Disaster Relief in Japan: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Last updated on 4/18/11 @ 11:15 AM CDT.

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Before and after the quake, Arahama in Sendai. This image shows one continuous landscape across the rectangle–at center, see the roadway sloping slightly upward from left to right across the black bar. In the original, dynamic version of this image, the black bar can be scrolled left and right across the landscape.
Credits: Google, ABC, GeoEye
Source: cnet.com
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It’s a startling picture of how dramatic and destructive Friday’s massive earthquake actually was.

The quake, which has upgraded to a magnitude 9.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency, may have shifted the position of Earth’s axis about 6.5 inches, Richard Gross, a geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Los Angeles Times. The quake likely sped up the Earth’s rotation, shortening the day by 1.8 microseconds, Gross said. Also, the main island of Japan appears to have moved 8 feet, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN.

To help illustrate the damaging power of the quake and the ensuing tsunami, Google has compiled a collection of high-resolution before-and-after satellite images that depict the areas affected most by the devastation.

“We’re working to provide this data directly to response organizations on the ground to aid their efforts,” Ryan Falor, Google Crisis Response team, said in a Google Lat Long Blog post. “We hope this new updated satellite imagery is valuable for them as well as everyone else following this situation to help illustrate the extent of the damage.”

ABC News has created a presentation of the images, overlaying the before and after images for each specific area for a more immediate representation of the quake and tsunami’s devastating effects.

(Source: cnet.com)

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DREAM: A Monthly Drum & Bass Benefit Event to Benefit The International Fund for Animal Welfare

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

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From: Shawna Seldon – shawna [at] rosengrouppr.com
Date: Nov 5, 2007 9:24 PM
Subject: invite/event listing (11/16): Dream, a monthly drum & bass benefit event for The International Fund for Animal Welfare.
To: easyvegan [at] gmail.com

We hope you will list this upcoming event to benefit The International Fund for Animal welfare and the endangered North American right whale which is entering its migration/breeding season now.

Best regards,

Shawna Seldon
212.255.8455

CALENDAR LISTING: Friday, November 16

Contact:
Shawna Seldon
212.255.8455 ext. 212
shawna [at] rosengrouppr.com

DIRECT DRIVE and MOTHER OF PEARL present DREAM: A Monthly Drum & Bass Benefit Event to Benefit The International Fund for Animal Welfare

—The Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale enters Breeding Season and Begins migration to Southern Waters perils punctuate the species Fragile Existence—

—Reductions in boat speeds of just 10 knots could save a species—

Who:

DJ’s EMPRESS (Royale | Contagious Musiq | New Identity); I-CUE (Ingenious Musiq | Plan B | Konkrete Jungle NYC); GHOSTRUNNER (Understand Inc. | No Drama Stateside); ODYSSEY (Digital Konfusion | Ingenious Musiq); PATRICK KANE; with your host MC DYLZ (St8cyde Jump Up | Team Ewok)

What:

DIRECT DRIVE and MOTHER OF PEARL present DREAM, a Monthly Drum & Bass Benefit Event, to benefit The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW, http://www.ifaw.org); 21 to enter; $7 B4 Midnight, $10 After; Proceeds to benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the right whale.

When:

Friday, November 16, 2007; 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Where:

Bar Bleu @ Café Deville (downstairs)
103 3rd Avenue (@ 13th Street); New York City

Why:

Proceeds from the November edition of the monthly drum & bass Dream will benefit The International Fund for Animal Welfare and the right whale. With only 350 right whales remaining, the right whale is poised to follow the fate of the baiji—a white dolphin found off the coast of eastern China, and the first large aquatic mammal driven to virtual extinction since hunting and overfishing killed off the Caribbean monk seal in the 1950s—as legislation that could save the right whale languishes with the Administration. As the primary cause of mortality is vessel strikes, the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed a Ship Strike Rule, calling for reductions in boat speed limits to 10 knots–an impact of $116 million a year, less than four-hundredths of one percent of the $300 billion East Coast shipping trade. Top scientists all concur that this rule must be enacted in order to save the species. The final rule was expected to be issued in June 2007, yet it remains held by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget—which has offered no public explanation. Lawmakers—including Senator John Kerry, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Senator Edward Kennedy—are joining in the effort to push the Ship Strike Rule forward. Tell your Congressman what you think, get more information at http://www.ifaw.org, and come out to support the cause on Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Shawna Seldon at 212.255.8455 ext. 212 or shawna [at] rosengrouppr.com.

