True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 10/5/07:

Still adding to the post…


UPDATE, 7/27/07:

I’ve been updating this post almost daily; newest links at the top of the link dump. Feel free to add to the roundup via the comments section.


Unfortunately, the justice system don’t work thataway, so let’s hope for life six years (Six years! WTF!?!) behind bars.

Anywho, a number of animal rights/welfare groups have sent out alerts on this subject, so I’ve included a link roundup below. Links shall be updated as necessary. Also, after the jump, forwarded alerts that are not otherwise available online. (Keep up to date with the latest news via teh Google.)

* DawnWatch: Vick dogs on NY Times front page, and Los Angeles votes for spay-neuter 2/2/08

* Best Friends Animal Society: eNews: December 14, 2007 (Preparing for the Michael Vick dogs)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Vick Received Federal Sentence–Demand Tough State Prosecution Now!

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick sentence on AJC front page and in many other papers 12/11/07

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

* The Petition Site: Keep Michael Vick Out of the NFL!

* Best Friends: Vick dogs cleared to come to Best Friends

* Kinship Circle: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

* Kinship Circle: OCT. KC DIGEST – Killing JFK Cats, Shot Iraq Dog, Petitions… (Parts 1 & 2) [Section 9, “Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised”]

* Kinship Circle: UPDATE/ Vick’s Dogs: Clemency For All But One

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): eNews Alert: October 5, 2007 (Update on Michael Vick Case/Dog Health Chat Today!)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Michael Vick Takes Empathy Course at PETA HQ

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges

* The Petition Site: Stop Dogfighting Now!

* The Petition Site: To the NFL: Help Pitt Bulls while Punishing Michael Vick!

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Give Vick Dogs a Fighting Chance at Life

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF): Congressman Garrett sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally next Wednesday

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): “Falling Star, Rising Son: The Football Player and the Pit bull” Art containing Actual NFL Football Tickets from Steeler/Eagles Game

* ROAR: Donate your VICK jerseys – you’ll never wear them again!

* Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare: Michael Vick: Now the Hypocrisy Begins

* Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Two Years And Still Counting (Section #9, Michael Vick Did NOT Adopt 14 Katrina Pit Bulls)

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?

* The Petition Site: Please help get Michael Vick’s fines donated to Pit Bull and other animal rescues

* Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years… (easyVegan blog post, 8/27/07)

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

* American Humane Association Urges Severe Sentence for Michael Vick Appropriate to the Severity and Inhumanity of His Crimes; Historic Organization Seeks Prison Time, Fines, Banishment from NFL

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Michael Vick Pleads Guilty/ASPCA President Invites Letters of Thanks

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Vick goes before judge – now YOU be the judge

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick case spurs comments on other animal cruelty 8/22 — 8/26/07

* Best Friends Animal Society: The dogs in the Michael Vick case

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell the NFL to Recognize Animal Abuse as an Offense Warranting Suspension–and More

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSUS): Congressman Graves sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally on Monday (Kansas City)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

* The Petition Site: Save Vick’s Dogs

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge to stop promoting illegal animal fighting

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Breaking News: Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

* Kinship Circle: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Admits Guilt, Plea Deal To Be Announced!

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Thank the U.S. Attorneys in the Vick Case!

* API: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…

* Kinship Circle: [RELIEF GLOBAL] Flooded NY Shelter/ TX-KS Updates/ Left Behind In War Zone… (Section #5, 63 Kittens Used As Dogfighting Bait Dumped At Shelter)

* DawnWatch: NPR commentary on dog fighting and canned hunting 8/8/07

* DawnWatch: “‘Culture’ Argument Doesn’t Excuse Cruelty” — Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/6/07

* Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files

* Kinship Circle: LETTER / To NFL: Release Michael Vick Without Pay

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #2 (August 2, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* What do you think about the SCLC’s plan to honor Falcons player Michael Vick, who has been indicted on dogfighting charges? [Poll and story on, 8/3/07]

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Sign the Statement Against Dogfighting

* The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act

* The Petition Site: Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

* DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

* Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

* The Petition Site/HSUS: Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!

