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Eye on the Legislature – Bills to Watch

Preventing animal cruelty  Senate Bill 5065
Introduced by Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) (R) on January 12, 2011, to revises animal cruelty provisions by expanding the definition of necessary food and water and shelter to more closely meet the needs of and sustain animals. The bill prohibits violators not just from owning specified animals, but from living with them. It also imposes a fine of one-thousand dollars for the first violation, and two-thousand five hundred dollars for a second violation. Subsequent violations are a gross misdemeanor. (Companion: HB 1147).
http://savewashingtonpets.org/crueltybill.aspx

Senate Bill 5356 (Establishing seasons for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs)
Introduced by Sen. Bob Morton, (R – Kettle Falls) (R) on January 21, 2011, to direct the Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish rules and a season for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs. This act also removes conditions on the use of dogs in cougar hunting only as a last resort and solely for the purpose of protecting livestock, although the Commission may impose conditions in its rules. (Companion: HB 1124).

Senate Bill 5151 (Creating a pet population control and safety program)
Introduced by Sen. Maralyn Chase, (D-Shoreline) (D) on January 17, 2011, to create the companion animal safety, population control, and spay/neuter assistance program and spay/neuter assistance account. The program provides for spaying and neutering of feral and free-roaming cats and companion animals owned by low-income individuals. It requires the department to administer the program and authorizes private veterinarians, private veterinary practices, animal care and control agencies, and nonprofit organizations to apply to the department to participate in the program.
Senate Bill 5144 (Requiring registration of animal abusers)
Introduced by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, (D-Bothell) (D) on January 17, 2011, to requires the registration of animal abusers and authorize the release of certain information on animal abusers. “Animal abuser” means a person over eighteen years of age, or a minor who has been tried as an adult, who has been convicted of a criminal animal abuse offense. The attorney general is required to keep the registry and make it available for public access over the internet. The information includes an abuser’s personal information, but not his/her social security number, a record of his/her animal abuse convictions, and his/her photograph.

House Bill 1243 (Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person)
Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz, (R-Wauconda) (R) on January 17, 2011, creates a class C felony for intentionally killing or harming another’s livestock. This act allows the owner of livestock damaged by such conduct to file a civil lawsuit and collect triple the amount of damages if prevailing. This act also adds livestock to the class of animals protected under current animal cruelty laws.

Action Alerts

Ask South Korea to Stop Burying Animals Alive
outh Korea has been burying pigs, cows, goats, and deer ALIVE in order to minimize the spread of yet another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). South Korea could vaccinate these animals; instead the government has decided on live burial for 1,340,000 animals, including 1,230,000 pigs.
Please write, call, email, and fax the South Korean Embassy to express your outrage over the way they are handling this situation.

Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Duk-soo Han, Ambassador
2320 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-939-5663/5660
Fax: 202-342-1597
Email: consular_usa@mofat.go.kr

Also, contact the Seattle embassy to voice your concerns:
Phone: 206-441-1011
Fax: 206-441-7912
Email: koreanconsulate@yahoo.com

Please also submit your comments via this online form.

Tell Iditarod Sponsors to End Their Support of Cruelty to Dogs
Please help end the horrific treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. The 2011 Iditarod begins on March 5.

Contact many of these sponsors directly.
Below is only a partial list.  For a full listing of Iditarod Sponsors, check out this link or
check out Help Sled Dogs
The link also has grouped together the emails in several chucks at the bottom of the page.

