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Actions May 21, 2005 10:38 PM

I am going to put all actions in this folder for easier finding. If you have any that you would like to add, this is the place to do it.

Thank you all for your help and support and LOVE for our animal friends and companions.

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Support a United Nations moratorium on pelagic longline and gillnet fishing in the Pacific May 22, 2005 5:48 PM

The United Nations is at this moment considering urgent measures to protect ocean wildlife from being injured and killed by industrial longline fishing in the Pacific. During June 6-10, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will consider a proposal by Costa Rica, supported by 3 other countries, to implement a moratorium on industrial high seas longline fishing.
The on-line citizens petition to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urging him to support the call for a moratorium at http://www.seaturtles.org/actionalertdetails.cfm?actionAlertID=43

The Pacific is being pillaged by longline fishing, a method of fishing with monofilament lines stretching as long as 60 miles with thousands of baited hooks. The leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles and black-footed albatross seabird have been driven to the edge of extinction and shark and billfish populations have crashed by nearly 90%. Longlining is also estimated to catch or kill about 4.4 million sea turtles, marine mammals (including dolphins, seals and false killer whales), sharks, billfish and seabirds each year.

At this time, thousands of other people like you concerned about protecting our ocean and the wildlife that calls it home have also signed the petition along with about 930 scientists from 83 countries and 300 non-governmental organizations from 54 countries including The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International (HSUS/HSI) and the Sea Turtle Restoration Project.
All of the petitions will be delivered by a group of school children on June 8th, World Ocean Day, at the meeting at the UN considering the moratorium so there is little time to lose.

Thank you!
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More Careless Animal Deaths at Lincoln Park Zoo: Three Monkeys Are the Latest Casualties May 23, 2005 11:31 AM

Three Francois langurs have died at Lincoln Park Zoo, the latest in a string of deaths that includes beloved elephants Tatima, Peaches, and Wankie, at least two gorillas, and a camel.

Whistleblowers tell PETA of other mysterious animal deaths that the zoo has kept quiet, including a newborn marmoset who allegedly drowned when an inexperienced keeper failed to drain a pool to ensure the safety of the animals.

Evidence suggests that negligence on the part of zoo staff, as well as poor management, has contributed to the deaths of several animals at the zoo. The zoo has a responsibility, as well as a legal obligation, to provide its animals with humane living conditions, adequate veterinary care, appropriate shelter from inclement weather, and an environment free of hazards. The zoo has repeatedly failed to provide these fundamental necessities to its animals.

Ask the Cook County state's attorney to launch an investigation and pursue charges against the zoo.

Learn more here ---> http://www.savewildelephants.com/gillian.asp

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Urgent: Hawthorn Elephants in Danger of Ending Up With Circus May 23, 2005 11:49 AM

PETA has learned that five of the 12 elephants with the Hawthorn
Corporation will be sent to the Carson & Barnes Circus Endangered
Ark Foundation. Instead of finding a permanent reprieve from the
abusive circus industry at a sanctuary, these elephants will continue
to suffer in a circus, where beatings and extreme confinement are
routine.

Carson & Barnes has a lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect and has been cited numerous times for failure to provide veterinary care and at least eight times since 1995 for failing to maintain its
animal-transport trailers. Carson & Barnes has paid nearly $1,000 to
avoid further action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in
two separate alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act
(AWA).

The circus paid $550 following an investigation of an incident in
which a circus trailer carrying two elephants overturned in June
2003, injuring the elephants. Carson & Barnes paid $400 for mishandling elephants in violation of the AWA as a result of video in which Tim Frisco, the circus's animal care director, was caught on tape viciously attacking and shocking terrified elephants. Frisco
instructs other trainers to hurt the elephants until they scream and
to sink a sharp, metal bullhook into their flesh and twist it. Frisco
also cautions that the beatings must be concealed from the public.

