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What’s a Monkey to Do in Tampa?
And on it went, with the monkey zigging and zagging around Tampa Bay, dodging the government agencies bent on capturing it. The state considers the animal a potential danger to humans and, like all invasive species, an illegitimate and maybe destructive part of Florida’s ecology. But the public came to see the monkey as an outlaw, a rebel — a nimble mascot for “good, old-fashioned American freedom,” as one local reporter put it. This week, tens of thousands of Republicans will pour into Tampa. There will be lots of national self-scrutiny and hand-wringing at the convention center downtown. But the most fundamental questions — What exactly is government for? Where are the lines between liberty, tyranny and lawlessness? — have been shaking the trees around Tampa for years.

By The Numbers: Disappearing Fish
90%. That’s the staggering amount of forage fish caught globally that are used for non-human activities such as providing fishmeal for aquaculture—fish farms—and agriculture, pigs and chickens. Other uses include fish oil for Omega-3 oils and pet food. A 13-member task force surveying worldwide forage fish populations suggests cutting the fishing rate by half to encourage renewal of the vulnerable fish and protect the predators that eat them. The task force report, “Little Fish, Big Impact” also calls for doubling the minimum biomass (the amount of fish by weight) of forage fish that must be left in the water.



Congressmen call on USDA to reopen slaughterhouse
Three U.S. congressmen from California are calling for the Department of Agriculture to immediately reopen a slaughterhouse closed this week after videos showed what the agency called “disturbing evidence of inhumane treatment of cattle.”….Republican Reps. Devin Nunes, Jeff Denham and Kevin McCarthy wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday to urge the reopening of the plant because its closure caused “enormous economic stress in a community with double digit unemployment.”


High Drug Residues Found at California Meat and Dairy Operations
Dairy and meat farms in California were among the most recent establishments to receive federal warning letters after unacceptable levels of drug residues were found in cattle that they sold for slaughter.


Animal cruelty: Why McDonald’s, In-N-Out, Wall Street now say no
In-N-Out, McDonald’s Corp., Jack in the Box, Burger King and other chains quickly cut ties with Central Valley Meat Co. this week after undercover footage from an animal welfare group showed cows at the California slaughterhouse seemingly tortured and otherwise mistreated…Major food chains are now more eager than ever to abandon suppliers deemed to be cruel to animals. Denny’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and more have pledged this year to wean themselves of pork raised in cramped gestation crates and eggs laid by chickens crowded in cages.


Seat belts for dogs? How about a humane life for pigs?
The state SPCA justifies car restraints for pets by pointing to seat belts for children. But instead of trying to apply the same standards we use for kids to animals — are you prepared to brush your cat’s teeth twice daily and pay for psychoanalysis? — let’s focus on banning practices that are clearly cruel and inhumane.  Like those of the pork industry, which keeps pigs locked for years in cages so cramped they can’t even turn around. Another bill pending in the state Assembly would simply require that mother pigs at least be able to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs.

Action Alerts



Ask Everett to stop supporting animal circuses
This coming week, Ringling Bros will have numerous performances at the Everett Events Center
The animals do not enjoy being carted all over the country to jump through hoops in a brightly lit circus ring. Elephants, and the other animals in the circus, deserve better than to be forced to perform tricks for peoples’ amusement.
There has been endless documentation to show that the elephants in the circus are abused, and it is time to stop supporting animal circuses.
Take Action
In addition to attending the circus protests, please contact the Comcast Arena at Everett, and politely ask them to make this the last year that they host a circus with animals.

Comcast Arena at Everett’s Contact info:

Mailing address:
2000 Hewitt Avenue; Suite 200
Everett, WA, 98201

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Circus Cruelty

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Obama announces $170M in federal aid for drought-ravaged agriculture industry
President Obama kicked off a three-day bus tour across Iowa on Monday by announcing that the federal government would buy up to $170 million worth of meat and poultry to aid farmers and ranchers struggling with a devastating drought this summer.



‘Losing My Leg To Cancer Inspired Me To Become A Voice For Farm Animals’
After an undercover trip to to film farm animal abuse in Texas, Brown gave up her career and dedicated her life becoming a voice for these animals. Brown is now the Co-Founder and Director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter located in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the author of The Lucky Ones, My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.




