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Action Alerts

Ask Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon aerial wolf-killing in Idaho by State and Federal Wildlife Services.
In one of its first moves since retaking the reins of wolf management, Idaho officials called in the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services — the federal government’s chief wildlife-killing agency — to kill wolves in the central part of the state.
Using radio collars to track down wolf packs in the area, the airborne marksmen only managed to kill five wolves. The mission was quickly abandoned, described as both inefficient and expensive by the Wildlife Services agents themselves.
But Wildlife Services could continue gunning from the skies and trapping on the ground to artificially boost game populations in the region.


Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone  (202) 720-3631 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 720-3631 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
fax  (202) 720-2166

Tell Smithsonian to Suspend Researcher Charged with Cat Cruelty
According to ABC News and the Washington Post, a researcher at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center was observed via video surveillance attempting to poison cats in Washington, DC, and charged with attempted animal cruelty.
The researcher—Dr. Nico Dauphine—now faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted on charges of animal cruelty.
All animals deserve to be protected from cruelty, and intentionally harmful acts like poisoning are illegal.
Join us in calling for the Smithsonian to suspend Dr. Dauphine until the case is resolved.

The Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington DC 20013-7012
phone – voicemail    (202) 633-1000
email –

Action Alerts

Donate to the Seattle Fur Exchange Activists!

Help support your fellow activists!

The Seattle and Portland Animal Defense Leagues have considerable costs to cover stemming from this past weekend’s activities to Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange!  In addition to court costs, they also need to pay for such mundane things as copying fliers, gas, sign making materials, and the like.
Any amount helps!

The Portland Animal Defense League has set up a PayPal account you can access here:

Action Alerts

Call-ins and Emails to the Seattle Fur Exchange!
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

American Legend General Contacts:

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


Executives and Important Contact Emails:


CEO and President of American Legend: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- (503)816-6132 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (503)816-6132 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Trustee: William Kenney-

Vice President: Kurt Essman-

Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen-

Director of Finance and Administration: David Larsen-

Graphic Designer: Sandra Wallace-

Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr-

General Manager: Carol Frank-

Director-Finance: Anne Daffern-

Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon-

Director- IT: Scott Wolfe-

Sandra Wallace, Graphic Designer, has these websites:,,

Important Facebook Accounts:

Joe Morelli, CEO-

Carol Stone Frank-

Sandra Wallace-

Help Stop the Brutal Practice of Penning Coyotes and Foxes in Indiana
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a proposed rule to legalize the practice of coyote/fox “penning” year-round. Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. Penning enthusiasts claim the activity trains the dogs to better pursue and hunt foxes and coyotes in the wild.
Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. It is considered a good way to “train” dogs to hunt.
ACTION Comments are needed by May 18, 2011!

Contact the Governor to prohibit the practice of coyote/fox penning statewide.
Governor Mitch Daniels
Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
phone             (317) 232-4567 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (317) 232-4567 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
online contact form:


Tell the Indiana Natural Resources Commission that it should main its prior position and NOT allow penning. Submit comments to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission in opposition to the proposed rules.
To submit a comment online –
Select the “Coyote/Fox – Dog Training Grounds” rule
Click on “Comment on this rule”
Enter the required information in the boxes provided
Politely express your concerns about this issue and that the inherent cruelty and abuse associated with coyote/fox penning cannot be remedied through rules (see sample letter and suggested talking points here)

OR write to

Indiana NRC – Division of Hearings
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Action Alerts

Help End Animals’ Show Business “Careers”
Video released May 7, 2011, by Animal Defenders International shows the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants, being beaten and electric-shocked during training.
What You Can Do
* Please contact ADI today and find out how you can speak up for Tai and all animals being abused in the entertainment industry. If you live in the UK, please contact and/or if you live in the U.S. please contact and ask for a Water for Elephants Letter Writing Pack.
* Boycott this film and tell your family and friends to take a stand against animal cruelty by only supporting films without animal actors.
* Leaflet moviegoers at a theater near you to educate them about the abuse of Tai and other performing animals. Contact ADI to order leaflets.
* Contact your local theater with a copy of the DVD we can provide you, and politely ask them to make the right choice and stop showing the film.
* Contact ADI for a letter writing pack with sample letters to Water for Elephants actors and movie makers, and sample letters to the editor to help you raise your voice for Tai and the other animals abused for entertainment.
* Write a letter to your local paper about Tai’s abuse and educate the public that animal suffering is never romantic and it is never entertainment. (Sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Contact the Director and Producer and politely ask that they make Water for Elephants the last film they will use live animal actors. (Contacts and sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
* Share the link to the video on your Facebook and other social networking sites, to spread the word to family and friends.

