Action Alerts

Stop Washington National Primate Research Center Expansion
The Washington primate center is asking for $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities, even though its affiliated institution, the University of Washington, was recently reported to receive more public health funds than any institution except Harvard. The requested $15 million would be used to build a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at their Western Building for the study of deadly, infectious diseases in non-human primates, even though the Seattle area currently houses about 30 BSL-3 labs (according to UW representatives during 2005 public hearings).
Please send a letter immediately to Barbara Alving, M.D., the director of NCRR, and politely request that NCRR not fund the WaNPRC expansion project. The NCRR Advisory Council is reviewing grant applications on an ongoing basis, so there is still time to stop the expansion!

Barbara M. Alving, M.D.
Director, NCRR
31 Center Drive, Suite 3B11, MSC 2128
Bethesda, MD 20892-2128
phone (301) 496-5793
email barbara.alving@nih.gov

for more information see
http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100310.html

News of Note

Woodland Park artificially inseminates elephant again
A 31-year-old Asian elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo was artificially inseminated this week in hopes of creating a “multigenerational herd,” zoo officials said Thursday.  Chai — whose popular 6-year-old calf, Hansa, died in 2007 from an elephant herpes virus — was inseminated first on Wednesday and again on Thursday, after she showed signs of ovulating, said Nancy Hawkes, the zoo’s general curator.

USDA fails to stop anal shocking and other abuses of slaughterhouse animals
The federal agency responsible for ensuring humane handling of animals in slaughterhouses does so inconsistently, resulting in continued “egregious” abuses, charges a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Testifying before congress this month, a GAO official described flawed enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1978 (HMSA), which “prohibits the inhumane treatment of livestock in slaughter plants.”

USDA veterinarian testifies agency endangers public health
In testimony before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Dr. Dean Wyatt testified as to how the agency supports unhealthy practices at the national slaughterhouses and endangers the nation’s meat food supply…Dr. Wyatt also testified that he was directed by his superiors to “drastically cut back” the time spent on ensuring that animals destined for food were treated humanely. In fact, according to Dr. Wyatt, he and other inspectors were chastised, reprimanded, and demoted for reporting violations. Dr. Wyatt was also threatened with termination.

Talks to Address Trade in Tuna and Ivory
About 40 proposals are on the agenda for the 12-day meeting of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which could help determine the fate of species from rhinoceroses to polar bears, from hammerhead sharks to red coral.  A pronounced focus on marine creatures is evident in this year’s proposals, reflecting a growing awareness of the decimation of the seas, negotiators and conservation experts say.

Mega-dairies: Farming solution or big problem?
The plan for Britain’s first “factory farm” for cows has stirred up the debate on the future of farming in Europe.  Similar “feedlot” dairies are commonplace in the U.S., but plans for a complex housing up to 8,100 cows in England is the first proposal on such a large scale in Western Europe. It is still far from clear whether they will be accepted on a continent increasingly obsessed with where its food comes from.

Feds charge trendy sushi restaurant for serving whale meat
Federal authorities have charged a trendy Santa Monica sushi restaurant with serving whale meat — an investigation that was spurred by the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, “The Cove.”

Vegan place coming to Broadway courtesy of the Squid and Ink folks
Howard Clark and Jarrod Ducat, the duo behind Georgetown’s famous vegan restaurant Squid and Ink, are bringing their vegan goodness to Broadway.  Highline will occupy the former Club Lagoon space at 210 Broadway East.  They are hoping to open by the beginning of May.

Action Alerts

Stop Washington National Primate Research Center Expansion
The Washington primate center is asking for $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities, even though its affiliated institution, the University of Washington, was recently reported to receive more public health funds than any institution except Harvard. The requested $15 million would be used to build a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at their Western Building for the study of deadly, infectious diseases in non-human primates, even though the Seattle area currently houses about 30 BSL-3 labs (according to UW representatives during 2005 public hearings).
Please send a letter immediately to Barbara Alving, M.D., the director of NCRR, and politely request that NCRR not fund the WaNPRC expansion project. The NCRR Advisory Council is reviewing grant applications on an ongoing basis, so there is still time to stop the expansion!

