easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-22

April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Amnesty International: Ensure Justice for Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu!
“On October 16, 2008, WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu were arbitrarily arrested after participating in a peaceful protest, in which they demanded immediate access to much needed food aid in Zimbabwe. Police used excessive force to break up the peaceful protest of about 200 WOZA activists. Magodonga Mahlangu was beaten by police during her arrest. Following this incident, Jenni and Magodonga were charged with “disturbing the peace.” Their trial is currently scheduled for April 30. Call for the charges to be dropped immediately.”

Audubon: Help Stop Bird Kills at Communications Towers
“Millions of birds are killed each year when they collide with communications towers. Please urge the Federal Communications Commission to stop this needless killing of migratory songbirds. With the annual spring migration underway, take a moment right now to send a letter to the FCC and ask for immediate action to prevent migratory bird deaths at towers.”

Audubon: Protect the Endangered Species Act!
“The Endangered Species Act has been vital in preserving our nation’s most vulnerable birds and wildlife, but it has been significantly weakened by Bush administration rule-changes designed to limit scientific review of federal projects which could harm endangered species. The Secretary of Interior has until May 9 to reverse these ill-conceived changes and restore the Endangered Species Act. Please ask Secretary Ken Salazar to restore the full protections of the Endangered Species Act.”

Big Cat Rescue: Save The Tigers
“From being farmed in China for their parts. Sign our petition below and ask your friends to do the same.”

Council for a Livable World: Avoiding Confrontations with Iran; Urge your Representative to co-sponsor H.Con.Res 94
“Please support H. Con. Res. 94, introduced by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Geoff Davis (R-KY), which calls for the United States to negotiate an “Incidents at Sea Arrangement” with Iran. This agreement would help protect American lives in a strategically important waterway in the Middle East. Currently, numerous U.S. naval ships have few procedures for dealing with the Iranian navy operating in the Persian Gulf. An agreement between these two countries, like the successful one we negotiated with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, could establish procedures to prevent dangerous military confrontations in this waterway.”

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research: Join our Make Animal Testing History virtual march
“Animal advocacy groups are taking to cyber-space in a major Europe-wide campaign to persuade policy makers to give better protection to animals used in experiments. Europe’s outdated, twenty year old legislation on animal experiments (Directive 86/6091) is being revised but so far MEPs have taken little account of public support for reform. The march is being launched for World Week for Animals in Laboratories. The Make Animal Testing History virtual march has been launched by the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, Four Paws and the Humane Society International and aims to see thousands of EU citizens coming together in what will be a global first for animal protection campaigning.”

Human Rights First: Learning from our tortured past
“Tell President Obama: We need a non-partisan inquiry to make sure we don’t repeat past mistakes Today’s Senate report on torture and President Obama’s comments have set the wheels in motion – but we need your help to keep up the momentum towards a full reckoning on the United States’ use of torture. Call on President Obama to set up a nonpartisan inquiry to evaluate the full cost of abuses, look at how we got there, and come up with safeguards so we don’t repeat the same mistakes. The U.S. needs to invest in a forward-looking strategy on intelligence gathering that gives interrogators training and guidance on which techniques work, and which techniques – such as torture – don’t.”

Kinship Circle: 4/20/09: Stop The Military’s War On Innocents
“Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury. Tell the military to end trauma testing on animals.”

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Tell your senators to pass the Appalachia Restoration Act and end mountaintop removal mining
“Cumberland mountainsThe recently introduced bipartisan Appalachia Restoration Act would stop the destruction mountaintop removal mining causes to our environment and mining communities. Send a message urging your senators to support and vote Yes for the Appalachia Restoration Act.”

Patrick Leahy: Support the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
“Federal law enforcers need more resources to prosecute and punish the mortgage and corporate fraudsters that have so severely undermined our economy and hurt so many hard-working people. That’s why I introduced the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act in the Senate to combat the growing wave of fraud by authorizing additional funding, filling in statutory gaps, and updating federal fraud statutes. But I need your help to email your Members of Congress and urge them to support the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act.”

