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Action Alerts


Tell Maine: Stop Pseudo-sanctuary For Solitary Elephant, Rosie
Despite pleas from Maine citizens, experts from around the world, and actor Lily Tomlin, a veterinarian is moving forward with his plan to bring a lone elephant named Rosie to live in a backyard “sanctuary” that is a anything but a refuge for this elephant. But some hurdles remain that can stop this misguided plan.
Veterinarian Jim Laurita, a long-time friend to circuses, still has to secure permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to keep and exhibit Rosie. While he claims to want to help her – she suffers severe arthritis – veterinarians experienced in working with elephants state that the therapies he would provide cannot overcome the ill effects of keeping Rosie confined indoors to a tiny pen for at least five months out of the year due to cold weather and snow.

ACTION

Send a message to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Help IDA assure that Dr. Laurita does not receive the permits that would allow him acquire Rosie for his backyard (literally!) pseudo-sanctuary.

Sign an online petition:

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1977&autologin=true

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

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: :AgSec@usda.gov

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner
41 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
phone (207) 287-8000
fax (207) 287-8094 or (207) 287-6395

Please go to the link below to ask Obama to crack down on puppy mills:

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/crack-down-puppy-mills/B9W46NCH

Support Lolita’s Retirement from Captivity
Lolita is a 42 year old captive killer whale (orca) living at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.
Since her brutal capture in 1970, she has been kept in a tank that is illegal by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements.
Lolita is approximately 21 feet long and 7,000 pounds. Her tank is 20 feet deep at the deepest point and a mere 12 feet deep around the edges. The pool is only 35 feet wide. The Miami Seaquarium is considered to be one of the most dilapidated aquatic parks in the world. It is in need of major repairs, and per the Marine Mammal Inventory Report, has a substantial death rate for their animals.

USDA APHIS Animal Care: ace@aphis.usda.gov
USDA/APHIS/AC
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Ph: 301-734-7833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-734-7833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: 301-734-4978

USDA APHIS Policy and Program: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Office of deputy administrator: 301-734-5136

Animal Welfare Information Center: awic@nal.usda.gov
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Ph: 301-504-6212
Fax: 301-504-7125

National Marine Fisheries Services: cyber.fish@noaa.gov
NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Steve Meyers ext. 174
Brian Hooker ext. 173

NOAA
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Room 6217
Washington, DC 20230
Ph: 202-482-6090
Fax: 202-482-3154

Mayor of Miami: tregalado@miamigov.com
Mayor Tomas P. Regalado
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Office: 305-250-5300
Fax: 305-854-4001

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Robert Villar: rvillar@miamidade.gov
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st St, 29th floor
Miami, FL 33128

Governor of Florida
Rick Scott: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/
Office of the Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Ph: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801

USDA: APHIS is run under the USDA. Tell the USDA to make APHIS enforce it’s own laws on space requirements of Lolita’s tank.
Secretary Ed Schafer: agsec@usda.gov
Room 200-A Whitten Building
USDA
14th and Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Ph: 202-720-2791
Fax: 202-720-2166

Cindy Smith: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Acting Administrator APHIS
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce: info@keybiscaynechamber.org
88 West Mcintyre Street 100
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5207

Florida Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202-224-5274

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5705

Arthur Hertz (owner of Seaquarium)
610 Fluvia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ph: 305-448-8525

Wometco Enterprises Inc. (Aurthur Hertz’ company that includes the Seaquarium)
3195 Ponce Deleon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P.O. Box 141609
Ph: 305-529-1400
Fax: 305-529-1466

Donna Darm
Assistant Regional Administrator
Protected Resources Division
Nation Marine Fisheries Service
525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97232
OR
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Cruises proudly supports the Seaquarium and offers it as an excursion when it is in port. Tell them you will not support them until they stop supporting the Miami Seaquarium.
Mickey Arison (CEO)
3655 NW 87th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33178
Ph: 305-599-2600
Fax: 305-406-4700

Action Alerts

Urge Endangered Species Status for All Chimps

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created to protect ecosystems and animals at risk of extinction by restricting their trade and use, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is charged with upholding the integrity of this law. The agency is currently being challenged by groups including the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Jane Goodall Institute, regarding its controversial split-listing of chimpanzees, in which wild chimps are classified as endangered, while those in captivity are listed only as threatened. This lower classification has allowed the continued use and exploitation of captive chimpanzees in research and entertainment.

Today, approximately 2,000 chimpanzees live in captivity in the U.S., half of whom are privately owned either as pets or as part of the entertainment industry, while the other half are used in research, most of it government funded. Amplifying the suffering associated with captivity, a study earlier this year found that “captivity itself may be fundamental as a causal factor in the presence of persistent, low-level, abnormal behavior—and potentially more extreme levels in some individuals.” Thankfully, though, use of chimpanzees in research has been on the decline, and pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech have stopped using these animals to test their drugs, negating any justification to keep them laboratories. In fact, Genetech’s Theresa Reynolds, Director of Drug Safety Assessment, said, “With advances in technology, chimps are no longer necessary” for developing high-tech drugs. With the exception of the African nation of Gabon, the U.S. is the only country still using chimpanzees in invasive research.

