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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

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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.

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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
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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.
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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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Humane Research Council
The Humane Research Council empowers animal advocates with access to the research, analysis, and strategies that maximize their effectiveness to reduce animal suffering. We provide discount consulting services, written reports, presentations, and other resources exclusively for animal advocates, including many tools for smaller groups and individuals.

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Tell CITES to Say NO to Requests to Sell Stockpiled Ivory
Tell CITES that now is the time to save elephants by NOT selling stockpiled ivory. Either the elephants will be granted a reprieve through the imposition of another (this time long-term) international ivory trade ban, or the demise of the world’s elephants will be sealed simply because signatories to the Convention selfishly seek trade with ivory consuming Nations above the survival of the elephants.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
phone +41-(0)22-917-81-39/40
fax +41-(0)22-797-34-17

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Ask the USDA to protect elephants
Help elephants in captivity by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue charges against Ringling for putting this baby elephant in harm’s way and demanding that the agency ensure that he is receiving adequate veterinary care.

Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

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Tell the USDA: Dogs are in danger
R&R Research has a history of obtaining animals in violation of AWA’s Protection of Pets section and its corresponding regulations, provisions put in place to protect lost or stolen pets from ending up as research subjects. In 2005, USDA entered into a settlement agreement with R&R Research for multiple violations related to illegally acquiring cats.
Since that agreement, R&R has continued to violate the Protection of Pets section and has been cited four times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The AWA instructs USDA to permanently revoke the license of a Class B dealer who has been found to violate the Protection of Pets section three or more times. Since September 2007, R&R Research has violated this section and its corresponding regulations five times, three in the last year alone. USDA is falling far short in protecting dogs and cats, as it has failed to invoke any penalty against R&R for violations occurring since November 2005, including those involving animals acquired illegally. It does so despite stating in its 2007 Annual Report that “some…[random source Class B] dealers may be trafficking in stolen animals.”
Although USDA is currently conducting an investigation against R&R Research, the pattern of violations demonstrates that dogs and cats bought and sold by this notorious dealer are in imminent danger. There is sufficient cause to move forward without delay with a complete revocation of R&R’s dealer license. Clearly, this Class B dealer is acting in complete defiance of the AWA and will continue to do so unless USDA takes immediate action.

What you can do!
Please contact USDA and ask the agency to immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly violated the Protection of Pets section of the AWA, and the agency has a responsibility to take action.
Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M.
Deputy Administrator
4700 River Rd., Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4993

Tell the USDA you don’t want GE contamination in your organics
In an environment impact statement about genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the USDA claims that organic consumers don’t care about GE contamination.  In a Sound Consumer article by editor Trudy Bialic, organic consumers are called to action to comment before February 16 to let them know that we DO care about GE contamination and want no part of it.  Organic produce and other products are supposed to be free of such contamination.  Please leave a comment if you care!

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February 8th, 2010

Controversial UTEP professor Steve Best risks much in fight for animal rights
People have judged Steve Best many ways during his 30 years in academia.  Some have called him a troublemaker, a radical, and even a domestic and international terrorist because of his vocal and often confrontational stance on animal rights.  He said it is his tenured position that has kept him on the payroll as a philosophy professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Judge rules that the Animal Liberation Front is not a gang
The Federal government indicted two animal rights protesters, 62-year old Faith Greene and 23-year old Richard Olliff, accusing them of being “gang members.” However, Judge David S. Wesley finding that the prosecution’s expert, Lt. Butte, had “misled the grand jury” ruled that the ALF did not meet the legal requirements to be considered a gang. Instead, Judge Wesley found that the ALF’s “primary goal is to save animals, not commit crimes.” Nevertheless, other charges remain against the two animal activists.

Heel. Sit. Whisper. Good Dog.
Although there is no reliable estimate as to how many dogs have had their vocal cords cut, veterinarians and other animal experts say that dogs with no bark can readily be found — but not necessarily heard — in private homes, on the show-dog circuit, and even on the turf of drug dealers, who are said to prefer their attack dogs silent.  The surgery usually leaves the animal with something between a wheeze and a squeak. The procedure, commonly referred to as debarking, has been around for decades, but has fallen out of favor, especially among younger veterinarians and animal-rights advocates.

If You Swat, Watch Out: Bees Remember Faces
Bees and humans both use a technique called configural processing, piecing together the components of a face — eyes, ears, nose and mouth — to form a recognizable pattern, a team of researchers report in the Feb. 15 issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology.   It is the same ability, Dr. Giurfa said, that helps humans realize that a Chinese pagoda and a Swiss chalet are both abodes, based on their components.

Pa. woman convicted in pierced kittens case
A northeastern Pennsylvania woman who marketed “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings over the Internet has been convicted of animal cruelty.  A Luzerne County jury on Wednesday convicted 35-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford of one misdemeanor count and one summary count of animal cruelty, but acquitted her on two separate counts.

Shrimp’s Dirty Secrets: Why America’s Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare
Americans love their shrimp. It’s the most popular seafood in the country, but unfortunately much of the shrimp we eat are a cocktail of chemicals, harvested at the expense of one of the world’s productive ecosystems. Worse, guidelines for finding some kind of “sustainable shrimp” are so far nonexistent.

Cattlemen fight EPA with ‘Climategate’
A national beef group is invoking the so-called “Climategate” controversy as it challenges a recent U.S. government ruling on climate change.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has filed a petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to overturn the EPA’s recent greenhouse gas “endangerment” ruling.

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