IDITAROD SPONSORS AND PROMOTERS

Doug Nicholson, President (Barrick/Novagold Resources Company) (sponsor)
Donlin Creek LLC
4720 Business Park Blvd., Suite G25
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 888-225-7590
Fax: 907-273-0201
Email: info@donlincreek.com, dnicoski@barrick.com, s.muir@barrick.com, aschwalm@barrick.com, rjimenez@barrick.com, alloyd@barrick.com, info@novagold.net

Eagle Pack/WellPet (Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) (sponsor)
3000 Centre Square West
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: 215-563-2800
Fax: 215-575-2314
Email: information@berwind.com, vbillet@berwind.com, info@wellnesspetfood.com

Patrick T. Stokes
K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor) (sponsor)
1 Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
Fax: 314-577-2900
Toll Free: 800-342-5283
Email: Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com
Email: DLevine@kldistributor.com
Email: RicMedlang@kldistributor.com
Email: DGrasse@kldistributor.com

Sergio Marchionne, CEO
Chrysler Group LLC (sponsor)
PO Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
Email: car8@chrysler.com
Email: rick.deneau@chrysler.com
Email: kristin.starnes@chrysler.com

Muhtar Kent, CEO
Coca-Cola – Odom Corporation (sponsor)
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 404-676-2121
Fax: 404-676-6792
Email: ctuggle@na.ko.com
Email: jodom@odomcorp.com
Email: rcrockett@na.ko.com
Email: sustainability@na.ko.com

Richard Hartman
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (sponsor)
Scarsdale Place, Kensington
London W8 5SR, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7872-2444
Fax: +44-20-7872-2460
Email: skenyon@mill-usa.com
Email: david.curtis-brignell@mill-cop.com

John Stumpf, CEO
Wells Fargo & Company (sponsor)
402 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94163
Toll free: 800-411-4932
Fax: 415-677-9075
Email: john.g.stumpf@wellsfargo.com
Email: Jim.Rowe@wellsfargo.com
Email: richard.d.levy@wellsfargo.com
Email: investorrelations@wellsfargo.com
Email: corpcsf@wellsfargo.com

David Dillon, CEO
Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores) (sponsor)
1014 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-762-4000
Fax: 513-762-1160
Email: kroger.investors@kroger.com

Action Alerts

Ask South Korea to stop burying pigs alive
It sounds too horrific to be true, but officials in South Korea are piling pigs on top of each other in trucks, dumping thousands of them into mass graves, and burying them alive.
This atrocity is intended to control an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, but there is an inexpensive vaccine for the disease that the South Korean government inexplicably refuses to use. As many as 34,000 pigs have been killed in a single day. If this cruel slaughter is allowed to continue, the number of pigs killed could reach more than 1 million.
Please urge South Korean authorities to stop this massacre immediately. Send a polite e-mail to the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the U.S., Han Duk-soo, telling him that you want the South Korean government to stop burying pigs alive and to use humane methods of controlling foot and mouth disease.

Contact the South Korea embassay through their online contact form

Action Alerts


Should Michael Vick Be Trusted With Another Dog?

President Obama recently praised the Philadelphia Eagles football team for giving Michael Vick a “second chance.” Now Vick wants to be allowed to take custody of dogs again. Do you agree or disagree?
Please personalize and submit the sample letter on IDA’s page to send a Letter to the Editor of your community’s newspapers. Use their talking points or come up with your own. Be sure to enter a valid US zip code, as your zip will be used to direct your letter to your community’s newspapers.

Keep Pressure on USDA to Get Nosey to a Sanctuary
Please urge the USDA to immediately suspend Liebel’s license and to confiscate Nosey and send her to a natural-habitat sanctuary where she would receive the specialized care she needs after a lifetime of solitude and abuse in the circus.  Yet another complaint has been filed with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging immediate action to save a 29-year-old African elephant named Nosey from a miserable life with the Liebel Family Circus.

CONTACT
Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal Plant and Inspection Service
USDA-APHIS-AC, Rm. 2D13
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737
email   chester.a.gipson@usda.gov

Tell District Attorney to End Pigeon Shoots
Please contact District Attorney John Adams and demand that he allow Pennsylvania Humane Police Officers to prosecute this animal abuse.
Abandoning and neglecting wounded pigeons to die slow, painful deaths clearly falls within the purview of Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws, as it would for any other animal.

