Action Alerts

Action Alerts



Ask the University of Virginia to End the Use of Cats in Its Pediatrics Residency
Please take a minute to ask University of Virginia (UVA) president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D., to replace the use of cats in UVA’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods.


Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D.,
President, University of Virginia
PO Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4226
phone (434) 924-3337
fax (434) 924-3792


Please replace the use of cats in UVA’s pediatrics residency program.

– Anatomical differences between cats and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
– UVA is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (six percent) that still use live animals for training.
– High-fidelity simulators such as Laerdal’s SimNewB, Gaumard’s Premie HAL and PREMIE Blue, and METI’s SimBaby accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn, optimizing training and feedback.
– UVA already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.



Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter
The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada’s shameful seal massacre. Please write to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian ambassadors around the world and demand that they bring the massacre to an immediate end.


End The Brutal Treatment Of Sri Lankan Elephant Mihiri
Send a message to Sri Lankan officials, urging them to put an immediate end to the brutal treatment of Mihiri, and to ensure that no other elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is treated with such cruelty.


Embassy of Sri Lanka
2148 Wyoming Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
phone (202) 483-4025
fax (202) 232 7181


IDA often learns of dire situations for elephants around the world, and with your help we have been able to make a difference for them. We’re now asking you to speak up for Mihiri, a seven-year-old elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, who suffers multiple wounds believed to be the result of brutal training. Recent photos show gaping gashes on her feet and painful lesions on her face and head, likely caused by chaining and use of the bullhook.
Mihiri was born at Pinnewala, which cares for orphaned elephant calves from the wild and also breeds elephants. The elephants are habituated to humans and receive enough training so they can be managed. However, Mihiri’s training appears to be more intense and may indicate that she will be transferred to another site or even out of the country.
The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is owned and run by the Government of Sri Lanka, under the same management as the national zoo. Though popular with local and foreign tourists, the orphanage has come under fire from Sri Lankan environmentalists and animal welfare groups concerned with the transfer of elephants to private parties at whose hands they have suffered horrible deaths due to beatings, malnutrition and being overworked.

Link of the Week

WWAIL 2012 – April 21 – 29

News of Note


UW medical school stops using ferrets in training
The University of Washington School of Medicine has discontinued the practice of using live ferrets to train medical students in emergency procedures on babies and children.  The school was pressured to stop using ferrets by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which argued that the procedure violated a federal animal-welfare law.


Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat: A Contest
Ethically speaking, vegetables get all the glory. In recent years, vegetarians — and to an even greater degree vegans, their hard-core inner circle — have dominated the discussion about the ethics of eating…In response, those who love meat have had surprisingly little to say. They say, of course, that, well, they love meat or that meat is deeply ingrained in our habit…But few have tried to answer the fundamental ethical issue: Whether it is right to eat animals in the first place, at least when human survival is not at stake.
The rights of dolphins, chimps, and other nonhuman persons
Science fiction scenarios aside, some scientists, philosophers, legal scholars and others are beginning to wonder whether the laws need to change for the benefit of dolphins, chimpanzees, and other highly intelligent animals. Should the law recognize a category of nonhuman persons with rights comparable to (but not necessarily identical to) those of human beings? If so, what would be the consequences and implications, not just for these animals but maybe also for humans?


Animal rights group targets Kohl’s
An animal-advocacy organization is trying to use stockholder leverage to press Kohl’s Corp. into swearing off fur.  The Humane Society of the United States has placed a shareholder proposal on the agenda of the big retailer’s annual meeting. The resolution asks shareholders to encourage the company to develop a policy by the end of the year to prohibit the sale of products that use animal fur.


The vegan with the bacon tattoo: confessions of a temporary vegan
Back to Forks Over Knives. I had long since polished off my eggs and bacon and was a few beers deep by the end of the movie. When it was over, I sat there, mouth agape, wondering what to do with my life. I had been inundated with studies and proof that animal protein of any kind is really, really terrible for us. It’s hard for me, as a reasonably intelligent person, to look at what I consider to be relatively credible data and turn a blind eye to it.
The Meatless (and Less Meat) Revolution
This year, the average American will eat 165.5 lbs. of beef and poultry. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually a 12% decline compared to 2007, when an annual intake of 189 lbs. of meat per person was standard. This week, chances are pretty good you’ll be hearing about the financial and health benefits of eating less meat, during “Meatout” events scheduled around the country.


