easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-03-04

March 4th, 2009 2:55 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Brave New Foundation: Tell Congress to put home-owners interests first before the banks.
“On Tuesday, Congress will vote on whether or not to level the playing field between the banks that caused the collapse of the housing market and struggling homeowners. Representative John Conyers has introduced legislation in the House that authorizes judges to require banks to reevaluate overpriced mortgages of bankrupt homeowners. Sign our petition to let Congress know that you support Conyers’ bill, H.R. 1106. Then, call your Congressional Representative and ask him or her to vote for it.”

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Prosecutions and Accountability of Bush Administration Officials
“We are excited to announce the launch of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) new online campaign calling for accountability and criminal prosecutions of those Bush administration officials responsible for torture and war crimes. […] A full investigation and consequent prosecutions are necessary to put an end once and for all to dangerous and illegal actions by the government – and for those wronged to see justice served. Join us and make your voice heard in saying that achieving justice and accountability must begin within the first 100 Days of the new administration.”

Change .org: Pet Owners STRUGGLE with Current Economy
“EVERYONE let’s tell Congress, County, City, State Commissioners, Local Humane Societies and shelters, Local Newspapers, churches, ANYONE who might care. Tell community officials of how this concern needs immediate attention. Get the word out across America showing concern for this escalating dilemma of our needs for food and reliable basic medical care for our pets during the current economic crisis. Please help those struggling to accommodate their needs to provide better, and keep these hungry, sick and abandoned “underprivileged” animals off our streets.” (Be sure to edit the sample letter, as it’s not especially generic.)

DawnWatch: Primate lab abuse on ABC’s Nightline! Wednesday, March 2, 2009
“With excitement and delight, as I watch our movement’s acceleration into mainstream media and consciousness, I share the program for ABC’s Nightline, tonight, Wednesday March 4. The headline is “Ex-Employees Claim ‘Horrific’ Treatment of Primates at Lab. Hidden-Camera Investigation Goes Behind Closed Doors at New Iberia Research Center.” The story, by Lisa Fletcher and Arash Ghadishah is posted on the Nightline web site.”

Ecological Internet / Forests .org: Action Alert: Critical Elephant Corridor in India to be Severed
“The largest and potentially most viable population of Asian elephants is found in the mountains of the Western Ghats where the three Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka meet. You may recall that Ecological Internet’s Earth Action Network first worked on Asian elephants in India, with some positive outcomes, in October of 2006.”

Farm Sanctuary: Farm Sanctuary Offers $2,000 Reward for Information on Illegal Dumping of Dead Calves in San Joaquin County
“arm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, announced today that it is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or people responsible for illegally dumping approximately 30 dead dairy calves in San Joaquin County in late January. According to Detective Levine with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, this type of illegal activity has increased recently, resulting in the local animal control’s discovery of nearly 50 lifeless calves unlawfully discarded in the county over the past two months.”

Nutritional Ecology International Center: Stop EU subsidies to livestock industry
“In the last fifty years, in Europe and elsewhere in the developed countries, there has been an exponential growth in the consumption of animal products (meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products). These foods are consumed at each meal in every household; quite unlike 50 years ago, when these were rare food items. Today these items cost extremely little, with respect to production costs, often even less than vegetable products, which inevitably require far less raw materials, energy and labor.”

PETA UK: Stop the Use of All Animals in Circuses
“The Great British Circus will be touring the UK in 2009 with the first new elephants to appear in a circus in more than 10 years. Three elephants, two from India named Delhi and Vana Mana and one from Africa called Sonja, will be performing up to twice a day for the tour duration, which will last eight months. Animals in circuses are dying so that people can be entertained. Animals don’t want to ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls or jump through rings of fire, but they have no choice. Trainers often use any means necessary – including beatings – to coerce animals into performing these unnatural acts. Animals used in circuses have usually been taken from the wild, where they once roamed free, or they were bred in captivity so that they could live a life of isolation and punishment.”