Urge Canada to Support Increased Polar Bear Protections
Tell Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment to reverse their decision to allow trophy hunting of polar bears at the upcoming CITES meeting that will be held 13-25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. declared the polar bear as a “threatened” species in 2008. The 175 member states will be voting on the U.S. proposal at that time.

CONTACT:
The Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
K1A 0A2
email  pm@pm.gc.ca

AND
The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
email: jim.prentice@ec.gc.ca

For more information or talking points see here

End EPA Animal Testing Requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency is spearheading a new approach to evaluating chemicals that could end the use of animals and we applaud them. Yet EPA still requires vast amounts of animal testing for pesticides, water pollutants, and other substances.
Common types of EPA-required tests include widely condemned “lethal dose” methods, and other force-feeding or inhalation tests developed decades ago. So while science has progressed in every other discipline, animals are still being poisoned to assess the risks of chemicals.

Tell Lisa Jackson, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it’s time to replace animals in pesticide and endocrine testing. Urge the EPA to include the minimization of animal testing among EPA’s core principles for the regulation of industrial chemicals under any version of chemical regulation reform, including the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Lisa Jackson
US EPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460
phone (202) 564-4700
email:  jackson.lisa@epa.gov

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News of Note

Sea lions killed for eating too many salmon
Wildlife officials have tried everything to keep sea lions from eating endangered salmon, dropping bombs that explode under water and firing rubber bullets and bean bags from shotguns and boats. Now they are resorting to issuing death sentences to the most chronic offenders.  This is the second year of the program, which is administered by wildlife officials in Oregon and Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Last year, 11 sea lions were euthanized. Another four were transferred to zoos or aquariums.

Canadian Parliament to serve seal meat at lunch
The Canadian Parliament’s restaurant will serve seal meat this week in support of hunters battling a European Union ban on seal products, a Liberal senator said Monday.  Celine Hervieux-Payette said Wednesday’s seal meat lunch menu will allow politicians to demonstrate their backing for the annual hunt.  “All political parties will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the international community the solidarity of the Canadian Parliament behind those who earn a living from the seal hunt,” she said in a statement.

Don’t Tell the Kids
Nine people had paid $100 each to learn how to raise, kill and butcher the animals. One was a woman hoping to start a farm in the Bronx. Another was considering a move to family land in Montana. A couple dressed in black had traveled from the Upper East Side with their knives and cutting boards in an Abercrombie & Fitch bag.  Still, it’s a rabbit, the animal entire generations know as the star of children’s books and Saturday-morning cartoons, and as a classroom mascot.

Fretting About the Last of the World’s Biggest Cats
The numbers are not encouraging. Experts believe the global wild tiger population has fallen to below 3,000 — less than 3 percent of what it was just 100 years ago. Today, their range has been reduced to small patches, isolating many of the animals in genetically impoverished groups of dozens of cats or fewer.  In India, some famous tiger reserves have no tigers left at all.  The new Year of the Tiger, which began last month, will be a year of talking about the tiger, and urgently so.

Swiss voters reject giving abused animals a lawyer
The result was emphatic: Swiss voters don’t think abused animals need to have their own lawyers.  It’s a proposal that would never even come near a referendum in other countries, but the measure’s defeat Sunday disappointed animal rights advocates, who say Switzerland’s elaborate animal welfare laws aren’t being enforced.

Vegans should be protected from discrimination, says equality watchdog
The guidance, prepared by the Equality and Human Rights Commission says religions need not be mainstream or well known for their adherents to gain protection.  “A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world,” it states.  However, the government distanced itself from the code of practice and said it never intended “views or opinions” such as veganism to be covered by equality law.

Wisconsin woman feeds bear at zoo, gets fingers bitten off
This animal bit the hand that fed him – and took a couple fingers, too.  At a Wisconsin zoo Friday, a 47-year-old grandmother ignored warning signs, putting her hand through fencing to feed an Asiatic black bear, police said.

