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Speak Out for Sea Lions

Photo: NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Photo: NOAA National
Marine Mammal Laboratory

The permission that Washington, Oregon and Idaho received to kill sea lions expires on June 30, and they’ve requested a five-year extention.

Fewer than 20 comments have been made so far. One is from Duane
“Boomer” Wright, general manager of the Sea Lion Caves near Florence, OR. He says it looks like there isn’t enough food for the Steller and California sea lions, and points to the extinction of the Japanese sea lion.

Japan’s fishing industry once blamed sea lions for their low catches; now they’re trying to reintroduce sea lions to reestablish the ecosystem, he wrote.

“I think we should take that as evidence that killing sea lions will not increase the salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia. The solution to this problem is to increase the population of the salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and all rivers and tributaries along the Oregon Coast. Sea lions, whether California or Steller should not be used as a scapegoat for our misuse of our natural resources,” Wright wrote.

Please add your voice here. The deadline is April 27.

CANCELED! – "Chicken Chase"

VICTORY!
The event is canceled! Thank you for being a voice for animals.

Please thank pastors Dr. John Paisley and Ken Griffin for doing the right thing (emails below).

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On Sunday, April 3rd, Riverview Baptist Church in Pasco, Washington, is planning a “Chicken Chase.”

The event is as cruel as it sounds. Chickens will be released into an arena so children can chase them, catch them, and “win” the chickens. canceled Chickens are delicate, and this terrifying event will no doubt cause injury and stress to the poor animals. And when caught, how do kids properly care for them? This event fails to help kids learn to respect animals and reinforces the idea that they are simply toys and here for our entertainment.

Please ask Riverview Baptist Church to do the right thing and host an alternative event instead (an event in which all the participants are there of their own free will).

You can send polite comments to:

Dr. John Paisley, Senior Pastor
Click here to send an email

Ken Griffin, Co-Pastor
Click here to send an email

Riverview Baptist Church
4921 W. Wernett
Pasco, WA 99301
509-547-2021

Chai lost 1,050 pounds after Seattle; let’s get Bamboo to a sanctuary

The blood infection that killed Chai in Oklahoma City came after the elephant lost 1,050 pounds in the short time since she’d left Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, The Seattle Times learned from a public records request.

Chai was weighed only twice at the Oklahoma zoo, records show, although she’d dropped from 8,150 pounds when she left Seattle on April 15 to 7,100 pounds when she died in January.

An Oklahoma City zoo veterinarian said they relied on a visual scoring system.  “You couldn’t see her ribs, nothing that would indicate the degree of fat loss that was going on,” Jennifer D’Agostino told Times reporter Sandi Doughton. (Today’s paper also included the supposedly celebratory news that the Woodland Park Zoo has named a baby gorilla it bred in captivity. Her name is Yola.)

If a veterinarian couldn’t see Chai’s deterioration, it would be even harder for a Woodland Park Zoo docent who visited Oklahama City and wrote that Chai’s last days were “happy.”

Now we know they were horrific. Twice in the weeks before she died, Chai was unable to stand up.

We also know from the records Doughton received that Bamboo, the other Seattle elephant who was transferred to Oklahoma instead of to a sanctuary, was distressed enough during one public performance that she knocked Chai off her feet.

It’s not too late to get Bamboo to a sanctuary. On the advice of Nancy Pennington and Alyne Fortgang, co-founders of the Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, please do these two things in Chai’s memory:

1. Write an email to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council. Addresses to cut and paste are below. Just one line will do!

2. Sign this petition: http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/oklahoma-city-zoo-close-elephant-exhibit/

bruce.bohmke@zoo.org, Ed.murray@seattle.gov,Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov, lisa.herbold@seattle.gov ,Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov,
Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov, Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov,  Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov, Debora.Juarez@seattle.gov,  Lorena.Gonzalez@seattle.gov, Rob.johnson@seattle.gov

Tilikum Dying at SeaWorld; Time to Set Lolita Free

killerwhales_southernresidentsSeaWorld says Tilikum is “beginning to deteriorate,” which likely means that the long-suffering orca who actually has deteriorated for years is dying.

While it’s too late to release Tilikum, who was captured as a youngster more than three decades ago off Iceland, the Puget Sound’s own Lolita can still know freedom.

