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Action Alerts


Tell the Department of State to Evacuate Companion Animals from Japan
Once again, the U.S. Department of State is refusing to allow U.S. nationals evacuating a disaster zone, this time in Japan, to take their animal companions to safety. The official policy of the Department of State is that it does not evacuate pets. Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ask that the State Department allow Americans, without exception, to evacuate all their family members from Japan and from every future disaster area.

Please contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ask that:

1. People evacuating Japan be allowed to take their companion animals, regardless of size, with them.
2. The State Department permanently change its official policy to allow pets to be evacuated, simultaneously with their families, from disaster areas.

Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
phone (202) 647-1579
phone 202-647-6575 Public Communication Division
online email form


Don’t Let Sea World Keep Its Dirty Secrets
Please send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
When Sea World Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed last year by Tilicum, the 12,300-pound resident orca, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation and cited Sea World for the willful act of knowingly placing its employees at risk. Sea World is contesting the OSHA findings and has requested a hearing in April — and is asking that the hearing be closed to the public so that records of the case can be sealed. It seems clear that Sea World wants to keep ugly truths from getting out and being used against it, regardless of the cost to orcas or their trainers.
Please call or send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis asking her to intervene with an executive order to make the hearing, and Sea World’s way of doing business, open to the public:

Secretary Hilda Solis
Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
phone (866) 487-2365 and (202) 693-4676

Urge District Attorney to Prosecute North Carolina Lab Animal Abuse
You can be a voice for the animals who suffered at the hands of PLRS employees. Take a minute of your time today to politely urge local District Attorney Frank Parrish to bring charges against those responsible for making animals suffer at PLRS, without further delay.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
It’s been nearly six months since the release of PETA’s shocking undercover investigation inside North Carolina–based Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS), which documented PLRS employees kicking, throwing, and dragging dogs; violently throwing and slamming cats into cages; intentionally trying to rip cats’ claws from their sensitive paws—making them bleed, roughly handling rabbits and lifting them by the ears; and viciously cursing at animals, calling them “asshole,” “bitch,” and “motherfucker.” But the district attorney, whom PETA first met with almost a year ago, has yet to file cruelty-to-animals charges against those responsible for the suffering, abuse and neglect of hundreds of animals.

Make direct contact:

Frank R. Parish
113 N. Elliott Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
phone (252) 331-4743
fax (252) 331-4807

Action Alerts

Call-ins and Emails to American Legend

Please contact American Legend Cooperative (aka Seattle Fur Exchange) and let them know how you feel about the business they conduct and the horrors of the fur industry. Be polite.

These coordinated efforts are very effective and it is important that people participate.

American Legend General Contacts:

Phone Numbers:
1(800)551-3906
1(425)251-3200
1(425)251-3100

1(503)816-6132- Joseph Morelli, CEO and President

Fax:
1(425)251-3222
1(425)656-0244

Executives and Important Contact Emails:

*This one is important!!!*–>*SUPPORT*: support@americanlegend.com

CEO and President: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- jmorelli@americanlegend.com
Trustee: William Kenney- wmkenney@americanlegend.com
Vice President: Kurt Essman- kessman@americanlegend.com
Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen- dtheisen@americanlegend.com
Director of Finance and Administration: David Larsen-dlarsen@americanlegend.com
Graphic Designer: Sandra Wallace- swallace@americanlegend.com
Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr- dkerr@americanlegend.com
General Manager: Carol Frank- cfrank@americanlegend.com
Director-Finance: Anne Daffern- adaffern@gmail.com
Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon- rdixon@americanlegend.com
Director- IT: Scott Wolfe- swolfe@americanlegend.com

EMAIL BLOCK:
support@americanlegend.com, jmorelli@americanlegend.com, wmkenney@americanlegend.com, kessman@americanlegend.com, dtheisen@americanlegend.com, dlarsen@americanlegend.com
, swallace@americanlegend.com, dkerr@americanlegend.com, cfrank@americanlegend.com, adaffern@gmail.com, rdixon@americanlegend.com, swolfe@americanlegend.com

Sandra Wallace, Graphic Designer, has these websites:
faithmariedesign.com, artfortytwo.org, sandrafmw.blogspot.com

Important Facebook Accounts:
Joe Morelli, CEO- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091117418
Carol Stone Frank- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005334784
Sandra Wallace- http://www.facebook.com/s.Faithmarie

Let the Woodland Park Zoo know how you feel about repeated insemination

Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) artificially inseminated Chai for the 60th time.  Inseminated 50 times prior to Hansa’s birth and 9 times since has only yielded miscarriages.  Hansa, Chai’s daughter (conceived with a bull) died of the deadly herpes virus.  Watoto, one of three elephants on display at WPZ, tested positive in 2008 for the same strain of herpes virus that killed Hansa.  There is no cure and WPZ has no infection control in place—in fact Chai could tansmit the virus to her own fetus.  The virus attacks the internal organs causing massive hemorrhaging and a painful, gruesome death.

