Archive: November 2007

IDA eNews: 11-28-07

Friday, November 30th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Nov 28, 2007 7:31 PM
Subject: IDA eNews: 11-28-07

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Help Stop Elephant Abuses in South Africa
Take Action to oppose cruel capture & training for safaris and circuses.
Your help is needed urgently to halt the continued capture and training of elephants in South Africa for elephant-back safaris and circuses.

Oppose Development of Canned Hunting Facility
Deer, migrating geese, and non-native species caught in the crosshairs
At a recent Seneca County Industrial Development Agency meeting in Upstate New York, a real estate development company proposed a plan to build a $1.3 million canned hunting facility on 2,300 acres of currently vacant land on the former Seneca Army Depot. The Seneca County Economic Development Corporation approved the plan on October 16th.

Colombian Lab Illegally Importing Owl Monkeys
Take Action to urge government officials to halt traffic in wild-caught primates
A research facility in Colombia called the Foundation for Experimental Immunology (FIDIC) is engaged in the illegal international trafficking of wild-caught owl monkeys from the jungles of Peru and Brazil.

Fur Free Friday Generates Heat on the Fur Trade
Holiday shoppers exposed to the true price of fur Thank you to everyone who joined us on Fur Free Friday at any of our many exciting demonstrations around the nation.

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Orangutan Island Episode 4 tonight on Animal Planet

Friday, November 30th, 2007

—– Original Message —–
From: Michelle Desilets
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 8:50 AM
Subject: primfocus: Orangutan Island Episode 4 tonight on Animal Planet

Please tune in…and let us know what you think! ORANGUTAN ISLAND: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost

World Premiere Friday, November 30 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT)

The community now numbers 34 after an unexpected loss and the rainy season continues relentlessly. The inexperienced orangutans are still trying to figure things out – some learn new survival skills while others forget crucial lessons already learned.

Unexpectedly, Hamlet becomes a role model as the group learns to imitate his effective method of foraging for food in the flood waters. Meanwhile, Chen Chen keeps out of Hamlet’s sight on the platform, hanging out with his long-time friend Donald. But when Donald ventures out to look for food, the darkness and rising flood waters leave him scared and disoriented. Will Chen Chen realize Donald is missing and go searching for him? Cha Cha ignores vital lessons she’s learned and lets her curiosity lead her into a dangerous playdate with a snake. Then meet Jordan, a bit of a social outcast whose fond memories of being bottlefed could turn out to be deadly.

To find out more, please visit or our partner in the US, Orangutan Outreach at

Michelle Desilets
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
“Primates Helping Primates”



easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 11-30-07

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Action Alerts

The Center for Food Safety: Pennsylvania Restricts rBGH-Free Dairy Labels
Protect Your Right to Know! send an email to Pennsylvania Governor Rendell to him know you do not find rBGH-free labels to be “misleading,” and you do not want their use restricted!

Common Cause: Sign the Fresh Start petition!
Common Cause is calling for a Fresh Start for Democracy in 2008.

CREDO Action: Fax Majority Leader Reid: No Amnesty for Telco Criminals
Please ask him to advance legislation that fixes FISA, protects Americans’ privacy rights, and DOES NOT grant retroactive amnesty for lawbreaking telcos.

DawnWatch: Aussie Today Show interviews Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson — Friday 30 December, 2007
On Friday morning, 30 November, Australia’s Today Show interviewed Watson. Tell Congress to say “No” to the liquid coal industry
Do you trust the coal industry to develop clean energy sources? We don’t either. That’s we made a funny and educational new video to get the word out: Say NO to liquid coal!

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 11-29-07

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Alley Cat Allies: Ask New York City’s JFK airport to implement Trap-Neuter-Return
Please take a moment to send a letter expressing your discontent with the Port Authority’s current policy of trapping and killing the cats residing at JFK Airport.

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Tell the Corps to Dump the Pumps and Protect Wetlands
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to waste our tax dollars on a project that could drain and damage more than 200,000 acres of wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River flyway — an area that contains some of the richest natural resources in the nation.

Audubon: 200,000 Acres of Mississippi River Wetlands at Risk
The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wants to spend $211 million of your tax dollars on a project that could drain and damage more than 200,000 acres of wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River flyway.

Audubon: Push for Strong Energy Bill in Congress
Please write to your House and Senate members and tell them you want a strong energy bill before Congress adjourns for the year.

Center for American Progress Action Fund: Reduce Our Dependence on Oil with a Good Energy Bill
Senate and House leaders are now debating how to increase fuel economy and reduce oil use. If Congress crafts a final energy bill with the best provisions from earlier measures, it would reduce U.S. oil use by at least 2.5 million barrels per day by 2016.

