October 12-20th is Primate Liberation Week, a time when we raise awareness and put extra efforts into helping primates in labs.
Over 70,000 primates (including rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, marmosets and tamarins) are experimented on every year in the United States.
1) The UW is considering expanding their animal labs, which would mean more animals (primates included) would be experimented on. Read NARN’s previous post about UWs plans and how you can contact them and ask them not to waste time, money, and precious lives on outdated research methods.
2) Join The Bunny Alliance’s campaign against Delta Air Lines. As a part of Primate Liberation week, on Wednesday, October 16, make a polite phone call to the headquarters of Delta Air Lines during office hours (9am-5pm EST) and tell Delta to use its partnership with Air France to convince Air France to stop transporting primates and other animals to labs.
Tell Delta: ”I’m asking that Delta Air Lines use its partnership with Air France to convince Air France to stop transporting animals to laboratories and to enact a permanent policy against doing so.”
Learn more about primates in labs and what you can do at Stop Animal Exploitation Now.
- Harvard is closing its primate research labs!
- Seven chimps from a lab are safely retired in Cle Elum after a lifetime of abuse.
- The NIH is retiring most of its chimps.
Thank you for all that you do for the animals!
The circus has come and gone, and we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the demos and helped in any way. Your presence in Kent and Everett sends a strong message that we won’t tolerate animal abuse of any kind–and when we see it, we speak up!
The demos couldn’t happen without you. We know you could have done something else with your time, but you chose to speak up for animals. Being part of a protest isn’t easy. Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zones to help educate circus-goers. The signs you made were terrific, and your pleasant demeanors helped to open minds and change attitudes.
As activists, we sow seeds, but we don’t always see the fruits of our labor. Here are a few examples of how the demos are helping:
- One woman’s kids never want to go to an animal circus again–because of the comic book they received.
- In Everett, a woman whose friend invited her to the circus said she’d never considered what happens to the animals. She didn’t want to go to the circus, but the tickets were purchased. Next year, she won’t go.
- After seeing the circus, a woman escorting some disabled adults said she was upset at what she saw and that what was happening to the elephants wasn’t right. She took some literature and will talk to her boss about finding something different for her clients to do next year.
- At the Kent demo, some little girls told a protestor that they didn’t want to go to the circus because they had seen “An apology to elephants” on HBO but that their mom was making them go. They took literature so they could talk to their friends about why animal circuses were bad.
- Another woman, after receiving a flyer, promised not to come back next year. She thought her kids would like it but realized that animal circuses are depressing and don’t send kids the right message.
- One man, whose kids had their activist coloring books confiscated by circus security on the way in, turned around and declared that they were going to see a movie instead.
Thank you for making a difference. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or brand new at this, you were an important part of the demos. We loved seeing familiar faces and meeting new people.
Thank you all!!
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We just wrapped up four days of demos in Kent (seven shows in all), and we’re heading to Everett for another four days to educate circus-goers about what really goes on behind the scenes of the Ringling Bros. Circus.
For info on what Ringling does to animals, see: http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com.
We will have signs, leaflets, banners…we just need YOU!
You are also welcome to bring your own sign – be creative! It shows that individuals, not just animal rights groups are concerned about circus cruelty.
Demos start an hour and a half before each show time. Come to one or come to all! We’d love to have you join us:
Thursday the 10th at 6:00 pm
Friday the 11th at 6:00 pm
Saturday the 12th at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm
Sunday the 13th at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm
Meet at the corner of Hewitt & Oakes.
For directions, more info, or to RSVP, see the Facebook event.
Ringling is bringing the Cruelest Show on Earth to Kent, and NARN will be there to educate circus goers about what really goes on behind the scenes. For info on what Ringling does to animals, see: http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com.
We have signs, leaflets, banners–we just need YOU!
You’re welcome to bring your own sign. Be creative! It shows that individuals, not just animal rights groups, are concerned about circus cruelty. Demos start an hour and a half before each show time. We will be right along the front of Showare Center on West James Street–you’ll see us there!
Thurs, Oct. 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm
Fri, Oct. 4th from 6:00-7:30 pm
Sat, Oct. 5th (3 shows) from 10:00-11:30 am, 2:00-3:30 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Sun, Oct. 6th (2 shows) from 11:30 am-1:00 pm and 3:30-5:00pm
Here in Seattle, at American Gold Seafoods, we’ll be holding an event too.
- Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
- Time: 4:30 – 7:00
- Where: American Gold Seafoods, 4019 21st Ave W Seattle, WA
Find out more on the NARN event page for WDFA.
Don’t let it surprise you that the Seattle event is at a seafood processor. American Gold is basically a “slaughterhouse at sea.” They hold 3,000,000 salmon in pens (with about 1 bathtub worth of space per fish) for couple years, before they’re scooped up and killed by their “Harvestor” ship. Factory farms extend far beyond traditional land animals. Fish suffer and oceans are polluted because of farmed fishing.
World Day for Farmed Animals will continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.
Won’t you join us?
What’s wrong with this picture?
Five points if you said my mullet! Ten if you said the lion cub in my lap.
As a teenager in the 80s, I thought nothing of this. I was in the mall with my brother, a makeshift studio was set up in a corner of an open area, and I got to pick which baby animal I wanted to pose with.
I never thought to question the obvious: Where is this cub’s mother? Why is he being carted around from mall to mall for photos instead of being in his natural environment? Is there a danger to humans? What will happen to him when he’s too big and unruly to be cuddly?
Sadly, animals like this are still being exploited in malls, fairs, and at roadside zoos, and yes, you too can pay for a photo op.
When these babies are too big, they end up at shoddy roadside zoos, in the pet trade, in canned hunts, or killed for their meat.
The best thing you can do is never pay for a picture with a wild animal. The Humane Society has a campaign against primates, tigers, lions, and bears being used in photo sessions. These sessions with the public fuel the exotic pet trade, puts animals at risk, and endangers the public.
Please sign it and learn from my mistake. Wild animals are not stuffed toys. Whether at home or abroad, vote with your dollars and say no to animal exploitation.
Sign the petition here
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.
General Contact form: https://www.evergreenhealth.com/about_evergreen/contact_us/
Board of Commissioners: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Relations: Kay Taylor, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Office phone: (425) 899-2604
Cell phone (303) 514-5326
Human Resource Department:
Office phone: (425) 899-2511
(Since this is an employee “perk” it may have been approved or initiated by this dept.)
(For those who want to post on their page or send them a note)
(for sending them a message, or tweeting and including them)
Watch this video and hear what actor Edie Falco (also known as Nurse Jackie) has to say about the circus: