Fur-Free Friday

After helping to spread the vegan message to holiday shoppers, Please join Action for Animals in demonstrations at both Nordstrom and Macy’s. These stores continue to sell the fur of animals who have been cruelly killed by such methods as drowning, poisoning, strangulation, genital electrocution, and being trapped or beaten to death.

When: Friday, November 29th @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where: Seattle Downtown Nordstrom (500 Pine Street)

The demonstration will begin at Nordstrom at noon. At 1:00pm we will march to Macy’s where the protest will continue until 2:00pm.

Signs and flyers will be provided; you just need to show up! The more people we have speaking up for the animals the better, so please be there and invite your friends and family to attend! You can invite people through the Facebook event page.

Please remember to not wear any animal-sourced clothing (leather, wool, feathers, down, etc.). We want people to stay focused on our message of not exploiting animals.

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Fur is not the only animal-sourced clothing that is a product of exploitation and cruelty. For more about how animals are exploited for clothing, see AFA’s skin trade info.

If you have questions or need more info, contact info@afa-online.org.

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Holiday Vegan Outreach

Help spread compassion to animals this holiday season!

So many people come to downtown Seattle on the day after Thanksgiving. That’s why NARN will be there! We’re going to take advantage of the crowds who attend the Holiday Parade and spread the message of compassion for all.

If you can help distribute copies of Why Vegan, Vegan Holiday Recipes or Vegan Starter Kits, please contact rachel@narn.org

When: Friday, November 29th @ 9:00am – 11:30am
Where:
Westlake Park (meet at corner of Pine & 4th Ave – near Starbucks)

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Speak up against animal testing lab expansions!

You may have heard that the University of Washington wants to expand their animal research facilities. Tomorrow, November 14th, is a chance to speak up for animals and say NO to the expansion!

UW

Every Thursday, the UW Board of Regents meet. The expansion is on this week’s agenda. Action for Animals has a Facebook event that you can join. And a petition you can sign. Here’s more from their action alert:

The agenda for THIS Thursday’s University of Washington Board of Regents meeting includes “Animal Research and Care Facility – Approve Site Selection, Adopt Project Budget, and Approve the Use of the Internal Lending Program.” This agenda item is referring to approving a new animal research facility on the UW campus. This means that we have just TWO days to tell the Board of Regents to NOT approve this animal lab expansion, which will allow the UW to double the number of primates, rabbits, and pigs who are tortured for “research” and subjected to the UW’s history of animal abuse and neglect.

This is the final countdown to the Board’s vote on the new animal research facility. Let’s show the Board that they must listen to opposition to the lab, and that it is time for the University of Washington to stop investing in the use of animals.

What you can do:

1) Visit the online petition to the Board of Regents at http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-washington-board-of-regents-do-not-approve-new-animal-research-and-care-facility. This petition will be printed out and presented to the Board during their meeting, so sign it, email it to friends, post it on Facebook — promote it in whatever way you can!

2) Call the office of the Board of Regents at 206-543-1633. Help make sure that this last whole day before the vote is filled with phone calls asking the Board to NOT approve the animal research facility. Send an email as well to the Board at regents@uw.edu. Ask your friends and family to join you in contacting the Board!

3) Attend the meeting of the Board of Regents tomorrow. When the Regents are considering their votes, let’s make sure that they are in a room that is filled with people who they know want them to vote AGAINST the lab expansion! If you can attend the meeting, please meet outside the UW Tower at the corner of NE 45th St. and Brooklyn Ave. NE at 12:45pm SHARP. We’ll talk briefly and then walk together into the meeting, which is on the 22nd floor of the UW Tower. Please also help to encourage other people to attend the meeting so that we can fill up the room! You can use the Facebook page about the meeting to invite people: https://www.facebook.com/events/207612259423856/

We don’t often have the chance to oppose labs before they’re even built, so please be a part of making a strong statement of opposition on behalf of the animals. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to forward this email as widely as you like. Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on Thursday!

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Come to Animal Activism 301

If you’re interested in expanding your reach and making a bigger impact for animals, come to Animal Activism 301. You don’t have to have attended the first two sessions to benefit from this one.

The focus of this session is avoiding burnout and staying sane!

We’ll continue our discussion of how to be an effective activist. How do animal rights activists bear the things we know? Stress impacts us all, but with the right physical and emotional self-care we can remain committed, useful advocates.

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cascade People’s Center
309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

If you’re planning on attending, RSVP on Facebook. We’d love to know how many people to expect (and how many snacks to bring!).

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World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day!

World Vegan Day was started in 1994 to celebrate The Vegan Society’s 50th anniversary. The Vegan Society formed in the UK in 1944. That was the year that the term “vegan” was coined and defined.

