Category Archives: Action Alerts

Fish & Wildlife Wants Feedback. Let’s Do That.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is traveling the state this fall seeking public comments to help determine what values and priorities will drive the department over the next several years.

These meetings will help identify changes in WDFW’s operations and services and help shape policy, budget and fee proposals. The department’s press release says it wants to strengthen relationships with “anglers, hungers, outdoor recreation groups and others interested in fish and wildlife in Washington.”

Let’s let them know what we think — in person and in writing.

They’re taking written comments through October on the department’s website and via email (WildFuture@dfw.wa.gov) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife). Public meeting information is below.

There are so many issues, but here’s a start:

Please take a few minutes to let WDFW know what’s important to you when it comes to Washington wildlife, and if you can, attend one of these public meetings, all scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

Sept. 30: Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley

Oct. 6: WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek

Oct. 8: Saint Martin’s University, Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey

Oct. 14: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver

Oct. 20: Port of Chelan County Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee

jim_unsworth_cropped_250pxEach meeting will include a brief presentation by a WDWF regional director, then participants will break into small groups to chat with department representatives. The department will summarize the comments and suggestions later this year.

Here’s a photo of WDFW Director Jim Unsworth, who started in January. He’s the one who’s making the effort to ask for feedback, which is commendable. Hi, Jim!

Tell Governor Inslee to protect cougars‏

Last spring, in a two-minute exchange without prior notice to the public, members of the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to raise the cougar-hunting quota by 50 to 100 percent in areas of Washington.

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Bigger quotas mean more cougars will die. The quotas are in areas where wolves also live, and will allow trophy hunters to devastate Washington cougars.

Studies show that over-hunting cougars increases both human conflicts and livestock depredations and is a poor way to manage wildlife.

Please call Gov. Inslee immediately at 360-902-4111 and ask him to reverse this harmful decision made by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

After you call (please don’t skip that crucial step), you can click this link for more info, and to submit a follow-up letter.

By and large, Washingtonians disapprove of the inhumane methods of trophy hunting. This expansion of cougar killing goes against the wishes of Washington voters.

Oct. 2: World Day for Farmed Animals (Help Them While Also Demo’ing at UW & Everett)

Friday, October 2, is a big day for animals — a trifecta of sorts for people wanting to do something to help animals used for research, entertainment and food all in one day.

It’s the second big No New Animal Lab March at the University of Washington, and it’s the second evening of protesting the circus in Everett.

It’s also World Day for Farmed Animals, and even if you’re protesting at UW or in Everett, there are things you can do to acknowledge the day and make a difference for pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals:

  •  The 100-Brochure Challenge: Leafleting makes a huge difference in spreading awareness about farmed animals. Last year, people passed out 320,000 leaflets in Australia, Canada, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom on World Day for Farmed Animals. The goal this year is 350,000 leaflets. Register here.
  • Fast Against Slaughter: More than 12,400 people in 96 countries fasted last Oct. 2 in solidarity with the billions of farmed animals who are starved as they are transported to slaughter. This year, the pledge is translated into 24 languages. Take the pledge here.
  • Break the Fast Breakfast: This one’s on October 3 — a meet-up bringing together people who fasted the day before. It’s a great way to build community and solidarity. Register for breakfast here.

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Get ready to march on the UW again

The group No New Animal Lab is organizing another important event: the second March on the University of Washington on Friday, October 2nd at 2 pm.

The timing lines up with the first week of the term, and students and faculty will be returning to campus. Let’s show them what’s going on at their school.

At the first march, back in April, 500 people marched through the UW campus and neighboring streets to show their support for the animals and against UW and Skanska’s plans. It was a watershed moment for the animal liberation movement.

The April March on UW

This time, on October 2nd, let’s increase the numbers. People of all ages and from all walks of life will be traveling from around the country to join the match and show their solidarity.

Please share the event widely on social media—Facebook, twitter, Instagram—and use the hashtags #MarchOnUW and #NoNewAnimalLab to spread the word and encourage people to attend.

