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Tell the USDA To Enforce Animal Welfare Act Against Cole Brothers Circus

Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to act against the Cole Brothers Circus, for its apparent role in an elaborate scheme to evade federal law by helping an animal handler exhibit animals even though his license was revoked by the agency.  Since losing his license in 2009 for horrific violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including animal deaths, a cast of shady characters has been playing a complicated shell game to keep Lance Ramos Kollman illegally in business.  The USDA is seeking to revoke the licenses of the exhibitors who have been helping Kollman, but so far the Cole Brothers Circus (which does not have its own license) has escaped any accountability or responsibility. In fact, this circus has a history of AWA violations and of working with abusive animals handler.

Contact:

Dr. Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978

Take Action for 1,000 Pigs Starved to Death

Please call on the Fulton County District Attorney to prosecute the owner to the fullest extent of the law for the egregious crime of shutting 1,000 pigs in a barn and allowing them to starve to death. These animals suffered terribly before they finally died.

Contact the realtor and let her know that starving animals to death is not “very normal,” that it is animal cruelty that must be prosecuted.

Make direct contact:

Fulton County District Attorney Travis L. Kendall
126 North 2nd Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
phone (717) 485-5419
email: districtattorney@co.fulton.pa.us

Realtor Rebecca A. Glesner
fax  (301) 416-8452
Office Number 1 (301) 797-2300 X 8318
Office Number 2 (301) 992-2481
website email form

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This Dish Is Veg

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State plans to tighten oversight of big livestock farms
State regulators have proposed tightening oversight of large livestock facilities, a move environmentalists worry doesn’t go far enough while some farmers fear it goes too far.  The changes could affect every livestock farmer in Illinois, but aren’t likely to have an impact on a controversial proposal for the largest dairy farm in the state, near Galena.

Vegan Universe
A conglomeration of like-minded businesses has created a small universe of high-functioning idealism, where those who abstain from animal products can feast with abandon and all creatures of the world can live without fear of being milked, filleted, or made into wallets.

Pet euthanasia: A political debate on methods of animal control
Every year thousands of animals come through the doors of animal shelters – and, because of the out-of-control pet population, many end up with a death sentence.  But there is a political debate going on in Michigan and around the country concerning the most humane way to euthanize.

Petitioners pushing to ban Ohio dog auctions
Ulyssa Kunze is among those people who hopes animal lovers get enough voter-signed petitions to get an issue on the statewide ballot next year to ban all “puppy mills” and auctions in Ohio.  The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions hopes to get the required 120,600 such signatures by Dec. 1 in the group’s first round of petition circulating to meet the final Dec. 31 deadline for such filings.

Scientists: Beak deformities increase in Northwest
Scientists have observed the highest rate of beak abnormalities ever recorded in wild bird populations in Alaska and the Northwest, a study by two federal scientists said.  The U.S. Geological Survey study on beak deformities in northwestern crows in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia follows a trend found earlier in Alaska’s black-capped chickadees.  “The prevalence of these strange deformities is more than 10 times what is normally expected in a wild bird population,”

Researchers find that beached dolphins are often deaf
New research into the cause of dolphin “strandings” – incidents in which weakened or dead dolphins are found near shore – has shown that in some species, many stranded creatures share the same problem.  Researchers are unsure what is causing the hearing loss: It might be old age, birth defects or a cacophony of man-made noise in the ocean, including Navy sonar, which has been associated with some marine mammal strandings in recent years.

Biggest egg seller recalls eggs after salmonella found
Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), the nation’s biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.

Study on companion-animal welfare under way
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is gathering public input for a study of companion-animal welfare.  The General Assembly authorized the study during the 2010 legislative session. The study will focus on current laws and regulations pertaining to the welfare of dogs and cats; the oversight of public and private animal shelters; the state’s spay/neuter program; the scope of commercial breeding operations; and the protection of consumers who purchase companion animals.

Does New Jersey do enough to protect your pet? Lawmakers, advocates struggle to prevent cruelty
Ten years ago, the State Commission of Investigation reported the state’s animal-welfare laws were completely inadequate, and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is tasked with enforcing those laws, was running unchecked.  Since then, laws have been changed and the SPCA has been reorganized.

Outcry after loss of measures to protect animals is revealed
Campaigners pledged to step up the fight for animal welfare yesterday aftter The Independent highlighted the way in which the Coalition has scrapped or stalled a series of initiatives since taking power.

