easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-01

April 1st, 2009 7:50 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

ACORN: Show Sheriff Joe we mean business
“Thanks to your efforts, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has set Congressional hearings into his civil and human rights abuses for tomorrow, Thursday, April 2 at 10 AM EDT. […] Please send Chairman Conyers a message thanking him for his stand for justice. Your actions won these critically important hearings that will expose Sheriff Joe in front of the entire country.”

Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday: Sign the Petition for a Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday!
“I call on the US Congress to establish an official federal paid holiday in honor of Cesar E. Chavez, the late President of the United Farm Workers, on his birthday March 31st. This should include a Cesar E. Chavez day of service, learning and community action.”

Common Cause: Urge Congress to Support Fair Elections
“Instead of focusing on their constituents and the important issues of the day, elected officials in Washington spend too much time raising money from wealthy donors and lobbyists – often from the very industries they’re supposed to oversee! It’s time to get our leaders out of the fundraising game and let them do the jobs we’ve elected them to do.”

DawnWatch: Alternatives to animal testing in Boston Globe 3/30/09
“The Monday, March 30, Boston Globe included an important article, by Colin Nickerson, headed “More accuracy seen in living cell stand-ins for human organs.” (Business, Pg 5)”

DawnWatch: 60 Minutes on lion pesticide poisonings and danger of extinction 3/29/09
“On Sunday, March 29, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a heartbreaking segment about the danger or extinction of the African lion due to poisoning with Furadan, a pesticide made by FMC. Kenyan cattle farmers, to whom the loss of a single cow is a catastrophic burden, can poison a full pride of lions with a few drops of Furadan after a cow is taken. The story in beautifully presented, with compassion for the people and the magnificent animals. It ends on a slightly hopeful note, as those protecting the lions find they can dissuade the local farmers from killing them if they compensate them for their losses of cattle taken by lions. There is also a discussion about bans on Furadan sales.”

Democrats-dot-com: Say No to Abstinence-Only Programs
“As President Obama finalizes the details of his fiscal year 2010 budget, urge him to stop funding abstinence-only programs and direct our scarce public health resources to evidence-based programs that actually work.”

Earthjustice: Tell Secretary Salazar to Protect Endangered Wildlife
“On his way out of office, Bush wrote a rule that allows agencies to skip review by federal wildlife scientists on projects like road building, oil and gas leasing and logging. This scientific review is critical in making sure that these projects don’t harm endangered species and their habitats. Fortunately, President Obama signed a law that gives Interior Secretary Ken Salazar 60 days to withdraw the damaging Bush regulations. Salazar’s deadline is May 10. It’s your deadline, too. Take action now by telling Secretary Salazar to use science when choosing to protect our most vulnerable creatures.”

Free Press: Protect Community TV
“Telephone and cable companies cannot discriminate against local community programming by burying public access, educational and governmental (PEG) channels. Tell the Federal Communications Commission that PEG content must be placed on an equal footing with basic commercial channels.”

Making Hay: Peep Up!
“When you see or hear an advertisement for a store promoting Easter animals as gifts, peep up. Call the store to complain and ask that they cancel the sale. If it is a chain, call the corporate headquarters. Send e-mails and snail mail letters too. Contact information for just about anyone can be found online. Then, write a letter to the editor of your local paper.”

National Whistleblowers Center: Campaign For Federal Whistleblower Protection Continues
“As you know, the National Whistleblowers Center has been actively involved in the campaign to obtain stronger whistleblower protection for all federal employees, including national security employees. Take Action! Keep Whistleblower Protection On the Administration’s Agenda!”

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Tell your representative to co-sponsor a national Healthy Oceans Act
“Oceans are essential to our way of life, but below the surface they are threatened by global warming and habitat degradation. Tell your representative to co-sponsor Oceans-21, the Oceans Conservation, Education and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act.”

PETA: Tell Etsy.com to Stop Selling Fur!
“Despite knowing that the fur industry is violent and bloody, handmade crafts marketplace Etsy.com continues to allow sellers to post items containing fur. […] Tell Etsy CEO Maria Thomas that modern, successful businesses don’t sell fur. There is nothing creative or artsy about tearing the skin and fur off animals. As long as Etsy allows sellers to post fur items, Etsy is supporting the fur industry.”

