LCA: Tomorrow is Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Join LCA in Lancaster, PA

Friday, September 19th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals
Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 5:50 AM
Subject: Only 3 Days left until Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Join LCA in Lancaster, PA

Reminder, Puppy Mill Awareness Day! – Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Join Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and over 40 other groups in our 5th Annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day!

Photo via Star Cat

Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD) is held every September in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, known as “The Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast.” Lancaster has more puppy mills per capita than any other county in the United States.

Puppy mills are filthy, overcrowded, breeding facilities that mass produce puppies for sale. There are thousands of puppy mills across the country, producing over 500,000 puppies per year. These facilities, most of which are inspected and licensed by the USDA are notorious for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and the unhealthy dogs they produce.

What: Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2008

When: Saturday, September 20, 2008, 11am-5pm

Where: Intercourse Community Park
At the corner of Old Philadelphia Pike and Royal Circle. 500 feet east of Intercourse, PA

Who: Special guests include – LCA president Chris DeRose, Rescue Ink, CAPS president Deborah Howard and more…

For more information on PMAD go to http://www.awarenessday.org

Puppy Mill Awareness Day in your town!

If you would like to organize a PMAD in your area, please contact LCA’s volunteer coordinator at volunteer [at] lcanimal.org or call (310) 271- 6096 ext 27

Visit http://BanPuppyMills.com for learn about the puppy mill industry.

Please donate to keep LCA investigators in the field to put an end to puppy mills!

For the Animals,
Campaigns Department
Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

http://lcanimal.org

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LCA: 9/20/08 Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Join us!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 4:30 PM
Subject: 9/20/08 Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Join us!

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 – PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY!

For the fifth year in a row, Last Chance for Animals will be supporting Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD). Make plans now to join us this September!

PMAD is held every September in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. As recently seen on Oprah, Lancaster, PA is known as the “Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast” and has more puppy mills per capita than any other county in the US.

What: Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2008

When: Saturday, September 20, 2008
11am – 5pm

Where: Intercourse Community Park
Leacock Township in Lancaster County
3730 Old Philadelphia Pike
Ronks, PA 17534

Who: Special guests include: LCA president and founder Chris DeRose, Author of “A Rare Breed of Love” Jana Kohl, RescueInk, and many others.

For more information on this event, click here.

If you would like to organize a Puppy Mill Awareness Day in your area contact volunteer [at] lcanimal.org

For more information visit http://www.BanPuppyMills.com

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: Requiem For a Pit Bull

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 8:40 PM
Subject: Message from Chris DeRose – Requiem For a Pit Bull

Requiem for a Pit Bull

“Christina’s Court” will be airing a segment called, “Requiem for a Pit Bull,” that is inspiring and uplifting. The show’s Executive Producer, Peter Brennan, also was the Executive Producer of “A Current Affair” and “Hard Copy,” as well as the Creator of “A Current Affair.” Being the maverick he is, he allowed me to produce and report on dozens of hard core animal rights stories that no one else would touch with a ten foot pole. Peter alone has made strong animal issues in media a common household occurrence on many TV networks and cable stations. Now he has “Christina’s Court” and already he is taking no prisoners by having a show that sets a precedent in how animal cruelty should be dealt with. PLEASE watch the show below, it’s a half hour segment and worth every second of your time. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Chris DeRose
LCA President & Founder

Click here for “Requiem for a Pit Bull”

This case illustrated the divide between pit bull lovers and the people who fear them, right or wrong. The TV court show, “Christina’s Court,” has heard many cases where an ill-trained pit bull has caused injury and tragedy when let run loose. But in this case, the dog was a two-year-old hand raised well trained and much loved member of the family who played with other dogs and had never had a fight. Citing his fear of the dog, the neighbor went to his gun cabinet, took out a .22 caliber weapon and fired five bullets into the young dog. Apparently the reputation of his breed cost him his life.

Maybe there’s a lesson here about tolerance in general. The case is the “Christina’s Court” entry in the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards. Feel free to forward the link to your friends and associates.

