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Action Alerts

Demand Congressional Investigation into Puppy Mill Abuses Allowed by USDA
Tell Congress to launch an immediate investigation to demand that the minimal protections of The Animals Welfare act be enforced. A scathing federal report has documented years of abuse inside licensed dog dealers without meaningful penalties or enforcement actions from the USDA.

CONTACT:
your U.S. Representative
your U.S. Senators

Oppose Roundup Of More Than 2,000 Wild Horses and Burros
Despite strong opposition from thousands of Americans, the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office is proceeding with, and accepting public comments on, their proposal to remove 1,855 wild horses and 210 burros from the Twin Peaks HMA, northeast of Susanville, California. The roundup is tentatively planned for August and September, 2010.
The Eagle Lakes Field Office’s failure to manage the horses and burros of Twin Peaks on the range has created a perpetual cycle of roundups, removals, and stockpiling of horses in holding facilities, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and subjecting thousands of horses to trauma and distress.
check out IDA action alert
COMMENTS DUE JUNE 18th

Chevron – No Drill, No Spill!
Tell Chevron and Big Oil to stop building dirty energy projects on the backs of sea turtles.
To contact Directly:
Samuel H. Armacost
Lead Director
Chevron Board of Directors
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
phone (925) 842.1000
online email form

Action Alerts

Urge Senators to Support The Safe Chemicals Act
Tell your Senators to SUPPORT S. 3209, The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010. Urge them to ensure that this legislation invests in more efficient, effective, and humane testing (1) by requiring non animal methods be used and (2) by providing funding to develop and validate alternatives as quickly as possible.

Find your Senators here

for more information on the bill, see here:

Oppose Removal Of 1,000 Wild Horses From Nevada’s Great Basin Region
Oppose the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tuscarora Field Office (Nevada) proposal to round up 1,438 wild horses and permanently remove approximately 1,000 horses from more than 480,000 acres in northeast Nevada.
The BLM decided that only 337-561 wild horses are allowed to live in this 750-square-mile area. Meanwhile, the BLM allows private ranchers to graze thousands of livestock in the same area. The BLM issued a preliminary Environmental Assessment and refused to give serious consideration to alternatives to the roundup. The Obama Administration is intent on continuing business as usual when it comes to the BLM’s wild horse and burro program.
Contact:

President Obama c/o Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality
email  FN-CEQ-OpenGov@ceq.eop.gov

David Overcast, Tuscarora Field Office manager
3900 E. Idaho Street
Elko NV 89801
phone (775) 753-0200
fax (775) 753-0255

Bruce Thompson
Elko District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
phone (775) 753-0286

for more information see here

Action Alerts

Help Save Chimpanzees: Support the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA)
Please take a moment to help the more than 1,000 chimpanzees forced to live in laboratory research settings in the United States. Recently, ABC’s Nightline exposed the abuse of hundreds of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. Unfortunately, these individuals are not alone in their suffering.
The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) has just been reintroduced in Congress. This legislation would end invasive research on the chimpanzees remaining in laboratories, release federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries, and end federal funding for the breeding of federally owned chimpanzees.
Take Action
Make a brief, polite phone call to urge your U.S. representative to co-sponsor The Great Ape Protection Act.
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Then, send an e-mail to your representative to follow up.


Help Get Elephants to Sanctuary
The fate of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, three elephants confiscated from the abusive Davenport Circus, was finally decided. Rather than being sent to a sanctuary to live out their lives in peace after years of being forced to perform for the amusement of humans, they were sent to zoos. Queenie was sent to the inhumane San Antonio Zoo – rated the worst US zoo in 2009 by IDA (In Defense of Animals)!

The Senate Agricultural Committee is considering holding a hearing to review how the USDA and the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) may have colluded so that confiscated elephants stay in the entertainment industry by going to zoos instead of a sanctuary.

