The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 17

August 22nd, 2009 1:38 pm by Kelly Garbato

Save the Whales, Boycott PETA (175x750)

Here’s your weekend link roundup, folks. I still intend to weigh in on a few of PETA’s recent campaigns, including the whole “Save the Whales” clusterfuck. In the meantime, I’ve probably written a week’s worth of material on other people’s blogs; see, for example, my comments on change.org, as well as on the Animals Rights Facebook wall. I hope to coalesce these into one monster blog piece sometime next week. Until then, feel free to jump into the fray, futility be damned. (Honestly – what’s with the idol worship? Since when did critical thinking, self-reflection and debate become impediments? Blind hero worship, no want!)

Also, I spent Friday afternoon remixing PETA’s billboard to better reflect my feelings, namely, “Save the ‘Whales’: Boycott PETA” (by “whales” I mean the actual whales PETA is insulting with this speciesist ad, as well as the so-called “whales” who are the most obvious target of PETA’s hate). You can download a large copy of the “Boycott PETA” billboard image here. The version included at the top of this post is a little different; I reworked the dimensions to 750×175 so that I could add it to the series of rotating banners on the website. It doesn’t really fit with the “V for Vegan” theme, but I think it looks awesome up there anyway. If you feel as I do, and like the anti-PETA banner, please download, display and share it.

And yes, I recognize the irony in decorating this post with a “Boycott PETA” banner while still linking to a number of PETA action alerts and contests. As much as I abhor how PETA spreads its message, the group still does some good work, such as with its undercover investigations and targeted email campaigns. I’ll continue to link to alerts with which I agree – and share contests as long as the giveaways are not offensive – because the animals should not suffer for PETA’s sizeism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, speciesism, etc., etc., etc. The Illinois deer about to be maimed and murdered by crossbows, for example, have nothing to do with PETA’s hateful rhetoric; they still need us to speak for them. We can and should lend our voices to them, while also speaking out against PETA’s “isms.”

The most effective way to do this, is to boycott the group with our pocketbooks. If you have time or money to donate, please give to a more deserving – and ethically consistent – organization, such as Peaceful Prairie, Eastern Shore, Igualdad Animal, LGBT Compassion, or PCRM.

Finally, the Humane Society of Missouri is holding its speciesist polo/BBQ fundraiser as I write. If you haven’t yet, please read Stephanie’s piece, “Fundraising for Animals by Endangering and Killing Animals,” and take action. Obviously, it’s too late to stop this year’s event, but if we keep the pressure on, hopefully we can convince them to rethink organizing similar events in the future. Since Stephanie launched the campaign, Animal Place and United Poultry Concerns have both added their voices.

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Alaska Wilderness League: President Obama: America’s Arctic Deserves Protection

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Take Action! Save the Deer of Cayuga Heights

Animals Australia: Help End the Dolphin Slaughter!

Born Free USA: 100 Americans Can Stop the “Pet” Primate Trade

Born Free USA: Stop the Trade in Bear Parts

Center for Biological Diversity: Tell Tennessee to Give Wild Turtles a Break

DawnWatch: Vick on 60 Minutes this Sunday, 8/16/09

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Action Alert: Liberia’s Plans to Resume Industrial Primary Rainforest Logging Already Plagued by Corruption as Samling Poised to Pounce

Forest Ethics: Time is running out for caribou; Protect caribou habitat from Sears clear-cuts

Greenpeace: Make the Switch to Safer Technologies [H.R. 2868 & H.R. 3258, the chemical security bill]

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Save Cloud And His Herd From Capture

In Defense of Animals (IDA): USDA Moves to Confiscate Elephant Jewel (Update below)

Kinship Circle: 8/18/09: Put Petland Out Of The Bunny Business & Jail Killer

Making Hay: Advertising Company Exploits Cows in NYC

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Ask the Mexican government to prohibit shrimp trawling in key vaquita habitat.

Oceana: Protect Deep-sea Corals [If you choose to use the sample letter provided, please edit for speciesism.]

Orangutan Outreach: Emergency Appeal: Borneo is Burning

Pacific Environment: Take action to stop the re-opening of the Pulp and Paper Mill on Lake Baikal!

PETA: Urge Horry County, SC, Officials to Deny Cruel Fox-Penning

PETA: Ask Japanese University to Halt Cruel Veterinary Training

PETA: Urge NYC Department of Education to Stop Using Glue Traps!

PETA: Urge IL Property Owners’ Association to Halt Cruel Bow Hunt!

PETA: Update: Brookstone Employees Leave Sick Animals on Store Shelves

PETA: Demand End to Cruel Sales of Hermit Crabs and Sugar Gliders!

PETA: Urge Pet Supplies “Plus” to Stop Using Glue Traps!

PETA: Tell Shiseido to Stop Testing Cosmetics on Animals

The PEW Campaign for Responsible Mining: Protect the Grand Canyon

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Join the healthy school lunch revolution!

Sierra Club: Enforce Energy Code Recovery Act Requirements

Sierra Club: Tell Congress to Clean Up Cement Kilns

United Poultry Concerns (UPC): UPC Tells Little Rhody Egg Farms Owner: Stop Starving Your Hens!; Many Letters Have Been Sent, More Are Needed. Please Send A Message!

The Wilderness Society: Defend America’s Arctic and all of its precious wildlife

WWF: Protect America’s Arctic and Bristol Bay

Action Alerts: Human Rights

ACORN: Tell Litton of Goldman Sachs to Keep Their Promise.

