Archive: July 2007

easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-31-07

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Interesting Huffington Post blog, “Humane Meat: A Contradiction in Terms.” 7/31/07

DawnWatch: CS Monitor on Covance — and gruesome footage on PCRM site 7/31/07

Dawnwatch: NY Times factory farm editorial cries out for animal advocacy letters 7/31/07

DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

DawnWatch: Awful circus fluff piece on NY1 — 7/30/07

Greenpeace: Tell Congress: Get It Right On Global Warming

Kinship Circle: DUE 7/31 – Ask House To Uphold Horse Slaughter Ban

The Sierra Club: Oppose Illegal Logging!

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): URGENT: U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Horse Slaughter / Support Spratt-Whitfield-Rahall-Chandler Amendment

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: PRESS RELEASE: “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

Free Speech Hosting: 11 Web Hosts That Won’t Dump You at the First Sign of Controversy (Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).)

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Victory! Sheldon Horses Spared!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Victory: Burton Snowboards Goes Fur-Free

Newsletters

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #75: July 31, 2007

Petitions

Protect the Gray Wolf From the Bush Administration!

Stop the harp seal annual slaughter!

Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-30-07

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Action Alerts

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Urgent: House Votes Tuesday to Shut Down Horse Slaughter

MoveOn.org: Start our clean energy future now

Oil Change International: Stop Iraqi Oil Theft – Start Clean Energy at home

SaveOurEnvironment.org: Strengthen the Energy Bill – Write your Rep!

Carnivals

Vegetarian Carnival #4 (July 30, 2007 @ Veggie Chic)

Petitions

Urge Congress to End Aerial Gunning of Wolves!

Stop Dalhousie University from murdering dogs and puppies.

Seahorse in Peril

Do not expand Military zone

Animal Rescue Kerala: Mass Killing of Stray dogs in Kerala/India

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A Modest Porpoisal

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

“Stephen suggests that by eating endangered animals we can prevent their extinction.”

Amazingly, antis use this same argument to defend their meals of BBQ and fried chicken. Because, like, if no one cared enough to eat cows and chicks, they’d go extinct. So it’s really a philanthropic vs. a convenience thing. Seriously. You cannot make this shit up.

Videos in this post

The Colbert Report, Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The Word – Modest Porpoisal
Stephen suggests that by eating endangered animals we can prevent their extinction. (4:09)

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API: Save Dogs from Dying and Protect Primates

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Jul 27, 2007 5:51 PM
Subject: Save Dogs from Dying and Protect Primates

Alerts at a Glance

* Save Dogs from Dying This Summer
- Use API’s MyDogIsCool flyers, posters and PSAs to educate people about the dangers of leaving dogs and other companion animals inside hot cars.

* Protect Primates from the Exotic Pet Trade
- Contact your legislators to generate support for the Captive Primate Protection Act and help outlaw the interstate and foreign commerce in nonhuman primates.

* Other Ways to Help Animals
- My Lip Stuff: Summer heat drying out your lips? Soothing cruelty-free lip balms in yummy flavors benefit both you and the animals.
- Pet PawTraits by Nikki Solone: Beautiful custom portraits of your four-legged companions to grace your wall space — and also help API.

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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 07/26/07

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jul 26, 2007 2:07 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 07/26/07

The 2007 Farm Bill – On the Floor this Week!; Use Your Voice to Help Farm Animals

The 2007 Farm Bill (HR 2419) is scheduled for debate by the House of Representatives today and tomorrow. This legislation includes a variety of issues including agriculture, nutrition and conservation. The version of the bill going to the floor today was improved significantly when the House Agriculture Committee responded to animal advocates’ calls and voted to remove both a $12 million veal subsidy and Section 123 (which would have threatened to dismantle virtually all state and local farm animal protection legislation). However, due to the broadness of the bill, there is ample opportunity for new amendments to be added, both those which are positive for animals and those which are detrimental. Please take action now to ensure that Congress acts responsibly by considering farm animals and reducing the funds that go to large-scale corporate animal agribusiness. Go to the Farm Sanctuary website to act now: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update_farmbill_7_07.htm! Time is of the essence.

