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BP Oil "Spill": Animal Rescue, Disaster Relief, Action Alerts & Vegan Views

Last updated 4/20/11 @ 11:00 AM CDT.

As with the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, I’ve decided to create a single blog post which will act as a sort of “hub” where I’ll post information, action alerts, newsletters, etc. related to the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Given that President Obama intends to push forward with previously announced plans to expand offshore drilling, there’s a special emphasis on action alerts that address fossil fuels and/or their place in proposed climate change legislation. Where appropriate, I’ve also included information on what you can do to help meet immediate disaster relief needs in the Gulf Coast region.


“mom, this is just crazy!” Soleil the Sun Conure wants desperately to do something to aid her free-living avian cousins living in the Gulf Coast area. Can you HALP! her?
CC image via mNicolem on Flickr.

1. Armchair Activism

This section includes links to action alerts re: the recent BP oil spill, as well as offshore drilling and pending climate change legislation in general. The links are sorted chronologically, with the most recent additions appearing first. The list is far from inclusive; rather, it’s comprised of the emails that have landed in my inbox, and has been pared down based on usefulness and speciesist language.

Ongoing – Oil Spill: Wildlife Crisis [A project of the Endangered Species Coalition]

04/20/11 – CREDO Action: Destroying our gulf shouldn’t be a tax write-off. Tell BP to pay their fair share.

03/30/11 – Save Our Environment: No More Deepwater Drilling Permits in the Gulf!

01/24/11 – NRDC: Tell Congress to implement the recommendations of the presidential oil spill commission to prevent another Gulf oil disaster

10/19/10 – Save Our Environment: Offshore Oil Drilling Ban LIFTED?!?!

10/05/10 – Alliance for Justice: Tell BP to Do the Right Thing

10/01/10 – NRDC: Tell your senators that failure to address the BP oil disaster is not an option

09/29/10 – NRDC: Stop the Pebble Mine; Tell Anglo American: No More Broken Promises!

09/27/10: Public Citizen: Send Public Comments to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

09/22/10 – NRDC: Tell your senators that failure to address the BP oil disaster is not an option

09/17/10: PEW Environmental Group: Senate Action Can Help Stop Another Spill

09/16/10: The Wilderness Society: Keep arctic wildlife safe from drilling rigs. Take action now.

09/03/10 – Save the Manatee Club: Keep Pressure on Washington for a Federal Drilling Moratorium

08/25/10 – Public Citizen: BP Trust Fund Not So Trusty

08/23/10 – Environment New Mexico: Help us defuse BP’s ticking time bomb in the Gulf

08/18/10 – Wildcare: Petition to Support AB 234 Pre-Booms in California’s Waters

07/29/10 – Endangered Species Coalition: Tell Congress to protect our communities and environment from offshore oil disasters

07/28/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Tell Your Politicians to Clean up Politics and Save Gulf Wildlife

07/27/10 – The PEW Environment Group: Plug the leaks in the law now.

07/23/10 – NPCA: Protect National Park Lands Today and Tomorrow

07/22/10 – The Wilderness Society: Tell Congress to protect our lands from another drilling disaster

07/21/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Life-Saving Gulf Wildlife Aid at Risk: Don’t Let Big Oil Win

07/15/10 – Endangered Species Coalition: Save all wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico

07/15/10 – Public Citizen: Congress: You Have Oil on Your Hands

07/13/10 – Louisiana SPCA: July 2010 Tail Mail – The Impact of the BP Oil Disaster

07/12/10 – True Majority: Stop the Big Oil Bailout

07/08/10 – NRDC: Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to stop BP’s Liberty Project.

07/07/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Don’t Let BP Play Russian Roulette With the Arctic

07/01/10 – Call for Proposals: Crude Behavior: Animal Rights in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon

07/01/10 – Earthjustice: It’s Time For Independence From Fossil Fuels!

06/25/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Burned Alive – Help Stop BP from Torching Endangered Sea Turtles

06/25/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action for Sea Turtles, Pelicans and Other Coastal Wildlife [Should you choose to use it, please edit the sample letter for speciesism.]

06/22/10 – PETA: Push Attorneys General to Charge BP With Criminal Cruelty to Animals!

06/22/10 – Endangered Species Coalition: Stop BP from burning turtles alive in the oil spill

06/22/10 – CREDO Action: BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive.

06/22/10 – Firedoglake: Tell BP: Put Cleanup Workers’ Health Before Your PR

06/20/10 – Power Without Petroleum: Stop the bribes! Demand clean energy!

06/17/10 – Oil Change International: Separation of Oil and State

06/16/10 – CREDO Action: What President Obama should have said.

06/10/10 – Patrick Leahy: Support ECEA – Hold Big Oil Accountable! [Should you choose to use it, please edit the sample letter for speciesism.]

06/10/10 – The Wilderness Society: Protect Arctic Alaska, A Place Like No Other

06/10/10 – Endangered Species Coalition: Never Again: Save Wildlife from Deadly Oil Spills

06/09/10 – WWLTV: Oil spill hardships forcing owners to give away pets [With a list of food banks to which NOLA residents can make a donation]

06/08/10 – NRDC: Tell Your Senators to Pass Clean Energy Legislation and Prevent More Spills

06/08/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action for Loggerhead Sea Turtles

06/07/10 – The Wilderness Society: Don’t Let Them Gut the Clean Air Act! [Deadline: June 10]

06/05/10 – Change-dot-org: Not an Environmental Disaster? Tell Congressman Don Young to Stop Defending Big Oil

06/05/10 – PBS: How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico? [Get your Oil Spill Ticker here!]

06/04/10 – ecorazzi: Betty White Wildlife Fund Provides Grant To Gulf Dolphin Research

06/04/10 – Save Our Environment: Tell Obama: No More Offshore Drilling!

06/03/10 – The Wilderness Society: Sarah Palin and YOUR Alaska Lands

06/03/10 – The Sierra Club: Join the Eco Rescue and Recovery Team

06/03/10 – Cetacean Conservation: Declaration Of Cetacean Rights

06/01/10 – Change-dot-org: Tell Obama: Replace Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary

06/01/10 – National Whistleblowers Center: Protect Environmental Whistleblowers!

05/28/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Stop Risky Offshore Drilling Without Environmental Review

05/28/10 – Firedoglake: Tell the Senate it’s time to Hold BP Accountable; Sign our petition to the Senate to eliminate the liability cap and hold BP completely responsible

05/26/10 – Dawnwatch: Jack Hanna misinforms Anderson Cooper on BP gulf clean-up 5/25/10

05/26/10 – Earthjustice: It’s Time to Pause Arctic Oil Drilling! [Should you choose to use it, please edit the sample letter for speciesism.]

05/25/10 – CREDO Action: Tell EPA: Take away BP’s billions in federal contracts

05/25/10 – Repower America: Tell BP: Spill the Truth!

05/24/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Help Stop the Arctic Offshore Oil Disaster

05/21/10 – True Majority: No Bailout for BP

05/20/10 – Green for All: Gulf Oil Spill: Urge BP and President Obama to do their part!

05/17/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Protect Our Oceans From Oil Drilling’s Invisible Threat: Acidification [Should you choose to use it, please edit the sample letter for speciesism.]

05/17/10 – WWF: Prevent an Oil Spill Disaster in America’s Arctic

05/17/10 – NRDC: Tell your senators to oppose Sen. Murkowski’s attack on the Clean Air Act

05/17/10 – America Blog: Urge the President to fire homophobe Jonathan I. Katz

05/15/10 – Ecological Internet: Obama’s Crude Awakening: Offshore Oil Drilling Is Ecologically Devastating and Must End [Should you choose to use it, please edit the sample letter for speciesism.]

