Action Alerts

Action Alerts

Don’t Let the Fur Industry Use a Fake Name for Raccoon Dog Fur
Tell the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to require that raccoon dog fur  be called “raccoon dog” on fur labels and not the inaccurate and misleading trade name “Asiatic raccoon.”


Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20580
(202) 326-2222
online contact:


Regarding Fur Rules Review, Matter No. P074201: Raccoon dogs are among the most mistreated animals for their fur, and consumers deserve to know when fur from raccoon dogs is trimming garments. Inaccurate trade names like “Asiatic raccoon” and “Finn raccoon” are misleading and serve only to disguise the live skinning and other mistreatment of raccoon dogs. Please make sure raccoon dog fur is called raccoon dog fur in advertisements and on labels.
The fur industry has a long history of misrepresentation in order to sell its cruel product — now they want to be allowed to sell raccoon dog under the name “Asiatic raccoon” no doubt so consumers won’t make the connection to the live skinning and other abuses of this animal that have been well documented.
Raccoon dogs are a member of the Canidae (dog) family and are NOT, as the name “Asiatic raccoon” implies, members of the Procyonidae (raccoon) family.
All reputable governmental and scientific sources, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Smithsonian Institution, call raccoon dogs just that.



Tell Green Mountain College to honor Bill and Lou…not kill them
Green Mountain College needs to honor and retire the two oxen, Bill and Lou, and not kill them. A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won’t work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.

Bill Throop
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
phone (802) 287-8214
fax (802) 287-8094

Kenneth Mulder
Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
(802) 287-2941


Bill and Lou have been a working team of oxen at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT for ten years. They were pressed into service by staff at Cerridwen Farm – the teaching farm on campus – to do everything from plowing fields to generating electricity. Over the years, they became so well loved that they’re even the profile picture for the farm’s Facebook page!
A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won’t work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.
DEATH is their reward for 10 long years of hard work.
Yes, Green Mountain College has decided that Bill and Lou’s long lives of service should be rewarded by their slaughter – and for what? According to their own press releases, the school will get, at best, a couple of months of low-grade hamburger out of their bodies.
This is especially heartbreaking because they have an excellent home waiting for them.
VINE Sanctuary has offered to provide Bill and Lou with permanent homes. We have the ability and resources to care for them for the rest of their natural lives. Sadly, though, the college is determined to kill them instead.
For ten years, they served the needs of those more powerful than they are.
Now it’s time to let them serve their own needs.

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Animal Ethics

News of Note

Cubs bred for profit, torn from their mothers – and sent to die in the wild: The cruel truth of China’s panda factories
Today, Tao Tao is the only captive-bred giant panda in the wild. Officials boast that, if his release is a success, more young pandas will follow in his paw prints until the mountain forests of western China are once again home to a flourishing population.  If that is the vision served up to a credulous international audience, the reality is shockingly different. The truth is that wild pandas, their numbers already desperately low, are continuing to die out – their habitat disappearing beneath a tide of concrete as China’s economic juggernaut rolls on. It is entirely possible that there may be just a few hundred left.
Survey says 8.3 million Americans follow a meat-free diet
This has been a good year for vegans and vegetarians. In July, Gallup asked Americans if they were vegan for the first time ever in a poll gauging American diet trends.  While only 2 percent responded that they were vegan, that amounts to about 6 million people in the U.S. alone. Five percent – or about 15 million – responded that they were vegetarian, which proves that meat is no longer the sole protein source in the American diet.


How Effective are Graphic Images for Animal Rights Campaigns?
A recent study funded by FARM’s Sabina Fund and conducted by Chris Monteiro has monitored the effects of graphic imagery on attitudes towards animal rights, and found it to be most effective when used to a low degree.  Participants were told that researchers were interested in their opinions of advertisements and they completed questionnaires interspersed with fake advertisements and an animal rights advertisement.


Hundreds of monkeys being bred for laboratories in Europe are killed for growing too large, claims animal rights group
Animal rights activists have published shocking pictures and video of hundreds of monkeys they claim were killed because they were too big for testing in British laboratories.  The disturbing images show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in rubbish bins.  Mutilated bodies can also be seen in a skip awaiting incineration, according to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.


