easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-01-27

January 27th, 2009 10:52 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Consumers Union: Spread the word about Peanut Butter!
“Seven people have died, hundreds have become sick, and millions more are at risk — from peanut butter! Coming on the heels of jalapeno, spinach, and pet food recalls, we need to prevent contamination at the source. […] Today, we underfund prevention and then spend millions to try and recall food already distributed across the nation. This makes no sense. We must ensure regular and appropriate inspection of production facilities, and efficient tracking once food has been distributed. This means a major overhaul of the FDA’s food safety program. Tell Congress that we need a major overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration!”

DawnWatch: CBS Sunday Morning on a shelter that matchmakes people and pets 1/25/08
“The CBS news show “Sunday Morning,” yesterday, January 25, covered London’s famous Battersea animal shelter. The reporter, Richard Roth, tells us that the shelter promises never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help. He tells us, ‘To get in, all the animal needs to do is show up. To get out though, the staff must be convinced that it is getting into good hands.'”

Environmental Defense Fund: Urgent Alert: Support Transit Funding
“We need your urgent help to support transit funding. The U.S. House of Representatives is about to vote on an amendment to the economic recovery bill that will increase funding for transit projects. We need your Representative to vote yes. By investing in our overburdened mass transit systems, we can provide immediate good-paying jobs in hard-hit communities while helping to reduce congestion, cut our dependence on oil, and help pave the way for a greener future.”

National Women’s Law Center: Support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the House
“The worsening recession is causing pain across the country, especially for the millions of women and families who already were struggling to make ends meet. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will preserve and create jobs for women and men and help women and families through these tough times. A strong vote of support in the House is the first step toward getting our families, communities and nation the help they need in this economic crisis.”

PETA Europe: Help Ban Snares in Scotland
“The Scottish government recently rejected a ban on snares in Scotland. We need your help to urge the government to rethink its decision and enact this important ban. This is a vital time for action, so please take a few minutes to send the letter below to Scottish Minister for Environment Mike Russell and help get snares banned for good. There has been strong public support for a ban on snares in Scotland, but the Scottish government has yet to prohibit them. Let the Scottish government know that people want these cruel contraptions to be relegated to the history books by sending the government a letter in support of the ban.”

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): NIH Misleads Children About Animal Experimentation
“It has just come to our attention that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in conjunction with an animal research industry trade group, is providing false and misleading information about animal experiments to children. Alarmingly, the NIH promotes, on its Web site, a children’s coloring book that gives a skewed view of animal experiments. The coloring book implies that researchers are trying to cure animals that are already sick—rather than purposely infecting them with diseases—and ignores the fact that animals suffer and die in the process. The coloring book, entitled The Lucky Puppy, was produced by an industry trade group, the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, whose members have a financial interest in the continuation of animal research. […] Please call or e-mail Christine Bruske Flowers, director of the office of communications and public liaison for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to politely ask her to remove the link to the coloring book from the Web site.”

The Sierra Club: Take Action: Support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
“Cleaner, smarter energy solutions are central to driving economic recovery and growth. The House could vote as soon as Wednesday on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — a bill that recognizes the vital role of jobs created through clean energy investments. Generating more renewable energy, reducing our dependency on oil, restoring our waterways and parks and funding green infrastructure projects are all essential to securing a better future.”

The Sierra Club: Take Action: Protect America’s Wild Legacy
“The House will soon vote on a bill to protect more than 2 million acres of wilderness, 1000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, and forever preserve some of our country’s most important wild icons. This bill brings an incredible opportunity to expand the National Wilderness Preservation System — the greatest expansion in 15 years. Tell your Representative to vote YES to protecting our wild legacy!”

Striking at the Roots: Seal Slaughter Set to Begin: 5 Things You Can Do
Mark Hawthorne “asked some animal protection groups around the world how they intend to campaign against Canada’s seal slaughter this year, and I’ll wrap this up with five things you can do to help.” Link via Vegan Soapbox.


PETA Europe: Win! Hydrating Face and Lip Balm from Saaf
“We have five Organic Hydrating Face and Lip Balms, worth £14.99 each, to give away! […] Fancy getting your hands on a pot? Just leave a comment below, with your answer to the following question, by 3 February and we’ll let you know if you’re a winner the following day. Good luck! If you could make a skin cream with any smell in the world, what would it be? It can be as weird and wacky as you like!”


The Sierra Club: Club Currents, Volume VII, #4, Jan 27, 2009
“Support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”

The Sierra Club: Club Insider, January 27, 2009
“Now That’s What I Call a President”


Help America Protect Animals from Domestic Abuse!

Save the Pitbulls, Lorain County, Ohio

‘Round the Interwebz

Jason D. Scorse @ Grist: Read: What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics (download a free .pdf ebook)

Jay McDonough, Progressive Politics Examiner: Did the credit card companies provide transaction records of Americans?

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.)

This link roundup is meant as a jumping-off point for you, the reader, to take further action and learn more about the issues presented here. I link, you decide!

If you have a link you’d like included, please drop me a line at easyvegan [at] gmail.com – or leave it in the comments! Feedback is also appreciated, particularly as it relates to the links included above. I’ve tried my best to identify and name any speciesism, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, sizeism, etc. which may appear in the resources above; if, however, I’ve overlooked something, please leave a note in the comments. It’s not my desire to fight one form of oppression by engaging in another.

If you’d like to get on the above organizations’ e-mail lists, I’ve compiled a full list of all my resources on the Get Active! page.



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