05/14/10 – Save the Manatee Club: Protect the Southeast U.S. From Another Oil Rig Disaster

05/13/10 – CREDO Action: An inconvenient truth about the climate bill

05/13/10 – IDA: Tell President Obama And Vice President Biden Please Stop All New Offshore Oil Drilling!

05/13/10 – AVAAZ: No More Offshore Drilling!

05/12/10 – RAN: Tell Obama to stand up to Big Oil! [Bullet point #5: Go vegan! You’ll have to pencil that one in yourself, though.]

05/12/10 – Defenders of Wildlife: Help Wildlife Survive a Changing Climate [5/17/10 deadline]

05/10/10 – The Wilderness Society: Stop Shell Oil’s offshore drilling plans in the Arctic

05/08/10 – Public Citizen: Boycott BP

05/08/10 – Oceana: Stop the Drill

05/06/10 – 350: Ban Offshore Drilling — Permanently!

05/06/10 – NRDC: Tell President Obama to Impose a Moratorium on New Offshore Drilling

05/03/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Gulf Spill Disaster – No New Offshore Oil Drilling!

V-E-G-A-N spells LOVE. Also: I refuse to include crazy sad pictures of grounded pelicans and oil-soaked otters and turtles belonging to endangered species, splayed out dead on their backs; there are plenty of those in the Kinship Circle alerts below. Until then: LOL birds, vegan food not-porn, and silly smooth red dachshunds, mkay?
CC image via frippy on Flickr.

2. Vegan Views & Mainstream News

In her Mother’s Day newsletter, Karen Dawn noted that she’s seen relatively little discussion of this man-made disaster on animal advocacy listservs. While I admit that my reading list has grown slimmer and slimmer as of late, I tend to agree (which is actually one reason why I decided to compile this link/info roundup).

In this section, I’d like to highlight vegan reactions to the BP oil spill. Where appropriate, I’ve also included links to ongoing coverage from (mostly veg-friendly) environmental organizations. All links appear in reverse chronological order.

Ongoing – Sea Shepherd: Operation Gulf Rescue

Ongoing – The Center for Biological Diversity: Gulf Disaster Coverage

Ongoing – Oil Spill: Wildlife Crisis [A project of the Endangered Species Coalition]

Ongoing – International Bird Rescue Research Center blog

Ongoing – NRDC’s Switchboard Blog: Disaster in the Gulf

Ongoing – Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Gulf Coast Response

Ongoing – Defenders of Wildlife: Offshore drilling in the U.S.

Ongoing – Mother Jones: MoJo’s BP Oil Spill Coverage

Ongoing – Democracy Now: BP Oil Spill

Ongoing – Salon: Gulf Oil Spill

Ongoing – Matter of Trust: Press and Press Releases

08/06/10 – Fast Company: Oil Is the New Black

08/01/10 – Invisible Voices: Paws for the Cause: Fundraiser for the Gulf Coast [August 15, 2010 @ Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA]

07/15/10 – vegansaurus!: How to help the other animals affected by the BP oil spill

07/09/10 – Alliance for Justice: Judicial Gusher: the Fifth Circuit’s Ties to Oil [.pdf]

07/07/10 – Best Friends: Relief for innocent victims; Twenty tons of dog food donated to help folks affected by Gulf oil spill provides the assistance needed to keep pets with their families

07/02/10 – Bloomberg Businessweek: BP, Coast Guard Will Save Turtles From Oil Burns

06/30/10 – Rainforest Action Network: Photo Essay: Ecuadorean Delegation Tours BP’s Oil Disaster in the Gulf

06/28/10 – Rainforest Action Network: Indigenous Ecuadoreans Share Oil Spill Experiences with Gulf Coast Communities

06/28/10 – Rainforest Action Network: The Lasting Stain of Oil: Cautionary Tales and Lessons from the Amazon

06/28/10 – The Discerning Brute: Oil Spilling and Spilling and Spilling

06/22/10 – Mother Jones: Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP

06/19/10 – BuzzFeed: BP is Burning Sea Turtles Alive

06/18/10 – Poverty News Blog: How would you like 50 years of oil spills?

06/11/10 – Deep Roots: Animal Rights Blog: Birds and the BP oil spill

06/10/10 – International Bird Rescue Research Center: Post release survival of oil affected sea birds

06/09/10 – Tom Dickinson @ Rolling Stone: The Spill, The Scandal and the President

06/09/10 – United Animal Nations: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Animals: Q & A

06/09/10 – vegansaurus!: Treehugger says that oil-soaked birds should be killed, not cleaned.

06/09/10 – Break the Matrix: Who Voted to Limit the Liability of Oil Companies?

06/07/10 – Kiss Me, I’m Vegan: The Animals of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

06/07/10 – Best Friends: Gulf Oil Spill: Saving those they can, Part 2

06/06/10 – Best Friends: Gulf Oil Spill: Saving those they can, Part 1

06/05/10 – GOOD Blog: BP Banishes Hair Booms

06/04/10 – If It Was My Home: Visualizing the BP Oil Spill Disaster

06/04/10 – Stephanie @ Animal Rights & AntiOppression: Their Faces Will Haunt Us

06/03/10 – True/Slant: Five ways to boycott BP without helping Exxon

06/02/10 – Sue Coe: Murder in the Gulf

06/01/10 – Change-dot-org: Why Ken Salazar Should Take the Fall for the Oil Spill

05/25/10 – Green is the New Red: Greenpeace Protesters Who Oppose Off-Shore Drilling Could Face Terrorism Charges

05/17/10 – Animal Legal Defense Fund: Lessons from the Oil Spill

05/14/10 – Reuters: Huge BP spill means a high-stakes hurricane season

05/12/10 – Our Hen House: PATH Says Wildlife Damage in the Gulf is Much Bigger Than BP Will Admit

05/12/10 – Center for Biological Diversity: Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate

05/06/10 – Spiegel Online: Expert Recommends Killing Oil-Soaked Birds

05/05/10 – vegansaurus!: Once more with feeling: Oil, not wind turbines, kills birds.

05/04/10 – vegansaurus!: This is the worst week ever, so watch some videos of adorable sneezing animals. Also, a rant.

05/04/10 – vegansaurus!: Devastating oil spill SUCKS BALLS: How we can help!

05/04/10 – Vegan-dot-com: Yes, PETA Really Does Convince People that All Animal Advocates are Nuts

05/04/10 – Vegan-dot-com: PETA Taunts Oil Spill Victims

05/03/10 – Green is the New Red: Did “Eco-Terrorists” Cause the Gulf Oil Spill?

05/02/10 – Sociological Images: The Power of Images in Environmental Movements

04/30/10 – PETA Media Center: PETA’s ‘Meat on Your Grill Equals Oil Spill’ Banner to Soar Over Alabama’s Gulf Coast [Oh yes they did.]

07/19/09 – Doris @ Animal Rights: Dawn Kills Animals

Angry Otter sez, “Fah-Q, BP! & Obama, u can shut ur piehoal 2, mkay? I d’nt vote 4 u anyway, so der.”
CC image via xrrr on Flickr.

3. Well Worth the Watch

Ongoing – The Colbert Report: Videos tagged “oil.”

Ongoing – The Daily Show: Videos tagged “oil.”