* The Petition Site: Petition to let the NFL know how stupid they look

* DawnWatch: “Warning on red meat and greenhouse gases” Australian, (and Vick update) Friday July 20

* DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -> NFL, Throw the Book at Michael Vick

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) -> Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick!

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HSUS: Big victories mark the year’s halfway point

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: Jul 2, 2007 5:03 PM
Subject: Big victories mark the year’s halfway point

The Humane Society of the United States
July 2, 2007

The fourth of July is an American holiday grounded on the principle that an independent and democratic nation is an ideal worth fighting for. At The HSUS, the ideal we fight for is that animals matter and that human beings have solemn responsibilities toward other creatures. We ask you to support us and to take action when we issue the call. And we want to show you that our collective action results in outcomes you can be proud of. At this mid-point in the year, I want to update you on some stunning accomplishments — and believe me, with your support, we intend to see many more in the months and years ahead.


The HSUS is always looking out for dogs, cats, and horses. In state legislatures and in the courts, we shuttered the last remaining horse slaughter plants in the country (two plants in Texas and one in Illinois), and we are pressing Congress to stop the export of horses to Canada and Mexico. The HSUS unveiled our undercover investigation of dog auctions, places where puppy mill owners buy and sell dogs like used cars. We followed this action with our first-ever filing of a class-action lawsuit against a dog dealer called Wizard of Claws for selling puppy mill puppies with genetic defects, serious illnesses and contagious parasites, and we are pressing ahead with a larger campaign against puppy mills. We worked closely with legislative leaders and friends in Hawaii to ensure the Aloha state would become the 43rd state to adopt a felony-level penalty for animal cruelty. Also, several states have passed measures to include pets in protective orders in domestic violence cases.

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HSUS, IFAW, SAPL: Congress to Vote on Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears TOMORROW!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/28/07, via the HSUS:

I am sorry to report that the Inslee-LoBiondo amendment failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 188-242 late yesterday. This amendment sought to halt funding for one year for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies. Too many lawmakers caved in to the NRA and Safari Club International, and that provided the margin of defeat.

Click here to see how your Representative, voted:

If the vote was “AYE” please make a short polite phone call to (202) 225-2865 to say thanks. If the vote was “NO,” let your Representative know you are disappointed.

Thank you for your efforts to protect polar bears from trophy hunting. We have had some victories and some setbacks on this issue. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a funding cut for polar bear trophy imports. We will continue to press forward to include this funding cut in the final Interior Appropriations bill, and to pass the Polar Bear Protection Act, which will permanently ban polar bear trophy imports. Click here to urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor this important animal protection legislation:


Currently I have three emails in my inbox pertaining to tomorrow’s vote on the loophole that allows for the importation of polar bear trophies from Canada into the US. I’ll post all of them below, and update this post as needed with any new developments/alerts.

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The Petition Site: Petition Digest, 6/17/07

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Animal Abuse


PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities arrested a veterinarian Monday on suspicion that he hit a five-pound Chihuahua in the head so hard that he dislodged the dog’s eye. Joshua Winston faces animal cruelty charges in the June 4 incident, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Paul Chagolla. [Read more…]


Our loving, young pet Mimi, a very small, chi was murdered by a man named Frank on Tuesday afternoon. Frank took our little dog and slit her throat then threw her over his back fence. Thanks to the excellent, diligent work of the Novato Police Department, Frank was arrested and is in jail with a over $100,000 bail. This man took the life of our family member, a dog that gave nothing but love to all that she met. She made our family laugh everyday with her antics. Her best friend was Ty the big black Great Dane, who is now moping around the house looking for his little friend. When I found my dog with her throat cut, ants crawling on her body, blood coming out of her ears, my belief that every human being has some level of basic kindness, died in that moment. Who is this man, whatever reason he has for committing this act, this is a sick person who does not belong in our society. He should be listed as a predator, just like sex offenders. Is any one safe anymore? GIVE THIS MAN THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE. [Read more…]

Animals As Clothing

Tell Burberry that fur is DEAD

Tell burberry that fur is DEAD by telling them to listen to ONE simple demand. STOP USING FUR! Faux looks better than the real thing. [Read more…]