To even take a chance of causing a defenseless calf such a horrific death is unconscionable and unethical.

Please write a thoughtful and polite, but enraged e-mail to:

Seattle City Council members:
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, richard.conlin@seattle.gov, sally.clark@seattle.gov, nick.licata@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, tim.burgess@seattle.gov, jean.godden@seattle.gov, mike.obrien@seattle.gov, tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov

Deborah Jensen, WPZ President:
deborah.jensen@zoo.org,

State Senators Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Ed Murray:
kohl_je@leg.wa.gov, Edward.murray@leg.wa.gov

Here’s the story with the zoo’s press release.  If you want to comment, no log in is required.
http://www.phinneywood.com/2011/03/14/zoo-artificially-inseminates-32-year-old-asian-elephant-chai/#respond

Action Alerts

Ask the USDA to fine the Southern Research Institute in Multiple Animal Deaths
Negligence at the Southern Research Institute killed a monkey and two ferrets, while
subjecting two more ferrets to severe hyperthermia (heat stress). This horrible
facility must be held accountable. The USDA must levy the largest fine allowable by
law, potentially $50,000.

Please contact the USDA to insist that they take immediate action against this
facility’s fatal negligence.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
Director, Eastern Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Dr, Ste 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

Promote Meatless Mondays in the Workplace

Action Alerts

Take Action to get the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill, HB 1226 Passed

To help this bill pass through committee, we need you to take action!  Here are THREE things you can do.

ONE. Please attend the hearing on March 3rd if possible. Sign in “PRO” (in favor of the bill) on the sign-in sheet. If you wish to testify, please indicate so on the sign-in sheet.  The bill number is HB 1226.

TWO.  Submit your testimony or letter of support in writing

THREE.  If you cannot attend the hearing, please send your written testimony to the committee by email. Following are the committee members’ email addresses. We suggest addressing your comments to all of the members. However, if you live in a member’s district, you may wish to address your comments specifically to your legislator. Your comments should be sent no later than March 3, 2011 to the committee. Please identify yourself by name, address, affiliation, and refer to the bill number, HB 1226.

Ruth Kagi, Chair (D) 32nd District:  ruth.kagi@leg.wa.gov
Mary Helen Roberts, Vice Chair (D) 21st District:  maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov
Maureen Walsh (R) 16th District:  maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov
Mike Hope (R) 44th District:  mike.hope@leg.wa.gov
Mary Lou Dickerson (D) 36th District: marylou.dickerson@leg.wa.gov
Roger Goodman (D) 45th District:  roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov
Norm Johnson (R) 14th District:  norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov
Tina Orwall (D) 33rd District:  tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov
Jason Overstreet (R) 42nd District: jason.overstreet@leg.wa.gov

For more information & talking points, see this link

Help to Stop Sport Hound Hunting of Cougars
In 1996 Washington voters overwhelmingly passed I-655, banning the use of dogs to aid the hunting of cougars, black bear, bobcat or lynx. Included in this initiative were safeguards to allow the removal of problem cougars in an effort to protect livestock, domestic animals, private property, and ensure public safety.
However, some legislators now want to overturn the will of the voters by claiming that hound hunting is a “tool for cougar population conservation and management” and to address cougar populations that have “exceeded a community’s tolerance.”

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite call to your Washington state representative and urge opposition to H.B. 1124. Look up your state legislator’s name and phone number.

After you make your calls, please fill out and submit the form here to automatically send a brief, polite email message to your Washington state representative and urge opposition to H.B. 1124. Elected officials receive a lot of email. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.

