easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-02-21

February 21st, 2009 10:38 am by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

American Bird Conservancy: Help Stop Bird Kills at Communications Towers
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that up to 50 million birds are killed each year because of lighted communications towers! Scientists have shown that — especially during bad weather conditions — migrating birds become disoriented and trapped by the halo of light surrounding towers that use steady-burning illumination. The birds circle endlessly until they either collide with the structure, each other, or simply fall dead from sheer exhaustion. […] Simple steps can be taken to prevent these needless deaths, but for over ten years, the FCC (the government agency that licenses towers) has been dragging its feet in implementing them, despite repeated appeals by American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, and Defenders of Wildlife, as well as independent scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and even a federal court order.”

Bitch Magazine: Friday Health Question: Going Vegan or Going Crazy?
Bitch magazine blogger Lisa Factora-Borchers is trying her pan at a vegan diet, but is finding it rather expensive. She wonders “…as I contemplate someday having a family, is veganism realistic with little ones who may be picky eaters? How economically affordable is natural and organic for a growing family? What are the ways to eat, cook, live well on reasonable budget? Is going vegan worth it? What’s your advice about going vegan? What pushed you to veganism? What’s your story?” Drop by and giver her your two cents!

Human Rights First: Is Obama backing Bush’s secret policies?
“How the U.S treats victims of government abuse is among the most important symbols of our respect for human rights. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has adopted a dangerous legal position that was used by the Bush Administration to shield policies of official cruelty, torture, and secret prisons for 7 years. The House and Senate have proposed a bill called the State Secret Protection Act that provides for a more transparent process that involves judicial review of victims’ torture claims but still protects sensitive national security information.” Note: You can view the House version of the bill here; the Senate version, here.

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Support Federal Bill To Stop Horses From Being Sent To Slaughter
“The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R. 503) is back on the legislative calendar. Please help pass this measure to ban the possession, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering or receiving of a horse or horseflesh for human consumption.”

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Hold Your Members of Congress Accountable for their Green Recovery Legislation Vote
“Thanks to tens of thousands of wildlife champions, Congress got the message to vote for economic stimulus legislation that protects wildlife and restores our natural world. Signed into law on February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide tens of billions of dollars for clean energy investments, conservation advances and green jobs.”

The Wilderness Society: Stop roads from ripping through prized forest land!
“Motorized recreation is significantly impacting quiet recreation in many of our otherwise tranquil national forests. Idaho’s beautiful Nez Perce Forest has been especially impacted. Irresponsible use of off-road vehicles is tearing up meadows, creating new unauthorized routes, and taking away recreation opportunities for everyone else that visits the Nez Perce.”

Campaign Updates

Kinship Circle: UPDATE: His Name Was Peanut. Case Moves Forward – Slowly.
“Trent William Cunniffe, 24, and Jonathon Connor Blake, 21, were arrested on charges of animal cruelty, illegally stealing and killing an animal… Even police were repelled when they viewed videophone images of Peanut’s ordeal. The puppy wails as the men slash him with garden shears and a pocketknife – severing his nose, a front leg, rear leg and finally, his head. During the video’s last segment, Cunniffe and Blake display the amputated body parts…”

The PETA Files: Victory: Zoo Nebraska’s License Revoked
“Back in September 2005, four chimpanzees made a break for freedom from a depressing roadside zoo called Zoo Nebraska after workers at the zoo failed to lock the animals’ cage properly. Ultimately, three of the chimpanzees—Reuben, Jimmy Joe, and Tyler (who had been discarded by the entertainment industry once he got too big and strong to reliably perform in TV and movies)—were shot and killed by police. […] The long list of repeated violations and the fatal escape attempt spurred the USDA to file charges against Zoo Nebraska in 2007; last month, the USDA finally revoked the zoo’s license.”


PETA2: Win Rocking Dog Apparel from DEP
“Winning these exclusive prizes is going to take a little effort on your part (but not too much). What you have to do is fill out the form (as usual) and also upload a picture of you and your companion animal looking super-cute. We’ll have Ben and Blix pick three winners, and said winners will be announced on the peta2 blog! The three winners will receive two T-shirts of their choice from Garmutt! So snap some pics (or pull your cutest existing photo) and enter now! (This contest ends March 9, and winners will be chosen and notified by March 30.)”

PETA2: Free Stuff Friday: peta2 Nugget Messenger Bags!
“For your chance to win your very own ‘I Am Not a Nugget’ messenger bag, just comment below with which color you like best. Entries must be received by February 27th. Two winners will be chosen and notified by March 2nd.”

PETA Living: Win Vegan Designer Shoes from Beyond Skin
“Fill out the form below to enter to win a pair of shoes from Beyond Skin’s spring/summer ‘09 collection. The competition ends on March 10, and winners will be selected and notified by March 17. Good luck!”


ASPCA: eNews, February 20, 2009
“One Million Pets Could Lose Homes”

Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth Online, No. 448, February 19, 2009
“Endangered Earth: Climate Law Institute Launches, Pikas on Path to Protection”

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews – Feb. 20, 2009
News & Features


Tell Canada to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Regulate Toxic E-Waste

Ask Ellen To Help Stop HSUS From Murdering Pit Bulls

Ca. Animal Sanctuary Becomes a Killing Field

‘Round the Interwebz

Animal Law Blog: Texas may let hunters shoot pigs from helicopters

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Ancient Forests Absorb 20% of Human’s Carbon, Logging and Other Industrial Destruction of Old Forests Must Stop Now

At the risk of linking to every post, just go check out these three at Like a Whisper which, along with The Vegan Ideal and Sociological Images, is one of my new favorite blogs:

Like a Whisper: It’s Not Racism, It’s Oversensitivity to a Racist Past

Like a Whisper: NY Post Says “Humor” Trumps Racism

Like a Whisper: PETA Poses as Klan During Black History Month

PETA Prime: Don’t Forget Your Hidden Firewood Friends

Mandy Van Deven & Brittany Shoot, guest-posting @ Professor, What If…?: What if the feminist blogosphere is a form of digital colonialism?

Sociological Images: VIOLENT METAPHORS

Upcoming Events

Spay Day USA – February 24, 2009
“The fifteenth annual Spay Day USA, started by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, takes place on February 24, 2009. Throughout the United States, the entire month of February is designated as Spay/Neuter Month. Spay Day USA is America’s first and ONLY national day of action to promote the spaying or neutering of pets. During Spay Day USA’s first thirteen years, participants spayed or neutered more than 1,386,000 animals!”

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.”

American Humane Association (AHA): Every Day Is Tag Day – April 4, 2009
“The American Humane Association celebrates every day as Tag Day to encourage all pet owners to tag or microchip their companion animals. Pet care is more than providing food, water and shelter. Pet care also includes tagging your pet. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, about 1 million dogs and half a million cats are taken into U.S. animal shelters as strays each year. Sadly, only 15 percent of those dogs and 2 percent of those cats are reunited with their owners.”

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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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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One Response to “easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-02-21”

  1. Ella Says:

    I read your website every week, its great and got lots of information to take in and lots of interesting articles.

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