Category Archives: Action Alerts

URGENT: Ask the Seattle City Council not to increase the limit on Urban Chickens

(Note: the vote on this measure takes place at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 3rd)

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing code changes to support and encourage urban agriculture.

Please help local chickens by asking the Seattle City Council not to raise the limit on the number of chickens that may be kept in Seattle, and not to ban roosters. Animals—especially those viewed as a disposable food source—suffer terribly and needlessly at the hands of an ever-increasing number of inexperienced “urban farmers.”

Seattle Animal Shelter already takes in 20-30 unwanted roosters and some hens per year, and local area veterinarians are dealing with an increase in surrendered, sick urban hens from people who don’t want to pay vet bills for “food animals.” Approximately 80% of coop owners are already above the current limit. Raising it further may cause more over-population problems.

Let’s help the Seattle City Council keep compassion for animals in mind as they help improve the options for urban farmers in Seattle. (More information below.)

Please be sure to mention that you do not support raising the fowl limit from 3 to 8.

Contact:
Richard Conlin
richard.conlin@seattle.gov
Seattle City Council

You can learn more about the full measure at this link:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/UrbanAgriculture/Overview/

Issues:

  • Pens are often not predator proof: Dogs and raccoons will attack chickens, and raccoons can eat parts of them alive through wire fencing, without even entering the pen.
  • Feed attracts rodents: Poisoned rodents can in turn poison wildlife that eats them (such as birds).
  • Yard safety: Many yards are not fenced, allowing predators in and allowing chickens to roam the neighborhood
  • Health problems: Chickens can develop a number of health problems: feather mites, egg-laying issues (which may cause prolapse or infection), eye and head injuries (from pecking), foot infections (such as septic arthritis or bumblefoot, from poor surfaces or improper perches), pneumonia (from unclean or poorly ventilated coops).
  • Lack of veterinary care: People often buy chickens for eggs or meat to save money. When the birds get sick, their keepers are less willing to pay for expensive vet care.
  • Poor Feed: There is currently bad chicken feed circulating in Seattle, which has caused an increase in egg-laying issues in hens. Local farm coop feed is likely to blame–it is not nutritionally balanced for chickens, and it is not properly formulated into a pellet to provide even nutrition in every bite. (Bad feed is also being sold at Bothell Feed Center.)
  • Unwanted Roosters: Roosters are noisy, but they make up 50% of all eggs that are hatched. Hatcheries toss live male baby chicks into grinders to get rid of this “problem”, as most people only want hens. Banning roosters will only increase their suffering.

Action Alerts

Ask American Airlines to STOP Sponsoring Rodeos
Ask American Airlines to STOP using their financial power to promote animal abuse at rodeos. They are currently sponsoring Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Contact:
Sean Bentel
Manager of customer relations at American Airlines
(817) 967-2116

Mark Mitchell
Managing director of customer experience at American Airlines
(817) 931-7523

for more information see this site

Ask Your Senator to Support the Latest Version of the Crush Video Prohibition Bill, H.R. 5566
Tell your Senator to vote YES on H.R. 5566. This Bill has recently passed the House. While not ideal, the goal of this bill is to put a stop to the crush video industry with a law that can withstand any First Amendment challenges.
This version of the bill differs from earlier versions because it includes a requirement that any depiction (photograph, motion-picture film, video recording, or electronic image showing conduct in which one or more living animals is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, or impaled) be “obscene,” not just cruel. It also has exemptions for veterinary and agricultural husbandry practices as well as depictions of hunting.

Contact your U.S. Senators.  Find them here

Support HR 5643 and Ban Predator Poisons
Tell your Congressional Representative to support HR5643, the DeFazio-Campbell bill that bans M-44s and Compound 1080, two legal methods that are used to poison our native wildlife.

