The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 21

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Audubon: Protect Polar Bears and Other Marine Wildlife – Oppose Dangerous Offshore Oil and Gas Development in Alaska

Born Free USA: Tell Max Mara to Go Fur Free

Center for Biological Diversity: Help Protect Polar Bears From Oil Drilling

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Dunkin’ Donuts’ Egg Supplier Exposed!

DawnWatch: Terrific Washington Post column on antibiotic use in factory farming 9/16/09

Defenders of Wildlife: Help Save America’s Endangered Jaguars

Defenders of Wildlife: Tell Your Representative to Watch Out for Wildlife

Earth Day Network: A Billion Acts of Green™ [Please make yours an animal-friendly initiative!]

Earthjustice: Keep it Clean! Help Protect Our Waters from Pollution

Environmental Defense Fund: Support New Pollution Standards for Autos

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 20

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

FYI: the polls are open on Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere Survey!

Over the years, Technorati has been tracking the State of the Blogosphere. Our annual study investigates how blogging is growing and changing, as well as its impacts on current events and the bottom lines of businesses and bloggers. Please share your perspective by participating in our survey.

We think you’ll find the survey interesting. It should take just 15 minutes of your time, and of course your answers will be completely confidential. Please feel free to send this link to other bloggers you know. And be sure to check back on Technorati in October for a summary of the results.

Please take a minute – okay, ten or fifteen – to complete the survey. Vegan bloggers represent!

Also, Molly of It’s A Vegan Dog’s Life has launched a sister blog, It’s A Vegan Dog’s World, in order to

show others that it’s possible for dogs to live happy, healthy vegan lives while giving your dog a chance to be in the spotlight.

If you know a vegan dog, share your friend’s story here.

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Campaign for America’s Wilderness: Ask Sec. Vilsack to Uphold Roadless Rule

Center for Biological Diversity: Tell the Bureau of Land Management: No More Coal

DawnWatch: “Killing Wolves for Fun” — fun NY Times columns 9/9/09

DawnWatch: Wolves, elephants and glorious dolphin news 9/4/09

Defenders of Wildlife: Help Save Sea Otters and Other Wildlife from Dirty Drilling

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Finally! A Chained Dog Abuse Case in Pennsylvania Goes as it Should when Dogs Deserve Better and Pennsylvania SPCA Team Up to Save Four Neglected Chained and Penned Dogs near Tyrone, PA

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Billboard Campaign

Earthjustice: No Drilling in America’s Arctic!

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Questioning World Bank Palm Oil Funding and Forest Carbon Finance in Indonesia

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Join Borneo’s Penan Indigenous Peoples in Standing up to Malaysian Rainforest Destruction

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IDA: Dennis Zeglin Shoots and Kills "Pet" Parrot; Calls Needed!

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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I haven’t been able to find this alert on IDA’s website in order to link to it, and seeing as the deadline for taking action is this Wednesday, September 9, I’ve copied it below in its entirety.

For more on the case, search for “Dennis Zeglin” on Google news or at http://www.pet-abuse.com.

In particular, I find this snippet from the Bleacher Report extremely disturbing:

Mikey the parrot was instead autopsied by a local veterinarian. His owner was then charged with several counts of animal cruelty.

Since the filing of the charges, Zeglin has gone into counseling for his drinking problem. His attorney has also applied for Morris County’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program, which offers probation for first time offenders.

Zeglin is due back in court on Sept. 9.

Until that time, the local police have advised him that the next time another family pet, like his Labrador Retriever, or a family member bothers him during a NASCAR race, he should call animal control or the police instead of reaching again for his BB gun.

After brutally slaughtering the family’s “pet” bird, the local authorities left another “pet,” a dog, in Zeglin’s care, with advice to “call animal control” the next time he’s drinking, angry, and in possession of firearms. Jeez, officers, you’re beginning to make me feel as though you don’t take animal abuse seriously. I mean, WTF!?

While it’s great that Zeglin has sought counseling for alcoholism, animal abuse should preclude him from “owning” nonhuman animals, at least in the near future. Should Zeglin relapse, who will bear the brunt of his rage the next time around?

