easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-03-24

March 24th, 2009 2:54 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Animal Person: Maple Farm Sanctuary Needs Your Help!
“When our film comes out, more people will become aware of the inspiring journey that led Cheri and Jim to doing what they do today. In the meantime, I hope other animal advocates will join me in supporting this sanctuary to help it succeed, as Cheri and Jim represent the journey we hope more farmers will make, away from exploiting and killing animals to cherishing and helping them live full and natural lives.”

Audubon: Protect Marine Wildlife – Say No to Arctic Ocean Drilling!
“The Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the Arctic Ocean are home to America’s entire polar bear population, the endangered bowhead whale, threatened Spectacled and Steller’s eiders, walrus, and several species of “ice seals.” New oil and gas drilling could bring significant, lasting, and adverse impacts to this sensitive marine environment. The Department of Interior’s Mineral Management Service (MMS) is seeking public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement that would open up the Arctic Ocean to new drilling—please submit your citizen comments today!”

Center for Biological Diversity: Help Save Polar Bears
“Congress, however, just passed special legislation granting President Barack Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar 60 days to revoke the damaging Bush regulations with the stroke of a pen. Please sign the petition below and pass it on to a friend today. With your help, we’ll reach our goal to get 50,000 signatures and convince Interior Secretary Salazar to revoke the Bush regulations before the May 9, 2009 deadline.”

Defenders of Wildlife: Will Your Representative Help Sea Otters?
“Once on the brink of extinction, California’s sea otters have been slowly recovering over the last seventy years. But recently, sea otter populations have stagnated, prompting concern among conservationists and scientists. Biologists need to be able to study causes of sea otter deaths in order to help save these beloved animals — and the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act will provide vital funding to do just that. Please ask your Representative to help sea otter recovery by cosponsoring the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act (H.R. 556).”

National Organization of Women (NOW): Speak Out to Overturn Dangerous HHS Refusal Rule
“President Obama has started the regulatory process to rescind the dangerous and unethical “provider conscience” healthcare refusal rule that George W. Bush pushed through in his final days in office. NOW and allies had urged the president to withdraw this rule as one of his early actions, and we are happy to see that the process has begun! The process started with a formal regulatory notice on March 6, which is followed by a 30 day public comment period. That’s where you come in! We are asking you to take a few minutes to send a message supporting the rescinding of this rule that dramatically undermines women’s access to a wide range of reproductive health services.”

Ocean Conservancy: Help Stop Oil and Gas Leases in the Arctic
“The Chukchi and Beaufort seas, off the northern coast of Alaska, host an incredible range of Arctic animals including polar bears, walruses, ice seals, and bowhead and beluga whales. These waters are also vital habitat for countless numbers of migratory birds that summer in the Arctic. For thousands of years, communities on the Arctic coast have depended on this healthy ocean ecosystem to support their subsistence way of life. Now, oil and gas development may jeopardize these waters and those who depend on them. The federal Minerals Management Service (MMS) is considering whether to proceed with a Bush Administration plan to lease vast swaths of U.S. Arctic waters for oil and gas development.”

Oceana: Tell Secretary Salazar to Put a Stop to Oil and Gas Activity in the Arctic
“More than 70 million acres of the U.S. Arctic Ocean are slated to again be offered for sale to oil companies, which would threaten local cultures and put already stressed ecosystems in further danger. Oceana recently celebrated the decision to prevent commercial fishing from entering the Arctic. Please help us score another win for the Arctic by telling the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, that offshore drilling in the Arctic is not the answer to our energy woes and that we need a science-based precautionary approach to protect the Arctic Ocean.”

PETA: Ask Iditarod Sponsors to Stop Funding Cruel Dogsled Race
“The Iditarod is Alaska’s annual dogsled race, which is marked by cruelty, injuries, and death. Every year in the 1,150-plus-mile race, dogs die of hypothermia, gastric ulcers, and “sled dog myopathy”—literally being run to death. […] With the Iditarod upon us, we need you to urge sponsors to end their support of this cruel event. Let them know that suffering and death is not a marketing opportunity.”

PETA: Tell the EPA Not to Retest Chemicals on Animals–Comments Due March 31
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed requiring animal tests on another 15 high production volume chemicals that are produced or imported into the U.S. in amounts equal to or greater than 1 million pounds per year. These tests would poison and kill more than 10,000 animals. The EPA’s test rule would require lethal-dose testing in animals for seven chemicals. In this kind of testing—also known as acute toxicity testing—extremely high doses of chemicals are often pumped directly into animals’ stomachs, causing intense suffering before the animals ultimately die. Many other animal tests are also proposed.”

PETA Asia-Pacific: Sign the Petition: Stop More Animals From Suffering at the Manila Zoo
“Animals at the Manila Zoo are housed in cramped, barren cages that can’t compare to their natural habitats. Many of the species housed at the Manila Zoo roam territories of hundreds of kilometers in the wild, but the entire Manila Zoo measures only 0.055 square kilometers. Many animals are exhibiting neurotic behavior, such as constant pacing, swaying their heads, and walking in small circles. Because of the lack of funding and resources, the zoo’s infrastructure has deteriorated and conditions for animals have grown steadily worse.”

PETA Asia-Pacific: Tell the Krocodile Grille That Reptiles Aren’t Decorations!
“Recently, PETA Asia-Pacific has been receiving complaints about young crocodiles who are being kept in a glorified fish tank in the Krocodile Grille’s Greenbelt restaurant. The crocodiles were removed after the restaurant chain was flooded with complaints, but sadly, the cruel exhibit has now returned. Our investigators found a sad situation for these animals: Not only are the tanks barely large enough for the crocodiles to turn around in, they also provide no mental stimulation for the animals whatsoever.”

PETA UK: Help Ban Canadian Seal Fur Imports – Act Now
“Compassionate citizens around the globe have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop Canada’s annual slaughter of baby seals. But we need you to take swift action, and to ask your friends, family, local shop owner and everyone else you know to take part as well. PETA is calling on MEPs across Europe to vote for a permanent ban on the trade of seal products from Canada’s annual seal slaughter.”

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Ask Congress to End Animal Use in Military Training
“Please ask your congressional representative to urge the Army to end the cruel and archaic use of monkeys, goats, and pigs to train medical personnel. Right now, the military is doing a self-review of this training. We want the military to use modern, human-centric teaching tools that do not involve animals, and we hope that their self-analysis includes this option. Urge your representative to ask S. Ward Casscells, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, to prioritize ending animal use in trauma training.”

The Sierra Club: Act Now to Help Prevent Another Exxon Valedez Spill
“Twenty years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil spill damaged some of our nation’s most valuable coastline and destroyed the livelihoods of many fishermen and native Alaskans. The disaster serves as a reminder of the threat oil poses to our oceans and coasts. As a nation we are far too dependent on oil and other fossil fuels. New off shore drilling will only continue this dependence and put us as at further risk from Exxon-style environmental disasters. Tell Secretary Salazar to oppose new off shore oil and gas drilling, and to instead support the clean energy solutions that will take us into a better future!”

The Sierra Club: Urge Your Rep. to Vote “YES” on the FLAME Act
“For years the Forest Service has “robbed from Peter to pay Paul” by transferring money out of vital agency programs and services in order to fund the increasing cost of fighting catastrophic wildfires. H.R. 1404, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act would help address this problem by creating a separate fund for suppressing large-scale wildfires. The FLAME Act also requires agencies to provide a report to Congress containing a cohesive wildland fire management strategy and science-based budget predictions. The FLAME Act has an excellence chance of becoming law this year, but we need your help to make it happen. Please contact your member of Congress and urge them to vote YES on the FLAME Act.”

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Urge the EPA to Pave the Way for Cleaner Cars
“To combat the serious threat of global warming pollution, states have the right, under the Clean Air Act, to adopt breakthrough clean car standards that require about a 30 percent reduction in emissions from new vehicles by 2016. Stephen Johnson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator under the Bush administration, ignored the science and the recommendations of his own staff and denied states the right to implement the clean car standards. In his first week in office, President Obama instructed the EPA to reconsider this decision. But we’re up against some powerful adversaries. Even as automakers take billions in government bailout money, they continue to spend millions on lawyers and lobbyists attempting to subvert our right to cleaner cars. The EPA is accepting comments on the clean car standards until Monday, April 6. Please write to them today and urge them to support states’ rights to reduce global warming pollution from automobiles.”


American Humane Association (AHA): The National Humane Review — Spring 2009 [.pdf]
“Microchips Bring Them Home Again, Puppy Mill Rescue, On the Set of Shannon’s Rainbow & more”

The Sierra Club: Club Currents, Volume VII, #12, March 24, 2009
“Exxon Valdez, 20 Years Later Threats Persist”


Stop Shelter Animals From Being Sold for Research!

Join Forces With Canadians Who Care About Animals

Thank Michelle Obama for the First White House Garden in 60 Years

It’s Time for Bold Action on Carbon Pollution

Support Encore Careers for America

Stop Animal Fighting In New York City

Save the Neglected Exotic Wild Cats in Cancun

Upcoming Events

Farm Sanctuary Spring Auction 2009 – Friday, March 20 through Thursday, March 31
“Farm Sanctuary needs your help now more than ever to care for the animals at our sanctuaries, continue our campaigns and promote compassion. Every gift you make matters for suffering farm animals. We are working hard to raise funds for our 2009 budget and we need your help! Right now, you can help Farm Sanctuary help farm animals and also get a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one at the same time through our charitybuzz auction.”

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.”

In Defense of Animals (IDA): World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) – Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 26
“Please join In Defense of Animals during World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL), April 18-26, to speak out against the abhorrent use of animals in testing and research. With a new administration and a serious financial crisis at hand, it is more important than ever that we use this week to call attention to the outdated and unnecessary biomedical experiments that continue to claim the lives of millions of animals each year. This year, there is more hope than ever, as technology moves us beyond antiquated animal experiments and government reports, agencies and scientists have begun to acknowledge not only the need to move away from animal research, but also the flaws in the National Institutes of Health’s grant-funding system.”

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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