A “retirement” plan would reverse her 1970 capture in a Whidbey Island cove, a tragedy in which seven oracas were ensnared.

“The waters churned and boiled white with agitated whales fighting to escape from the confining nets,” Sandra Pollard wrote in the book “Puget Sound Whales for Sale,” as quoted in an extensive look at the subject by The Stranger.

orca_spyhopping-noaa“Their desperation and terror was all too apparent as they spy-hopped repeatedly, raising their strikingly colored black-and-white heads from the water”—to look around—”coupled with high-pitched shrieks and cries echoing across the usually tranquil cove,” she wrote.

A witness told The Stranger, “It was the weirdest sound I have ever heard in my life. Like babies crying but much louder.

Lolita — also known as Tokitae — is the only orca captured that day who’s still alive.

An 8-minute video depicts her daily life at the Miami Seaquarium.

A member of L-pod, she belongs to the Southern Resident population, which includes “Granny,” an orca believed to be more than a century old.

It’s time to bring Lolita/Tokitae home, as outlined in a retirement plan with action items we can do to move that agenda forward.

In addition, please join us at the Empty the Tanks event at Westlake Park near Pike Place Market on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m.

Let’s keep up the pressure to free Lolita/Tokitae, so she can enjoy a life in open waters rather than lingering and dying as Tilikum is.

Photos from NOAA

Reptiles suffer and die at PetSmart

A recent PETA undercover investigation has revealed horrific suffering of animals in warehouses at an animal supplier.

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Reptiles by Mack supplies tens of thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, and other reptiles to PetSmart and other retail stores. The animals are confined in filthy, crowded plastic tubs and deprived of necessities like food and water, heat and UV lamps, and veterinary attention. Many emaciated animals had already died or were killed in lieu or veterinary care.

Severely crowded bearded dragons fought over food, leading to mangled limbs, some just left by workers to rot off. One worker said that he had cut off a bearded dragon’s leg with wire cutters and “snap[ped]” off their tails with his fingers.

Tragic video footage shows thirsty animals drinking frantically for up to four minutes when an eyewitness provided them with water.

Please tell officials that you will never buy anything from their stores as long as they continue to sell animals.

PetSmart
Erin Gray 623-516-3908
egray@ssg.petsmart.com

BC Partners Group (who own PetSmart)
london@bcpartners.com

If you about animals from PetSmart based on their claims of humane treatment or know anyone else who has, please contact CIDInfo@peta.org.

You can find companion-animal supplies at businesses that don’t sell animals, including small, local shops, Target, Walgreens, and online retailers.

And if you are ready to add an animal to your family, please adopt from a local animal shelter or rescue organization—never buy from a store or breeder.

The True Cost film screening

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The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that asks the simple question: “Who made my clothes?”

What does that have to do with animals? Well, as an animal rights organization, NARN advocates for all sentient beings to live a full life, to be free, and to not to be used and exploited. People, animals, and the earth are often exploited in the name of business.

The True Cost is playing at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave., Seattle WA 98122) on Sunday, March 13, 2016 @4 PM.

Click here to see the trailer.

Tickets are only $8 and are available here.

The True Cost pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, this film will take you on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The film sheds light on the wasteful nature of fast fashion and the horrible working conditions in the factories where cheap clothing is made.

We all wear clothes. Even if you don’t follow the latest trends or count “shopping” as one of your pastimes, there’s something in this film for you.

Hoot! It's Time to Chow Down for Chimpanzees!

PrintThe wonderful Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, which was “founded in 2003 to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries,” is holding its annual fundraising shindig — which is a scrumptuous blast! — on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m.

Seven chimpanzees live at the sanctuary — all from a private biomedical facility in Pennsylvania. Before being used to test hepatitis vaccines and (the females) as breeders, they were captured in Africa and/or kept as pets and/or used in entertainment.

Now Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy and Negra live in a safe, peaceful place, making choices about how to spend their time — inside where it’s warm or adventuring outdoors. You can meet them and learn what they’re doing on the sanctuary’s blog.

You can also support them and help the sanctuary expand to be a haven for more chimpanzees by attending Hoot!, an awesome evening of vegan food and camaraderie, with a live auction, dessert dash and raffle.