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I’ve been touched by angel hair pasta.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Or, more accurately, it’s NASA that’s been caressed by His Noodliness:

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Eerily, I was blessed by my very first FSM sighting on the second day of a three-day FSMas craft spree. Coincidence? Nah, too yummy for mere chance.

easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 11-26-07

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Action Alerts

Alley Cat Allies: Turn up the volume in the fight to save feral cats
Alley Cat Allies has created a public service announcement and website to share an important and sad truth about feral cats: all over the country, healthy feral and stray cats are being trapped and killed as local governments try to control their numbers. With your help, we can reach 50,000 people in 50 days.

Environmental Defense (ED): Help Stop the Yazoo Pumps Project!
The Corps has proposed building the world’s largest hydraulic pumping plant, the Yazoo Pumps, in the middle of Mississippi.

Flickr: DieSell: ‘Fuel For Life’ Anti-campaign
I have just created a group as a petition against the use of animal testing in the development of cosmetics. It is a very simple group, all I require is members to join, and that will be them ‘signing’ the petition. I will then send off the web address to the companies who use animal testing to let them know how many people actually care.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Save America’s Redrock Wilderness
Tell the Bush administration not to allow the further destruction of Moab’s natural wonders.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Give Thanks to Kansas for Bold Climate Change Action
Sign our online petition to thank the state of Kansas for rejecting a proposal to build two new coal-fired power plants.

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Thanksgiving Hope For Homeless

Monday, November 26th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Thanksgiving Hope For Homeless


11/24/07: Thanksgiving Hope For Katrina’s Homeless



1. Volunteer For SpayMart & Help Katrina-Affected Cats
2. Lakeview Looking For Feeders, Trappers, Fosters, Adopters
3. Still Roaming. Still Hungry. Can You Help Feed Them?
4. [RELIEF GLOBAL] Sponsor A California Fire Dog Or Puppy
5. Katrina Custody Case: Woman Who Lost Dog Appeals TX Ruling
6. Have You Seen Me? Katrina Reunions Ongoing…
7. VIDEO: Dogs Of St. Bernard Parish
8. FEMA Animal Responder Credentialing Finalized
9. Historic Court Arguments For Animals, Louisiana – Dec. 3
10. Manhattan Borough President Awards Katrina Animal Rescuer

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Kinship Circle: ACTION/ One Country’s Companion, Another’s Cuisine (2)

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Nov 22, 2007 4:54 PM
Subject: 2. ACTION/ One Country’s Companion, Another’s Cuisine

2. ACTION: One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine

For Thanksgiving, turn on the light inside someone else…

A COLUMN related to these actions was emailed separately:
1. COLUMN/ One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine
If your email provider censored part #1, we’ll try to send it again.
Request part #1 at: kinshipcircle [at]



Visit any link below to participate in letter-writing campaigns. At each link, you’ll find a sample letter, contact information, and easy-print options for modifying letters in your own words… If you’ve already sent comments, forward these links to others who haven’t.

No More Dogs For Dinner In The Philippines

Outlaw Korean Dog/Cat Meat Trade For Good

Horses Agonize In Mexico As Federal Slaughter Ban Stalls

Hanging Pigs: “That’s Not Torture”

Conscious When Cut: Horror On Deer Kill Floor

Dragged, Shocked, Bulldozed: No More Downers

Billions Slaughtered, None Protected

Help Philly Go Foie Gras Free

Supervalu Is Super Cruel


Cut back on carnivorous meals or go veg “cold turkey.” In 1996 I viewed the HBO documentary, “To Love Or Kill: Man Vs. Animal.” It was the first time I glimpsed inside factory farms and slaughterhouses…and it forever ruined my tuna sandwiches and lean chicken cutlets. (Being vain, I’d already deleted red meat for fitting-into-jeans reasons).

I never hated meat, its smell or taste. Still don’t. What I DO hate is eating another’s fear and pain.

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Kinship Circle: COLUMN/ One Country’s Companion, Another’s Cuisine (1)

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Nov 22, 2007 4:55 PM
Subject: 1. COLUMN/ One Country’s Companion, Another’s Cuisine

1. COLUMN: One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine

For Thanksgiving, turn on the light inside someone else…
Share this column widely.

ACTION FOR ANIMALS, related to this column, emailed separately:
2. ACTION/ One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine
If your email provider censored part #2, we’ll try to send it again.
Request part #2 at: kinshipcircle [at]


One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine
By Brenda Shoss, 11/22/07,

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Kinship Circle’s column runs in The Healthy Planet. Ms. Shoss has also contributed to The Animals Voice, Satya Magazine, VegNews, and other publications. KC Columns:

Red rivulets flow past a cage where he and others huddle in the airless heat. Hands abruptly tug him through metal slats. They bash his head with a pipe and shove an electric prod against him. He is a carcass, but awake, dunked in boiling water and blowtorched. Finally, everything goes black.