Animals As Entertainment

Help Billy the elephant retire from the L.A. Zoo

I recently visited the Los Angeles Zoo and met Billy. I was very saddened by what I saw. He displayed behaviors that of a sick and stressed elephant and this broke my heart. Zoos are just not capable to maintain such an intelligent giant. As of May 15, 2007, he is now the only elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo and on exhibit. He will be moved onto a new expanded exhibit in 2009, but Billy will remain sick and stressed, living a life unfit for an elephant. Because Billy is a male elephant, he will be hard to place and this is why your help is even more important. [Read more…]

Animals As Pests

Stop Oregon Cougar Extermination

Oregon Fish and Wildlife have begun exterminating nearly half of Oregon’s Cougars. They plan to kill 2,500 of them including kittens and their mothers. This violates Oregons laws and Constitution, and was voted down by the state legislature but they don’t care. Please tell Governor Kulongoski to stop them, firing and fining all involved in the massacure of our wildlife, Oregon’s proud Mountain Lions. [Read more…]

Animals As Research Subjects

Primate Sanctuary Regulations

This petition evolved from a recent case of horrid findings in a Texas primate sanctuary, where years of inadequate care of it’s residence and upkeep resulted in the Attorney General stepping in and placing the facility in receivership. A national movement to establish standards and regulations is needed to stop this kind of nightmare from every happening again. I challenge the USA to take a stand and help start a movement to try and ensure that the remainder of these beings lifes are spent in sanctuaries that are well monitored. We owe it to them. [Read more…]

Save the Monkeys

By signing this petition I strongly urge the government of the USA not to sell the monkeys to universities for study and experimentation. [Read more…]

Wildlife Conservation & Environmental Issues


The Chinese, who have had 5,000 years to evolve into an enlightened society, have instead chosen to perpetrate some of the most heinous acts of cruelty know to mankind, against innocent non-human beings. Therefore, we the undersigned, will be boycotting ALL Chinese goods, and asking family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, groups and anyone else who will listen, NOT TO PURCHASE CHINESE PRODUCTS or visit Beijing’s upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics. [Read more…]

Protect the Most Important Fish in the Sea!

Atlantic herring just need some respect. These small fish are essential to the health of our oceans. But large industrial ships known as herring mid-water trawlers are removing more Atlantic herring from New England’s inshore areas than is sustainable. [Read more…]

Help Save the Florida Panther!

There are fewer than 100 Florida panthers left in the wild, and many of them live in Big Cypress National Preserve. Yet the National Park Service is now considering opening up a part of Big Cypress to off-road vehicles (ORVs)! [Read more…]

Stop Out of Control Gas Prices, Increase Fuel Efficiency Standards!

It’s not a secret. Gas prices are out of control and reached a historic high this Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer drive season. It’s time for Congress to do something meaningful to control gas prices by requiring our cars, light trucks and SUVs to go further on a gallon of gasoline. But the powerful auto industry continues to stand in the way of miles per gallon standards. [Read more…]

Protect Our Coasts from Drilling

With the help of powerful Congressional allies, pro-drilling forces are aggressively pushing bills that would undermine the moratorium that protects our coasts. Tell the Administration that you do not want our coasts opened up to destructive oil and gas drilling. [Read more…]

Bonus Petitions!

Best Friends Animal Society: IT’S NOT COOL TO BE CRUEL!

It appears that the violent subculture of dog fighting has permeated the world of professional sports and entertainment. Dog fighting is horrifically cruel for the dogs, but also a dangerous, illegal activity that often involves violence, weapons, illegal gambling and drugs. We, the undersigned, urge America’s major sports leagues—the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer to take immediate action to help stop participation and support of dog fighting. [Read more…]

HSUS: Take the pledge to stop puppy mills!

