easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-23

April 23rd, 2009 9:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

Action Alerts

Amnesty International: Tell the truth about torture through an independent commission
“Tell your Representative and Senators and President Obama to expose abuse and hold perpetrators accountable. Momentum for an independent investigation into torture is growing. However, without your help, we may not achieve a strong, independent commission with the force of law that can expose the torture and abuse committed in our name and that can help prevent the U.S. from torturing in the future.”

CREDO Action: Tell Chevron: Fire the lawyer behind Bush torture.
“President Obama says it’s up to Attorney General Holder whether to prosecute the individuals responsible for the Bush administration’s torture policies. We submit that one of the top names on Holder’s list should be William J. Haynes II. […] Haynes left the Pentagon when Rumsfeld did, but instead of going into exile – or better yet, prison – Haynes instead went to a cushy gig as chief corporate counsel for Chevron.”

Earthjustice: A Global Warming Story You Haven’t Heard; Soot causes global warming.
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is sending a team to represent the United States at Tromsø. As a senator, she co-sponsored a bill on black carbon and visited the Arctic to see the devastating effects of climate change first hand. Now, as her team prepares for the Arctic Council Ministerial, we must let her and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson know how important it is for the United States to lead the way. This is your chance to have a voice in critical world affairs. But time is very short. You need to take action now by urging Sec. Clinton and Administrator Jackson to take the lead in Tromsø.”

Feminist Majority Foundation: Help Free Journalist Roxana Saberi
“Please join feminists and human rights activists worldwide in urging the Iranian government to commute the sentence of journalist Roxana Saberi. Saberi was initially arrested in February, purportedly for working without press credentials. In March, she was charged with espionage and being an American spy. She was sentenced to 8 years in prison after a one day, closed-door trial. No evidence against Saberi has been released by the Iranian government. It is increasingly evident that the charges against her are baseless and reports indicate that she may have been forced to make incriminating statements while imprisoned. Write to urge Iran’s reversal of Saberi’s sentence and her immediate release from prison.”

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Tell President Obama: Adopt from a Shelter
“Please express your disappointment that the Obamas obtained a puppy from a breeder, rather than adopting from a shelter as they had previously promised. Urge that any dogs the Obamas add to their family now or in the future should be from a shelter or rescue.”

Indict Bush Now: Letter to Eric Holder: Appoint a Special Prosecutor for Torturers
“We call on the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the other architects of the Bush-era torture program and for other criminal acts including war crimes, lying to Congress, and engaging in a massive illegal secret spying program against the people of the United States. No one is above the law.”

International Women’s Media Foundation (IMWF): Demand Reporter Roxana Saberi’s Freedom From Iranian Jail
“The Women’s Media Center has been closely following the case of Roxana Saberi, the American reporter detained, then convicted by an Iranian court to an eight-year jail sentence for spying for the US. We are encouraged that Nobel Prize winner and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi will help in her case. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Saberi should be given a chance to defend herself. President Barack Obama has declared his support for Saberi, insisting she is innocent. We are asking our supporters to add their voices in demanding Roxana Saberi’s immediate release. We urge you to sign the petition of our sister organization, The International Women’s Media Foundation, which works for the rights of women journalists here and abroad.”

National Whistleblowers Center (NWC): DOL Secretary Solis Must Protect Whistleblowers Now!
“For years whistleblowers and the public have suffered under an Administrative Review Board (ARB) that is openly hostile to employee whistleblowers. Since the previous administration appointed new ARB members in 2001, the Board has limited the kinds of adverse actions whistleblowers can challenge, raised the burdens of proof, used technicalities to trip up whistleblowers, and limited their recoveries in the few cases they do win. Take Action! Tell Secretary Solis to Appoint New ARB Members Immediately!”

PETA: Urge Secretary of Agriculture to Protect Baby Elephants and Chimpanzees
“Carson & Barnes Circus, which was videotaped beating and shocking elephants, is currently dragging a baby elephant named Val around the country and forcing her to perform with Shrine Circuses. Lisa Marie, a baby chimpanzee with a business called Ed and Annette’s Monkeys & More, is being carted around the Chicago area in a solid Rubbermaid bin for exhibition at birthday parties and other events. At barely 2 years old, both Val and Lisa Marie should still be receiving care and nurturing from their mothers. […] While elephants and chimpanzees should not be used in entertainment at any age, at the very least, young animals should be permitted to remain with their mothers for an appropriate period of time. Please send polite letters to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and ask that the U.S. Department of Agriculture adopt strict policies or regulations.”

PETA UK: Take Action to End Companion Animal Mistreatment and Abuse
“A motion (called a “written declaration”) has been put before MEPs calling for new measures to protect stray and companion animals from mistreatment and abuse. At the moment, some of the EU’s 27 member countries give very little legal protection to these animals, and as a result, millions of animals may be suffering from neglect or abuse. […] Please contact your MEP and ask him or her to sign the declaration.”

Campaign Updates

The True Food Network: Victory! Kansas Governor Vetoes Milk Labeling Bill!
“In a victory for local dairy farmers and consumers, Gov. Sebelius vetoes controversial bill that would have limited rbGH labeling on dairy products in the state.”


Best Friends: eNews, April 23, 2009
“You’ve helped them shine like stars”

Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth Online, No. 457, April 23, 2009
“Drilling Thwarted, Turtles Supported”

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Compassionate Action, April 23, 2009
“News Alert: Mayor declares “Veg Week” and Sen. Raskin to go veg for week ”

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, April 23, 2009
“Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Back In News As New Whistleblower Comes Forward” & more

Ocean Conservancy: Sea Change, April 2009
“Sea Otters, Lobstermen and Calendar Covers”

‘Round the Interwebz

Earthjustice UnEarthed: Rocket Formula In Baby Formula

End Human Trafficking @ Change. org: McNuggets for Sex in Australia

New York Times: ‘Skinny’ Authors Have New Goal: Making Men Buff

PETA2: Billboard Placement Fail


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.”

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.

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2 Responses to “easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2009-04-23”

  1. Ray Errol Fox Says:

    Re: “Help Free Journalist Roxana Saberi,” you state “Saberi was initially arrested in February, purportedly for working without press credentials.” My understanding is that her violation was trying to buy a bottle of wine in an Islamic society. I further believe that if she were a man, it would have been tolerated and excused by the powers ruling that society. I know first hand, as a journalist in Iran many years ago how the powers that be look the other way regarding far worse perceived violations to the Koran and “the people.” Roxana is in dire danger and needs our help. I posted an moving open letter to her from her fiance, filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, and urge everyone to read it. Please see “Free Roxana” at http://www.sonofthecucumberking.com, and then use the information at the bottom of the entry to let the Iranian government know how concerned we are and how deeply we care about Roxana. What has happened to her could happen to anyone of us.

  2. Kelly G. Says:

    Thank you for the information, Ray, I had not heard that.

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