easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-03-05

March 5th, 2009 9:25 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Alaska Wilderness League: Ask your representative to promote Arctic wilderness legislation
“Momentum has changed in Washington. There is optimism. There is hope. We finally have an opportunity to begin protecting America’s Arctic instead of merely fending off the twin attacks of exploitation and destruction. Some famous opponents of America’s Arctic were removed from Washington in the last election. There are many new decision-makers from across the country – many who don’t know how vital Arctic wilderness is. They need to know about your passion for protection if they are going to make the right decisions.”

Anti-Fur Society: Urgent action needed for the seals as the EU Parliament is considering a ban on the Canadian seal products.
“Compassionate people worldwide have come a long way in the struggle to stop Canada’s barbaric killing of seal pups. Despite many set backs, we may soon rejoice in a most sweet victory as the EU Parliament voted for a ban on the seal trade. However, we still have a few weeks before the final vote–to ban or NOT to ban–the trade of seal products in Europe. The final vote will not be cast until sometime in early April. […] As you can see, although very promising for a total ban, we still have an enormous roadblock ahead of us. This is why we must keep up the pressure so the EU Parliament will see that the world no longer wishes to tolerate any more bloodshed.”

Bush Truth Commission: Support a Truth & Reconciliation Commission
“Sen. Patrick Leahy recently proposed a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses during the Bush-Cheney Administration – so they never happen again. These abuses include the use of torture, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws. Please sign his online petition urging Congress to establish a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration’s abuses.”

NARAL: North Dakota Abortion Ban is Right Around the Corner—Help Stop It
“On February 17, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill intended to ban abortion. The state’s so-called “personhood” bill also could lead to bans on birth control, stem-cell research, and in-vitro fertilization. The anti-choice movement is beginning its “guerilla warfare” with North Dakota because they think no one will notice. But when they’re done there, they’ll move along to the next state. Don’t let them get away with it! Sign our petition to the governor of North Dakota asking him to veto any “personhood” or abortion-ban bill that lands on his desk.”

Project R&R: Help End Chimpanzee Research; SUPPORT THE GREAT APE PROTECTION ACT!
“Overview: Time is running out for the estimated 1000 (about half of which are federally owned) chimpanzees who remain in U.S. laboratories – most of whom have been in a lab for 40 years or more! It is time for the U.S., the only remaining large scale user of chimpanzees for research in the world, to join the growing list of other nations who have banned or severely limited their use of chimpanzees.”

The Sierra Club: A Land Under Siege; Stop Mountaintop Removal
“A panel of federal judges has just ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a controversial legal case focused on mountaintop removal coal mining. The ruling threatens to open the floodgates on a new wave of mountaintop removal coal mines. This would allow coal mining companies to blow up mountains and bury neighboring streams with coal mining waste without acting to minimize stream destruction or conducting adequate environmental reviews. As a result, Appalachia could now be facing up to 100 new permits for mountaintop removal coal mining operations to bury streams, which would destroy huge swaths of the Appalachian Mountains.”

True Majority: We deserve the Truth
“During the last 8 years, crimes were committed in our name. Secret wiretaps. Illegal detentions. Torture. Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) wants the truth – who committed crimes, when were they authorized, and why? This isn’t about gotcha politics or finger pointing, it’s about responsibly looking at the past so we can have a better future. That’s why yesterday Leahy held a Senate hearing about creating a special Truth Commission to investigate the activities of the Bush era. Show Sen. Leahy that we stand behind him as he begins the search for answers.”

United Poultry Concerns (UPC): Investigators See Improvement for Turkeys at Sara Lee Plant
“In 2007, two animal advocacy organizations – Animals’ Angels and United Poultry Concerns – called upon the Sara Lee Corporation to cover its trucks taking turkeys to slaughter in freezing weather. Our campaign grew out of an investigation by Animals’ Angels on January 25, 2007 when investigators followed a truck loaded with turkeys on the road for four hours to the Sara Lee slaughter plant in Storm Lake, Iowa. The truck was uncovered, exposing the turkeys to bitter cold and icy winds. Snow and ice stuck to the metal transport cages in which the turkeys were huddled. […] Based on the observations, it appears Sara Lee has responded to the recommendations of United Poultry Concerns and Animals’ Angels, since during the investigators’ unannounced visit, significantly improved weather protection was provided for the turkeys slaughtered at the Sara Lee facility in Storm Lake, Iowa on February 3-4, 2009.”

The We Campaign: Tell EPA: Pave the way for cleaner cars!
“Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering reversing a Bush administration decision that has prevented California and other states from taking action to reduce global warming pollution from cars. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by. Sign our petition urging the EPA to grant the California waiver.”

Contests

Vegans of Color: Win a Copy of Vegan Soul Kitchen
“Win a copy of Bryant Terry’s new cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine just by leaving a comment detailing your favorite soul food dish by Friday, March 6.”

Whole Foods: Baby’s Favorite Foods Photo Contest
“Upload a picture of your little one enjoying his or her favorite mealtime bite to your Flickr account and add it to the Whole Foods Market “Baby’s Favorite Foods” group for a chance to win a Whole Foods Market gift card, Whole Baby gift basket or a Canon Powershot digital ELPH camera.” Make it vegan!

Newsletters

Campaign for America’s Wilderness: Your Wilderness – March 2009
“Featured Wilderness – Chaco Canyon — Periscope to the Past” & more

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Compassionate Action, March 5, 2009
“Victories for animals!”

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, March 5, 2009
News & Features

Petitions

Join the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal

Speak Out Against the Latest Attack on Roe v. Wade

NY INTRODUCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER BILL (Again)

‘Round the Interwebz

ecorazzi: Oprah Adopts New Cocker Spaniel Puppy From Animal Shelter (Yay!)

Elaine Vigneault: Vegan Food Porn (Armchair activism at its yummiest!)

Simon Chaitowitz @ The Huffington Post: Why I Take Animal-Tested Drugs (h/t, Stephanie @ Change .org)

Kinship Circle: 3/4/09 Blog: Saving Whales At The Edge Of The World

Portland IMC: Activists Crash Sea Lion Press Conference At Bonneville Dam (Again via Stephanie)

Suicide Food: Bacon Freak Bacon Club

Upcoming Events

In Defense of Animals (IDA): The International Day of Action for Seals is March 15
“Each year hundreds of thousands of baby seals are brutally beat on the head and slaughtered, most often while still alive, on the eastern shores of Canada. It is not enough that populations of seals are suffering due to global warming and the lack of ice formations for them to give birth upon; mother seals also have to contend with sealers arriving to beat their pups to death. […] We help us flood the US Ambassador to Canada and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with letters in support of the Harb Bill. We also need to flood the EU Parliament with comments in support of an EU -wide ban on seal products.”

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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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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