Bad news for red meat is bad news for chickens
Red meat has a bad PR problem. Two recent meta-analyses—one published in 2009 and one in 2011—linked red meat consumption to increased colon cancer risk. In May, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund reaffirmed conclusions from an earlier comprehensive report, saying that the evidence for a relationship between red meat and colon cancer is “convincing.”


State zoos back exotic-animal bill, but with some reservations
While the other zoo officials agreed with Hanna in general, they took exception to certain provisions of the bill sponsored by Sen. Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville. Specifically, they objected to Zoological Association of America (ZAA) members being exempted from the ban and to liberal rules permitting owners to keep and breed most snake.
Getting Excited About Fake Meat
For years, food writer Mark Bittman was repulsed by the plant-based fake meat he was offered, like flavorless hot dogs. Tofu and bean burgers were one thing, pretty good in fact, but the plant-for-meat substitutes? No go. Now, after consuming soy-based fake chicken, Bittman has changed his mind.


Helping a Species That Leaves Few Feeling Warm and Fuzzy
Dr. Graham’s subjects lack the all-but-human charms of Dr. Goodall’s chimps. As the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program, Dr. Graham must overcome deeply held fears and prejudices in her efforts to outlaw fishing of various shark species, including the whale shark, a playful and friendly creature that migrates to the western Caribbean every spring.


Citizen biologists monitor wildlife – dead or alive – on I-90
Langley and other members of the I-90 Wildlife Watch Program are keeping their eyes peeled for animals and road kill on I-90 to help agencies learn how best to design freeways to help drivers and animals avoid each other…The I-90 Wildlife Watch Program is designed to see if it will reduce encounters on the freeway while increasing a free flow of animal traffic below.
Tennessee considers bill to allow horse slaughterhouses
The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would “encourage” the location of horse slaughterhouses and processing plants in Tennessee.  The bill would also make it difficult for citizens who live near the proposed slaughterhouse sites to challenge them in court.


The Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Factory Farm Abuses From Public Scrutiny
HF 589 (PDF), better known as the “Ag Gag” law, criminalizes investigative journalists and animal protection advocates who take entry-level jobs at factory farms in order to document the rampant food safety and animal welfare abuses within. In recent years, these undercover videos have spurred changes in our food system by showing consumers the disturbing truth about where most of today’s meat, eggs, and dairy is produced. Undercover investigations have directly led to America’s largest meat recalls, as well as to the closure of several slaughterhouses that had egregiously cruel animal handling practices.


Wendy’s commits to gestation-stall-free pork
The Wendy’s hamburger chain has joined the ranks of foodservice providers that will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to make plans to phase out the use of gestation-sow stalls. McDonalds was the most significant company to step forward last month, giving its suppliers until May to develop and deliver their plans.

Action Alerts


Call-ins and Emails to American Legend

Please contact American Legend Cooperative (aka Seattle Fur Exchange) and let them know how you feel about the business they conduct and the horrors of the fur industry. Be polite.

These coordinated efforts are very effective and it is important that people participate.

American Legend General Contacts:

Phone Numbers:

1(503)816-6132- Joseph Morelli, CEO and President


Executives and Important Contact Emails:

CEO and President: Joseph “Joe” Morelli-
Trustee: William Kenney-
Vice President: Kurt Essman-
Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen-
Director of Finance and Administration: David
Graphic Designer: Sandra Wallace-
Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr-
General Manager: Carol Frank-
Director-Finance: Anne Daffern-
Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon-
Director- IT: Scott Wolfe-



Support H.R. 3359: Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA)
Tell your Congresspersons to SUPPORT The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359, that will restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals from traveling circuses in the United States.

Contact your U.S. Representative



Take Action to End Egregious Abuse of Cows at LLC
Please contact Agri-Mark CEO Dr. Richard Stammer and urge him to implement PETA’s recommendations immediately to help end the most egregious abuses of cows on cooperative members’ farms and to improve the animals’ welfare. Also, please remember that the best way to end the suffering of calves and cows in the dairy industry is to go vegan now.


