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Action Alerts


Tell CITES to Say NO to Requests to Sell Stockpiled Ivory
Tell CITES that now is the time to save elephants by NOT selling stockpiled ivory. Either the elephants will be granted a reprieve through the imposition of another (this time long-term) international ivory trade ban, or the demise of the world’s elephants will be sealed simply because signatories to the Convention selfishly seek trade with ivory consuming Nations above the survival of the elephants.

CONTACT:
CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Switzerland
phone +41-(0)22-917-81-39/40
fax +41-(0)22-797-34-17
email: info@cites.org

Information/Talking Points here:
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100131.html

Ask the USDA to protect elephants
Help elephants in captivity by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue charges against Ringling for putting this baby elephant in harm’s way and demanding that the agency ensure that he is receiving adequate veterinary care.

CONTACT
Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

Information/Talking Points here:
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100205-2.html


Tell the USDA: Dogs are in danger
R&R Research has a history of obtaining animals in violation of AWA’s Protection of Pets section and its corresponding regulations, provisions put in place to protect lost or stolen pets from ending up as research subjects. In 2005, USDA entered into a settlement agreement with R&R Research for multiple violations related to illegally acquiring cats.
Since that agreement, R&R has continued to violate the Protection of Pets section and has been cited four times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The AWA instructs USDA to permanently revoke the license of a Class B dealer who has been found to violate the Protection of Pets section three or more times. Since September 2007, R&R Research has violated this section and its corresponding regulations five times, three in the last year alone. USDA is falling far short in protecting dogs and cats, as it has failed to invoke any penalty against R&R for violations occurring since November 2005, including those involving animals acquired illegally. It does so despite stating in its 2007 Annual Report that “some…[random source Class B] dealers may be trafficking in stolen animals.”
Although USDA is currently conducting an investigation against R&R Research, the pattern of violations demonstrates that dogs and cats bought and sold by this notorious dealer are in imminent danger. There is sufficient cause to move forward without delay with a complete revocation of R&R’s dealer license. Clearly, this Class B dealer is acting in complete defiance of the AWA and will continue to do so unless USDA takes immediate action.

What you can do!
Please contact USDA and ask the agency to immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly violated the Protection of Pets section of the AWA, and the agency has a responsibility to take action.
CONTACT
Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

Tell the USDA you don’t want GE contamination in your organics
In an environment impact statement about genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the USDA claims that organic consumers don’t care about GE contamination.  In a Sound Consumer article by editor Trudy Bialic, organic consumers are called to action to comment before February 16 to let them know that we DO care about GE contamination and want no part of it.  Organic produce and other products are supposed to be free of such contamination.  Please leave a comment if you care!

http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480a6b7a1

Action Alerts

Actions Needed for Current Federal Animal Legislation

CONTACT

Find your U.S. Representative here

Find your U.S. Senator here

Contact your Senators AND Representatives to support:

  • The Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80, which would end the trafficking in primates for the pet trade, was approved by the House in July. The bill has been on the Senate legislative calendar for consideration by the full Senate without any further action.
  • The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, H.R. 503 and S. 727 would end the slaughter of horses for food for human consumption throughout the states and prohibit the transport of horses to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption.
  • The Great Ape Protection Act, H. R. 1326, which would end the use of great apes for invasive research. While the bill now has 123 sponsors, it needs a greater push to move it into a position for serious consideration.
  • The Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009, H.R. 3907 and S. 1834, would ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
  • The BEST Practices Act, H.R. 4269, would end the use of live animals in military medical training courses. This landmark bill, titled in full “the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act,” would end the use of live animals for research in both combat trauma injuries and chemical and biological casualty management exercises.
  • The Restore Our American Mustangs Act, H.R. 1018, would restore protections to wild horses and burrows under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 17, 2009. This bill would put a stop to the horrific roundup of wild horses now taking place in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada, where the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to permanently remove up to 2,500 horses and move them to warehouses in the Midwest. In addition, BLM has begun the roundup of 200 horses in the Confusion Herd Management Area of Utah, leaving fewer than a hundred horses in the herd. The horses are rounded up using helicopters, causing stampedes towards the capture pens that leave horses injured and dying.
  • The Government Accountability Office reviewed the BLM policies, and issued a report in November 2008 that identified a number of deficiencies with the BLM wild horse and burro program. The problems cited included a reliance on poorly managed removals as the primary method for managing horses and an inaccurate system of accounting regarding the actual number of wild horses on the land. Passage of this bill would put an end to current BLM practices, but it is important to let the current Administration know that they should stop the current roundup NOW, before more horses are killed.
  • Send an e-mail to the Bureau of Land Management Director, Bob Abbey asking him to put the current roundup on hold to assess better management practices before more horses are maimed and killed in this year’s roundup.

Contact only your Representatives to support:

  • The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549 and S. 619 would end the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle to encourage rapid growth and protect against epidemic disease from confinement farming.
  • The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, H.R. 2480 and S. 1076, would require the labeling of all fur products regardless of value, closing a loophole that currently exempts products with fur valued up to $150.