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IFAW: Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

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From: Fred O’Regan, IFAW – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Oct 26, 2007 7:28 AM
Subject: Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

International Fund for Animal Welfare | October 26, 2007
A Better World for Animals and People

Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

Please contact msakoh [at] ifaw.org today if you can help!

IFAW needs your help in carrying out a crucial next step in a lawsuit to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, fish, and other marine wildlife from mid-frequency active sonar used by the U.S. Navy. If you are an IFAW member who spends time in the Marianas Islands or The Gulf of Lyon, please help us protect marine wildlife.

These sonar systems can flood tens or even hundreds of square miles of ocean with sound waves which are suspected of causing injury and even mortality of whales and other marine mammals.

Yet the Navy is refusing to take common-sense measures to protect marine life. IFAW is a co-plaintiff in a case that, if successful, will set an important precedent for how this technology may be deployed in the marine environment.

With your help, we hope to send the message to the Navy that the American people want the military to adhere to protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act rather than granting itself a “national security” exemption.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-24-07

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Oppose Aerial Herbicide Spraying on Public Lands

The Center for Food Safety: House to Vote on Farm Bill – Take Action Today!

DawnWatch: CNN’s Paula Zahn to cover dogfighting, Thursday 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Dan Mathews “Committed” summer tour — July-August 2007

DawnWatch tip: NBC Nightly news on calls for bullfighting bans 7/23/07

DawnWatch: Extraordinary coverage and commentary from NPR’s Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday, 7/21/07

DawnWatch: Newsday piece on runaway steer and vegetarianism 7/22/07

Defenders of Wildlife: We Can End Aerial Gunning of Wolves: Sign the Petition Today!

Earthjustice: Adopt the Sky

Earthjustice: Restore Balance on Our Public Lands!

Environmental Defense: Tell Congress to Support Conservation Friendly Farming

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The “Fairness in Farm and Food Policy” amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Animal Welfare Institute: “Barbaric, Barbaric, Barbaric!” / Vick Dog Fighting Charges Symptomatic of a Larger Problem

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #87 (July 23 @ Hippy Shopper)

Newsletters

Earthjustice e-Brief: July 2007

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Animal Update Online: July 2007

Sierra Club Insider: July 24, 2007

Petitions

Felony indictment for dog fighting in Georgia

Please help stop brutal murders of dogs in Chernihiv!

The animal welfare in Romania – Street cleansing with poison – Braila 2007

Stop Animal Cruelty Now!

SAY NO TO JAPANESE SCHOOLCHILDREN VIEWING WHALES BEING BUTCHERED

I am not a nugget!

Fight Against Asthma by Adopting the Sky!

Pledge to Live a One Planet Life!

Tim Horton’s – Making the Cups Recyclable!!!

Is God Green?

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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: https://community.hsus.org/ct/V1S7Mss1RXhl/

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: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_polar_bear_trophy2/

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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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IFAW: Your Voice against Trade of Ivory

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Your Voice against Trade of Ivory

In an effort to protect their elephants, many African countries are supporting a proposal by Kenya and Mali calling on this year’s Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to adopt a total worldwide ivory trade ban for 20 years. Such a ban would provide elephants with the time they desperately need to recover; a break which could also be used to crack down on poaching and illegal trade.

An estimated 20,000 elephants are slaughtered annually to supply illegal ivory markets. More and more potentially illegal ivory is now offered over the Internet where there is little risk to traders of being detected or prosecuted. Thousands of illegal ivory auctions take place every day on eBay. Thanks to pressure from supporters like you, on June 5th, 2007 Ebay announced that they are implementing a global ban of all cross border ivory trade. This step forward underlines that global players like eBay have recognized their responsibility in ending illegal ivory trade. However, continued weak enforcement, both on the ground and increasingly on the Internet, enables the illegal ivory trade to continue.