This year, Hoot! is at The Foundry in SoDo and starts with an indoor bar crawl, followed by a sit-down dinner.

Tickets are $100 through April 1, or $750 for a table of eight. Sign up before they sell out, and we’ll see you there!

Hey, Geico: Bring Back the Gecko

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Eyes on Apes, a program of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, pointed out this week that Geico’s latest commercials include a chimpanzee.

Please let the insurer know that chimpanzees — like the sanctuary’s now-retired Burrito — do not belong in entertainment.

The animated gecko we’ve all come to know as representing Geico is far more entertaining, and without the cruelty that comes with animals used in this industry.

A letter from the strangely named “American Humane Association” says it was on hand for filming and that the “monkey” and snake in the commercial were not harmed. Hmmm. Monkey?

Please email Geico’s executives (CEO Tony Nicely at tnicely@geico.com and Christine Tasher in public relations at gcorpcomm@geico.com) to let them know you prefer the gecko — and if you’re insured by Geico, let them know you will switch companies if they don’t stop airing the chimpanzee footage.

We can make a difference! Thank you to Eyes on Apes and to all of you for taking action!

Here’s a sample email:

Dear Mr. Nicely and Ms. Tasher,

After years of thoroughly enjoying the debonair gecko in your television commercials, I really lost heart at seeing a live chimpanzee representing your fine company earlier this month.
These animals often become research subjects or roadside zoo attractions when their “acting careers” are over, as a well-regarded chimpanzee sanctuary in Washington state knows too well. Here’s more information about that and other unsavory aspects of this trade.
I hope you’ll bring back the gecko, who’s so much more in line with Geico’s values.
Thank you,
Your Name Here

Monkeys Dying at Everett Animal Lab

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Researchers call these monkeys, here from an NIH-funded research paper about how to reproduce them more quickly, “cynomolgus monkeys.” In the wild, they’re known as long-tailed macaques.

While we’re rallying hard to keep the University of Washington from building a new, underground animal research facility that no one but academic careerists need, a pharmaceutical lab just up the I-5 corridor appears to be doing what we’re trying to prevent: killing animals, including through neglect.

The USDA is investigating SNBL USA, the Everett-based facility of Japan-based Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, for possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act, The Everett Daily Herald reports.

SNBL “uses monkeys, dogs, rabbits, pigs and rodents to study the effects of drugs” there, according to the Herald. It’s the West Coast’s largest monkey lab, with up to 2,000 behind cage doors.

“My monkeys are much healthier than you are,” the former high school teacher who’s making a lot more money as the second-in-command at SNBL’s Everett lab, told the Herald a couple years ago.

Apparently not.

The USDA is looking into 34 monkey deaths brought to its attention by an animal rights activist in Ohio, Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now. The deaths did not occur in the course of research, and one — from October — was blamed by USDA inspectors on understaffing.

The monkey was strangled when its neck got caught in a cage.

Some 25 died of dehydration on their way from a breeding farm in Cambodia to the United States. Two others died of overheating after being chased by workers, and six monkeys died after apparent in-fighting to establish dominance during lives that are spent entirely as research subjects in cages.

SNBL, which likes to point out that activists are bringing attention to its deadly mistakes, also has faced complaints from the Humane Society and Pasado’s Safe Haven, the Herald has reported.

Action Alert: Help Stop Donkey Basketball in Ferndale — This Saturday!

The Whatcom Humane Society has put out an urgent request for an outcry against Ferndale High School’s Donkey Basketball Fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Ferndale High School gym.

“NOT COOL!” as they put it.

Donkey Basketball is a “game” in which people play basketball while riding donkeys. The animals are pushed, kicked and punched in the process. They also slide on gym floors are hit by wayward basketballs and are terrified by the noise and mayhem.

“Donkey Basketball fundraisers encourage our communities to exploit animals for profit and teach our children that animal abuse is acceptable,” the Whatcom Humane Society said.

Please let the people below know that it’s not acceptable in our community and ask them to cancel it. Their are other ways to raise money for their important programs.

Dr. Linda Quinn
Ferndale School District Superintendent
linda.quinn@ferndalesd.org

Jeff Gardner
Ferndale High School Principal
jeff.gardner@ferndalesd.org

Ferndale School District Administrative Number

360-383-9200

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