Stop Puppy Mills

I will do my part to help stop puppy mills. I pledge to help end this cycle of cruelty by: 1) Choosing not to buy my next pet from a pet store or Internet site and 2) Refusing to buy supplies from any pet stores or Internet site that sells puppies. [Read more…]



DawnWatch Alert: Pending legislation that endangers almost all animal-friendly legislation 6/11/07

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/12/07:

Another alert regarding the Farm Bill, this time from Last Chance for Animals. Now with new and improved talking points!

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at]
Date: Jun 12, 2007 2:32 PM
Subject: Congress to Strip State and Local Animal Welfare Laws! Take Action Now!

Urgent Action Needed! – Don’t Let Congress Undo State and Local Animal Laws!

Congress is attempting to subvert the rights of citizens by prohibiting states and localities from voting against activities concerning public health, safety, and morals!

A provision in the pending Farm Bill would overturn some of the most important animal welfare legislation passed in decades and prevent us from protecting and fighting for the rights of animals across the country!

If passed, this provision would nullify state bans on horse slaughter, bans on gestation crates in Florida and bans on both gestation and veal crates in Arizona and bans on foie gras in California and Chicago.

This is an outrageous power grab that would undermine the democratic process and deny citizens the right to pass state and local laws on issues of humane treatment or food safety.


Reach your federal legislatures by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121

After you make your calls, please follow up with an email to further encourage your legislators to keep this dangerous provision out of the Farm Bill.

Visit and to contact your legislators.

Sample text below for phone calls and emails.

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HSUS: Continues to Fight the Bad Fight

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/8/07:

See also: AMAZON.COM SUPPORTS COCKFIGHTING Please Protest!, from United Poultry Concerns (UPC)


Via the Humane Society of the United States: Continues to Fight the Bad Fight

For at least two years, has been infamously—and incorrectly—touting its “right” to sell materials promoting illegal animal fighting, blatantly peddling dogfighting videos as well as cockfighting magazines like The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior. seems so determined to profit from illegal animal fighting that, rather than simply drop its sales of animal fighting materials, it has filed a motion against The HSUS in federal court, essentially asking that federal and state laws to protect animals be gutted to accommodate’s sales of animal fighting paraphernalia.’s persistence is all the more disturbing because it comes just weeks after Congress passed legislation making it a felony offense to ship publications containing “commercial speech” for the purpose of promoting or “in any other manner furthering” animal fighting, in addition to the mailing of all other materials that promote animal fighting.

Fight Back!

Please tell Jeffrey Bezos,’s CEO, that it’s not too late to change course and do the right thing—and comply with the law.



HSUS: Two steps forward, one step back for horses

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: Jun 5, 2007 4:29 PM
Subject: Two steps forward, one step back for horses


Trouble with links? Want to share this email? Use this link:


Action Alert
The Humane Society of the United States
June 5, 2007



I have news to report to you on the issue of horse slaughter in the United States.

First, despite many threats that horse slaughter would be legalized by a stealth floor amendment in the final, intense days of the 2007 Texas state legislative session, we’re thrilled to report that the effort did not succeed. The flood of phone calls from you Texans really had an impact — we heard about them from every office. We were lobbying right up until the last moment and running ads in Texas newspapers, and the calls and letters made an enormous difference. (Note: View the ad at

Second, Illinois passed a ban on horse slaughter for human consumption with the full support of the Governor and the Illinois Department of Agriculture! However, only a week after the victorious passage of this state bill, the owners of the horse slaughter plant in Illinois filed suit to overturn the law. An Illinois federal judge issued a temporary restraining order overriding the new state law, and that order will remain in force until a June 14 hearing. This means that horse slaughter can temporarily resume at the Illinois plant — which can butcher more than 500 horses a week. Our attorneys are fighting back in every way they can, but we need your help.

These state bans, and this temporary setback, once again highlight the urgent need for passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) — a federal bill to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption and the transport of horses across the border for slaughter. We cannot sit back now while our horses are still being sent to Mexico and Canada for brutal slaughter in large numbers.


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HSUS: Help End Breeding of Chimpanzees for Research

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/25/07, via the HSUS:

I am delighted to share some great news! Thanks in part to your action on behalf of chimpanzees in laboratories, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) announced on May 22 that “after careful review of existing chimpanzee resources, NCRR has determined that it does not have the financial resources to support the breeding of chimpanzees that are owned or supported by NCRR.”