Vegans come in all shapes and sizes and walks of life. It’s hard to generalize who a vegan is. Here is a bit of information about what vegans strive for:

Vegans abstain from animal products. Food wise, that means meat (including fish), eggs, and dairy. Veganism extends to other areas as well. Vegans don’t wear animal products (fur, leather, wool, silk, feathers, or any other item from an animal), or use household products containing animal ingredient or products tested on animals. Vegans don’t support captive animals acts like those in the circus or SeaWorld.

Vegans view animals as the sentient beings that they are, and not commodities to be exploited and used by humans. You can read our Vegan FAQs for answers to many questions about being vegan.

vegan starterNovember is World Vegan Month. A perfect time to go vegan. One way to start your journey is by ordering a vegan starter pack. Several organizations have packs to help you get started. The packs include things like recipes, nutritional info, and compelling reasons to go vegan.

 

 

vegan mentor programIf you’re already vegan, and need a bit of support, you can join the vegan mentor program, which matches new vegans with established vegans so you can make a smooth and lasting transition to veganism. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in your quest for a cruelty-free life.

 

So whether you’re just thinking about veganism or you’re well on your way, World Vegan Day is a great time to make a commitment to the animals, the earth, and your health.

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Giving livestock isn’t charitable

Imagine, if you will, that you live in an impoverished community in an underdeveloped nation. Your one-room hut has a dirt floor without electricity or running water. You have to a make a fire just so you can cook. Food is scarce but you do your best to feed your children.

Then a western charity gives you a cow (or goat, or maybe a flock of chickens) so you can use this animal to improve your life. Sounds good, right?

Not so fast.

Ever raised a cow? Tried predator-proofing a chicken coop? Taking care of animals is hard to do. It’s a real burden, especially for people trying to raise a family and meet their basic needs.

Cow in Africa

Livestock costs a lot. Animals get sick and require vet care, they drink a lot of water (water that might not be easily accessible), and they eat food that could be used to feed people. Animals eat more than they produce. Often the price of food for livestock is greater than the money families can get from selling milk or meat.

The chances of the animals getting good care (when people can’t give their families proper care) are slim. Sometimes animals are used as currency and are bartered away. Other times children are pulled out of school to tend to the animals.

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Eating high on the food chain isn’t wise. But western charities promoting western lifestyles and diets, would make you think it’s ideal. By introducing western eating habits, they’re introducing western diseases. The majority of people in countries where livestock is gifted are lactose intolerant anyway, so what good is a dairy cow?

The environmental costs of bringing more animals into a region are high too. Water pollution and waste runoff is one issue; desertization of land is another. Raising animals for food is a bigger contributor to global warming than all forms of transportation combined.

If you care about animals, please don’t give money to charities that promote the mistreatment and slaughter of animals. If you’re looking for ways to help others, look for organizations that promote ethical, sustainable ways to invest in communities. Here are a few:

Alternatives

  • Vegfam – Self-supporting, sustainable, plant-based food programs, and water resources.
  • Trees for Life - Fruit trees, books, education, clean water, and fuel-efficient stoves.
  • Plenty - Plant-based nutrition, healthcare, education, self-sufficiency, and disaster relief.
  • A Well-Fed World - Plant-based nutrition, education, farm animal rescue, and food sharing.
  • Kiva - Micro-loans for people to start small businesses and get themselves out of poverty.
  • SALEM – Education, shelter, environmental protection, nutrition information, and vegetarian meals.

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L.A. BANS BULLHOOKS!

TODAY, Wednesday 23rd, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of bullhooks on circus elephants.

“(Elephants) are trained and guided with bullhooks, which are used to inflict pain upon them and sometimes cut them when they’re hit,” said Councilman Paul Koretz. “We really want to change that. We think it’s a very cruel practice.” Of course, the ban on bullhooks means that circuses, traveling shows and other events that feature elephants would not be able to perform anywhere in the city, because the bullhook is how the handlers maintain control. A spokesman for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says the ban was being driven by animal rights activists who want to force the circus out of the city.

UNFORTUNATELY, the ban allows for a three-year phase-in period — some of which will no doubt be used by the circuses trying to find a replacement for the bullhook. Presciently, the ban already includes baseball bats, axe handles and pitchforks. No mention of electric cattle prods, though.

Congratulations, L.A.!

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ACT to End the Namibian Seal Slaughter

Namibia seal slaughter

Thought the Canadians were the only ones? Nope. (Just as the Japanese are the most well-known dolphin/whale killers, although the Danish Faroe Islanders do it too.)