Zeglin, by the by, is from Morris County, New Jersey; methinks the local police need to be schooled about animal abuse as well.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals – idainfo [at] idausa.org
Date: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 1:16 PM
Subject: Man Shoots and Kills Companion Parrot – Your Calls Needed!

YOUR CALLS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED or Mikey’s cruel killer may get away with murder!

While Watching TV, New Jersey Man Shoots and Kills Companion Parrot.

Terrified Mikey who was isolated in a cage and had no way to escape, was Zeglin’s innocent target.

On June 7th 2009, 67 year old Dennis Zeglin brutally shot and killed his family’s African Grey parrot with a Daisy Powerline Model 93 C02-powered BB gun. His wife called police and animal control officers were summoned to investigate.

Dennis Zeglin admitted to animal control officers that he shot Mikey in his cage because the bird “irritated” him while he was watching the NASCAR races on TV. According to reports, Zeglin had been drinking and was intoxicated when he fired the three shots that killed Mikey. Since the animal cruelty charges were filed, Zeglin has been undergoing counseling for his alcoholism according to Zeglin’s Defense Attorney, Stephen Fletcher. Fletcher also claims that Zeglin is a first time offender and has applied for an Intervention Probationary Program. This may suggest that Mikey’s cruel assailant may get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for brutally murdering an innocent, and highly intelligent creature.

Undisputed, scientifically proven evidence supports the link between violence to humans and violence to animals and we believe that Zeglin’s violent act could have easily been directed toward a human family member or their family dog.

Every year millions of captive birds suffer from abuse and neglect like Mikey. It is estimated that the majority of captive birds suffer and die prematurely, secretly and silently behind closed doors, from horrendous abuse, malnutrition, and starvation, and live in deplorable conditions, with no hope for rescue. It is also estimated that the majority of captive birds who do survive, suffer an entire lifetime of agony and loneliness.

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Kinship Circle: Louisiana Vet Marcy Miranov "Kills Without Cause"

Monday, September 7th, 2009

I’m a little late in forwarding this alert from Kinship Circle, and in the interim, there’s been a development in the case. Not surprisingly, it hasn’t resulted in justice for the animals killed by veterinarian Marcy Miranov (and Dr. John Edwards, as well).

Reports The Times-Picayune:

Raw emotions and poor record-keeping triggered whirling accusations of animal cruelty at Jefferson Parish’s animal shelters, according to the results of an independent study released today.

But no laws were broken when 51 cats and dogs were euthanized on Aug. 13 at the parish’s Elmwood facility, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered. […]

“Our report is not a glowing report about what’s going on in interoperation,” said Ana Zorrilla, chief executive officer of the state SPCA. “We certainly hope that it’s well received and we certainly hope that the public reads parts and pieces of it, that it’s really seen as an opportunity to improve those operations, not just as criticism or critique of what’s been going on there.”

The SPCA’s representatives worked in an atmosphere already emotionally charged by the abrupt resignation of the shelters’ director, Lee Ann Matherne. She quit the day before the animals were put down.

The most glaring problem appeared to be shoddy record-keeping and lackluster policy management, Zorrilla said. The shelters have four different written policies governing euthanasia. Each one says a different set of people need to approve each procedure.

As far as the SPCA could tell, none of them were being followed. But since none were being implemented, no policies were broken, Zorrilla said.

The SPCA report, however, dispelled several rumors that arose from that incident. Dr. Marci Miranov, the parish’s senior veterinarian in Marrero, had clearance to work at the Elmwood shelter, Zorrilla said. Her colleague, Dr. John Edwards, did not stop her from euthanizing the animals on Aug. 13, as some animal activists suspected. Rather, he assisted her in her work.

The cats put down that day had been sedated, Zorrilla said, contrary to reports that Miranov was lethally injecting the animals without killing the pain first.

The report also found the number of animals put down that day were average. Euthanasia sessions don’t occur daily, which accounts for larger numbers when one is conducted, officials said.

