You know those things that are so horrendous you just know THIS TIME, absolutely EVERYONE must be against them? Except invariably someone comes along with a nasty comment that shows there actually isn’t anything bad enough for EVERYONE to condemn it? I am talking about things like chopping up dolphins and slaughtering dogs slowly for tender meat, and poaching elephants for ivory trinkets.
So the day before yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the first state ivory (and rhino horn) ban. That is pretty great. It is even greater that the Obama administration has proposed a federal ivory ban. It winded me for a second or two to find that there are NRA-backed, Republican-introduced bills in both the House and the Senate to kill it. These bills would also block states from passing their own bans (which would effectively repeal parts of the recent New Jersey law). And the NRA is vociferous about supporting them.
We need to mobilize and make sure our lawmakers know an overwhelming number of AMERICANS SUPPORT BANNING IVORY.
And we need to do it quickly. As you know, nasty pieces of legislation can be tacked on to larger bills and rushed through at any moment. So PLEASE, call NOW. Don’t put it off until later. Not only is a call quickest, it carries the most weight. Calling is EASY and NO-stress; there is no conversation: you give your name and say you want your lawmakers “to oppose any and all pieces of legislation that kill the federal ban and block state ivory bans.” That’s it.
It’s a good idea to know your legislators’ contact info, but if you don’t, look it up quickly and easily: http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
How much worse does it have to get for EVERYONE to condemn it?
aaaaaand now I have you here reading stuff, with your pen or your phone or at least your keyboard at the ready, I have another request:
In the meantime you will have heard that Proposition 1 passed in Seattle, certainly because most people didn’t realise what the hell they were voting for. “Parks? Great! Yes on that!” But now Woodland Park
Prison Zoo stands to receive $2 million additional dollars each year — up to $34 million — and maybe even more than that.
PZ has two lobbyists. Professional shouters and money-obtainers. We are not professional shouters and money-obtainers, but we do CARE. Please write to the Mayor and City Council. We were told they count the number of emails they receive for each issue. If you only write one line, it still COUNTS. You can send the same one line to everyone, but see those talking points below? (helpfully provided by Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants) They are so good there’s no way you can choose just one line. Go ahead, indulge: write about them all.
Ed.firstname.lastname@example.org, Jean.Godden@seattle.gov,Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov,Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov, Sally.Clark@seattle.gov, Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov,Nick.Licata@seattle.gov, Tom.Rasmussen@seattle.gov, Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov,Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov
Thank you. It feels like running in sand, I know, but the writing is on the wall, the end of captive elephants truly is coming. And you will be able to brag truthfully that you helped make it so.
Seventh Generation: the people you could trust to make absolutely ethical (if expensive) toilet tissue, paper towels, and all manner of cleaning products. Products you could feel good buying and using because you were supporting a company that never harms animals. Right?
NO. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Seventh Generation has been promoting legislation that will result in the “painful poisoning deaths of tens of millions of animals”. It has been an advocate of various campaigns promoting animal testing, and is now refusing to support reforms to the Toxic Substances Reform Act — reforms that would reduce the number of animals poisoned and killed, and mandate that animals only be used at all after all other methods of obtaining information on toxic chemicals have been exhausted.
Seventh Generation’s comment? Reducing animal testing isn’t “compatible” with its position on protecting the environment by using safer chemicals. (Can they seriously still believe that animal testing confers any kind of safety at all?)
For a company that always portrays itself as cruelty-free and ethical to actively promote policies that will lead to the torture and death of millions of animals is a BETRAYAL of all the customers who have bought its products in the mistaken belief that no animals would ever be harmed. It’s also makes the company a LIAR of gargantuan proportions.
Please, contact Seventh Generation and give them an earful. And remember — no one cares about your OPINION, unless it is backed up by your MONEY, so don ‘t forget to say how done you are with Seventh Generation products unless they reverse course.
Saint Patrick’s parish in Hortonville, Wisconsin, plans to hold an event this Saturday, August 9th, in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, jumped on, body-slammed, yelled at, and thrown in a bucket by up to 6 people at a time. Not surprisingly, the pigs often sustain injuries. It is being called “pig wrestling”, although as far as I know none of those things are actually condoned in real wrestling, which takes place between two evenly matched volunteers.
The event organizers do admit that “there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate.” Most unjustly, it is the creature NOT choosing to participate who risks the most injury. The HUMANS who choose to do this deserve whatever they get. And more.
Wisconsin laws specifically prohibit fighting between animals and humans, as well as being a spectator at such a fight (Chapter 951, “Crimes Against Animals”).
Action is URGENT on this one, as we only have one more day. Please call:
Deacon Ken Bilgrien: 920-779-5960