The Namibian government continues to allow and promote the slaughter of Cape fur seals despite the fact that the population has been hard-hit already by three mass die-offs, in which seals starved to death by the tens of thousands, since 2000. Cape fur seal pups are born between late October and early January. The mother seals nurse their young for about a year or even longer.
For 140 days, staring around July 1st, the Namibian government permits the killing of about 85,000 nursing baby Cape Fur seals…on the pretext of creating employment for 120 unskilled workers living in cardboard shacks near the seal colony.

Send letters to Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob at Office of the Prime Minister, Windhoek, Namibia. He can also be called/faxed (he speaks fluent English) at

Tel: +264-61-287 2002
Fax: +264-61-24 9546

You can also write to Hatem Yavuz, the furrier responsible for buying the Namibian fur, here:

http://www.harpseals.org/help/letters_and_emails/hatem_yavuz.php

 

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TELL AQUARIUMS THEIR DIRTY SECRET IS OUT

There are 50 marine parks in Japan, housing about FIVE HUNDRED dolphins, almost all captured during violent and deadly drive hunts. Many of these Japanese dolphinariums are members of JAZA, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The infamous Taiji Whale Museum, which has become the Japanese brokering facility for dolphins captured during the drive hunt, is a member of JAZA. So are numerous other Japanese dolphinariums that take advantage of the dolphin massacres to obtain dolphins.Thus, JAZA members keep the brutal dolphin hunt alive by doing business with the dolphin killers, This should not come as any surprise to you, since zoos and aquariums rarely act FOR animals, but it may surprise you that already in 2005, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) issued a statement entitled “WAZA Members not to Purchase Dolphins from Drive Fisheries”. It opposed the Japanese dolphin hunt in no uncertain terms, instructing its members to “adhere to the WAZA Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare [ha!] and to ensure that they do not accept animals obtained by the use of methods which are inherently cruel.” The statement continues: “In a resolution adopted at the WAZA …it was clearly stated that the catching of dolphins by the use of a method known as “drive fishing” is considered an example of such a non acceptable capture method.”

On its website, WAZA says: “All members of the WAZA Network are obliged to comply with WAZA’s Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare.” And: “Failure to satisfy or adhere to the Bylaws, Code of Ethics and all other rules and regulations shall be sufficient cause for suspension or denial of membership.”

And yet, WAZA welcomes JAZA, its Japanese counterpart, as an association member. 

So…WAZA has the power to document, expose and stop the world’s largest dolphin slaughter. More than 600 million people walk through the gates of the WAZA Network each year; ALL of them could be reached with a message to stop the dolphin slaughter. After all, the world’s dolphinariums claim that they capture and confine dolphins in order to educate the public to the various threats that dolphins face in nature. If the world’s largest network of zoos and aquariums is not going to educate the public to the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world – then W T F  ARE they doing??

(This entire issue does not even take into account that the conditions for dolphins in many of the ‘accredited’ marine parks are so dreadful as to be a living death.)

So while WAZA’s actions — or lack of action — may not surprise you, it WILL surprise them to get a flood of letters from angry and disgusted people who know what is going on. Please, be one of them.

Dr. Gerald Dick, Executive Director
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
IUCN Conservation Centre
Rue Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland
Switzerland
fax: +41 (0)22 999 07 91
online contact form

SAMPLE LETTER

Dr. Dick:

I am asking you to take action against those member aquariums of WAZA that continue to purchase dolphins and small whales that are caught in dolphin drive hunts such as the one in Taiji, Japan. According to your own statements, these aquariums should be expelled from WAZA, including member groups of JAZA, the regional association member of WAZA.

As you very well know but choose to overlook, hundreds, if not thousands, of dolphins are ruthlessly slaughtered each year in these barbaric hunts. Despite their grandiose claims, aquariums and dolphin brokers actually HELP the dolphin killers in their work, paying the fishermen high prices for a few live dolphins, and condemning the rest to horrific deaths. Thus WAZA and the world aquarium industry subsidizes the killing of dolphins in Taiji. Please take steps now to end the hunts. Because you can.

Sincerely,

 

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URGENT: CONTACT THE US FISH&WILDLIFE SERVICE RE WOLVES

It was not many decades ago that America’s wolves had been hunted and trapped to the brink of extinction. Even now, the estimated 6,000 remaining wolves occupy less than 5% of their historic range, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already announced plans to remove all federal protection from them, stripping them of endangered species protection in the lower 48 states and turning management over to the individual states  – most of which consider trapping, hounding and aerial gunning perfectly acceptable. This plan to delist wolves would allow increased hunting quotas driven by political pressure from trophy-hunters, trapping organizations, and ranchers.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is now accepting public comments on this proposal. We ask you to send yours TODAY, and ask them NOT to remove federal protection from wolves:

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