Zorrilla did say that the SPCA found that some of the animals killed that day were adoptable.

“Some were sick, some were feral, but some were strictly space conditions,” she said.

Parish President Aaron Broussard said he would be asking the Parish Council to enact several ordinances Wednesday that would go a long way to cleaning up the poor conditions at the shelters. Broussard has asked that the parish hire the American SPCA to take over the shelters for 90 days, that his administration begin searching for an outside group that could permanently run the facilities and that he enter negotiations to transfer the Marrero shelter to a new site – a former West Jefferson Medical Center clinic near the Oakwood Mall.

(Background here.)

If you choose to act on this alert, please take the SPCA’s findings and recommendations into account. In addition to turning control of the parish shelters over to an outside organization, please urge Jefferson Parish to work in concert with local animal rescue organizations in order to make NOLA a no-kill city. By “no-kill,” I mean truly no-kill – this goes for “feral” and “less adoptable” cats and dogs, too. While shelters may not have the time or resources to rehab animals with medical or behavioral problems, some rescue groups do; some even specialize in these cases.

Whether any human law was violated or not, this slaughter needn’t have happened. Judging from ARNO’s comments, little-to-no effort was made to place these animals in rescue groups prior to killing them – and this is simply unacceptable.

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SHARK: Please Contact Cheyenne Mayor About Criminal Investigation

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Here’s the latest on SHARK’s ongoing campaign against Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. You can find out more on the group’s website (a search for “Cheyenne Frontier Days” turns up 190 results, so grab a cup of tea and some cruelty-free patries before digging in) and view SHARK’s investigative footage on its YouTube channel.

The Chief is Leaving, But Let’s Keep Investigation Going

As you will recall, earlier this month, I contacted Cheyenne Police Chief Robert Fecht and requested an investigation of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for criminal neglect. SHARK’s documentation shows dozens of animals injured, while CFD claims only seven received care. See the first two of four videos showing many of the animal injuries.

2009 Cheyenne Animal Injuries, Part 1:
 


 
2009 Cheyenne Animal Injuries, Part 2:
 

 
This is in stark contrast to what is stated on CFD’s website about their care for the animals in the rodeo:

We recognize that animals, as well as humans, may be injured in these events. Any injured animal is accorded immediate veterinary medical attention, and is isolated from further harm. Every attempt is made to make injured animals comfortable, and offer them opportunity to recover. Injured animals are not used again.

Read the entire “Animal Care” statement here.

While Chief Fecht has been investigating the matter, he is retiring and his last day is today. It is now up to the Mayor of Cheyenne, Mayor Rick Kaysen and the acting Chief of Police Jeff Schulz to continue this investigation.

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Dogs Deserve Better wants your rescue photos!

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Dogs Deserve Better, an anti-tethering group, is in need of photos for its 2010 calendar. If you’re a guardian, foster parent or rescuer of a formerly chained or penned dog(s), read on:

Calling for Calendar Photos

DDB is once again calling for photo entries for the 2010 Dogs Deserve Better Calendar!!

Please send (happy) after photos of rescued formerly chained or penned dogs along with before photos (if possible) in high resolution.

Send your entries to dogs [at] dogsdeservebetter.org

All entries are needed by September 10, 2009

I apologize for the late notice – it’s been a busy few weeks.

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The Gentle Barn Rescues Animals from the Station Fire

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

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The Gentle Barn, a farmed animal sanctuary located in Santa Clarita, California, has provided refuge to nonhuman animals displaced by the recent California wildfires. Included below are two recent emails, detailing their volunteer and supply needs. If you’re in the area, please stop by and help out if you can!

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: The Gentle Barn – info [at] gentlebarn.org
Date: Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM
Subject: The Gentle Barn Rescues Animals from the Station Fire

The Gentle Barn Rescues Animals from the Station Fire

The Gentle Barn continues to help ranches and sanctuaries evacuate from the Station Fire and take in stranded animals. To date, The Gentle Barn has taken in horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, ducks, and chickens.