In April 2004, Carson & Barnes' 5-year-old, endangered Asian
elephant, Jennie, died after contracting a herpes virus carried by
African elephants. Jennie's death might have been prevented if Carson & Barnes had followed even the most basic guidelines for elephant care. The circus subjected Jennie to the rigors of forceful training, performance, and travel at just 16 months of age, stressing her delicate immune system. Despite the American Zoo and Aquarium
Association's recommendation that Asian and African elephants not be caged together because of disease risks from this deadly virus,
Carson & Barnes recklessly commingles the two species. Now, Jennie's brother Obert is forced to perform tricks on tour. He is less than two years old.

It is stunning that the USDA would have approved placement for these elephants with proven elephant beaters when The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is prepared to take all of the female elephants in September 2005, following completion of a new barn.

Letters to the USDA are urgently needed. Please write short, polite
letters to the Secretary of Agriculture insisting that the USDA place
the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary and implement its consent
decision by revoking Hawthorn's license to exhibit animals.

SAMPLE LETTER:  Remember to add your name and address and PLEASE CHANGE some of the words.
The Honorable Michael O. Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building
12th Street and Jefferson Drive S.W., Rm. 200-A
Washington, DC 20250
agsec@usda.gov
202-720-3631
202-720-2166 (fax)

RE:  Revocation of Hawthorn's License to Exhibit Animals and Placement of Their Elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Dear Secretary Johanns:

I have learned that five of the 12 elephants with the Hawthorn
Corporation will be sent to the Carson & Barnes Circus Endangered
Ark Foundation. Instead of finding a permanent reprieve from the
abusive circus industry at a sanctuary, these elephants will continue
to suffer in a circus, where beatings and extreme confinement are
routine.

Carson & Barnes has a lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect and has been cited numerous times for failure to provide veterinary care and at least eight times since 1995 for failing to maintain its
animal-transport trailers. Carson & Barnes has paid nearly $1,000 to
avoid further action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in
two separate alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act
(AWA).

The circus paid $550 following an investigation of an incident in
which a circus trailer carrying two elephants overturned in June
2003, injuring the elephants. Carson & Barnes paid $400 for mishandling elephants in violation of the AWA as a result of video in which Tim Frisco, the circus's animal care director, was caught on tape viciously attacking and shocking terrified elephants. Frisco
instructs other trainers to hurt the elephants until they scream and
to sink a sharp, metal bullhook into their flesh and twist it. Frisco
also cautions that the beatings must be concealed from the public.

In April 2004, Carson & Barnes' 5-year-old, endangered Asian
elephant, Jennie, died after contracting a herpes virus carried by
African elephants. Jennie's death might have been prevented if Carson & Barnes had followed even the most basic guidelines for elephant care. The circus subjected Jennie to the rigors of forceful training, performance, and travel at just 16 months of age, stressing her delicate immune system. Despite the American Zoo and Aquarium
Association's recommendation that Asian and African elephants not be caged together because of disease risks from this deadly virus,
Carson & Barnes recklessly commingles the two species. Now, Jennie's brother Obert is forced to perform tricks on tour. He is less than two years old.

I request that the USDA place the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which is prepared to take all of the female elephants in September 2005, following completion of a new barn, and implement its consent decision by revoking Hawthorn's license to exhibit animals.

Sincerely,

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New Jersey Judge: Abducting, Gagging, and Beating a Tethered Dog With a Shovel 'Does Not Warrant Inc May 23, 2005 2:18 PM

Please forward widely.

The allegations facing Lakewood, New Jersey, resident Jeffrey R. Babilya were disturbing, to say the least. But his sentencing judge's reported jaw-dropping judicial impotence is among the most worrisome that PETA has seen in years.

According to news sources, Babilya was aggravated by the barking of his neighbor's dog, Bastion, on the afternoon of August 20, 2004. That day, he reportedly took the dog from the neighbor's yard and brought him to a wooded area in a neighboring town. He evidently gagged Bastion and tethered him to a tree with a steel cable.

Bastion apparently remained gagged and tethered through that night, on August 21, and again on August 22. Finally, on August 23, Babilya allegedly approached the dog—said to be dehydrated, presumably because he had been deprived of water for about 72 hours—and bludgeoned him with a short-handled shovel. A bloodied Bastion's yelps apparently alarmed a neighbor, and the dog was rescued and spent five months recovering from his injuries.