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Call off the Guns! Put Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List

Tell Secretary of Interior Salazar to put wolves back on the endangered species list, regardless of whatever cattle ranchers and hunters demand.

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am outraged that you have carried out the Bush Administration’s plan to take gray wolves off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, leaving them vulnerable to mass killing. In so doing, you have abandoned President Obama’s pledge to follow a science-based approach to environmental protection.

According to a letter signed by some 230 scientists, a severe reduction in current wolf numbers would dramatically increase the threat of extinction for a gray wolf population that is still recovering. By handing wolf management back to the states, you’ve paved the way for the first public hunting of wolves in decades. These hunts, combined with other state programs,have already killed 350 wolves — and could ultimately destroy 40 percent of the entire population. That is not sound science, it’s a disaster.

Wolves once thrived in much of the lower 48 states. Today, they reside in only five percent of their former range. If there is one place in this country where they should be allowed to flourish, it is in and around Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and the remote Selway Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho.

I urge you to restore the wolf’s protection under the Endangered Species Act and submit your plan to rigorous scientific review. The wolves of the Northern Rockies are world-renowned as living icons of the American West. Please call off the guns and develop a sound wolf recovery plan that ensures a healthy future for these magnificent creatures.

Legislation to Watch

Senate Bill 6566 (Prohibiting terrorist acts against animal and natural resource facilities.)
Introduced by Sen. Val Stevens, (R-Arlington) (R) on January 18, 2010, prohibits terrorist acts against animal and natural resource facilities and prescribes penalties

Senate Bill 6634 (Providing penalties for failure to comply with dairy farm record keeping.)
Introduced by Sen. Kevin  Ranker, (D) (D) on January 19, 2010, authorizes the department of agriculture to impose a civil penalty, not to exceed five thousand dollars in a calendar year, on a dairy producer for failure to comply with dairy nutrient management recordkeeping requirements

Senate Bill 6483 (Promoting natural wildlife planning management.)
Introduced by Sen. Jim Hargrove, (D-Hoquiam) (D) on January 15, 2010, requires the department of fish and wildlife to obtain specific legislative authorization before implementing a species management, recovery, or reintroduction plan that recognizes a method of propagation or dispersal other than natural propagation or dispersal

Action Alerts

Contact Your Legislators Now to Say “YES” to Spay/Neuter
Make a New Year’s Gift to Help Save Washington’s Homeless Pets.
Please take a few minutes to contact your state legislators and urge them to support passage of Senate Bill 5329/House Bill 1406 in the 2010 legislature.  It is important that your message is received by your legislators by January 15, 2010.

Homeless dogs and cats are depending on you!

Need help contacting your legislators? Go to this page for support.

Status of the legislation: The bills are in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees chaired by Senator Brian Hatfield and Representative Brian Blake, respectively.  The spay/neuter bill must pass committee to have a chance of surviving this session.

Critical points to make to your legislators:
1. Tell your legislators why this spay/neuter legislation is important to YOU and SHOULD BE PASSED.
2. Ask your legislators to contact Senator Hatfield and Representative Blake urging them to pass the bill through committee.

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Ask Senator Maria Cantwell to support the Great Ape Protection Act
Please contact Senator Maria Cantwell, and ask her to show her support of the Great Ape Protection Act, H.R. 1326,  by leading on a Senate version of the bill.

Thanks to supporters like you across the country, the bill – currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee – has over 120 cosponsors to date. Your voice as a constituent is key to the bill’s success.

Suggested email text: Dear Senator Cantwell,
As your constituent, I am writing to ask for your leadership on a Senate version of the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326). This legislation will end invasive research on chimpanzees, retire all federally-owned chimpanzees to sanctuary, and codify NIH’s administrative ban on federal funding for breeding chimpanzees.
About 1,000 chimpanzees live at great tax payer expense in eight labs. The vast majority are not in active research, but instead are languishing in these facilities. Chimpanzees are extremely expensive to maintain in a lab.  A full 71% of the American public believes that those who have spent 10 years or more should be retired to sanctuary. It is estimated that nearly $200 million taxpayer dollars will be saved through this legislation as it phases out of the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and transfers them to sanctuary retirement, including our federal chimpanzee sanctuary.

