easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-01-23

January 23rd, 2009 3:22 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Amnesty International: Commend President Obama and Call for Accountability
“Amnesty International commends President Barack Obama’s signing of executive orders on Guantanamo, detention policy, interrogation and transparency, along with his decision to halt military commissions at Guantanamo, as important steps forward in committing the United States government to human rights, international law, the U.S. Constitution, and the values and ideals central to a just, free and secure society. As President Obama said at the signing ceremony, the United States does not have “to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals.” Take a moment to commend him for his initial first positive steps and ask him to finish the job he started.”

Center for Biological Diversity: Stop Palin’s Attack On Beluga Whales
“Governor Sarah Palin won’t give wildlife a break. Last week, she announced the state of Alaska will sue to strike down Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Cook Inlet beluga whale. This rare white whale’s population has already plummeted from thousands to just 375 in the last two decades. They will certainly go extinct if Palin has her way. Our lawyers and scientists are already in court to block Palin’s anti-polar bear actions, and we’ll soon jump in to save the beluga from her reckless campaign to promote oil & gas interests. But we also need to build a groundswell of public support. Please help us now to protect beluga whales by sending a letter asking the Obama administration to oppose Palin’s lawsuit.”

Environmental Defense: Cap Global Warming Pollution Now
“President Obama says that our environmental and economic renewal “starts with a cap and trade” system to deal with global warming. But he needs the support of Congress to achieve this historic goal this year. Take action to deliver this message to your members of Congress.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Urge Crayola to Stop Using Glue Traps Immediately!
“PETA has received several complaints that Crayola Facilities is using glue traps to catch and kill rodents in its corporate offices. Reportedly, glue traps are currently set out in the entryways and storage areas at its Palmer branch. Even though we have made repeated attempts to contact Crayola, LLC, asking it to remove set traps and choose humane rodent-control methods, the company has yet to respond to our requests.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): URGENT: Pit Bull Returned to Alleged Dogfighter: Your Voice Is Needed!
“Setting an unthinkable precedent, the Madison County, Georgia, Animal Control Board recently returned a pit bull to Johnny Stewart Johnson, the man from whom the dog was legally seized. According to news reports, the returned dog was one of seven pit bulls seized in a raid in July 2008 from Johnson’s Shakedown Kennels, where the animals were found tethered by heavy chains at the property, which also housed a treadmill, supplies commonly used by dogfighters to “patch up” torn up victims, and other evidence of this gruesome and illegal activity. Sources report that the seized dogs were underweight and scarred when they were found chained to barren barrels without adequate food or water—typical of the harsh and bleak conditions endured by dogs bred and kept to be tortured in staged pit fights. Johnson is facing multiple felony counts of dogfighting.”

PETA India: Tell British Officials to Stop Supporting Canadian Bear Slaughter
“PETA Europe is calling on Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to stop using real bear pelts to make headpieces for the Five Guards’ Regiments. Bears are cruelly killed for their hides. They are either shot during hunts or ensnared – sometimes for days – in traps before hunters finally come along and shoot them. Bears aren’t crops to be “harvested”. They are individuals who live in families and feel pain and terror when they are hunted down and fired upon and when they are injured and dying. There is no excuse for killing these magnificent animals and no excuse for profiting from their suffering. Because the MoD is willing to pay for bearskin caps, bears are being slaughtered.”

United Farm Workers (UFW): Company agrees to settlement & then refused to pay. You can help.
“In June 2006, three courageous Bakersfield grape workers spoke up for their rights and were fired. Why? These workers were “laid off” after they had complained about a lack of protective equipment and mistreatment by a supervisor. […] Last October 25, the workers’ legal rights were affirmed when they won a negotiated back pay settlement of $50,000. They looked forward to finally being able to pay bills. However the company decided not to play by the rules. Despite Kirschenmann Farms’ lawyers promising the agreed settlement would be paid, nothing has happened.”

Update, 1/25/09: FYI, in the comments, Katie Kirschenmann writes: “Kirschenmann Farms is not the farm involved in the lawsuit listed in the post above. […] The UFW acted in error when citing Kirschenmann Farms in their call to action. This is incorrect information.” Further, this action alert is no longer available on UFW’s website.

The Veg Blog: zpizza considering new vegan cheese
“Turns out that they’re actively testing a number of vegan cheese options, including a certain brand from Chicago. This would be a huge win for pizza-loving vegans everywhere, so drop them a line and let them know that you’d love to see them start offering a vegan cheese option, particularly if there’s a zpizza in your area.”


Humane Society for the United States (HSUS): Enter Your Pet in the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest!
“To support Spay Day, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International host the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest – a great opportunity to celebrate our pets, raise funds for spaying and neutering, and win great prizes! Entering the contest is easy and free – simply upload a digital photo of your pet and tell us a little about him or her. Ready to get started?Contest deadline is Friday, February 27.”

The PETA Files: Daniela Sea Wants You to Go Veg and Win ‘L Word’ Loot
“Now back to that itch … All you’ve got to do to get your hot little hands on this primo prize is focus on another “L” word we all like: “lunch.” Just send us a comment telling us about your favorite vegetarian lunch by February 1, 2009, and you could be the lucky duck to walk away with a season of The L Word.”

