API: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…

August 20th, 2007 6:20 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Aug 17, 2007 5:24 PM
Subject: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…

Alerts at a Glance:

* End Dog Fighting for Sport
– Urge your Congress members to support and co-sponsor the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act, S. 1880/H.R. 3219. Your voice can make a difference for dogs and communities across the country, and help bring an end to this brutal “sport”.

* Sign Petition against Trapping on Wildlife Refuge
– Please sign the online petition, and let the Fish and Wildlife Service know how you feel about its plans to allow trapping on this National Wildlife Refuge. Your efforts can help maintain protections for the animals who call Lake Umbagog home.

* Join API at “Becoming the Change” Festival in North Carolina
– Find out more about the 22nd annual International Compassionate Living Festival, happening in October, which will bring together esteemed authors, academics, activists and artists united for social and political change on behalf of animals worldwide.

* Further Action Needed for Kangaroos in California
– Help maintain critical protections for kangaroos in California by speaking out against SB 880, a bill that would allow the sale of kangaroo skins and body parts in the state.

* Other Ways to Help Animals
** Message!Products Personalized Checks: Purchasing your personalized API checks from Message!Products is just one more economical and easy way you can support API’s ongoing mission.
** PJ Publications and Gifts: You can help support API through a wonderful selection of animal-themed products from jewelry and apparel to whimsical household items, publications, and more.

National Alert: End Dog Fighting for Sport

In response to the ongoing media coverage of dog fighting — and the outrage of so many Americans hearing about the brutality associated with dog fighting for the first time — federal lawmakers have introduced legislation that will help bring an end to this brutal “sport” in the United States.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH) recently introduced the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act (S. 1880/H.R. 3219). This legislation will make dog fighting a felony nationwide, prohibit the possession of dogs for fighting, and prohibit being a spectator at a dogfight.

Although dog fighting is banned by current law in all 50 states, in some states the laws still need to be strengthened. Some of them currently allow the possession of dogs for fighting or allow attendance at dog fights. Because gambling fuels dog fighting, it is imperative to crack down on the spectators and individuals who participate in dog fighting and its illicit associated activities.

Your voice can make a difference for dogs across the country, so please take action today.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1273&more=1

National Alert: Sign Petition against Trapping on Wildlife Refuge

The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge (located in New Hampshire and Maine) to recreational trappers to trap beavers, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and weasels for their fur.

The Fish and Wildlife Service claims that allowing trapping on Lake Umbagog will “foster an appreciation for wildlife and nature,” and that “Trapping is an activity in which family members and friends often participate and share joint experiences that broaden appreciation of natural resources and ecological awareness.”

If you question how killing and maiming wildlife in body-crushing traps helps foster an appreciation for wildlife, and would like to see our nation’s wildlife refuges restored to their original purpose as safe-havens for wildlife, please sign the online petition. The petition is provided by the Wildlife Protection Alliance of New Hampshire.

Because this is a National Wildlife Refuge, residents of all states are encouraged to sign. Signatures from residents of Maine and New Hampshire are especially needed.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1275&more=1

National Alert: Join API at “Becoming the Change” Conference in North Carolina

Join the Animal Protection Institute (API) at Becoming the Change, the 22nd annual International Compassionate Living Festival. The festival will take place October 5–7 in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.

This event is co-produced by the Culture and Animals Foundation and the Animals and Society Institute. Sponsoring organizations include API — who will also be chairing a panel on Animals in Entertainment.

The three-day program consists of 17 esteemed authors, academics, activists, and artists united for social and political change on behalf of animals worldwide. Keynote speaker Paul Watson, Culture and Animals Foundation founder Tom Regan, and Kim W. Stallwood of the Animals and Society Institute will be joined by accomplished leaders addressing such issues as primate research, bird flu, animal rights history and philosophy, dog chaining, feral cats, activist civil liberties, the confinement of
elephants and whales in zoos and aquariums, political strategies, and more.

Opening night will feature a special presentation on the mainstreaming of vegan chic. An early registration discount is available until August 31 (regular registration ends September 21), and student scholarships are available. Five vegan meals are included with registration, and discounted hotel rates are offered. Information and online registration are available at http://www.animalsandsociety.org/conference07.htm

California Alert: Further Action Needed for Kangaroos in California

SB 880, a bill that would allow the sale of kangaroo skins and body parts in the state of California, has moved to the Assembly for a floor vote — which could happen as early as next week. This means that the kangaroos need your help more than ever. So even if you have already taken action on this issue, please take this opportunity to speak out again in opposition to SB 880.

Sadly, if this bill passes it would erase a law that was implemented in 1970 to protect kangaroos by prohibiting the sale of their skins. A similar bill passed the legislature last session that reversed this protection for alligators, allowing their skins to be sold in California. It is important that the same fate does not befall the kangaroos.

If you live in California, please help maintain protections for kangaroos in the state.

To find out more and take action on this alert, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1240&more=1

Other Ways to Help Animals

Message!Products Personalized Checks

Purchasing your personalized API checks from Message!Products is just one more economical and easy way you can support API’s ongoing mission. API receives a minimum of 10% of the purchase price from the sale of any of the API Message!Products items.

All checks are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks, and you will pay less than you would for bank checks, all while making a difference for API! You’ll also have the option of EZShield Check Fraud Protection.

Order Now at the Message!Products website: click here.

PJ Publications and Gifts

Searching for the perfect gift for a fellow bird lover? Or how about a gift for the cat or dog lover in your life? For that matter, how about something for you?

PJ Publications and Gifts offers our supporters a wonderful selection of animal-themed products from jewelry and apparel to whimsical household items, publications, and more. Even better, when you enter “API” in the Promo Code box with your order, 20% of your purchase (minus shipping and taxes) will be donated to API. Order now at http://www.pjpublications.com

Posted 08/17/07 – Okay to Forward/Crosspost

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3 Responses to “API: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…”

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  2. Dale Luttrell Says:

    skunks & weasels are tops why do dogs get angry with them in the first place?

  3. Dale Luttrell Says:

    blood sports leave me dry

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