Ivory trade anywhere is a threat to elephants everywhere. No trade in ivory should be allowed, especially while domestic ivory markets all over the world remain unregulated. And the legal ivory trade serves as a cover for the unbelievable levels of illegal trade that encourages poaching across Africa and Asia.

Thirty years ago, over one million elephants roamed. Today that number has been cut in half because of habitat loss, human encroachment and the killing for ivory. The ivory trade, perhaps the greatest threat to elephants today, could be stopped by governments at CITES and by the online marketplaces which permit it.

We must end this gruesome trade and we must act quickly. Please join the global community in adding your voice to our international online protest.

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IFAW: Bidding for Extinction

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Bidding for Extinction

The Internet represents a considerable threat to the survival of wild animals. Wild leather and fur handbags, shoes and clothes from endangered reptiles, tiger bone “medicine”, all kind of ivory items and much more are easily available online. A new IFAW global survey “Bidding for Extinction” reveals how the rampant trade in elephant ivory is being conducted online, particularly across eBay’s global network of auction sites. This increasingly vast illegal trade is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal. […]

IFAW recently conducted an in-depth survey of ivory products for sale on eBay. During a one week investigation of eight eBay sites, a whopping 2,275 ivory items were found. More than 94% of these ivory items did not comply with eBay’s own stated standards and the remaining 6% were most likely illegal. […]

After a recent meeting between IFAW and eBay Inc., eBay has expressed its commitment to a global policy on the ivory trade and a willingness to work closely with IFAW on drafting such a policy and its enforcement. But words are not enough.

Please take a moment to send a letter to eBay corporate headquarters, urging eBay to enforce a complete global ban on ivory sales immediately.

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Defenders of Wildlife: Help Close a Deadly Loophole for Polar Bears

Friday, May 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/14/07:

See also: Protect Polar Bears From Trophy Hunters, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, for a similar alert and sample letter.

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Via Defenders of Wildlife:

Help Close a Deadly Loophole for Polar Bears

Even as global warming and Big Oil’s drills threaten North American polar bears, a loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act allows U.S. trophy hunters to kill Canadian polar bears and bring them back to this country. This adds additional pressure to Canada’s vanishing polar bear populations, which — like those in the U.S. — are already declining.

The Polar Bear Protection Act would put an end to imports of polar bears taken as trophies from Canada — and help safeguard the world’s remaining polar bears.

Tell your Senators & Representative to support the Polar Bear Protection Act today!

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IFAW: 5 Ways You Can Help Protect Whales

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

5 Ways You Can Help Protect Whales

Commercial whaling is both cruel and unnecessary. Here are five things you can do right now to help save whales from whaling and the increasing threats from ocean noise, ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and climate change.

1. End the Raw Deal for Whales

Write a letter to True World Foods, the premier sushi quality seafood distributor in the US, asking them to persuade its partner Kyokuyo Co. Ltd. to permanently cease the production, distribution and sale of all whale products.

2. Sign Up to Receive Mobile Text Alerts

Be the first to learn about breaking whale news when you join IFAW’s free mobile whale network. When IFAW needs your help to save whales we’ll let you know by sending an action alert directly to your mobile phone.

3. Host a House Party for Whales

Encourage others to join you in becoming an active member in the global campaign to end whaling by hosting a party to view the unique film “What to Do About Whales”.

4. Tell Others to Help Protect Whales

It only takes a few seconds to spread the word about the cruelty of whaling and our efforts to end it, yet the impact on the campaign is enormous. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to help save the whales.

5. Promote StopWhaling.org

Let others know about our campaign to end whaling by hosting our free whale banners on your site or by telling others about IFAW through MySpace.

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Well, that’s #1, 4, and 5 down for me. Now, anyone wanna party?

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IFAW: 300,000 actions for 300,000 seals

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

300,000 actions for 300,000 seals

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is a cruel and unethical practice that produces a product nobody needs. 98% of the animals killed in the past two years have been baby seals between 2 weeks to 3 months old. And despite the potentially devastating effects of global warming to harp seal breeding grounds, the Canadian government has raised the annual seal hunt quotas to the highest levels in history.