This announcement means that there will no longer be any funding by NCRR to support breeding of chimpanzees for research. NCRR also indicated that it will honor commitments regarding the care and funding of the existing chimpanzee population, including approximately 500 NCRR-owned chimpanzees currently in research labs and 90 who are in a federal sanctuary for those no longer “needed” in biomedical research. While this doesn’t help the chimpanzees currently living in laboratories, it is a monumental decision and will spare some chimpanzees a life of up to 60 years in a laboratory.


Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Help End Breeding of Chimpanzees for Research

Chimpanzees experience a range of emotions, including depression, anxiety, pain, distress and empathy. Their emotions and complex cognitive abilities make confinement of these animals in cages and their use in research highly questionable on ethical grounds. They are poor models for human disease because of biological differences, including in their immunology. Finally, chimpanzees are extremely expensive to keep in laboratories. Captive chimps can live to the age of 60, so any bred today could spend up to six decades living in labs—at taxpayer expense.

The current moratorium on the breeding of federally-owned and supported chimpanzees extends through the end of 2007. On May 22, the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) will meet to discuss, and potentially decide on, its renewal. Now is the time to let the Council and NCRR know that you do not want to see any taxpayer-funded breeding of chimpanzees for use in laboratories. The number of chimpanzees in labs could be reduced by halting the breeding of additional chimpanzees—a significant step in ultimately ending the cycle of chimpanzee research.


Please take a moment to help by urging the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to not only extend the moratorium beyond 2007, but to adopt this moratorium permanently to end the breeding of research chimps altogether.



HSUS: Take action for pet food safety

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: May 7, 2007 11:29 AM
Subject: Kelly, is your pet’s food safe?

The Humane Society of the United States
May 7, 2007


Pets are part of our families, and millions of American families were shocked by the recent pet food recalls. The deaths of pets from tainted pet food tragically demonstrate the need for greater oversight of this industry. Fortunately, Congress is listening, and you can take action here:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Pet and Human Food Safety Act on May 1 to provide more oversight and regulation of the food industry. In a remarkable demonstration of how important this issue is, the U.S. Senate approved a Durbin amendment on pet and human food safety on May 2 — just one day after the bill was introduced — by a resounding vote of 94 to 0!

You can help make the food supply safer.


1. Make a short polite phone call to your U.S. Representative. Urge him or her to support and quickly enact the DeLauro/Durbin Pet and Human Food Safety Act.

Making a call is easy. A staff member will take your message and pass it to your legislator. When you call, you can say:

“Hello my name is [your name] and I’m calling from [your town and state] to urge [your representative’s name] to support the DeLauro/Durbin Pet and Human Food Safety Act (H.R. 2108/S. 1274). The ongoing pet food recall has revealed that there is very little regulation of the pet food industry. We need to change this to ensure that the food consumers are feeding their pets is wholesome and safe. Thank you.”

After you make your call, send a follow up email in support of safer pet food:

2. Tell your friends how they can help:

The more people who contact Congress, the more support this legislation will receive and the better its chances of being quickly passed into law.

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SAPL eAlert: Congress to consider two (horse-related) bills

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

UPDATE, 4/30/07, via the HSUS:

This afternoon (4/27/07), at 12:38 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (277-137) to restore a 34-year-old ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros. Yesterday, the bill to ban the sale and transport to slaughter of all American horses cleared a critical Senate committee by a decisive 15-7 vote. These victories move us even closer to banning horse slaughter in the United States permanently.

Your calls and emails are key to winning this fight. Everyday this past week, as I walked the halls of the House and Senate with other Humane Society of the United States staff, shoring up support for these two votes, every office we visited said the same thing: “We are getting a lot of phone calls from our constituents about the horses.” Please help keep the momentum going:

+ Click here to urge support for restoring protections to wild horses and burros.

+ Click here to urge support for banning the slaughter of all horses.


UPDATE, 4/23/07:

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a sample letter for H.R. 249 (item #2 in the SAPL email below), here (“Up This Week: House Vote on Saving Wild Horses and Burros”).