10/05/10 – Crude Justice: The Deepwater Oil Spill and the Search for Justice

06/17/10 – The Rachel Maddow Show: Energy Independence is a Myth

4. Donate Your Hair, Help Mop Up Oil (!)

For serious, y’all! The super-awesome science nerds at Matter of Trust make oil-sucking mats out of donated hair. Human, dog, llama, it matters not: any hair will do. The only requirement is that it must be clean – freshly washed or shampooed – and dry.

[I assume that this necessarily excludes naturally shed hair, which is a shame. All five of my dog-kids are short-haired and never require grooming, i.e., a fur cut or trim. Yet, the four rat/fox/Jack Russell terrier mixes shed like mad, especially in the spring and summer – so much so that I “frisk” and then brush them off before vacuuming the house. (Look! It’s snowing!) Probably I collect enough dog hair to make a mat or two every year. If mats could include dander and dust, that is. But don’t take my word for it; perhaps a lil’ dust is a-ok. Or maybe there’s a way of washing loose hair that I’m not aware of?]

Like oil itself, hair is hydrophobic; it repels water. Hair is also – as anyone with hair can tell you – lipophilic; it attracts and holds oil. Together, these two properties make it the perfect material for drawing oil out of water. Enter: “mats” woven from human and animal hair. (Kind of like the Sham-Wow!, as reinvented by Buffalo Bill.)

This short video explains it all:

On its website, Matter of Trust offers instructions for individuals – and barbers and groomers – who’d like to contribute to the project:

Hair / Fur / Waste Wool Clippings & Recycled Nylons Donations

Salons, groomers, wool farmers… all natural fiber donors can sign up to contribute to this program and get posters about our Hair For Oil Spills Program. Please see our specific instructions for this program. Individuals can tell their salons about the program and / or just mail in their own hair after reading our instructions for individuals. Nylons must be washed, can have small runs, and be put in a separate bag from the hair if coming together. Thank you!

As you may have already gathered, used nylons are also needed – to make mini-booms, I think – but c’mon, that’s nowhere near as cool as hair, so of course I wasn’t going to lead with it.

Anyhow, please consider donating your hair – either in full or just the occasional trimmings – to this most worthy of projects. But don’t stop there! If they aren’t already involved, introduce your local salons and animal groomers to the program, and encourage them to participate as well. You can also hold a “hair drive” and collect hair to send directly to Matter of Trust. Just, you know, be sure to let everyone know what it’s for, lest you look like a giant pervo. Maybe hold the drive in conjunction with a bake sale, a la vegansaurus? (‘Cause that doesn’t look weird at all! In a shiny way, I mean.)

Ralphie and I – and my luscious brown locks – circa 2002. My hair is at least 12″ shorter now – in the years after this photo was taken, I trimmed it a few inches at a time until it fell just past my shoulders, an act of foolishness for which I have yet to forgive myself – though I’m currently growing it out in order to donate it to Locks of Love or similar. I think I have the requisite extra 8-10″, but I’m trying to hold out until July or August, when the heat of summer is most oppressive. Or at least I was; now I’m torn. Oil-covered otters or cancer-stricken children: dear dog, how on earth do you choose between the two?!?

Updated, 6/22/10: And the Gulf Coast it is! Allow me to introduce to you to my severed ponytail, whom I have name Creature, and who will soon be on her way to the Gulf Coast (or wherever else she is needed) to help mop up oil – after a brief stopover at Matter of Trust, of course! Please consider deploying your own hair thingamapeoples, wanted or unwanted, if you can. Creature is lonely, yo.

5. Newsletters, Dispatches & Action Alerts/Crossposts

Finally, I’ve crossposted select action alerts and newsletters below. (I expect that the bulk of these will be from Kinship Circle, which does an excellent job of covering and, at times, directly participating in disaster relief efforts. If you can spare it, you should totally throw a few bucks their way. No, really.)

Again, these are sorted chronologically, with the most recent alerts appearing first.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Subject: ANIMALS – Pakistan Flood / Gulf Disaster Update

[For simplicity’s sake, I’ve removed the “Pakistan Flood” portion of this email alert. Since I’ve also created a page dedicated to the flooding in Pakistan, I decided to instead include it there; see: 2010 Pakistan Floods: Animal Rescue Resources. – ed.]



AUGUST UPDATE: Kinship Circle’ Brenda Shoss soon heads to the Gulf to join Team #5 off barrier islands and waterways in search of oiled animals. We urge animal advocates to not be lulled into an “everything is okay now” attitude. It isn’t. For example: Remember the baby Royal Tern chicks we found oiled on Queen Bess Island 6/12/10 [PHOTO ABOVE]? Conservation Coordinator Drew Wheelan informs us that they all died. For Kinship’s Rachel Laskowski, part of the ALL EYES ON THE GULF Expedition team that originally spotted/reported these babies, the news is heartbreaking.

Still, many others have been saved. We won’t give up our search for them. The oil’s impact has evolved…and now we need UNDERWATER CAMERAS and additional VIDEO GEAR to find and report animals in its toxic path.


Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130


** Boat charter fee for us to locate and report oiled animals: To canvass complex waterways and shores…we pay boat charter fees from $500 and up.

** Vehicle rental + gas for volunteer teams across 4 states: Our volunteers scout oiled regions across LA, MS, AL, FL. In order to follow oiled wildlife leads, we may travel hundreds of miles daily.

** GoPro Helmet Hero Wide: Cameras for underwater footage.

** More video equipment: Footage and post-production — for teams documenting in different oil polluted areas simultaneously.

** WISH ITEM: RV-motor home for mobile command center.

** WISH ITEM: 30-foot boat with cabin: For daily water exploration, documentation, and oiled wildlife reporting.

** Daily communications: In order for Kinship Circle to navigate ground teams and strategize daily, we incur large communications bills. Without funding for long distance, internet and public messaging, we can neither implement work on the ground nor publish daily reports, photos, videos.


With over 2 million gallons of crude leaked into Gulf waters, more marine mammals are likely to suffer. Kinship Circle’s Darla Wolak photographed this Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, who washed ashore dead in Key Largo, FL.

KINSHIP CIRCLE is focused on wildlife harmed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Partnering with World Animal Awareness Society for ALL EYES ON THE GULF Expedition, our volunteers:

* Comb beaches, estatuaries, nesting grounds and open waters — traveling hundreds of miles daily in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — to find distressed animals and map the oil’s present and long-term impact.

* Locate and report suffering animals to area Unified Command Centers.

* Provide GPS coordinates and other details about oiled wildlife — that expedite rescue and save lives.

* Embed on planes/boats with US Fish & Wildlife, Coast Guard and other agencies/officials.

* Document the oil disaster’s influence on animal habitat and survival.

* Keep a “living map” to chart our journey with photos, video, news.


Kinship Circle has no major funding support for animal disaster response. Your tax-deductible gift is a lifeline!

Kinship Circle is a 501c3 nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible.

JOIN KINSHIP CIRCLE: subscribe[at]
* Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
* Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

* Select a Kinship Circle ALERT received in your mailbox
* Hit “FORWARD” + Send to: info[at]
* Type UNSUBSCRIBE in your subject line and hit send
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM
Subject: Rock N’ Roll For Gulf Oil Victims!

Rock N’ Roll For Gulf Oil Victims – Have Fun Helping

August 29, 2010 * 2:00pm to 10:00pm

WHERE: Mulcahy Pub & Concert Hall
3232 Railroad Ave / Wantagh, New York 11793

Ron Delfino, Benefit Sponsor: 631-575-2748, delfinoron [at]


1) KINSHIP CIRCLE: Oiled Wildlife – To fund locating/reporting oiled wildlife and documentation of long-term impact on animals.