Please urge the Canadian Prime Minister and Canadian Ambassador to end the cruelty of the seal hunt by completing the letter below and clicking submit. Please add your own comments to make your letter even more effective. After your letter is submitted, you will be prompted to enter your profile into the 300,000 Actions for 300,000 Seals global community.

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IFAW: Two new ways to help polar bears

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Two new ways to help polar bears

Numerous studies have shown the effects of warming temperatures on declining polar bear populations and ice habitats — from drowning and starvation to reports of cannibalism among bears. But did you know these amazing animals are also facing threats from American trophy hunters?

Here’s how you can help.

Sport hunters are not allowed to kill polar bears in the US. But thanks to a loophole in US law they can apply for a permit to kill a polar bear in Canada and bring their “trophy”— a polar bear’s head or hide — into the US.

At the same time, the US government is beginning to recognize the plight of the bears and their possible fate due to climate change. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now calling for the public to submit comments on whether or not the polar bear should be listed as threatened on the endangered species list. If polar bears are listed, the species will be protected and “managed” for recovery, an excellent first step toward long term survival for the bears.

However, even if polar bears are listed on the endangered species list, it does not mean that the trophy hunting loophole will be closed. In fact, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has stated on its website that even if the species is listed as threatened, the Service would work with the Marine Mammal Commission, Congress, and all interested parties to consider a special rule allowing the continued import of trophies from healthy bear populations!

Your Help Is Needed Now to Save The Polar Bears — Here Is What You Can Do:

1. Contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to cosponsor and strongly support The Polar Bear Protection Act. Ask them to close the loophole that allows sport hunters to kill polar bears in Canada and bring their “trophies” back into the US.

2. Write to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Interior Department (at Polar_Bear_Finding [at] fws.gov) before April 9th and urge them to list polar bears as a threatened species. Let them know these species deserve a break from climate change as well as trophy hunters.

Then please pass this alert on to everyone you know and urge them to save the polar bears before it’s too late.

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IFAW: Keep Big Cats Wild and Your Family Safe; Pass Haley’s Act

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

UPDATE, 8/5/07:

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From: Gretel Going – gretel [at] rosengrouppr.com
Date: Jul 19, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: Haley’s Act: New bill seeks to protect the 10,000 big cats that are captive in the U.S. and reduce the large number of big cat attacks that occur here annually

Hi Kelly,

I know you’ve mentioned Haley’s Act in the past. Here’s some more information for you. Please feel free to post if you would like.

A zookeeper is attacked and visitors watch on as a lion eats her arm … At a child’s birthday party, a 62-pound cougar mauls a 4-year old guest … An escaped thirteen-month old bobcat, living in a residential community, assaults three dogs … There were 103 big cat attacks in 2005, 44 in 2006, and 12 so far this year …

The U.S. represents 4% of the global population yet 78% of ALL captive cat incidents happen in the U.S. Florida represents lass than 6% of the total US population yet 11% of ALL captive cat incidents in the U.S. occur in FL.

In the past couple of weeks alone, big cat attacks have made headlines, with maulings in Texas and Arkansas, just as IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare) pushes ahead with initiatives to nationalize “Haley’s Act,” a bill designed to protect both the public and big cats from further senseless tragedies.

An IFAW representative is available to discuss:

* There are more than 10,000 big cats in captivity in the U.S., many of whom are in facilities licensed by the USDA (some are even kept as pets in homes). Although a USDA license might seem reassuring, the harsh reality is that a USDA-licensed facility can be anything from a fenced-in backyard to a roadside zoo.

* “Haley’s Act,” This bill, which prohibits the direct contact between the general public and big cats, came in response to the death of a 17 year-old who was attacked and killed while taking a graduation photo with a big cat at a USDA-certified wildlife facility.

* Even USDA certified facilities are not safe. IFAW stresses the fact that although a facility is certified, big cats are dangerous, and should not be treated as domestic animals. Not only is the public at risk when coming into contact with these animals, but many of these facilities barely meet the minimum welfare conditions for big cats who are forced to live a life behind cages and in chains.