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: Puppy Thrown Off Cliff – Statement from Chris DeRose

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM
Subject: Puppy Thrown Off Cliff – Statement from Chris DeRose 3.4.2008

LCA has been notified of a very disturbing video showing a smiling U.S. Marine in Iraq throwing a puppy off a cliff. LCA fully supports U.S. troops and believes this situation does not reflect on U.S. soldiers that are doing their best and putting their lives on the line. However, the act of a U.S. soldier committing animal cruelty is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

“This video that everyone has seen is atrocious. U.S. Marine David Mortari and the unidentified Marine in the video are absolute cowards and a disgrace to the men and women of this country who valiantly defend the U.S. There is absolutely no excuse for this behavior. These two men shouldn’t be wearing the uniform. I demand that these individuals be held responsible for such a despicable and cowardly act.

When a U.S. soldier is representing America overseas and during war time, it is crucial for any heinous act to be fully investigated. LCA demands for elected officials to put pressure on the military to do a complete and thorough investigation. The correlation between cruelty to animals and cruelty to humans has been proven time and time again. These Marines must be punished.” states LCA President Chris DeRose.

View Chris DeRose’s YouTube reaction here.

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: Animal Testing in the News! 2.22.08

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 12:56 AM
Subject: Animal Testing in the News! 2.22.08

Kinship Circle - Factsheet - Vivisection - you paid for it

More Kinship Circle Factsheets

According to an USA Today article released last week a new program announced by a coalition of three government agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – could lead to the end of animal testing to evaluate the safety for humans of new chemicals and drugs.

These agencies have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to develop and implement the new methods. Historically, toxicity has been identified by injecting chemicals into animals and seeing whether they were harmed. According to the director of the NIH’s National Genome Research Institute, Francis Collins, “It was expensive, time-consuming, used animals in large numbers, and it didn’t always work.”

The agencies acknowledge that full implementation of the shift in toxicity testing could take years because it will require scientific validation of the new approaches.

The new systems the agencies hope to use rely on human cells grown in test tubes and computer-driven testing machines. They allow the scientists to examine potentially toxic compounds in the lab rather than injecting them into animals.

All the data produced will be put into a public database.

Read USA Today article here.

Read the journal article that appeared in Science here.

Read Medicine.net article here.

Read the NIH press release here.

Last Chance for Animals, and other anti-vivisection organizations, have been fighting for the millions of animals in laboratories for over 20 years! This is great news. While we know these tests will not end the suffering of animals overnight, it is a positive step in the right direction.

For the Animals,

Campaigns Department
Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: Be a Lifeline for an Animal Activist in Prison!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Feb 4, 2008 8:12 PM
Subject: Be a Lifeline for an Animal Activist in Prison!

A Message from Chris DeRose

Animal Activists in Prison Need Your Support
Write to Jonathan Paul & Other Animal Acitivists in Prison!

(Names and addresses are in box below.)

As you know Jonathan Paul, a dedicated animal and environmental activist, is serving a 51 month sentence after pleading guilty to burning the Cavel West Slaughterhouse (a horse meat slaughterhouse) in Redmond, Oregon in 1997.

Jonathan is one of many animal rights activists now serving time on behalf of their dedication to the animal rights movement.

Jonathan was arrested with 10 other activists connected to the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front as part of the so-called Green Scare.

Jonathan has been in prison since October and has been too ill for recent visitors. His birthday was on January 31st and he needs support from activists around the country now.

Visit the new Support Jonathan website and read Jonathan’s blog and learn how you can assist and encourage Jonathan.

Please remember to write to Jonathan and the other animal activists who are serving time in prison (contact information is below). Your letters can provide a lifeline.

For the Animals,

Chris DeRose
Founder and President
Last Chance for Animals

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LCA: Join us for Pet Theft Awareness Day 2008!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 25, 2008 4:57 PM
Subject: Join us for Pet Theft Awareness Day 2008!

LCA - National Pet Theft Awareness Day, 2001 (Heart)

On February 14th, LCA will observe The 20th Annual National Pet Theft Awareness Day! Each year, LCA educates the public on the dangers of pet theft with the help of individuals and other animal organizations throughout the United States.

An estimated 2 million companion animals are stolen in the United States annually. Unfortunately, most stolen pet cases go unreported, so it is almost impossible to know exact numbers of missing animals, but we do know is that pet theft is a real threat! Stolen pets are sold on the street for top dollar (especially popular breeds), shipped to puppy mills for breeding, sold to animal research labs, trained for dogfights or used as “bait” by dogfighters. It is the responsibility of caretakers to protect their pets from these horrible fates. Visit http://www.StolenPets.com to learn how you can protect your pet.

Do you want to get involved and spread the word about Pet Theft?