2) ST. BERNARD COMMUNITY CENTER: Small Businesses – Support small businesses devastated by the Gulf oil disaster.

PHOTOS (c) / Kinship Circle July 2010

Do you feel helpless watching this oil disaster unfold? Now you can do something to help — and have a blast. The Gulf Of Mexico Benefit Concert features some of New York’s hottest bands, including: No Request Band; Full House; Status Joe; Bad Medicine; Rock Hard Comedy Show

631-575-2748, delfinoron [at]

The delicate cleaning process of an oiled Laughing Gull at Theodore Wildlife Rehab Center in Theodore, AL. Photo (c) / Kinship Circle, Gulf 2010

Kinship Circle, a 501c3 animal advocacy organization, is focused on wildlife hurt in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Partnering with World Animal Awareness Society for ALL EYES ON THE GULF Expedition, our volunteers:

– Locate and report suffering animals. Our reports to Unified Command Centers — with GPS coordinates and details of oiled animals — save lives.

– Embed on planes and boats with US Fish and Wildlife, Coast Guard…to document long-term oil impact on animals. Our “living documentary” includes photos, videos, interviews and a real-time map…


** Boat charter fees in oil polluted states, to locate/report oiled animals

** Vehicle rental + gas: AEOTGE teams scout oiled areas across four states.
To follow oiled wildlife leads, we travel hundreds of miles daily in:

REGION #1: Greater New Orleans, Jefferson Parish (Grand Isle); Plaquemines Parish (Venice, LA)
REGION #2: Coastline between Biloxi, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida, Alabama
REGION #3: Southern tip of Florida coastline down to Florida Keys, Miami Beach, etc.

** BIG WISH / GoPro Helmet Hero Wide: Hi-tech camera for underwater footage.

** BIG WISH / RV-motor home for mobile command center

** BIG WISH / 30-foot boat with cabin: For daily water exploration, documentation, and oiled wildlife reporting.

** Daily communications: In order for Kinship Circle to navigate ground teams and strategize daily, we incur large communications bills. Without funding for long distance, internet and public messaging, we can neither implement work on the ground nor publish daily reports, photos, videos.

SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: Gulf Oil Disaster

** GULF SPILL 2010:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM
Subject: Help Us Find Oiled Animals, Gulf Coast

Help Us Find Oiled Wildlife And Uncover The Truth
We can’t reach suffering animals without your support!

July 18, 2010, Gulf Coast — A heavily oiled bird clings to a boom. A dead dolphin washes ashore. Further out, rusty globs ooze toward a living shore… Kinship Circle, a 501c3 organization, is on the ground — focused on animals harmed in the Deepwater Horizon oilrig disaster.

Audubon Aquatic Center at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center is base camp for oiled manatees, sea turtles, dolphins. Our team gains unique access here. Above, turtles are cleaned, tagged and micro-chipped.

A WINDOW TO THE TRUTH — In partnership with World Animal Awareness Society for the ALL EYES ON THE GULF Expedition (AEOTGE), Kinship Circle animal disaster responders embed on planes and boats with US Fish and Wildlife, Coast Guard…to form a living documentary of photos, videos and interviews. SAVING LIVES — They also act as “spotters” to locate and report suffering animals. Our reports to Unified Command authorities — including GPS coordinates and details about oiled animals — save lives.

**ALL PHOTOS (c) / Kinship Circle July 2010**

Please donate online now:
SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Or mail a check to:
Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: Gulf Oil Disaster

We find oiled baby birds on contaminated shores along Queen Bess Island, LA.



* Boat charter fees in oil polluted states, for us to locate and report oiled animals: To canvass complex waterways around Gulf barrier islands…

* Vehicle rental + gas for volunteer teams covering four states:
Volunteers scout oiled areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. In order to follow oiled wildlife leads, we travel hundreds of miles daily.

* Deployments: We’ll send AEOTGE teams through August, and continue with wildlife rescue deployments. Cost for field work includes such items as:
– Volunteer lodging / On-ground emergency fund
– Volunteer gear as needed, ie: HAZMAT/Tyveck suits, respirators…
– Volunteer wildlife training/certification

* Daily communications: In order for Kinship Circle to navigate ground teams and strategize daily, we incur large communications bills. Without funding for long distance, internet and public messaging, we can neither implement work on the ground nor bring you daily reports, photos, videos.

“ Executive Director Tom McPhee, with volunteer Jonathan Shurtz, spot two oiled pelicans. Jon immediately calls Unified Command to relay the birds’ GPS coordinates. Later, authorities confirm that these oiled pelicans are rescued and transported to the IBRCC bird cleaning operation. We’re thanked for ongoing efforts to locate and report oiled wildlife.”

“While investigating Black Mangrove Island, LA, Kinship Circle’s Esther Regelson and Darla Wolak, spot a juvenile Roseate Spoonbill. The severely oiled bird fights to stay atop an oil boom. The sighting is called in, but it becomes unbearable to watch the bird struggle to keep from drowning. So the bird is caught, brought to emergency triage, and then transferred to IBRRC Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center. During one of our regular visits to IBRRC, we learn that this bird will live.”

SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: Gulf Oil Disaster

**Kinship Circle has no major funding support for any of its animal disaster response. Your tax-deductible gift is a lifeline!



JOIN KINSHIP CIRCLE: subscribe [at]
* Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
* Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

* Select a Kinship Circle ALERT received in your mailbox
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* Type UNSUBSCRIBE in your subject line and hit send
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – disasteraid [at]
Date: Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 10:32 PM
Subject: Gulf Spill Window To The Truth

Window To The Truth – Gulf Oil Spill 2010

This July 4th we honor an American tradition: THE TRUTH. Kinship Circle volunteers are at the Gulf Oil Spill — partnering with World Animal Awareness Society for All Eyes On The Gulf expedition. We’re on the ground as investigators and animal spotters. We want YOU to see too. It’s all here, photos and reports on what is really happening in the Gulf:



It’s at the top left side of the page, underneath a counter showing real-time gallons of oil spewed into Gulf waters.

Our volunteers report oiled baby birds along contaminated shorelines in Queen Bess Island, Louisiana. PHOTOS (C) Circle

News Bytes From The Gulf

7/4/10 – Houma, LA: Kinship Circle/ vols fly over ground zero in a Coast Guard plane with CNN and other media. Smoke. Fire. Oil. Rusty globs and streaks stretch for miles, oozing toward a living shore.

7/3/10 – Venice, LA: While on the water with American Bird Conservancy, loud Coast Guard airboats zip past and scare birds. An oiled pelican lags behind his spooked flock. Report him? Officials won’t come till he’s flightless.

7/3/10 – IBRRC, LA: For every bird rescued, hundreds more aren’t. Each mother here means babies abandoned out there. Only state or federally licensed wildlife experts are authorized to rescue wildlife at this time.

7/2/10 – Black Mangrove Island, LA: Our team members, embedded with USFW, spot a juvenile Roseate Spoonbill (ABOVE). The severely oiled, fragile bird struggles to stay atop an oil boom. He’s flightless and could drown. The sighting is called in, but our boat captain cannot bear to watch any more. He floats within reach and grabs the worn-down bird, who is taken to Grand Isle Marina for emergency triage. The bird is then transferred to IBRRC Bird Cleaning Operation. During one of our regular visits to IBRRC, we see that this lucky bird is recovering. PHOTOS (C) Circle


SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

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ATN: All Eyes On The Gulf


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From: Ken Shapiro – ken.shapiro [at]
Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 2:55 PM
Subject: ASI News from the Gulf

The crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is on everyone’s mind, and images of oil-coated birds, turtles and other wildlife remind us of how terrible the toll is and will continue to be. Often forgotten are the countless microorganisms and other small animals the loss of whom makes this truly an ecological disaster. Although the Animals and Society Institute is not directly involved with animal rescue, we nevertheless support those on the front lines and will get behind all efforts to protect the environment from oil spills, factory farm pollution and any other human-based threat. We encourage you to stay informed and help where you can.