Please call or email to ask that the USDA be required to do what’s best for the elephants – let them be retired to a sanctuary:

Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (AR) Chairman:
Phone: 202-224-4843
EMAIL: http://lincoln.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm (use topic Agriculture)

Saxby Chambliss, (GA), Ranking committee member:
Phone: 202-224-3521
EMAIL:
http://www.chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email (use topic Agriculture)


Ask your Representative to Make Sale of Crush Videos Illegal Again
On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in U.S. v. Stevens that the “Crush Act,” a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty, is unconstitutional and overbroad in its scope.
“Crush” fetish videos (also called “squish” videos) generally depict a woman’s feet as they crush to death small animals such as rodents and kittens. The Crush Act was intended to stop the creation and sale of these horrific videos depicting live animals being intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.
The day after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Representative Gallegly (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5092, a new bill designed to overcome the Court’s decision to strike down the Crush Act. The new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such actions are illegal.
H.R. 5092 will help ensure that the crush video industry is not revitalized in the absence of any enforceable federal law. The original Crush Act was passed with little opposition—help us get this revision passed quickly, too.
Take Action
Please email your representative to urge him or her to support H.R. 5092.
http://www.house.gov/

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Support H.R. 5092 – Crush Act Amendment
Tell your Congressional Representative to support H.R. 5092. This new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus that would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such acts are illegal.
Find your US Representative here

Tell USDA: Get Queenie out of San Antonio Zoo and send her to PAWS Sanctuary
Despite widespread public opposition to her transfer, Queenie was moved  to the San Antonio Zoo. The move was part of a settlement agreement with circus handler Will Davenport for federal animal welfare charges against him. This action is particularly egregious since the PAWS Sanctuary had made a formal offer to give Queenie a home that would provide the highest possible quality of life including 50 acres to roam, high quality care, her choice of social companions, and some peace and quiet.
What you can do:
Please call USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today at (202) 720-3631, and send the fax at the bottom of this page to Secretary Vilsack and new USDA/White House Liaison Kevin Washoe.

Boycott PETCO and PetSmart
Video footage obtained in a new PETA undercover investigation reveals
disturbing living and dying conditions for animals at Sun Pet Ltd., a
wholesale animal dealer that supplies animals to numerous PETCO and
PetSmart locations.  PETA’s investigator documented cruel, extremely crowded, and filthy conditions that forced animals to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate all in the same tiny space as well as the violent killing and rough handling of birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, and rats.
Tell both companies to stop selling animals altogether, and let these companies know that you, your friends, and your family will not be giving them any business until animals are no longer part of their “inventory.”
CALL
PETCO  1-888-824-7257
PetSmart  1-800-738-1385

Pass the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Tell U.S. Congress to support H.R. 4733, and end the use of gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages in America.
The U.S. government spends upwards of 1 billion dollars per year on animal products that feed government programs and agencies, like the National School Lunch Program, the federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Armed Services.
The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, H.R. 4733, would require the government to purchase food for these programs only from farms where animals can move freely and extend their limbs in their confinement– that means no gestation crates, veal crates, or battery cages. Since it’s essentially impossible for every packer to trace each piece of meat back to it’s farm of origin, they would need all of their suppliers to comply with these standards; so the law would apply to virtually every farm in the country.
Contact your Senators and US Representatives, and ask them to support The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, H.R. 4733
Find your U.S. Representative here
Find your U.S. Senators here

Action Alerts

Expose Ridiculous Research! End Chimpanzee Experimentation!

Help Keep Elephants out of Circuses

An elephant in a Shrine Circus in Pennsylvania killed his trainer. Elephants in circuses suffer from brutal training and treatment, are forced to spend hundreds of hours in small traveling containers, and are deprived of everything instinctual to their nature.

Here is info and graphic videos of how elephants suffer in circuses:   http://www.circuses.com/
Here is info on the Shriner’s mission:  http://www.alepposhriners.com/shrinersmission.html

Please voice your outrage over keeping elephants in circuses.
Contact info:
Irem Shrine, P. O. Box 307, Dallas, PA 18612.
Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, email: shrinepr@shrinenet.org.
Email Shrine Circus: roger@shrinecircus.com
Write your local Congressperson and ask them to support legislation that would abolish elephants in traveling shows.