Animal Rights Protestors Target Washington University
Some twenty animal rights activists from around the country, in town for an anti-vivisection conference, demonstrated outside Washington University to accuse the school of “inhumane” and “unnecessarily ” animal experiments on everything from cats to primates.


Vegan Diet Drama: The Basics
this soul food loving sistah has decided to “go vegan” or shall I say follow a plant-based diet! What does that mean? How will I make it in this city of tasty temptations at each corner and a family of food lovers like myself. Plus, I love my curves and I don’t want to lose them. However, I want healthy curves so let’s get fit in the process. Seriously, witnessing the impact of cancer, diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-cholestoral and diabetes on family and friends.


How The Pursuit Of Animal Liberation Activists Became Among The FBI’s ‘Highest Domestic Terrorism Priorities’
Though what the FBI now calls “eco-terrorism” predates September 11, 2001 by at least two decades, since the events of that date, both the laws on the books pertaining to political activism and the implementation of those laws by police and federal investigators have shifted dramatically in the direction of repression. In a time of perpetual national emergency, freewheeling use of the “terrorist” label enabled Congress to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in 2006, a law that substantially broadened the powers of the Justice Department to pursue animal rights activists — including those who engage strictly in First Amendment activities — as terrorists.


Few Ohio exotic animals registered a year after farm panic
The incident in and around the Zanesville, Ohio, farm prompted calls for Ohio to pass new laws covering animal ownership. Before Zanesville, the state had some of the most permissive laws in the nation.  Ohio lawmakers in June approved rules covering “dangerous” animals and set a November 5 deadline for owners of such animals to register them. Only 17 had by Thursday, the state said.


Rare Breeds
Schaller is best known for his highly readable books about lions, gorillas and pandas, creatures of the savanna or forest. The animals he finds inhabiting Chang Tang are far less familiar: the kiang, the wild yak and the chiru. The yak is, of course, easy to picture; the kiang is a wild ass with a white belly; the chiru is a particularly charming antelopelike creature. Over the past 30 years, Schaller has spent months almost every year in their habitat, whose average elevation is roughly 15,000 feet.

Action Alerts

Tell NIH: Chimpanzees Who Are “Retired” From The New Iberia Research Center Must Go To Sanctuaries, Not Other Labs
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) would be “retired.” This is great news. However, only 10 of the chimpanzees will go to a sanctuary. The other 100 will be transferred to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) in San Antonio. TBRI has a record of poor primate care and was fined $25,714 by the USDA earlier this year for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
According to NIH, the 100 chimpanzees going to TBRI cannot be used for “invasive” research. But they will still be housed in a laboratory with a questionable reputation, rather than a sanctuary as Congress mandated when it passed The Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection Act (The CHIMP Act) in 2000.
For animals in laboratories, one of their greatest sources of anguish is the boredom, frustration and lack of ability to exercise their natural instincts. The 100 chimpanzees going to TBRI cannot be considered “retired” from medical research without the benefit of life in a sanctuary. The NIH needs to make sure that these 100 chimpanzees, and future retirees from research, go to sanctuaries, not other labs.


Dr. Francis Collins
(301) 496-2433


Support H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
Ask your Representative in Congress to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359), a landmark federal bill that aims to protect elephants, tigers, bears and other wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses.
If you’re contacted them before, DO IT AGAIN! Keep the pressure on.


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H.R. 3359 is necessary because no amount of expensive regulation will eliminate the serious threat circuses pose to public safety. Diseases including tuberculosis can be transmitted from animals to humans and animals such as lions, tigers and elephants have all been known to escape and have killed, maimed or injured circus workers, members of the public and children.
Regulation will not protect wild animals from a life of ongoing physical and social deprivation. Wild animals in traveling circuses endure confinement, long, grueling journeys, brutal control methods and physical violence.
Investigations have revealed circus animals are trained through domination using weapons including bullhooks, whips and electric shocking devices.
H.R. 3359 is an important animal protection measure that will relieve an enormous amount of suffering, will save resources and protect people.

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News of Note

Animal rights groups in Philippines resist export of wild dolphins to RWS
Environmental and animal rights groups in the Philippines are refusing to concede defeat in their fight to prevent 25 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins from being re-exported to the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).