Oiled Perspectives from the Gulf Coast

Kristin L. Stewart, ASI Board member and co-author of our dolphin policy paper, lives on the Gulf Coast (pictured above with Ursa Minor, Mango and husband Ben) and sends this eyewitness report:

The beaches of Northwest Florida have been my home for more than 15 years. President Obama visited us in Pensacola Beach on Tuesday morning, and from the Oval Office that night he addressed the nation to talk about the BP oil spill, recognizing it as “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” I think he is right on about that, although it still does not seem to capture the magnitude of this thing. I cannot fathom what the days, months, years, even generations ahead may reveal about the true breadth of this disaster and what it will mean for coastal and marine life and habitat.

Wildlife biologists say that, unlike dolphins, turtles do not show avoidance behavior when encountering oiled waters, and birds can hardly avoid the affects of oil. Still, I have seen dolphins off the shore here as recently as today and, strangely enough, since the spill began in late April, I’ve noticed far fewer pelicans and seagulls at the beach than normal. That doesn’t mean the birds have escaped the oil, of course. Although I haven’t yet come across oiled wildlife, I’m not looking forward to that inevitability. The official count of affected wildlife along the Gulf coast, as of June 16, is up to 1,417 birds (alive and dead), 449 sea turtles (353 of whom were found dead); and 43 marine mammals -almost all of whom were dead dolphins. (Photo above was taken at Nela Beach last week.)

During his speech, President Obama also characterized pretty well what most people on the Gulf Coast are feeling these days: “sadness…anger…[and] a wrenching anxiety” about what this means for us, our environment, and our way of life. I include all animals in that definition of “us.” From my current perspective, clean-up crews seem disorganized and lethargic; accurate, reliable information about the spill and its impact has been spotty at best; and the question of how best to respond to this unprecedented event – now and in the future – remains urgent, complex, and utterly unclear.

(Watch for more updates in our future newsletters)

Protests Target BP

On June 8, the 50th day of the BP oil spill, a series of vigils were held around the country, organized by Managing Director Bee Friedlander (above, right) attended the event in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with friends from the local animal advocacy movement. Bee spoke briefly comparing the current oil spill with the 1989 Exxon Valdez tragedy. She noted that many of those in attendance were there specifically because of the animals affected by the disaster. (Photo by Kate Brindle)

Click here to read about Bee’s previous experience during the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

Oil Isn’t the Only Thing Spewing into the Environment

Sadly, the assault on the environment in the Gulf is not the only major environmental threat in the United States. Every day, millions of gallons of bacteria-laden manure runoff from concentrated animal feeding operations – CAFOs, or factory farms – pollute groundwater, contaminate crops and combine with methane from farmed animals to contribute more to greenhouse emissions than any other industry, including transportation.

The CAFO Hothouse: Climate Change, Industrial Agriculture and the Law,” by David N. Cassuto, is the ASI’s most recent policy paper. It was written to offer activists, writers, students, legislators and consumers a concise overview of this extremely serious issue and instigate a reform of agricultural policy in this country.

Just like the growing consumption of oil and gas, the world’s increasing appetite for meat is resulting in environmental changes of huge proportions. In his paper, Professor Cassuto reports that “Worldwide, demand for animal products is growing by 3 percent per year in developing countries…[and] is expected to increase an additional 35 percent by 2015 and to double by 2050.” He notes that 5,000 pigs on a single farm product as much raw sewage as a town of 20,000 people; however, few government regulations cover factory farms, and the meat, egg and dairy industries are not held accountable for this pollution.

To learn more about this important issue, click here to order your own copy of “The CAFO Hothouse” today!

HAS Fellowship News Reaches Australia

The University of Melbourne, home to one of this year’s Human-Animal Studies Summer Fellowship scholars, recently reported on the ASI program in its Voice publication.

Siobhan O’Sullivan, Ph.D., of the university’s School of Social and Political Sciences is at Clark University now with her HAS colleagues. The UM calls the ASI “American’s premier animal studies think tank” and notes that Dr. Sullivan recently received a grant to establish a Web site that will link other HAS scholars throughout Australia, New Zealand and the neighboring South Pacific islands. Click here to read the full article.

(Note: The article erroneously lists the “Humane Society of America” as a fellowship sponsor.)

Also, click here to see the Fellowship’s final week schedule of speakers.

Does BSL Curb Dog Bites?

Apparently not, according to a survey taken by the Toronto Humane Society five years after Ontario voted to severely restrict dogs labeled as pit bulls. Learn more about the results in our Research Nutshell.

Kim Stallwood Chats in the Zone

European Director Kim Stallwood was featured in a live chat on the Animal Rights Zone Web site on June 19; click here to read the archived discussion!

Please Help Us Move Forward

We share your frustration and concern over events in the world that seem to overwhelm our desire to move forward rather than backward when it comes to saving animals. There is no lack of bad news, but there is also no lack of resolve for turning things around. For the sake of the animals – and the world we share with them – we cannot give up, we can only move forward.

Your support of our academic and policy programs helps change things for the better. We value your membership, participation and determination, and commit to doing all we can for a better tomorrow.

For the animals,

Ken Shapiro
Executive Director

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From: Cathy Liss, President – eAlert [at]
Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Subject: URGENT AWI eALERT: Worst environmental catastrophe in US history could foreshadow more to come – Please ask President Obama to permanently ban all new offshore drilling

To view this eAlert online, please visit

June 22, 2010

Worst environmental catastrophe in US history could foreshadow more to come – Please ask President Obama to permanently ban all new offshore drilling

Dear Humanitarian:

The massive and continuing torrent of oil from the April 20th explosion on and subsequent sinking of BP’s Deepwater Horizon ultra-deepwater drilling rig is the worst environmental disaster in US history. The unfolding devastation will forever alter the entire ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Over 100 million gallons of oil are estimated to have been released into the Gulf already, nine times more oil than was released by the catastrophic wreck of the Exxon Valdez. Recent estimates indicate that, two months after the initial explosion, 2.5 million gallons continue to spew into the fragile and once ecologically rich Gulf ecosystem every day! In other words, BP is releasing the equivalent of a new Exxon Valdez every four and a half days.

A rescue worker lifts an oil-covered turtle out of a hand net.

Oiled and dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins and fish are showing up in increasing quantities, and many more dead animals are likely to be lost at sea never to be accounted for. Oil is approaching sensitive breeding areas for birds on marshes and beaches, and scientists are predicting a near total breeding failure for those birds this year.

More sea turtles, fish and marine mammals are likely to suffer as the toxic plume, currently measuring 20 miles long and five miles wide, disperses through the water column. The already tenuous future of threatened and endangered sperm whales, manatees, sea turtles, and brown pelicans is particularly worrisome. At least twenty national wildlife refuges and forty endangered species will be impacted as oil moves through the powerful waters of the Gulf Stream. We will not truly understand the full effects of this unprecedented and still escalating disaster for many years to come.