Baby boomers embrace vegetarianism
About 2.5 million Americans over the age of 55 are vegetarian according to a 2012 Harris poll conducted for the Vegetarian Resource Group, and doctors and researchers say interest in such diets is growing. The prominence of some aging vegetarians stokes this trend: In addition to Clinton (age 65), there is Paul McCartney (70), retired tennis player Martina Navratilova (55) and actor Ian McKellen (73). Less famous but nevertheless impressive vegetarians include Fauja Singh, an India-born Briton who at 101 years old runs marathons.

Action Alerts


Tell the EPA: Stop stalling. Save the Bees!
Last month, for the second time, the EPA refused to intervene to stop the use of the pesticide clothianidin, which scientists believe is at least partially to blame for the alarming rise in bee colony collapse — the sudden bee die-off which has claimed about 30% of the U.S. honey bee population each year since 2006.

If we don’t convince the EPA to reconsider, it is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018. By then it could be too late for the bees, and the one third of our food crops that bees play a crucial role in pollinating.

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision not to declare bee die-offs an emergency situation and suspend the use of clothianidin. Now is a crucial moment to make our voices heard for the bees.

The science of colony collapse is complex, but increasingly scientists are pointing to the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids – which includes clothianidin – as a major causal factor.1

The pesticide, which is used to treat seeds like corn and canola, expresses itself through the plants’ pollen and nectar – the honey bee’s favorite sources of food. Neonicotinoid pesticides are relatively new, and their use coincides with the rise of colony collapse.
Astonishingly, clothianidin was approved by the EPA in 2003, based on virtually no scientific study.2 Yet the EPA continues to allow its use.
Now, a group of senators have joined the call, writing a letter telling the EPA that waiting until 2018 to again review clothianidin and other neonicotinoids will be too late.3

There is no time to waste. Please submit a comment now urging the EPA to immediately suspend approval of clothianidin to protect honey bees and our food system.

For the most impact, please read the instructions on this page and submit your comments accordingly.

Submitting your comments as an individual will have far greater impact than signing a petition or submitting comments through another organization’s online form.

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Ringling Beats Animals

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Omak Suicide Race: Horse Drowns in Downhill Prelims, First to Die Since 2007, 23rd Since ’83
Breaking a four-year string without a death, a horse drowned in the Okanogan River after breaking its leg in a preliminary race on the steep, 220-foot Omak Stampede Suicide Race hill Friday. The mount, Little Big Man, was the 23rd to die in the last three decades, including three horses in 2004, leading to annual demonstrations at the world-famous race by members of PAWS and other rights groups .”What it is, is animal abuse, pure and simple,” says local PAWS spokesperson Mark Coleman as the Stampede prepares for its 79th annual running this weekend.


Meatless Mondays can be patriotic, too
Recently, the Texas commissioner of agriculture reacted with outrage to the fact that employees of the United States Department of Agriculture would dare suggest, in an internal newsletter on “greening” the Washington headquarters, that co-workers might consider practicing “Meatless Mondays” to reduce the environmental impact of their diet. “Last I checked,” blogged Commissioner Todd Staples, “USDA had a very specific duty to promote and champion American agriculture. Imagine Ford or Chevy discouraging the purchase of their pickup trucks. Anyone else see the absurdity? How about the betrayal?”  Staples went on to call the suggestion to forgo meat once in a while ”treasonous.” L’état, c’est boeuf. But there’s a bigger question: Is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s purpose, indeed, simply to promote the consumption of American commodities in the same way Ford tries to sell F-150s? Or is it instead to help agriculture work for the American public at large?

Lower Demand for Meat Weighs on Tyson’s Results
Tyson Foods, the nation’s biggest meat company, said Monday that its net income fell 61 percent in its most recent quarter, pulled down by hefty debt-related charges and lower consumer demand for chicken and beef.  The results fell short of Wall Street’s expectations and the company cut its full-year sales forecast, saying that it expected the difficult market conditions to affect its profit into its next fiscal year.