Action Alerts

Ask Officials to Cancel Cruel ‘Donkey Basketball’ Game
A “donkey basketball” game is scheduled to take place at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington, on Wednesday, April 7.
Donkey basketball games are miserable for the animals involved. Hauled around the country in cramped and stuffy trailers, the donkeys are denied proper exercise, and food and water are often withheld before games to prevent unsightly “accidents.” The events are loud, frantic, and very stressful for the donkeys, who are often forced to “play” by being pulled, shoved, screamed at, or whipped when they don’t cooperate. Although experts agree that an average-size donkey is only able to bear a little more than 100 pounds, in donkey basketball games, the animals are typically forced to carry full-grown adults.
TAKE ACTION
Please urge Superintendent William Mester and Principal Beth Porter to cancel the donkey basketball game immediately and replace it with an event in which all participants choose to be involved.
contact:

Superintendent William Mester:
Phone Number: 360-563-7280
Email: bill.mester@sno.wednet.edu

Principal Beth Porter:
Phone Number: 360-563-4002
Email: Beth.Porter@sno.wednet.edu

Speak Up For California Sea Lions
As the spring Chinook salmon run begins in the Columbia River, California sea lions, who live in this Pacific Northwest river and are routinely scapegoated and labeled a “problem” – again are in the government crosshairs. They are getting trapped and killed by the Oregon and Washington wildlife agencies for eating fish – a tiny fraction of the salmon returning to their birthplace to spawn. Since March 2009, when federal authorization was given to bypass the protections of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 33 sea lions have been trapped, 24 are dead and the rest put into permanent captivity.

TAKE ACTION
Please check out this link to politely voice your opposition to this pointless wildlife killing. Insist this program end immediately.

Or contact them Directly:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Jane Lubchenco, Administrator
jane.lubchenco@noaa.gov
phone: 202-482-3436
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Roy Elicker, Director
roy.elicker@state.or.us
phone: 503-947-6044
3406 Cherry Avenue N.E.
Salem, OR 97303

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Phil Anderson, Director
director@dfw.wa.gov
phone: 360-902-2200
fax: 360-902-2947
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501

Action Alerts

Demand Investigation info Lack of Enforcement of Animal Welfare Act
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has uncovered the negligent deaths of literally dozens of animals in 18 research facilities across the U.S. The most shocking part of these atrocities is that the Animal Care Division of the USDA has done virtually nothing about these totally unnecessary deaths.
By literally pouring through thousands of pages of government reports, SAEN’s investigation unearthed the deaths of over 64 animals within 18 registered research facilities spread across the United States. Dogs, cats, primates, pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and other animals suffered cruel deaths at the hands of careless research staff in these labs.
Despite these appalling, needless deaths, the negligent labs have skirted by unscathed by the USDA’s Animal Care Division (USDA/AC) – the very regulatory agency put in charge of overseeing these labs.
Take Action
Please contact the Secretary of Agriculture to demand an immediate investigation into the utterly inadequate enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
email AgSec@usda@gov
phone (202) 720-3631

Only you can keep animal-friendly legislation alive in 2010!
The Washington State 2010 regular legislative session adjourned on March 11. Although two key animal bills did not pass the legislature this year, we can celebrate our 2010 successes and work to gain momentum for 2011!
* HB 1406/SB 5329, would have funded 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually for cats and dogs of low-income families. The bills did not pass the legislature, however the Senate did pass a resolution recognizing that spay/neuter saves cats and dogs lives and taxpayer dollars used to care for unwanted animals. This resolution, combined with increased public awareness and collaboration from numerous animal welfare groups, will help the bill in 2011.
* HB 1885 would have made it illegal to feed certain wild animals, protecting them from habituation and reducing dangerous conflicts between people and wildlife. HB 1885 made it all the way through the House and was close to a vote on the Senate floor, but time ran out.

Collectively, we still need to let our legislators know animal welfare remains a priority. It is not uncommon for bills to take multiple sessions to gain support and pass the legislature. That’s why it’s so important to contact your representatives about animal protections throughout the year:

1. Find your legislators and send each a note OR use the legislator e-mail directory to directly e-mail your representatives.
2. Use the note below to assist—any personalization will only make your message stronger.

Dear (Representative or Senator),
I understand Olympia faced a short session and a big budget challenge in 2010. However as your constituent, I’m disappointed that key bills such as, HB 1885 regarding the feeding of wildlife, and HB 1406/SB 5329 funding spay/neuter for cats and dogs, did not pass the 2010 session. Legislation which protects animals matters a great deal to me. Please support animal-friendly legislation in 2011!