Elsewhere, an animal stiffens under the stomp of muddy boots. Hands drag him down a corridor and flip him over a four-foot ledge. A chain is looped around his neck and clipped to a forklift. Suddenly the ground goes away. Up, up, up. His legs fumble for an absent bottom. He panics beneath the rigid clamp at his neck. After four, five or more minutes, all breath leaves his body.

Their fear and pain are equal. But the first is a dog, the second a pig — and herein lies our cultural divide. Empathy for the dog does not extend to empathy for the pig.

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Improve Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Crossposting as requested…

—– Original Message —–
To: easyVeganAlerts-owner [at]
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 8:53 PM
Subject: RE: Improve Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories

The European Commission is currently reviewing Directive 86/609/EEC, which sets out the rules for animal experimentation across the whole of Europe. There is still time to make a difference to the final draft.

A new European Chemical Testing Policy called REACH proposes to Test 30,000 Chemicals of every kind – from those used in industrial processes to the ingredients of consumer products – on Millions of animals from mice to fish to dogs, causing untold suffering. This Directive should help these animals while still improving standards.

The European Commission itself acknowledges that non-animal replacements “…have the potential to provide robust information through quality-controlled, state-of-the-art tests which are faster and less cost-intensive than classical animal-based tests”.

It has launched a Community Action Plan for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. This explicitly states “The final aim is to replace animal experiments with methods not entailing the use of an animal.”

It is in all our interest that Animal Testing is replaced with Alternatives based on Human Biology not Animals.

For evidence that superior Alternative Research & Testing is replacing Animal Testing visit

Please sign “Replace all Animal Experiments in Europe”

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 11-25-07

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS): Help Ensure Chimp Retirement is Permanent
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), introduced the Chimp Haven is Home Act (S.1916 & H.R.3295), which would make chimpanzee retirement permanent.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Federal: Protect Nonhuman Primates–Support the Captive Primate Safety Act
The Captive Primate Safety Act would bar interstate commerce of nonhuman primates for the pet trade, including monkeys, apes, marmosets and lemurs.

DawnWatch: NY Times Mag — “The Bears Among US’ 11/25/07
The Sunday, November 25, New York Times Magazine has a fascinating article, by Darcy Frey, headed, “The Bears Among Us.”

DawnWatch: NY Times front page, Int Herald Trib, Bill Maher and Philly News on turkey rescue — Thanksgiving 2007
“On Thursday, I’ll have lasagna. Same kind the Pilgrims ate.”

Oceana: Senate: Stop Mercury Pollution from Chlorine Plants
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) recently introduced the Missing Mercury in Manufacturing Monitoring and Mitigation Act (S.1818). The bill would stop outdated chlorine manufacturing plants from using and releasing tons of mercury each year.

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API: Celebrate This Thanksgiving by Speaking Out for Animals

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at]
Date: Nov 22, 2007 7:12 AM
Subject: Celebrate This Thanksgiving by Speaking Out for Animals

Alerts at a Glance:

* Tell Pier 1 What’s Wrong with Using a Capuchin Monkey in Its Holiday Catalog
– This holiday season, your efforts can help educate Pier 1 Imports and reduce the demand for primates and other exotic animals in the entertainment industry.

* Celebrate Fur Free Friday on November 23
– Help animals keep their fur coats for themselves. Ask your favorite retailer to take a stand against fur by joining Consumers for a Fur Free Society and signing the international fur free pledge.

* Fly Free with New National Bird Day CafePress Designs
– Check out fabulous new “Think Outside the Cage” designs, and get tips for putting your National Bird Day event plans in motion.

* Urgent! Letters Needed to Protect California’s Sea Turtles
– Send comments by Friday, November 23 to ensure the future of California’s sea turtles and other marine species living off the California coast.

* Your Comments Help Out Virginia Wildlife
– Update: Find out how speaking out for animals kept two egregious proposals from harming wildlife in Virginia.

* Other Ways to Help Animals:
** “Adopt” a Primate: Give the gift of a bright tomorrow to residents at the API Primate Sanctuary.
** Vehicle Donation: Turn your old car, truck, RV, trailer, or boat into cash to help API continue to successfully advocate for animals.

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IDA eNews: 11-21-07

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Nov 21, 2007 9:09 PM
Subject: IDA eNews: 11-21-07

November 21st, 2007

IDA Action Alerts

Fur Free Friday Is Almost Here
Be a part of the action on November 23rd

Non-Native Species Extermination Bill Puts Feral Cats At Risk
Take Action to urge your Senators to vote No on H.R.767

Urge Federal Government to Stop Cruel Coyote Killings
Wildlife Services accused of beheading pups with shovels

Campaign News & Updates

Motor City Protests Target VW Foundation’s Deadly Songbird Experiments
Hold a leafleting event at your local Volkswagen dealer

IDA and Others Petition FDA to Mandate Non-Animal Testing
Coalition urges federal agency to use more humane and effective alternatives

Puerto Rico Bridge Massacre Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Investigation claims thousands of dogs & cats were illegally killed over eight years

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Tofurky -n- Tots

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

As promised, more veg*n food p0rn!