* Legislative Efforts: In April 2007, Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) introduced Haley’s Act. If passed, the law would crack down on illegal animal dealers and create humane care standards for the cats.

* What can YOU do: Find out how you can get involved at: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=474&aid=7199. Write your Federal representative and urge him or her to cosponsor Haley’s Act, H.R. 1947. Specific initiatives include: North Carolina: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=186263; Washington: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=186263.

To schedule an interview with an IFAW representative, to receive more headlines, or for more information on IFAW and “Haley’s Act”, please contact me at 212-255-8455 or Gretel [at] rosengrouppr.com.

Best,
Gretel

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IFAW: Help Stop the Canadian Seal Hunt

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Canada’s Seal Hunt: Cruel and Unnecessary

Our humanity is measured by how we care for the vulnerable among us. What is more vulnerable than a newborn seal pup, stranded helpless and alone on the ice? A baby seal can be legally killed once it molts its white fur, which usually begins at about 12 days of age. The small, unprotected newborn of any species should not be preyed upon, never mind bludgeoned with a club. Seals are routinely clubbed or shot and left to suffer on the ice, then dragged over the sides of boats with sharpened metal hooks. Few sealers are observed checking to see if a seal is still alive before they skin it.

The Canadian government claims that the hunt is market-driven and economically viable. The fact is that sealing is a very small enterprise, accounting for less than one percent of Newfoundland’s GDP and an average income of $1,000 per sealer per year. And significant amounts of money continue to be spent by Canada through hidden subsidies to promote the hunt abroad, as well as to develop new markets for seal products. The federal government has subsidized the commercial seal hunt in many ways over the years, from direct subsidies to sealers and their organizations, to tax exemptions and federally funded support services during the hunt, including Coast Guard ships and ice breakers. The market is driven … by Canada’s government itself.

The products of the hunt are an unnecessary luxury. Most of the harp seal carcasses (including the meat) are simply abandoned on the ice. This isn’t killing for food or survival, it’s killing for fashion. Despite years of research by the Canadian government trying to develop new seal products, the only economically valuable parts of the seal are the pelts of defenseless seal pups, a non-essential luxury product no one really needs. In many countries, this hunt would be completely illegal.

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IFAW: Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Despite an international ban on whaling adopted in 1986, Iceland has announced plans to hunt whales commercially for the first time in twenty years. Permits have been granted by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries for the hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales. Commercial whaling is an out-dated and unnecessary industry that should have ended a century ago with the use of whale oil lamps. The government of Iceland should be supporting its nation’s thriving and growing whale watching industry rather than sinking money and its political reputation into promoting the cruel hunting of whales.

Write a letter to Iceland’s Embassy urging Iceland to call off this hunt before it’s too late.

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IFAW: Say No to Caribbean Whaling

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Say No to Caribbean Whaling

Despite a worldwide outcry against the hunting of whales and a ban on whaling in place since 1986, some Eastern Caribbean nations are shockingly calling for commercial whaling to be launched in the region.

At a recent meeting of Caribbean Fisheries Ministers, St. Kitts and Nevis Fisheries Minister Cedric Liburd called on Caribbean nations to follow Japan’s lead and engage in commercial whaling. But he didn’t stop here. He went on to suggest that tourists to the region should be fed whale meat, and that this would benefit the region’s tourism industry.

Send a letter to Tourism Ministers throughout the Caribbean urging them to tell their nation’s leaders not take up commercial whaling. Tell them to support the region’s thriving and growing whale watching industry – an industry worth more than U.S. $22 million annually.

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IFAW: Wildfires Threaten Last Orangutans

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

NOTE: For more information on the current situation in Borneo, see also:

* Animal Rescue: Indonesian Forest Fires Threaten Wildlife (IFAW)

* Orangutans flee Indonesia forest fires

* Orangutans Dying and Injured in Indonesian Wildfires

* Indonesia Forest Fires, Attacks Kill 1,000 Orangutans

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From: ER Team, IFAW – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Nov 9, 2006 2:39 PM
Subject: Wildfires Threaten Last Orangutans

Wildfires threaten last orangutans

I am writing to you from the dense forests along the Kapuas River in Central Kalimantan, where dozens of endangered orangutans have been driven from their dwindling jungle habitat in Borneo by months of land-clearing fires that have covered the region in a choking haze.