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LCA: Act Now! Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill! 1/18

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jan 18, 2008 3:17 PM
Subject: Act Now! Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill! 1/18

Contact Your Legislators Today!
Help Protect Pets in the Final Farm Bill!

Did you get inspired to help animals by watching “Dealing Dogs?”

Here is how you can make a difference…

Please contact as many conferees as you can, making those who represent your district or state a priority.

See below for all the details.

Thank you on behalf of the animals!

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LCA: ADOPT – Don’t Buy This Holiday Season & Join The Puppy Store Protest!

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Dec 14, 2007 1:38 PM
Subject: ADOPT – Don’t Buy This Holiday Season & Join The Puppy Store Protest!

This holiday season children and adults of all ages will be given a new companion animal. Unfortunately, the cute little puppy or kitten for sale in the pet store or on the internet probably came from a “puppy mill,” a mass breeding facility that put profits over the health and well-being of puppies and their parents.Happy Rescue Puppy

Each year over 2 million puppy mill puppies are sold in the United States. Puppies travel hundred of miles in pickup trucks, tractor trailers, and/or airplanes, often without adequate food, water, ventilation, or shelter. If the puppies survive the horrors of transport, conditions don’t imporve much when they reach their destination; young dogs kept in small cages without exercise, love, or human contact tend to develop undesireable behaviors and may bark excessively or become destructive or unsociable. Puppies that do not sell and become too old to be a valuable product are either killed, become “brood bitches,” or are sold to laboratories for research or product testing.

Spread the word, ADOPT – Don’t Buy! To stop the puppy mill industry, consumers must stop buying animals from pet stores. You can create change!

Please ADOPT – Don’t Buy this Holiday Season!

LCA is asking you to get involved in our ADOPT -Don’t Buy campaign.

Here are a couple quick and easy ways to make a difference.

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Update on the Farm Bill & the "Pet Theft" Amendment from LCA & AWI

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Here’s the latest on the 2007 Farm Bill and the attached Pet Safety & Protection Act (PSPA) amendment from Last Chance for Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute. The alerts are somewhat similar, but I’m crossposting both for the heckufit.

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From: Cathy Liss, Director Government and Legal Affairs – ealert [at] awionline.org
Date: Dec 14, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: AWI eALERT: U.S. Congress Gives Pet Safety and Protection Act a Green Light

If you have trouble reading this e-mail, go to http://www.awionline.org/legislation/eAlerts/121007.htm

U.S. Congress Gives Pet Safety and Protection Act a Green Light
Contact Your Legislators NOW!

December 14, 2007

Dear Humanitarian:

Our companion animals may soon be safe from thieves who make easy money by obtaining them illegally, then selling them for experimentation. The U.S. Congress is poised to adopt the Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA), also known as “Buck’s Bill.” The legislation is named after Buck, pictured at left, a dog who was rescued from notorious animal dealer C.C. Baird – the subject of the HBO special “Dealing Dogs.” Sadly, because of a lack of much needed veterinary care, Buck died. Though he was rescued, he could not survive the ravages previously inflicted by heartworms.

Buck’s Bill would prevent Class B dealers and unlicensed individuals from selling “random source” dogs and cats to laboratories. As we enter what we hope is the home stretch, we need your help to ensure success.

The House of Representatives passed the PSPA in July as part of the FARM Bill, and it has already been accepted as an amendment to the Senate FARM Bill. We anticipate passage of the Senate version of the FARM Bill today or next week. Next, House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members will go to conference to iron out any differences in the language of their respective bills. This final stage of the process is expected to take place in mid-January 2008.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Anti-animal welfare members on the conference committee may seek to eliminate or weaken the PSPA. It is essential that all conferees be encouraged to support the House version in the FARM bill, as the Senate version includes a 5-year phase-in period, as well as potentially problematic ambiguous language.

Please contact as many conferees as you can, making those who represent your district or state a priority. (A list of conferees and their phone and fax numbers and mailing addresses can be found by clicking here: HouseSenate.)

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LCA: Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:52 PM
Subject: Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

Michael Vick: Sentenced to 23 Months
A Victory for Animals!

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years probation this morning for his role in the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation and his participation in the brutal killing of several dogs that did not “perform well”.

During his sentencing the suspended football star apologized to the court and his family. However, Judge Henry Hudson told him, “You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you”.

