IFAW: Take Action to Protect Whales

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Write a Letter to Stop Whaling

For years, the Japanese government has ignored pleas from the international community to stop whaling. At the most recent International Whaling Commission, no real progress was made to stop the cruel annual slaughter by Japan of thousands of whales each year in the name of “science.” In fact, it was the first time the pro-whaling side has won a majority on a key issue since the IWC adopted the ban twenty years ago.

Tell President Bush to oppose Japan’s permanent membership on the UN Security Council until Japan complies with international laws for the protection of whales. Security council membership is important to Japan. This strong consequence may be the only thing that can stop the unnecessary and cruel harpooning of thousands of whales each year.

Take Action

Please send an email to the President and then follow up with a brief and polite phone call to simply say:

“My name is….. from….. and I want to thank President Bush for his efforts to oppose whaling. I urge him to oppose Japan’s seat on the U.N. Security Council until Japan complies with the international laws to protect whales.”

You can reach the White House at 1-202-456-1111.

IFAW: Stop Brutal Dog Culls in China

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Stop Brutal Dog Culls in China

The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns the indiscriminate mass culling of dogs, particularly dogs that have already been vaccinated against rabies. Rabies has been successfully controlled in many countries through promoting vaccination and improving public education about effective disease control and treatment. The inhumane killing of dogs, unacceptable in any society and culture, further compounds the problem. It glorifies violence, harms the feelings of animal lovers all over the world, creates conflicting relationships with dog owners and tarnishes China’s image as a peaceful and progressive country that promotes harmony between animals and people.

Killing dogs that have rightful owners is also a violation of the basic rights of a citizen in China. Although China does not have legislation that protects the welfare of animals, its Constitution calls for the protection of personal property, which includes companion animals rightfully owned.

Dog population control rests with municipal governments, most of which have no management system to regulate dog ownership and disease prevention. The Muding County dog killing campaign is not an isolated incident. These types of dog killing campaigns spring up in China frequently, often in reaction to rabies control failures by the local governments.

IFAW has contacted the Chuxiong Prefecture government office and was told the dog cull in Muding has been stopped. While Muding county may have stopped the cull reacting to the international outcry, Shandong Province is gearing up for a similar dog culling campaign, according to media reports.

Take Action: IFAW has successfully persuaded some municipalities in China from carrying out mass dog killing campaigns in the past. Please send a letter to the Chinese Ambassador in your own country urging China to immediately stop the inhumane dog culls, of which there have already been several this year. More importantly, please urge China to promulgate animal welfare legislation that prevents the cruel treatment of animals and which would stop any future inhumane dog culls.

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

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Via International Fund for Animal Welfare:

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

There are more than 10,000 big cats in captivity in the U.S., many of whom are in facilities licensed by the USDA. Although this 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. The USDA lacks authority when it comes to public safety. Not only is the public at risk, but many USDA facilities barely meet the minimum welfare conditions for big cats who are forced to live a life behind cages and in chains.

Thankfully, there is now an effort underway to improve conditions for these wild animals and protect the public from big cat attacks. Congressman Jim Ryun (KS) has just introduced “Haley’s Act” (HR 5909). Named in honor of Haley Hilderbrand, Haley’s Act is a necessary bill that will give the USDA the authority it needs to prohibit direct contact between the public and big cats. Haley’s law will also significantly increase penalties for violations of the animal welfare act.

Click here to learn more and take action today.

IFAW alert: Marine mammals under attack

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

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From: Fred O’Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Jul 10, 2006 2:26 PM
Subject: IFAW alert: Marine mammals under attack

More than 30 years ago, the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was enacted to keep whales, seals, dolphins and other marine mammals safe from hunting and human threats. But now this crucial protection is in grave danger of being weakened and the animals need you to speak out before it’s too late.

In just a few weeks, Congress will be considering H.R. 4075, a bill that would remove a critical provision from the MMPA. The amendment would remove a deadline by which the commercial fishing industry must significantly reduce the serious injury and death of marine mammals accidentally caught in fishing nets and/or gear.

The proposal also includes a provision that would allow facilities that house marine mammals to own them, letting them keep important information about their marine mammals out of the public’s reach.

-> Take Action: Protect Marine Mammals

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IFAW: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

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From: Fred O’Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Jun 19, 2006 5:00 PM
Subject: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

International Fund for Animal Welfare June 19, 2006

Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

When a natural disaster strikes, pets are often the forgotten victims. Animals are often lost or owners are forced to leave them behind during mandatory evacuations.

Throughout IFAW’s hurricane relief efforts last year to rescue the animals left behind in the wake of Katrina, we were continuously humbled by our encounters with survivors who risked everything to protect and reunite with their pets.

From tales of incredible determination and courage, to stories of hope and perseverance, our animal rescue workers have been extremely privileged to be a part of so many extraordinary examples of the bond between humans and animals that clearly illustrate the compassion people have for their pets during the most difficult of times.

And now you can help make sure no more pets needlessly suffer in the next natural emergency.

Urge Your Senator to Pass the PETS Act

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