For the entire drive from Palangkaraya it felt as if we could have been on the moon; barren, dry and grey. Other than the city centers themselves there is no sight without burning or burnt jungle forest.

I’m here to work with the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation-Indonesia (BOS) to rescue 43 orangutans which have been taken for medical treatment to centers in the Indonesian provinces of Central and West Kalimantan.

Most were beaten by humans after fleeing from the burning jungle to nearby plantations, but several are being treated for respiratory problems and burns. Many of these orangutans had already been rescued and rehabilitated and sent back into the wild by BOS just months ago, only to have to be saved again from the burning palm oil plantations which spread into their forest.

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IFAW: Protect Your Rights To Speak Out for Animals

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Protect Your Rights To Speak Out for Animals

Congress is in the midst of passing legislation that would severely hamper the rights of animal welfare advocates to voice their opinions on animal protection issues throughout the country. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) S. 3880 / H.R. 4239 will set penalties (jail time and fines) for any action that can be linked to a loss of profit to any company classified as an “animal enterprise”. An “animal enterprise” would include anyone who produces or distributes animals or products from animals, animal entertainment – including rodeos, circuses, zoos or aquariums, research facilities, pet stores and even animal fighting. This means that legal activities such as peaceful protests, consumer boycotts, media campaigns legislative proposals, or even telling the public what happens in puppy mills, factory farms, or canned hunting facilities, could be classified as acts of terrorism.

This dangerous legislation has already passed the full Senate, and will be considered by the House of Representatives when they reconvene in November. Your voice is needed to help ensure that animal welfare advocates can continue to voice our concerns in a lawful and constitutionally protected way. Please urge your member of Congress to strongly oppose the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

Urge him or her to strongly oppose H.R. 4239. Let your representative know that this legislation seeks to squelch our first amendments rights of freedom of speech.

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IFAW: Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Despite an international ban on whaling adopted in 1986, Iceland has announced plans to hunt whales commercially for the first time in twenty years. Permits have been granted by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries for the hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales. Commercial whaling is an out-dated and unnecessary industry that should have ended a century ago with the use of whale oil lamps. The government of Iceland should be supporting its nation’s thriving and growing whale watching industry rather than sinking money and its political reputation into promoting the cruel hunting of whales.

Write a letter to Iceland’s Embassy urging Iceland to call off this hunt before it’s too late.

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IFAW: What did you really bring back from vacation?

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the “Think Twice – Don’t Buy Wildlife Souvenirs” campaign.

You can sign their “Pledge Not to Buy Wildlife Souvenirs” here, or download these posters, along with other campaign materials, here.

IFAW Tourism Poster 01

IFAW Tourism Poster 02

Or – better yet – add one of their nifty banners to your website.

IFAW: Katrina one year later

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

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From: Fred O’Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Aug 27, 2006 12:06 PM
Subject: Katrina one year later

International Fund for Animal Welfare, August 25, 2006

Katrina one year later

This week marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As I look back on both the tragic event itself and the weeks that followed the disaster on the Gulf Coast of the United States, I am filled with both pride and resolve.

Pride. Approximately 15,000 animals were rescued by IFAW and other humane organizations under extremely challenging conditions. Despite its many tragedies, Katrina served as an example to all how far people will go to risk their lives for their animals. This was a wake-up call to government that pets cannot be treated like property.

And just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Senate passed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires local and state disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. This bill will now go back to the House for consideration and you can urge Congress to show its support here.

Resolve. Despite these incredible successes, an estimated 250,000 pets were left on their own to fend for themselves in an abandoned city after Katrina hit. The hurricane exposed the gap between owners’ devotion to their pets and the inability of shelters and rescue officials to provide for them.

People must have a plan for evacuating a major disaster with their pets. Leaving them behind should not be an option.

Here are a few of the things IFAW is currently working on now to help make sure pets are not forgotten when the next disaster strikes:

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