Action Alerts

Support Washington State Proposed Shark Fin Ban
Shark finning is the practice of slicing off the shark’s fins while the shark is still alive and throwing the rest of its body back into the ocean where it can take days to die what must be an agonizing death. Some sharks starve to death, others are slowly eaten by other fish, and some drown, because sharks need to keep moving to force water through their gills for oxygen.
Earlier this week, the Washington state legislature introduced a bill to ban the shark fin trade. This bill prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. The text of SB 5688 can be seen here.
Take action
Support the passage of a Washington State bill that prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law.
Written testimony can be sent to the Members of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee. Testimony should be addressed to Senator Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee. And it should be sent to ALL committee members.

To:
Senator Kevin Ranker ranker.kevin@leg.wa.gov
Senator Debbie Regala regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
Senator Bob Morton morton.bob@leg.wa.gov
Senator Jim Hargrove hargrove.jim@leg.wa.gov
Senator Val Stevens stevens.val@leg.wa.gov
Senator Dan Swecker swecker.dan@leg.wa.gov

Actions Alerts

Call to Action:  Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill, SB 5151
please take FIVE minutes to call and email your senator now.

Homelessness is the single leading cause of death for healthy cats and dogs in the United States. About five million animals are killed in our country’s shelters each year. In Washington State, tens of thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized in Washington shelters each year.

The purpose of Washington’s spay/neuter assistance legislation is to provide funding to assist low-income owners of cats and dogs to obtain affordable spay/neuter surgeries, and to provide for spay/neuter surgeries on feral and free-roaming cats.

We need YOUR help.  Here are three things YOU can do NOW:

1.  Spread the word about the bill. Tell your friends and associates who care about companion animal welfare; ask your veterinarian to get behind this effort.  Post and distribute flyers at community locations, at community events; and ask retail stores, pet product stores, clinics, and other establishments to support the bill and have flyers on hand to give customers and clients.  Sign up, and ask other people to sign up for our newsletter.

Send an email and follow it up with a brief telephone call to your state senator’s office.  Send your message ONLY to your state senator please. It’s quick and easy to call your state senator!  Just call your senator’s office, and speak briefly with his or her legislative assistant or leave a message. Tell them your name, that you’re a constituent, and that you support SB 5151, the spay/neuter bill.  Then request that your senator contact Senator Pridemore immediately and ask that a hearing be scheduled on SB 5151 in the Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee

2. Become a spay/neuter bill advocate in your legislative district. We would like to have at least 50 people in each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts become spay/neuter bill advocates.  We need advocates to sign up now!  Get the details here.

Ask the University of Washington to End the Use of Ferrets in its Pediatrics Residency Program

Please take a minute to ask University of Washington School of Medicine dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., to replace the use of ferrets in the school’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:
1. Please replace the use of animals in UW’s pediatrics residency.
2. Anatomical and physiological differences between ferrets and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
3. UW is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (less than 15 percent) that still use live animals for training.
4. High-fidelity simulators such as Laerdal’s SimNewB and Gaumard’s Premie HAL accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn and allow for data collection.
5. UW already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.


Support Washington State Proposed Shark Fin Ban
Take action to support the passage of a Washington State bill that prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. Text of SB 5688.
Written testimony can be sent to the Members of the Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee. Testimony should be addressed to Senator Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee. And it should be sent to ALL committee members.

To:
Senator Kevin Ranker ranker.kevin@leg.wa.gov
Senator Debbie Regala regala.debbie@leg.wa.gov
Senator Bob Morton morton.bob@leg.wa.gov
Senator Jim Hargrove hargrove.jim@leg.wa.gov
Senator Val Stevens stevens.val@leg.wa.gov
Senator Dan Swecker swecker.dan@leg.wa.gov
For more  info, see this link

Action Alerts


Support Prevention of Animal Cruelty Bill: SB 5065 and HB 1147

Save Washington Pets (Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation) is taking a lead role in advocating for the passage of SB 5065/HB 1147.  We’ll keep you posted on this bill’s progress through this web page, our email newsletter, and Facebook page. You can help by participating in public hearings or contacting your legislators before key votes. Want more information? Track SB 5065 and HB 1147 on the legislature’s website where you can download the bills. For a two-page summary, download our flyer here.

A hearing on SB 5065 is scheduled before the Senate Judiciary Committee:  January 28, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Senate Hearing Room 1, J.A. Cherberg Building, State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA.  Note: hearing schedules are subject to change. Check the hearing schedule for the committee here.

Sign Up for Humane Lobby Day – Feb 17th

Sign up with Washingtonians for Humane Farms

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