We’re ramping up for a busy week. Here’s a rundown of some of the ways you can get involved in the next few days.
Fri Nov 27 from 9am-11am
Vegan Outreach Downtown Seattle
Meet at 4th & Pine, in front of Starbucks
This is a chance to hand out vegan recipes and Why Vegan booklets to the crowds who will be congregating for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. People love the recipe books and it’s a great way to make a positive impact.
Fri Nov 27 from 11am-1pm
Fur Free Friday Downtown Seattle
Nordstrom Downtown Seattle, 500 Pine Street
After leafleting, it’s demo time! Hold a sign, hand out a flier, or simply be part of the group of people who oppose fur. There’s no need for cruelty in the 21st century.
Fri Nov 27 from 1pm-10pm
#BlackLivesMatterFriday 2.0 : The Quest For Freedom
Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street
After demos, let’s show solidarity with other groups. This event isn’t organized by NARN, but it’s important that we support our fellow activists. Oppression and injustices are rampant and we need to stand with others to make changes.
Sun Nov 29 from 6pm-9:30pm
No New Animal Lab Home Demos
Meet at Starbucks, 800 12th Ave, Seattle
This event isn’t organized by NARN, but we stand with the No New Animal Lab campaign and encourage you to attend protests at the houses of people involved in the plans to build a new underground animal lab at the University of Washington.
Tue Dec 1 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
NARN Letter Writing Party, Fur Free Friday Edition
Wayward Vegan Café, 801 NE 65th Street
Join NARN members, animal activists, and other vegans for a letter writing dinner at Wayward Café! We’ll be upstairs with stationery, stamps, and addresses. Just bring yourself!
Well, there’s no shortage of events in Seattle in the next week. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving, eat lots of delicious vegan food, and plug into the community however you can.
While Australia declares war on cats with plans to kill 2 million cats in the next two years — a violent campaign that will not accomplish its aims – there are legions of people in the United States trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats to ensure they will not proliferate.
The humane way, as usual, is the effective way.
Entire colonies of cats have been eradicated with TNR, in Seattle’s University District and elsewhere.
For those interested in helping, the Community Cat Coalition of Washington is holding a free class in TNR from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Snohomish Library in lovely Snohomish, WA.
A potluck afterward will introduce newly trained trappers to mentors. If enough of us show up, maybe it can be a largely vegan potluck!
RSVP to CCCofWaTNRclass@gmail.com.
In light of our poster making party for the Black Lives Matter Rally, and of course next week’s Black Lives Matter Rally on Nov 27th, we’d like to share, and encourage everyone to read, this blog post from the Vine Sanctuary:
If you are interesting in learning more, please check out this additional resources:
On All Lives Matter:
On White Silence and 18 Daily Resolutions for White People to Fight Racism
On Systemic Racism (video)
The Dallas Zoo in Texas, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, and Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas want to rip 18 wild elephants from their families and home in Swaziland to fill their cages.
Please ask the Fish and Wildlife Service to deny permits to import 18 wild elephants to U.S. zoos. Just a few minutes of your time could spare these wild elephants a lifetime of misery in a tiny yard and in a barren barn cell. But hurry! The deadline for comments is Monday, November 23, 2015.
Please politely demand that the Fish and Wildlife Service NOT grant a permit to import these wild elephants. Some say there is no room for the elephants where they currently live. If so, they could be moved to another location in the wild. The elephants need to stay within Africa.
What you can do
To learn more read Conservation Charade: U.S. Zoo Propose Importing Wild African Elephants and go to Big Rumble’s Facebook page.
Talking points from Big Rumble
Please share this widely. Let’s do all we can to assure a huge outcry over this barbaric scheme. Thank you!
Ideally, chimpanzees would no longer be used in lab experiments at all.
Barring that, the ones who don’t die in the labs at least deserve to live the rest of their lives in sanctuaries.
Emory University’s federal Yerkes National Primate Research Center instead plans to give eight chimpanzees — Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Georgia, and Elvira—to Wingham Wildlife Park (WWP), an unaccredited zoo in the UK.
To move them, Yerkes needs a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Sample comment to FWS:
Please deny Emory University’s permit request for Yerkes National Primate Research Center to transport eight chimpanzees used in research to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited zoo in the UK.
Given the health risks involved in transporting chimpanzees so far, and the fact that Wingham is not an accredited zoo and has said it might breed them — after they’ve already given so much of their lives — it makes more sense to send these animals to one of the U.S. sanctuaries that has offered to take them.
Your Name Here
If you have another 30 seconds, go here to request that all chimpanzees be retired.
The Bureau of Land Management, which is supposed to protect wild horses, sent nearly 1,800 of them to certain death in Colorado between 2009 and 2012.
The U.S. Office of the Inspector General issued a scathing report, the according to Denver Post coverage last week. The report said the bureau “failed to follow its own policy of limiting horse sales and ensuring that the horses sold went to good homes and were not slaughtered.” (Here’s the full report.)
That hasn’t stopped the bureau’s plan to descend early next month on Beatys Butte Herd Management Area in southern Oregon, where 1,500 wild horses live peacefully on some 400,000 acres of public land. Using helicopters, it will drive them out.
Such roundups appear to be legal, based on earlier Inspector General reports, which mention how difficult a job it is to carry out.
There are other ways.
