easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-03-31

March 31st, 2009 10:36 am by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Thank Congress for Designating 86 New Wild & Scenic Rivers
“Three years ago, American Rivers set the bold goal of designating 40 new Wild and Scenic Rivers by the 40th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Last week, we far surpassed that goal when the House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, designating 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers and increased by more than 50% the rivers in the Wild and Scenic System. We couldn’t have done it without your help telling your Representatives that you support river protection. Now help us thank Congress for passing this bill and permanently protecting 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers.”

Kelly’s note: American Rivers’ sample letter is predictably rife with speciesism, so – if you use it – please read it over and make the necessary changes before sending it.

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Honoring César Chávez–and His Call to Stop Eating Animals
“Today is the late César Chávez’s birthday, and it is being celebrated as an official state holiday in California and other states. The Cesar E. Chávez National Holiday Web site tells us much about the admirable man for whom many of us, including President Barack Obama, want to see a national holiday. Yet despite a long “About” page detailing Chávez’s life, beliefs, activism, and many accomplishments, there’s not a word about the strong position he held regarding nonviolence toward animals. Not a word about his commitment to vegetarianism (including not only a vegetarian but even a vegan diet for at least some period) for the last 25 years of his life. Not a word about his opposition to exploitation of animals on all fronts, including research, “sport,” and entertainment. The same can be said of the many news articles that are noting today’s significance.” Please keep an eye out for news articles, and pen a letter or two correcting this error of omission!

CREDO Action: Tell AT&T: Stop supporting Bill O’Reilly
“FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly has made some outrageous statements on rape, suggesting that women can be held responsible when they are forcibly violated and even killed by their attackers. O’Reilly has a right to his opinion. But his advertisers should be accountable for their support of his offensive views and his use of ambush journalism to intimidate those who dare to challenge his public statements. Tell AT&T to stop supporting Bill O’Reilly’s right wing progaganda machine and his attempts to intimidate those who challenge his views.”

Dogwood Alliance: Take Action on Arby’s
“Arby’s is one of the 11 Fast Food Junkies buying their paper packaging from Southern forests. Arby’s is based in the Southern US, in Atlanta, GA, so they should know how important our forests are to Southern culture and to mitigating global climate change. These vital forests and their biodiversity are in danger…they are being destroyed to package sandwiches and fries for Arby’s! Act today!”

Grassroots Netroots Alliance: Make the Polluters Pay: Tax Greenhouse Gas Emissions!
“The current climate crisis will become a full-blown climate catastrophe unless Congress acts quickly to drastically reduce climate-destabilizing greenhouse pollution from our current, and rising, 387 ppm CO2e back to a level below the dangerous tipping point of 350 ppm. Big business, including agribusiness, has been profiting from cheap energy and saddling the public with the costs of its pollution for too long. Now, they’re trying to escape regulation through Wall Street-style emissions trading. It’s time to make the polluters pay. We need a tax on greenhouse gas emissions now!”

Making Hay: A Vegan’s Dream
“Jenna Kirkman and Brianna Calkins of Project Moo Moo Meow have entered the Name Your Dream Assignment contest, and they need your help. Why should you help these strangers make their dream come true, when you’ve got your own stuff to worry about? The answer is simple. Their dream is to ‘travel across the United States, photographing rescued farm animals and using the art of photography as a tool for social change.'” Voting ends April 3rd!

National Women’s Law Center: Support the Senate Budget Resolution
“The Senate budget resolution, like the budget outlined by President Obama, invests in quality, affordable health care for all, creates a clean energy environment, and improves college affordability. And it does so in a fair and responsible way: by cutting corporate subsidies, closing corporate tax loopholes, and beginning to make the very wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. Please email and call your Senators NOW and encourage them to pass the Senate budget resolution without any weakening amendments.”

School of the Americas Watch: Ask President Arias to stop sending Costa Rican police to the SOA
“In 2008, a group of Costa Rican human rights activists, along with Father Roy Bourgeois and Lisa Sullivan, met with Costa Rica’s President Oscar Arias, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his valiant efforts to promote peace in Central America. When Father Roy asked that President Arias honor the martyrs of Central America by withdrawing Costa Rican police from the SOA, Arias responded “it is done.” A few weeks later, however, the U.S. ambassador asked Costa Rica’s Security Minister to reconsider this decision, and he agreed. Costa Rican citizens are outraged at Arias for backtracking on his promise. They have launched a campaign to remind Arias of his promise to withdraw Costa Ricans from the SOA and have asked citizens of other countries to join their voices, noting that Arias gives high value to his reputation as a world peacemaker.”

Stop Family Violence: As Economy Plummets Family Violence Skyrockets; Full federal funding needed to keep crisis programs open
“As the economy plummets, family violence is skyrocketing. Shelters are full and are turning victims away; calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline have increased dramatically. Meanwhile, declines in local and state funding have forced some programs to cut staff and scale back services. Congress is beginning to make decisions about funding allocations for 2010. They need to hear from you to know that funding for the programs that keep our families safe must be a priority!”

Working America: Palin/Jindal ’12?
“Tell the governors of Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas to take all the federal recovery money their states are eligible for. Expanding unemployment assistance is the right thing to do to help jobless workers get back on their feet.”

Campaign Updates

Boston-dot-com: Earth Hour 2009
Photos of this year’s Earth Hour events.

Earth Hour US
“Earth Hour 2009 was an amazing success and we wanted to thank you for your support. Lights went out in 4,085 cities in 88 countries in what is being described as the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change in history.”

Kinship Circle: PART 1: JAN – MAR 2009 / KINSHIP CIRCLE UPDATES
Win! No More Fur For Urban Outfitters; Canadian Seal Hunt Began Monday, 3/23/09; Win! Jamaica Says NO To Greyhound Racing & more.

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #173 at Eco Joe’s

Newsletters

The Ocean Conservancy: eNews, March 2009
“Arctic Action, Sustainable Haddock, and Trash Talk”

Petitions

Recognize the Phrase “Pet Overpopulation”

Stranded seal gets a FedEx flight back across the ocean

‘Round the Interwebz

Animal Person: On Objections to Slaughterhouses Not Sandwich Shops

Animal Person: Publish Your Own AR Book or Magazine

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Where Do the “Surplus” Zoo Animals Go?

Harold Brown, guest blogging at Animal Rights @ Change .org: (1) Animal Ag: Will It Be Our Death? An Intro to Cattle Culture; (2) Free-Range Pasture Systems Not a Viable Solution; (3) Cattle Culture, Aquaculture, and Export of the Western Diet; and (4) Veganic Farming: A Sustainable (and Compassionate) Solution

Best Friends: Give a Gift to the Easter Bunny this Year

PR Watch: How Obama Took Over the Peace Movement

Vegans of Color: Would You Like a Side of Aureomycin 4G Medicated Crumbles with Your Burger?

Upcoming Events

Farm Sanctuary Spring Auction 2009 – Friday, March 20 through Tuesday, 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.”

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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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.

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