The effects on wildlife of the experimental dispersants used by BP to break up the oil are largely unknown and may, in fact, do more harm than good, by spreading chemicals throughout the food chain, as well as spreading the oil further. BP has applied over a million gallons of the toxic chemical to break down the oil and disperse it at sea, protecting shorelines while sacrificing countless animals in the water column and those on the sea floor.

The damage predictions are devastating, and efforts thus far to stop the flow of oil, largely unsuccessful. Crews have been using a variety of methods to keep oil from reaching beaches, wetlands and estuaries, but cleanup efforts have been erratic and insufficient, resulting from BP’s gross lack of emergency preparedness and intentional trivialization of the risks. There have even been reports of BP workers blocking efforts to rescue endangered sea turtles and burning the animals alive[1] [2]. The lack of government oversight and the failure to follow even loose regulatory measures are painfully apparent.

The industry-friendly Minerals Management Service has allowed, essentially, oil companies to self-regulate for years, encouraging dangerous drilling operations to move forward without environmental safeguards.

On May 27, President Obama announced a 6-month “moratorium” on new offshore drilling permits. However, most of the existing 3,500 drilling rigs and platforms in U.S. coastal waters (79 of them deepwater wells), including some particularly dangerous projects, are allowed to continue, like ticking time bombs. The BP Atlantis, for example, one of the largest oil platforms in the world and also in the Gulf, is documented to have serious safety problems, yet remains in operation [3] [4]. Were something to go awry on the Atlantis, the Deepwater Horizon disaster would pale in comparison.

Although the scale of the disaster is overwhelming and the situation seems hopeless, there is something vitally important you can do:

Write to the President

This catastrophe illustrates the need for drilling operations to be strongly regulated and vigorously enforced. Please write a letter to President Obama and request that his Administration:

* immediately and permanently ban all future offshore drilling projects;
* immediately shut down BP Atlantis and other such unsafe drilling projects until proven safe;
* conduct a review (including their impacts to wildlife) of all deepwater platforms currently under construction and in operation and set a rigorous timeframe for resolving issues;
* halt the use of chemical dispersants until their impacts on the environment are fully understood and determined not to pose a significant threat;
* require all oil drilling to comply with environmental laws;
* ensure that wildlife rescue efforts proceed uninterrupted and investigate claims that BP is blocking rescue efforts; and
* develop strong recovery actions for threatened and endangered species.

If you prefer, you can email President Obama through AWI’s Compassion Index by clicking here.


To report an oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, please call the Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line at 1-866-448-5816. To report wildlife in distress, call the Wildlife Distress Hotline at 866-557-1401.

For state specific volunteer opportunities, visit:





For more information and for other volunteer opportunities, especially for those individuals with wildlife recovery and spill response experience, visit

Please share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers. As always, we are grateful for your help.


Cathy Liss

[1] Los Angeles Times, “Death by fire in the gulf”, (June 17, 2010)

[2] Sea Turtle Restoration Project, “BP Blocks Attempt to Save Endangered Sea Turtles from Oil Spill”, (June 16, 2010)

[3] Food and Water Watch, “Spill the Truth”, (June 21, 2010)

[4] Washington Post, “BP Atlantis rig plans never received proper approvals, former contractor says” (June 17, 2010)
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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:48 PM
Subject: 957 Birds Dead – Boat Needed To Find Oiled Animals

For Our All Eyes On The Gulf Expedition In Oil Spill States

The truth about the BP oil spill lies in Gulf waters. We are grateful to locals who ferry Kinship Circle/ teams in their boats from Florida to Louisiana. But, to follow oiled wildlife leads, we NEED OUR OWN BOAT:


* A boat at least 30 feet long
* A boat with a cabin to sleep 4-6 people

Michelle Way, michelle.way [at]
World Animal Awareness Society,

SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Oiled birds like this pelican, transform from reddish brown to their natural white and tan shades via a series of gentle cleanings. As part of our training, AEOTG team members visit Fort Jackson Rescue Center where the IBRRC Bird Cleaning Operation is underway.

957 Dead Birds…And Counting

* DEAD BIRDS: 957 * oiled but alive: 724 * cleaned/released: 97
* DEAD MAMMALS: 47 * oiled but alive: 4 * cleaned/released: 1
* DEAD SEA TURTLES: 387 * oiled but alive: 117 * cleaned/released: 3

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig now spews an estimated 100,000 barrels, or 4.2 million gallons daily, into Gulf waters. Kinship Circle — in partnership with World Animal Awareness Society for the All Eyes On The Gulf (AEOTG) expedition — is armed with camera lenses and notepads in oil-affected states. Our disaster responders act as “spotters” to alert Unified Command to suffering animals and facilitate their capture and care.

As we watch the tragedy unfold…in LA, AL, FL, MS…we realize how much YOU, the public, are not being told. For birds, turtles, dolphins, whales, fishes and other mammals — the disaster has barely begun.

LT: Birds are frightened and disoriented when they arrive at Fort Jackson Rescue Center.
RT: 6/13/10, Long Beach, Mississippi: Kinship Circle Team #1 photographs dead fish floating in oily waters.

LT: Kinship Circle’s Rachel Laskowski undergoes documentary film training in Louisiana with Tom McPhee, executive director of World Animal Awareness Society.
RT: Kinship Circle’s Rachel and Sister Michael Marie phone in from the water while recording oil affected wildlife.


SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: BP Gulf Oil Spill


* RV/motor home for mobile command center
* 30-ft boat with cabin for daily water excursions
* Vehicle rental + gas for volunteer squads covering 5 states
* Hazmat/Tyvek suits, respirators, rubber boots
* Deployment of volunteer teams through August (or longer)
* Public messaging and media outreach
* Computers/communications overhead and equipment

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Kinship Circle Deploys To Gulf Oil Spill!

With All Eyes On The Gulf Oil Spill – Kinship Circle Is There


June 12, 2010 — Venice, Louisiana: Kinship Circle has gone where few other animal organizations have been: Into the trenches of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. We are there right now, in an investigative capacity to document oil-affected animals and alert Unified Command where they are. Animal rescue groups — other than specialized organizations authorized under Unified Command — currently do not have access into restricted zones. But select press and documentarians do.

(back row) Documentary filmmaker Tom McPhee and his son Kevin;
(front row) Kinship Circle IC Bonnie Morrison, Tania Velasco and Rachel Laskowski; Plaquemines Parish coastal director P.J. Hahn; Kinship Circle’s Cheri Deatsch and Sister Michael Marie; AEOTG’s Jon Shurtz
All photos © / Kinship Circle, Gulf Coast 2010

Kinship Circle was asked to “embed” with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Tom McPhee for his All Eyes On The Gulf (AEOTG) expedition. Our disaster responders are on the ground to focus camera lenses and notepads on contaminated parts of Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. AEOTG is a scientific tour to collect visual records. It’s also a window to the truth. As part of AEOTG’s crew of filmmakers and photojournalists, Kinship Circle may deploy teams through August, as funds permit.

Tom McPhee’s organization, World Animal Awareness Society, is approved under Unified Command (BP, Coast Guard, fed/state officials) to access affected areas. All team members wear photo ID badges.

Brown Pelicans await cleaning in a holding pen at IBRRC (International Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation Center), where Kinship Circle and WA2S team members trained.
Photo © / Kinship Circle


On 6/10/10 U.S. Fish and Wildlife reported that more than 400 oiled birds were taken to Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana in a span of several days — over five times as many than in the last six weeks combined. Where are the photos and clips? According to CNN, BP is attempting to block reporters from photographing animals altogether.

Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered pelican at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay 6/5/10.
AP/Gerald Herbert


Tom McPhee’s All Eyes On The Gulf is a portal to the “human/animal intersection” in this disaster. Team members undergo two-day training before they journey to oil damaged regions across five states. Volunteers gather visual evidence from ground, water and air levels. They act as “spotters” to supply Unified Area Command with location coordinates for suffering animals and facilitate their capture and care. Detailed data collection procedures are used and volunteers are prepped for encounters oil distressed animals.

A rescued and rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is released off the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. The species is threatened by the oil slick because it only nests in the western Gulf of Mexico.

Help Save Lives By Supporting All Eyes On The Gulf

As evidenced by Kinship Circle’s aid in Chile’s 8.8 quake and tsunami — disaster response is expensive. We’re rarely involved in two catastrophic missions at the same time. But as animals are treated for wounds and disease in Chile…victims of BP’s oil spill await aid in the U.S.

Photo © / Kinship Circle


* RV/motor home for an All Eyes On The Gulf mobile command center
* Hazmat/Tyvek suits, respirators, rubber boots
* Deployment of volunteer teams through August (or longer)
* Public messaging and media outreach
* Computers/communications overhead and equipment
* Fuel, food, lodging, tents

SELECT: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63130
ATN: BP Gulf Oil Spill

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers, supplies and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. Kinship Circle works in agreement with government agencies or other NGOs to deploy teams of trained and credentialed animal responders for assessment, search and rescue, and emergency sheltering aid. We also report disaster news to inform the public about ways they can support animal aid efforts.



World Animal Awareness Society

Core mission: To focus a lens on human-animal interactions and to share this information with the world. World Animal Awareness Society is documenting the Gulf oil spill for historical, educational and research purposes. Visual data will be archived indefinitely and distributed via



YOUTUBE / All Eyes on the Gulf Expedition Day 1

YOUTUBE / WA2S Gulf Oil Spill Promo




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From: AAVS
Date: Fri, May 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Helping Wildlife Impacted by the Oil Spill

The American Anti-Vivisection Society: Helping Wildlife Impacted by the Oil Spill

Because AAVS’s mission includes all animals, our thoughts have turned to the wildlife whose lives and habitats have been seriously harmed by the enormous oil spill off the U.S. Gulf Coast. The numbers of affected populations—including birds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish—are likely to be staggering and may grow worse even after the spill has been contained. The heroic work to save them is only just beginning and will require a sustained effort over months, maybe even years. Helping the victims of a destructive event like this requires specialized training and there are only two organizations in the country with the training and experience to professionally manage a major oil spill response. One, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, is located in Delaware, not far from AAVS’s office.

Snowy Egret treated by Tri-State in 2008

“As a wildlife capture and transport volunteer, I work with rehab clinics in my local area, and visit others while shuttling patients to and from sites. Tri-State provides superior treatment and care for birds of all species—you’d be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated, caring, and knowledgeable staff of specialists anywhere.” – Chris Derer, AAVS Director of Development

British Petroleum (BP), the company responsible for this environmental catastrophe, has committed to covering the costs associated with managing and cleaning up the spill, including wildlife rescue. However, it’s important to remember that organizations like Tri-State can only continue to be prepared for crises of this nature because of support from caring people like us. We applaud their expertise and dedication, and know that they’ll appreciate donations that help them continue saving wildlife from perilous, manmade disasters.

For the animals,

Sue A. Leary, President
American Anti-Vivisection Society

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has been rescuing and treating oiled, injured, and orphaned wildlife since 1976. Specializing in oil spill response, Tri-State staff is on call 24-hours-a-day to address the wildlife impact of these environmental threats. They also provide training to other emergency response professionals.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 at 8:41 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: BP oil disaster — coverage highlights. Please ask the media for more. 5/9/10

The biggest news for animals over the last week has been the BP oil catastrophe in the gulf. Millions of animals, including 5,000 dolphins, endangered tortoises, pelicans, and countless fish live in that gulf and are dying slow and agonizing deaths from ingesting and inhaling the oil that our species has been vomiting into their home at a rate of 200,000 gallons per day. I find myself thinking of Avatar, where humans were invading Pandora after having totally trashed Earth. Think of what the Gulf of Mexico was like just weeks ago, and what it is like now: it seems that we really are going to completely trash our planet if we don’t change our ways, and change fast.

I happened to see a screening of the movie “Fuel” last week. Winner of the 2008 Best Documentary award at the Sundance Film Festival, it is now more timely than ever. It focuses on what our dependence on oil is doing to us and the earth, and it gives clean energy solutions. Please check out the trailer at and get a copy of the DVD when it come out on June 22.

The BP explosion came just weeks after President Obama announced plans for more offshore drilling along our coastlines, an announcement that broke the hearts of environmentalists who had thought they had elected a president with similar values. While it is hard, as an animal holocaust is underway in the gulf, to even think of a silver lining, it seemed at first that at least this blanket of oil over the gulf would bury those plans. Yet as oil poured into the gulf Obama said, “Let me be clear. I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security.”

The moratorium the administration has announced on new offshore drilling is for three weeks — until the cause of the BP explosion is determined. It doesn’t take into account that the next accident that wipes out a different ocean might have a different cause.

I urge you to please sign the Environment America petition asking Obama to reverse course on offshore drilling. The petition is at:

I have been scouring the media for animal news from the gulf. There isn’t much. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin has been on the scene at the gulf. I happened to tune in the first day she took a boat out to the spill. The boat pulled up alongside a sea turtle who we saw coming up trying to get air in the midst of the oil. At least 30 sea turtles have washed up dead so far.

The Fox News website has a slideshow headed, “Animal Victims of the Gulf Spill,” including some of the turtles, at
(My thanks to Richard Hernandez for that link.)

The Center for Biological Diversity has been following events and posting relevant press. It is a good place to keep track of what’s going on. You’ll find their posts at (I thank Candaca Rocha for that link.)

I was shocked by the May 5 Washington Post story, by Juliet Eilperin, headed “U.S. exempted BP’s Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study.”

It tells us,

“The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year.” It discusses the “decision by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a ‘categorical exclusion’ from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).”

That story is on line at:

Media interviews with representatives from the Center for Biological Diversity about that exemption, and the lobby money behind it, are well worth watching. Two of the most compelling have been on media outlets on the opposite end of the political spectrum, reminding us that environmentalism, like animal protection, need not be a partisan issue.

The Fox News White House correspondent, Major Garret, gave us a short and hard-hitting report about the exemption, which you can watch on line at:

If you are a Fox News viewer, please let the network know how much you appreciated the report and that you want to see more on the BP oil spill crisis. Fox News takes comments via email at yourcomments [at]

Democracy Now brought us similar though more in depth coverage on May 7. You can watch it on line at:

You can also email it to your friends, by clicking on the “email” link on that page.

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman also did a radio blog on this issue, headed “BP: Billionaire Polluter.” It is well worth hearing or reading on line at:

Please thank Democracy Now for its coverage of the disaster and ask them to keep on the story. Democracy Now takes comments at

CNN’s Jane Velez Mitchell, always superb on animal and environmental issues, did an “Issues” segment in which she called for a move to electric cars.