PETA happy about Animal Practice TV show cancellation
Now animal rights activists have spoken out about the cancellation, applauding fans for not tuning in to support the employment of pets for the sake of human entertainment.  A statement from executive Julia Galluci reads, “PETA’s staff are celebrating today in response to news that NBC’s Animal Practice has been cancelled. The cancellation of Animal Practice sends the strong message that using animals for cheap laughs on TV shows is archaic and uninteresting to today’s viewers, who are sophisticated enough to know that not only is putting a monkey in a lab coat not funny, it’s also cruel.”


Meat-Free Product Sales Are Rising as Meat Consumption Falls
There’s one area that’s gaining traction by the day: meat reduction. Some savvy businesses have noticed a decreasing demand for meat and are creating new products to meet every meat-free need. Others are using the popular Meatless Monday program to improve employee wellness or to encourage customers to eat healthier by cutting out meat one day a week.


Habitat park or ‘animal concentration camp’?
It’s been more than a century since Istanbul’s residents were kept awake at night by the howling of tens of thousands of stray dogs.The dogs were rounded up and shipped to a deserted island in the Marmara Sea where they starved to death — all part of a government-led effort to modernize Istanbul. But the stories surrounding the so-called “Great Dog Massacre of 1910” are still fresh in the minds of Turkey’s animal rights activists. Today, these activists are staging massive protests against a proposal to create “natural habitat parks” for stray cats and dogs in Turkey’s urban areas.

Meet Moses, the orphaned baby elephant raised by a human mom
Webb is the founder of Jumbo Foundation, an orphanage for large animals, so she wasn’t fazed by the idea of caring for an infant who’s larger than she is. She sleeps with Moses on a mattress on the dining room floor, gets up to feed him at night, puts sunscreen on him to protect his sensitive skin (in the wild, elephant calves find shade by standing underneath their mothers, but clearly that’s not going to work here), and shows him how to do elephant things like take dust baths.


Gone Vegan: Halfway There
For those who didn’t read my first article, here’s a quick brief: I’m spending the month of October as a vegan, trying not to eat any animal byproducts for 31 days: no milk, no cheese, no meat. Now I’m officially past the halfway mark, and needless to say, it’s been an adventure.


Controversies in animal welfare
Animal welfare and improving, monitoring and evaluating it are a high priority for the American Meat Institute and its members. But animal welfare, specifically for cattle and swine, is a complex subject not without its own controversies.  At the 2012 AMI Animal Care & Handling Conference this week in Kansas City, Mo., veterinary experts discussed the interface between animal welfare and consumers.

Where is your veganism headed?

We’ve noticed that there are many phases or “faces” of veganism. They aren’t in the same order for everyone, but maybe you recognize yourself in some of these. They can last for 10  days or for 10 years. Sometimes all at once.

  1. I’m vegan! I’m my family thinks I am a freak and I want to be loved so I pretty much never mention it to my grandma, and I downplay any inconveniences and never talk about how others hurt animals around people who aren’t vegan. I don’t use the world vegan often and nobody at my work probably even knows. Veganism is a personal, private choice.
  2. I’m vegan and I want some comfort food! I try to make or eat everything that is labeled vegan. It doesn’t matter that I haven’t eaten a real vegetable in weeks. And I go out to eat with my friends many times a week just to be with like minded people and eat vegan waffles and gravy and cake. Why isn’t everyone vegan? The food is so amazing!
    Redwood Vegan Biscuits and Gravy
    Vegan biscuit, potatoes, sausage from Redwood Sunday brunch. 

  3. I’m vegan and I want omnivores to know that vegans aren’t freaks, and I’m normal, so everyone should know that I am vegan. I’ve got vegan pride. So I talk about how good vegan food is to anyone who will listen. And I tell my co-workers how good it feels to be vegan. And I make vegan food for my family, friends, and anyone who will eat my food and let sing vegan praises. I invite others out to dinner. I eat healthy so that I can be a good vegan role model. I rarely mention the animals at all. Just food. And I do everything else normal so vegans aren’t so scary.
  4. I’m vegan but all of the animal suffering around me still makes me incredibly sad. I want others to discover how easy it is to be vegan. Someone influenced me once, so maybe I can influence others? How can I be supportive and encouraging while also telling the hard truth about how animals suffer in factory farms, laboratories, fur farms, zoos, circuses, and beyond?  I’ll do some vegan outreach at the Fremont Fair. I want a vegan world! Veganism is political!
    Seattle Tilth Fair Sept 8, 2012 - Rachel and Anika
    NARN Board Members doing vegan outreach at the Tilth Festival this summer. 

