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Action Alerts

Tell NIH to Stop Funding the Ivy League’s Lab Animal Abuse
In a recent report, Ivy League universities were taken to task for their severe AWA violations. At the University of Pennsylvania, a newborn puppy was found dead under a grate. At Harvard University, a monkey went through a blisteringly hot cage washer. Princeton University, another frequent offender, was found to have a pattern of depriving monkeys of water. These are just a few of the many examples of lack of animal care at the Ivy League universities.  Despite their frequent violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the Ivy League universities still receive millions of dollars in NIH funding for animal experiments each year. This gives them no incentive to meet even the basic standards set forth by the AWA.  When fines for AWA violations amount to no more than a few thousand dollars and are rarely levied, research institutions are not held accountable for their egregious animal negligence. Please force these institutions to take animal care seriously by halting the funding of animal experiments at schools that repeatedly fail to meet AWA requirements, starting immediately with the Ivy League.


Take a minute to let Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, know that you want NIH to immediately halt the funding of animal experiments at Ivy League schools.

Francis Collins
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
phone (301) 496-4000

Tell Nordstrom to STOP selling fur!
Nordstrom is a fourth generation family business that has a solid customer service reputation, and a name that evokes a sense of responsibility and success. Why then does the Nordstrom Family continue to sully its reputation with ties to the fur industry?  Every year over 50 million wild animals are killed for fur.
Nordstrom has made some important steps in the right direction, giving up their fur salons and removing fur from their private label. Now it is time for the family company to get rid of fur altogether.  Help Nordstrom make the right choice by speaking up when shopping at Nordstrom. Please politely tell their associates: “Please stop selling fur.” Ask for a comment card on which you can write the same sentiment.


Nordstrom Corporate Offices
President Blake Nordstrom
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
phone (206) 373-4331
phone (888) 282-6060
Email Contact

Stop Plans to Kill California Sea Lions in Washington and Oregon
Sea lions are a natural predator of salmon, and the states of Oregon and Washington want to kill them for it. Dams block the passage of the fish, and their habitat has been badly damaged. To please sport fishermen, the states continue to stock non-native fish that eat millions of juvenile salmon in the Columbia River each year. They also permit fishermen to take many times more salmon than sea lions eat.  But sea lions are in their gunsights because they’re an easy scapegoat. Though The Humane Society of the United States won a legal battle in the past to stop the killing, the states are again seeking permission to shoot sea lions. The federal government may grant a permit to kill close to 100 of them each year at Bonneville Dam. We need your help to stop it.


NOAA Pacific Northwest
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115-0070
phone (503) 230-5400
fax (206) 526-6865

Action Alert: Call to Stop Persecution of Wolves

Amid renewed calls for the slaughter of wolves in the Northern Rockies after their protected status was lifted, members of Friends of Animals, Predator Defense and other wolf advocates will be delivering an urgent message to cease state-sponsored killing straight to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s door at the state capitol building in Helena Friday, October 14th, from 12pm-2pm.

Montana’s Senator John Tester is responsible for attaching a de-listing rider to the budget bill, which changed the wolves’ protected status —and avoided public and scientific scrutiny—even though it’s estimated that nearly 1500 wolves remain in the Northern Rockies.

Montana’s wolf biologist Jay S. Mallonee has charged the state’s wildlife agency with justifying wolf slaughter with flawed data: “Money and convenience are some of the reasons to hunt wolves, which implies conflict of interest, especially when no scientific protocols were followed.” He recently published a peer-reviewed scientific paper, “Hunting Wolves In Montana — Where Are the Data?” in the journal Nature and Science—concluding that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks does not know how many wolves exist in the state and disregards their role in the ecosystem altogether.

In response, Friends of Animals quickly called on members and supporters across the country and around the globe to boycott Idaho, Wyoming and Montana—including Yellowstone National Park, which exists in all three states—as long as these states continue persecuting wolves. Please call the governors of the three states to demand an end to the wolf persecution, and inform them that you will not be visiting their state until they do so.

