easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-08

April 8th, 2009 11:03 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Feminist Majority Foundation: Stop funding for Fake Clinics and Abstinence-Only Education! Stop Deceptive Advertising Practices!
“Millions of federal dollars fund failed abstinence-only programs and so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers or “fake clinics.” Congressional studies have shown abstinence only programs don’t work and too often lead young people to question the need for contraception. Crisis Pregnancy Centers, often advertising under “abortion services” in the yellow pages, pose as full-service women’s health clinics and lure women in with promises of free pregnancy tests and “counseling” for unintended pregnancies. Contrary to what they want you to believe, these fake clinics repeatedly make false medical claims to dissuade and delay women from obtaining comprehensive medical services, particularly abortion and birth control. Tell Congress we will not be silent while failed abstinence-only programs and crisis pregnancy centers continue to use federal funding and endanger women’s health!”

Feminist Majority Foundation: Let President Karzai hear your voices: Stop attacking Afghan women’s rights
“We just heard that President Hamid Karzai has announced he will review the draft of Shia family law that would strip Afghan women and girls of their basic human rights. Karzai is responding to the worldwide outrage over the draft law including President Obama who called the law “abhorrent.” Let Karzai hear your voice too. Afghan women leaders in Parliament, in the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and in non-profit organizations have been fighting the proposed law as violation of the Afghan constitution and the basic human rights of women. We must lend our voices in support of our Afghan sisters.”

Four Paws: Call on pharmaceutical corporation Baxter to take responsibility!
“41 chimpanzees abused in experiments and infected with HIV and Hepatitis by pharmaceutical company Immuno/Baxter (producers of vaccinations, plasma and blood medications) have spent the past six years in an abandoned safari park in Austria. A responsible solution for the afflicted animals has been put off for years. Now the group is to be divided. The “healthier” apes will soon be taken to an inappropriately equipped zoo in Hungary – the future of the other chimpanzees remains uncertain. Join FOUR PAWS and call on the Baxter Corporation to finally support an animal friendly solution! The wellbeing of the chimpanzees must not be sacrificed once again in favour of short-sighted plans!”

NARAL: Tell the Senate: Filibuster is NOT an Option
“Anti-choice members of the Senate are threatening to filibuster some of President Obama’s high-profile nominees simply because they’ve taken pro-choice positions. The use of the ‘f’ word – filibuster – when referring to highly qualified nominees like Judge David Hamilton and Prof. Dawn Johnsen is unacceptable – and will not go unanswered. The same goes for attacks on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ pro-choice record. Write your senators today to fight back against anti-choice senators’ attempts to block these highly qualified nominees. Call on the U.S. Senate to confirm these three nominees without delay.”

Oceana: Reinstate Congress’s moratorium on drilling in the OCS
“American ingenuity and determination can certainly develop energy alternatives rather than develop more offshore oil platforms. Congress wavered in 2008, but we can get back on track toward protecting our oceans and ending climate change if you let your representatives know that you believe offshore drilling is not the answer. Drill home that point, by asking your representative to reinstate the drilling moratoria!”

Kelly’s note: Be sure to edit the sample letter provided by Oceana, should you choose to use it.

PETA: Stop Military Bomb Experiments on Live Animals
“Since 2007, PETA has been fighting to ban the military’s use of animals in trauma- and chemical casualty–training exercises, in which live pigs are shot, stabbed, and burned; live goats have their limbs broken with bolt cutters and cut off with garden shears; and live monkeys are poisoned with harmful chemicals. Now, PETA has learned that the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is using bombs to create traumatic brain injuries in live pigs and rats to test the effects of body armor, even though experiments on these animals cannot accurately mimic effects in humans.”

Rights Working Group: Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the “Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act,” H.R. 1215.
“Conditions in immigration detention have deteriorated as the numbers of people being held by ICE has ballooned from 95,000 people in detention in 2001 to more than 300,000 last year, and the number is set to grow again. More than 90 people have died in immigration detention since 2003, some from treatable diseases and conditions that were not tended to. People are transferred to far away detention centers without notice to their families or their lawyers, and often are placed in facilities that do not have working phones. Although the Department of Homeland Security has Performance Based Detention Standards meant to address these issues, the standards are not enforceable and no one can be held accountable if they are breached.”

Save Our Wild Salmon: Contact the White House CEQ – We need change for Snake River salmon!
“Save Our Wild Salmon coalition partner, American Rivers, just ranked the lower Snake River as #3 on their list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2009!. This listing comes at a critical time – as a federal judge considers the adequacy of the 2008 Federal Salmon Plan for the Columbia & Snake Rivers. The judge’s final ruling is expected this spring, and could lay the foundation for a stakeholder negotiation the brings together fishermen, farmers, and energy users in the Pacific Northwest to solve this long-running conflict.”

Kelly’s note: Be sure to edit the sample letter provided by SOS, should you choose to use it.