  5. I’m vegan and I want to help animals right now. I don’t need to fit in anymore. Animals are suffering this very moment and I can’t turn away. I can’t forget them. I want to make a difference. When history is on our side, I want to say that I spoke out. That I made a fuss. That I didn’t let let suffering and tyranny run rampant on my watch. That I tried to do something with my time and talents.

Recognize any of this? Board member Pete is fond of the  slogan: “Silent = Consent.” We don’t consent to the horrors that are perpetrated in the name of human desires. We won’t be silent. Board member Anika’s favorite quote is “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” –  Elie Wiesel. She likes it because it admits that she sometimes feel powerless – but that even if that is the case, she should still speak out against injustice.

If you are feeling more and more inclined to speak out against the ways we torture and needlessly kill animals, NARN is here to support you. We can help you follow your passions, join with others, and make a difference in the lives of animals today. Just email us at


Action Alerts


Stop the eviction of Animals Asia’s Vietnam bear rescue centre

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre faces eviction from Tam Dao National Park, following an aggressive campaign by the park director, Do Dinh Tien.
On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the Ministry of Defence has issued an order to evict the sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued bears. This follows Mr Tien lobbying the Ministry of Defence to declare the sanctuary to be an area of “national defence significance”.
Mr Tien has been pressuring Animals Asia to relinquish the land since April 2011. It is believed that he intends to hand it over to the Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, in which his daughter has an investment. This company has submitted an application for development of an “eco-tourism park” and hotels on the site.

The closure of the rescue centre would have a severe impact:
104 bears, rescued from Vietnam bear bile farms and smugglers – evicted
77 local Vietnamese staff – unemployed
US$2 million – investment in building and development by Animals Asia – lost
The local economy that depends on the centre would also be severely impacted, and the Vietnamese government’s commitment to ending bear bile farming would be called into question.

Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam Director, Animals Asia commented: Animals Asia is calling on the public in Vietnam and worldwide to appeal to the Prime Minister to allow the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre that he previously approved and endorsed to continue operations and expand in line with the government’s original agreement.


Embassy of Vietnam in Canada
470 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6M8 Canada
(613) 236 0772
(613) 236 1398 (Consular)
fax +1-613-236 2704
email: and
website URL:

Embassy of Vietnam – United States
1233 20th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
phone (202) 861-0737
fax (202) 861-0917

Embassy of Vietnam – United Kingdom
12-14 Victoria Road,
London W8 5RD
phone 0207 937 1912
fax 0207 565 3853 or 0207 937 6108

Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Office of the State
1 Bach Thao
Hanoi, Vietnam
fax + 845 5464


Don’t Let the Fur Industry Use a Fake Name for Raccoon Dog
Raccoon dogs (a member of the Canidae (dog) family with a superficial resemblance to raccoons) have been documented to be skinned alive in China for their fur, and many consumers want to avoid supporting this cruelty and know which retailers and designers still are. But the Federal Trade Commission is proposing that raccoon dog fur be called the misleading and inaccurate “Asiatic raccoon” — making it hard for consumers and retailers to know that this is the same animal whose mistreatment is so well documented.

Please fill in and submit this form to automatically send a message to the Federal Trade Commission, asking them to require raccoon dog to be called “raccoon dog” on fur labels and not the inaccurate and misleading trade name “Asiatic raccoon.” Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.



Help Animals Imprisoned by SeaWorld
Tell The Blackstone Group—the company that owns SeaWorld—to immediately set in place a firm and rapid plan to release the animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with a more natural environment.