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HSUS: Support Senate Resolution to End Seal Hunt

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Support Senate Resolution to End Seal Hunt

The Canadian seal hunt is the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals in the world.

Already, the disappearing ice caused by global warming has devastated seal populations in Canada’s North Atlantic waters. It’s estimated that more than a quarter of the seal pups have died, and the survivors are being targeted by the hunt. That’s because, despite these catastrophic ice conditions, the Canadian government is allowing fishermen to kill 270,000 seals in the 2007 hunt.

Last year, pups between just 12 days and 12 weeks of age made up more than 95 percent of the seals killed—either by clubbing or shooting. An independent team of veterinarians observed a previous seal hunt and concluded that the hunt failed to comply with Canada’s basic animal welfare regulations.

A Senate resolution (S. Res. 118), sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Joseph Biden (D-DE), is calling on the Canadian government to end the brutal and senseless seal hunt. Please ask your senators to co-sponsor S. Res. 118. If they are already co-sponsors, please express your thanks.

And don’t forget to download your ProtectSeals badges and banners here!

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PETA, HSUS on Burger King’s "Historic" Animal Welfare Changes

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Personally, I’m not all that impressed by BK’s promises (purchasing 2% cage-free eggs ASAP, and then doubling that to 4% by 2008?; wtf, are you kidding me?!), but FYI….

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ingrid Newkirk – newsmanager [at]
Date: Mar 28, 2007 7:55 AM
Subject: Victory! Burger King Adopts New Industry-Leading Animal Welfare Policies

I have some very exciting news to share with you. In 2001, when PETA halted its “Murder King” campaign (after Burger King adopted some animal welfare standards), Burger King agreed to continue behind-the-scenes discussions with PETA about ways to further reduce the horrific abuse of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. Now, after nearly six years of negotiations with PETA, those discussions have resulted in Burger King’s agreeing to enact a new industry-leading animal welfare plan to improve conditions for the animals used and killed for its products.

According to its news plan, Burger King will:

* Immediately begin purchasing 10 percent of its pig flesh from suppliers that do not use cruel gestation crates—metal enclosures that confine mother pigs and are so restrictive that the animals cannot even stretch a limb or take a step—and double that amount by the end of 2007.

* Immediately begin purchasing 2 percent of its eggs from hens who are not confined to tiny wire battery cages and more than double that amount by the end of 2007.

* Issue a statement to its egg suppliers that it will give purchasing preference to those that do not use battery cages.

* Issue a statement to its chicken-flesh suppliers that it will give purchasing preference to those that use or switch to “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK), the least cruel method of poultry slaughter in existence.

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HSUS: Tell Your Legislators to Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Monday, March 26th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/27/07, via the Humane Society of the United States:

Good news! Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137) by a landslide vote — 368 to 39. It’s thanks to your calls and emails to your Representative that we were able to secure such a decisive victory. Click here to find out how your Representative voted.

Now, we’re focusing on the U.S. Senate — in order to complete the effort to make it a federal felony to move fighting animals or cockfighting implements across state lines or foreign borders. Please help us keep up the momentum and make a short polite phone call to both of your Senators.

First, see if your two Senators are cosponsors of S. 261 (the companion to H.R. 137).

If they are, call and thank them for their support and ask them for help to get this legislation passed quickly in the Senate.

If they are not, call and say:

“Hello my name is [your name] and I support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137/S. 261). The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly and passed this legislation, and I hope the Senate will do the same. Similar legislation has been approved by the Senate three times. It is time for the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act to become law. Please vote yes on this important bill and do all that you can to see it enacted into law now. Thank you.”

Nearly every week there are reports of problems associated with illegal dog fighting and cockfighting. This past weekend in Ohio, law enforcement agencies raided a dog fight and several kennels, seizing 64 dogs and arresting two dozen suspects. Also this past weekend, 200 roosters were seized from a cockfight in California, and a man was fatally shot at a cockfight in Hawaii.

Thank you for your continued efforts to end animal fighting. With your help, I know we can win.