Highlighting another concern, studies have shown that the use of chimpanzees in entertainment contributes to the mistaken belief that chimps are not in danger of extinction, which undermines conservation efforts. Over the past two decades, wild chimpanzee populations have declined 60 percent, and today there are only 175,000-300,000 chimps left in the wild.

Because the ESA prohibits the harmful use of animals in danger of extinction, endangered species classification for all chimpanzees could help end the use of chimps in entertainment and research.

Your Urgent Action is Needed
The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through the Federal Register. Please help to protect chimpanzees in the wild and captivity by asking the FWS to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered, recognizing the reality that all chimps need protection. The letter below can be used as a guide, or copy and paste the letter, adding your own personal thoughts and concerns to your comments. When you click on ‘Submit your comments,’ you will be redirected to the Federal Register website. The deadline to comment is October 31.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-0001

Protest the Use of Mounted Police at Times Square Occupy Wall Street Event
On Saturday, October 15, 2011, activists with the Occupy Wall Street campaign moved demonstrators into the Time Square area for a peceful protest. This peaceful protest was met by an excessive response by the NYPD, who ordered in the mounted police.
Even though the horses of the mounted police are trained to deal with crowds and noise, it had to have been extremely stressful to introduce them into that chaotic situation. Take a look at the videos and you will see what we mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-3j8iYd3ja4 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-3j8iYd3ja4>
The next video shows the scene from a different perspective. This one was shot from a closer perspective. This is what the person who videoed had to say: Mark Heasley i was in times square when this happnened. it was horrible. the NYPD were using the horses as weapons, physically pushing the protesters back so the NYPD could set up metal barricades. the protesters were horrified that the police were using the horses in this way. at least 1 protester had his foot stepped on. here is the same incident from a different/closer angle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1PE2bVqgM <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1PE2bVqgM>

The police used the horses as weapons. What is amazing is that there werent more injuries to either horses or people. In one video you can see how close one horse came to spooking. Horses do not belong in those conditions.
The horses (not to mention the protesters) need your help. Please make the following contacts starting immediately to demand that the NYPD not send the horses into such a dangerous and volatile situation. This is nothing short of animal cruelty. While you are at it remind everyone that the protesters have a right to freedom of speech and assembly. Remind them that they are not criminals but rather people who want to make the world a better place. They have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, not violence.
PLEASE CALL OR WRITE REPEATEDLY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE HEARD!

Contact:

Raymond Kelly, Chief of Police
NYPD
One Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038

NYPD Switchboard: (646) 610-5000
Crime Stopper Tip Line: Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

On Line Contact Form:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html <http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html>

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY
10007
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
FAX (212) 312-0700

e-mail/on-line form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html <http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html>
e-mail: mbloomberg@cityhall.nyc.gov

Christine Quinn
Speaker City Council
224 West 30th St. (Suite 1206)
New York , NY 10001

(212) 564-7757
or
(212) 788-7210
e-mail: quinn@council.nyc.gov
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christinecquinn <http://www.facebook.com/christinecquinn>

For more information, contact Win Animal Rights (W.A.R.) at: winanimalrights@optonline.net

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.

ACTION

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
Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
phone (301) 496-4000
email: NIHinfo@od.nih.gov

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.

CONTACT:

Nordstrom Corporate Offices
President Blake Nordstrom
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
phone (206) 373-4331
phone (888) 282-6060
Email Contact https://secure.nordstrom.com/services/merchandiseinquiry.asp

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.

Contact:

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@gov.idaho.gov

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@mt.gov

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

Phone: 307.777.7434
Fax: 307.632.3909
governor@wyo.gov

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.

Contact
Paul Bulcke
CEO
Nestlé S.A.
paul.bulcke@nestle.com
Nestle online email form: http://www.nestle.com/Common/Peripherals/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

Brad Alford
CEO
Nestlé USA
brad.alford@us.nestle.com
Nestle online email form: http://www.nestle.com/Common/Peripherals/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

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
info@comcastarenaeverett.com

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.

Contact:

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
425.322.2600

Email
info@comcastarenaeverett.com
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:

Commander
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:
flychinasouthern@csair.com

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
yvonnewalton@hotmail.com

The Honorable Todd Walton
Ohio County Commissioner
twalton@cinergy.com

The Honorable Shane Koons
Ohio County Commissioner

The Honorable Connie Smith
Ohio County Auditor
ohioctyauditor1@earthlink.net

The Honorable Mike Padgett
Councilmember Pro-Tem
phone (812) 438-3340
mpadgett@orvcomm.com

The Honorable Steve Slack
Councilmember
phone (812) 438-3340
sslack@orvcomm.com

The Honorable Lynn Graves
Councilmember
phone (812) 438-3340
lgraves@orvcomm.com

The Honorable Bud Radcliff
phone (812) 438-3340
bradcliff@orvcomm.com

The Honorable Roy Powell
Councilmember
phone (812) 438-3340
rpowell@orvcomm.com

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

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.

Sincerely,

[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:

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/contact_us/?curSection=%2Fwhidbey%2Fswr&t=contact&c=y

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
AgSec@usda.gov

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.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
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
scientificauthority@fws.gov

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.

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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.

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