Richard Stammer
CEO, Agri-Mark
P.O. Box 5800
Lawrence, MA 01842
phone (978) 689-4442
fax (978) 794-8304

Link of the Week


Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange

News of Note

The Human Cost of Animal Suffering
If we want a not-too-damaged planet to live on, and we want to live here in a way that’s also not too damaged, we’re better off eating less meat. But if we also want a not-too-damaged psyche, we have to look at how we treat animals and begin to change it…once we accept that farm animals are capable of suffering (80 percent of Americans believe this to be true), we might well wonder what they’ve done to deserve such punishment.

Working Undercover in a Slaughterhouse: an interview with Timothy Pachirat
Timothy Pachirat, Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research and the author of Every Twelve Seconds, is not the first to see industrialized violence and political analogues in the slaughterhouse. But rather than write an exposé, he took a job at one to see how it works from the perspective of those who work there. I interviewed him about his experiences on the kill floor.


Week in Vegan
Iowa has really done it this time! Gov. Terry Branstad actually signed an ag-gag bill into law. Way to go, jerk! The law is a little different than the team ag-gag was hoping. Animal rights organizations can distribute undercover videos, but actually lying to get a job on a factory farm in order to film farm conditions will be a crime. It’s great to see them taking an ethical stand! Forget grinding up live chicks and violently castrating screaming piglets: Iowa hates liars. Maybe people shouldn’t have to lie in order to film factory farms, eh? Open the factory doors!


When Extreme Animal Rights Activists Attack
Lawmakers, researchers, and peaceful activists all say they deplore violence committed in the name of animal rights. But laws that may label some protesters as “domestic terrorists” are upsetting activists.


The animal rights ‘lone wolf’ feared by the ferry firms
A campaign which led ferry companies to stop importing animals for medical research was masterminded by a single animal rights militant backed by just a handful of supporters.  Luke Steele managed to force ferry companies to stop carrying live animals destined for science laboratories simply by encouraging a small number of fellow activists to inundate the firms’ directors with emails and letters.


Turkey’s first animal rights party formed
Turkey’s first animal rights political party, the Animal Party, was established this week in an effort to bring the issue of the protection of animal’s rights and welfare to the political table.  Speaking in an interview with the online news site Bianet last week, party member Neslihan Demir said the aim of the party was not just to promote love for animals but to remind those who view the world solely in terms of humans that we live together with animals and that they have rights, too.


Black People Are Vegan, Too!
For the past 10 years, Bryant Terry has been a vocal part of a food justice movement whose goal is to fight for better access to quality and sustainable foods in communities of color and low-income communities. Whether he is giving lectures, teaching cooking classes or writing books, Terry is trying to better our health, one recipe at a time.


Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality
Eating red meat is associated with a sharply increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease, according to a new study, and the more of it you eat, the greater the risk.


Schools will get to opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef
Amid a growing social media storm over so-called “lean finely textured beef,” the Agriculture Department announced Thursday that, starting next fall, schools involved in the national school lunch program will have the option of avoiding the product.


Bill to help canine comrades in arms
The bipartisan proposal would give all military working dogs — used for guard duty and sniffing out bombs, among many other tasks — an immediate promotion, classifying them not as equipment but, rather, as “canine members of the armed services.”


Going Vegan Improves Sex Life?
It seems almost natural; the older we get, the more health problems we have.  One of the peskier problems though happens in the bedroom: sexual and erectile dysfunction.  While many have turned to the little blue pill, author Ruben Guzman said that doesn’t have to be the case. Guzman says ditch meat and dairy and go vegan.


Report Shows Flying Can be Deadly for Some Pets
More than half of the deceased, 19 pets, flew Delta airlines. All of the deaths happened in the cargo holds of the planes, government documents show.


After ‘Luck,’ a Post-Mortem Debate
HBO said on Wednesday night that it was halting further production on a planned second season of “Luck,” after the injury and euthanization of a horse on Tuesday at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., where the series is filmed.


Guinness Is Not Vegan-Friendly, But These Beers Are
Guinness isn’t just the official beer of St. Patrick’s Day–it’s also great in recipes, has a rich history, and is one of the most successful selling beers of all time. But it’s also (for the most part) made with isinglass, which is a fish byproduct, and makes the heady brew unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans. If you’re treating yourself to a glass of ale tomorrow night, opt for one of the ones on our festive vegan Irish beer list.


Danger on a dinner plate?

