Great news for the anti-fur campaign: Starting this Saturday, it will be illegal to sell fur clothing, including shearling, in West Hollywood. I guess Uggs are out!
Fur is an inherently cruel industry, where wild animals are trapped and killed, and farmed animals are raised in cages, and then gassed or electrocuted. It’s not humane, and it’s not green (the chemicals used in the preservations process and the runoff from farms is very bad for the environment).
And as West Hollywood is proving, fur isn’t necessary either. Let’s keep working on this issue so other cities join the cause too.
By now, you’ve probably heard of the acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which investigates the terrible price paid by orcas at SeaWorld. If you haven’t been able to see it in theaters, here’s your chance!
On October 24th, CNN will be airing the television premiere of this important award-winning documentary.
Be sure to watch the film and learn about the horrors of captive marine animals and the cruel industry that confines them in the name of entertainment.
If you’d like to take it a step further, Peta is encouraging people to host a Blackfish viewing party–and they’ll provide the things you need to get started! Sign up to host your viewing party with friends and family today, and they’ll send you:
A “How to Host a Viewing Party” guide
A printable petition (to SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison asking him to release the animals to sanctuaries)
An information sheet on orcas and other captive animals
Recipes for vegan party food
We also invite you to connect with other people who are hosting their own events through our Facebook Event page.
Help spread the word that orcas and other sea animals deserve their freedom!
We recently found out that Evergreen Health, a group of urgent- and primary care facilities on the Eastside, is offering discounted circus tickets to their staff as a “perk.”
It’s quite possible that Evergreen doesn’t know how cruel the circus is and how, for example, they beat and torture baby elephants into submission with bull hooks and electric prods in order to get them to perform.
Please contact Evergreen, and inform them politely that circuses with animal acts are cruel. Please ask them not to support the circus by buying or subsidizing tickets.
September 1st marks the beginning of the dolphin drive hunting season in Taiji, Japan. Every year, thousands of dolphins are slaughtered in Taiji, by a small group of fishermen. For too long, they’d kept this information from the Japanese public and the rest of the world. The Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, brought the horrors to light a few years ago.
This year, more than 16,000 people are joining 117 events all over the world to raise awareness and show the Japanese government that we will no longer condone this abuse on our friends of the sea.
Seattle is holding an event too–please join us!
When: Friday, September 6th Where: 11:30 am at West Lake Plaza (we’ll march to the Seattle General Consulate of Japan at 601 Union Street at noon)
If you can spare a bit of time, come on down to West Lake Plaza! There’s no better way to spend your lunch hour.
Please bring your posters, banners, and your voice. This is a peaceful, non-racist protest and racism and vandalism are not welcome at this event.
Chimpanzees and gorillas live in these forests, including endangered subspecies of each ape. Only about 3,500 individuals in the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee population (a.k.a. Elliot’s chimpanzee) remain, and the Cross River gorilla population is estimated to be fewer than 300 individuals. Additionally, forest elephants and monkeys live within the Herakles Farms concession.
Please use this form letter from Greenpeace to share your concerns and voice your opinions in support of the apes. For more impact, make your letter unique.
As the plight of orangutans in Southeast Asia has proven that palm oil directly negatively affects their population, and sometimes drives orangutans and other forest dwellers to starvation when their homes are slashed and burned to the ground to make room for the plantations.
In your day-to-day life, try to be a conscious consumer and avoid palm oil where you can. You can help be an advocate for apes every day by taking this extra effort to check the ingredient list of products you buy!
NIRC: Retire Privately Owned Chimpanzees Now
Despite the National Institutes of Health retiring all the federally owned chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in New Iberia, Louisiana, the lab still houses a large number of privately owned chimpanzees who they have not yet scheduled for retirement. NIRC and other labs are fighting to hold on to the millions in funding they have received for decades to simply house and maintain chimpanzees – even though their actual use in research was rapidly dwindling or nonexistent.
Please write to University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie and ask him to retire all privately owned NIRC chimpanzees (UL Lafayette operates NIRC).
**Send your letter from this link: From https://secure3.convio.net/neavs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=227
The Faroe Islanders have a lot to say about this not being anyone else’s business. How comfortable to be able to commit atrocities and then say it’s no one else’s business. I want that to apply to things I’d like to do, too.
Do you all remember Patrick? The pit bull who was starved until he was almost dead by his owner, Kisha Curtis, and then stuffed in a trash sack and thrown 19 stories down an apartment trash chute in Newark? It was hard to believe from the pictures at the time that he could possibly still be alive. But he was, and he is well and happy today. His story and pictures sparked massive outrage around the WORLD, and led to the demand that stronger laws be put in place to deter and punish animal abusers (Curtis will not be receiving jail time). Tens of thousands of you called or wrote in, demanding some semblance of justice, if not for Patrick, then for other animal victims in the future. Last week, on August 7th, “Patrick’s Law”, unanimously passed the NJ Senate and was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
Under Patrick’s Law, starving or otherwise abusing an animal will be considered to be a fourth degree crime, which is a step up from a disorderly persons offense. If the abuse causes the animal’s death, it would be a third degree offense. Fines would increase from $1,000 to $3,000 for the first offense and range between $3,000 to $5,000 for any further offenses.
You and I know this is still a grim joke of a punishment for a crime so terrible, so prolonged, and so deliberate. Would Curtis fit, I wonder, down the trash chute?
Tell Your Senator to Oppose The Sportsmen’s Act 2013 (S. 1335)
“Sportsmen” have nothing to do with either sports or fairness. If this Sportsmen’s Act 2013 (S. 1335) — extensively financed by the atrocious trophy hunting Safari Club International — passes, it would allow hunting AND trapping in designated wilderness areas, allow “volunteers” to help in the killing of so-called “excess” animals on federal land, including National Parks, increase the share of federal lands turned into shooting ranges, and legalize the transporting of bows through national parks and the importation of “trophies” from polar bear kills in Canada.
Wild animals have a hard enough life as it is, trying to coexist with a species as selfish and short-sighted as humans, with the attendant threats of poaching, hunting, habitat loss, and pollution, without even safe national parks and wilderness areas being opened to yet more killing.
Look at that fox again. You cannot tell me anything in your life is more important than 5 minutes to make a call and write a quick email and/or paper letter. Come on.
We’ve written about the King Amendment before, and it keeps coming up in the news. It’s like the end of a horror movie when the villain just won’t die!
The House of Representatives passed the dangerous and overreaching King amendment, which threatens to repeal many animal protection laws on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark finning, and even dog meat. A House-Senate conference committee will now negotiate the final Farm Bill, and we need to keep the King amendment out!
Please make a brief, polite phone call to Rep. Jim McDermott (202) 225-3106 asking for help to remove the King amendment from the final Farm Bill. If you have time, please also call Sen. Maria Cantwell (202) 224-3441 and Sen. Patty Murray (202) 224-2621.
You can say: “I’m a concerned constituent, and I’m calling to urge you to oppose the King amendment and remove it from the Farm Bill. It’s a dangerous and radical attack on states’ rights.”