Governor Butch Otter of Idaho
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208.3342100
Fax: 208.334.3454

Governor Brian D. Schweitzer of Montana
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801

Phone: 406.444.3111
Fax: 406.444.5529

Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming
State Capitol, 200 West 24th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010

Phone: 307.777.7434
Fax: 307.632.3909

Action Alerts

Tell Nestea to Stop Brutalizing Animals to “Test” Tea
Take a moment to tell Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Arizona, Celestial Seasonings, Honest Tea, Lipton, Luzianne Tea, Snapple, Stash Tea, Tazo, Twinings, and others—that don’t experiment on animals.
Before taking your next sip of iced tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, which makes Nestea, conducts—and pays others to conduct—painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company causes 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 health claims about food and beverage products.
In these cruel tests, mice and rats were tormented and then killed by decapitation and other methods.

Paul Bulcke
Nestlé S.A.
Nestle online email form:

Brad Alford
Nestlé USA
Nestle online email form:

Tell the Comcast Arena in Everett to make this the last year they host a circus with animals.
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.

Comcast Arena
2000 Hewitt Avenue, Suite 200
Everett, WA, 98201
phone (425) 322-2600

Act Now to Stop American Horses from Being Slaughtered in the U.S. and Abroad
American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011  (S. 1176) will end the slaughter of American horses here and, most urgently, will stop these horses from being exported abroad for slaughter. The sponsors, who have long championed the cause, have the bipartisan support of 14 colleagues who are co-sponsoring the bill
Tell your Senators to VOTE YES on S. 1176, to support the end of horse slaughter in the U.S…AND end the shipment of U.S. horses to be slaughtered abroad.

Contact your U.S. Senators

Protect the George Washington National Forest from drilling and logging
The Forest Service is considering plans for future natural gas drilling and commercial logging in the George Washington National Forest. Please tell the Forest Service to keep irresponsible industrial development out of the forest, which provides a recreational refuge for millions of people and vital habitat for an array of wildlife.


George Washington Plan Revision
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
Karen Overcash, Planning Team Leader
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019ext
phone (540) 265-5100

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 Contact info:

Mailing address:
2000 Hewitt Avenue; Suite 200
Everett, WA, 98201

Phone Number

email contact form:

Help Stop the Army From Poisoning Monkeys
During the week of September 12, the U.S. Army at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground is planning to conduct a cruel exercise that involves injecting vervet monkeys with a drug overdose to crudely recreate the effects of a nerve agent attack. Monkeys used in the exercise suffer from vomiting and uncontrollable twitching and seizures, and some even stop breathing.
Please help spare monkeys from outdated and cruel chemical casualty training exercise.
Tell the commanding general of Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Commander of U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense urging them to replace the use of animals in this laboratory with modern non-animal training methods.
In addition to being incredibly cruel and ineffective, the Army’s monkey laboratories clearly violate Department of Defense policies that prohibit harming primates for training purposes and that require that alternatives to the use of animals be used when available.

Make direct contact:

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
3100 Ricketts Point Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400
phone (410) 436-3276

Action Alerts

Close Loopholes in the Federal Animal Fighting Law – Ask your Congressperson to Support H.R. 2492
Help make it illegal to attend or bring a minor to animal fights!
Organized animal fighting operations are very difficult for law enforcement to shut down. In order to stop the sadistic animal cruelty associated with both dogfighting and cockfighting, it is important to hold all of the individuals responsible for the ventures accountable. Large operations may involve hundreds of people: sponsors, exhibitors, trainers, and attendees. Attendees fund cruel animal fighting spectacles with money they use for entrance fees and gambling; however, the part of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that addresses animal fighting, 7 U.S.C. § 2156, does not prohibit a person from attending the events.
To correct this deficiency, a bill was introduced in Congress on July 11, 2011, that, if passed, would make it illegal to knowingly attend or to bring a minor to an animal fighting venture. Bill H.R. 2492 entitled the “Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011″ would amend federal law to provide a penalty of up to one year in prison for knowingly attending an animal fighting venture and up to three years in prison for causing a minor to attend an animal fighting venture.
Ask your Congressional Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2492 by completing your information to the right. It’s time to close loopholes in the federal animal fighting law and give law enforcement the tools they need to hold animal abusers accountable.
Find your Representative here