Public Citizen: Support the Fair Elections Now Act
“The Fair Elections Now Act, sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Reps. John Larsen (D-CT) and Walter Jones (R-NC), presents an exciting new approach to financing campaigns. This bipartisan bill creates an alternative to big special interest money in politics by allowing congressional candidates to run a viable campaign on public funds and unlimited small contributions from ordinary citizens. Passing the Fair Elections Now Act will free Congress from spending time chasing contributions from lobbyists and corporate special interest groups, and will return to focus to solving the critical issues confronting our Nation’s problems: the economy, health care, and energy.”

Save Our Environment .org: Time to Stop Blocking Progress on Global Warming
“Fourteen states – including New York, California and Arizona – want to cut their global warming emissions, but an old Bush administration decision is standing in the way! Although these states are eager to impose stricter auto emissions standards, an old federal decision prevents them from making the change. The new Obama-administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering reversing this bad policy right now and they need to hear from YOU.”

The Sierra Club: Protect Borderlands from the Border Wall
“The border wall along our southern international border has bisected communities, separated families and caused damaging floods. Hundreds of miles of wall have been built through federally protected lands, fracturing wildlife habitat and scarring the landscape. These lands are part of America’s wild legacy, and are of significant ecological, educational, historic, cultural, recreational and economic value to the United States and its people.”

Stop Family Violence: Governors: Don’t Be Fooled by Parental Alienation
“Governor offices across the country are being asked to sign a proclamation declaring April 25th as Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Proponents portray parental alienation as a form of child abuse that arises during custody proceedings when one parent turns the child against the other parent. ACT NOW!! Urge your governor not to be fooled by this rhetoric! Parental Alienation is an unfounded theory that has caused great harm to children!”

The Wilderness Society: Ask The Senate to Boost Conservation Funding!
“The Senate is expected to vote this week as a first step toward a budget for next year’s conservation funding programs. The bill has the potential to advance America’s commitment to renewable energy and solutions to global warming, and would reinvest in vital programs that have long been neglected, including funding for National Parks and Refuges. Please ask your senators to support the Senate Budget Resolution and to oppose any amendments that would undermine the urgent need to invest in a clean energy future, grow green jobs, and address global warming.”

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Help save the Western gray whale
“WWF is urging the companies involved in Sakhalin – Exxon, Shell, Gazprom, BP and Rosneft – to postpone any development until a commission of experts have assessed the impact on Western gray whales and made recommendations about further development in the area. WWF is also demanding that the companies avoid any future activities inside the proposed new Sakhalin Marine Federal Wildlife Reserve. Sign our petition and urge the companies to act responsibly and ensure the survival of this critically endangered species.”

Campaign Updates

Center for Biological Diversity: Judge Strikes Down Refusal to Recover Jaguars, Protect U.S. Habitat
“Ruling on a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge today struck down the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refusal to develop a recovery plan for the endangered jaguar and to protect critical habitat areas in the United States.”

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Iceland Whaling Update: Actions Speak Louder than Words
“Thank you for acting on behalf of whales by writing to the Icelandic Fisheries Minister. You may have received a reply from the Icelandic Commissioner of Whaling, in which he justifies Iceland’s whaling industry by claiming that it only hunts abundant species, and that it wishes to protect endangered species. It is said that “actions speak louder than words” – so let’s compare Iceland’s actions with the claims made in the Commissioner’s letter.”

Model Calif. Spay/Neuter Bill Reintroduced In 2009; First Charges Under Animal Terrorism Law?; CA: Big Meat Wins Right To Abuse Downed Animals; Peanut’s Case Moves Forward – Slowly & more

The PETA Files: Bolivia Bans Military Abuse of Animals (Historic Victory!)
“After less than a month of PETA campaigning, the Bolivian minister of defense went on that country’s national television to announce an historic ban on all animal abuse in military training exercises, stating that the Bolivian government is issuing Resolution 217 to prohibit all acts of violence, exploitation, and mistreatment that provokes the death of animals. Not only has Bolivia beaten the U.S. military to the punch, this ban is also Bolivia’s first animal protection regulation ever.”


The Sierra Club: Club Currents, Volume VII, #13, March 31, 2009
“Secretary Napolitano, Stop Building This Wall!”

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, Apr. 1, 2009
“Ten Million!!”


Don’t Kill Urban Coyotes, Enact Stronger Urban Planning Instead

Support Action Toward a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Tell the Senate to Ban Landmines!

H.B. 568- State of Ohio, Pit Bull ban!



‘Round the Interwebz

ecorazzi: Amazing Race Vegan Often Went Days Without Food

Oceana: Special Report: Hungry Oceans


Thomas Paine’s Corner: You Don’t Support the ALF Because Why?

Upcoming Events

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!

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