At The Gentle Barn the animals will not only be provided refuge from the Station Fire and medical care until they return home, but will also receive all of the benefits The Gentle Barn offers its regular residents, including equine massage therapy, proper nutrition and supplements, quality feed, and plenty of tender loving care.

This Sunday, September 6, 2009, The Gentle Barn invites the public to visit, and help nurture and care for these rescued/evacuated animals. Visitors can feed them carrots, lettuce, and treats, help give baths to the horses, give the pigs tummy rubs, and grab a rake and muck out a stall.

The Gentle Barn will continue to be on call to help and support victims evacuate their animals, as more homes and ranches are threatened by the wildfires.

We have seen too many organizations and people with a lot of animals suffer without a plan. Later in the year, we will be holding a community meeting and inviting city officials to speak about fire safety and evacuation plans.

As the number of animals at The Gentle Barn increases we are asking for donations to help feed and care for them.

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 19

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan Project and Vegans of Color is conducting a survey on the racial/ethnic identities of vegans living in the U.S. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to complete the survey. You can also follow the results on the Vegans of Color blog.

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Alaska Wilderness League: Sec. Salazar: Ditch the Bush plan and put science first

Animal Person: On Why You Should Post Videos Beyond YouTube

The Animal Rescue Site: Save Orphan Bears: End Cruel Den Hunts

Center for Biological Diversity: Save Oregon Wolf Pair From Airborne Sharpshooter

Center for Biological Diversity: Tell Verizon: Don’t Sponsor Mountaintop Removal Rally

DawnWatch: Wolves, elephants and glorious dolphin news 9/4/09

DawnWatch: “Animal Week” on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.” 8/31 — 9/4/09

Defenders of Wildlife: Help Stop the International Polar Bear Trade

Environment New Mexico: I want all of our waters protected by the Clean Water Act.

Humane Society International (HSI): Tell the U.S. that polar bears must be protected!

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Kinship Circle Update: Animals In California Fires – An Overview

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Here’s the latest update from California via Kinship Circle (you can view previous alerts here and here). If you’re able to help out in any way, shape or form, please follow the directions contained within the alert. I’m not affiliated with Kinship Circle or any of the CA-based animal rescue groups – I’m simply trying to spread the word! Kinship Circle welcomes readers to crosspost its alerts (as is), so feel free to copy and paste this post if you’d like.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM
Subject: Animals In California Fires: An Overview

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

9/2/09: Animals In California Fires – An Overview

1. Animal Acres Update
2. Wildlife Waystation
3. Pasadena Humane Society
4. Shambala Big Cat Sanctuary
5. Horses Ride Out Fire At Pierce College Equestrian Center
6. Fire Evacuation Sites That Accept Animals

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1. Animal Acres Update

Animal Acres / 5200 Escondido Canyon Rd / Acton, CA 93510
661-269-5404 * info [at] animalacres.org * http://animalacres.org

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LT: Pigs get a drink at the evac site.

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RT: Animals rest at their evacuation center near Palmdale, Calif.

“Acton, CA. Apr. 29, 2009. Lorri Houston, Exec. Director of Animal Acres, a 26 acres farm animal sanctuary that strives to provide farm animals welfare and affection. They have taken no precautions and still have tours of school kids and visitors doing hands-on petting of pigs and other animals. A 1 month old piglet in the sanctuary on Apr. 29, 2009.”

Farm animals evacuated because of Station fire.

ON THE GROUND: SITUATION CONTAINED. STANDBY VOLS NEEDED FOR RETURN TRANSPORT.

Frank Allen, Animal Acres’ manager, tells Kinship Circle all animals are safely evacuated to one site. Volunteers will be needed when time to transport animals back to Animals Acres — a task that may be more difficult than the evacuation itself, since everyone is spread out.

Frank will not risk moving animals until the fires are 95% contained and out of the area. As in any crisis situation, we ask for your patience and flexibility…as circumstances can change in a heartbeat.