50 Years of Chimpanzees
A conversation with Jane Goodall

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Contact USDA and ask for Release of Elephants to Sanctuary

Little more than a year after they were sent to San Diego, the zoo has announced that Tina and Jewel will be transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo – which has publicly stated that there is no guarantee the elephants will not be moved yet again.
Contact the USDA expressing your outrage that, after all they have endured, Tina and Jewel would be shipped to another zoo and not a sanctuary, and urge the agency to create criteria for elephant confiscations that include the provision of a permanent home.

CONTACT:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
email AgSec@udsa.gov

R&R Research Violates AWA Again: Urge USDA and Congress to Protect Pets!
This is the 6th time that R&R Research has violated this section of the AWA! There is no excuse for letting them flout the law continually. The USDA is charged by Congress to uphold the integrity of the AWA, yet it has failed to penalize R&R for its repeated, blatant animal welfare violations.

Tell the USDA to immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license.

Please contact Chester Gipson, DVM, the Deputy Administrator of Animal Care at USDA, and ask that the agency immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly committed serious AWA violations.
Also, please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to spare America’s dogs and cats from a life in research laboratories by supporting the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 3907 & S. 1834), legislation that would ban random source Class B dealers.
To take action, go to www.aavs.org/PetSafety

Chester Gipson, DVM
Deputy Administrator of Animal Care; USDA
email: Chester.A.Gipson@usda.gov

Take A Stand Against Anti-Wolf Proposals in Congress

Tell your Congressional representatives to oppose various House and Senate bills that would wrongly undermine or terminate outright Endangered Species Act protections without adequate safeguards to ensure wolf populations are not driven down to unsustainable levels.
Information/Talking Points:

Various House and Senate bills threaten the historic wolf recovery efforts in the American West. Although the bills: S. 3825, S. 3864 and S. 3919 in the Senate and H.R. 6028 in the House  – would all wrongly undermine or terminate outright Endangered Species Act protections without adequate safeguards to ensure wolf populations are not driven down to unsustainable levels.
Please oppose these bills (S. 3825, S. 3864 and S. 3919 in the Senate and H.R. 6028 in the House) and commit to supporting the recovery of wolves to the American West

Contact your U.S. Representative
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Forks Over Knives

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Lawmaker already has list of changes he’d like in puppy-mill
When the Missouri Legislature reconvenes in January, Rep. Ed Schieffer of Troy has a list of changes he would like to see made to Proposition B, the so-called puppy mill measure narrowly approved by voters last week.

OLCSB hears multiple veal proposals, favors two production ‘concepts’
In an eventful meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board approved two “concepts” related to veal production they plan to use in forming the standards for veal, and potentially the standards for other types of livestock.

While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales
Dairy Management, whose annual budget approaches $140 million, is largely financed by a government-mandated fee on the dairy industry. But it also receives several million dollars a year from the Agriculture Department, which appoints some of its board members, approves its marketing campaigns and major contracts and periodically reports to Congress on its work.  The organization’s activities, revealed through interviews and records, provide a stark example of inherent conflicts in the Agriculture Department’s historical roles as both marketer of agriculture products and America’s nutrition police.

Minn. Area Loses Hundreds Of Dairy Cows To Economy
Schell isn’t the only area farmer abandoning his dairy cattle. A rocky market has forced sellouts or retirements of at least a dozen 100- to 250-cow dairy herds in the Winona County area in the past six months, said Tom Anderson, a farm business management instructor for Riverland Community College in Plainview, Minn.

Red meat linked to esophageal, stomach cancer risks
Red-meat lovers may have a greater likelihood of developing certain cancers of the throat and stomach than people who limit their intake of steaks and hamburgers, a new study suggests.

The virtues — and volatility — of eating vegan
No meat, no dairy, no problem.  Or at least that can be the case if you know what you’re doing, according to nutrition experts. Health and nutrition experts say it’s certainly possible to keep a proper diet and take in all the required nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy without eating meat or dairy. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to have a lower-than-average risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other preventable conditions.
Stern co-host Robin Quivers finishes New York City Marathon, credits vegan diet
Quivers credits her switch to a vegan diet in 2007 for helping her shed 80 pounds and giving her the strength and energy to run the race.