Although BLM culls horses to “maintain rangeland health,” ranchers in southern Oregon acknowledge it’s to ensure there’s enough land for their cattle. As one rancher from Kiehly Brothers Ranch put it, “It’s starting to hurt the resource out there…. It’s just too many horses out there for the resource.”
Let’s tell BLM and the Department of the Interior, which oversees it, that that’s no reason to send 1,500 wild horses to their deaths. If horse populations need to be controlled, the fertility control vaccine PZP is a far more humane and more sustainable option.
Leave a message on BLM’s web site and for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the former CEO of REI who oversees BLM:
Here’s a sample, but please tailor for yourself:
We’re heartbroken to learn that a member of Seattle’s vegan community has killed himself.
Of course, he belonged to many communities — family, friends, people who saw him regularly but were acquaintances — and that means a lot of very painful grieving is happening now. Our love and wishes for healing go out to everyone whose lives he touched and who is hurting.
It’s also a good time to remember that suicide is something we can and should talk about — that expressing what’s in our hearts at a time like this can help us heal and eventually motivate us to find out more about suicide’s warning signs and what we can do about them.
As Veda Stram, an animal rights activist from Camano Island, wrote when she learned of this recent death, “My only relationship with him was as a customer at Vegan Haven, where I volunteer one day a week. I probably saw him each and every time I volunteered….. My writing this is to BEG, ENCOURAGE, URGE anyone in whatever we call ‘our vegan community’ to let us know if you’re in trouble.”
The world would be a better place if that were true in all communities — if people felt they could talk about their suicidal thoughts and feelings, and if they could get meaningful, professional help when they did.
Like many people who’ve known someone who’s died by suicide, Veda said she keeps revisiting her interactions with him and wondering what she “should have seen, could have done, might have ignored.” (See below for bereavement resources.)
Most people who kill themselves do exhibit warning signs. Tragically, most of us are unaware of these signs until it’s too late. It’s not a failing of any one person, but a failure of our social system that we are not taught about suicide prevention. People die as a result, and the people who grieve them have an added burden of confusion and guilt.
The sliver of good news is that becoming aware of suicide and its effects can spur change: It can encourage people to learn about suicide prevention, to learn that it’s okay to ask someone if they’re considering suicide. The question itself, asked from a place of caring, will not make someone who’s not suicidal suddenly start to consider it — and that question could end up saving a person’s life.
Here’s a list of warning signs:
Talking about suicide or a wish to die
Talking about feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
Feelings of being a burden to others
Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn
Acting irritable or agitated
Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real
If you’re concerned about someone, it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s what you can do:
Don’t tell the person to “stop being dramatic” or to “get over it”
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.8255) with the person you are concerned about
Go to a local hospital emergency department with the person you are concerned about
Call 911; identify yourself and explain your concern
You can also encourage professional counseling by:
Calling your local crisis line, 2-1-1, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273 .8255) for resources in your community
If the person has medical insurance, check to see what providers are covered by their plan
Go with the person to their first counseling appointment
There are more resources at Forefront (a good thing UW funds), including resources for people who are bereaved by suicide, also known as “suicide survivors.” That can include anyone who knew the person who died, even peripherally.
Suicide is a shock that can bring out the most desperate, heart-breaking words and behavior. It can also lead to powerful familial, social, systemic change.
Check out NARN’s monthly letter-writing parties, where we supply the stationery, stamps, pens and sample letters — and you supply the penmanship.
Pick your passion: Letters to prisoners, to SKANSKA execs, to UW regents, to city council members, to Xfinity Arena management for hosting the rodeo. Or thank companies, organizations and people who have championed animal-friendly policies.
Even better, there’s food involved.
The next letter-writing party is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Veggie Grill in South Lake Union (446 Terry Ave N).
Help Animals India is having its first-ever Seattle benefit for India’s animals.
Date: October 17, 2015
Time: 5 pm
Cost: $15 (tickets available here)
Location: Culture Shakti Dance, Seattle
Despite some of the best animal protection laws in the world and a renowned heritage of reverence for life, modern India is a country where millions of animals suffer severe neglect or abuse.
Overpopulation, poverty, pollution, superstition, apathy and ignorance all contribute to their plight. In a country where human misery and impoverishment remain high, the welfare of destitute animals is a low priority.
Help Animals India is a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in India by raising money for dedicated Indian animal protection groups and advising them on how to improve their capacity to help the animals.
Join them for a fun evening of Indian Dance Performance by the Dancers of Culture Shakti, Indian and World Vibes Music by Dj Seanuman, Mystic Kombucha on Tap, and a Catered Silent Auction with Items from local businesses.
Delicious Food Provided by Chaco Canyon, The Shop Agora, & Cupcake Royale.
ALL proceeds go the benefit Help Animals India
Can’t make the event? Please consider donating - any amount helps!
This Sunday, October 12, from 12:30pm – 4 pm, NARN will be hosting Animal Activism 101!
If you’ve never done any animal activism, you’ll leave the session with specific ideas on what you can do to make the future brighter for animals.
If you are a newer activist, you’ll learn new tips, tricks, and best practices not only from NARN, but from other activists locally and around the world.
And if you’re a seasoned activist you’ll leave the session with new contacts and rejuvenated to keep doing your best for animals.
We’ll also discuss various campaigns going on in the Seattle Area.
Light snacks and beverages provided. Everyone welcome.
Y at Cascade People’s Center
309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109