Take Action (Yes, Again) To End the Taiji Slaughter
Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales. Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.  The government of Japan should immediately pass laws to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales in their waters. By doing so, they would be sending the world a message of compassion.

PLEASE keep in mind that most Japanese do NOT know about the slaughters in Taiji.

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
phone (202) 238-6700
fax (202) 328-2187

Email: Japan Information and Culture Center

Atrazine – Let’s Get It Banned

Atrazine is one of the world’s most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide turns male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion.  Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can’t be good for humans either. That’s likely why the European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004.  Tell the EPA to BAN ATRAZINE IMMEDIATELY! Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in rainwater, groundwater and tap water in the USA.   It kills ANIMALS…which includes humans.

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

Action Alerts

Tell Woodsky’s Cruelty is not entertainment
Woodskys – a new bar in Fremont proudly holds goldfish races to entertain their drunk patrons.  During, before and after these races many of the goldfish die.  To make matters worse, the fish are kept in a small dirty tank when they are not being shot through a plastic tube by people who think sending small fish forcefully through a tube is fun.
Give Woodskys a call and let them know how you feel about their engaging in animal abuse
(they are open 4pm-2am, so you will only get an answer if you call during those hours.)

They also have a Yelp page
Woodskys also has a Facebook page on which they have been proudly advertising their goldfish races. Please post your thoughts on their Wall

Speak Out Against Bills That Hide Truths About Factory Farming
Bills that could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms are currently making their way through the Minnesota, Florida, and Iowa legislatures. Tell the governors of Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota to veto any of these bills that reach their desks.
Even if you live outside Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota, your voice is still needed. The meat from slaughtered animals crosses state lines, and the governments in these states need to hear from consumers across the country who care about the way animals killed for food are treated.

Make direct contact:

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
1007 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
phone (515) 281-5211
email –

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
phone (651) 201-3400
fax (651) 797-1850

Florida Governor Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
phone (850) 488-7146
fax (850) 487-0801 (fax)

New Day Northwest’s best & worst show
King 5’s New Day NW today featured a segment on the problems with the exotic animal trade (, for which they should be thanked, but then they followed it up with a story on bull riding ( Unfortunately, like many people, they just don’t get it! It’s classic speciesism on daytime TV: cute or wild animals deserve protection while other animals are here for our entertainment. According to a reply from New Day NW Executive Producer Lindsay Johnson, she has “never seen people who treat animals with more respect than people whose livelihoods depend on them.” It is absurd to think that because one makes money off of animal exploitation they would treat the animals well; it is also simply not true. Animals buck because they do not want to be ridden. Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. Before entering the ring, cows and horses are often prodded with an electrical “hotshot” so that the pain will rile them. The flank (or “bucking”) strap is tightly cinched around the animals’ abdomens, causing them to buck vigorously in an attempt to escape the pain. The animals are transported around the country, made into spectacles, and put in harm’s way. This is not showing respect; it is pure exploitation and cruelty.

Please write to New Day NW. Thank them for addressing the many problems with the exotic animal trade and express your disappointment in their choice to follow it with a segment promoting animal cruelty. Let them know that rodeos and bull riding events are no fun for the animals and that all animals deserve protection, not just exotic ones:

Please also contact King 5 Programming, as comments to New Day NW may fall on deaf ears:

Ask the Point Defiance Zoo to Close Elephant Exhibit
Closing the elephant exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is within sight but what about the two elephants living there?  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA) is holding a public comment meeting to discuss their 10-year plan which includes closing their tiny elephant exhibit – but not until poor Hanako and Suki die.  WHY WAIT for them to die? Why force them to continue to live in this physically and psychologically harmful environment?
Please write to the PDZ and ask that the humane decision be made.
Ask for Hanako and Suki to be retired to an elephant sanctuary.
Email the zoo at:
Or snail mail:
Attention Strategic Plan,
5400 North Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407
You can also join their facebook page and leave comments supporting the end to the elephant exhibit.