John Adams
Berks County District Attorney
633 Court Street
Reading PA 19601
phone (610) 478-6000
fax (610) 478-6002
email da@countyofberks.com

For information and talking points, check out this link


Tell Needham MA to Let Beavers Live
Tell Needham MA to find a compassionate, workable alternative to their plan to trap and kill beavers and remove their dam.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02492
(781) 455-7512
online email

Sandra Cincotta, Town Manager Assistant
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02492
(781) 455-7500
online email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Needham to trap beavers, take down dam
The Town of Needham will remove the beaver dam on Anthony Cefalo’s property in order to prevent potential drainage problems for the entire town. The beaver will be trapped and destroyed.
By Scott Wachtler
http://tinyurl.com/2dcbyog

Action Alerts

Help Save Chimps from Returning to Research
Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans to move 200 chimpanzees, who have not been used in research for nearly a decade, to a facility in Texas where they will be subject to potentially invasive experiments. Despite outcries from animal advocates, scientists, celebrities, and some members of Congress, the government has refused to budge on this situation, and now the plight of these chimpanzees is urgent.
It is believed that 14 chimpanzees have already been moved from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in Texas, with the rest of the 188 chimps scheduled to be moved in early 2011. The Center has been cited multiple times for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including failure to follow approved protocols and provide adequate housing and environmental enrichment. Other violations led to the death of a young rhesus monkey.

What you can do!

1. Please use this link to contact Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH, and ask him to rescind the agency’s plans to return these 200 chimpanzees to research. You can also mail your letter to: Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.
2. Please use this link to ask Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to stop the transfer of these chimps to any and all research facilities, and to instead retire them, so they may live the rest of their lives in peace

Tell the Makers of Lipton Tea to Stop Torturing Animals
Tell the makers of Lipton tea to stop this cruelty and join Honest Tea, Twinings, Stash Tea, Luzianne Tea, and other companies that do not experiment on animals.
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the tea box or bottle because you might discover that you are drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. The company behind Lipton teas has been testing (and paying others to test) tea—a beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years—on animals. The tea giant has caused animals to suffer and die simply to make health claims about its tea products and ingredients.

What You Can Do:
Send an e-mail to Dave Lewis, dave.lewis@unilever.com, president of Unilever Americas (Lipton’s parent company), and politely ask him to stop testing tea and tea ingredients on animals. If your message can’t be delivered, please e-mail the company using its contact form.

Also, make sure that your voice is heard by calling Dave Lewis’ office at 201-567-8000. (Please note that offices are only open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.)

For more information check out this link

Nominate Woodland Park Zoo for IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants
IDA invites you to submit your nomination for our seventh Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list. This annual line-up of the worst offenders spotlights the devastating effects of captivity on elephants, including lethal joint and foot disorders, abnormal behaviors and premature death.
Check out http://www.freewpzelephants.org/ to see why Woodland Park Zoo deserves to be nominated

Action Alerts

Wolves In The Northern Rockies Need Your Support!
The United States Senate is considering S. 3864, introduced by Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, which would eliminate vital protections for endangered gray wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rocky Mountain regions. If this bill is passed and signed into law, the Endangered Species Act would be significantly compromised, gray wolves in Idaho and Montana would be delisted, and permits to slaughter more than 1,000 animals would be issued, thereby destroying the potential for any recovery of the species.
S. 3864 is due to be voted on (without public hearings or comments) any day. If passed, it would effectively end the recovery process of the gray wolf population of the Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies area.
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE the Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010 that would remove wolves and grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List.
* Contact your U.S. Senators
* Follow up your email with a call to your Senators.  All U.S. Senators can be reached at (202) 224-3121. Ask to be connected to your Senators.

EPA to Kill 80,000 Animals
ACTION
Ask EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to use the non-animal ToxCast program to test the new list of chemicals for their potential to cause endocrine disruption rather than spend years torturing and killing 80,000 animals…for results that will NOT protect humans or our environment.