Smoking chimp rescued in Lebanon, sent to Brazil
A 12-year-old chimpanzee was heading to a sanctuary in Brazil on Monday after animal rights workers discovered him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors at a Lebanese zoo.
Pennsylvania airport with feral-cat problem announces plans to trap, neuter and release cats
An airport in eastern Pennsylvania that is dealing with a feral cat problem has announced plans to trap the felines and send them to a farm — not euthanize them.  Lehigh Valley International Airport has reached an agreement with the Allentown group No Nonsense Neutering.

Fulton commission won’t let elephants off the hook
Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe argued Wednesday that nobody loves animals more than him — he cries when he puts his dogs down — but he said there is a place for cattle prods and bullhooks.  The commission went along with Lowe, voting 4-3 against a proposed ban on the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.

State senator looking at animal abuse laws
State Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, is looking at ways to strengthen the state’s animal abuse laws and wants to make sure authorities have the “best tools possible to prosecute the abuse of innocent animals.”

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Power to the Chickens

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Vote for Animal Rights Election Day 2010
We’re in a last push with coalition partners to spread our critical message to voters in Arizona, California, Missouri and North Dakota about important statewide citizen’s initiatives on the ballot. Every one of these races is competitive, so nothing can be taken for granted.

Giving Thanks for Vegetables, Not Turkey
Everyone knows the best foods at Thanksgiving are the side dishes. Why fill up on turkey when you can gobble down the best fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest?

State ban on exotic pets still on hold
Ohio lacks an exotic-animal ban nearly four months after Gov. Ted Strickland promised to enact one in a deal with the Humane Society of the United States.

New technology aims to produce “stress-free” chickens
Two premium chicken producers, Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania and Mary’s Chickens in California, are preparing to switch to a system of killing their birds that they consider more humane. But telling them about it presents a marketing challenge.  “Most of the time, people don’t want to think about how the animal was killed,” said David Pitman, whose family owns Mary’s Chickens.

Fear of a Vegetarian Planet: Why the Beef Industry Is Freaked Out By a Kids’ Contest
In hopes of casting a more healthful glow on the much-maligned school lunch program, the USDA, along with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, has launched a contest encouraging people to come up with creative vegetable, bean and whole grain recipes for kids. A fun, harmless PR exercise, right? Not to the beef industry, which is up in arms over the exclusion of meat in the recipe categories.

New study says raw milk not panacea for the lactose intolerant
As for the new study, conducted earlier this year, participants went through three eight-day phases during which they consumed pasteurized milk, raw milk, and soy milk. Gardner notes that “the severity of the symptoms was virtually identical for the raw vs. pasteurized milk, while the symptoms of the soy milk were quite a bit, and statistically significantly, lower.”

Animal rights group posts video of country star Troy Gentry killing bear
An animal rights group has posted a video of country music star Troy Gentry killing a captive, tame black bear in Minnesota.  The group SHARK — Showing Animals Respect and Kindness — obtained the video from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and posted it on YouTube

Even turtles and wasps need a little play time
Gordon Burghardt, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has discovered that many animals-not just dogs, cats, and monkeys-need a little play time.  Burghardt is one of the first researchers to define “play” in people and also in species not previously thought capable of play, such as fish, reptiles and invertebrates.

Call me ‘owner’ — but ‘mom’ is fine, too
Are you your cat’s owner? Your dog’s mom? Guardian? Caretaker? Pet parent?  There’s been something of a revolution in how we describe the relationship between people and the dogs and cats who share their homes. The once-common term “owner” has fallen out of favor — maybe not so much in newspapers, where it still seems to reign supreme, but in just about every other arena, including the legal one, “owner” is increasingly rare.
Costs go higher at UGA lab
Dozens of researchers and students already conduct research in the building, many working on developing vaccines or therapies for dangerous diseases such as SARS, avian influenza and tuberculosis.  But until the large-animal part of the high-tech AHRC is deemed safe by federal inspectors, the researchers won’t be able to use it for experiments such as testing how well an experimental vaccine works in horses.

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VOTE on NOVEMBER 2nd

Check out Humane Society Legislative Fund Voters Guide

Check out League of Humane Voters Washington Chapter Endorsements

World Go Vegan Week – Oct 24th – 31st

Here are some ways you can celebrate World Go Vegan Week

Ask Subway to Add Vegan Options
COK is reaching out to the world’s largest sandwich chain, encouraging the company to expand its menu by
adding a vegan meat option,  such as Tofurky deli slices.
Let Subway know how much you’d like to see veggie meats on its menu by posting a comment on
We Love Subway

Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day, November 5

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League of Humane Voters