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Cecil the Lion

Cecil the Lion, as he was known, was a lion who lived in Zimbabwe. You’ve probably seen the media storm and public outrage this week about his murder. A wealthy American paid to hunt down Cecil—at night, by luring him out of a preserve—and shoot him with a crossbow.

a lion similar to Cecil

It was nothing but a cowardly act by a small-minded trophy hunter, hell-bent on proving his sense of worth by killing others.

What I learned from the frenzy this week is that it pays to have a name. Cecil was a lion who’d been photographed by tourists for years (he was 12 or 13). He was GPS-collared and was part of an Oxford University study. But he was no different from many other lions that wealthy westerners (usually Americans) pay to kill. Six hundred lions are killed in trophy hunts every year, according to National Geographic.

Cecil sparked public outcry because he was well-known. In the same way we mourn for a celebrity’s death, but not the random people who also die.

For most people, the lion is a majestic creature. King of the jungle. We don’t associate them with food or clothing. That’s another thing Cecil had going for him. People around the world have issued hate mail and death threats to Cecil’s killer, and vigils and protests have sprung up at the man’s business.

Most of the people disgusted with Cecil’s death likely also eat and wear other animals. It’s a disconnect. Melanie Joy addresses this topic in-depth in her book, Why we Love Dogs, Eat pigs, and Wear Cows. This phenomenon (of loving some animals and eating others) she calls carnism. The book explains how people compartmentalize and justify this discrepancy.

It’s okay to mourn for Cecil. His death was a tragedy. His pride is in jeopardy, and his cubs will likely be killed by competing lions. But we need to also mourn for the millions of dogs and cats who are euthanized each year because they have no homes. And for the billions of farmed animals whose lives are brutal and short. They are all as precious as Cecil and as deserving of life.

We can’t stop evil people from hunting (although signing the petition to ask Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits or the petition to include lions on the endangered species list would help). But we can adopt dogs and cats and never buy from breeders. And we can choose to not eat animals.

If you’re not already, please go vegan—for the countless animals just like Cecil, who are worthy of our admiration and who want to live.

Help save the New York Blood Center chimps

You may have heard about a group of chimpanzees who are in a horrible predicament. They’ve spent their lives as research subjects in Liberia.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the New York Blood Center (NYBC), the organization that exploited the chimps in the name of “science” recently walked away from its obligation to feed and care for the chimps for the rest of their lives.

NYBC had been spending $30,000 a month on 66 chimps, who are no longer being tested on and are living on secluded islands near the country’s capital, Monrovia. But they cut funding and the chimps, many with hepatitis and other viruses, are at risk of dying from dehydration and starvation.

image of chimps in Tanzania c/o "Gombe Stream NP Mutter und Kinder" by Ikiwaner - Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gombe_Stream_NP_Mutter_und_Kinder.jpg#/media/File:Gombe_Stream_NP_Mutter_und_Kinder.jpg

TAKE ACTION:

1)  DEMAND CIPRIANI CANCEL NYBC FUNDRAISING GALA:

Cipriani, an upscale event space, is hosting an NYBC fundraising gala on November 5 with sponsorship levels up to $150,000.

CALL (646) 723 0826 and ask for an event planner. Politely explain why you are calling and let them know you are part of an ongoing campaign to have Cipriani cancel this event.

POST to Cipriani Facebook page

2) DEMAND HOWARD MILSTEIN REINSTATE FUNDING:

CALL: 212-842-7300 and demand Howard Milstein, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees, reinstate funding for the abandoned chimps.

Milford Management is Howard Milstein’s real esate company

3) TWITTER CAMPAIGN:

Use these automated tweetsheets to contact NYBC donors and the media. You can also draft your own tweets to the recipients in these sheets:

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Additional Tweetsheet

For more info about the abandoned chimps, read:

Washington State Parks are killing geese again

In 2014, over 1200 geese were killed in local and state parks. And it’s starting again.

canada geese

(from Peace for Geese Project)

Washington State Parks has joined the interlocal agreement to kill geese throughout the Puget Sound region. After hiring Wildlife Services in 2013 to kill geese at Lake Sammamish State Park, Washington State Parks stated they had no plans to kill geese in 2014. However, in 2014 they once again paid to have geese killed at Lake Sammamish State Park and also at Deception Pass State Park.