For more info, read the latest post from No New Animal Lab, and check out their Facebook event page.

Be there and be a voice to animals!

 

Buy A Veggie Burger For a Great Cause This Saturday!

hip hop burger

Let’s keep Keith Tucker spinning veggie burgers!

Keith hosts awesome Hip Hop Green Dinners all over the country to spread the word about tasty, animal-free burgers. I was lucky enough to attend one in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood a few months ago — yum! He provides great entertainment, too.

These hip hop dinners change lives by doing something as simple and powerful as serving healthy vegan meals to youth and families who may never have had one before. Keith shows them that veganism is possible, delicious — and necessary, for animals, our health and our communities.

Sponsors like Seattle’s Field Roast help ensure that the Hip Hop Green Dinners are free. So do fundraisers like the one Keith is holding this Labor Day Weekend in Seattle, Baltimore and Miami.

Please join the Big Burger Battle Fundraiser, where you can buy a scrumptious Field Roast burger for a great cause!

Details: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. at The Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle.

Seattle Veggie Burgers, represent!

(And thanks to our friend Christie Lagally at Living Humane for the heads up!)

Support legislation for modern, non-animal testing

Animals suffer in the name of science.

Today, companies are legally required to conduct animal testing on chemicals. Hundreds of thousands of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats suffer painful burns, ulcers, or vomiting and convolutions, and ultimately, death.

They die in vain, because the required tests are inefficient and don’t accurately predict toxic effects in humans. Animal testing isn’t the best way to test for safety in humans. It’s not good for animals, and it’s not good for people.

Fortunately, a new bipartisan bill, The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), is being introduced. The bill does two things: it strengthens oversight of potentially dangerous chemicals; and it also features strong provisions to modernize the way testing is conducted.

The bill includes with sections that instruct government agencies to implement alternative methods to animal testing. This is more cost-effective, and innately more humane.

Action:

Find your Senator in the list in this link, and contact them to let them know that  you support modern, non-animal testing methods. Ask them to support S. 697, The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

You can also fill out this form from the American Anti-Vivisection Society. It will be sent directly to your representative.

Save Washington State Geese From Slaughter

geeseSometimes the animal killing is far away: Pilot whales slaughtered this week in the Faroe Islands. Dolphin season coming soon to Taiji, Japan. And 150,000 boy chicks ground up alive every day at a hatchery in Iowa.

Then there are the killings at home.

More than 1,200 Canada geese and goslings were gassed and shot by Wildlife Services last year in King County alone.

There are more humane ways to reduce the goose population and its effects:

  • Sterilization
  • OvoControl-G, a proven oral birth control for geese
  •  Landscape modifications
  • Goose deterrent products and control techniques
  • Automated devices to clean up goose droppings
  • Education and public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl

It’s a myth that they are a health threat.

“Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals,” according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Many local governments and agencies are part of a 2015 interlocal agreement to kill geese.

Washington State Parks, the latest member of the agreement, hired Wildlife Services in 2013 to kill geese at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Last year, it hired them again to kill geese there and at Deception Pass State Parks — after saying it had no such plans.

TAKE ACTION

1. Please sign this petition to the Washington entities that are behind these killings — and read up on alternatives on the same web page.

2. “Like” the Peace for Geese Project page on Facebook.

3. Attend city council meetings and contact your elected officials. Here are possible talking points:

  • Interlocal agreement members need to stop the killing and implement a management plan that includes only proven humane measures.
  • Members need to be held accountable for the killing and for accepting obvious omissions and inaccuracies in the record keeping and reporting provided by Wildlife Services. Our tax dollars go toward this, and we at least should have an accurate accounting of how many geese are killed, how they are killed, when, and where.
  • Some members including Seattle, Washington State Parks and others deny any geese are killed in their parks. However, membership fees for the interlocal agreement are used primarily for this purpose — whether it happens in their parks or not. Tht makes them responsible for killing the geese, even if they deny it.