Tell China Southern Airlines to NOT Transport Primates to Labs
After thousands of e-mails, hundreds of phone calls, the airline—which is the largest in China—has made the compassionate decision to cancel its plans to ship 80 monkeys from China to the U.S., where they were going to end up in the hands of Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) and Harlan Laboratories and be tormented in cruel experiments
Thank South China Airlines for NOT transporting the 80 monkeys as planned on August 15 AND tell them to refuse to transport primates to laboratories ever again.
Make direct contact:

Action Alerts

Stop Snapperfest:  Snapping Turtle Abuse for “Fun”
We may not be able to stop this atrocious event this year (scheduled for August 20), but our actions now will ensure this will be the last time wild-caught snapping turtles will be captured and then have their heads ripped out of their shells, all in the name of “entertainment.”  Every year for the past 12 years at the Campshore Campground, wild-caught snapping turtles endure terrible violence at the hands of participants. The frightened animals are grabbed by their tails and repeatedly slammed to the ground.
Take Action

Please contact the commissioners, council members and the campground and politely ask that they do the right thing and replace this cruel event. And please spread this alert far and wide.

The Honorable Connie J. Brown
Ohio County Commissioner

The Honorable Todd Walton
Ohio County Commissioner

The Honorable Shane Koons
Ohio County Commissioner

The Honorable Connie Smith
Ohio County Auditor

The Honorable Mike Padgett
Councilmember Pro-Tem
phone (812) 438-3340

The Honorable Steve Slack
phone (812) 438-3340

The Honorable Lynn Graves
phone (812) 438-3340

The Honorable Bud Radcliff
phone (812) 438-3340

The Honorable Roy Powell
phone (812) 438-3340

Campshore Campground
8548 State Road 56
Aurora, IN 47001-9663
phone (812) 438-2135
cell (812) 290-5939

Ohio County Sheriff’s Office
123 South Mulberry Street
Rising Sun, IN 47040
phone (812) 438-3636
fax (812) 438-4848

Help End the Use/Abuse of Chimpanzees in Labs
The Institute of Medicine is seeking additional PUBLIC COMMENTS that could make a difference in their report. Please take this opportunity to tell the Committee that chimpanzee research is cruel and scientifically unnecessary, and that you oppose it. Below is sample language for you to consider, but please personalize your comments for maximum impact.

I urge the Institute of Medicine to guarantee an objective review of the necessity and applicability of chimpanzee research to human health. To meet the ethical obligation the Committee has to the public, as well as the scientific obligation it has to research, the Committee must consider all aspects of the use of chimpanzees: scientific, ethical, humane and economic. Each of these areas has its own implications for human well-being. NIH cannot be allowed to tie the Committee’s hands.

The majority of the U.S. chimpanzee population has spent decades languishing in a lab—some 40 or 50 years. This fact alone challenges arguments of their necessity or usefulness and compels consideration of their suffering. At any given time fewer than 20% are in active protocols—hardly an indication of necessity or usefulness. A full 71% of the American public believes that those who have spent 10 years or more should be retired to sanctuary.

I respectfully request that the Committee leaves no stone unturned in examining the use of chimpanzees and includes a better balance to the opinions of scientists with vested interests in perpetuating their use. You must call on more scientists within the animal protection community as well as practitioners in various areas of human health. As can be seen, those outside of the NIH system, or institutions funded by it, are providing compelling evidence that the scientific necessity and useful of chimpanzees is a historic fact that can no longer be defended by modern science.


