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Vote for your favorite vegan establishments in King5’s Best of Western Washington’s Poll.

King5’s Evening Magazine has a poll for the Best of Western Washington.  Help promote your favorite vegan businesses and organizations by voting for them:

Vegan Friendly Joints (via Vegan Score)
There are also some places up for voting that have great vegan options and really make it easy when you frequent their places. Here are a few (thanks Vegan Score for posting!) If you vote for one of these, be sure to post a note about voting because of their vegan goodies.

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The Vegan RD

News of Note

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Scott DeMuth Agrees to Plea Bargain in Midwest “Animal Terrorism” Case
Tuesday was supposed to be the beginning of a lengthy Green Scare trial in Davenport, Iowa, seeking to find Scott DeMuth guilty of conspiracy to commit animal enterprise terrorism in relation to an Animal Liberation Front action at the University of Iowa. But on Monday afternoon in federal court, DeMuth agreed to a deal on a different charge–calling off the trial and leaving the FBI empty-handed on the 2004 animal experimentation facility raid.

New EU rules on animal testing ban use of apes
After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the European Parliament agreed to reduce the number of animal tests in Europe and enforce stricter rules for animals used in research.  Under the new legislation, experiments on great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are to be banned and “strict” restrictions set on the use of primates in general.


Are Criminal Animal-Abuse Charges Heading Toward N.C. Lab?
PETA has  filed a complaint with the USDA against a North Carolina lab used by Pharma companies that tests flea and tick pesticides. According to this AP story, local prosecutors and the company’s president are paying attention.  PETA referred videos of the abuse to local prosecutors, an increasingly common tactic animal rights groups are using. Local District Attorney Frank Parrish said his office is reviewing the case and will investigate to see whether or not criminal charges should be filed.

Leaked Photos Lead to Primate Lab Protest
The 50 or so demonstrators were fenced into a corner across from Primate Products, an importer of animals for experimentation and research. They held signs and chanted about what they call “shameless and reckless destruction of innocent life.”  The leaked photos that have created the furor depict bloodied, lifeless primates in a surgical setting, deep gashes on skulls, an open wound on an arm.

FWC Prohibits Chasing Foxes/Coyotes with Dogs within Enclosures
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  approved a final rule on Wednesday permanently prohibiting the chasing of foxes and coyotes with dogs within an enclosure in Florida.  The FWC has worked on this issue for more than a year, and the practice was temporarily prohibited in February.

Mapping Traffic’s Toll on Wildlife
“For some people the only contact they have with wild animals is when they run them over,” said Fraser M. Shilling, the lead researcher on the project. “This is the first time people have been able to record roadkill online and I think it will change our understanding of what our road system is really doing to wildlife.”

Action Alerts

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Stop Return of Chimps to Research

After nearly a decade of living in peace, over 200 chimpanzees are slated by the federal government to return to biomedical research, where they may be housed in isolation and used in invasive experiments.
Tell Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to stop the transfer of these chimps to research facilities and to instead retire them so they may live the rest of their lives in peace at a sanctuary.

Make direct contact:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
online email form

learn more here

Support Washington State’s Anti-Tethering Legislation
Contact your State Representative, and ask them to support House Bill 2387
http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/lawmap/wa.html
To read the entire bill click here

To find your state representative, click here

Protect Night Monkeys from Being Captured for Labs
Please write to the ambassadors of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Ask them to put pressure on local authorities to investigate the massive cross-border trade in night monkeys and protect their country’s night monkeys.
Contact:

E-mail the Ambassador of Peru to the U.S.
Find other Peruvian embassies here

E-mail the Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.:
Find other Brazilian embassies here

For more information, click here

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Humane Spot

News of Note

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Will Aging Chimps Get to Retire, or Face Medical Research?
Flo and the 185 other chimpanzees who live at the Alamogordo Primate Facility at Holloman Air Force Base have not been research subjects for nearly a decade — part of an agreement between the National Institutes of Health and the military, which prohibits using the animals for biomedical tests on the base.  But recently, the health institute decided it wanted to use the chimp colony for medical research again, primarily to help develop the elusive hepatitis C vaccine.
ALSO see
Animal rights groups face off with scientists over fate of chimps

Horse Advocates Pull for Underdog in Roundups
It is horse versus helicopter here in the high desert.  On one side are nearly 40,000 horses spread over 10 states, whose presence on the range is a last vestige of the Old West. On the other is a group of crusty cowboys whose chosen method of roundup involves rotors more than wrangling, using high-tech helicopters to drive galloping mustangs into low-tech traps.