The Secular Coalition for America: Action Alert: Stop the Federal Funding of Religious Schools
“The U.S. Senate will soon be voting on an amendment by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) to the 2009 Omnibus spending bill that would extend funding for a voucher program in the District of Columbia for an additional year. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is a voucher program in the District of Columbia that pays for parents to send their children to private religious schools. Since Congress appropriates money directly to the D.C. government for this program, this means that your taxes are helping to fund the religious education of children in D.C.”

The Sierra Club: Senate Could Vote Today to Weaken Endangered Species Act!
“Before leaving office, President Bush took a couple parting shots at the Endangered Species Act — eliminating scientific review of agency projects and allowing oil and gas drilling in sensitive polar bear habitat. While President Obama announced today he will work to restore these protections, there are still senators committed to keeping President Bush’s bad rules on the books. Urge your senators to vote against any amendment to the appropriations bill that would weaken the Endangered Species Act or remove protections for the polar bear.”

The Sierra Club: Ask your Rep. to Unleash the Potential of Energy Efficiency!
“We need aggressive action from Congress to curb global warming emissions and build a clean energy future. The Save American Energy Act will address our pressing economic, energy and environmental challenges by requiring that utilities gradually increase energy savings and establishing an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). The Act will reduce consumer’s energy bills, cut global warming pollution and avoid the construction of over 300 expensive, new power plants. Ask your Representative in Congress to co-sponsor the Save American Energy Act (HR 889) today.”

The Wilderness Society: Protect Marine Mammals – Say No to Arctic Ocean Drilling!
“Undoing Bush-era policies is going to take some time, but this is one that needs to be addressed right away. Drilling in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska would threaten marine mammals who make the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas their homes – and the local cultures that depend on them for their very way of life.”

Campaign Updates

Wildcare: The Rossmoor Woodpeckers
“WildCare has had more than 2,500 people sign our petition to stop the killing of Acorn Woodpeckers at the Rossmoor senior adult community in Walnut Creek, California. U.S. Fish and Wildlife listened to our appeals and is in the process of officially reviewing the depredation permits that were granted.”


The PETA Files: ‘Win It’ Wednesday: New Morrissey Vinyl
“Post a comment about your favorite thing that Morrissey has done for animals. The three people who post the most heartfelt answers will each win a copy of this limited-edition vinyl. The contest ends on March 18, 2009, and we’ll contact the winners on March 20, 2009.”


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): PCRM Online, March 2009
“You–and 20,000 Other Supporters–Ended the Live Dog Lab in Michigan; Michael Landon’s Daughter Speaks Out About Cancer; and More”

The Sierra Club: Club Currents, Volume VII, #9, March 3, 2009
“Unleash the Potential of Energy Efficiency”

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, Mar. 4, 2009
“Adopt a College — Three Million and Growing Fast!”


Protect All of Our Waterways: Fix the Clean Water Act

Court Ruling Threatens Appalachia’s Ecosystem!

Petition ‘FOOD vs FEED’ to the UN

‘Round the Interwebz

Deb Durant, blogging at the Animal Rights blog @ Change. org: Jeremy and Lenny: Rescued from Death at a Small Local Dairy

Death on a Factory Farm: Premieres March 16th on HBO

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): EFF Releases How-To Guide to Fight Government Spying; ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’ Gives Practical Advice on Protecting Your Private Data

Grist: Why we are going quietly nuts; Lessons from cognitive dissonance theory for U.S. environmentalists

Salon: Whalin’ Palin: She may be off the national stage, but the Republican empress continues to ravage America’s great wilderness state. Her latest target? Beluga whales.

Salon: A big green cheer for the stimulus bill; Billions to boost energy efficiency and clean up toxins? After eight dark years of Bush, environmentalists can hardly believe their eyes.

Upcoming Events

The Great American Meatout – Friday, 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 – Saturday, 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.”