2007 Farm Bill: http://agriculture.house.gov/index.shtml

HR 2419: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR2419:

Section 123: http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/Legislation/110/LDP.pdf

Animal Rescues Provide Opportunity for Action

Farm Sanctuary’s 2003 rescue efforts in Canisteo, N.Y., not only got badly abused animals to sanctuary, but it also provided an opportunity for people around the nation to help those in need. Programs like Adopt-A-Farm Animal have allowed Ramsey, a sheep taken from the nightmare in Canisteo, to thrive—and finally have a full, normal life. Farm Sanctuary also offers in-home placements through its Farm Animal Adoption Network, a more hands-on way to directly aid animals who have suffered. Read more.

Critter Care Conference at the New York Shelter

If you have ever had aspirations of rescuing and caring for farm animals, the New York Critter Care Conference is for you! Join us on Sept. 15 and 16 to learn about farm animal care, including basic health care needs, proper restraint techniques and animal housing and facilities design. This intensive two-day conference will also include information on basic administration, fundraising, and media/outreach programs. After the Critter Care Conference, allow the tranquility of the New York Shelter to help you unwind at our first ever Twilight Tour. The Twilight Tour event will include music, wine tasting, an art auction and, of course, a tour to meet the sanctuary animals. Registration information: https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/visit/ny_twilight2007.htm.

New York Critter Care Conference: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/visit/Critter_care2007.htm

Twilight Tour: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/visit/calendar.htm#TwilightNY

Frequent Flyer Miles Urgently Needed

Farm Sanctuary is greatly in need of donated frequent flyer miles, value to equal the purchase of one airline ticket, for our upcoming Farm Sanctuary Gala for Farm Animals. By donating miles, you can help us send key staff and speakers to the upcoming Gala, which helps us to raise thousands of dollars for farm animals in need. Please contact us at 607-583-2225 ext. 237 or jpappas [at] farmsanctuary.org to make a donation today!

Gala for Farm Animals: http://farmsanctuary.org/gala/2007/

In the News

Vote for the 2007 VegNews Veggie Awards

Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate
New York Times, July 25, 2007

Go Vegetarian to Save Money
MSN.com

Help Farm Sanctuary supporter Sally Anderson blog for the animals!

In the Store

Farmy Juniors T-shirt

MAKE A DONATION TO FARM SANCTUARY

https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/join/donate_alert.htm

About Farm Sanctuary

Photo via decade_resister

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, visit: https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/join/donate_alert.htm . For updates on previous action alerts, please visit: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you.
Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-29-07

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Action Alert: FSC and Big Green “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Make the call for global warming solutions

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Undercover at Rubashkin’s… Again

Found on Flickr: Help “Bobo” (“Scruffy”) the Bear, via DonBaird

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

Carnivals

Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

Newsletters

Best Friends Animal Society: Miracles at “Area 51″!

Petitions

Officers Find Dead, Sick Horses In N. Texas Field

Tell the Alameda Animal Shelter there MUST be a dog volunteer program!

Kill the 90-day policy at the Bergen County Animal Shelter (BCAS)

Citizens Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-27-07

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Federal: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced in Congress

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Missouri: “Pet Friendly” License Plates Now Available

DawnWatch: MSN on budget and health benefits of vegetarianism 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Shocking poultry slaughterhouse footage on Fox and on A&E’s “The Two Coreys” reality show 7/25 – 7/29/07

DawnWatch: Adidas lobbies to overturn Supreme Court upheld Kangaroo shoe ban NY Times, LA Times, NPR — 7/24 -7/25/07

DawnWatch: NY Times lead story “Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate.” 7/25/07

Earthjustice: URGENT: Stop the Countdown to Wolves’ Slaughter

Friends of Animals (FoA): Help Stop the Bush Administration’s Latest Debacle: Aerial Gunning of Greater Yellowstone Wolves

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Congress to stop oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

Rainforest Action Network (RAN): Tell Ontario to Stop First Nation Exploitation!