Earth to EPA:  Bees Need Help Now
Tell the EPA to seriously restrict and/or refuse new uses for three particularly suspect neonicotinoid insecticides: imidacloprid, thiomethoxam and clothianidin. These pesticides are known to be particularly toxic to honey bees, persist for years in the soil and because they are applied as seed treatments on everything from corn and canola to almonds and pome fruits, chronic exposure in the field is difficult if not impossible to control.
Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167

Tell Edmonds Rotary:  Fishing Is Not Kids’ Entertainment
Call or write The Rotary Club of Edmond, Washington, and politely ask that they stop promoting or working with anyone who promotes the killing of and cruelty towards animals. Let them know that it is not acceptable to encourage children (or anyone) to kill or be cruel to fish or any other animals.
The Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival has partnered with the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery and will be providing a shuttle bus from the festival to the hatchery, where kids under 12 can hook the animals and then have them killed and gutted for free.
Fish are not swimming vegetables; they are animals with developed nervous systems and brains capable of processing pain and fear. Author of the 2010 book Do Fish Feel Pain? and Penn State professor Victoria Braithwaite says, “We now know that fish actually are cognitively more competent than we thought before—some species of fish have very sophisticated forms of cognition…In our experiments we showed that if we hurt fish, they react, and then if we give them pain relief, they change their behavior, strongly indicating that they feel pain.”

The Rotary Club of Edmonds
PO Box 115
Edmonds, WA 98020
phone (425) 771-1744
To call or email the Club Leadership click here

Action Alerts

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

Tell your Federal legislators to support an end to biomedical research on chimpanzees and ask that they cosponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810).

Because this is a new bill and new number, even if you previously signed a letter in support of ending chimpanzee research, it is vital that you PLEASE sign again.

Make direct contact:

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

Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please show your support of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research by signing on as a cosponsor.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to prohibit:
* invasive research on great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons)
* the funding of such research both within and outside of the U.S.
* the transport of great apes for such research; or
* the breeding of great apes for such research;

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act seeks to require
* the permanent retirement of all federally-owned great apes

Free Tony the Tiger From Truckstop Prison

Tell the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to follow the regulations already set by the State of Louisiana to protect members of the public and tigers such as Tony by revoking Sandlin’s permit immediately.
On April 11, 2011, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.

Make direct contact:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70808
P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
phone (225) 765-2800
online contact form

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) has been re-introduced in the 112th Congress. This bill will end the use of chimpanzees for invasive research procedures, shut down federal breeding programs, and release federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent homes in sanctuaries.

The United States is the last country to use chimpanzees in large-scale invasive experiments, and while chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, there is still enough substantial differences in physiology, genetics, and susceptibility to diseases to make them poor models in research. Millions of dollars wasted and decades of research with inconclusive results have shown that the use of chimpanzees has not provided any advancement towards cures that human-based research has provided. There are over 500 chimpanzees that are federally owned, and by releasing them to sanctuaries, the Great Ape Protection Act will save taxpayers $20-25 million annually.

The bill has the leadership of Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) as well as 42 cosponsors already signed on in the U.S. House, and Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the U.S. Senate.

Please take a moment and send an automated letter to your Senators and your House Representative to encourage them to support an end to the confinement and suffering of chimpanzees being used in experiments. The letter is programmed to be directed to your legislators that represent you in your area, and has the option of using a pre-written request or one that you’ve written. Encourage others you know to sign on as well. Thank you.

cross-posted to UW Kills

Action Alerts

Protect Egg-laying Hens from Cruelty – ask your Representative to Vote NO on HB1813
Millions of egg-laying hens in Washington’s egg industry are confined in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings. A dangerous bill to codify inhumane industry standards for egg-laying hens in Washington (SSB 5487) has passed the Washington state Senate and will be receiving a vote on the House floor soon. SSB 5487 will codify animal cruelty by keeping hens in cages and not do anything to move Washington toward real industry reform.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative, and urge opposition to HB1813. Look up your state legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent and I urge you to oppose HB1813, which codifies cruel and inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens in Washington.”

Ask The NIH – When Will You Stop Testing On Animals?
Please contact the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, urging him to create a strategic plan to end the use of animals in scientific research. Although Congress ordered the NIH to move towards non-animal methods almost twenty years ago, the NIH has given lip service to these methods with little meaningful progress. That’s why we are asking for an agency-wide policy that takes concrete actions to significantly reduce the number of animals in labs each year – eventually bringing that number to zero.

Make direct contact:

Dr. Francis Collins”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
phone (301) 496-4000

Ask Your U.S. Representative to Become a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act
Each year in Department of Defense (DOD) courses, more than 6,000 pigs and goats are wounded and killed in combat trauma training courses. In these courses, military trainees practice medical procedures on anesthetized animals. At the end of each course, the animals are killed.
The DOD has defended this practice despite the overwhelming evidence that a transition to human-based alternatives would provide a better educational experience for our service members. These medical procedures are taught in the civilian world almost exclusively without the use of live animals.

Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 1417, the BEST Practices Act which would end the use of live animals in military weapons trainings.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Action Alerts

URGENT! Tell your Representatives to Vote NO on Cougar Hound Hunting Today
Your action is needed today to stop SSB 5356 in the Washington State House of Representatives. This bill would grant the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) full authority to extend hound hunting of cougars to sport hunters for another five years in designated counties. Although WDFW presents SSB 5356 as a conservation bill that also protects public safety, it’s really a bill which goes directly against the will of the voters and is driven by misinformation and weak science.
The companion version of this bill (HB 1124) was successfully stopped. We now need your help to stop SSB 5356 from passing!
Please take 5 minutes today to tell your representatives you oppose SSB 5356:
1. Enter your address to identify your district and representatives.
2. Call/ e-mail (or both) your representatives urging them to vote NO on SSB 5356, allowing the hunting of cougars using dogs, on the full House floor.

HELPFUL HINTS: Calling is fast, easy and very impactful. Legislative staff will take your call. Follow up with a polite e-mail to thank them, and to solidify your action. To avoid forms, use the legislator e-mail directory. CEO Kills Wild Elephants – Take Action
Bob Parsons, CEO of the internet domain hosting company Go Daddy, posted a video blog that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe. This is not the first time he has publicly bragged about killing elephants and other hunting activities.
Parsons says he’s not ashamed of his reprehensible action, claiming to be helping villagers whose crops were trampled. But his lame excuse doesn’t hold water. Parsons is just another trophy hunter looking to justify murdering an innocent animal.
For more information and to see what you can do, check out IDA’s Action Alert
to contact GoDaddy directly call  480-505-8821.

Tell Congress to Pass Legislation that Eliminates Random Source Class B Dealers
Please contact your Federal representatives NOW to encourage passage of this legislation. B Dealers are licensed by the U.S. government to sell animals to research facilities with NO restrictions or regulations on where they “obtained” the animals, many of whom are companion animals either stolen from neighborhoods or bought from some dog/cat breeders.

Tell your Senators and Representative to support Rep. Doyle and Sen. Akaka’s re-introduction of the Pet Safety and Protection Act, and do everything they can to see that it is passed without delay. This Act would ban random source Class B animal dealers who sell dogs and cats to vivisectors. Congress needs to shut down the shady business that sells former companion dogs and cats to research facilities.

Make direct contact:

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

Action Alerts

Take Action to Help Ailing Elephants Now
Help spare Karen, Nicole, Bonnie, and Minyak from additional suffering by politely urging Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to immediately seize these ailing elephants before it’s too late—foot disorders and arthritis are the leading causes of euthanasia in captive elephants.

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

for more information check out this link

Encourage Meaningful Sentences In Dogfighting Case
Please send letters in care of Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck, encouraging Judge Rosier to hand down aggressive and meaningful sentences which clearly reflect the Court’s recognition of the cruel violence and attendant criminal activities which dogfighting inflicts on communities.

Make direct contact:

The Honorable Phyllis M. Rosier
8th Judicial Circuit
c/o Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck
339 East Macclenny Avenue
Macclenny FL 32063
phone (904) 259-0216

For more information on this Alert see – ALDF

Protect National Forests And Wildlife Habitat
In an outrageous move, the Obama administration has proposed setting aside vital protections for the forest homes of lynx and other imperiled wildlife in our national forests that have existed since Ronald Reagan was president.
These magnificent landscapes support diverse ecosystems and an incredible array of fish, wildlife and plants including lynx, antelope, bison, bighorn sheep, elk and cutthroat trout. In all, our national forests provide habitat for more than 5,000 species of fish and wildlife and more than 10,000 plant species.
Check out IDA’s Action Alert and send a message to President Obama

Submit Comments On BLM’s “New” Strategy For Wild Horses & Burros
On February 28, 2011, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its “Proposed Strategy for Future Management of Wild Horses and Burros.” Although the plan offers some encouraging language about new BLM photodirections, it continues the agency’s business-as-usual approach to wild horse management with the proposed removal of 32,800 mustangs from the range over the next five years, increasing the population in holding to nearly 52,000 horses.
Now is the time to build a strong public record in support of REAL change for this broken federal program. Let’s secure a safe future for America’s treasured wild horses and burros –
Contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Comments on Strategy via IDA’s Action Alert