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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

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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)

Action Alerts

Support Fellow Animal Rights Activists – Write Letters to Vegans in Prison

Please show other Animal Rights Activists that they are not alone.  There are Activists in prison, and awaiting sentencing that need to know they have supporters.

For information on who these people are, and how to help them with letters of support, see:

http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/prisoners.htm

Support Strong Endangered Species Protections

Please oppose any regulations that weaken endangered species protections. In particular, please ensure that federal agencies thoroughly consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when their actions may increase the climate change impacts on endangered species.

Contact:
Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

For more information & Talking Points, see this link

Action Alerts

End Cruel and Deadly Wild Horse Roundups
In October 2009, the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a comprehensive five-year plan to potentially transform the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program. Sadly, that optimism was short-lived. Just weeks after the plan was released, the BLM announced that it would remove another 12,000 wild horses from the range in FY 2010. At this rate, by 2011 there will be more wild horses in captivity than there are in the wild.
Worst yet, the BLM has made no effort to change its roundup procedures to minimize injuries and deaths. At least 46 horses have died or been killed in incidents related to the roundups taking place at the Calico Complex in Nevada, including two colts who were run for so many miles that their hooves subsequently became infected and fell off.
Take Action:
Please contact Ken Salazar the Secretary of the Interior, urging him to place an immediate moratorium on wild horse roundups in the U.S.

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
ph: 202-208-3100
email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Also contact your Representatives & Senators:

Find your U.S. Representative here

Find your U.S. Senator here

check out
http://www.returntofreedom.org/

Kill Utah Bill and Save Wolves

Tell Utah’s Governor Herbert to defeat and/or veto Senate Bill 36 First Substitute. Protect wolves, don’t kill them!
Contact:
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220
phone (801) 538-1000
phone (800) 705-2464
fax (801) 538-1528
web email form

http://governor.utah.gov/goca/form_governor.html

Action Alerts


Tell CITES to Say NO to Requests to Sell Stockpiled Ivory
Tell CITES that now is the time to save elephants by NOT selling stockpiled ivory. Either the elephants will be granted a reprieve through the imposition of another (this time long-term) international ivory trade ban, or the demise of the world’s elephants will be sealed simply because signatories to the Convention selfishly seek trade with ivory consuming Nations above the survival of the elephants.

CONTACT:
CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Switzerland
phone +41-(0)22-917-81-39/40
fax +41-(0)22-797-34-17
email: info@cites.org

Information/Talking Points here:
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100131.html

Ask the USDA to protect elephants
Help elephants in captivity by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue charges against Ringling for putting this baby elephant in harm’s way and demanding that the agency ensure that he is receiving adequate veterinary care.

CONTACT
Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

Information/Talking Points here:
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100205-2.html


Tell the USDA: Dogs are in danger
R&R Research has a history of obtaining animals in violation of AWA’s Protection of Pets section and its corresponding regulations, provisions put in place to protect lost or stolen pets from ending up as research subjects. In 2005, USDA entered into a settlement agreement with R&R Research for multiple violations related to illegally acquiring cats.
Since that agreement, R&R has continued to violate the Protection of Pets section and has been cited four times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The AWA instructs USDA to permanently revoke the license of a Class B dealer who has been found to violate the Protection of Pets section three or more times. Since September 2007, R&R Research has violated this section and its corresponding regulations five times, three in the last year alone. USDA is falling far short in protecting dogs and cats, as it has failed to invoke any penalty against R&R for violations occurring since November 2005, including those involving animals acquired illegally. It does so despite stating in its 2007 Annual Report that “some…[random source Class B] dealers may be trafficking in stolen animals.”
Although USDA is currently conducting an investigation against R&R Research, the pattern of violations demonstrates that dogs and cats bought and sold by this notorious dealer are in imminent danger. There is sufficient cause to move forward without delay with a complete revocation of R&R’s dealer license. Clearly, this Class B dealer is acting in complete defiance of the AWA and will continue to do so unless USDA takes immediate action.