Interlocal agreement members need to stop the killing. And, they need to be held accountable for accepting obvious discrepancies and inaccuracies in the record keeping and reporting provided by Wildlife Services.

Please contact Washington State Parks to ask them to stop killing geese.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Director’s Office
Phone: (360) 902-8502
E-mail: Commission@parks.wa.gov

For more info, check out the Peace for Geese Project on Facebook.

Help protect wolves

Have you heard about HB1985? This recently-introduced bill would remove Federal Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Washington, Oregon, and Utah. There are already two other anti-wolf House bills that seek to legislatively delist gray wolves in at least four states (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Gray wolves are under attack.

Click here to send your US Representative a message about opposing HB843 and HB884.

And click here to send your US Representative a message about opposing HB1985.

wolf

Learn more about gray wolves at Endangered Species Coalition.

Public hearing about Gray Whale Hunts

You might have read the earlier alert about how the Makah tribe wants to resume hunting gray whales. In addition to writing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, we have the opportunity to attend a public hearing.

If you are planning on attending the Monday April 27th hearing on the DEIS for the Makah whale hunt, you must preregister.

According to the Federal Register, they are requiring preregistration by 4 pm PDT on Sunday, April 26th.

Prospective attendees for the public meeting in the NOAA Auditorium in Seattle, Washington should submit their first and last names and affiliation, if appropriate, via the NMFS email makah2015deis.wcr@noaa.gov.

Also, in order to gain access to the Federal government building in Seattle, Washington, the Department of Commerce Western Region Security Office has advised that all attendees must have valid government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license, tribal identification card, or passport).

It’s a few more hurdles, but your attendance is greatly appreciated!

See the following for further information.http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/marine_mammals/cetaceans/whale_hunt.html

Speak up for Eli the chimp

News from Eyes on Apes:

eyes on chimps

Comedy Central has a new TV show and they’re airing previews of the show, Big Time in Hollywood, FL,  containing footage of a chimpanzee.

Eyes on Apes knows the chimp in the footage. His name is Eli and he lives at a training facility called Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife.

Eli’s trainer has a history of dumping former nonhuman ape actors at very decrepit facilities, including Walter, who was found kept in a dark, barren, concrete pit filled with garbage at a roadside zoo. Eli’s trainers also have repeatedly failed to meet minimal animal welfare standards. (www.eyesonapes.org/eli)

There’s still time to act–the episodes with Eli’s scenes have not aired yet. Please send a polite letter to the producers and to Lenny Jacobson letting them know that chimpanzees should not be used in entertainment.

Siri Garber, Platform PR (Lenny Jacobson’s publicist)
Email:

Lee Kernis, Producer (manager to writers Alex Anfanger & Dan Schimpf)
Email:

Eyes on Chimps has a customizable sample letter you can use. You can also let the show know how you feel by posting comments on their Facebook page.

Not only are there numerous welfare concerns with using chimps in entertainment, but seeing chimpanzees dressed up in clothing and in physical contact with humans perpetuates the idea that they can be treated as pets.

Thank you for all you do. Remember, Your letters work!

Another alert sent out last month regarding a McDonald’s France commercial with Suzy (who lives with the same trainer as Eli) was pulled after they received feedback from Eyes on Apes supporters and other advocacy groups.

Tell McDonald’s not to exploit chimps

Eyes on Apes has an important action alert about a captive chimp:

A recent advertisement for McDonald’s restaurants in France features Suzy the chimpanzee demonstrating trained behaviors, such as jumping up and down and making “funny” faces. Unfortunately, what Suzy has experienced–and what her future holds–is not funny at all. – See more at Eyes on Apes.

Trainers often take babies away from their mothers at a very young age and use abusive, fear-based tactics to get chimpanzees to perform.

Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, where Suzy lives, has repeatedly failed to meet even minimal welfare standards.

As Suzy gets older, her future remains uncertain. Martin has a reputation for dumping his former non-human ape actors at facilities with deplorable conditions, including Walter, who was found kept in a dark, barren, concrete pit filled with garbage at a roadside zoo.