Save the Manatee Club: Oppose St. Johns River Water Withdrawals!; Proposed surface water withdrawals threaten manatees and their habitat
“On April 13th, the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) in Florida will vote on whether to grant a permit to Seminole County to withdraw 5.5 million gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River to help meet Seminole County’s consumptive water demands. The water would be conveyed with a water transportation pipeline between the St. Johns River and the proposed Seminole County Yankee Lake Surface Water Treatment Facility. Over time, daily withdrawals from the St. Johns could increase to an astounding 55 million gallons per day. Such large water withdrawals could lead to algae blooms, loss of wetlands, and increased saltwater intrusion into the river. Manatees live in the St. Johns River, and Blue Spring, the winter home of many of Save the Manatee Club’s manatee adoptees, is located just north of the proposed withdrawal site on the river. Water withdrawals in such large amounts from the river could negatively affect Blue Spring’s water quality and quantity and compromise the hundreds of manatees using the spring as a warm-water winter refuge.”


The PETA Files: ‘Win It’ Wednesday: ‘Mutt Like Me’ Collar
“President Obama has declared that he’s a mutt, so why doesn’t your mixed-parentage pup do the same? It’s easy with this week’s “Mutt Like Me” ID tag collar giveaway. […] How do you win? Just leave us a comment describing the mutt(s) that stole your heart. Tell us how Fido or Spot changed your life, and the three most heartfelt answers will win a “Mutt Like Me” ID tag dog collar. The contest ends on April 22, 2009, and we’ll choose three winners on April 24, 2009. ”

Veg Cooking Blog: Win a ‘Vegan Soul Kitchen’ Cookbook!
“Now is your chance to win one of two free copies of this new cookbook! Just leave a short comment below telling me about your favorite soul-food dish, and please keep it vegan-friendly. Two winners will be chosen at random. The contest ends on April 30, and we’ll contact the winners by May 5. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. Good luck!”

Whole Foods: Recycle Your Old Fridge Sweepstakes
“Eleven cool winners of the “Recycle Your Old Fridge Sweepstakes” will receive a Bosch Evolution ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator and plenty of Whole Foods Market products to fill it! The sleek and totally eco-chic, counter-depth, stainless finish fridge transcends the ordinary with many special energy-saving features. For more information, see our Prizes page. Entry deadline: April 30, 2009 at 11:59 PM ET. One entry per person, please.”


Campaign for America’s Wilderness: Your Wilderness – April 2009
“Featured Wilderness – The Avawatz Mountains Proposed Wilderness” & more

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, April 8, 2009
“Lots of News and Team Vegan Site!”


Rescind Bush’s Weakened Endangered Species Act Ruling!

‘Round the Interwebz

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): In Warrantless Wiretapping Case, Obama DOJ’s New Arguments Are Worse Than Bush’s

Veg Cooking: Animal-Friendly Easter Eats From Around the World

We Are A No-Kill Nation: Pit Bulls Go Bust in Las Vegas (Via Stephanie)

Upcoming Events

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.”

ASPCA: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, Tuesday, April 7 though Thursday, April 30, 2009
“This April, the ASPCA will kick-off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month on April 7 when iconic buildings and landmarks across the country will support the ASPCA’s life-saving work as they light up in its signature color and ‘Go Orange for Animals.'”

Animals & Society Institute (ASI): Bag It for the ASI in Ann Arbor!, Monday, April 13 through Sunday, July 5, 2009
“If you shop at Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you can help the ASI between April 13 and July 5 as part of the “One Dime at a Time” shopping bag promotion. Just bring your own shopping bags to either the Cranbrook or Washtenaw store and Whole Foods will donate a 10-cent-per-bag refund to the ASI. The promotion will also help others in the Ann Arbor area become familiar with our organization and encourage local membership. So please help out and visit often!”

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!”

United Poultry Concerns (UPC): International Respect for Chickens Day – Monday, May 4, 2009
“INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS DAY, MAY 4 is an annual project launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005 to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. Please do an ACTION for chickens on or around May 4. Ideas include leafleting on a busy street corner, holding an office party or classroom celebration, writing a letter to the editor, doing a radio call-in, tabling at the local church, school or shopping mall, hosting a vegan open house, or simply talking to family, friends or strangers about the plight – and delight – of chickens and how people can help them.”

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.”

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: Picnic on the Prairie – Sunday, May 17, 11:30 AM – 3 PM
“Come Meet the Animals & help us celebrate Chris and Michele’s 20th Anniversary! This is your chance to come out and meet all of the wonderful Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary residents. Come see the endearing individuals rescued and cared for thanks to your support. Walk through the fields with the goats and sheep, sit by the pond with the ducks and geese, and “Cock-a-doodle-doo” along with the talkative roosters. Give a pig a belly rub and compliment the turkeys as they proudly display their spring plumage.”

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.”

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28, 2009
“On June 20 through June 28 (two weekends and the weekdays in between), groups from across the world will hold vegan bake sales. Each participating group gets to choose its venue, what to sell, and how it uses the proceeds. We invite you to participate! You can hold the bake sale on any day during the period—or on more than one day if you like. Just about anyone can join in.”

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.

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