Sincerely,
(Your name, phone number and home address)

Action Alerts

Stop Washington National Primate Research Center Expansion
The Washington primate center is asking for $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities, even though its affiliated institution, the University of Washington, was recently reported to receive more public health funds than any institution except Harvard. The requested $15 million would be used to build a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at their Western Building for the study of deadly, infectious diseases in non-human primates, even though the Seattle area currently houses about 30 BSL-3 labs (according to UW representatives during 2005 public hearings).
Please send a letter immediately to Barbara Alving, M.D., the director of NCRR, and politely request that NCRR not fund the WaNPRC expansion project. The NCRR Advisory Council is reviewing grant applications on an ongoing basis, so there is still time to stop the expansion!

Barbara M. Alving, M.D.
Director, NCRR
31 Center Drive, Suite 3B11, MSC 2128
Bethesda, MD 20892-2128
phone (301) 496-5793
email barbara.alving@nih.gov

for more information see
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100310.html

Action Alerts

Stop Washington National Primate Research Center Expansion
The Washington primate center is asking for $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities, even though its affiliated institution, the University of Washington, was recently reported to receive more public health funds than any institution except Harvard. The requested $15 million would be used to build a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at their Western Building for the study of deadly, infectious diseases in non-human primates, even though the Seattle area currently houses about 30 BSL-3 labs (according to UW representatives during 2005 public hearings).
Please send a letter immediately to Barbara Alving, M.D., the director of NCRR, and politely request that NCRR not fund the WaNPRC expansion project. The NCRR Advisory Council is reviewing grant applications on an ongoing basis, so there is still time to stop the expansion!

Urge Canada to Support Increased Polar Bear Protections
Tell Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment to reverse their decision to allow trophy hunting of polar bears at the upcoming CITES meeting that will be held 13-25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. declared the polar bear as a “threatened” species in 2008. The 175 member states will be voting on the U.S. proposal at that time.

CONTACT:
The Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
K1A 0A2
email  pm@pm.gc.ca

AND
The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
email: jim.prentice@ec.gc.ca

For more information or talking points see here

End EPA Animal Testing Requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency is spearheading a new approach to evaluating chemicals that could end the use of animals and we applaud them. Yet EPA still requires vast amounts of animal testing for pesticides, water pollutants, and other substances.
Common types of EPA-required tests include widely condemned “lethal dose” methods, and other force-feeding or inhalation tests developed decades ago. So while science has progressed in every other discipline, animals are still being poisoned to assess the risks of chemicals.

Tell Lisa Jackson, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it’s time to replace animals in pesticide and endocrine testing. Urge the EPA to include the minimization of animal testing among EPA’s core principles for the regulation of industrial chemicals under any version of chemical regulation reform, including the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Lisa Jackson
US EPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460
phone (202) 564-4700
email:  jackson.lisa@epa.gov

Also see

Action Alerts

Tell Obama To Say NO! to Commercial Whaling
Tell President Obama to instruct the U.S. Representative to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Monica Medina, to vote AGAINST commercial whaling.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
(202) 456-1111
web email form:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Monica Medina
US Commissioner to the IWC
202/482-3567
email: monica.medina@noaa.gov

Ask Carnival Cruise Lines To Stop Serving Foie Gras
One of the world’s largest cruise lines offers one of the world’s cruelest dishes on the menu. Carnival Cruises serves foie gras on their ships to exotic destinations, but there is nothing exotic about foie gras. French for “fatty liver”; foie gras has long been known as “the delicacy of despair.”
Make Your Voice Heard—Take Action
Please contact Carnival by mail, e-mail, fax and phone and POLITELY ask that foie gras be removed from all ship dining rooms.
You can send letters or call:
Gerald Cahill, President and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
gcahill@carnival.com

Cheryl Alvarez, Food and Beverage Manager, Carnival Cruise Lines
clvarez@carnival.com

Phone for both: (305) 599-2600 (ask to be connected to Cheryl Alvarez, then call back and ask to be connected to Gerry Cahill. Leave a polite message on their voicemail)