UPDATE FROM ANIMAL ACRES FOUNDER LORRI HOUSTON:

“We are safe and all animals have been relocated… The past two days, volunteers have installed wire lines directly to the animal enclosures, constructed additional pen areas, and moved cleaning, health care, and feed supplies and equipment to the evacuation site — as it now appears that the sanctuary animals will not be able to return until September 15 or later.“

Animal Acres needs $$ for construction of shade shelters and automatic waters, as animals will be at the evac site awhile in high temperatures.

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Kinship Circle Update: Standby Volunteers For Animal Acres Now

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Update, 9/2/09: Please see the newest update here.

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This is an update to yesterday’s alert.

For minute-by-minute CA animal rescue news, follow these accounts on Twitter: SPCALA, SPCALAPresident, VeganAvenger, and VeganInLA – and check out the hasgtags #station, #LA and #DART.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:17 PM
Subject: UPDATE – Standby Volunteers For Animal Acres Now

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
8/31/09: UPDATE – Standby Volunteers Needed Now
Animal Acres Preps For 2nd Evacuation As Fire Nears

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Sanctuary critters at Animal Acres: http://www.animalacres.org/gallery.html

TO BE AN ANIMALS ACRES STANDBY VOLUNTEER:

KINSHIP CIRCLE is recruiting/managing standby volunteers for Animal Acres
SEND INFO BELOW TO: info [at] kinshipcircle.org

– FIRST & LAST NAME:
– PHONE NUMBERS:
– EMAIL ADDRESS:
– FULL ADDRESS:
SUBJECT LINE: Animal Acres Volunteer

50/50 CHANCE ANIMAL ACRES NEEDS TO RE-EVACUATE ANIMALS

8/31/09 — AUTHORIZED BY FRANK ALLEN, ANIMAL ACRES
Susie V Kaufman, Animal Acres Evacuation Coordinator, susie [at] jarrettlennon.com

Evacuation Site #2 is now potentially in the path of the Station Fire, which is heading due north towards Palmdale (where all the animals, except sheep and goats, are). The sheep and goats are still at Animal Acres.

As of 2:07PM, Monday, 31 August 2009, Frank Allen has asked everyone to be on alert for a second evacuation. He has also asked that NO ONE CALL HIM. Instead, he wants everyone to be on strong standby, and await a phone call and/or email to deploy.

ADDRESS FOR EVACUATION SITE #2 IS:
10955 Hillview Lane
Littlerock, California 93543

DIRECTIONS TO EVACUATION SITE #2 FROM LOS ANGELES AREA:
– 5 or 405 or 210 to…
– Highway 14 toward Palmdale
– Exit 30 (Pearblossom Hwy) – 0.7 miles
– Merge onto Sierra Hwy – 0.8 miles
– Continue on Pearblossom Hwy – 4.5 miles
– Slight right at 138/Pearblossom Hwy – 5.8 miles
– Turn right at 106th St E – 2.1 miles
– Turn left at Butterfield Stage Rd – 0.2 miles
– Slight left at Hillview Lane – 0.2 miles
– Turn left – evacuation site on right – 213 feet

All exits on the 14 have been closed since yesterday. HOWEVER, Animal Acres evacuation helpers now have official permission to cross the blockade. When you reach the exit, approach one of the CHP blockade officers, identify yourself, and explain that you’re there to help with the re-evacuation.

TO BE AN ANIMALS ACRES STANDBY VOLUNTEER:
Email info [at] kinshipcircle.org
– FIRST & LAST NAME:
– PHONE NUMBERS:
– EMAIL ADDRESS:
– FULL ADDRESS:
SUBJECT LINE: Animal Acres Volunteer

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Animal Evacuation Volunteers Needed in California

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Update, 9/2/09: Please see the newest update here.

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Update, 8/31/09: Please see Kinship Circle’s most recent update here.

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I know it’s late, so I’ll make this quick: several animal rescue organizations, specifically Animal Acres (as described below by Kinship Circle) and possibly Gentle Barn (below KC’s alert) and others, need help evacuating from the California wildfires. If you’re in or near the area and able to help, keep reading. Otherwise, please spread the word to those who can provide assistance. Please and thank you.

