Amnesty International: Justice for the Women of Atenco!
“We are alarmed at reports that Mexican police officers physically and sexually assaulted more than two dozen women in San Salvador Atenco in May 2006 following a public protest in support of local flower sellers. At least 26 women filed complaints alleging they had been subjected to torture, including sexual violence, by police officers. We are appalled that authorities have failed to adequately address these grave abuses.”
Defenders of Wildlife: Urge President Obama to Stand Up for Wolves
“On March 6th, 2009, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the Bush Administration’s discredited plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana — a decision that could lead to the deaths of more than 1,000 wolves! Help us save these wolves! Fill out the form below to urge President Obama (Secretary Salazar’s boss) to stop Salazar’s plan and maintain Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Idaho and Montana.”
PETA: Urge Florida Fish and Wildlife to Confiscate Elephant Traveling With Liebel Family Circus!
“When PETA discovered that the Liebel Family Circus recently used Nosey, a female African elephant, to give elephant rides to children in Mount Dora, Fla., without having the required state permit, we immediately contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Among other things, we asked the agency to immediately confiscate Nosey, as Liebel has apparently committed numerous violations of Florida laws—including putting the public in danger by using an elephant with a history of aggressive behavior. In 2004, Nosey attacked a circus worker in Iowa, lifting him off his feet and propelling him down an incline. The worker was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and was treated for a head injury. […] Please send a message to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Urge the agency to confiscate Nosey and revoke Liebel’s license to possess elephants.”
PETA: URGENT: Ask Richmond, Va., Middle School to Halt Its Alleged Use of Cruel Glue Traps!
“Horrified Virginia residents recently contacted PETA about the alleged use of glue traps to trap and kill mice in classrooms at Pocahontas Middle School in Richmond. PETA contacted school officials to inform them of the inherent and extreme cruelty of these devices and to ask that they remove the traps immediately and explore the use of humane pest-control methods. School officials have not responded to PETA’s calls, and we have not yet received any information indicating that the traps have been removed.”
PETA UK: Urge the European Parliament to Help Millions of Animals in Laboratories
“In November 2008, the European Commission proposed a new law intended to control animal experiments across the 27 countries of the European Union. Now, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and EU governments will spend several months considering this proposal before it is finalised. Around 12 million animals are used and killed in laboratories across Europe each year, and this law will be critical in deciding the fate of tens of millions of animals in the years after it is introduced. The politicians can change the proposal so that it is better or worse, so PETA urgently needs your help to get the best possible outcome for animals before it becomes law.”
The PEW Charitable Trusts: Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
“Most doctors commonly warn their patients never to take antibiotics if they are not actually sick. Yet that is exactly what is happening on industrial farms where animals are given low doses of antibiotics over long periods of time to speed growth and to compensate for unsanitary and crowded conditions. As a result, new deadly strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria develop in the animals and can transfer to people through contact with the animals, eating and handling the meat, eating food grown in contaminated manure, or drinking water polluted by farm runoff. Once the bacteria are loose in the environment, they can breed even more resistance that could balloon into a major health crisis.”
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Support Humane Breast Cancer Research
“The Avon Foundation, a charity that funds cutting-edge breast cancer research that does not use animals, is hosting walks across the nation. Please sign up for the nearest Avon Walk to support the millions affected by breast cancer. Invite your friends and family to walk with you. We’ll provide banners so you can show your support for innovative research and promote Avon as a humane charity.”
Secular Coalition for America: Action Alert: Help Rescind the Bush Conscience Clause Rule
“Last September, the Secular Coalition for America and our supporters lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to protect our rights to medical services from religious objectors by withdrawing the so-called “conscience clause” rule proposal. Now, as the Obama Administration attempts to rescind this rule that inappropriately places the religious beliefs of health care workers above the medical needs of their patients, we need your help. Tell Obama’s Acting Director of Health and Human Services–Charles E. Johnson–that it is unethical for our government to encourage health care workers to deny important medical information and services to patients based on the perceived needs of a worker’s religious beliefs. Moreover, it would be irresponsible for the government to permit religiously motivated workers receiving federal funds to compromise federal programs by refusing to carry out their responsibilities.”
United Farm Workers (UFW): Rhetoric is not enough to protect farm workers from the heat
“Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Cal-OSHA has announced today that they are kicking off a campaign to train employers to protect farm workers from the heat. Ironically, the same agency just proposed changes that actually undermine the current regulations aimed to protect workers from dying or becoming ill from extreme heat. Teaching growers how to avoid illness and deaths among their workforce is important, but it’s not enough. At the same time, the governor must make sure the laws are enforced. Such a system surely includes giving farm workers the tools to protect themselves.”
United Poultry Concerns (UPC): Cockfighting in Connecticut: Letters Urgently Needed
“Today, the Boston Globe featured a story on the prevalence of cockfighting in Connecticut. The story offered little good information, and absolutely no sympathy for the victims. In fact, a local shelter employee calls them “vicious. ” Let’s be a voice for these birds, now on death row, and explain how they are bred, trained and mercilessly used in this cruel, underground business. UPC President Karen Davis emailed a letter to the editor today. Please post your own letter to: letter [at] globe.com.”
