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

Contact:

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

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

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

Action Alerts

Donate to the Seattle Fur Exchange Activists!

Help support your fellow activists!

The Seattle and Portland Animal Defense Leagues have considerable costs to cover stemming from this past weekend’s activities to Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange!  In addition to court costs, they also need to pay for such mundane things as copying fliers, gas, sign making materials, and the like.
Any amount helps!

The Portland Animal Defense League has set up a PayPal account you can access here:

Action Alerts

Call-ins and Emails to the Seattle Fur Exchange!
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

American Legend General Contacts:

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

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 of American Legend: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- (503)816-6132 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (503)816-6132 end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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

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

Help Stop the Brutal Practice of Penning Coyotes and Foxes in Indiana
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a proposed rule to legalize the practice of coyote/fox “penning” year-round. Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. Penning enthusiasts claim the activity trains the dogs to better pursue and hunt foxes and coyotes in the wild.
Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. It is considered a good way to “train” dogs to hunt.
ACTION Comments are needed by May 18, 2011!

Contact the Governor to prohibit the practice of coyote/fox penning statewide.
Governor Mitch Daniels
Office of the Governor
Statehouse
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
phone             (317) 232-4567 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (317) 232-4567 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
online contact form:  http://www.in.gov/gov/2631.htm

AND

Tell the Indiana Natural Resources Commission that it should main its prior position and NOT allow penning. Submit comments to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission in opposition to the proposed rules.
To submit a comment online – http://www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm
Select the “Coyote/Fox – Dog Training Grounds” rule
Click on “Comment on this rule”
Enter the required information in the boxes provided
Politely express your concerns about this issue and that the inherent cruelty and abuse associated with coyote/fox penning cannot be remedied through rules (see sample letter and suggested talking points here)

OR write to

Indiana NRC – Division of Hearings
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Action Alerts

Help End Animals’ Show Business “Careers”
Video released May 7, 2011, by Animal Defenders International shows the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants, being beaten and electric-shocked during training.
What You Can Do
* Please contact ADI today and find out how you can speak up for Tai and all animals being abused in the entertainment industry. If you live in the UK, please contact info@ad-international.org and/or if you live in the U.S. please contact usa@ad-international.org and ask for a Water for Elephants Letter Writing Pack.
* Boycott this film and tell your family and friends to take a stand against animal cruelty by only supporting films without animal actors.
* Leaflet moviegoers at a theater near you to educate them about the abuse of Tai and other performing animals. Contact ADI to order leaflets.
* Contact your local theater with a copy of the DVD we can provide you, and politely ask them to make the right choice and stop showing the film.
* Contact ADI for a letter writing pack with sample letters to Water for Elephants actors and movie makers, and sample letters to the editor to help you raise your voice for Tai and the other animals abused for entertainment.
* Write a letter to your local paper about Tai’s abuse and educate the public that animal suffering is never romantic and it is never entertainment. (Sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Contact the Director and Producer and politely ask that they make Water for Elephants the last film they will use live animal actors. (Contacts and sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Share the link to the video on your Facebook and other social networking sites, to spread the word to family and friends.

Take Action (Yes, Again) To End the Taiji Slaughter
ACTION
Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales. Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.  The government of Japan should immediately pass laws to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales in their waters. By doing so, they would be sending the world a message of compassion.

PLEASE keep in mind that most Japanese do NOT know about the slaughters in Taiji.

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
phone (202) 238-6700
fax (202) 328-2187

Email: Japan Information and Culture Center
jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp


Atrazine – Let’s Get It Banned

Atrazine is one of the world’s most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide turns male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion.  Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can’t be good for humans either. That’s likely why the European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004.  Tell the EPA to BAN ATRAZINE IMMEDIATELY! Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in rainwater, groundwater and tap water in the USA.   It kills ANIMALS…which includes humans.

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.lisap@epa.gov

Action Alerts

Tell Woodsky’s Cruelty is not entertainment
Woodskys – a new bar in Fremont proudly holds goldfish races to entertain their drunk patrons.  During, before and after these races many of the goldfish die.  To make matters worse, the fish are kept in a small dirty tank when they are not being shot through a plastic tube by people who think sending small fish forcefully through a tube is fun.
Give Woodskys a call and let them know how you feel about their engaging in animal abuse
206-547-9662
(they are open 4pm-2am, so you will only get an answer if you call during those hours.)

They also have a Yelp page
http://www.yelp.com/biz/woodskys-seattle
Woodskys also has a Facebook page on which they have been proudly advertising their goldfish races. Please post your thoughts on their Wall

Speak Out Against Bills That Hide Truths About Factory Farming
Bills that could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms are currently making their way through the Minnesota, Florida, and Iowa legislatures. Tell the governors of Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota to veto any of these bills that reach their desks.
Even if you live outside Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota, your voice is still needed. The meat from slaughtered animals crosses state lines, and the governments in these states need to hear from consumers across the country who care about the way animals killed for food are treated.