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.lisa@epa.gov

Information / Talking Points

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a list of 134 chemicals that will be tested for their potential to act as endocrine disruptors (ED). EDs are chemicals that interact with hormone systems and possibly affect the growth or reproduction of animals.
The EPA’s program for screening these particular chemicals will take years and will kill approximately 80,000 animals. Since this program relies heavily on animal testing, it will provide information that is hard to interpret and is unlikely to help the EPA protect either humans or the environment from harmful chemicals.
The EPA has spent millions of dollars to create a large-scale non-animal testing program called ToxCast and has already used the program to profile the endocrine activity of more than 300 chemicals in the first phase of this program.
In addition, the EPA used ToxCast to study the health effects of the oil dispersants used in last summer’s Gulf Coast oil spill, yet the review panel overseeing the EPA’s endocrine program has so far refused to accept information from ToxCast. This is perplexing in light of the EPA’s own confidence in the usefulness of the program. Rather than killing tens of thousands of animals, the EPA should take its own advice and use ToxCast to test the potential endocrine activity of these chemicals.

USDA/APHIS Need to Follow the Law and Retire Lolita

Tell USDA/APHIS Inspectors to follow the law. If they do, Lolita could be retired from her tank and work to send her home could begin.

USDA APHIS Animal Care
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
email:   ace@aphis.usda.gov
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978

United States Department of Agriculture
Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit #50
Riverdale, Maryland 20737

United States Department of Agriculture
Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Animal Care
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606
phone (919) 855-7100
fax (919) 855-7123

Information / Talking Points

Read a comprehensive overview of every violation that the Miami Seaquarium is committing in reference to Lolita. This outlines every rule that is being “overlooked” by APHIS inspectors when they enter the park. You will find research and undeniable evidence that Lolita’s tank does NOT meet minimum Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service minimum standards.

Since her capture in 1970, Lolita has been kept in a tank that violates the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements. APHIS is an operating unit of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Action Alerts

Help Save The Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale From Extinction
the California Gray Whale Coalition (CGWC) request your help to have the gray whale designated as “depleted” under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.  A marine mammal population must be listed as “depleted” if it is below its Optimum Sustainable Population. The CGWC submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to facilitate a long overdue status review of the population. Once this is completed, a Conservation Plan would be prepared and implemented to restore the population back to optimal levels.
Please support the efforts to save the Eastern North Pacific gray whale from extinction. Your comments in favor of the petition must be received by NMFS by the close of business day on December 8, 2010.

1.  Click this link. This will take you to the form the government set up for comments on this issue.

for more information, check out the IDA Action Alert

Tell the EPA It’s Time to Regulate Factory Farms
Factory farms are regulated under a patchwork system that leaves communities vulnerable to often indifferent and underfunded state environmental enforcement. Factory farm permitting rules released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 only require permits for facilities that declare their intention to release manure directly into waterways. Common manure management practices — like cesspool lagoons and applying manure to cropland — don’t require any permit at all.
Communities across the country are suffering from water contaminated by manure lagoon failures, waste seeping into aquifers, runoff from oversprayed fields and air pollution from overcrowded livestock operations.

Contact:

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
email:  jackson.lisap@epa.gov

Action Alerts


Video Monitoring at Slaughterhouses Should be Required
Urge FSIS (The Food Safety Inspection Service) to make video monitoring at slaughterhouses not merely a recommendation, but a requirement.

Go here and find Submit a Comment to FSIS. The public is invited to comment before December 14.

