Category Archives: Issues

Tell Whole Foods to stop selling rabbit meat

Have you heard that Whole Foods sells rabbit meat? In Defense of Animals recently wrote about the pilot program.

There’s no justification for eating any kind of animals, but it’s especially disturbing that, as more Americans are cutting back or omitting animal products, Whole Foods is promoting rabbits.

Rabbits are the fifth most popular pet, which makes this “food” introduction especially confusing.

And as with any industry that profits from animals, rabbits in the supply chain are treated cruelly and suffer immensely.

You can help!

Please follow the link to IDA’s factsheet. It includes a number you can call as well as a form you can fill out. Here’s info from IDA about what to say when you call:

Whole Foods corporate phone number: 512-477-4455

Here are some talking points to get you started:

  • The demand for rabbit is not strong and is in fact waning. We do not need another “meat” source, especially not from a companion animal, as rabbits are the number 5 companion animal in US households.
  • As a compassionate grocer, there is no reason to add another animal to your menu, especially one that millions of households consider a family pet.
  • I ask you to take rabbit off the shelves, as one of millions of shoppers who appreciate your variety of vegetarian and vegan options in addition to your product offerings that do not test on animals, including rabbits.
  • Sprouts listened to its customers and took rabbit meat off the shelves. Please follow their lead or I will take my business to Sprouts.

Help protect wolves

Have you heard about HB1985? This recently-introduced bill would remove Federal Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Washington, Oregon, and Utah. There are already two other anti-wolf House bills that seek to legislatively delist gray wolves in at least four states (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Gray wolves are under attack.

Click here to send your US Representative a message about opposing HB843 and HB884.

And click here to send your US Representative a message about opposing HB1985.


Learn more about gray wolves at Endangered Species Coalition.

The Ethical and Environmental Impacts of Eating Animals

Here’s a can’t-miss event: The Ethical and Environmental Impacts of Eating Animals featuring Gene Baur, founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and Kathryn Gillespie, UW professor and part of the UW Critical Animal Studies working group.

Where: Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle
When: Friday, May 8th at 7:30 pm (doors ope at 6 pm)

Whether you’re a long-time vegan or just thinking about whether veganism is right for you, this will be a terrific evening. Baur and Gillespie will be speaking about animal rights, the value of respecting nature, how to be a conscientious consumer, and have a healthier lifestyle.

Bring your friends and family!

See the Facebook page for more info, or buy your tickets here. Admission is only $5.

March on the UW

What: Rally against the proposed UW animal lab
Where: University of Washington, Red Square
When: This Saturday, April 25th, at 2 pm

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The University of Washington is planning to expand their animal testing facilities. Come to the UW this Saturday and join a rally, demonstration, and march against these horrible plans.

Despite public opposition–and modern science and reason–UW is moving forward with the lab. Skanza, the construction company working with the university, has already cordoned off the area of the proposed lab.

If you oppose animal testing, please join the march on the University of Washington. THe event coincides with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, and will be a great chance to raise awareness of this issue.

Lauren Gazzola of the SHAC7 and Center for Constitutional Rights will be just one of the special speakers at the event.

Stop the lab!

For more info , see the event invitation on facebook, and check out the group organizing the event, No New Animal Lab.

Public hearing about Gray Whale Hunts

You might have read the earlier alert about how the Makah tribe wants to resume hunting gray whales. In addition to writing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, we have the opportunity to attend a public hearing.

If you are planning on attending the Monday April 27th hearing on the DEIS for the Makah whale hunt, you must preregister.

According to the Federal Register, they are requiring preregistration by 4 pm PDT on Sunday, April 26th.

Prospective attendees for the public meeting in the NOAA Auditorium in Seattle, Washington should submit their first and last names and affiliation, if appropriate, via the NMFS email

Also, in order to gain access to the Federal government building in Seattle, Washington, the Department of Commerce Western Region Security Office has advised that all attendees must have valid government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license, tribal identification card, or passport).

It’s a few more hurdles, but your attendance is greatly appreciated!

See the following for further information.

Help strengthen WA animal cruelty laws


A dangerous last-minute amendment to Senate Bill SB 5501 threatens to push back years of progress toward ending animal cruelty.

Overall, SB 5501 strengthens animal cruelty laws. But the amendment, known as Section 7, does the opposite and makes it easy for animal cruelty and neglect to go unpunished.

Section 7 will eliminate protections under current law for abused and neglected farmed animals owned by backyard “farmers” and hobbyists – leaving these animals totally vulnerable and unprotected.

Please urge Governor Inslee to VETO Section 7 and pass the remainder of SB 5501 into law.

  1. Email Governor Inslee
  2. Call his office:  360-902-4111

Don’t let them push back our progress to end animal cruelty. Please take 2 minutes to urge Governor Inslee to VETO Section 7 of SB 5501 today!

(Thanks to Pasado’s Safe Haven for this info. For the original alert, click here.)