Egg industry alarmed about efforts to limit cage sizes
Egg producers are alarmed by efforts to ban small cages for hens, a movement that has gained momentum in an increasing number of states.   The 550 million eggs recalled in connection with the salmonella contamination came from hens housed in industrial-style “battery cages,” in which birds are crammed against one another in a long battery of wire enclosures.

Food safety groups slam USDA egg graders at farms in recall
U.S. Department of Agriculture staff regularly on site at two Iowa egg processors implicated in a national salmonella  outbreak were supposed to enforce rules against the presence of disease-spreading rodents and other vermin, federal regulations show.  USDA regulations say buildings and “outside premises” must be free of conditions that harbor vermin, but the agency takes a narrow view of its responsibilities.

Federal government files complaint against West Mich. dairy farm
The FDA is seeking a permanent injunction against Scenic View Dairy of Hamilton. The FDA says the farm sold cows to be slaughtered with illegal traces of antibiotics in their systems.  The Justice Department filed a complaint Tuesday in Grand Rapids Federal Court.

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Stop Return of Chimps to Research

After nearly a decade of living in peace, over 200 chimpanzees are slated by the federal government to return to biomedical research, where they may be housed in isolation and used in invasive experiments.
Tell Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to stop the transfer of these chimps to research facilities and to instead retire them so they may live the rest of their lives in peace at a sanctuary.

Make direct contact:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
online email form

learn more here

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Food Justice

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Costco bans treatment of veal calves that industry calls typical
Costco Wholesale decried the treatment of veal calves by a supplier in Ohio, saying the company did not know about it before seeing video taken by the activist group Mercy for Animals.  The video shows calves chained by their necks in narrow pens, which Costco learned is common practice at some veal farms.

Federal agents descend on egg farms at center of recall for second time
Federal agents have descended for a second time on Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, the two Iowa farms at the center of a salmonella outbreak and massive egg recall.

Filthy conditions found at egg producers
Federal investigators report seeing chickens and rodents crawling up massive manure piles and flies and maggots ‘too numerous to count’ at two Iowa poultry farms that have recalled 550 million eggs.

Egg recall not first problem for DeCoster operations
Austin “Jack” DeCoster’s business has faced civil rights lawsuits, environmental fines, child safety issues and egg bans over the years. Local governments reaped economic benefits from his farms.

Greece: Fur farms raided, 50,000 minks set loose
Police say break-ins at two fur farms have set more than 50,000 minks on the loose in northern Greece.
A statement from local police says the break-ins occurred Friday and Saturday near the city of Kastoria, which is the center of Greece’s fur industry.

Food Justice is an Animal Rights Issue
Food justice, in addition to being a compelling civil rights issue on its own terms, is an animal rights issue: we cannot promote a vegan, plant-based diet without simultaneously trying to remedy the structural injustices that make such a diet nearly impossible for large portions of the country.

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Ask Everett to stop supporting animal circuses
This coming week, Ringling Bros will have numerous performances at the Everett Events Center
The animals do not enjoy being carted all over the country to jump through hoops in a brightly lit circus ring. Elephants, and the other animals in the circus, deserve better than to be forced to perform tricks for peoples’ amusement.
There has been endless documentation to show that the elephants in the circus are abused, and it is time to stop supporting animal circuses.
Take Action
In addition to attending the circus protests, please contact the Comcast Arena at Everett, and politely ask them to make this the last year that they host a circus with animals.

Comcast Arena at Everett’s phone number:
425-322-2600
email contact form:

Urge Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Retire the Alamogordo Chimpanzees
Tell Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius to keep almost 200 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico and create a sanctuary there. Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used for research. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move the chimpanzees—many of them at least 30 years old—to the Southwest National Primate Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas, where they can be used in painful, invasive experiments.
* I am troubled that NIH wants to move almost 200 chimpanzees from Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base.
* Please ensure that the chimpanzees stay in Alamogordo.
* These highly intelligent animals should be retired and a sanctuary created for them.
* If these animals are moved almost 40 people who work at the facility will lose their jobs.

Contact:

Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
phone (877) 696-6775
web form email