We need your help to put the pressure on McDonald’s! Please write a polite letter asking them to remove the ad, and pledge to never work with non-human ape actors again. You may direct your letters to Deborah Wahl (Deborah.Wahl@us.mcd.com), a Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s.

You may also leave comments on McDonald’s France’s Facebook page or send a Tweet to @McDonaldsCorp.

Sample Letter:

Dear Ms. Wahl: I was disappointed to hear that McDonald’s France used Suzy the chimpanzee in a recent commercial for Spicy Chicken Wraps.

Suzy lives with a trainer who has repeatedly failed to meet even minimal welfare standards (www.eyesonapes.org/suzy). Suzy’s trainer has dumped former non-human ape actors at deplorable roadside zoos, and as she is getting older, soon she will be too strong to be managed.

Using a chimpanzee for a cheap laugh sends the message that these amazing beings are simply props. They are an endangered species that should be protected, not used for entertainment.

Suzy, and others like her, deserve to be in a sanctuary. Help put an end to the use of chimpanzees in entertainment by removing the commercial and making a promise to never work with non-human ape actors again. Thank you for your consideration of my comments on this urgent matter.

Sincerely, [Your name here]

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If you send an e-mail to McDonald’s, please remember to BCC Eyes on Apes at EyesOnApes@ChimpsNW.org for tracking purposes. Thank you!

Help stop the resumption of gray whale hunting

Ready to write another letter?

Please write to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) and politely urge them to not allow the Makah tribe to resume hunting Eastern North Pacific gray whales in the Northwest. Send your letters to: Makah2015DEIS.wcr@noaa.gov.

Gray Whale

For more info about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and how to respond to it, please see this webpage.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  • Mon April 27th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, NOAA Western Regional Center, Building 9 (Kelly C. Sandy III Auditorium), 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115. [Attendees need to register and review requirements for Access to Government Building].
  • Wed April 29th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Vern Burton Memorial Community Center, 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA.

In addition, the DEIS also may be viewed at various libraries identified or at the following NOAA Fisheries offices:

  • NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232 (Contact Steve Stone at 503-231-2317)
  • NOAA Fisheries, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. (Contact Leah Mattox at 206-526-6150)

Copies of the DEIS are available on CD by contacting Steve Stone at (503) 231-2317 or steve.stone@noaa.gov

Protect Washington Cougars from Hounding

A horrible bill has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature that will allow for the expanded hound hunting of cougars.

Cougar - photo by Magnus Manske

Extremists in the trophy hunting community want to repeal the long-standing protections of these beautiful, native cats. Washington voters have already spoken up for the cougars but hunters want to repeal the law that has been in place since 1996.

HB 5940 would subject cougars to being chased down by packs of hounds and shot at point-blank range once they seek safety in a tree.

The bill proposes that counties can authorize a hound hunt if citizens complain about cougar sightings. The existing law already allows for citizens to protect themselves–besides, the mere sight of a cougar is not a threat. This program was in place from 2004 until 2011, and resulted in widespread, guided recreational hound hunts offered by hunting clubs throughout eastern Washington.

TAKE ACTION
Please call your state senator today to stop this dangerous proposal. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent, and I am calling to ask you to please oppose SB 5940.”

After you make your call, please use the form by the Humane Society. They provided an easy letter you can fill out and send to your legislators. Please check out the HSUS site and tell your senator what you think.

Dozens of crows drop dead in Portland

Someone in Portland poisoned dozens of crows a couple of weeks ago. On Wednesday, November 26, crows fell to the ground, suffering and in pain, and died in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Crow

Necropsies confirmed that the crows were all poisoned–all had poisoned corn in their stomachs.

The crows deserve justice–not only because they are beautiful, social, intelligent creatures, but because the poisoning is a Federal crime. It violates the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said they would investigation the crime if indeed poisoning was confirmed. The evidence needs to be presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The trouble is, it’s not often that crimes against wildlife are prosecuted.

Please help by asking U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall to catch and prosecute the criminal(s) responsible for this horrible crime.

U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall
1000 SW Third Ave Suite 600
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503)727-1000