easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-02-19

February 19th, 2009 6:57 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

ACORN: Tell Congress: Keep Families in their Homes
“The foreclosure problem lies at the very heart of our economic crisis. If we do not take any action, there will be between 8 and 9 million foreclosures in the next four years, leaving millions of families without homes or hope. ACORN and people like you have joined hundreds of men and women in 24 cities ready to stand up and stop families from being kicked out of their own homes. President Obama has outlined a comprehensive $75 biliion plan to address the foreclosure crisis and we need to make sure it doesn’t get watered down in Congress.”

Color of Change: Not a joke – Hold the New York Post accountable
“The New York Post recently published the political cartoon shown here, depicting two white police officers standing over the carcass of a bullet-riddled chimpanzee, with the animal representing the author of the stimulus package. The decision to run this cartoon was irresponsible at best, and hurtful and malicious at worst. It seems unthinkable that an editor of a newspaper would not understand the history of Black folks being depicted as monkeys and apes or the recent spate of death threats against President Obama. Worse, when confronted, Post editor Col Allan dismissed people’s concerns as baseless. Join us in demanding that The Post issue an apology for the decision and their callousness, and fire the editor who allowed this cartoon to go to print.”

Kelly’s note: Please also explain that Delonas’s cartoon is speciesist as well as racist, and displays extreme insensitivity by making Travis’s tragic death into the butt of a joke. Feel free to paraphrase yesterday’s post, if you’d like.

Defenders of Wildlife: Save Sea Turtles from Reckless Fishing Practices
“Bottom longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of imperiled sea turtles. Snagged by razor sharp hooks on fishing lines that span anywhere from four to nine nautical miles, loggerhead and other threatened and endangered sea turtles are drowning and dying right now in the Gulf of Mexico. Please help us save the lives of threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Fill out the form below to encourage the National Marine Fisheries Service to immediately close the bottom longline fishery in order to save sea turtles.”

Oceana: Tell Canada to Protect Sea Turtles
“America’s neighbor to the north is falling down on the job of protecting sea turtles, and we need your help to change its ways. Every year, an estimated 1200 loggerheads are caught in the Canadian pelagic longline fishery. That’s a daily average of more than four sea turtles that are wounded by fishing gear in just this one fishery. Fortunately, a government committee will meet soon to discuss the fishery, so please let them know that the survival of sea turtles is in their hands.”

PETA: Urge the Olympic Committee to Help End the Canadian Seal Slaughter
“All eyes are on Canada as it prepares to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. This extra attention will bring increased scrutiny and comes with the added responsibility of setting a positive example for the world. That’s why we are calling on the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee to help stop the Canadian seal slaughter.”

Campaign Updates

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Victory Timeline
“Explore the historic victories that BioGems Defenders like you have already helped win.”

Contests

The PETA Files: Win It Wednesday: Unhappy Meal
“To celebrate the launch of McCruelty.com, we’re giving away “Unhappy Meals” to 10 lucky commenters. An Unhappy Meal is a lot like a McDonald’s Happy Meal—it comes with toys, anyway—but our version also contains a super-sized order of reality at no extra charge. […] The contest ends on March 4, 2009, and we’ll choose 10 winners on March 5, 2009.”

Newsletters

Best Friends: eNews, February 19, 2009
“These Successes are the cat’s meow”

Best Friends: eNews, February 18, 2009
“A Feral Star on the Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Earthjustice e.Brief, February 2009
“News Alert: EPA may regulate CO2”

New American Dream: New Dream News, Issue No. 65, February 18, 2009
“Petition to Governors: Don’t Pour Money Down the Drain”

United Animal Nations (UAN): February 2009 Newsletter
“Rescued: 300 pups go from loneliness to love”

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, Feb. 18, 2009
“Quick Action to Help Hens!”

Petitions

Create Green Jobs With Federal Recovery Money

Support a Strong National Renewable Electricity Standard

Keep Ocean Fish Farms off Energy Platforms

Maximum Penalty for Man who hoarded and starved over 100 dogs and cats

Halt Medieval Deer Massacre

‘Round the Interwebz

Alliance for Justice: Force Feeding in Gitmo Will Continue

Animal Person: Deconstructing [PETA’s] McCruelty Campaign

Dawn Moncrief, guest-posting at the Animal Rights blog at Change .org: Plant-Based Hunger Solutions: Feeding More With Less, Part 1

Dawn Moncrief, guest-posting at the Animal Rights blog at Change .org: Plant-Based Hunger Solutions: Feeding More With Less, Part 2–Scarcity and Distribution

Bitch Magazine: Breast Feeding: Making Grown Ups Vomit

PETA2: Saving Birds with a Science Fair Project (This kid is awesome!)

Sociological Images: NEW YORK POST MONKEY/STIMULUS BILL CARTOON

The Vegan Ideal: PETA Celebrates Trans-Misogyny

Upcoming Events

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.”

Capitol Climate Action: March 2, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
“On March 2, join thousands of people in a multi-generational act of civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant — a plant that powers Congress with dirty energy and symbolizes a past that cannot be our future. Let’s use this as a rallying cry for a clean energy economy that will protect the health of our families, our climate, and our future.”

The Great American Meatout – March 20, 2009
“On (or around) March 20 — the first day of spring — thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational Meatout events. Activities include colorful festivals, lectures, public dinners, feed-ins, cooking demos, food samplings, leafleting, information tables and more.”

Earth Hour 2009 – March 28, 2009
“Mark your calendar and plan to join millions of people around the world in turning off the lights at 8:30 p.m., March 28, 2009, for one hour—Earth Hour—to raise awareness and take action to fight climate change. U.S. activists: Turn your action into something even bigger! Push your federal and state elected officials to shut off their lights and to take strong action to fight climate change.”

National Pigeon Day – Saturday, June 13, 2009
“The New York Bird Club cordially invites you to participate in the Second Annual National Pigeon Day Celebration on Saturday, June 13th from Noon to 4 p.m. on Pilgrim Hill in Central Park in New York City. This event is a celebration of pigeons and a time to give thanks to pigeons for the joy they bring us each day of the year – their sweet faces, cooing voices and majestic waddle lift our spirits amid the bustle of city life.”

Taking Action for Animals – July 24-27, 2009
“The fifth annual Taking Action for Animals conference will be held July 24-27, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Learn how to plan effective campaigns, walk the halls of Congress to lobby your federal legislators on animal protection issues, and hear from speakers such as HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, comedian and author Carol Leifer, and Colorado State University professor and bioethicist Dr. Bernard Rollin.”

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About

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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