Also, you can keep up to date on what’s happening on Twitter; try the hashtags #fire, #wildfires, #la, #evacuation and the like. At the time of this writing, none are trending topics, though hopefully that will change as people start to mobilize.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 6:35 PM
Subject: Animal Acres Evacuates In Path Of Calif. Fires

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

8/30/09: Animal Acres Evacuates In The Path Of Calif. Fires

1. California Wildfires Move NW, Toward Animal Acres
2. Be On Emergency Standby With Animal Acres
3. Supplies/Equipment/Volunteers Needed For Animal Acres

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Pets get help as flames approach: Rose Mary Berman of Palos Verdes Estates feeds a carrot to Norman one of 15 horses evacuated to Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. Donna Littlejohn/Daily Breeze,
http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestnews/ci_13226056

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1. California Wildfires Move NW, Toward Animal Acres

8/29/09 – 8/30/09, PRESENT SITUATION / NOTES:

Fire moves toward Acton as officials hope for lower temperatures:

The strongest part of the Station fire burning in Angeles National Forest and La Canada Flintridge area is moving northwest of the park toward Acton, California, said Jennifer Sanchez of the U.S. Forest Service. [ANIMAL ACRES IS LOCATED IN ACTON]. Evacuations for some Acton residents are in place…

Since it began 8/26/09, the Station fire has burned 35,200 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations of 10,000 homes, according to Forest Service.

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AUTHORIZED BY FRANK ALLEN, ANIMAL ACRES
Susie V Kaufman, Animal Acres Evacuation Coordinator
susie [at] jarrettlennon.com

8/30/09 — There is a mandatory evacuation in order on the northeast side of Acton. Animal Acres has begun the evacuation process. Currently, horses and donkeys are in the initial process of being moved from Animal Acres to Evacuation Site #2. The following is still only POSSIBLE: The next to be moved will be cows, followed by sheep, goats, and pigs, then birds. They will be moved to Evacuation Site #1. I know nothing about the emus.

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 18

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

1Sky: Tell the President: Lead Congress to Pass a Strong Clean Energy Bill

AAVS: Stand Up For Great Apes

Animal Person: On the Land Grant University Meat Problem

Animal Person: On Food for the Soul

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Shot for a Tulip? Say NO to Cayuga Heights NY’s deer-killing plan

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Stop Killing In Our Cemetery

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Send a clear message to your elected officials banning horse-drawn carriages!

Center for Biological Diversity: The Most Important Bill of Our Time

Center for Biological Diversity: Bats Need Urgent Help, Contact Fish and Wildlife

DawnWatch: Time Magazine cover story on cheap meat 8/31/09

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Hello, Vaute Coat. (Goodbye, XL Blue!*)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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Vaute Couture

Perhaps you’ve heard of them? They’re a vegan fashion house based in Chicago? Supportive of emerging artists, eco-friendly and cruelty-free? Founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgar was recently named one of the “20 Under 30” by VegNews magazine? (You remember! – the list that made the rest of us vegans feel like sorry slackers?)

– anyhow, in 2008, Vaute Couture announced that they wanted to design and launch a special new winter coat, the sale of which would benefit Farm Sanctuary. VC left the specifics of the planned peacoat up to a popular vote, which closed last October. The result? A seriously cute pea/dress coat, dubbed the Vaute Coat (and also known, quite appropriately, as the “Farm Sanctuary benefit coat”). Naturally, it’s 100% vegan and way too expensive for my pocketbook. But if you *heart* fashion and Farm Sanctuary – or *heart* someone who does (a blogger, by any chance? maybe she has a potty mouth and wears a size medium?) – the Vaute Coat would make a sweet x-mas gift, just not to die for.