You can watch the brief segment on line at:

Please recommend it to your friends (by hitting the “recommend” button) and please thank Jane for her continued commitment to animal and environmental issues — her producers need to hear how much their viewers appreciate her stance. Jane takes comments at

The Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the resignation of big oil buddy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in light of the Gulf calamity. You can read more about Salazar at:

Animal advocates need to learn more about Salazar. His department is also responsible for the recent delisting of Grey Wolves as an endangered species. Further, the “All-Creatures” animal advocacy site has a petition to have him removed as Interior Secretary due to his support for the ranching community and participation in the mustang round-ups and decimation of America’s wild horse population. You’ll find that petition on line at:

Despite the animal annihilation underway in the Gulf, I have found relatively little information on animal news lists about the issue. I was therefore struck by Joshua Green’s superb blog on the website for The Atlantic, headed “No Energy,” in which he discusses what seems to be a lack of appropriate outrage. He shares the Obama quote that I shared above, Obama’s commitment to more drilling, and he writes:

“In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, the benefits of clean sources of energy are clearer than ever. What’s so infuriating about the Washington response so far is that there’s no indication the disaster has prompted Obama or anyone else to reconsider his position. In the past, major disasters shifted the terms of debate. This time, nobody is budging. …. Washington eventually responds to public outrage. (Just ask Goldman Sachs.) But for now, energy can join the long list of issues on which Washington leadership has vanished.”

The full column is on line at

You can comment right below it or thank him for it by email at joshuagreen [at]

I hope when the animal advocacy community watches some of the interviews above, about the deals made with BP, and thinks about the millions of animals dying slowly in the gulf, we will see some of that outrage to which the White House responds. The media has a huge impact on public thinking so please encourage the media to stay on this story.

CNN takes feedback for general news at

Let them know we want interviews with environmentalists such as the representatives of the Center Biological Diversity.

Please send letters to the editor to your local papers, and contact your favorite shows, asking for coverage to keep what is going on in the gulf top of mind for the public. The animals and the Earth need your voice.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at You may forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts only if you do so unedited — leave DawnWatch in the title and include this parenthesized tag line.)

Please go to to learn about Karen Dawn’s book, “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way we Treat Animals,” which was chosen last year by the Washington Post as one of the “Best Books of The Year!”

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Wed, May 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM
Subject: Kill Baby Kill ­ BP Oil Spill Closes In On Gulf Coast

5/5/10: Kill Baby Kill – BP Oil Spill Closes In On Gulf Coast

Members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and International Bird Research Center hydrate a Northern Gannet bird, who was covered in oil.


1. Kill Baby Kill: Some BP Bullet Points
2. Present Animal Response In Gulf Oil Spill
3. Tubul’s Story: Help Us Save More Like Him [Note: Please see Earthquake in Chile: Some 700,000 Animals May Be Affected for this portion of the alert.]


1. Kill Baby Kill: Some BP Bullet Points

A dead fish is seen on the beach in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Getty Image


— 5/5/10: Unified command activated for West Coast of Florida: Reps from BP, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are meeting to plan multi-agency response. They’ve also met with over 30 NGO environmental groups: Tampa Bay Watch, Save our Seabirds, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Sierra Club, etc. — in preparation for the worst case.

— 5/4/10: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the oil slick seems to move toward Alabama and Florida coasts, as well as the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana’s southern tip.

— 5/4/10: U.S. Air Force prepares C-130s for spill response. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to help with oil spill clean up.

— 5/4/10: BP spokesperson Bill Salvin reports that three four-story, 70-ton “containment domes” will be lowered over leaks — to trap oil and help pump it to the surface. Other attempts such as a shutoff valve and floating booms have mostly failed — in part due to rough winds and seas.

— 5/3/10: Oil spews at a rate of roughly 5000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day from three sections of piping. Birds and other animals are vulnerable because they are in reproducing cycles. Young animals may become oiled and parents may plunge into dark waters in search of food. There could be lasting repercussions for fragile wetlands along the Mississippi River.

— 4/22/10: BP’s oil rig collapses into the gulf, after an explosion on 4/20/10. Oil seeps out and BP, while aligned with government agencies and private contractors, cannot stop the flow of crude from the well.

— 4/20/10: A BP (British Petroleum) oil rig explodes. BP, operator of Deepwater Horizon oil rig situated 5,000 feet below the surface in Gulf waters, accepts responsibility for the disaster.


2. Present Animal Response In Gulf Oil Spill

A dead sea turtle on a Pass Christian, MS beach. At least 20 sea turtles were found dead along a 30-mile stretch from Biloxi to Bay St. Louis.

Many endangered turtles dying on Texas Gulf Coast. Salt Lake Tribune

Kinship Circle

We are watching the animal response to the BP oil spill. Presently, U.S. government, oil companies, and specialized oil decontamination/wildlife agencies are deployed. Some NGOs have volunteers on standby, but no one should self deploy to this high-security zone without invitation from the unified command (governing agency). KINSHIP CIRCLE IS NOT RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME.

A least tern checks her eggs on a Gulfport, Mississippi beach. Environmentalists fear that the oil slick will destroy this generation of birds that nest along the Gulf coast beaches during migration. AP

A dead pelican is seen on Chandeleur Island, Louisiana (5/3). Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican, could come to symbolize the affects of the damage done by the oil spill. Their nesting season, which has just begun, lies in the direct path of the spill. Getty Image

Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana

CRCL is joining with our partners at the local, state and federal level to begin registering volunteers to assist with spill recovery efforts.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
6160 Perkins Road, Suite# 225 / Baton Rouge, La 70808
office: 225-767-4181; toll-free: 888-522-6278; fax: 225-768-8193
email: coalition [at]

If you encounter oiled wildlife, call: 1-800-557-1401
Do not touch or disturb oiled wildlife, for your safety and theirs.

We do not know the extent of impact to birds, wildlife, and habitat at this time. National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are building a standby volunteer list.

Volunteer Louisiana (Statewide Hub)

Volunteers not yet needed. Sign up to be updated as needs arise:

Volunteer Louisiana (Statewide Hub)
jpace [at]
Louisiana Serve Commission
263 Third Street, Ste. 610 / Baton Rouge, LA 70801
225-342-2038 *

The Independent: Wildlife rescue teams ready for US oil spill victims. photo: Creative Commons

International Bird Rescue Research Center (BRRC)

No call for volunteers.

Northern California (Main office)
San Francisco Oiled Wildlife Care & Education Center (SFBOCEC)
4369 Cordelia Road / Fairfield, CA 94534
707-207-0380; no_cal_center [at]

Bird rescue specialists from International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) are on site in Louisiana and Alabama preparing rescue centers to clean seabirds caught in the Gulf coast oil spill. IBBRC is working in partnership with Tri-state Bird Rescue & Research to prep rehab facilities in Fort Jackson, Louisiana and Theodore, Alabama.

Tri-State Bird Rescue And Research

Tri-State has been asked to oversee wildlife rehabilitation response along the gulf coast and is working closely with many collaborating organizations. All response efforts are coordinated by the Unified Command on-site.

110 Possum Hollow Road / Newark, Delaware, 19711
302-737-9543; web form:

A dolphin swims through polluted waters of Drum Bay, Louisiana. There are as many as 5,000 dolphins between Mississippi and Louisiana coasts and the oil rig, many of whom are in their reproductive season. Getty Images

Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center

Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: 866-448-5816

985-902-5231; deepwaterhorizonresponse [at]
Submit alternative response technology, services or products: 281-366-5511
Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system: 281-366-5511
Report oiled wildlife: 866-557-1401

Nine staging areas have been set up to protect vital shoreline in all potentially affected Gulf Coast states (Biloxi, MS, Pensacola, FL, Pascagoula, MS, Dauphin Island, AL, Port Sulphur, LA, Shell Beach, LA, Slidell, LA, Port Fourchon, LA, Venice, LA).



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