What you can do!
Please contact USDA and ask the agency to immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly violated the Protection of Pets section of the AWA, and the agency has a responsibility to take action.
CONTACT
Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

Tell the USDA you don’t want GE contamination in your organics
In an environment impact statement about genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the USDA claims that organic consumers don’t care about GE contamination.  In a Sound Consumer article by editor Trudy Bialic, organic consumers are called to action to comment before February 16 to let them know that we DO care about GE contamination and want no part of it.  Organic produce and other products are supposed to be free of such contamination.  Please leave a comment if you care!

http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480a6b7a1

Action Alerts

Actions Needed for Current Federal Animal Legislation

CONTACT

Find your U.S. Representative here

Find your U.S. Senator here

Contact your Senators AND Representatives to support:

  • The Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80, which would end the trafficking in primates for the pet trade, was approved by the House in July. The bill has been on the Senate legislative calendar for consideration by the full Senate without any further action.
  • The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, H.R. 503 and S. 727 would end the slaughter of horses for food for human consumption throughout the states and prohibit the transport of horses to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption.
  • The Great Ape Protection Act, H. R. 1326, which would end the use of great apes for invasive research. While the bill now has 123 sponsors, it needs a greater push to move it into a position for serious consideration.
  • The Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009, H.R. 3907 and S. 1834, would ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
  • The BEST Practices Act, H.R. 4269, would end the use of live animals in military medical training courses. This landmark bill, titled in full “the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act,” would end the use of live animals for research in both combat trauma injuries and chemical and biological casualty management exercises.
  • The Restore Our American Mustangs Act, H.R. 1018, would restore protections to wild horses and burrows under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 17, 2009. This bill would put a stop to the horrific roundup of wild horses now taking place in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada, where the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to permanently remove up to 2,500 horses and move them to warehouses in the Midwest. In addition, BLM has begun the roundup of 200 horses in the Confusion Herd Management Area of Utah, leaving fewer than a hundred horses in the herd. The horses are rounded up using helicopters, causing stampedes towards the capture pens that leave horses injured and dying.
  • The Government Accountability Office reviewed the BLM policies, and issued a report in November 2008 that identified a number of deficiencies with the BLM wild horse and burro program. The problems cited included a reliance on poorly managed removals as the primary method for managing horses and an inaccurate system of accounting regarding the actual number of wild horses on the land. Passage of this bill would put an end to current BLM practices, but it is important to let the current Administration know that they should stop the current roundup NOW, before more horses are killed.
  • Send an e-mail to the Bureau of Land Management Director, Bob Abbey asking him to put the current roundup on hold to assess better management practices before more horses are maimed and killed in this year’s roundup.

Contact only your Representatives to support:

  • The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549 and S. 619 would end the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle to encourage rapid growth and protect against epidemic disease from confinement farming.
  • The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, H.R. 2480 and S. 1076, would require the labeling of all fur products regardless of value, closing a loophole that currently exempts products with fur valued up to $150.

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Call off the Guns! Put Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List

Tell Secretary of Interior Salazar to put wolves back on the endangered species list, regardless of whatever cattle ranchers and hunters demand.

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am outraged that you have carried out the Bush Administration’s plan to take gray wolves off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, leaving them vulnerable to mass killing. In so doing, you have abandoned President Obama’s pledge to follow a science-based approach to environmental protection.

According to a letter signed by some 230 scientists, a severe reduction in current wolf numbers would dramatically increase the threat of extinction for a gray wolf population that is still recovering. By handing wolf management back to the states, you’ve paved the way for the first public hunting of wolves in decades. These hunts, combined with other state programs,have already killed 350 wolves — and could ultimately destroy 40 percent of the entire population. That is not sound science, it’s a disaster.

Wolves once thrived in much of the lower 48 states. Today, they reside in only five percent of their former range. If there is one place in this country where they should be allowed to flourish, it is in and around Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and the remote Selway Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho.

I urge you to restore the wolf’s protection under the Endangered Species Act and submit your plan to rigorous scientific review. The wolves of the Northern Rockies are world-renowned as living icons of the American West. Please call off the guns and develop a sound wolf recovery plan that ensures a healthy future for these magnificent creatures.

Legislation to Watch

Senate Bill 6566 (Prohibiting terrorist acts against animal and natural resource facilities.)
Introduced by Sen. Val Stevens, (R-Arlington) (R) on January 18, 2010, prohibits terrorist acts against animal and natural resource facilities and prescribes penalties

Senate Bill 6634 (Providing penalties for failure to comply with dairy farm record keeping.)
Introduced by Sen. Kevin  Ranker, (D) (D) on January 19, 2010, authorizes the department of agriculture to impose a civil penalty, not to exceed five thousand dollars in a calendar year, on a dairy producer for failure to comply with dairy nutrient management recordkeeping requirements

Senate Bill 6483 (Promoting natural wildlife planning management.)
Introduced by Sen. Jim Hargrove, (D-Hoquiam) (D) on January 15, 2010, requires the department of fish and wildlife to obtain specific legislative authorization before implementing a species management, recovery, or reintroduction plan that recognizes a method of propagation or dispersal other than natural propagation or dispersal