[Your name]

Tell New York State Officials To Support S.5013/A.7748 To Prohibit Horse-drawn Carriages In New York City
Please help pass a New York State bill, S.5013/A.7748, that would ban the operation of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. It also contains provisions for the humane relocation, sale, or transfer of the horses released from their service. This bill will end the exploitive use of horses forced into a life of servitude, encased in harnesses and made to pull heavy carriages for nine hours a day.
Everyone can respond to this alert, even if you live outside of New York.

Action Alerts

Geese Killed in Whidbey Island

Please sent a letter to editor about the geese killings

Letters to the editor are needed! Please go here to submit them:

Goose deaths divide lakefront community
The killing of 19 Canada geese and goslings at Honeymoon Lake has some community members outraged and saddened.

Free Sarah Now!

Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take ALL necessary actions to rescue Sarah from Ringling Bros and send her to an elephant sanctuary.  How much suffering has 54 year old Sarah been forced to endure prior to her crash? How many beatings with bullhooks has she experienced in her 43 years imprisoned by Ringling Brothers, after being captured and taken from the wilds of Asia in 1957? And what is her reward for being a compliant employee of Ringling Brothers since 1968? It’s no gold watch for Sarah, no pension plan. It’s criminal neglect. Sarah is very sick, yet she is forced to perform.

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20250
phone (202-720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166

Take Action for Wolves, Sea Turtles and Manatees
In April 2011, the U.S. Congress tucked an unprecedented “wolf de-listing rider” into the federal budget bill and it passed. Write your representative now and urge him or her to oppose the proposed House Interior Appropriations Bill with provisions that threaten wild Mexican gray wolves and endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles with extinction and pose a significant threat of increased injury and death for gentle manatees.
Contact your US Representative and as them to OPPOSE the House Interior Appropriations bill.
This bill is an all-out attack on the natural treasures that are our children’s inheritance. I specifically object to these amendments…
Representative Steve Pearce (NM) has introduced an amendment to end lobo recovery efforts, essentially dooming the 50 remaining Mexican gray wolves in the wild to extinction.
Representative Blake Farenthold (TX) has proposed blocking efforts to reduce the speed limits on beaches where threatened and endangered sea turtles already reeling from the effects of last year’s BP oil disaster nest.
Boat strikes are a leading cause of death for Florida’s threatened manatees, but Representative Richard Nugent (FL) wants to block a Fish and Wildlife Service rule to prevent boat collisions and end the hazing of these gentle sea cows.
Representative Jeff Denham (CA) has introduced an amendment to block restoration of salmon in the San Joaquin River.
Representatives Pearce and Randy Neugebauer (TX) are fighting to prohibit vital Endangered Species Act protections for highly vulnerable lesser prairie chickens and dunes sagebrush lizards.
Representatives Paul Gosar (AZ) and Rob Bishop (UT) have proposed amendments that would exempt the border patrol from laws and regulations that protect imperiled wildlife and federal conservation lands like our national parks and wildlife refuges.
The bill also proposes deep cuts in funding for our National Wildlife Refuges and key conservation programs to keep our imperiled wildlife and wild lands safe.
Sacrificing our wildlife and environment in the name of fiscal austerity is unacceptable and could result in increased costs in the future to clean our air and water and keep us healthy. Please oppose this awful bill.

Action Alerts

Reform Trade Practices that Kill Turtles

More than 12 million wild-caught freshwater turtles were exported from the United States in the past five years. Freshwater turtles are facing increasing, unsustainable commercial harvest in the United States to supply food and medicinal markets in Southeast Asia, as well as worldwide demand for “pet” industries.
To save many millions of these animals, tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose that several species of freshwater turtles be considered for regulation under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Make direct contact:

Division of Scientific Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110
Arlington, VA 22203
phone (703) 358-1708
fax (703) 358-2276

