As you know, the University of Washington’s Board of Regents approved plans for a new Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) at the UW. It is now being considered by the UW’s Environmental and Land Use Compliance department, which can decide to NOT let the proposed lab plans go forward — and they are currently taking public comments. If they receive an AVALANCHE of letters, they cannot ignore them. So please, read the information below and then submit your comment to help prevent this lab from being built.
THE ARCF WOULD DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PRIMATES, PIGS, AND RABBITS THAT THE UW CAN TORTURE. It is SO important that it never be built.
Please submit your comments (and try to keep them polite, professional and focused) by this Wednesday, August 27, to Jan Arntz, Environmental and Land Use Compliance: email@example.com
Ideas for comments:
1. Follow comments with questions. Questions are more difficult for the UW to dismiss without addressing. Examples of such questions are: What has the UW done to ensure that XXX impacts are mitigated? Did the UW consider XXX and if so what did it find? If not, why not?
2. Raise public involvement issues. Has the UW really considered the concerns of the public, including pressure to consider alternatives to using animals in research? Members of the Board of Regents admitted to not doing outside research about the lab, animal testing, or alternatives to animal testing and did not consider much of the public comment submitted to them prior to voting for the ARCF.
3. Incorporate comments of others by reference, including anyone else opposed to the construction, possibly including members of a group you work with.
4. Comment on everything, even if it seems small. Comment on environmental impacts, consistency with broader UW plans (including reputation), UW’s history of violations in their labs, and compliance with all other laws. Animal Welfare Act regulations, environmental regulations, etc.
– so we can do it again! The massive response recently to the donkey basketball “fundraiser” at the Anacortes Middle School not only meant that the school pledged never to use this form of raising money again, but also had the planned game cancelled at the last minute (the school insisted it received threatening phone calls, which sounds like a last-ditch attempt to save face and discredit activists).
This time it is Clarkston High School in Clarkston, WA, that is hosting a donkey basketball event to raise money for the senior class on February 26th, 2014 at 7PM. Take 5 minutes to write an email to the folks below, asking them to cancel this event. During these supposedly ‘fun’ events, donkeys are forced to carry heavy loads, and are often dragged, jerked, kicked, hit and yelled at. For the sake of both animals and the adults these students later become, fundraising events should promote and showcase kindness, not cruelty.
Eric Anderson, Principal - Eric@csdk12.org
Darcy Weisner, Superintendent - WeisnerD@csdk12.org
Dan Lejameyer, Assistant Principal - LejameyerD@csdk12.org
Clarkston High School Phone: (509) 758-5591
Shannon Wilson, Athletic Director - WilsonS@csdk12.org
You have all heard of the Russian attempts to spot-clean Sochi for the Winter Olympics by killing the stray dog population – thousands gunned down with poisoned darts that kill slowly by suffocation. This massacre would be shameful for any nation, let alone one that is trying to represent itself as progressive—yet the killing reportedly continues despite international protest. Individual Russian activists are doing what they can, but your voice is still desperately needed. Please let officials know that the only responsible way to address Sochi’s stray dog population is through prevention: by implementing a sterilization program. Your own words will carry more weight, but if you also want to convey a message in Russian, please copy and send the following:
Это ужасно слышать что в Сочи бездомных собак, жизнь которых и без того тяжела, отлавливают и убивают. Это позорное поведение не соответствует попыткам России преподнести себя в роли прогрессивной страны. Кроме того, это совершенно не поможет разрешить проблему бездомных собак. Единственый цивилизованный способ решить эту проблему в России – это внедрить широкомасштабную программу стерилизации, которая бы предотвратила рождение новых щенков. Прошу Вас сделать все необходимое, чтобы остановить бойню собак в Сочи, которая придает кровавый оттенок Олимпиаде, отнимая жизнь у тысяч невинных животных.
Please call and e-mail the following officials and forward this alert widely!
- His Excellency Sergey Kislyak
Russian Ambassador to the U.S.
Here’s a way to help overpopulation issues with companion dogs and cats: Ask Your State Senator to Vote YES on SSB 5202, the Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill.
Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5202 would create a statewide companion animal spay/neuter assistance program to help people with low incomes get free or very low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats. The bill would also fund spay/neuter surgeries for feral and free-roaming cats.
SSB 5202 replaces the original bill, SB 5202, which attempted to raise funds from the sale of pet food across the state. The pet-food fee funding part isn’t in this bill; it’s been replaced with a voluntary contribution of up to $1 per pet license from communities that license pets.
Please contact your state senator by phone or email and ask him or her to vote for SSB 5202 in the senate.