According to The Asbury Park Press, Babilya pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from the alleged incident and, on May 6, faced Judge Patricia Del Bueno Cleary and 8½ years in prison. Apparently ignoring prosecutors' requests for a year in jail and failing to consider the frightening frequency with which improperly sentenced animal abusers go on to victimize their spouses and children and to harm more animals, Judge Cleary stated, according to news sources, "Incarceration is not warranted. [Babilya's crime] appears to be an isolated incident. … I don’t believe the court will see him again." The judge went on to put Babilya on probation for just a year and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Please let Judge Cleary hear from you. Remind Her Honor that her assumption that cruelty to animals can be isolated from other crimes against animals and humanity is patently false and may compromise her community's safety. Express your hope that her inadequate handling of this case is itself an "isolated incident":

The Honorable Patricia Del Bueno Cleary
Superior Court Judge of Monmouth County
71 Monument St., P.O. Box 1266
Freehold, NJ 07728-1266
732-677-4358 (fax)

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 May 23, 2005 7:59 PM

Today is World Turtle Day, and we thought that the best way to honor sea turtles this year would be to take action to ensure their survival.

Here are four simple actions you can take online:

1) United Nations Moratorium on Longlining in the Pacific

BACKGROUND:
The Pacific population of leatherback sea turtles is in dire straits. Scientists estimate that if the current rate of decline continues they will be extinct in the next 10-15 years.

STRP, in coalition with a host of marine experts and non-governmental organizations, is embarking on an aggressive campaign to reduce the impacts caused by longlining and gillnet fishing. These "weapons of mass destruction" are wreaking havoc not only on the leatherback population, but also on sharks, marlins, marine mammals, sea birds and other marine species.

ACTION: Contact the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and U.S. President Bush urging them to support a United Nations moratorium on pelagic longline and gillnet fishing in the Pacific by clicking:

2) Nationwide Labeling of Mercury-Contaminated Fish

BACKGROUND:
Swordfish, shark and albacore tuna are caught using longline fishing gear. By not eating these fish you are not only protecting endangered sea turtles but you are protecting your and your family's health from exposure to dangerous methylmercury which exists at high levels in these fish species. We are urging Safeway to label contaminated fish with mercury warning signs nationwide as they are doing in California.

ACTION: Please write to Steven Burd, CEO of Safeway, and ask him to mandate labeling of mercury-contaminated fish in all Safeway-owned stores (including Vons, etc.), by clicking:

3) Establishing a Marine Reserve for the Kemp's Ridley

BACKGROUND:
Texas is home to the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. In 2000, we won a landmark shrimp fishing closure that protects turtles during the most critical time of the year. But sea turtle strandings throughout Texas are still too high.

If we can extend the current eight month closure of south Texas waters to prohibit shrimping to an all year closure, nesting and migrating sea turtles will have a better chance to survive.

ACTION: Send a message to Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst asking for the state to provide a marine reserve with no commercial fishing in the state waters at the Padre Island National Seashore by clicking:

Rally for a Kemp's Ridley Reserve in Texas!

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Please Oppose Legislation That Will Allow the Proliferation of Captive-Dolphin Facilities in the Bah May 24, 2005 7:39 AM

Legislation currently being considered by the Bahamian government would rescind policies agreed upon by the last government to prohibit the capture and export of dolphins. This represents a regression for the animal welfare policies of the country as a whole and makes a mockery of the country’s Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Dolphins are highly sentient beings who live in large, intricate social groups. Female dolphins spend their entire lives with their mothers and sisters within the family pod. They communicate with each other through whistles and body language, and whenever dolphins are injured or dying, others will come to their aid, supporting them at the water’s surface so that they can breathe.

Captive-dolphin facilities spell misery and doom for the imprisoned dolphins. Captured from their ocean home, where their natural range covers hundreds of miles, these dolphins are relegated to swimming in endless circles in small, barren concrete tanks, never again to experience the exhilaration of swimming free through ocean waves. These highly social and sentient animals also lose the joy and comfort of their communities.