Ban Trapping in National Wildlife Refuges

Tell your Congressional Representative to co-sponsor the 2011 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 2657) and restore the National Wildlife Refuge System’s original intent to keep wildlife safe and free from unnatural intrusion on federally designated lands.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) has worked with Born Free USA and our colleagues to reintroduce the “Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act” (H.R. 2657). This important initiative finally would end the horrific practice of trapping on national wildlife refuges. Please ask your congressional representative to co-sponsor the bill.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Stop the NRA’S Lead Poisoning Legislation

The NRA has pushed the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to introduce legislation aimed at eviscerating the Toxic Substances Control Act and preventing the EPA from regulating toxic lead exposure to wildlife. Help us stop the cruel and misguided “Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act.”
There is simply no reason to continue to use toxic lead materials for hunting or fishing. Effective, nontoxic bullets, shot and fishing weights are widely available and in many cases, comparable in price to lead. Yet the well-heeled NRA gun lobby argues that removing toxic materials from the sporting marketplace is “extreme” and somehow anti-hunting or fishing

Help us stop the NRA’s toxic legislation by contacting your senators today and urging them to oppose this harmful bill.

Contact your Senator

Action Alerts

Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011

Tell your Federal Representative and Senators to Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 that would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.
Bill description: This bill would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators

Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here:

Write to the Seattle City Council and ask them to support the immediate release of the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary.

Even a single-sentence message like:  ”Send the elephants at WPZ to The Elephant Sanctuary” will have an impact.
Consider the following points when writing your letters on behalf of the elephants incarcerated for life at Woodland Park Zoo or click on Issues for a complete overview of the elephant program:

– They have an inhumane amount of space (less than 1 acre), whereas they would have between 300 and 2200 acres at The Elephant Sanctuary.

– They are locked up in a small barn stall 16 – 17 hours a day for about 7 months of the year due to temperatures and wetness. At The Elephant Sanctuary, they would have 24-hour outdoor access all year long.

– Many elephants with symptoms similar to the elephants at WPZ, have thrived at The Elephant Sanctuary with it’s hundreds of acres of varying terrain, fresh foliage, and water features.

– The Woodland Park Zoo is managed privately but is still owned by the City of Seattle and overseen by the Parks, Neighborhoods & Education Committee.  About $6.5 million taxpayer dollars goes to support the zoo.

Individual emails listed below:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Parks Committee Chair             206-684-8801

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council, Council President,             206-684-8805

Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8802

Nick Licata, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8803

Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8804

Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8806

Jean Godden, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8807

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council,             206-684-8808

Action Alerts

Urge Grand Forks, B.C., to Oppose Trapping, Killing Deer
The city of Grand Forks has passed a plan that would permit the cruel netting/trapping and killing of deer to control the resident deer population!
Despite being informed of the extreme cruelty inherent in these methods, officials have decided to allow them anyway.  Netting/trapping deer is inhumane in all respects. Every minute spent entangled or trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic
attempts to get free. And the deer who are removed or killed aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear families apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.
Take Action
Please politely urge Grand Forks officials to refrain from trapping/killing animals and to stick with
effective, humane deer control methods.
Send polite comments to:
The Honorable Brian Taylor Mayor of Grand Forks

Grand Forks City Council

Tell Secretary of Agriculture to Subsidize Organic Vegan Farming
Tell Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to encourage subsidizing organic vegan farming to provide sustainable agriculture and healthy food.

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 –


Subsidize Organic Vegan Farming

1. We need to subsidize Organic Vegan Farming more than what exists for corporate animal farming.

2. Organic Vegan Farming is an environment friendly agriculture that we should choose for a sustainable living. It can absorb CO2 in the atmosphere to decelerate climate change.

3. Subsidizing organic farming can produce abundant nutrient and healthy foods for all consumers with affordable price which in return will reduce the Medicare cost tremendously. It is the first baby step to accommodate the trend of increasing population who are on a plant-based diet.

4. Subsidizing organic farming can encourage and help animal farmers to make smooth transition to organic vegan farmers. The policy will help to reduce methane, the most potent Greenhouse Gas and the primary killer for the current climate change disasters all over the world.