Here’s our Thanksgivingliving day menu, along with the obligatory food p0rn pics. Obviously, it’s too late to try any of these dishes this t-day (unless you’re a hardcore procrastinator), but you’ve got plenty of time to prepare for Christmas x-mas FSMas, assuming that one or more of the following dishes strikesyer fancy, of course.

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Recipes and photos after the flip.

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Don’t look at me, I brought the Tofurky!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007


Happy Save-a-Turkey / No-Turkey / Tofurky Day, peeps.

Today, a veg*n feast; tomorrow, veg*n food p0rn blogging. See ya then.

(eCard via Grist.)



RAmen. (Vegan, of course.)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

New Rule: The president can’t pardon just one or two turkeys this Thanksgiving. He’s got to let them all go.

It’s probably too much to expect from the man who wanted “no child left behind,” then vetoed health care for kids. But think of the upside. Freeing the turkeys might help the president’s credibility when he says things like, “We don’t torture.”


easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 11-21-07

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Action Alerts

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Appalachian Rivers and Streams Under Threat
Act now to protect thousands of miles of some of the most biologically outstanding rivers and streams in the world from being degraded and filled in with mining waste.

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

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Cluckin’ hilarious.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Rose Garden. Thanks for coming. We’re glad you’re here at the White House. Each of you is taking part in a tradition that goes back to the days of Harry Truman.* And to paraphrase Harry today, we have a message for our two feathered friends: You cannot take the heat — and you’re definitely going to stay out of the kitchen.


I also thank everybody who voted online to choose the names for our guests of honor. And I’m pleased to announce the winning names. They are “May” and “Flower.” They’re certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was “Lunch” and “Dinner.”


Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

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Save the Manatee Club: Urge Governor Crist To "Fix The System"

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at]
Date: Nov 20, 2007 2:35 PM
Subject: Urge Governor Crist To “Fix The System”

Urge Governor Crist To “Fix The System”
Final Downlisting Vote Scheduled for December 5th Meeting
Please Attend or Send a Quick Online Letter

In September, with your help, we won a huge temporary victory for manatees! Governor Charlie Crist stepped in and asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to postpone their vote to downlist manatees from “Endangered” to “Threatened” status. He pointed to the record-setting mortality in 2006 and to the need for a better method to estimate the manatee population.

Your e-mails to the governor were powerful and helped to convince him to take a brave stand for manatees. But now, Governor Crist is under intense pressure from go-fast boating and development interests to fast-track the manatee’s downlisting. The vote to downlist manatees in Florida is scheduled again for the Commission’s December 5th meeting.

The Issue: The FWC is using a classification system to downlist manatees that desperately needs to be revised. Proving our point, the IUCN – World Conservation Union – a world authority on endangered species – recently classified the Florida manatee as “Endangered” using the exact criteria the FWC has adopted for their “Threatened” category. Unless the Commission changes its flawed listing rule, most of Florida’s imperiled species will face increased risks as a result of losing protections afforded by their current listing status.

* Read a letter to Governor Crist from Save the Manatee Club and other organizations representing over 21 million people (pdf).

What You Can Do:

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Alley Cat Allies: Galveston, TX, Cat Cruelty Case Ends in Mistrial

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Update, 10/19/08: Alley Cat Allies have updated their website; all their Galveston materials can now be found here.


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From: Feral Power! – alleycat [at]
Date: Nov 20, 2007 6:03 AM
Subject: Galveston, TX, Cat Cruelty Case Ends in Mistrial – No Retrial

Galveston, TX, Cruelty Case Won’t Be Retried

A mistrial was declared on Friday, November 16, 2007 in the case of the Galveston, TX, man charged with animal cruelty for shooting and killing a feral cat. The jury was deadlocked after more than eight hours of deliberation over two days, with eight of 12 jurors voting to convict. It is important to note that although the defendant was not found guilty, he was also not found innocent.

Alley Cat Allies responded immediately with a public letter to the Galveston County District Attorney urging him to retry the case.

The District Attorney’s office decided against a retrial. While this decision is disappointing, Texas law has recently been clarified to expressly protect feral cats, and to make it unequivocally clear that anyone who intentionally kills any cat—pet, stray, or feral—will have violated Texas anti-cruelty law.

Please visit our Anti-Cruelty Resource Center regularly as we update it with current events and ways you can join the movement to end cruelty to all cats.

Alley Cat Allies · 7920 Norfolk Avenue · Suite 600 · Bethesda, MD 20814-2525 ·