Amnesty International: Don’t let Fathi el-Jahmi die in detention
“Libyan Journalists, writers and political activists who criticize the authorities or seek to organize peaceful demonstrations risk arrest, torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Fathi el-Jahmi has been detained for more than 5 years after bravely speaking out for political reforms in Libya. He suffers from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, and his health is reportedly deteriorating.”
Common Cause: Petition: Release the Torture Memos
“Candidate Obama promised an era of unparalleled openness and transparency in Washington. President Obama has a big opportunity to make good on those promises by releasing the so-called Justice Department torture memos. The American people have the right to know what is in these memos. Sign the petition now calling on the White House and the Justice Department to release the Bush torture memos on Thursday.”
DawnWatch: NPR covers battery egg farm cruelty investigation 4/13/09
“The animal advocacy group, Mercy for Animals, recently did an undercover investigation at New England’s largest egg factory farm. You’ll find the details of the investigation and shocking video at www.mercyforanimals.org/maine-eggs. As a result of the investigation, the state police and Maine Department of Agriculture raided the farm on April 1. There was a lot of great local media coverage, the highlights of which you’ll find at www.mercyforanimals.org/maine-eggs/updates.asp. Yesterday, Monday April 11, the story went national as it was covered on the National Public Radio show ‘All Things Considered.’”
Defenders of Wildlife: Help End Aerial Wolf Killing: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the PAW Act [for select US residents only]
“So far, more than 1,000 wolves have been chased down by gunmen in low-flying aircraft and killed with high-powered rifles. This year alone, at least 232 wolves have been killed putting the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season on pace to become the deadliest in years. During the last session of Congress, your U.S. Representative was one of more than 120 principled lawmakers who signed on as a cosponsor of the Protect America’s Wildlife (PAW) Act, federal legislation to end the controversial practice of using aircraft and gunmen to chase and kill wolves in Alaska.”
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Montana: Say NO to Horse Slaughter
“The three horse slaughter plants in the United States were shut down in Illinois and Texas in 2007, and the federal government is likely to pass legislation that would halt the transport of horses for slaughter. Funding for federal inspectors has been halted, so horsemeat cannot legally be shipped across state lines. Congress has voted time and time again to ban horse slaughter and it is only a matter of time before a federal ban is enacted. Despite all of these steps towards banning horse slaughter, the Montana legislature just passed a dangerous bill, H.B. 418, to authorize the creation of investor-owned horse slaughter plants—and would put in place provisions to protect such a slaughter plant from judicial challenge. H.B. 418 is heading to Governor Schweitzer for his signature. We just have one last chance to stop this bill!”
People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell the Senate: CONFIRM JOHNSEN!
“Dawn Johnsen has been tapped by President Obama to head the incredibly important Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Justice Department. It’s the same office which under the last president offered the legal rationale for the administration’s torture policies and approved other policies that undermined privacy and due process rights. Dawn Johnsen is the perfect pick to clean it up and restore justice. Staying true to their commitment to extreme government secrecy, some Republican senators are threatening to filibuster Johnsen’s nomination if certain documents from the Bush administration OLC are made public. They are also distorting her record and attacking her qualifications because she was such an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s legal policies. On top of that, the Religious Right has made it a priority to sink her nomination because she is an experienced advocate for reproductive freedom.”
PETA: Live Dogs Mutilated and Abused in Ohio State University Laboratory
“For the past 27 years, Ohio State University (OSU) experimenter George Billman has used taxpayer dollars to cut dogs open and induce heart attacks in them. He inserts a cuff around an artery, sews the dogs back up, then forces the dogs to run on a treadmill. He then tightens the cuff, causing a coronary artery occlusion. [...] PETA reviewed the records for 10 dogs recently used by Billman and found evidence that federal regulations may have been violated, including failure to minimize pain, discomfort, and distress; failure to provide adequate veterinary care; and failure to euthanize animals who were in extreme distress. PETA has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health calling on these agencies to investigate Billman’s laboratory. We are calling on OSU to stop George Billman’s invasive and unnecessary experiments on dogs. Please contact OSU President Gordon Gee and experimenter George Billman and urge them to stop these cruel and pointless experiments on dogs.”
PETA: URGENT: Urge Knox County, Tennessee, Schools to Stop Using Glue Traps!
“Horrified parents of students attending Knox County Schools recently contacted PETA upon learning that the school district was reportedly using glue traps to kill mice in its buildings. We immediately alerted school officials to the extreme cruelty of these types of traps and asked that they remove the traps immediately and instead explore humane rodent-control methods. School officials agreed to share our concerns with their operations department, but we haven’t received confirmation that glue traps have been replaced with more humane alternatives. In the meantime, we continue to receive complaints from individuals alleging that glue traps are currently set out in various Knox County schools!”
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Healthy School Lunch Petition for Students
“Students, now is your chance to tell Congress that you and your classmates across the country deserve healthy foods—more vegetables, fruits, vegetarian foods, and healthful nondairy beverages. Sign the petition below and join the healthy school lunch revolution.”
Public Citizen: Tell Congress: No FTA with Tax Haven Panama!
“As millions of Americans rush to complete their taxes, some administration officials are pushing to “rapidly” approve a leftover Bush NAFTA deal with Panama – a nation notorious for helping corporations escape paying their fair share. In fact, Panama was just featured on a key list of countries who have long promised to adopt international tax norms, but have systematically refused to do so. Just the other day, Obama’s lead staffer for this week’s Summit of the Americas, Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, told a corporate audience in Washington that the administration wants to move “rapidly” on the Panama FTA. As if any NAFTA expansion was not already a terrible idea, this particular deal would eviscerate efforts now underway to end Panama’s tax-haven, banking secrecy and money laundering outrages.”
The Sierra Club: Tell Congress to Protect our Rivers and Lakes from Pollution!
“Recent court decisions, bad Bush administration policies and legal confusion have weakened the Clean Water Act, which has been successfully protecting all waters of the U.S. for over 35 years. Congress must act now to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act to stop polluters from ravaging wetlands, streams, headwaters, and lakes.”
The Sierra Club: Don’t Drill Our Coasts: Submit your comments!
“Protect our CoastIn the waning days of the Bush administration, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) pushed through a 5-year drilling program which would open the majority of our coasts to offshore drilling. Secretary Salazar has put a halt on this unbalanced plan by extending the public comment period through September. You can now submit your comments to the MMS and let them know that drilling is not the answer. Please use our talking points below to draft and submit your personalized comments. The Sierra Club will compile and deliver them before the September 21 deadline.”
Best Friends: eNews, April 14, 2009
“Watch brand new episodes of DogTown every Friday on The National Geographic Channel.”
New American Dream: New Dream News, April 14, 2009, #51
“Beef and the Environment: A Comprehensive Guide”
The Sierra Club: Club Currents, Volume VII, #15, April 14, 2009
“Be Part of the World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break”
United Animal Nations (UAN): eNews, April 2009
“Take our poll: Where did you meet your pet?”
Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, Special!
“Special Announcement! Animal Activist’s Handbook Now Available!”
‘Round the Interwebz
On the Obama doggy drama:
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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