Action Alert


Ask the Air Force to Replace the Use of Pigs in Combat Trauma Training Course
This weekend, pigs will be used and killed in a combat trauma training course conducted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., despite the existence of human-based training methods. If the course—intended for Air Force Special Operations pararescue jumpers—moves forward as planned, pigs will be rendered unconscious and may be subject to amputations, burns, and abdominal evisceration. However, nonanimal, human-based training methods exist.

Please take a minute to ask the base commander
, Col. John A. Cherrey, and unit commander, Col. Harold L. Maxwell, to immediately replace the use of pigs with these human-based methods. This link has text have provided for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

I am writing to urge you to use human-based training methods instead of live animals in this weekend’s combat trauma training course and in all future courses.

The use of animals in this type of training is inadequate, due to the numerous anatomical differences between the animals and humans.

Human-based methods such as medical simulators are effective and widely available.


Stop Supporting 2012 Canadian Seal Hunt
Even though the markets for seal products have dried up, Nova Scotia fishermen are gearing up to kill grey seal pups. At any time now, they will being killing the pups right in front of their mothers, causing suffering and panic for the entire grey seal herd.
These sealers are fishermen and will be lucky to get a few dollars for each seal’s pelt or flesh.
The fishing industry is pushing for a massive cull of grey seals, blaming them for the results of their own destructive fishing practices.

Please send an email to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick seafood companies right away, to persuade them to stop supporting the brutal killing of grey seals.

Find petition AND contact information here:


Dear Physician: Do NOT prescribe Premarin, Prempro or Aprela

If you have not done so, please take the time to send our Dear Physician letter (downloadable PDF, 3 pp) asking doctors to refuse to prescribe Premarin, Prempro or Aprela (awaiting FDA approval).

1. The first step is to print the letter. You need not sign it. It is from the Int’l Fund for Horses, and bears my signature. Will you do that right now? It is in pdf format, and 3 pages long.

2. The next step is to send it to your OB/GYN if you have one. If you do not have one, then find one — or several, or all of them — in your area. Prepare the envelope(s), put the letter(s) in and mail.

If you have a close relationship with your doctor, you can personalize your mailing by attaching a handwritten note or letter explaining why you are sending it.

Remember, these pharmaceuticals are being actively marketed by sales people who specialize in these types of prescriptive drugs. We should be marketing at the same level.

We can do this, with your participation.

Link of the Week


The Daily Activist – Animal Rights

News of Note

Failed backyard farms lead to growing number of homeless animals
As the local food movement takes hold and urban homesteading gains popularity, more people are giving backyard farming a try. The prospect of fresh eggs and milk inspires them to bring home adorable chicks and goats — but when chicks grow into roosters or goats begin eating the landscaping, these animals are often given to animal sanctuaries or simply abandoned.  “People have a romantic view of farming, but it takes a lot of time, energy and money to care for animals. Here, we take our chickens to the vet, and when they’re sick, we give them antibiotics. People need to ask themselves if they’re ready to take on that kind of responsibility for the life of the animal,”
Greyhound Races Face Extinction at the Hands of Casinos They Fostered
After years defending greyhound racing against attacks that it is inhumane, a growing number of track owners are, to the astonishment of opponents and the dismay of fans, joining the critics among the animal rights groups. Complaining that they are being forced to spend millions of dollars a year to subsidize a pastime that the public has all but abandoned, greyhound track owners in Iowa, Florida and Arizona have been lobbying for changes in the law that would allow them to cut the number of races, or even shut down their tracks, while keeping their far more lucrative gambling operations.


Harvard suspends primate research after most recent primate death
The primates housed at Harvard University’s New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) have a history of neglect that unfortunately resulted in several primate deaths over the last few years.  Another primate is dead as of last night (March 4.).  Harvard is beginning review proceedings following the resignation of the head of the primate research center; the university has also suspended all new primate research projects following this latest case of neglect resulting in death.


Missouri bill would limit scope of animal rights
Missouri state representative Ward Franz has introduced a bill, HB 1513, that would prevent future legislation granting rights to animals similar to those for humans. Specifically, the proposed bill states:  “The laws of this state shall not confer upon any animal a right, privilege, or legal status that is equivalent or that exceeds a right, privilege, or legal status as that which this state confers by law upon a human being. This provision shall not be construed as limiting laws that protect the welfare of animals in the state.”