Animal Aid: Horse Racing Awareness Week, Sunday, March 29 through Saturday, April 4, 2009
“Horse Racing Awareness Week takes place in the seven days leading up to the Grand National meeting in Aintree – a notoriously hazardous three-day event that has killed 35 horses over the last decade. Runners face unique problems in the flagship race, including the proximity of a large, noisy crowd; the number of animals taking part; and the nature of the fences. Most years there are fatalities. Animal Aid is calling for this punishing, brutal event to be banned. Please read on to find out how you can help raise awareness and aid our campaign.”

American Humane Association (AHA): Every Day Is Tag Day – Saturday, 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.”

Animal Care Expo 2009 – Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV
“This year, The Humane Society of the United States is offering the best Animal Care Expo to date. We’ve joined forces with the National Conference on Animals in Disasters, and we welcome emergency managers and responders to the best conference experience in the animal protection and emergency services fields. At Animal Care Expo 2009, you’ll find more of our renowned educational workshops and networking opportunities. And Expo will again have all your favorite features, like the Meet and Greet, the Brain Bank, and more!”

Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF): Party Animals, Party to end puppy mills – Sunday, April 19, 2009
“The Humane Society Legislative Fund is excited to announce that our next round of Party Animals house parties will be Sunday, April 19, and will focus on putting an end to puppy mills.”

Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22, 2009
“Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation’s core principles. Under the umbrella of the Green Generation, thousands of events are currently being planned in schools, communities, villages, towns and cities around the world. As in 2008, on April 19th Earth Day Network will celebrate Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, DC, plus large-scale volunteer events in ten other US cities in partnership with Green Apple Festival. Our partners in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Beijing, and Manila, among others, are planning large events where everyone can participate. Find an event or activity near you!”

WorldFest – Saturday, May 16, 2009 in Woodland Ave. Park in Encino, California
“The WorldFest 2009 Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, May 16th, 2009, from 10 am to 6:30 pm, at the beautiful outdoor setting of Woodley Park in Encino, CA. We will welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with entertainment, education and enlightenment. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kid’s activities and an delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be inspiring and enjoyable for all.”

Veggie Pride Parade – Sunday, May 17, 2009 in New York City
“Please join UPC President Karen Davis, Parade creator Pamela Rice, and other animal rights activists for the Second Annual Veggie Pride Parade in New York City. Last year’s Parade was a huge success. The 2008 Parade was covered by The New York Times and many other media outlets in NYC and around the country. This year’s Parade will be even Bigger and Better! Procession starts at Noon – lineup 11 a.m. – in the Old Meat District in Greenwich Village where Little West 12th St., Gansevoort St., Greenwich St. & 9th Ave. converge. Endpoint for the Parade this year is Union Square Park (north end).”

Their Lives, Our Voices 2009 – Midwest Animal Advocacy Conference, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN
“Their Lives, Our Voices gathers activists from around the country for an inclusive, high-quality, hands-on conference focused on empowering advocates in their efforts to help farmed animals. This event is accessible to all animal advocates, showcasing diverse topics and perspectives within our movement. Networking and attendee participation are vital to TLOV’s success, so please come and help make our second annual TLOV conference an exceptional event. TLOV is hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals. The conference starts in the evening of Friday, June 12, and continues through Sunday, June 14. The conference venue is the Hubert H. Humphrey Conference Center in Minneapolis, MN.”

National Pigeon Day – Saturday, June 13, 2009 in New York City
“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.”

Let It Live – Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28 in Portland, Oregon
“The 2009 Let Live Conference is officially set for June 26th-28th in Portland, Oregon and registration is open NOW. To offset the cost of the conference, we kindly request a donation of $15 for registration. However, for early birds who register by May 1st, the suggested donation is only $10! So register early and help us provide you with a bigger and badder animal rights conference.”

Taking Action for Animals – Friday, July 24 through Monday, July 27, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia
“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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