Vanderbilt team develops ‘microbrain’ in quest for life-saving drugs
A mechanical device as small as a grain of rice is about to replace the mice.  Instead of using laboratory mice to test new drug therapies, scientists will put human cells into microfabricated bioreactors that mimic how organs respond to experimental medicines. This new technology could speed up drug development, cut costs and curb false hopes.

Animal rights protesters stop in Abilene to picket Wal-Mart
Dark heavy clouds overhead lent somberness to the picketing outside Abilene’s southside Walmart. Phil Letten, national campaign coordinator for animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, and Nick Wallerstedt, an MFA intern, are on a three-month campaign aimed at Walmarts around the country. The plan is to educate people about the treatment of pigs by two suppliers of pork products to the chain.


India grapples with millions of stray dogs
Since 2001, euthanizing dogs has been illegal in India, resulting in an explosion in the stray dog population. It’s estimated that tens of millions of strays roam the country’s streets, biting millions of people with the human rabies toll reaching an estimated 20,000 deaths each year. Some health officials and animal advocates are promoting aggressive spay and neuter programs along with vaccinations, while others are calling for the use of a contraceptive vaccine and reinstating euthanasia.


Red Meat Tied to Stroke Risk
Eating red meat — including beef, pork, lamb, ham, hot dogs, sausage, and bacon — may increase the risk of stroke, a meta-analysis showed.  Each one-serving-per-day increase in fresh, processed, and total red meat intake was associated with an 11% to 13% relative increase in the risk of all strokes, driven by an increase in the risk of ischemic stroke, according to Joanna Kaluza, PhD, of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland, and colleagues.


Help Keep Circus Cruelty Out of the NW

Humans have a great capacity for compassion and for cruelty – but most people, when given all of the information, opt for compassion. We know that circuses that use living animals as entertainment are some of cruelest behind the scenes while wooing families with the prospect of happy dancing elephants and tigers jumping through hoops. Most people who attend the circus never imagine the horrors that go on for the sake of breaking these wild creatures. They don’t know that there are real individuals that suffer in these horrific, surreal traveling prisons – beaten to conform, forced to perform, chained and caged for most of their lives.

Many nations (Ireland, India, Sweden, Singapore, Austria, Finland, Costa Rica, and more) around the world have already banned animal circuses – as have many major cities, including Redmond, WA. But alas, Ringling Bros. Circus is coming to Everett, Tacoma, and Kent August 17-Sept 3, 2012. And thousands of unassuming patrons will be dolling out dollars to one of the worst animal abusers.

These creatures need us to come out this month and speak on their behalf. They need us to raise our voices even tho’ they can’t. They need us in numbers to share what we know with circus-goers so that people walk away and reject the cruelty behind the training.

So this is our call: Don’t stay home. When you are with others who care, and when you see what a difference just speaking out can do, you’ll be proud. For each city that bans circuses, for every family that ops not to buy a ticket, these animals and their future offspring get closer to sanctuaries. The money for the exotic animal trade dries up. This process of saying “no” to circuses and telling potential circus goers about the reality behind the myth is the only way to make it stop.

Join us:

Friday 8/17  6:00 – 7:30pm
Saturday 8/18 10:00am – 11:30am; 2:00pm – 3:30pm; 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 8/19 11:30 – 1:00pm; 3:30 – 5:00pm
{More Tacoma Protest Info}

Thursday 8/23 6:00 – 7:30pm
Friday 8/24 6:00 – 7:30pm
Saturday 8/25 10:00am – 11:30am; 2:00pm – 3:30pm; 6:00pm – 7:30p
Sunday 8/26 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
{More Everett Protest Info}

Friday 8/31  6p – 7:30pm
Saturday 9/1  10am – 11:30am; 2pm – 3:30pm; and 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sunday 9/2: 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Monday 9/3: 10:30am – 12:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm
{More Kent Protest Info}

South Korean tradition of eating dog meat to beat the heat draws international criticism

  • Known as ‘Bok-Nal’, South Koreans eat dog meat during the hottest days of summer because they believe it increases their stamina
  • Animal rights activists staged international protests against the tradition
  • The activists claim that the animals are kept in cramped cages and are slaughtered in cruel ways
  • Seoul is experiencing the hottest summer since 1994

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