For more information and talking points, check out the Farm Sanctuary Action Alerts here

Tell Alaska’s Governor to Keep Whale Protections
There are only a little more than 300 Cook Inlet beluga whales in the entire world. These wondrous whales are found in just one place: the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska.
Cook Inlet beluga whales have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for just less than two years. But the State of Alaska has filed to overturn these vital protections, siding with polluters and developers who have put Cook Inlet belugas on a fast-track to extinction.
Tell Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to drop his legal efforts to eliminate vitally needed protections for the 300 remaining Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Contact:
Governor Sean Parnell
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
phone (907) 269-7450
fax (907) 269-7461
online email form


Tell Congress to Support the Global Conservation Act
Wild tigers are on a path toward extinction, unless we act fast. Write to your lawmakers and ask them to co-sponsor the Global Conservation Act of 2010 to help combat wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction.

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

Information / Talking Points:

Wild tigers are now on the brink of extinction. It is estimated that fewer than 3,200 now remain and, of these, only 1,000 are breeding females.
I’m writing to urge you to support S.3508/H.R. 4959, the Global Conservation Act of 2010, which would require the six federal agencies that conduct conservation programs around the world to pursue a unified strategy to stop illegal poaching, to combat wildlife trafficking operations and to reverse environmental destruction endangering the tiger population. This important legislation was introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) in the Senate and Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the House.
This fall, world leaders will gather in St. Petersburg for the Global Tiger Initiative Summit, where they will negotiate a plan to prevent the wild tiger’s extinction. The United States’ leadership on this issue is also much needed.
I strongly urge you to co-sponsor the Global Conservation Act of 2010 and make sure the United States is doing its part to help wild tigers. We don’t have much time before this crisis turns into tragedy.

Action Alerts

Stop All Animal Testing at Johnson & Johnson

Urge Johnson & Johnson to do away entirely with animal testing and become a leader in cruelty-free production. Besides their other many products, one of the best known to animal advocates is Splenda, the testing of which caused the torture and deaths of thousands of dogs, monkeys, rabbits and rodents.

Make direct contact:

Susan L. Lindquist
Mary Sue Coleman
Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933
(732) 524-0400
online web form

Information/Talking Points:
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries represent a vast corporation with billions in annual revenue. As one of the largest and most important companies in the US, Johnson & Johnson is uniquely situated to lead the way in cruelty-free production methods. Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson refuses to ban its use of animal testing and asserts that it only tests on animals “when necessary.”  When testing Sucralose, better known as the sugar substitute Splenda, Johnson & Johnson found it “necessary” to contract an organization to poison dogs, monkeys, rabbits, and rodents with its product. Over 12,000 animals were killed in the process, all so Johnson & Johnson could market a low-calorie sweetener. The Splenda horror is hardly an isolated incident.

NEW ACTION ALERTS from Power to the Chickens:
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Action Alerts

Tell the USDA To Enforce Animal Welfare Act Against Cole Brothers Circus

Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act against the Cole Brothers Circus, for its apparent role in an elaborate scheme to evade federal law by helping an animal handler exhibit animals even though his license was revoked by the agency.  Since losing his license in 2009 for horrific violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including animal deaths, a cast of shady characters has been playing a complicated shell game to keep Lance Ramos Kollman illegally in business.  The USDA is seeking to revoke the licenses of the exhibitors who have been helping Kollman, but so far the Cole Brothers Circus (which does not have its own license) has escaped any accountability or responsibility. In fact, this circus has a history of AWA violations and of working with abusive animals handler.

Contact:

Dr. Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978

Take Action for 1,000 Pigs Starved to Death

Please call on the Fulton County District Attorney to prosecute the owner to the fullest extent of the law for the egregious crime of shutting 1,000 pigs in a barn and allowing them to starve to death. These animals suffered terribly before they finally died.

Contact the realtor and let her know that starving animals to death is not “very normal,” that it is animal cruelty that must be prosecuted.

Make direct contact:

Fulton County District Attorney Travis L. Kendall
126 North 2nd Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
phone (717) 485-5419
email: districtattorney@co.fulton.pa.us

Realtor Rebecca A. Glesner
fax  (301) 416-8452
Office Number 1 (301) 797-2300 X 8318
Office Number 2 (301) 992-2481
website email form