Action Alerts

Action Alerts

Take Action to Put Animals Back in the Animal Welfare Act!

Please contact your legislators today to ask them to co-sponsor HR 6693 oo put animals back in the Animal Welfare Act.

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The Animal Welfare Act currently fails to protect 95% of all animals used in research and testing. This undermines the purpose of the law: to provide humane treatment for these animals. In 2002 a rider to the Farm Bill removed protections for rats, mice, and birds, subjecting them to poorly conducted animal research without sufficient review.

Working with ALDF, U.S. House Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA) has introduced a bill (HR 6693) that restores coverage for rats, mice, and birds under the AWA. Cosponsored by Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), the bill will:

Fix the massive carve-out of 95 percent of animals in research. Rats, mice, and birds compose 95 percent of the animals used in research. Restoring their protections will help fulfill the purpose for which the AWA was designed.
Fit the commonsense definition of animal. The AWA currently does not define rats, mice, and birds as “animals.”
Protect sentient beings from laboratory abuse. Without AWA oversight, many rats, mice, and birds suffer unnecessarily from shoddy experiments and research practices. For example, a USDA inspector discovered a rat dying in a University of Hawaii freezer, yet could not enforce this “egregious lack of humane care” because rats are not protected.
Provide researchers and the country long-term economic benefit. By putting researchers in a system of pre-experiment review, AWA coverage of rats, mice, and birds will eliminate poorly conducted scientific experiments and testing. Such review will improve science, bolster the economy in the long-term, and stop taxpayers from funding wasteful research.
Create minimal impact on the USDA and industry. Oversight from USDA will provide sweeping animal welfare benefits at little cost. Regulatory infrastructure has existed for years and will easily transition into oversight.


Stop Yellowstone’s Plans to Slaughter Buffalo
Tell Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk that you absolutely oppose any capture or slaughter of wild buffalo. Yellowstone is mandated by law to protect wild bison, not cater to Montana’s cattle politics. Tell Superintendent Wenk to stop being a puppet for Montana livestock interests, pull out of the draconian Interagency Bison Management Plan, and to stand up for the wildlife that the American people have placed in his care.
Wild bison are a natural, national treasure, the prehistoric and rightful roamers of North America, and we will not stand by and allow Yellowstone or Montana’s cattle industry to jeopardize their future for any reason. Sadly, three Buffalo were killed on Christmas morning.


Daniel Wenk, Superintendent
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168
(307) 344-2002 phone
(307) 344-2014 fax

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Editorial: Protecting Seattle’s aging elephants
 Many zoos have closed, are ending or discussing closure of their elephant exhibits.  Let Chai, Watoto and Bamboo spend the rest of their lives in open space with three new Canadian friends, Thika, Toka and Iringa.


To Save Wildlife, and Tourism, Kenyans Take Up Arms
Many jobs in the safari industry can pay as much as poaching. Though the ivory trade may seem lucrative, it is often like the Somali pirate business model, with the entry-level hijacker getting just a minuscule cut of the million-dollar ransoms. While a pound of ivory can fetch $1,000 on the streets of Beijing, Mr. Lokinyi, despite his lengthy poaching résumé, was broke, making it easier to lure him out of the business.  Villagers are also turning against poachers because the illegal wildlife trade fuels crime, corruption, instability and intercommunal fighting.


Sudden Death of Show Pony Clouds Image of Elite Pursuit
Since 2010, random drug tests at various equestrian events, including the Olympic trials, have uncovered dozens of violations for substances like cocaine, antipsychotics, tranquilizers and pain medication — even ginger placed in a horse’s anus to make its tail stick out.  While show-horse trainers have abused some of the same drugs that have caused problems in racing, the Equestrian Federation has lagged behind in regulating how they are administered. Now, the circumstances surrounding Humble’s death have become a rallying point for those who believe that the federation should more aggressively investigate drug use.

Israel Supports Animal Rights With Ban Against Cosmetics, Cleaning Materials Testing
Perhaps it was the dark, Jewish experience of the Holocaust where Nazis would use Jewish children for medical tests. Or simply the humanitarian heart that Israel is respected for with its medical and rescue aid teams which assist disaster victims from Haiti to Japan. As of today, the sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals will be illegal in Israel. The Israel Health Ministry said it would investigate and prosecute importers who violate the new law.


Pennsylvania’s Dog Law Enforcement Office Cracking Down On Illegal Dog-Breeding Kennels
The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department says it has taken action against 37 illegal dog-breeding kennels, this year, including several in the Philadelphia area.  The department says it has stepped up efforts to enforce the 2009 anti-puppy-mill law.

The Year In Vegan!
Happy last Meatless Monday of the Year! Since it’s the last day of the year, I thought it’d be nice to do a little round-up of animal victories from the year. Additionally, I know many people use the New Year as a time to try new things–say veganism, perhaps? Come on, Ne-Yo is doing it! So we can also take a look at some tips for kicking off a vegan lifestyle. Shall we? Oh let’s do!


Pet chicken saves family from fire
Cluck Cluck’s noisy calls from two floors below woke a Wisconsin couple in time for them to escape their burning house. The chicken became the Murawska family pet after wandering over from a neighboring farm; instead of killing the bird, who wasn’t producing eggs, the couple built her a coop and brought her inside when the weather got too cold. “I spent way more money than I ever should’ve. I guess it paid off,” Dennis Murawska said. Along with the couple, the chicken and a cat survived the blaze.


Going Vegan Doesn’t Mean Missing Out On Favorites
In the first of a two-part series on veganism, Renee Montagne talks to health and wellness expert Kathy Freston about the benefits and challenges of being vegan. Vegans enjoy a plant-based diet and don’t eat meat, fish or dairy. Freston says as a vegan you can still have comfort food, it’s just a healthier version of what you used to eat.