Here’s contact information for officials involved in the interlocal agreement to kill Washington’s geese:

City of Bellevue

Mayor Claudia Balducci
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone 425.452.7810
cbalducci@bellevuewa.gov

Bellevue City Council
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone 425.452.7810
council@bellevuewa.gov

Pat Harris, Grounds Operations Manager
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone 425.452.6855

PHarris@bellevuewa.gov

Brad Miyake, City Manager
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone 425.452.7288
bmiyake@bellevuewa.gov
Patrick Foran, Director of Parks and Community Services
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone 425.452.5377

pforan@bellevuewa.gov

City of Kent

Mayor Suzette Cooke
220 Fourth Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone 253.856.5700

Mayor@kentwa.gov

Kent City Council
220 Fourth Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone 253.856.5712

Citycouncil@kentwa.gov

Jeff Watling, Director
Parks, Recreation & Community Services
220 Fourth Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone 253.856.5100

jwatling@kentwa.gov
City of Kirkland

Mayor Amy Walen
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland WA 98033
Phone 425.587.3532

awalen@kirklandwa.gov

Kirkland City Council
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland WA 98033
Phone 425.587.3001

citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov

Kurt Triplett, City Manager
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland WA 98033
Phone 425.587.3020

ktriplett@kirklandwa.gov

Jennifer Schroder, Parks and Community Services Director
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland WA 98033
Phone 425.587.3301

jschroder@kirklanvdwa.gov

Jason Filan, Park Operations Manager
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland WA 98033
Phone 425.587.3341

JFilan@kirklandwa.gov

City of Mountlake Terrace

Mayor Jerry Smith
6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Phone 425.774.7335

cityhall@ci.mlt.wa.us

Arlene Fisher, City Manager
6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Phone 425.776.1161

afisher@ci.mlt.wa.us

Curt Brees, Public Works Director
6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Phone 425.670.8264

cbrees@ci.mlt.wa.us

City of Renton

Mayor Denis Law
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Phone 425.430.6500
dlaw@rentonwa.gov

Renton City Council
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Phone 425.430.6501
council@rentonwa.gov

Kelly Beymer, Parks and Golf Course Director
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Phone 425.430.6617

kbeymer@rentonwa.gov

City of SeaTac

Mayor Mia Gregerson
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Phone 206.973.4800

mgregerson@ci.seatac.wa.us

SeaTac City Council
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Phone 206.973.4800

CityCouncil@ci.seatac.wa.us

Todd Cutts, City Manager
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Phone 206.973.4816

tcutts@ci.seatac.wa.us

Roger Chouinard, Parks Operation Manager
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Phone 206.973.4789

rchouinard@ci.seatac.wa.us

Kit Ledbetter, Parks & Recreation Director
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-8605
Phone 206.973.4671

kledbetter@ci.seatac.wa.us

City of Seattle

Mayor Edward B. Murray
PO Box 94749
Seattle, WA  98124-4749
Phone 206.684.2489

Contact form: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

Seattle City Council
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
Phone 206.684.2489

council@seattle.gov

Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206.684.8022
jesus.aguirre@seattle.gov

Barbara DeCaro, Resource Conservation Coordinator 

Seattle Parks and Recreation

100 Dexter Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206.615.1660

barbara.decaro@seattle.gov

City of Tacoma

Mayor Marilyn Strickland
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
12th Floor
Tacoma WA 98402
Phone 253.594.7848
marilyn.strickland@cityoftacoma.org

Jack C. Wilson, Executive Director
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091
jackw@tacomaparks.com Marina Becker, Department Director Parks and Natural Resources
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1050

marinab@tacomaparks.com

Tim Reid, President, Tacoma Metro Parks Board
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091

treid@tacomaparks.com

Erik Hanberg, Tacoma Metro Parks Board
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091

ehanberg@tacomaparks.com

Larry Dahl, Tacoma Metro Parks Board
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091

ldahl@tacomaparks.com

Aaron Pointer, Tacoma Metro Parks Board
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091

apointer@tacomaparks.com

Andrea Smith, Tacoma Metro Parks Board
Tacoma Metro Parks
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone 253.305.1091

asmith@tacomaparks.com

City of Tukwila

Mayor Jim Haggerton
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188-2544
Phone 206.433.1850
Mayor@tukwilawa.gov