Contact your U.S. Representative.  Find them here

Action Alerts

Push Attorneys General to Charge BP With Criminal Cruelty to Animals
Ask the Attorney Generals in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi to charge BP with cruelty to animals. Tens of thousands of animals are suffering and dying painful and lingering deaths—and there is no end in sight.

CONTACT:
James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
Attorney General, Louisiana
P.O. Box 4934
Baton Rouge LA 70821
(866) 753-5025
email:  info@buddycaldwell.com

Troy King
Attorney General, Alabama
Post Office Box 310,
Montgomery AL 36101
phone (334) 239-7413
email

Bill McCollum
Attorney General, Florida
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee FL 32399
phone (850) 414-3990

Jim Hood
Attorney General, Mississippi
P.O. Box 220
Jackson, MS 39205
phone (601) 359-3680
email
Urge Congress to Support Animal Protection in the Safe Chemicals Act
In a move to better protect human health and the environment from toxic substances, Congress is currently considering legislation that would tighten regulations on chemicals used in industrial and consumer goods, and ultimately reduce and replace animal testing.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (S. 3209) is a small step in the right direction to end animal testing, but it stops short of actually requiring the use of available alternatives, the sharing of existing test data among companies in place of new testing, or sufficiently prioritizing the further development of advanced “21st century” testing approaches that could replace conventional animal tests.
Take Action:
Contact your two U.S. Senators to urge them to strengthen measures to reduce and replace animal testing in S. 3209, the Safe Chemicals Act.
Click here to find your U.S. Senators

Ask Congress To Force BLM To Allow Public Observation Of Wild Horse Program
Tell your representatives in Congress to force the BLM to allow the public to see and document how the agency is spending your tax dollars to round up and hold WILD horses and burros. After you submit the form, please call your senators and representatives to follow up and ask them what action they have taken on this issue.
Contact:
Your U.S. Representative
Your U.S. Senators

Let TNT Know What You Think of Its Ringling Bros. Reality Show
Recently, cable station Turner Network Television (TNT) announced plans to air a reality show featuring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show will send TNT’s cameras inside the Ringling train as it travels from city to city, in what will likely amount to nothing more than a lengthy Ringling commercial.
The reality is that Ringling Bros. circus animals may spend up to 11 months of the year traveling, caged or chained for upwards of 26 hours at a time, enduring extreme conditions, and forced to perform unnatural tricks which they may also find painful.
This will likely not be the reality portrayed in the TNT show. Unfortunately, this show will become another marketing vehicle for Ringling. Bros. as it reaches into the homes of millions of viewers across the country — many of whom may be unaware of the sad reality of the living and training conditions experienced by the animal performers.
Take Action:
Contact the executives at TNT who are responsible for producing and airing a “reality” show on Ringling Bros. and urge them to abandon their plans to air this show.
For more information, and to sign a petition, check here

Action Alerts

Help Save Wolves in Washington State
Ask Governor Chris Gregoire to bring wolves back to Washington State. As wolves are beginning to return to Washington, state officials are considering how to best manage them.

contact:

Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
phone (360) 902-4111
fax (360) 753-4110

See For information and talking point see here
and
www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100611.html

Prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries for Animal Cruelty
Tell Santa Cruz California’s District Attorney Bob Lee to prosecute Cal-Cruz for cruelty to ducklings at the Cal-Cruz Hatchery.

CONTACT

Bob Lee
Santa Cruz County District Attorney
701 Ocean Street, Rm. 200
Santa Cruz CA 95060
phone (831) 454-2400
email  dao@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

for more information see

Action Alerts

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

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

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

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

Action Alerts

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

Find your Senators here

for more information on the bill, see here:

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

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

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

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

for more information see here

Action Alerts

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Action Alerts

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

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

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

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

Action Alerts

Expose Ridiculous Research! End Chimpanzee Experimentation!

Help Keep Elephants out of Circuses

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

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

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

Action Alerts

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

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

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

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

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

Or contact them Directly:

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

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

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