Save the Manatee Club: Ask Governor Crist to Appoint New FWC Commissioners / Ensure Balanced and Science-Based Leadership on Manatee Protection Issues

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): Contact Legislators on Behalf of Animals Used for Research NOW

The Wilderness Society: Help protect community forests and restore wildlife habitat

Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Bread for the World: Fairness Amendment to Farm Bill Fails in House; Fight For Meaningful Farm Reform Continues

Corporate Accountability International: Pepsi Agrees to Reveal Sources of Aquafina Bottled Water / In Response to Think Outside the Bottle Campiagn, Agrees to Print ”Public Water Source” on Labels

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

Carnivals

Carnival of Hurricane Relief #98 (July 26, 2007 @ One Man Band)

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert, July 27, 2007

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, July 25, 2007

Petitions

STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!

CLARK COUNTY DOGS DESERVE BETTER

Stop Cruelty Taking Place on the Water

Help save Giraffes

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Big Bush vs. East Coast Clam-Hugging Liberal Hippie Vegans

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

So I finally got around to watching the first few episodes of Lil’ Bush yesterday (now that the season’s over – how’s that for procrastination?), and it’s actually funny. The commercials just didn’t do it justice, I guess. I especially got a kick out of this clip.

Clam-hugging vegan goodness at the 36s mark.
 





 
There must be a veg*n on the writing staff. * (Oh, I hope there’s a veg*n on the writing staff!)

* Reason being, I’d expect ‘em to use the term “vegetarian” over “vegan” 9 out of 10 times…do most people even know what a vegan is?

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-25-07

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

Best Friends Animal Society: Selling Bunnies Is Selling Out

Corporate Accountability International: National Day of Action Today! Will Pepsi “Move the Mountain”?

Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action for Wildlife Conservation on Farm and Ranch Lands

Environmental Defense: Take Action for Tougher Air Pollution Standards

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Protect the Western Arctic Reserve

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Help Get Justice for Bob! (Bob the Tortoise, that is; page last updated 7/19/07)

Bob the Tortoise on MySpace

Newsletters

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC): Dissent Is Patriotic: July 2007, Vol. 6, No. 6

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): BioGems News: July 2007

The Ocean Conservancy: eNewsletter: July 2007

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Event: Diabetes Video Support Group Weekly Session

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #74: July 24, 2007

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, July 25, 2007

VegCooking.com: Recipe of the Week (Thai Vegetarian Chicken With Snow Peas)

Petitions

Stop using animals in the circus!

Stop Zoos from killing Tigers for collectors

Support Family Farms, NOT Mega-Farms

Environmental Demands

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-24-07

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Oppose Aerial Herbicide Spraying on Public Lands

The Center for Food Safety: House to Vote on Farm Bill – Take Action Today!

DawnWatch: CNN’s Paula Zahn to cover dogfighting, Thursday 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Dan Mathews “Committed” summer tour — July-August 2007

DawnWatch tip: NBC Nightly news on calls for bullfighting bans 7/23/07

DawnWatch: Extraordinary coverage and commentary from NPR’s Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday, 7/21/07

DawnWatch: Newsday piece on runaway steer and vegetarianism 7/22/07

Defenders of Wildlife: We Can End Aerial Gunning of Wolves: Sign the Petition Today!

Earthjustice: Adopt the Sky

Earthjustice: Restore Balance on Our Public Lands!

Environmental Defense: Tell Congress to Support Conservation Friendly Farming

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The “Fairness in Farm and Food Policy” amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Animal Welfare Institute: “Barbaric, Barbaric, Barbaric!” / Vick Dog Fighting Charges Symptomatic of a Larger Problem

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #87 (July 23 @ Hippy Shopper)

Newsletters

Earthjustice e-Brief: July 2007

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Animal Update Online: July 2007

Sierra Club Insider: July 24, 2007

Petitions

Felony indictment for dog fighting in Georgia

Please help stop brutal murders of dogs in Chernihiv!

The animal welfare in Romania – Street cleansing with poison – Braila 2007

Stop Animal Cruelty Now!

SAY NO TO JAPANESE SCHOOLCHILDREN VIEWING WHALES BEING BUTCHERED

I am not a nugget!

Fight Against Asthma by Adopting the Sky!

