easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-01-31

January 31st, 2009 9:54 am by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Close Torture Loopholes in the Army Field Manual
“President Obama’s three executive orders of January 22, 2009 call for the closing of Guantanamo within one year, the closing of secret CIA ‘black sites,’ and the limiting of interrogation techniques to those allowed in the Army Field Manual (AFM), eliminating the numerous executive orders and opinions issued during the Bush administration that granted official approval for torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, and abuse. These executive orders certainly represent an extraordinary step forward, but we remain concerned about potentially exploitable loopholes. Please take a moment to ask him to close the loopholes.”

Defenders of Wildlife: Speak Out for Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs
“Black-tailed prairie dogs were once abundant across the Great Plains, from Canada to Mexico. But after decades of habitat loss, poisonings and disease, these furry creatures have declined more than 95% in the last 150 years — and are gone completely in large parts of their range. Now, federal officials are considering protection for the black-tailed prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act as a terrible plague continues to wipe out vast numbers of the remaining prairie dog colonies, and as federal agencies continue to poison prairie dog colonies on our public lands.”

Greenpeace: Ask President Obama to end the whaling and dealing
“Holdouts from the Bush Administration are in closed-door talks with Japanese officials at the International Whaling Commission. According to news reports, the two parties are negotiating a deal that would trade a small reduction in the quota of whales that Japan hunts in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for increased rights to hunt minke whales off the coast of Japan. Some of the minke populations in this area are already designated as endangered. We need your help to stop this bad deal from going through!”

PETA: Tell Obama: Ban on Torture Should Include Animals!
“Days after President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning torture during military interrogations, PETA wrote to the president calling for the ban of another form of military torture: trauma and chemical-casualty training exercises conducted on animals. Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, burned, and poisoned every year in Department of Defense (DoD) training exercises designed to train medics and infantry in how to treat various human battlefield injuries. PETA is asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring the DoD to replace animals with non-animal methods.”

PETA: URGENT: Urge Virginia Public Schools to Halt Their Alleged Use of Cruel Glue Traps
“Distraught parents of children attending Norfolk and Chesapeake, Virginia, schools contacted PETA after learning of the alleged use of glue traps to ensnare and kill mice in the schools’ buildings and campuses. PETA contacted school officials, apprising them of the inherent and extreme cruelty of these devices and asking that they remove the traps immediately and instead explore humane pest-control alternatives. Officials suggested that they would look into the matter, but there has been no indication that the traps have been removed. Our follow-up calls are not being returned.”

The PEW Environmental Group: The Arctic’s Marine Ecosystems Need Your Help
“Currently, there are no commercial fisheries north of the Bering Strait. But the rapid loss of sea ice is creating the potential for commercial fisheries in the Arctic. If allowed, commercial fishing may harm important habitat and could directly harm marine mammals – not to mention compete with subsistence users who depend on the marine environment to survive.”

Secular Coalition for America: ACTION ALERT: Keep faith-based funding out of the economic stimulus package
“The Compassion Capital Fund was a key component of George W. Bush’s controversial faith-based funding program and received the first federal dollars from his White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives back in 2002. The Compassion Capital Fund funnels federal tax dollars to faith-based organizations to expand their capacity to provide social services. Now, the House of Representatives has slipped a whopping $100 million for this fund into its just passed version of the stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Secular Coalition urges you to contact your Senators and ask them to exclude any faith-based funding from their version of the stimulus package.”

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA): Ask Your Representative to Support Zion-Mojave Wilderness Bill
“We need your help to ensure the vastly improved Washington County wilderness bill, which would protect such places as Black Ridge near Zion National Park, desert lowlands in the Mojave Desert, and the rugged and remote Bull Valley Mountains, is approved by the U.S. House of Representatives! The improved Washington County wilderness bill was added, thanks to the work of Sens. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), to a package of public land provisions approved in the Senate recently by an overwhelming majority.”

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Green the Economic Recovery Bill
“U.S. activists: Urge Congress to fight climate change by including strong funding for energy efficiency and the creation of green jobs in the economic stimulus bill.”

Campaign Updates

Oceana: Dr. Lark Finally Caves
“It’s taken nearly a year of constant pressure, but we’ve finally convinced Dr. Susan Lark to sell cosmetic products containing squalene derived from olives rather than deep sea sharks. More than 15,000 of you contacted Lark, telling her it was unconscionable to sacrifice already at-risk shark populations for the sake of beauty.”


National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Enter National Wildlife’s 2009 Photo Contest
“We are now accepting entries to our 39th annual contest. Cash prizes totaling $25,000 plus other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions: Professional, Amateur and Youth. The deadline is July 20, 2009!”

PETA2: Free Stuff Friday: Vegan Chocolate Giveaway!
“For your chance to be one of our two lucky winners, comment below with what gift you’d like to receive this Valentine’s day … besides our vegan chocolates, of course. All submissions must be received by February 2nd and winners will be notified February 3rd.”

Wing-It Vegan: Gastronomus Maximus and Juicer Giveaway!
“The nice folks at 877MyJuicer.com have asked me if I would like to sponsor a big super duper juicer giveaway!! Oh, yes I would!! So, I will be holding a contest for two weeks and the lucky winner will get a free Healthy Juicer from Lexen Products. […] The contest ends Wednesday, February 11th at 12:00 am CST.”


ASPCA: eNews, January 30, 2009
“Two Toxic Dangers to Watch Out for on Valentine’s Day”


Boy Scouts: Stop Logging Your Wilderness!

Boycott ShopNBC & shopnbc.com because of fur sales

‘Round the Interwebz

Jonathan Stein @ Mother Jones: Is Obama’s Regulatory Czar a “Radical Animal Rights Activist”?

PETA: Cats and Dogs: The Other Victims of Domestic Violence

Vegan Soapbox: A Vegan And Her Documentary Take To The Road

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!

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