World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Remember the Exxon Valdez –Take Action Now
“U.S. activists: Urge the Obama administration to heed the lessons of the Exxon Valdez and remove Alaska’s sensitive, wildlife-rich waters from an offshore drilling plan.”
SPCA International: UPDATE: Ratchet the Iraqi Dog
“Safely home in the U.S., Ratchet reunited with his soldier SPC Gwen Beberg in January. SPCA International is very pleased to report that Ratchet and Gwen are really enjoying their lives together in the U.S. Geese, obedience training, and a St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Learn what Ratchet’s up to now.”
The PETA Files: ‘Win It’ Wednesday: Mean People Wear Fur
“It’s that time again—”Win It” Wednesday! What’s the prize this week? It’s our brand-spanking-new “Mean People Wear Fur” T-shirt, in honor of our equally brand-spanking-new “Stolen for Fashion” PSA. […] How do you win? Leave us a comment letting us know why you think people should only wear their own skin. The three people who post the most creative answers will each take home a “Mean People Wear Fur” T-shirt.”
PETA2: B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful!
“Do you think you’re too busy to look good? Have exams, late nights, and parties taken their toll? Well you can quit your whining, because our new BFF, ethical cosmetics and fragrance brand “B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful,” isn’t going to take your lame excuses anymore. To get you back on the right track—and to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and Animal Aid Month—B has given us a beautiful gift set from its gorgeous “Love” line to give away! […] For your chance to win a luxurious B gift basket packed with goodies, all you need to do is enter! The contest ends April 2 and the lucky winner will be notified by April 9.”
PETA2: We’ve Got Morrissey Tickets!
“To celebrate the release of Mozza’s new album, Years Of Refusal (preordered months ago by almost everyone at peta2 towers!), and their U.S & U.K. mostly sold-out tour, we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show of your choice! To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is fill out the form below and choose the date you want to win two tickets to! The contest ends April 15, and winners (one winner per date listed below) will be notified two days before the selected tour date. Good luck!”
PETA2: Win peta2’s New Atticus ‘Free for All’ Tee!
“You can enter to win your own peta2 “Free For All” tee by filling out the form below! I guarantee that you won’t find another shirt like this anywhere! This ’80s throwback was created exclusively for peta2, and it’s available in both fitted and unisex sizes. Complete the form below by April 13 for your chance to win our brand-new peta2 tee! Ten winners will be chosen and notified by April 20.”
Whole Foods: Win a Green Prom!
“What would be your plan for the ultimate green prom at your high school? Answer that question in a video, three minutes or less, and you just may win an incredible green prom prize package from Teens Turning Green, including a trip to New York, an eco prom dress, and eco makeup, skin and haircare products.”
Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, Mar. 18, 2009
“A Special Request from Jack Norris, President, Vegan Outreach”
‘Round the Interwebz
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!”
Amnesty International: Demand Accountability for Torture and Abuse Now! Congressional In-District Lobby Weeks, Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 17, 2009
Obama’s latest move on detainees reveals an administration unwilling to change Bush counter-terrorism policies. Register today to meet with your Senators and Representatives during the weeks of April 6 – 17. This past weekend we got a deeply troubling glimpse into the heart of the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies. On Friday, in a symbolic break with the past, the Obama administration announced it would drop the term “enemy combatant” – only to argue in the same breath that the administration has the legal authority to hold detainees indefinitely, without charge. We’re beginning to fear the worst: that the Obama administration will hold onto the failed counter-terrorism policies of the Bush administration. Such a move would solidify and make indefinite detention and other Bush policies the new norm in America. Our most powerful antidote to these cancerous counter-terrorism policies is a full investigation that includes holding those responsible accountable. While your Members of Congress are at home during the April recess, meet with them and push them for an independent investigation.”
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.”
Farm Sanctuary: California Country Hoe Down, Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2009 in Orland, CA
“Farm Sanctuary’s barn doors are swinging wide open for two days of good old-fashioned fun and festivities during our annual Country Hoe Down. Spend a rejuvenating weekend in the countryside with likeminded individuals and our lovable rescued farm animals during this one-of-a-kind conference. […] The conference costs $45 per person and $20 for children and includes the catered dinner and barn dance. Free, rustic camping is available at the California Shelter on Saturday night only, and hotel accommodations are only a short drive from the sanctuary.”
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.”
Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, Saturday, September 19, 2009
“Save the date for this year’s Cleanup on September 19, 2009. Official registration doesn’t open until June, so we’ve created a special save the date invitation to remind you why this is so important (you can print it or use it for your computer background). If you don’t currently receive email communications from Ocean Conservancy, you can also sign up for the email list, and we’ll let you know when you can officially register (as well as other easy things you can do to help protect the ocean).”
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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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