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:

Monica Medina
US Commissioner to the IWC

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

Cheryl Alvarez, Food and Beverage Manager, Carnival Cruise Lines

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:

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.

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

For more information & Talking Points, see this link

News of Note

Japan gets the nod to kill whales again
Commercial whaling may soon resume, after being banned for nearly a quarter of a century. Secret talks, to be held in Florida at the beginning of next month, look like finalising a deal to allow Japan to begin killing the leviathans for gain once more. The deal would go to the International Whaling Commission for approval in June.

Lawmakers Consider an Animal Abuse Registry
California may soon place animal abusers on the same level as sex offenders by listing them in an online registry, complete with their home addresses and places of employment.  The proposal, made in a bill introduced Friday by the State Senate’s majority leader, Dean Florez, would be the first of its kind in the country and is just the latest law geared toward animal rights in a state that has recently given new protections to chickens, pigs and cattle.

Animal-protection bills draw support
Animal rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States joined a small group of lawmakers calling on the Legislature to act on bills aimed at discouraging animal cruelty.  Bills still alive in the House would clarify the state’s dog fighting laws, prohibit chaining dogs to a stationary object, determine minimum veterinary care standards and ban the possession of instruments related to cockfighting.

6 Breeders Sue 2 Pa. Animal Rights Organizations
A group of central Pennsylvania dog breeders are suing two animal rights organizations claiming they conspired to violate the breeders’ civil rights.  In a lawsuit filed Friday in Philadelphia, the breeders claim the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Main Line Animal Rescue conspired to bring baseless charges of animal cruelty against them.  The suit claims the organizations bought 12 dogs at an Ohio auction and filed cruelty charges against the breeders in Pennsylvania in an attempt to solicit donations.

Going vegan: It’s a wrap on project’s third week
I’m entering my fourth week as a vegan, and you won’t find any complaining from me. I continue to physically feel great, and I have so much energy that I’m not needing that afternoon coffee or diet cola fix to get through the day.

Untied cows produce less milk than tied cattle
In a new research, scientists have found out that untied cattle in small herds produce less milk than cows tied to their stalls, but have a higher reproductive performance and suffer less teat injuries and metabolic diseases.  The researchers compared performance and health within the two stall types in response to a ban on the construction of new tie-stalls.

As circus elephants take center ring, rights activist takes center stage
If you are going to the Ringling Bros. circus, opening Wednesday at the Wachovia Center (and Bessey hopes you aren’t), you may see her outside the arena distributing literature about how circus elephants are abused in training and in the miserable lives they lead in circus captivity. Ringling says that that’s a pack of lies, and a recent federal lawsuit against the circus was thrown out – on a technicality, Bessey insists. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has an informative Web site,, filled with charges against America’s best-known circus.

Action Alerts

End Cruel and Deadly Wild Horse Roundups
In October 2009, the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a comprehensive five-year plan to potentially transform the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program. Sadly, that optimism was short-lived. Just weeks after the plan was released, the BLM announced that it would remove another 12,000 wild horses from the range in FY 2010. At this rate, by 2011 there will be more wild horses in captivity than there are in the wild.
Worst yet, the BLM has made no effort to change its roundup procedures to minimize injuries and deaths. At least 46 horses have died or been killed in incidents related to the roundups taking place at the Calico Complex in Nevada, including two colts who were run for so many miles that their hooves subsequently became infected and fell off.
Take Action:
Please contact Ken Salazar the Secretary of the Interior, urging him to place an immediate moratorium on wild horse roundups in the U.S.

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
ph: 202-208-3100

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Kill Utah Bill and Save Wolves

Tell Utah’s Governor Herbert to defeat and/or veto Senate Bill 36 First Substitute. Protect wolves, don’t kill them!
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220
phone (801) 538-1000
phone (800) 705-2464
fax (801) 538-1528
web email form

News of Note

Search on for sea lion shooter
Federal authorities are trying to find out who shot and killed a seal and at least four sea lions in Puget Sound, including one protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The carcasses washed up on various West Seattle beaches over the past week…Fishing activist and retired sport fisherman Frank Urabeck said the shootings could have happened because sea lions and seals often wait near fishermen and take their hooked fish.

Denmark’s Case for Antibiotic-Free Animals
CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric  reports how unlike industrial farms in the U.S., which use  antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease, farmers in Denmark use antibiotics sparingly, only when animals are sick.  The experiment to stop widespread use of antibiotics was launched 12 years ago, when European studies showed a link between animals who were consuming antibiotic feed everyday and people developing antibiotic resistant infections from handling or eating that meat.
Also see:
CBS Investigates Threat of Animal Ag’s Antibiotic Abuse

USDA organic program sets pasture requirement for livestock
For years, livestock farmers and organic activists have bickered about how much time dairy and beef cattle should spend in pastures to be certified organic.  The new rule, which becomes effective in mid-June, requires that organic dairy and beef cattle — along with other ruminant livestock like sheep and goats — spend at least 120 days a year in pastures.

Issue 2 countermeasure in works
Just three months after Ohioans approved a constitutional amendment regarding care standards for farm animals, the issue might be headed back to the statewide ballot with the backing of the Humane Society of the United States.

The Tyranny of Vegan Mondays
It’s been a rough week for climate change proponents as conservative pundits have been targeting everything from the months-old Climategate scandal to the East Coast blizzards as proof that climate change is little more than a liberal hoax. Now Joshua Rhett Miller at Fox News is whipping conservative bloggers into a furor, reporting that the Cambridge Climate Congress plans on instituting a variety of climate-friendly policies, so far that “going green will not be optional in Cambridge, Mass., if the Cambridge Climate Congress has its way. It will be mandatory.”

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To go vegan or not go vegan that is the question
In the 21st century going vegetarian has never been easier but why bother going that extra step further to become vegan?  On a few occasions I have gone that extra step and gone vegan and there is a huge difference in how good I feel as a vegan as opposed to vegetarian. I feel cleaner and have more energy

Temple Grandin:  Savant or Professional Killer?
Dr. Grandin never asks the only relevant question here: Is it right to do this at all?”  It seems odd that someone could become such a prominent ethicist without being able to grasp that question. It also seems odd that someone who loves animals and feels they can empathetically relate to the animal mind wouldn’t try to help them live and instead, ironically, designs their deaths for a living.

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