Tukwila City Council
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188-2544
Phone 206.433.8993
citycouncil@TukwilaWa.gov

Rick Still, Parks and Recreation Director
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone 206.767.2342

parksrec@tukwilawa.gov

Curt Chandler, Golf Course Superintendent
13490 Interurban Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone 206.242.4221

curt.chandler@tukwilawa.gov

City of Woodinville

Mayor Bernie Talmas
17301-133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone 425.489.2700

btalmas@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Woodinville City Council
17301-133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone 425.489.2700

citycouncil@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Richard Leahy, City Manager
17301-133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone 425.877.2275

richardl@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Amy Ensminger, Sr. Admin. Asst
17301-133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone 425.877.2274

amye@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Port of Seattle – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Mark Reis, Airport Director Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
P.O. Box 68727
Seattle, WA 98168

reis.m@portseattle.org

Steve Osmek, Airport Wildlife Biologist and Manager
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
P.O. Box 68727
Seattle, WA 98168
Phone 206.787.4453

osmek.s@portseattle.org

University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce, Interim President
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195 Phone 206.543.5010
pres@uw.edu

Jude Van Buren, Director of Environmental Health & Safety University of Washington

229 Hall Health Center
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone 206.616.4146

judev@u.washington.edu

Charles Easterberg, Senior Public Health Advisor
University of Washington
Box 354400
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone 206.543.7209

easterbg@uw.edu

Washington State Parks

Andrew Fielding, Resource Steward

P.O. Box 42650

Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Phone 509.665.4312

Andrew.Fielding@PARKS.WA.GOV

Don Hoch, Washington State Parks Director
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650
Phone 360.902.8844

Don.Hoch@PARKS.WA.GOV

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650
Phone 360.902.8544

Commission@parks.wa.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Joseph Sands, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

joseph_sands@fws.gov

City of Bellevue

cbalducci@bellevuewa.gov; council@bellevuewa.gov; PHarris@bellevuewa.gov; bmiyake@bellevuewa.gov; pforan@bellevuewa.gov

City of Kent

Mayor@kentwa.gov; Citycouncil@kentwa.gov; jwatling@kentwa.gov

City of Kirkland

awalenl@kirklandwa.gov; citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov; ktriplett@kirklandwa.gov; jschroder@kirklanvdwa.gov; JFilan@kirklandwa.gov

City of Mountlake Terrace

cityhall@ci.mlt.wa.us; afisher@ci.mit.wa.us; cbrees@ci.mlt.wa.us

City of Renton

dlaw@rentonwa.gov; council@rentonwa.gov; kbeymer@rentonwa.gov

City of SeaTac

mgregerson@ci.seatac.wa.us; CityCouncil@ci.seatac.wa.us; tcutts@ci.seatac.wa.us; rchouinard@ci.seatac.wa.us; kledbetter@ci.seatac.wa.us

City of Seattle

council@seattle.gov; jesus.aguirre@seattle.gov; barbara.decaro@seattle.gov; laurie.dunlap@seattle.gov; rachel.acosta@seattle.gov

City of Tacoma

marilyn.strickland@cityoftacoma.org; jackw@tacomaparks.com; marinab@tacomaparks.com; treid@tacomaparks.com; ehanberg@tacomaparks.com; ldahl@tacomaparks.com; apointer@tacomaparks.com; asmith@tacomaparks.com

City of Tukwila

Mayor@tukwilawa.gov; citycouncil@TukwilaWa.gov; parksrec@tukwilawa.gov; curt.chandler@tukwilawa.gov