Action Alerts

Tell Obama To Say NO! to Commercial Whaling
Tell President Obama to instruct the U.S. Representative to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Monica Medina, to vote AGAINST commercial whaling.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
(202) 456-1111
web email form:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Monica Medina
US Commissioner to the IWC
202/482-3567
email: monica.medina@noaa.gov

Ask Carnival Cruise Lines To Stop Serving Foie Gras
One of the world’s largest cruise lines offers one of the world’s cruelest dishes on the menu. Carnival Cruises serves foie gras on their ships to exotic destinations, but there is nothing exotic about foie gras. French for “fatty liver”; foie gras has long been known as “the delicacy of despair.”
Make Your Voice Heard—Take Action
Please contact Carnival by mail, e-mail, fax and phone and POLITELY ask that foie gras be removed from all ship dining rooms.
You can send letters or call:
Gerald Cahill, President and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
gcahill@carnival.com

Cheryl Alvarez, Food and Beverage Manager, Carnival Cruise Lines
clvarez@carnival.com

Phone for both: (305) 599-2600 (ask to be connected to Cheryl Alvarez, then call back and ask to be connected to Gerry Cahill. Leave a polite message on their voicemail)

News of Note

Death of Sea World trainer: Do ‘killer whales’ belong in theme parks?
The death of a veteran Sea World trainer in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday has spotlighted the campaign of several major animal rights groups to keep marine mammals out of theme parks altogether…Tisch takes on the argument most often given by defenders of such captivity: That it is educational and spotlights the need for conservation and protection of such creatures: “The people who run these theme parks are not interested in conservation or protection, they are interested in making money,” Tisch says. “I would be asking, ‘Why was this animal kept after the first death?’ ”

Senate tackles cockfighting, backs livestock board
The Idaho Senate voted to make running a cockfighting operation a felony.  Senators also voted to create a 10-member livestock care standards advisory board of industry representatives, animal-welfare advocates and lawmakers to define rules of care for livestock and poultry.  Corder says defining acceptable industry practices must be done now on fear Idaho will be targeted by “radical animal-rights groups” with the expected arrival of big chicken farms.

Laws, animal rights groups take stand against dogs in chains
A long-practiced custom — chaining up a dog outside, where it spends most of its life — seems to be inching its way toward unacceptability.  Passionate arguments by grass-roots groups, animal welfare organizations and animal lovers have reached the ears and altered the habits of many dog owners in recent years, and now lawmakers are responding.

Agriculture Industry Encouraged To Adopt ‘Happiness Is A Dead Animal’ Slogan
At a recent gathering of farmers for a program sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Dr. Wes Jamison, Associate Professor of Communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, suggested that the Agriculture industry fight back with a new slogan:  “Happiness is a Dead Animal”

Meat Might Be Behind Many Unidentified Allergic Reactions
A carbohydrate in meat called alpha-gal may be the unrecognized cause of recurring severe allergic reactions in some patients, a new study suggests.  The study included 60 people in Australia and the United States who experienced the recurrent severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis with no known cause.

Group wants USDA to probe animal deaths at labs
Animal rights activists are calling on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to investigate the high number of deaths of animals in research laboratories due to negligence over the past two years, including dozens of research monkeys in Nevada.

McKinley’s baffling animal rights bill succumbs to protest campaign
A complex bill apparently intended to strengthen animal protections in Colorado inspired contradictory interpretations and sparked a storm of protest this week. Although detractors agreed with many of the bill’s provisions, they said in remaking some of the rules, particularly those concerning impounding homeless dogs, the bill would end up in steep and unnecessary increases in euthanasia. Friday’s floor debate followed a five-day social-media networking blitz that pulled in 25 different animal welfare groups who all opposed the bill’s passage.

Staying vegan: After a month of plant-based eating, the adventure continues
With a turn of the calendar page, my official month as a vegan is over. But don’t expect to see me bursting through the doors of a steakhouse tonight or tossing a pound of bacon into my grocery cart any time soon. I’m sticking with it.

Action Alerts

Support Fellow Animal Rights Activists – Write Letters to Vegans in Prison

Please show other Animal Rights Activists that they are not alone.  There are Activists in prison, and awaiting sentencing that need to know they have supporters.

For information on who these people are, and how to help them with letters of support, see:

http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/prisoners.htm

Support Strong Endangered Species Protections

Please oppose any regulations that weaken endangered species protections. In particular, please ensure that federal agencies thoroughly consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when their actions may increase the climate change impacts on endangered species.

Contact:
Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

For more information & Talking Points, see this link

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