Pledge to Live a One Planet Life!

Tim Horton’s – Making the Cups Recyclable!!!

Is God Green?

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API: Speak Out for Circus Animals, Rabbits, and Wildlife

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Jul 21, 2007 7:17 PM
Subject: Speak Out for Circus Animals, Rabbits, and Wildlife

Alerts at a Glance

* Give Denny’s Your Views on Ringling Bros. Partnership
- Speak out on behalf of circus animals regarding marketing partnership between Denny’s and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

* Oppose PetSmart’s Decision to Sell Rabbits
- Contact PetSmart to oppose its policy change on rabbit sales, and increase the chances of adoption for homeless rabbits across the country.

* Good News for California’s Wildlife
- Local cities and counties maintain the right to enact anti-trapping laws aimed at protecting wildlife, companion animals, and community safety. Please thank the Senator who helped.

* More Good News: Two Humane Bills Move Forward in California
- Find out how two proposed wildlife bills will help establish protective standards for local wildlife and communities, and how you can help them become law.

* Other Ways to Help Animals
- Sedona Spa Beauty Products: Pamper yourself with cruelty-free spa products while helping API help animals.
- Slightly Outrageous Artwork: Support API’s work with a colorful, whimsical framed animal print or wearable art piece.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 7-21-07

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

* i.e., “Link Sanctuary” as opposed to “Link Farm” or “Link Dump”…so clever, I am! (Yes, that is the sound of me snickering at myself. So sad.)

** Note: I’ve rolled the weekly Petition Site Digest into today’s Link Sanctuary, and will probably continue to do so (although on a daily basis, for shorter individual roundups).

*** Link Sanctuary!?! WTF!#$@?

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Action Alerts

DawnWatch: “Warning on red meat and greenhouse gases” Australian, (and Vick update) Friday July 20

DawnWatch: “Save the Planet with a Vegetarian Diet” needs five stars ratings — Baltimore Sun — 7/19/07

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Stop the Florida Panther Death “Toll”

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Thank Scholastic for Helping Harry Potter Go Green!

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Save America’s Redrock Wilderness

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #86 (July 16, 2007 ed.)

Carnival of Hurricane Relief (July 19, 2007 ed.)

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Weekly eNews – July 20, 2007

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): EnviroAction, July 2007

Petitions

from The Petition Site:

Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!

Petition to let the NFL know how stupid they look

Find Maximus’s Killer-Chained, Doused With Gasoline, Set Afire

Shut Down the The Resita Zoo

Stop torturing bulls in Tordesillas!

Dog sacrifice in the name of the sport manifestation!

STOP FUR TRADE IN CHINA

Don’t Exempt Manatees from The Marine Mammal Protection Act!

Thank Representative Sam Farr for his dedication to the oceans!

Clean My Ride – Make Flex Fuels Available

Liquid Coal is a Bad Deal for Global Warming

Stop the New York Regional Interconnection (NYRI) Power Line

Soil: The Secret Global Warming Solution (World)

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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 07/20/07

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jul 20, 2007 3:58 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 07/20/07

USDA’s Downed Cattle Ban Now Permanent

The USDA recently made permanent its prohibition on slaughtering downed cattle for human food. The interim policy was first instituted at the end of 2003 after a downed cow in the U.S. was confirmed to have mad cow disease. We are very pleased that this ban is now permanent, but still concerned that other downed animals, including pigs, can be transported and slaughtered for human food. We are also uneasy that the downed animal ban allows too much leeway in the case of downed veal calves, whom it allows to be set aside and held for treatment and re-inspection. Farm Sanctuary maintains the position we have held since 1986–namely, that downed animals should not be transported and slaughtered for human food, and that the industry should be required to take better care of the animals to prevent them from going down in the first place. Read more.

In Loving Memory: Ailing lamb touches Farm Sanctuary staff

Only weeks old when she arrived, baby lamb Joy brought just that to Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter staff. Born with a heart condition, Joy’s struggle to lead a normal life touched everyone she met—and reminded us of the value and beauty inherent in all farm animals. Read more.

Time is Running Out to Register for the New York Country Hoe Down!