The Great Ape Protection Act is a long over-due, common-sense reform that will: protect our closest genetic relatives from physical and psychological harm; stop the fleecing of American taxpayers who pay for their substandard laboratory maintenance and care; and allow precious NIH dollars to be reallocated to more productive areas of research that can truly benefit humans. This issue is very important to me. I would be very grateful for your leadership on this critical legislation. Thank you
The Great Ape Protection Act Prohibits:
> Invasive research on great apes
> Federal funding of such research both within and outside of the U.S.
> Transport of great apes for such research
> Federal breeding of great apes for such research

Requires:
> Permanent retirement of all federally-owned great apes to sanctuary

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Tell The USDA They Must Enforce The Animal Welfare Act
Elephant advocates around the world were disappointed with a pre-New Year court decision that dismissed, on technical grounds, a federal lawsuit against Feld Entertainment/Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
However disappointing, this decision can in no way be seen as a victory for Ringling or any other circus that enslaves and exploits elephants. Judge Emmett Sullivan’s 57-page decision never addressed the merits of the case, or the mountain of irrefutable evidence that Ringling’s routine confinement, beating and chaining of elephants violates the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
contact the Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Animal Care, and urge that the agency fulfill its obligation under federal law to safeguard the welfare of these elephants by enforcing the Animal Welfare Act.

http://tinyurl.com/yej8gzq

Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator, USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 97, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

301-734-7833 (phone)
301-734-4993 (fax)
chester.a.gipson@usda.gov

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Help Stop Michael Vick from Receiving “Courage Award”
The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to selected players in the National Football League (NFL), who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. The award is administered by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Sponsorship proceeds promote the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies who provide for the care and treatment of abused children.
Philadelphia Eagles have chosen Michael Vick to win a prestigious award given to the player with the best “commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”
Michael Vick is an animal abuser and deserves no awards of any kind.

Letters, calls and faxes of protest are needed immediately to the following:
Ed Block Courage Award Foundation
8808 Orchard Tree Lane
Towson MD 21286
Phone: 410.821.6252
Fax: 410.821.6240

Sam Lamantia – Chairman
sam@edblock. org

Dave Copenhaver – Manager
dave@edblock. org

Action Alerts – Week of Jan 4th, 2010

Top Ten Easy Actions you can do – Get Active for Animals:

1. NASA NUKES MONKEYS – STOP THEM

Take Action

2. GET CRUELTY OFF SHELVES – NO FUR 2009/2010

Take Action

3. ROUNDUP 2010 – BLM TO SEIZE 12,000 MORE HORSES, BURROS

Take Action

4. HOW COULD THEY? 250,000 LIVE ANIMALS BUTCHERED IN NEPAL

Take Action

5. KILLING PHOENIX – TEENAGE TWINS INDICTED

Take Action

6. SHARK FINNING BAN PROGRESSES IN U.S. CONGRESS

Take Action

7. STOP THE MILITARY’S WAR ON INNOCENTS

Take Action

8. ASK ASTRA ZENECA & GLAXOSMITHKLINE TO DROP HLS

Take Action

9. SHOT IN THE DARK – AUSTRALIA’S KANGAROO MASSACRE

Take Action

10. SAVE GRAY WOLVES SO WE CAN SLAUGHTER THEM?

Take Action

Help save wild horses – support the ROAM Act
Federal land throughout the American West is home to thousands of healthy wild horses. Yet as herds continue to grow, Bureau of Land Management officials have raised the possibility of killing as many as 30,000 of these wild animals.
Recently, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act — a bill working to protect wild horses from the possibility of a government-sponsored slaughter.
The ROAM Act would step up fertility control measures, encourage more adoptions and provide as much as 19 million additional acres for the wild animals to roam.
Slaughtering healthy animals to control populations should not be an option!

Get your Senator’s contact information here:


Action Alerts

Brookstone’s Frog-O-Sphere Supplier Exposed
Your Voice Is Urgently Needed
Brookstone, Wild Creations’ biggest customer, bears much responsibility for the systemic neglect and mistreatment of frogs uncovered by PETA’s investigation. Brookstone has refused to meet with PETA and has ignored the concerns of thousands of compassionate consumers. Please call on Brookstone to stop contributing to the suffering of tens of thousands of animals by ending the sale of Frog-O-Spheres immediately and pledging never to sell any live animals again.
http://tinyurl.com/yd5aon6 (peta action alert)

Action Alerts, News of Note & Community Events, now on the NARN Blog

The NARN Blog will now be the place to go to see Action Alerts, News of Note about Animal Issues, as well as Community Events that are either directly related to Animal Rights issues, or events that we thought might be of interest to NARN’s membership.

Keep checking the NARN Blog, or even subscribe, as it will now be updated a few times a week with News Stories and Action Alerts.  This will allow us to post items of interest in a more timely manner rather than waiting for the Weekly Email to roll out.

Out first Action Alert is from the good folks at Save Washington Pets:

Support Spay Neuter Assistance Legislation
Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill (SB 5329/HB 1406) has been proposed by Save Washington Pets, and will fund approximately 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year.
The bill has been sitting in the senate and house agriculture committees since hearings were held last session. These committees need to act on this bill by voting it out of committee in the 2010 session. Only then does the bill survive and have a chance to proceed toward a vote by the whole house and senate.
Take Action
Please contact your state legislator, and let them know you support the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill (SB 5329/HB 1406).
Need to find out who your state legislators are? Here’s how to find them:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

For talking points and more information, check out:
http://savewashingtonpets.org