Make direct contact:

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
1007 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
phone (515) 281-5211
email – info@terrybranstad.com

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
phone (651) 201-3400
fax (651) 797-1850

Florida Governor Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
phone (850) 488-7146
fax (850) 487-0801 (fax)

New Day Northwest’s best & worst show
King 5’s New Day NW today featured a segment on the problems with the exotic animal trade (http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Deadliest-Pets-120782014.html), for which they should be thanked, but then they followed it up with a story on bull riding (http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Professional-Bull-Rider-Shane-Proctor-120787059.html). Unfortunately, like many people, they just don’t get it! It’s classic speciesism on daytime TV: cute or wild animals deserve protection while other animals are here for our entertainment. According to a reply from New Day NW Executive Producer Lindsay Johnson, she has “never seen people who treat animals with more respect than people whose livelihoods depend on them.” It is absurd to think that because one makes money off of animal exploitation they would treat the animals well; it is also simply not true. Animals buck because they do not want to be ridden. Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. Before entering the ring, cows and horses are often prodded with an electrical “hotshot” so that the pain will rile them. The flank (or “bucking”) strap is tightly cinched around the animals’ abdomens, causing them to buck vigorously in an attempt to escape the pain. The animals are transported around the country, made into spectacles, and put in harm’s way. This is not showing respect; it is pure exploitation and cruelty.

Please write to New Day NW. Thank them for addressing the many problems with the exotic animal trade and express your disappointment in their choice to follow it with a segment promoting animal cruelty. Let them know that rodeos and bull riding events are no fun for the animals and that all animals deserve protection, not just exotic ones: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/about/89296437.html

Please also contact King 5 Programming, as comments to New Day NW may fall on deaf ears: http://www.king5.com/on-tv/contact/62984757.html

Ask the Point Defiance Zoo to Close Elephant Exhibit
Closing the elephant exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is within sight but what about the two elephants living there?  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA) is holding a public comment meeting to discuss their 10-year plan which includes closing their tiny elephant exhibit – but not until poor Hanako and Suki die.  WHY WAIT for them to die? Why force them to continue to live in this physically and psychologically harmful environment?
Please write to the PDZ and ask that the humane decision be made.
Ask for Hanako and Suki to be retired to an elephant sanctuary.
Email the zoo at:  strategicplan@pdza.org
Or snail mail:
Attention Strategic Plan,
5400 North Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407
You can also join their facebook page and leave comments supporting the end to the elephant exhibit. https://www.facebook.com/PtDefianceZoo

Earth to EPA:  Bees Need Help Now
Tell the EPA to seriously restrict and/or refuse new uses for three particularly suspect neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, thiomethoxam and clothianidin. These pesticides are known to be particularly toxic to honey bees, persist for years in the soil and because they are applied as seed treatments on everything from corn and canola to almonds and pome fruits, chronic exposure in the field is difficult if not impossible to control.
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.lisap@epa.gov

Tell Edmonds Rotary:  Fishing Is Not Kids’ Entertainment
Call or write The Rotary Club of Edmond, Washington, and politely ask that they stop promoting or working with anyone who promotes the killing of and cruelty towards animals. Let them know that it is not acceptable to encourage children (or anyone) to kill or be cruel to fish or any other animals.
The Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival has partnered with the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery and will be providing a shuttle bus from the festival to the hatchery, where kids under 12 can hook the animals and then have them killed and gutted for free.
Fish are not swimming vegetables; they are animals with developed nervous systems and brains capable of processing pain and fear. Author of the 2010 book Do Fish Feel Pain? and Penn State professor Victoria Braithwaite says, “We now know that fish actually are cognitively more competent than we thought before—some species of fish have very sophisticated forms of cognition…In our experiments we showed that if we hurt fish, they react, and then if we give them pain relief, they change their behavior, strongly indicating that they feel pain.”

The Rotary Club of Edmonds
PO Box 115
Edmonds, WA 98020
phone (425) 771-1744
To call or email the Club Leadership click here

Action Alerts

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

Tell your Federal legislators to support an end to biomedical research on chimpanzees and ask that they cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810).

Because this is a new bill and new number, even if you previously signed a letter in support of ending chimpanzee research, it is vital that you PLEASE sign again.

Make direct contact:

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

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please show your support of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research by signing on as a cosponsor.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to prohibit:
* invasive research on great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons)
* the funding of such research both within and outside of the U.S.
* the transport of great apes for such research; or
* the breeding of great apes for such research;

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to require
* the permanent retirement of all federally-owned great apes


Free Tony the Tiger From Truckstop Prison

Tell the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to follow the regulations already set by the State of Louisiana to protect members of the public and tigers such as Tony by revoking Sandlin’s permit immediately.
On April 11, 2011, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.

Make direct contact:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70808
P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
phone (225) 765-2800
online contact form

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