easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 05-06-08

May 6th, 2008 9:17 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: NY Times columnist asks why we keeping giving horse racing “a pass.” 5/4/08
William C. Rhoden, of the New York Times, has written eloquently on horse racing before. I quote him extensively in my section on the issue in Thanking the Monkey. And while every paper has carried the story of the death of Eight Bells at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I wish to share Rhoden’s column, on the front page of the Sunday, May 4, New York Times sports section.
It is headed “Race’s Aftermath Shows Sport’s Brutal Side.”

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Agrofuels on Stolen Lands Continue to Threaten Colombian Rainforests and Communities
It is gravely unethical and ecologically devastating to expand production of biofuels by allowing land to be stolen from local Afro-Colombian communities; and at the expense of Colombia’s ancient primary rainforests, food security, water resources and regional climate.

Just $6: Thank you Senator Rudman!
We’re building a broad coalition of support for publicly financed elections from across the political spectrum, and we are fortunate to have former Senator Warren Rudman on our side. Senator Rudman has tirelessly advocated for better elections and better government. He has written an Op-Ed on the subject as well as testified to the Senate Rules Committee on behalf of the Fair Elections Now Act.

League of Conservation Voters (LCV): Serious global warming legislation is at your doorstep
Unless we take immediate action, a chance to pass a strong piece of legislation through the Senate this year, with the potential to make a real impact on global warming, could be lost. The Climate Security Act is presently being debated in the Senate, but requires a number of amendments to improve its effectiveness.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Urge Your Senator to Stop Supporting High-Risk Development!
The Senate is now debating the National Flood Insurance program, which has a significant impact on how development decisions are made in coastal areas and natural floodplains. These areas will feel the worst impacts of global warming with sea level rise, intensified hurricanes, and increased flooding.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Japan to Halt Panda Swap Deal
Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura recently announced plans to acquire pandas from China for display at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo through the panda diplomacy program. But bartering, loaning, and transferring these sensitive animals and putting them on display in zoos causes pandas undue stress and does nothing to protect their rapidly diminishing natural habitat. Join PETA Asia-Pacific in urging the minister to halt the deal!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell KC Council That Chimpanzee Abuse Doesn’t Fly
After PETA learned that Kansas City International Airport (KCI) was airing commercials featuring a live chimpanzee, we immediately contacted the airport to request that it pull the ad and pledge never to use great apes in commercials again. In addition to portraying the chimpanzee in a demeaning way, the use of great apes in advertisements is inherently cruel. KCI and the Kansas City Council—which oversees airport operations—have ignored our requests.

Sierra Club: Oil Companies Stay out of the Polar Bear Habitat!
On May 20th, Royal Dutch Shell will be hosting their Annual General Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Sierra Club and its coalition partners will be there to tell Shell Oil to say out of special places like Alaska’s Polar Bear Seas. In February Royal Dutch Shell broke records with their bidding on a lease sale in the Chukchi Sea, with bids exceeding $100 million for rights to drill a single 3-mile by 3-mile stretch of the sea.

Sierra Club: Say No to Dirty Fuels and Save Section 526
Not satisfied with resounding losses last year, coal-to-liquids proponents are now trying to tack incentives for their dirty fuels onto the Defense Authorization bill. Coal-to-liquids, or liquid coal, would cause double the global warming pollution as conventional transportation fuels and would dramatically increase destructive coal mining in our nation.

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Mercy for Animals (MFA): New MFA Undercover Investigation Exposes Egg Industry!
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation takes you behind the closed doors of one of California’s largest egg factory farms, exposing the hidden cost of egg production – cruelty to animals. Hidden camera video recorded in early 2008 at Gemperle Enterprises in Merced County, California, a supplier to NuCal Foods Inc. – the largest distributor of shell eggs in the Western US – reveals…

Mother Jones: Does Buying Bamboo Sheets Make You an Activist?
We want the lowdown on student activism, past and present. Been arrested and regret it? Would your school win the prize for silliest student protest? Was student activism way better when you were in school? Is your cause unique? Help us put together our best student activism roundup yet. Answer a few quick questions and you could win some cool prizes.

Rainforest Action Network (RAN): The Problem with Palm Oil
Palm oil plantation expansion causes millions of acres of clear-cut rainforest every year. So we’ve launched a new website — www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org — so you can become a Supermarket Sleuth and help us identify where destructive palm oil lurks.

VegCooking.com: Celebrate World Vegetarian Week With a FREE Veggie Burger!
Our favorite veggie burger, the Johnny Rockets Streamliner®—the one that even your meat-eating uncle will love—is absolutely free* during the entire month of May. PETA has teamed up with Johnny Rockets to celebrate World Vegetarian Week (May 19 to 25) to highlight healthful, meat-free meals—and what better way to do that than with a Streamliner®!


Best Friends Animal Society: eNews, May 6, 2008
These real-life mamas make the best Mother’s Day gifts

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Animal Update Online, May 2008
Seal hunt cruelty persists despite new regulations & more

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): PCRM Online, May 2008
PCRM Online, May 2008: Washington Post Quotes PCRM Experts, Live Animal Lab Victory, Cooking on Capitol Hill, and More

Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #112, May 6, 2008
Oil Companies, Stay Out of Polar Bear Habitat!



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