Your state senator can be contacted by filling out the comment form on the bill. It’s quick and easy. Be sure to click the buttons asking for a reply from your senator.
Here are some tips to help you write a clear message:
- Ask your senator to encourage other senate leaders to schedule SSB 5202 for a vote on the senate floor.
- Ask your senator to vote for SSB 5202.
- Tell your senator that the bill will help reduce the amount of money homeless animals cost our cities and counties, and will help end the deaths of thousands of dogs and cats in our state’s shelters.
- Tell your senator why the bill is important to YOU and others in your community.
It’s really effective to also call your senator’s office asking for a “yes” vote on SSB 5202, Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Assistance. You will find your senator’s phone number in this list.
Thanks to Save Washington Pets for the info listed here. If you have questions, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fighting for animals is often an uphill battle. Animals don’t usually get a lot of respect of attention in the legislature. That’s why it’s important to let your state reps know that animals matter!
For the 2014 session, several animal-related bills will be brought before the legislature.
SB 5202 Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Assistance. This is a follow-up of the substitute spay/neuter bill that passed the senate in 2013. The substitute bill doesn’t include the original pet-food fee funding source, but it does provide the basic outline of a statewide spay/neuter assistance program. The bill will need to be reconsidered in the senate before it can proceed to the house.
SB 5203 Limiting Sales of Animals in Public Places. This bill would restrict certain sales of animals in public places, such as roadside sales. A draft substitute bill, that improves the original bill introduced in 2013, is currently being prepared .
SB 5204 Animal Cruelty Prevention. This bill covers several issues. It tightens up the animal fighting law, addresses animals confined in vehicles and other spaces during extreme temperatures, and cleans up the definition of second-degree animal cruelty. A draft substitute bill has already been prepared, which includes a new provision to correct weaknesses in the first-degree animal cruelty statute.
HB 2117 Breed Based Dog Regulations. More than two dozen cities in this state have breed-based bans. The bans place restrictions on certain breeds (usually pit bulls). In the 2014 session, a bill is being introduced that, if passed, would prevent a dog’s breed from being a factor in a ban or in classifying him or her as dangerous or potentially dangerous. Read more about how you can help bring pass this bill here.
Thanks to Save Washington Pets (Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation) for the info about these bills.
Here in Washington State, more than two dozen cities have breed-based bans in place. The bans place restrictions on certain breeds (usually pit bulls). In the 2014 session, HB 2117 (Breed-Based Dog Regulations) is being introduced. This bill would prevent a dog’s breed from being a factor in a ban or in classifying him or her as dangerous or potentially dangerous. The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Sherry Appleton.
Contact Your State Representatives!
All members of the Washington State House of Representatives have until 2 pm on January 13 to sign on as cosponsors of the bill. Please contact your two state reps today or tomorrow and encourage them to sign on and support this bill.
You can find your reps here and you can find their phone numbers here. If you can’t call, or would rather email, here’s a template by Best Friends Animal Society.
Please offer a brief, polite message with your full name, address and phone number, asking your rep to cosponsor HB 2117, a bill that addresses dog breed discrimination, and explain why it’s important to you.
Thanks to Save Washington Pets for the information about this bill.
Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R.1094/S.541), a crucial bill to protect both consumers’ health and American horses, was recently introduced in Congress. This legislation will prohibit the sale and transport of horse meat and horses intended for human consumption, thereby keeping toxic meat out of the nation’s food supply.
Because horses in the United States are raised as companions and sport animals—not for human consumption—they are routinely given hundreds of drugs and chemicals that could cause harm to human health if their meat is ingested. Many of these substances have never been tested on humans, while some are known to be deadly if ingested by people. These pharmaceuticals—steroids, antibiotics, growth promoters, sedatives, artificial hormones, vaccines, painkillers, and others—are often labeled “not for use in animals used for food/that will be eaten by humans,” and more than 50 drugs regularly administered to horses are expressly prohibited by federal regulations for use in food animals.
There is no system in place to track these medications and veterinary treatments to ensure that horse meat is safe for human consumption. Even small traces of these chemicals in adulterated horse meat could pose serious health risks, most of which are completely unknown.
Please click here to urge your members of Congress to keep toxic horse meat out of the food supply by co-sponsoring and supporting the SAFE Act.
NARN now has a donation box at Wayward Vegan Café!
We’re having a donation drive to collect supplies for the companions animals of the low income and homeless. We’re working in particular with the organization Peace on the Streets by Kids on the Streets.
Please stop by Wayward, and drop in a can of cat or dog food, a doggie or kitty bed, a leash, flea treatment, or other item for animals.
Where: 5253 University Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (open 9-9 every day)
Help the kids and the animals this holiday season!