easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-20

April 20th, 2009 8:57 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

CARE: The Human Face of Climate Change
“Climate change is not only affecting butterflies and polar bears, it’s affecting humans, too. For people living in extreme poverty — 60 percent of whom are women — climate change presents a profound threat to their very survival. […] Poor women and families are least responsible for causing climate change, yet they are suffering most from its effects. And, with the fewest resources to help them adapt to new conditions, they will pay the highest price. Indeed, they are already. Heed President Obama’s call for immediate action to help the world’s poorest people by asking Congress to enact legislation now!”

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Impeach Torture Architect Bybee
“Last week, President Obama released four torture authorization memos written by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) under the Bush administration that devised a legal framework for the justification of the Torture Program. The memos were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Center for Constitutional Rights helped file with the ACLU and other organizations. The memos were intended to provide legal cover for officials to carry out abhorrent, illegal and ineffective techniques that were approved at the highest levels of the Bush administration in violation U.S. and international law and the U.S. Constitution. One of the principal authors was Jay Bybee, the former head of the OLC and today a federal judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Color of Change: Stop Discriminatory Sentencing
“Misguided politicians and their “war on drugs” have created a national disaster: 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 20 and 34 are now behind bars (and 1 in 15 Black adults overall). It’s a man-made disaster, fueled by unfair sentencing rules. These rules treat 5 grams of crack cocaine—the kind common in poor Black communities—the same as 500 grams of powder cocaine, the kind prevalent in White and wealthier communities. Tell Congress to challenge unequal justice right now by ending unfair sentencing laws.”

DawnWatch: 60 Minutes fluff piece on matadors 4/19/09
“CBS’s 60 Minutes has done some beautifully animal friendly stories recently — last month’s piece on the poisoning of lions in Africa, and a piece in December on the ivory trade, for example. Unfortunately last night, Monday April 19, the show ruined its good record with a piece on two matadors who were referred to as Spain’s most eligible bachelors. The story reported and furthered their heartthrob status, and while showing them in the ring slaughtering bulls, did not discuss the cruelty of bullfighting.”

FARM on Change .org: Act Now to Protect the Rights of Animal Activists
“The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was enacted by Congress with little debate or awareness at the behest of the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries and signed by President Bush in late 2006. […] The leaders in the Judiciary Committees, charged with protecting our civil liberties and the rule of law, must take the initiative in repealing this disastrous legislation.”

Feminist Majority Foundation: Urge President Karzai to Withdraw Shia Law
“The thousands of letters you sent asking Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Said Jawad to review the draft of a Shia family law that would strip Afghan women and girls of their basic human rights have made an impact! Karzai and Jawad have announced that the law will be revised in accordance with the Afghan constitution, which guarantees equal rights for women. Now, make sure Karzai fulfills his pledge.”

Fire Dog Lake: Petition to Attorney General Eric Holder: Appoint a Special Prosecutor
“President Obama released four memoranda from the Bush Justice Department that sets forth in graphic detail the torture techniques that were authorized and ordered by the highest officials in our government. These techniques are indisputably crimes, and the U.S., in the past, has prosecuted leaders of other countries for using them. The rule of law demands that our leaders not be above the law.”

People for the American Way (PFAW): Impeach Judge Jay Bybee
“One of the architects of the Bush administration’s torture policies is a federal judge with a lifetime appointment. We need accountability. As the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel under President George W. Bush, Jay Bybee tried to bend the law to justify the administration’s torture policies. Had the Bush era torture memos — released by the Obama administration — been disclosed when Jay Bybee was nominated by the former president for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he probably would not have been confirmed by the Senate.”

Public Citizen: Sign letter to Obama on U.S. Radioactive Waste Policy
“President Obama has taken a clear position on Yucca Mountain. By curtailing activity at the proposed repository for our nation’s radioactive waste, the Obama administration has opened up the door for a new look at U.S. nuclear waste policy. The letter below not only states our position on nuclear waste management, but also urges President Obama to involve affected communities in the evaluation process. We want to be involved in this process and we hope it will be earnest, open, and transparent. In that spirit, we urge ask that all levels of the Obama administration embrace and honor this period of evaluation of nuclear waste policy and ensure that the voices of the public are heard in that evaluation.”

Save the Manatee Club: Send an Urgent Letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist to Protect Manatees and Their Habitat
“There are only a few weeks remaining before the Florida Legislature comes to a close. So far, it has been an incredibly tough session. Developers, along with many legislators, are hard at work trying to weaken Florida’s permitting process claiming government regulation is causing them economic hardship. Florida’s natural resources and wildlife are literally under siege by developers and those legislators who put developers’ interests before the public interest. Please send the email below to Florida Governor Charlie Crist urging him to veto any bills that weaken environmental protection and/or state agencies that regulate growth. This is not the first time – nor will it be the last – that developers have tried to “streamline” the permitting process so they can enjoy yet more profits from destroying environmentally sensitive lands with fewer regulations to safeguard our natural resources. “Streamlining” is really another word for “derailing” environmental protection!”

The Sierra Club: Applaud EPA for Taking a Giant Step in Addressing Global Warming
“Be a part of the Big Picture – send a thank you message to the EPA to join the campaign. Determining that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare is a bold and necessary step towards solving the climate crisis and realizing President Obama’s vision for a prosperous clean energy economy. The world scientific community tells us that we must act now to combat climate change. Swiftly finalizing this decision will jumpstart that effort.”

Newsletters

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Compassionate Action, April 20, 2009
“D.C. restaurant goes vegan for Earth Day!”

Conservation International: eNews, April 20, 2009
“eNews update: The turtles are racing south, and celebrating Earth Day”

Petitions

Care2’s Earth Week Challenge

‘Round the Interwebz

Animal Rights @ Change .org: In Memory of April and Friend, Hunting Dogs

The End of America: View three short clips from The End of America about Unlawful Detention and Torture, Privatized Military and Outlawing Dissent

No Kill Advocacy Center: “How We Did It” by the Nevada Humane Society – Transforming Your Community

Vegan Soapbox: Food, Inc: Happy Vs Sad Meat?

Upcoming Events

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.”

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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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!

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