Animal rights groups seek veto of Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ bill
While showing gruesome video of abused farm animals taken by undercover activists, animal rights groups called Friday for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would outlaw such snooping. “If this bill is signed into law, we will challenge it all the way to the Supreme Court,” Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, said at a Salt Lake City news conference.


Meatless meals gain in popularity for budget, health reasons
Whether due to rising prices, concern for the environment or a growing emphasis on health, Americans are eating less meat.  According to recent USDA projections, the country will see a sharp drop in meat consumption this year. Americans are expected to eat 12 percent less meat and poultry than they ate five years ago.


Animal agriculture worth $8 billion to Minnesota
As farmers across the county mark National Agriculture Day on Thursday, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is sharing new data on the importance of agriculture to Minnesota.


Ohio Exotic Animals Bill Introduced
Legislation introduced Thursday would ban new ownership of exotic animals in the state and immediately prohibit people from acquiring new or additional dangerous wildlife.
Livestock Farming Raises Animal Rights Concerns
They are banned in the European Union, and the U.S. state of California is phasing them out. But their numbers are increasing as intensive livestock farms begin operations all over the developing world. “Instead of going the right way, they are doing what is being currently banned in other parts of the world,” says Tozie Zokufa, South Africa representative for the animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming.


Fruits, Veggies Can Be Beauty Tools, Study Says
The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say. There are studies that show a high-antioxidant diet — one with olive oil, nuts, more fruits and vegetables and less dairy and red meat — helps skin resist aging changes and skin cancer.


US regulators dispute finding of cancer-causing soda
U.S. regulators said soft drinks from PepsiCo Inc and Coca-Cola Co posed no health risk, contrary to a U.S. watchdog group that reported several popular brands contain high levels of a chemical linked to cancer in animals.  “A consumer would have to consume well over a thousand cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents,” said Doug Karas, an FDA spokesman, in a statement.

Action Alerts

Tell Utah’s Senators to OPPOSE HB 187, “Ag Gag” Legislation
Take action and let Uath’s Senators know they need to OPPOSE HB 187, Agricultural Operation Interference. This bill that targets anyone who photographs or films factory farm abuses, which supporters describe as “terrorism,” has overwhelmingly passed the House.

Contact information for Utah’s State Senators:

Please take the time to send the Senators a personal email, and not a form email from PETA or HSUS.  They need to know individuals, not animal rights groups oppose this bill.

If passed by the Utah Senate, HB187 will criminalize taking photographs and videos of animal factory farms even if that evidence shows violations of the law.

This bill has already passed the House, but now the SENATORS need to hear from us.
Senators Robles, Romero, McAdams, Jones, and Morgan have already communicated their opposition to this bill – which is great – but we have to keep reaching out to the rest of the senators until they oppose this anti-law enforcement bill.  Please contact as many Utah State Senators as you can.

Take Action Against Cat Killing Lab

Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against Southwest Biolabs for the murder of 10 cats.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478

Federal reports reveal the gruesome deaths of ten cats at the Southwest Biolabs (Las Cruces, NM) and a National Research Watchdog Organization, SAEN is demanding a huge federal fine.
A recently obtained December, 2011, USDA inspection report reveals that a mechanical failure caused the temperature to rise so precipitously in a room which housed cats that ten of the animals died of heat prostration.
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) is releasing the report to New Mexico news media and has called for a stiff fine for Southwest Biolabs.
“Negligence at this lab literally cooked ten cats to death,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility should face the maximum penalty allowable under the law.”
SAEN has filed an official complaint with the USDA insisting on a full investigation of the incident and a severe fine.
Tell These companies to Stop Sponsoring the Iditarod
Please send protest emails, forward this alert widely and post it on Facebook and let these companies know that they must end their sponsorship of this cruel, grueling race that causes pain and death to dogs, before, during and after “the race.”

Contact information, groups of email addresses and links to more info is below.

Although some corporations have ended their support for the Iditarod, the dogs still need your help. Take action to end the cruel treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to the 2012 Iditarod supporters. What happens to dogs during the Iditarod includes death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs who froze to death in the brutally cold winds.

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, email addresses for the 2012 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors have been divided into groups of 40. Please email the first group first. Scroll down to find the sample letter. Under it you’ll find individual email addresses for race supporters. Email groups with semicolons are on People and organizations who support the lditarod may deny it or give misleading statements about their involvement. The Sled Dog Action Coalition has documentation to prove what it says and will provide it upon request.

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