Reserve your spot today for the New York Country Hoe Down on Aug. 4 and 5! New additions for 2007 include: a walk to identify wild edibles, an outdoor yoga class, a make-your-own-video contest, square dancing with instruction, and vegan ice cream sundaes! Noted speakers include Dr. Will Tuttle, George Eisman, Dr. Emily Levin, and Amie Hamlin. Visit the Hoe Down website to view event announcements and to learn more about what is new for this year. The registration deadline is July 27!

Encourage Cruelty-Free Businesses to Contribute to the Farm Sanctuary Gala for Farm Animals

The Farm Sanctuary Gala for Farm Animals offers a unique opportunity to promote cruelty-free companies and their products to an audience of compassionate consumers. If someone you know owns a cruelty-free business, please encourage them to participate in the Gala by donating vegan, cruelty-free products or farm-animal-related gift items for our favor bags. Please visit our website for more information.

In the News

Is Cruelty OK When We Don’t Witness It?
Taipei Times, July 19, 2007

Animal Abuse in Canada Prompts Farm Sanctuary Action
Star-Gazette, July 13, 2007

Activists Hope Graphic Video Will Dampen Appeal of Foie Gras
The Gazette, July 11, 2007

Shop at Farm Sanctuary

Gandhi Quote Ceramic Mug

About Farm Sanctuary

Photo via arimoore

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, please visit: https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/join/donate_alert.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, please visit: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm

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ADMIN: easyVegan and the Summer of Adult Responsibilities

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

2007-07-15 - Jayne & Peedee - 0003 [cropped]

Jayne’s gone swimming

Between the new house (renovations on which are slowly starting to wrap up), the impending move across town, and the new workload I’m trying to take on to pay for it all, spare time for blogging has been tight. So, for the time being, easyVegan will be on a semi-vacation. Not that your trusty blogger will be getting much rest. No siree. I’ll just be sacrificing my metacarpals to my corporate overlords rather than the greater good, at least for the foreseeable future. Sigh.

So what does this mean for easyVegan the blog? Well, I’ll continue to bring you all the rage-inducing action alerts of days past, but rather than create a separate, detailed post for each issue, methinks I’ll post a “link roundup” every day or two instead. This near-daily link dump will consist of (links to) animal rights/welfare and enviro action alerts, petitions, newsletters, carnivals, press releases, and campaign updates (etc., etc.) that have already been published on the internets. I will, however, continue to reprint emails that have not otherwise been reprinted online (the Friday Farm Sanctuary newsletter comes to mind). (And of course, news items via delicious!)

I expect the new setup to continue until at least October, though I have a sneaking suspicion that I just might like it enough to stick with it fur-ever. Hopefully, once I’m all snuggled into the new digs, I can use my free time to write some original content as opposed to re-editing, re-formatting, and re-gurgitating everyone else’s stuff. That’s the plan, anyway.

Questions? Comments? Points of discussion?

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American Rivers: Act Now to Protect the Wild and Wonderful Blackwater River

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Via American Rivers:

Act Now to Protect the Wild and Wonderful Blackwater River

The Blackwater River is threatened by plans to transform the historic and scenic Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail into a wide road for logging trucks. Act now to tell the Forest Service that you want to see this crown jewel protected for people and wildlife.

Comments are due Monday, July 23, so please act today at http://www.AmericanRivers.org/alert921.

You can learn more at http://www.saveblackwater.org.

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DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:23 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

DawnWatch, while not officially on a break, will not be functioning at full throttle this week or next. (The final of my book is due next week! I will be telling you more about it before it comes out early next year.) I will only be able to send occasional news updates over the next couple of weeks.

The story that is impossible to ignore this week is the indictment of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. He is charged with dogfighting, a felony, and with other hideous crimes that traditionally accompany it. I will share some of the coverage below and encourage you to respond. At the very least, please vote in the ESPN and NY1 polls.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution front page story, by Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin, opens with:

July 18, 2007 Wednesday

“Losers allegedly didn’t fare too well with Michael Vick. His pit bulls were often summarily executed after losing fights, according to a federal indictment that portrays a disturbing picture of animal cruelty.