Speak up for Eli the chimp

News from Eyes on Apes:

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Comedy Central has a new TV show and they’re airing previews of the show, Big Time in Hollywood, FL,  containing footage of a chimpanzee.

Eyes on Apes knows the chimp in the footage. His name is Eli and he lives at a training facility called Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife.

Eli’s trainer has a history of dumping former nonhuman ape actors at very decrepit facilities, including Walter, who was found kept in a dark, barren, concrete pit filled with garbage at a roadside zoo. Eli’s trainers also have repeatedly failed to meet minimal animal welfare standards. (

There’s still time to act–the episodes with Eli’s scenes have not aired yet. Please send a polite letter to the producers and to Lenny Jacobson letting them know that chimpanzees should not be used in entertainment.

Siri Garber, Platform PR (Lenny Jacobson’s publicist)

Lee Kernis, Producer (manager to writers Alex Anfanger & Dan Schimpf)

Eyes on Chimps has a customizable sample letter you can use. You can also let the show know how you feel by posting comments on their Facebook page.

Not only are there numerous welfare concerns with using chimps in entertainment, but seeing chimpanzees dressed up in clothing and in physical contact with humans perpetuates the idea that they can be treated as pets.

Thank you for all you do. Remember, Your letters work!

Another alert sent out last month regarding a McDonald’s France commercial with Suzy (who lives with the same trainer as Eli) was pulled after they received feedback from Eyes on Apes supporters and other advocacy groups.

Tell McDonald’s not to exploit chimps

Eyes on Apes has an important action alert about a captive chimp:

A recent advertisement for McDonald’s restaurants in France features Suzy the chimpanzee demonstrating trained behaviors, such as jumping up and down and making “funny” faces. Unfortunately, what Suzy has experienced–and what her future holds–is not funny at all. – See more at Eyes on Apes.

Trainers often take babies away from their mothers at a very young age and use abusive, fear-based tactics to get chimpanzees to perform.

Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, where Suzy lives, has repeatedly failed to meet even minimal welfare standards.

As Suzy gets older, her future remains uncertain. Martin has a reputation for dumping his former non-human ape actors at facilities with deplorable conditions, including Walter, who was found kept in a dark, barren, concrete pit filled with garbage at a roadside zoo.

We need your help to put the pressure on McDonald’s! Please write a polite letter asking them to remove the ad, and pledge to never work with non-human ape actors again. You may direct your letters to Deborah Wahl (, a Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s.

You may also leave comments on McDonald’s France’s Facebook page or send a Tweet to @McDonaldsCorp.

Sample Letter:

Dear Ms. Wahl: I was disappointed to hear that McDonald’s France used Suzy the chimpanzee in a recent commercial for Spicy Chicken Wraps.

Suzy lives with a trainer who has repeatedly failed to meet even minimal welfare standards ( Suzy’s trainer has dumped former non-human ape actors at deplorable roadside zoos, and as she is getting older, soon she will be too strong to be managed.

Using a chimpanzee for a cheap laugh sends the message that these amazing beings are simply props. They are an endangered species that should be protected, not used for entertainment.

Suzy, and others like her, deserve to be in a sanctuary. Help put an end to the use of chimpanzees in entertainment by removing the commercial and making a promise to never work with non-human ape actors again. Thank you for your consideration of my comments on this urgent matter.

Sincerely, [Your name here]


If you send an e-mail to McDonald’s, please remember to BCC Eyes on Apes at for tracking purposes. Thank you!

Help stop the resumption of gray whale hunting

Ready to write another letter?

Please write to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) and politely urge them to not allow the Makah tribe to resume hunting Eastern North Pacific gray whales in the Northwest. Send your letters to:

Gray Whale

For more info about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and how to respond to it, please see this webpage.


  • Mon April 27th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, NOAA Western Regional Center, Building 9 (Kelly C. Sandy III Auditorium), 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115. [Attendees need to register and review requirements for Access to Government Building].
  • Wed April 29th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Vern Burton Memorial Community Center, 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA.

In addition, the DEIS also may be viewed at various libraries identified or at the following NOAA Fisheries offices:

  • NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232 (Contact Steve Stone at 503-231-2317)
  • NOAA Fisheries, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. (Contact Leah Mattox at 206-526-6150)

Copies of the DEIS are available on CD by contacting Steve Stone at (503) 231-2317 or

Keep Whales and Dolphins Out of Captivity

Are you a Washington State resident? Please help keep whales and dolphins out of captivity. Young people who do not want to see whales and dolphins in captivity are encouraged to call when their parents do.

Washington State Legislature House Bill 2115 would prohibit captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoise for entertainment and exploitation. It is under attack and being blocked from leaving the Rules Committee which decides if a bill will proceed to debate and vote by the full Washington State House of Representatives.

How to help:

a) If your Representative is on the Rules Committee, call their office or email them.


b) If your Representative is not on the Rules Committee, call them.  If you need to find who your Representatives are in Washington State, go here.

Reps need to hear from you before Wednesay, March 11th. Time is of the essence.

Thank you!