Hamilton James
President & CEO, The Blackstone Group
345 Park Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10154
phone (212) 583-5000
fax (212) 583-5712

Talking Points:
SeaWorld parks have a long history of housing incompatible orcas from widely divergent groups together in enclosures—and the result has been stress, agitation, aggressive and bloody raking, serious injury, and death.
In aquariums, dolphins and other sea animals routinely die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related causes, and SeaWorld has an abysmal record.
SeaWorld continues to turn a blind eye to the safety of humans and animals alike despite numerous tragedies—including the deaths of many orcas and the death of a trainer who was seized by a frustrated orca, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held under water to drown.
The intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the pitifully small tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. In the wild, dolphins swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean, but captive dolphins are confined to small tanks in which the reverberations from their sonar bounce off the walls, driving them insane. Some of these animals were violently captured and torn away from their homes in the wild, and many are forced to learn and perform circus-style tricks. According to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are common training methods.

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News of Note


Wisconsin wolf hunt begins; animal rights groups file intent to sue
Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt has started with no kills reported.  Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals have filed notice that they plan to sue to get the animal back on the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region.

Going meatless in October
October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, during which dedicated vegetarians and vegans step up their game to inform others about health and humane benefits of going meat-free and to get omnivores to try eating a vegetarian diet.

The Real Problem With Pokémon And Animal Rights
A new Pokémon game is out and PETA, being who and what they are, have launched an inept parody campaign against it. In this case, it’s particularly grating, as the Pokémon series they’re talking about raises some legitimately troubling issues about the way culture handles those of us with staunch views about animal rights.

James Cameron Challenges Environmentalists to Go Vegan
Last week we reported that “Avatar” director and environmentalist James Cameron adopted a plant based diet for the good of the planet. Thanks to a new video posted by “Earthlings”, we now see that he’s spreading the message far and wide. He’s challenging us all to remove animal products from our diets.

Being Vegan – What Ethics Has To Do With It
Imagine there are two people who are identical in every way–except one.  One is a vegan and the other is a meat-eater.  All things being equal, which individual is more ethical?  The vegan or the meat-eater?  The answer is blindingly obvious to everyone.” Philip Wollen  I would have to agree with Philip Wollen.  In case you have not heard of Philip Wollen, he is an Australian Philanthropist and a former Vice-President with Citibank.


Demand for palm oil, used in packaged food products, leaves orangutans at risk
One of the Sumatran orangutan’s richest habitats, an area of swampland containing the highest density of the red apes on the planet, is being illegally slashed and burned by palm oil companies to make way for palm oil plantations.


Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau.
Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S. That’s almost 8 percent of the shrimp Americans eat.


Eat Vegetarian, Live Longer?
n the ’70s and ’80s, a series of studies from Loma Linda University in California, which has tracked tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists since 1958, were the first to show that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters. Not only that, the studies also indicated that the kinds of foods frequently consumed in vegetarian diets — fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes — can reduce a person’s risk for diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, control body mass index and waist size, and boost brain health.


Hirst Exhibition Killed 9K Butterflies
British artist Damien Hirst, famous for his works using pickled and dismembered animals, has once again angered animal rights groups—this time for a work that used live creatures. His “In and Out of Love” exhibition at London’s Tate Modern allowed visitors to observe the lives of butterflies close up, but more than 9,000 of the insects died during the 23-week exhibition after being trampled or brushed off visitors’ clothing, the Telegraph reports. The tropical species used has a life expectancy of nine months in the wild, but most only survived a few days in the Hirst exhibition.


With No Animal Shelter Nearby, Bronx Rescuers Are Left to Their Own Devices
Ms. Ferrara is part of a growing network of trappers, feeders and rescuers who say they have no choice but to step up to care for lost and unwanted animals in the Bronx — a borough with city shelters for the homeless, but not one for animals. Their grass-roots effort comes amid renewed concern among some elected officials and animal welfare groups that New York City’s animal control programs and services are woefully inadequate.

A year later, painful memories of Zanesville, Ohio, exotic animal tragedy
It’s been almost a year since Terry Thompson released more than 50 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and monkeys from his Zanesville farm.  Thompson then took his own life and didn’t see the carnage that resulted from his actions.  The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed most of the animals, with the exception of six that were taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and placed under quarantine.  Five of those were returned to Thompson’s widow, Marian, earlier this year.


Larry Hagman Thankful ‘Dallas’ Costar Advised Him to Go Vegan
Last year “Dallas” star Larry Hagman went vegan to help fight his cancer. By cutting out animal products, drinking freshly made juices and following an all organic diet, the actor was able to revamp his health, and now he’s 81-years-old and cancer free.