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HSUS: Urge Canada’s Minister of International Trade to Stop the Seal Hunt

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Urge Canada’s Minister of International Trade to Stop the Seal Hunt

Tell Canada’s Minister of International Trade, David Emerson, that the seal hunt damages Canada’s international reputation, and remind him that it has resulted in ongoing global boycotts of Canadian seafood and tourism. Let him know that you’ve joined with more than 340,000 people, as well as many chefs, restaurants, and grocery chains, in pledging not to buy Canadian seafood products until Canada ends its brutal slaughter of seals. Tell him it’s time to end the commercial seal hunt for good — a hunt opposed by most Canadian citizens shouldn’t be allowed to harm Canada’s economy.



HSUS: Big news on animal fighting, fur, and horse slaughter

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: Mar 13, 2007 5:18 PM
Subject: Big news on animal fighting, fur, and horse slaughter

The Humane Society of the United States
March 13, 2007

I have big news to share with you today on three of The Humane Society of the United States’ priority campaigns:


Yesterday, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a measure that outlaws cockfighting in that state, a major victory in our campaign to rid the nation of this barbaric and cruel practice. The HSUS worked closely with Animal Protection of New Mexico to achieve this historic outcome. The ban leaves Louisiana as the only state where the centuries-old bloodsport remains legal, and
The HSUS will mount a major effort to outlaw the practice there when the state’s legislative session begins on April 30.

Thank you for speaking out for tougher penalties for illegal animal fighting and supporting the Animal Fighting Prohibition
Enforcement Act. Please let your friends and family know how they can help move this bill to the finish line.


Today, The HSUS escalated our campaign to protect animals and consumers from widespread abuses by the apparel industry. We
filed a legal petition with the Federal Trade Commission this morning seeking to enforce the Fur Products Labeling Act against
14 major retailers and designers concerning false advertising and false labeling of garments with fur trim. Click here to read more.

Also this morning, the “Today” show reported on our investigation that turned up products made with fur from dogs and other species that were sold as either fake fur or other types of animal fur in violation of the Federal Fur Products Labeling Act. In response to our investigation, many retailers and designers acted to put customers and animals first — notably Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, which have both pledged to go fur free within a year. But a disappointing number of stores and designers did not take appropriate action and are listed in our petition.

Click here to watch this morning’s “Today” show segment, then tune in tomorrow for a scheduled follow-up story.

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HSUS: Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act

Good news! On Thursday morning, March 8, a federal bill (S. 261) to help law enforcement crack down on animal fighting will be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please take action and help this important bill clear the Senate Committee with flying colors.

This bill will upgrade the weak misdemeanor penalty in current federal law — making it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for animal fighting (such as dog fighting, cockfighting and hog-dog fighting).

More here.



Happy Spay Day!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/9/07, via HSUS:

Pet lovers across the nation came together last month to make Spay Day USA 2007 a great success! Look at what we were able to accomplish:

1. More than 300 spay/neuter events were held throughout February, most offering low cost or donated services to pets in need and feral cats.

2. To date, 28 percent of event organizers have reported a total of 9,050 animals having received spay or neuter services this year at Spay Day USA events nationwide. (Visit the week of March 19 for final results!)

3. Individuals and teams raised more than $89,000 to contribute to community events and to The Humane Society of the United States’ Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program – enough money to spay or neuter nearly 1,200 animals!

4. Nearly 100 community groups organized public outreach and fundraising events, from educational displays at public libraries featuring information on spay and neuter, to vegetarian “spay-ghetti” dinners, reaching more than half a million members of the public and raising at least $94,000 for spay/neuter.

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HSUS: We Need The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

We Need The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

Protect consumers and animals by stopping the sale of fur from raccoon dogs—a member of the dog family sometimes skinned alive in China—and requiring all fur garments to be labeled. Recent HSUS tests showed that animal fur is frequently mislabeled or marked as faux fur.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to support and co-sponsor the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007. You can reach your Representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or click here to find your Representative’s office phone number.

After you make your phone call, please fill in and submit the form at the right to automatically send a follow-up email to your Representative urging support for the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 891). Be sure to make your message even more effective by putting it into your own words!