PETA: Urge Congress to Support the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act
“The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669) would prevent the importation of non-native wildlife species that pose high risks to native wildlife, the environment, human health, or the economy. […] Evaluating animal species before they are imported can prevent disease outbreaks, protect our natural resources, and spare millions of animals the suffering of the exotic-pet trade.”

PETA: Live Cats Used in Cruel Training Courses at Texas Tech
“Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has been buying live cats from Odessa, Texas, Animal Control for use in cruel medical training courses. PETA has filed a complaint with the university urging officials to replace the use of cats in this training with educationally superior medical simulation tools. […] Please contact TTUHSC’s vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Steven L. Berk, and urge him to stop these cruel training procedures on cats.”

PETA: Tell Baxter to Take Responsibility for Chimpanzees Used in Hepatitis and HIV Experiments
“Pharmaceutical behemoth Baxter International is turning its back on 41 chimpanzees who were used by the company (known then as Immuno) for decades in painful hepatitis and HIV experiments. The “Baxter chimpanzees,” as they are known, were retired from the experiments in 1999 and sent to a safari park in Austria. Now, PETA has learned that Baxter plans to separate the chimpanzees and send them to zoos in Hungary.”

PETA: URGENT: Urge Los Angeles Unified School District to Stop Using Glue Traps!
“Horrified parents of students attending Los Angeles County schools recently contacted PETA after learning that the district is using glue traps to kill mice in its buildings. We immediately alerted school officials to the extreme cruelty of these traps and asked that they remove the traps and explore the use of humane rodent-control methods. The response PETA received from officials indicated a reluctance to stop using glue traps. Although we have implored them to reconsider, we have not yet received a positive response.”

“President Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, is under attack from anti-choice extremists. They want to block her confirmation, and they’re doing everything they can to convince their allies in the Senate to play along. Gov. Sebelius is a leading health policy expert, a popular governor, and a strong advocate for increased health care access. With countless women and their families struggling to afford quality health care during these difficult times, she is exactly the kind of leader we need to create true health care reform. Tell your senators to vote to confirm Gov. Sebelius as secretary of health and human services.”

Think Progress: TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress To Hold Impeachment Hearings Against Judge Jay Bybee
“ThinkProgress is sending a petition to the members of the House Judiciary Committee — where impeachment articles are drawn — imploring them to act now to remove Bybee from public office. Please join our efforts! Jay Bybee has neither the legal nor moral authority to sit in judgment of others. Sign the petition below.”

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Protect Science in the Endangered Species Act
“In its final days, the Bush administration changed the Endangered Species Act to allow federal agencies to decide for themselves how much their own projects (such as roads, dams, and mines) would impact imperiled species. This allowed agencies, often lacking their own adequate scientific expertise, to no longer consult expert biologists in making key decisions. The Interior and Commerce Departments have the opportunity to roll back these flawed changes, but they must do it by May 9. Please urge both department secretaries to restore the scientific foundation of the Endangered Species Act.”


Whole Foods: Make a Simple Green Resolution and Win!
“Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. In celebration of our planet’s big day, why not take a moment to make a simple green resolution for the coming year? […] Tell us one simple green change you’re planning to make for Earth Day. Everyone who enters a comment on this post between now and April 30th will be entered to win a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag. The winner will be announced the first week of May in our Whole Story blog, so stay tuned!”


Earthjustice e.Brief, April 2009
“Earth Day Stunner: EPA Regulates Mercury from Cement Kilns”

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, April 22, 2009
“Make Every Day a Real Earth Day!”

‘Round the Interwebz

Grand Jury Resistance Project (via Vegan Soapbox)

Internet for Everyone: Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road

Internet for Everyone: Wired Less: Disconnected in Urban America

Making Hay: Virtual Reality

The PETA Files: PETA Backs Buffalo, New York, Slaughterhouse

Thoughts on Earth Day

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Earth Day, Food Choices, and Heads in the Sand

Cara @ Feministe: Ways I Will NOT Be Celebrating Earth Day

Green for All: Be the face of the movement. Make yourself a Green Jobs Icon.

The Onion: Making Your Block Greener

That Vegan Girl: A comment about Environmentalism

Think Progress: Congress’s Earth Week

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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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.)

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