In August, Michael Vick entered a plea agreement stating that he took part in an illegal, interstate dogfighting enterprise. In documents filed, Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick click here.

Judge Hudson called Vick’s actions “cruel and inhumane” and said that Vick was a full partner in “Bad Newz Kennels” and was therefore equally culpable in all crimes committed. Two of Vick’s codefendants were sentenced last week; Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, received 18 and 21 months respectively. The final defendant in this case, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced this Friday.

Prior to the sentencing today Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill asked Judge Hudson to sentence Michael Vick to jail time at the high end of the guideline range of 18-24 months.
Write to the Honorable Judge Henry Hudson and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill and thank them for taking a strong stance against dogfighting.

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LCA: Early Holiday Shopping at the LCA Fundraiser, Sun Dec 2nd

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Nov 20, 2007 4:43 PM
Subject: Early Holiday Shopping at the LCA Fundraiser – Sun Dec 2nd

Kim Sill and Last Chance for Animals cordially invites you to our Holiday Fundraiser Extravaganza

Get some holiday shopping done early at Last Chance for Animals’ 3rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser Extravaganza.

We will have one of a kind jewelry, handbags, orchids, gift baskets, animal treats, artwork and many more unique items for sale!

The festivities include a silent auction, gift bags to the first 100 people, door prizes, assorted hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and, of course, lots of holiday cheer.

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LCA: Elephant Dies at San Antonio Zoo-Urge Closure of Elephant Exhibit! 11/12

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Nov 12, 2007 10:01 PM
Subject: Elephant Dies at San Antonio Zoo-Urge Closure of Elephant Exhibit! 11/12

As Maggie explores her new life in Sanctuary, Alport dies after a lifetime in Captivity!

Animal activists across the country are celebrating the relocation of Maggie from the Alaska Zoo to PAWS Elephant Sanctuary in California. Unfortunately, while life for Maggie has dramatically improved, hundreds of elephants across the country are still suffering in captivity.

Alport, a lifelong captive of the San Antonio Zoo, died early this month. She lived at the zoo since she was donated only four years after her birth in Kenya in 1958. Although the cause of Alport’s death is not immediately known, a veterinarian last week diagnosed her with a painful orthopedic tear.

Alport was noticeably uncomfortable last Wednesday, Oct 31st, and was struggling to walk and stand on Thursday morning, she finally collapsed and was unable to get up on her own on Friday, Nov 1st, at 5:30 A.M.

Alport’s death leaves just one elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, a 47 year old elephant named Lucky.

Since 2000, 56 elephants have died at A.Z.A. accredited institutions, half of them dying before the age of 40. Elephants in the wild live up to 70 years of age. Elephants are suffering in captivity – the proof is before our eyes – we must speak and act on their behalf.

Please take a minute and write to the San Antonio Zoo, encourage them to send Lucky to sanctuary and (most importantly) to close their elephant exhibit permanently. Sample text is below, contact information is at box to left.

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Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon, December 7-10, 2007: Support a "Terra-ist"

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

UPDATE, 11/15/07:

Updated to include Daniel McGowan’s unit # on his mailing address:

Daniel McGowan
#63794-053, Unit I
FCI Sandstone
P.O. Box 1000
Sandstone, MN 55072

Thanks to Jenny for the correction!

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In honor of International Human Rights Day (December 10th), Amnesty International is holding a “Global Write-a-thon” through December 7-10, 2007.

The details:

On or around International Human Rights Day (December 10) activists from around the world write letters on behalf of individuals at risk of human rights abuses. The Global Write-a-thon was initiated by Amnesty International Poland in 2002 and was a huge success. It became a global, annual event that involves tens of thousands of participants from more than thirty countries. The goal is that this intense and concentrated pressure will elicit positive change in the lives of human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience, and other victims of human rights abuses.