HSUS: See the power of film to help animals

Monday, February 19th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:07 PM
Subject: See the power of film to help animals

The Humane Society of the United States
THE POWER OF FILM: Watch, Vote For, and Create Movie Magic for Animals
February 16, 2007

Sometimes all it takes is a good story. And when that story is told through the language of film, its power can inspire viewers to change how they think and act. Today I want to share with you three ways you can celebrate the power of film to change animals’ lives.

See Compassion in Action in Amazing Grace

Next weekend, you won’t want to miss the true story of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), a political activist who was not only a leading abolitionist but one of the founding figures of the animal protection movement. The film captures Wilberforce’s determination to end the cruelty and suffering imposed on both humans and animals in his era, and it’s an inspiring story of how one person can make a difference. I loved Amazing Grace and hope you’ll see it on opening weekend, beginning February 23.

Watch our exclusive movie preview:

Find a theater near you:

Vote for Your Favorite Animal-Friendly Film

Academy Award-nominated Happy Feet (shown at left) is one of three animated family feature films nominated for our 21st annual Genesis Awards, which acknowledge positive portrayals of animal issues in film, television, and print. Which movie will win? Vote for your favorite film in this and each of three other
categories, and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a free weekend trip to New York, courtesy of Southwest Airlines and W Hotels.

Vote now and enter to win. Click here:

Make Your Own Film for Animals

If you’re 16-25 and an aspiring filmmaker — or just someone who wants to do more than upload funny home videos to YouTube — then check out the Film Your Issue (FYI) competition. FYI invites young people to create short films that address issues that are important to them. The Humane Society of the United States is a featured partner, and we’ve even provided “B roll” you can use to create your own movie about our top campaigns.

Make your own movie. Click here:

Thanks for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States


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HSUS: Taking Action for Animals, July 28-30, 2007

Friday, February 9th, 2007

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From: Taking Action for Animals – info [at]
Date: Feb 9, 2007 3:22 PM
Subject: Save the date for animals in July

SAVE THE DATE: Taking Action for Animals 2007

Dear Animal Advocate:

Two weeks ago, the world’s largest pig producer said it would phase out the use of cruel gestation crates over the next decade. This announcement by Smithfield Foods was a watershed moment for farm animals, and proof that we are having an impact.

Would you like to be part of the next major advance for animals?

Please join me for the largest national conference of the animal protection movement, designed to motivate, inspire, and teach skills to advocates from around the globe. The third annual Taking Action for Animals conference will be held July 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s conference, among other topics and training sessions, will have a special focus on the theme of taking action for farm animals. You’ll learn:

* How to help ban the worst abuses in factory farms, such as gestation crates, veal crates, battery cages, and forced-feeding for foie gras

* How to run a successful grassroots campaign, with case studies from effective efforts in the U.S. and abroad

* How to effectively engage and talk with media

* How to persuade corporations, schools, producers, and retailers to make major changes for animals

* Why there’s a growing shift away from industrialized factory farming systems

* What legal protections exist for animals

* How to help animals through local and state legislation

* What’s happening in Congress and what this year’s Farm Bill means for animals

* What’s happening for animals in Europe and beyond

* How to adopt a humane diet and encourage others to do the same

Registration includes keynote sessions, training workshops to develop practical skills for both seasoned advocates and those seeking to become more involved in animal protection, a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, more than 50 exhibitors, social events, and invaluable opportunities for networking with colleagues, mentors, and fellow advocates.

Sponsored by Farm Sanctuary, The Humane Society of the United States, and other groups, Taking Action for Animals will feature special guest and long-time farm animal advocate Moby.

Don’t miss this chance to become more involved – join us in July! Click here to be one of the first to register. Then visit for program updates.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (map)

Hotel: Discounted rooms are available at Hotel Washington for $129 per night (single/double occupancy). For reservations call 1-800-424-9540 or visit For the discounted rate you must make your reservation by July 6 and mention you are part of Taking Action for Animals (group ID# 35698).

I hope to see you there!


Mike Markarian
Executive Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States
President, Humane Society Legislative Fund

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