PETA2: Free Stuff Friday: Fanciful Fox Cruelty-Free Products!
“Take Amanda Fox, a sixteen-year-old from Pennsylvania, for example. She and her mom, Kathie, started a completely vegan, cruelty-free, fair-trade shop called the Fanciful Fox in Scranton, PA. Check out the pictures of the awesome goodies you can win from the Fanciful Fox and get inspired by what Amanda has to say, then find out how you can enter to win below! […] This contest ends February 6, 2009, and the winner will be chosen and notified by February 13, 2009!”


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): eNews, January 23, 2009
“Tough Puppy Mill Bill Kicks Off 2009 Campaign”

Best Friends: eNews, January 22, 2009


Urge Dunkin’ Donuts to switch from using Styrofoam

Upcoming Events

World Day for Meat Abolition, January 31, 2008
“World Day for the Abolition of Meat is intended as a means of promoting the idea of abolishing the murder of animals for meat. Worldwide six million sentient beings are killed for their meat every hour! That figure doesn’t even count the fish and other sea animals, which of course are included in the demand for the abolition of meat. Meat consumption causes more suffering and death than any other human activity and is completely unnecessary.”

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week, February 7-14, 2009
“Join us February 7-14th for Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week. OUR GOAL in our 7th Season is to SEND OUT 12,500 VALENTINES TO CHAINED or PENNED DOGS. We are striving to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs in a positive way…by delivering Valentines, a brochure and a treat coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other countries where we have representation, such as Canada and Australia. Here’s what you can do: 1) Make Valentines; 2) Mail Coupons for Free or Reduced Cost Treats or Dogfood; 3. Send addresses for Chained or Penned Dogs.”

Animal Aid: End Primate Experiments – Day of Action, Saturday, February 28, 2009
“After 20 years, the EU law that governs animal testing across Europe and the UK is being revised. European Directive 86/609 EEC, which applies to animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes, is the legal template on which all EU member states base their national laws. In the UK, the relevant law is the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.Sadly, this Directive does not include an independent enquiry into the scientific reliability of animal experiments, nor does it offer a total ban – something to which Animal Aid is committed unequivocally.”

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The easyVegan Link Sanctuary is a near-daily roundup of animal and environmental advocacy action alerts, campaign updates, carnivals, contests, newsletters, petitions, upcoming events and miscellaneous resources.

While my primary focus is non-human animals and the environment in which they live, I will cover human rights issues as well, especially as they relate to animal and environmental welfare. (For example, while reproductive rights is typically seen as a feminist or women’s issue, the growing global human population does have environmental consequences. In this vein, access to family planning resources has a tangible impact on the environment – an environment we share with non-human animals.)

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4 Responses to “easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-01-23”

  1. katie kirschenmann Says:

    Kirschenmann Farms is not the farm involved in the lawsuit listed in the post above. PLEASE REMOVE THIS POST IMMEDIATELY. The UFW acted in error when citing Kirschenmann Farms in their call to action. This is incorrect information. UFW have since removed the link and taken down the page your referencing in your post. Continuing to the post this information damages Kirschenmann Farms while letting the real culprits slither under the radar. PLEASE REMOVE THIS POST! Thank you.

  2. katie kirschenmann Says:

    Thank you so very much. We are hoping our lives may resume to normal. Our lives have been hell since this UFW post. We have received threats by phone and by email. This is so sad, particularly since we support the UFW. We do everything we can to do what is right for our employees. We provide health insurance and 401K plans, we are not the norm and take great pride in taking care our employees, especially during these economic times. Saddest of all, the UFW has done a disservice to the workers that were harmed financially by the other farm. Their accurate story is no where to be found on the UFW website. Their plight has been damaged too.

  3. Kelly Says:

    Katie, I apologize for any inconvenience I may have inadvertently caused. Certainly, I always encourage readers to remain polite and respectful, as do many of organizations whose alerts I link to. I hope the abusive communications were in the minority.

  4. Kelly Says:

    Here’s a correction/retraction UFW sent out today:

    Last Friday we sent you an e-mail about Kerschenman Enterprises where three courageous Bakersfield grape workers spoke up for their rights and were fired.

    In the action alert, UFW incorrectly identified Brian Kerschenmann and Kerschenmann Farms as responsible for the alleged discriminatory discharges. In fact, Kerschenman Enterprises should have been identified as responsible for alleged discriminatory discharges. UFW apologizes to Brian Kerschenmann and to Kerschenmann Farms for the error, which was inadvertent.

    This was an honest error. Kerschenman Enterprises produces potatoes, grapes and other crops. An internet search produced an Kerschenmann.com e-mail address from a potato seminar. We made a phone call to the phone number one of the workers gave us for Kerschenman Enterprises and asked if a Brian Kerschenmann worked there. The receptionist said yes.

    We want to apologize to you for this and at the same time assure you that your message is going to get through to Kerschenman Enterprises. We have turned the letters into a petition that the workers plan to personally hand deliver to the owner of Kerschenman Enterprises.

    We thank you for your continued support and want to let you know that new procedures are being put into place to prevent this situation from happening again.

    Again thank you for continuing Cesar’s fight for farm workers.

    Si Se Puede!

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