Everyone can participate. It’s easy! Follow the 5 simple steps below:

1. Register for the write-a-thon as an individual or as a group. Watch as your pledges help light up the Amnesty candle.

2. Spread the word! Encourage your friends and family to get involved.

3. Check out the write-a-thon resources online starting the week of November 12th. You’ll find everything you need to participate on this site including case sheets, sample letters, a checklist for how to plan an event, and promotional materials. For hard copies, please email us at writeathon [at] aiusa.org

4. Write and mail lots of letters on Dec. 7-10.

5. Report back: Let us know how many letters were sent.

While Amnesty International focuses its efforts on prisoners of conscience who have been jailed for their human rights activities (for example, some of this year’s cases include “a prisoner of conscience from Myanmar, a disappeared student from Chechnya, and a survivor of rape from the Democratic Republic of Congo”), why not organize an event to generate letters of support for jailed animal rights and eco-activists instead of in addition to AI’s suggested targets? Better yet, register your event with Amnesty International and report your letters to the org – tell them that animal rights activists, tree huggers, and other “terra-ists” are important to you, too!

Interestingly, the same day that Amnesty International emailed their announcement of the Global Write-a-thon, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) sent out an action alert urging supporters to “Reach Out to an Animal Activist in Prison!” You can find that email – along with additional resources for AR prisoner support – after the flip.

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LCA: 10/29 Elephant Update! Alaska Zoo Ele to Sanctuary-L.A. Zoo Faces Lawsuit!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Oct 29, 2007 7:46 PM
Subject: 10/29 Elephant Update! Alaska Zoo Ele to Sanctuary-L.A. Zoo Faces Lawsuit!

Maggie, Alaska Zoo Elephant, to Sanctuary! Zoo to Close Elephant Exhibit!

Judge Refuses to Dismiss L.A. Zoo Elephant Abuse Case!

Great News! Maggie, the lone elephant in the Alaska Zoo, will move to PAWS Elephant Sanctuary in Northern California!

EVEN GREATER NEWS! THE ALASKA ZOO IS PERMANENTLY CLOSING THEIR ELEPHANT EXHIBIT!

On November 1st, Maggie will be flying from Alaska to California, via an Air Force cargo craft. Last month, the Alaska Zoo Board of Directors decided that it was in the best interest to her health and well-being to be with other elephants in a milder climate. This announcement came after years of controversy over Maggie’s health, culminating this May after Maggie had to be hoisted to her feet twice, following an illness.

Thanks to all your phone calls, emails and faxes, Maggie is free from captivity, but most importantly, thank you for helping to permanently close down the Alaska Zoo elephant exhibit. Countless other elephants will be saved from the horrors of captivity. The Alaska Zoo is now the 12th Zoo in recent years to permanently close down or phase out their elephant exhibit.

Maggie is also the third elephant moved to sanctuary this year. Dulary from the Philadelphia Zoo and Ruby from the Los Angeles Zoo were also moved to sanctuary this year. The Philadelphia Zoo made the decision to permanently close down their elephant exhibit, while the Los Angeles Zoo is still moving forward, unfortuntately, with a new $39 million dollar exhibit.

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LCA: Act Now! Help Protect Pets in the Farm Bill! 10/24

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Oct 24, 2007 7:11 PM
Subject: Act Now! Help Protect Pets in the Farm Bill! 10/24

Protect Pets in the Farm Bill!

You can help keep lost and stolen pets out of research laboratories! Call your Senators today!

Last Chance for Animals has been fighting to keep stolen and lost pets out of research laboratories for over 10 years. This year we have a chance to pass federal legislation to do just that — The Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA). Recently, the PSPA, along with several other animal welfare provisions, was attached to the 2007 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill has already passed the House of Representatives and we need your help to continue this momentum!

Currently, the 2007 Farm Bill is sitting in the Senate Agricultural Committee and the committee is expected to take up its version of the Farm Bill any day now.

Please contact your senators and urge them to support the Animal Welfare Act provisions, especially the Pet Safety Protection Act (PSPA), in the Farm Bill.

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LCA: 9/15 Puppy Mill Awareness Day!

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Sep 5, 2007 9:14 PM
Subject: 9/15 Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Join us!

Puppy Mill Awareness Day: September 15th, 2007

Join Last Chance for Animals, Best Friends Animal Society and Adopt-A-Pet for Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD)!

PMAD is held every September in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, “The Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast.” Lancaster has more puppy mills per capita than any other county in the United States.

What: Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2007

When: Saturday, September 15, 2007
10am-4pm

Where: Intercourse Community Park
Leacock Township in Lancaster County
3730 Old Philadelphia Pike
Ronks, PA 17534

Who: Special guests include – LCA president and founder Chris DeRose, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, Dogs Deserve Better founder Tammy Sneath Grimes, animal law expert Claudine Wilkins and more. For more information on the event visit the Puppy Mill Awareness Day website.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day in your town!