“In April, just before authorities raided his property in rural Virginia, the Falcons’ star quarterback was there ‘rolling’ some of his pit bulls — that is, putting them through test fights to see if they were ‘game,’ federal authorities said.

“Eight of the animals didn’t make the cut, and were executed by Vick and two co-defendants by ‘hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground,’ authorities allege.

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IDA eNews: 7-18-07

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Here’s the TOC from IDA’s 7-18-07 newsletter.

Click on the links to take action, or read the whole newsletter online.

IDA Action Alerts

Help Ban Research on Chimpanzees in the U.S.; Sign IDA’s petition urging Congress to end cruel experiments on humankind’s closest genetic relatives

Alaska Zoo Board Delay is a Death Sentence for Maggie; “Take Action” to urge that ailing elephant be sent to a sanctuary

Tell Denny’s Not to Promote Ringling Bros. Circus; Let CEO know that animal abuse is not family entertainment

Campaign News & Updates

International Day for Korean Dogs and Cats is Next Week; Attend or organize an event and contact the Korean consulate on July 25th

IDA Demands that Six Flags Stop Lying about Elephant Program; Legal action aims to force Vallejo amusement park to stop lying about elephant abuse

Memorial Fund Established to Help Chained Dogs; Dietrich and Eva von Haugwitz Fund to Unchain Dogs honors animal lovers, helps neglected dogs

An archive of past IDA eNews newsletters is available here.

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PETA’s Weekly eNews – 7/19/07

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

PETA’s weekly eNews (7/19/07) is now online; you can view the entire newsletter here.

Action alerts from this edition include the following:

* Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick!

* You Decide! Tell Denny’s What You Think of Its Ringling Promos

* Ask Japan Airlines to Stop Transporting Dogs to Vivisection Labs!

* Join PETA and Stella McCartney for the World’s First ‘Virtual’ Anti-Fur Protest

* Urge the EPA to Ban the Notorious Bird Poison Avitrol

* Horse Used for Carriage Rides Collides With Taxi in New York City—Urge the City Council to Ban This Dangerous Relic

* Hurricane Season: Have a Plan for Your Companion Animal

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NET: Urge Your Representative to Conserve Fish and Ocean Ecosystems

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Via the National Environmental Trust:

Urge Your Representative to Conserve Fish and Ocean Ecosystems

In January, Congress responded to public pressure from citizens like you and passed a strong new law [the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act] to end overfishing and put ocean wildlife on a course toward healthy population levels. But without strong rules from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the new law, Congress’ action will be meaningless.

Send a message to your representative asking him or her to sign on to a letter calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service to enact strong new rules to protect fish and fishermen by ensuring sustainable fish populations through well-informed decision-making.

The Representative must consider the issue and sign the letter on or before Friday the 20th, so time is of the essence. Thanks for your help!

null Tiny Violin Alert! ™: If you use the sample letter provided by NET, be sure to edit out the speciesist language. (Hint, hint: I counted two objectionable phrases.)

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SAPL eAlert: Speak Up for Whales and Dolphins Before July 24

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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From: Cathy Liss, Legislative Director – action [at] saplonline.org
Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:34 AM
Subject: SAPL eAlert: SPEAK UP FOR WHALES AND DOLPHINS BEFORE JULY 24

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PLEASE HELP PROTECT WHALES AND DOLPHINS FROM DEADLY SONAR

July 18, 2007

We need your help to urge the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to deny permission to the U.S. Navy to use its dangerous Low Frequency Active (LFA) Sonar systems in the world’s oceans. As you may recall, under a court order and resultant settlement, the Navy is currently only permitted to use this extremely loud active sonar in a limited area of the Pacific Ocean.

Now, the Navy wants to double the number of platforms that use LFA sonar, and to deploy it across vast ocean basins throughout the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. The NMFS is poised to issue a rulemaking that will allow the Navy to use the LFA as it pleases for the next five years. The NMFS proposal can be downloaded at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/permits/lfa_proposedrule0707.pdf. The Navy documents can be downloaded at http://www.surtass-lfa-eis.com.

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