Here are the details, via Farm Sanctuary:

Introducing Fall/Winter’s Must-Have Item: The First High Style + Function Coat with a Conscience

– Sales of Vaute Couture’s 100% Vegan, Ethically Produced Coat to Benefit Farm Sanctuary’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Work for Abused Farm Animals –

– Activist Fashion House on Forefront of Vegan Fashion Trend –

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Chicago, IL – July 14, 2009 – When Michael Jackson sang about turning up the collar on his favorite winter coat in “Man in the Mirror,” his anthem to discovering your ethical core, he very well could have been singing about Vaute Couture’s mission to change the world one fabulously chic, vegan, eco-conscious coat at a time. This fall/winter, the Chicago-based activist fashion house is “gonna make a change” for farm animals with the launch of their limited run “Vaute” coat. Already on the wish list of conscientious fashion forward women around the world and guaranteed to become your favorite winter coat, all profits from the sale of this runway-worthy coat are being donated to Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to support their vital mission to end cruelty to animals and promote compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy.

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 17

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

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]

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 16

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI): Please Contact Your Legislators This Month to Enlist Their Support

Center for Biological Diversity: Act Now to Save Desert Tortoises

DawnWatch: NY Times and CNN have animal friendly blogs — 8/10/09

DawnWatch: In Vitro Meat on CNN 8/9/09

Digging Through the Dirt: Use Twitter to Advocate on Behalf of Pigs (August 16)

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): PA Anti-Tethering Website Introduced

East Bay Animal Advocates, Inc: The Cheesecake Factory Farm

Ecological Internet: Tell Greenpeace: Toilet Paper Consumption from Canada’s Ancient Boreal Forests Must End

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

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Help Wildlife Make the Cut

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 15

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Will Dunkin’ Donuts Go Egg- and Dairy-Free?

Animals Australia: Save Queensland’s Kangaroos!

Center for Biological Diversity: Put the Heat on the Senate for a Strong Climate Bill

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Help End Animal Cruelty: Urge Dunkin’ Donuts to Stop Using Eggs & Dairy!

CREDO Action: Tell Attorney General Holder: Investigate and Prosecute Dirty Coal’s Fraudulent Tactics

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Saint Bernards Suffering, Matted, in Johnstown, PA [With updates and opportunities for action.]

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Madang, Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Ramu River Rainforests, Carbon and Peoples Threatened by Timber Mafia & Government Corruption

Farm Sanctuary: Michigan: Hurry – Help Keep the Fox Out of the Henhouse

Greenpeace: Thank Kimberly-Clark for protecting ancient forests

Humane Society International (HSI): Tell WAZA: Don’t ignore drive fishery cruelty

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 14

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

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

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Protect Our Rivers, Lakes, and Streams from Mining Waste Pollution

Dr. Debra Durham @ Animal Rights @ Change .org: All Chimpanzees Deserve Sanctuary

Center for Biological Diversity: One Week Left to Speak Out for Endangered Species

Center for Biological Diversity: Real Protection for Roadless Areas Needed Now

DawnWatch: The brilliant movie “The Cove” opens tonight 7/31/09

DawnWatch: CNN’s Cafferty asks if wild animals belong in circuses 7/24/09

DawnWatch: “The Meat of the Matter” –Washington Post on meat and global warming 7/29/09

DawnWatch: NPR and legislation on chimps in research 7/21/09

Earthjustice: Help EPA Against “Secret” Coal Permit

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 13

Friday, July 24th, 2009

FYI: It’s kind of late notice, but I wanted to include this email I received from PETA anyhow:

Our investigation into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is making waves around the world! And now that we’ve exposed the horrible treatment that elephants and tigers receive at the hands of Ringling, PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange will be on “Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell” tonight to discuss the details surrounding this historic investigation. Don’t miss it!

What: PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange discusses our investigation into Ringling’s abuse of animals.
When: Tonight, Friday July 24, 7 p.m. EST (and again from 9-10 p.m. and 12 midnight-1 a.m.)
Where: CNN Headline News (HLN)

For more information about the investigation, please visit RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.

Whether you catch the show or not, please send Jane Velez-Mitchell a note of thanks for covering PETA’s investigation. As far as the MSM goes, Issues is a rather animal-friendly hour.

Now back to our regularly scheduled link roundup!