If you would like to organize a Puppy Mill Awareness Day in your area please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer [at] lcanimal.org or call 310-271-6096 x25.

Puppy mills are filthy, overcrowded, breeding facilities that mass produce puppies for sale. There are thousands of puppy mills across the country, producing over 500,000 puppies per year. These facilities, most of which are inspected and licensed by the USDA are notorious for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and the unhealthy dogs they produce. Visit http://www.BanPuppyMills.com for more information.

For the Animals,

Campaigns Department
Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 27, 2007 4:32 PM
Subject: 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

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Michael Vick Pleads Guilty & Suspended Indefinitely!

Michael Vick entered a guilty plea this morning to conspiracy charges in Federal Court in Richmond, Virginia after being suspended indefinitely from the NFL on Friday. Federal prosecutors recommended a 12-18 months sentence.

The plea agreement stated that he took part in an illegal, interstate dog-fighting enterprise. In documents filed Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick on Friday click here.

Judge Hudson scheduled the sentencing hearing for Michael Vick for December 10 and stated he will take the prosecutors recommendations under consideration.

Michael Vick last week was also suspended indefinitely from the NFL. In a statement from the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Vick’s admitted conduct was “not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible”.

Please contact the commissioners of the major professional sports leagues and urge them to update their personal conduct guidelines by including animal abuse in their prohibited conduct policy! Sample text see below.

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LCA: LCA’s SIU Aids in Closing Largest Cockfighting Pit in Virginia

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 8, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: LCA’s SIU Aids in Closing Largest Cockfighting Pit in Virginia

LCA’s Special Investigations Unit Aids Authorities in Closing Down Largest Cockfighting Facility in Virginia!

ANOTHER COCKPIT CLOSED THANKS TO LCA’S INVESTIGATIVE TEAM

July 2007, LCA contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department with information supplied from our SIU team regarding the Copperhead Ridge cockfighting facility in Virginia. Copperhead Ridge is the largest of two cockfighting pits in Virginia, with attendance at over 250 people.

The LCA undercover investigator supplied valuable information that lead to the closure of the facility and the arrest of its owner. According to the Sheriff’s Department, they are keeping a close eye on the facility to make sure no further illegal activity is conducted on the premises.

LCA would like to thank the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work.

COCKFIGHTING AROUND THE COUNTRY IS PHASING OUT

According to inside sources, cockfighters across the country are getting rid of their fighting birds because of the shortage of safe places to fight. The LCA cockfighting bust in Arkansas, that resulted in the largest number of federal arrests in the nation’s history, and this most recent bust in Virginia, is creating tangible changes within in the cockfighting world.

STRONGER PENALTIES NEEDED

Virginia is one of the few states that it is still legal to be in the possession of cocks for fighting! Fighting the birds is only a misdemeanor. We must insist on stronger animal fighting laws. Contact your legislature and let them know you support strong animal fighting laws in your state! They need to hear from you!

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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LCA: How did your representative vote? [On "Buck’s Bill"]

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Aug 6, 2007 8:41 PM
Subject: How did your representative vote?

“Buck’s Bill” Passed the House; HOW DID YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTE?

As you know, “Buck’s Bill” (a.k.a. The Pet Safety and Protection Act), passed the House of Representatives by way of an amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill!

You emailed, faxed and called your Representatives. Thank you! You made the difference. But how well were you represented? Click here to find out how your House Representative voted.

Unfortunately, our own Representative, Henry Waxman, here in Los Angeles, voted No on the Farm Bill. Waxman consistently votes against any reforms that would negatively impact the biomedical community.

“Buck’s Bill”, according to our opponents, is a controversial amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill. The biomedical community lobbies that important medical research will be impeaded if “Buck’s Bill” passes. Unfortunately, our opponents are well financed and have influenced many people. The truth is that, when passed, “Buck’s Bill” will make it illegal for Class B Animal Dealers (infamous for stealing and abusing companion animals) to sell to research facilities. “Buck’s Bill” is not about medical research, it is about the safety of our companion animals.

THE NEXT STEP

The Farm Bill is now on its way to the Senate. We will need strong support from the Senate to make “Buck’s Bill” a reality. We will email you again soon with up to the minute information as the Farm Bill and the “Buck’s Bill” amendment moves closer to the Senate vote. Thank you for taking action for the animals.

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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