ACLU: Stand Against Corporal Punishment

Amnesty International: Re-introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)

Amnesty International: Protect the human rights of US citizens and immigrants locked up in jails across the U.S.

Amnesty International: Aung San Suu Kyi — matching words with action.

NOW: Send Thanks to Dr. Carhart

Peace Action West: Say no to sanctions on Iran

People for the American Way (PFAW): Thank Rep. Barney Frank for standing up to the extremism.

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell the President and Congress: It’s time to repeal DOMA.

Public Citizen: Ask Your Members of Congress to Support the Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Shakesville: Fuck Me or Starve; New Afghan law permits Shia men to starve and rape their wives [With action alert & sample letter]

Stop Family Violence: Stop Family Violence calls on Marriott to lead Hotel Industry in Reforms

True Majority: Obama just attacked wasteful weapons spending again. Tell your Senators you support cutting weapons too while the issue is hot!

United Farm Workers (UFW): Your help is more urgently needed than ever at Ruby Ridge; Ruby Ridge Dairy gives “under the gun” a new meaning

United Farm Workers (UFW): New: Fight Brewing at Washington State Dairy

Campaign Updates

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Breaking News! USDA Undersecretary Ann Wright’s office has confirmed that Tina and Jewel were confiscated Thursday August 20! Stay tuned for more information!

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #193 @ The EcoChic

Contests

The PETA Files: ‘Win It’ Wednesday: GurglePot [Deadline: September 2]

PETA2: Win Vegan Shoes From olsenHaus! [Deadline: September 10]

Newsletters

ASPCA: eNews, August 21, 2009 – Owner Arrested After Dog Dies from Severe Neglect

Best Friends: eNews, August 20, 2009 – Video: Georgia and Dogtown’s John Garcia on Larry King Live!

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC): Dissent is Patriotic, August 2009, Vol. 8, No. 8

Born Free USA: eNewsletter, August 20, 2009 – Help Stop the “Pet” Primate Trade and the Trade in Bear Parts

Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth Online, No. 474, August 20, 2009 – Corruption Interrupted, Power Plant Hits Hitch

Earthjustice e.Brief, August 2009 – Urgent – Wolf Hunts Imminent

Food Empowerment Project: eNewsletter, August 12, 2009 – F.E.P. Founder Receives Award, Pick Up Your Pen for Farmworkers

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, August 20, 2009

Vegan Outreach: eNewsletter, August 19, 2009 – Summer Report, Fall Starting

Petitions: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Reinstate Federal Protections for Northern Rockies Wolves

Stop Shark Finning

President Obama, Please Protect the Grand Canyon

We Demand Justice for Bowser Cruelly Killed by Owner

JUSTICE FOR SAMMIE…………..& ALL PETS

The need for animal police unit in San Antonio, Texas

Stop the Kill After Attack Method

Save the Wild Horses of Montana’s Pryor Mountains

Stop Clearcutting California!

Tell Procter & Gamble to stop Testing on Animals

Ban Military’s Torture of Animals

Petitions: Human Rights

End Workplace Bullying — A Public Epidemic

‘Round the Interwebs

Bitch Blogs: Inside the Bank of Breast Milk

Invisible Voices: What a natural rooster standoff looks like

My Face Is On Fire: On Vick and Vegans

National Lawyers Guild (NLG): Operation Backfire: A Survival Guide for Environmental and Animal Rights Activists (.pdf file)

NRDC: ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification – Premiering August 12th on Discovery Planet Green.

NY Times: Swine Flu’s Risks Increase for Australia’s Aborigines

Oh My Gov!: Obama outpacing Bush on controversial ‘signing statements’; Flexing executive power, president tests a campaign promise

Upcoming Events

Farm Sanctuary: Walk for Farm Animals – September through October 2009

Puppy Mill Awareness Day – Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ocean Conservancy: International Coastal Cleanup – Saturday, September 19, 2009

Farm Sanctuary: NY Farm Animal Care Conference – Saturday, September 19 through Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Watkins Glen, New York

Best Friends: No More Homeless Pets National Conference – Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV

Defenders of Wildlife: Carnivore Conservation in a Changing World – Sunday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Denver, Colorado

Farm Sanctuary: NY and CA Thanksgiving Celebration FOR the Turkeys – Saturday, November 21, 2009 in Watkins Glen, New York and Orland, California

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The Art of Compassion Gala Celebrating PCRM’s 25th Anniversary, Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Malibu, California

Your Weekly Click-Through Reminders

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About

“The easyVegan Weekend Activist” is a weekly roundup of animal and environmental advocacy action alerts, campaign updates, carnivals, contests, newsletters, petitions, upcoming events and miscellaneous resources, posted every weekend at easyvegan.info. Follow the links provided in order to learn more and take action!

For the time being, the weekly newsletter-esque format will replace the near-daily link roundups I previously posted under the title “easyVegan Link Sanctuary.” Hopefully, this condensed, once-weekly “newsletter” will free up some time so that I can perform more meaningful blogging. If you have any questions or comments about the new format, please drop me a line in the comments section!

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.

If you’d like to get on the above organizations’ e-mail lists, I’ve compiled a full list of all my resources on the Get Active! page.

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2 Responses to “The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 17”

  1. Glenn Says:

    Farm Sanctuary is also a worthy organization to support. They run two sanctuaries for farm animals and have been involved in some of the most important legislation protecting farm animals that has been passed in the US.

  2. Kelly G. Says:

    Definitely! Along with Best Friends, I give FS so much love, I though I’d spread it around for a change.

    And of course, don’t forget Liberation BC! (*wink, wink*)

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