City of Woodinville

btalmas@ci.woodinville.wa.us; citycouncil@ci.woodinville.wa.us; richardl@ci.woodinville.wa.us; amye@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Port of Seattle – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

reis.m@portseattle.org; osmek.s@portseattle.org

University of Washington

pres@uw.edu; judev@u.washington.edu; easterbg@uw.edu

Washington State Parks

Andrew.Fielding@PARKS.WA.GOV; Don.Hoch@PARKS.WA.GOV; Commission@parks.wa.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

joseph_sands@fws.gov

Help save the New York Blood Center chimps

You may have heard about a group of chimpanzees who are in a horrible predicament. They’ve spent their lives as research subjects in Liberia.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the New York Blood Center (NYBC), the organization that exploited the chimps in the name of “science” recently walked away from its obligation to feed and care for the chimps for the rest of their lives.

NYBC had been spending $30,000 a month on 66 chimps, who are no longer being tested on and are living on secluded islands near the country’s capital, Monrovia. But they cut funding and the chimps, many with hepatitis and other viruses, are at risk of dying from dehydration and starvation.

image of chimps in Tanzania c/o "Gombe Stream NP Mutter und Kinder" by Ikiwaner - Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gombe_Stream_NP_Mutter_und_Kinder.jpg#/media/File:Gombe_Stream_NP_Mutter_und_Kinder.jpg

TAKE ACTION:

1)  DEMAND CIPRIANI CANCEL NYBC FUNDRAISING GALA:

Cipriani, an upscale event space, is hosting an NYBC fundraising gala on November 5 with sponsorship levels up to $150,000.

CALL (646) 723 0826 and ask for an event planner. Politely explain why you are calling and let them know you are part of an ongoing campaign to have Cipriani cancel this event.

POST to Cipriani Facebook page

2) DEMAND HOWARD MILSTEIN REINSTATE FUNDING:

CALL: 212-842-7300 and demand Howard Milstein, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees, reinstate funding for the abandoned chimps.

Milford Management is Howard Milstein’s real esate company

3) TWITTER CAMPAIGN:

Use these automated tweetsheets to contact NYBC donors and the media. You can also draft your own tweets to the recipients in these sheets:

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Additional Tweetsheet

For more info about the abandoned chimps, read:

Senate vote on horse slaughter and cruel experiments

It’s a big week in the U.S. Senate, with an agriculture appropriations bill coming up for a vote that will include two key animal issues:

The first is about horse slaughter. An amendment that would help prevent the opening of horse slaughter plants — which often kill young, healthy animals and sell their meat to other countries — narrowly failed in the House. Now it needs to pass the Senate.

The second issue would protect farm animals from the kind of cruel experiments uncovered by The New York Times’ investigation into the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. Pigs, cows and lambs are among the animals who endure grisly treatment at taxpayers’ expense, to help the declining meat industry. The appropriations bill needs to include language thta will ensure federal agricultural research meets basic animal welfare standards.

TAKE ACTION

If you live in Washington, please call Sen. Patty Murray at 202-224-2621 (who sits on the Appropriations Committee) and Sen. Maria Cantwell at 202-224-3441 to encourage them to support the amendment to defund inspections of horse slaughter plants and to support language that would protect farm animals from abuses in federal research facilities.

Calls take about one minute each and send the most powerful message. It’s also helpful to follow up with a written message — and you’ll find your Senators’ email addresses here.

Elephants and wolves need your help

(From HSUS)

Soon, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a spending bill containing riders that are harmful to both elephants and wolves.

wolf pup

TAKE ACTION

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative today and urge a “yes” vote on the Grijalva-Hanna ivory amendment and Tsongas wolf amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill.

Look up your legislator’s phone number.

You can say: “I’m a constituent and I would like you to protect wolves and elephants. Please vote “yes” on the Grijalva-Hanna ivory amendment and Tsongas wolf amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill.”

After making your call, check out the HSUS page where you can fill in and submit a form to send a follow-up message. Legislators receive a lot of email; be sure to edit your message so it stands out.

Thank you!