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

1Sky: Fax Your Senators: Pass a Strong Clean Energy Bill!

Alaska Wilderness League: Tell Sec. Salazar: Reverse bad decisions on Bristol Bay [If you use the sample letter provided, please edit for speciesism.]

Alley Cat Allies: Thank Florida Prosecutors for Enforcing Anti-Cruelty Laws

American Bird Conservancy: HELP SAVE THE CERULEAN WARBLER; SUPPORT A SENATE BILL TO STOP MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING!

American Bird Conservancy: HELP SAVE THE CERULEAN WARBLER; SUPPORT A HOUSE BILL TO STOP MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING!

Animal Person: Urgent Appeal for Flex, the Greyhound

Animal Person: On Vegan Devastation at PF Chang’s

Stephanie @ Animal Rights @ Change .org: Fundraising for Animals by Endangering and Killing Animals: Take Action (You can view the post here, and/or take action here. Please do – I received the same e-vite as Stephanie, and was equally shocked and appalled to see the HSMO holding a BBQ & polo event to raise funds for the care of horses, cows, pigs and other farmed animals! “Cognitive dissonance” doesn’t even begin to describe it.)

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI): THE COVE – Coming Soon to a Theater near You!

Audubon: Protect the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The Cancer Project: Petition to Major League Baseball’s Commissioner Bud Selig

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The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 12

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

1Sky: Fax Your Senators: Pass a Strong Clean Energy Bill!

Animal Rights @ Change .org: Lucky, Tina, Jewel, and Queenie: Speak Up for These Elephants

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Write a Letter to the Editor in Support of the AETA 4 and Our Civil Liberties

Corporate Accountability International: Tell Coke CEO Muhtar Kent to tell us where Dasani comes from!

CREDO Action: Tell Vilsack: Don’t log Tongass National Forest!

DawnWatch: Wonderful NY Times Magazine cover story on whales — 7/12/09

Defenders of Wildlife: Help End Aerial Wolf Killing: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the PAW Act

Defenders of Wildlife: Join Jeff Corwin to Help Save Wildlife Threatened by Global Warming [American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454)]

Farm Sanctuary: Don’t All Egg-Laying Hens Deserve to Stretch Their Wings? [California AB 1437]

Farm Sanctuary: Michigan: Hurry – Help Keep the Fox Out of the Henhouse [HB 5127 and HB 5128 / SB 654 and SB 655]

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Kinship Circle: Update – A Chance for Stu!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Guarded *happydance*.

Thanks to all who contacted LAAS to demand clemency for Stu! Thus far, it seems to have worked; Stu’s upcoming date of execution was stayed, and though he’s not out of the woods yet, it looks like the red tape’s being cleared for his eventual release. The next LAAS meeting is scheduled for 7/27, so keep an eye out for further updates.

(Vegan) cookies for everyone!

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 8:55 PM
Subject: Update – A Chance for Stu!

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KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST

7/13/09- UPDATE: A Chance For Stu!

FULL STORY: Board of Animal Services moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu!

Dear Kinship Circle Supporters:

We’ve followed Stu’s saga since 2005. Today, the fate of this wrongfully impounded, non-dangerous dog hinged upon the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners (7/13/09) meeting.

If Stu hadn’t made it on today’s agenda, his euthanasia date would have remained 7/23/09 — as circulated in our last alert: 7/5/09: Stu Dies July 23. Stop Them. Single-custody dog cases are not ordinarily the type issues covered in KC alerts. Stu is different. His case is so glaringly unjust.

On 6/18/09 we asked you to flood Los Angeles offices with pleas for Stu’s Life. You did. On 7/5/09 we urged you flood ’em again in order to repeal Stu’s 7/23/09 execution date — despite testimony from acclaimed animal experts that Stu poses no threat to humans. You did.

Bottom line: As of today, there is no euthanasia date for Stu. Politics run thick so we can’t claim victory yet. But, things look good for Stu!

“We Win! I Think… Much mention was made of full email boxes and messages from people all over the world!” Jeff de la Rosa

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