Please contact the government officials listed below. Politely ask them to oppose any legislation that weakens protection for wild dolphins or that permits the establishment of captive-dolphin facilities in the Bahamas. Remind them that the Bahamas is known as an eco-sensitive tourist destination and let them know that the Bahamas will be excluded from your vacation plans if this legislation moves forward:

The Right Honourable Perry Christie
Prime Minister of The Bahamas
pmchristie@bahamas.gov.bs
perrychristie@bahamas.gov.bs
pmchristiecab@bahamas.gov.bs
242-327-5806
242-328-2526 (fax)

Honourable V. Alfred Gray
Member of Parliament and Minister of Fisheries
valfredgray@bahamas.gov.bs
242-325-7502
242-322-1767 (fax)

Mr. Obie Wilchcombe
Minister of Parliament and Minister of Tourism
owilchcombe@Bahamas.com
OBIEWILCHCOMBE@bahamas.gov.bs
242-322-7500
242-328-0945 (fax)

Mr. Michael Braynen
Director of Fisheries
MICHAELBRAYNEN@bahamas.gov.bs

Please send a copy of your correspondence to Sam Duncombe, Alliance For Marine Mammals, at reearth@batelnet.bs.

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This is in Dominikana- Please consider this also! May 24, 2005 1:27 PM

from Jelena Z.

Sign the online petition at www.thePetitionSite.com/takeaction/309558120.

Manati Park is a tourist attraction in the Bavaro region of the Dominican Republic. The park includes a swimming pool that houses dolphins. Five dolphins live in concrete tanks, where they perform several shows during the day and are allowed to be touched by up to 200 people daily. Ric O'Barry, one of the world's most experienced captive dolphin experts says he has never seen dolphins as overworked as those at Manati Park.

Manati Park offers the paying public a chance to swim with the dolphins. This includes 5 minutes in the centre pool area with 2 dolphins. Anywhere from 6-10 people at a time are allowed to chase and touch the dolphins as they wish and are also pulled around the pool. This is followed up by a photo session at the side of the pool where the dolphins have been trained to flip over on their backs for a photo.

The dolphins are rotated every hour or so. During the day the dolphins also put on a number of shows. The dolphins perform from 10am to 5pm every day of the week.

Back in 1999 the dolphin park was investigated by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, who claimed that the living conditions of these dolphins were not acceptable. Worldwide protests began. International TV channels like ABC 20/20, European Channels, International Newspapers like Time Magazine and New York Times published shocking reports and photos of the conditions these dolphins have to survive. Several European TV Channels aired a video where a dolphin attacked a child in the pool because, experts believe, the animal was so distressed and overworked. The issue of May 21st of Time Magazine stated Manati Park as "one of the world's most controversial facilities." "Worse, critics charge that several dolphins have died prematurely at Manati because of toxic waters." According to CITES documentation only five of the original imported and captured eight dolphins are still there now.

An investigation by Ric O'Barry, consultant to the World Society for the Protection of Animals was carried out in 2000. O'Barry said:

"We have never seen dolphins as overworked as these. They have very long working hours and are being exploited to the absolute maximum. They are under constant and strict control by their trainer who uses food control to make the dolphins respond immediately to every order he gives them."

Probably due to the unacceptable living conditions of these dolphins and the stress they have to bear with often more than 200 people per day in the tank, attacks by dolphins on tourists in the pool have occurred.

Several tour operators as well as several big hotel chains have already cancelled their contract with Manati Park. Visa, Nestle and Pepsi, who were mentioned as sponsors on the park's leaflet, have withdrawn their logos from all advertisement material. Almost 3,000 protest signatures have been handed over but in spite of all this opposition the dolphin tank is still open.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Write to the Dominican Republic Tourist Board (Mrs. Sabrina Cambias, 20 Hand Court, High Holborn WC1, London, fax 44207 405 4202); the President of the Dominican Republic (Presidente del Estado, Mr. Hipolito Meja, email sugerencias@presidencia.gov.do, fax 001 809 686 03 16); the Secretary of Tourism (Mr Ramon Alfredo Bordas, email rhelena@sectur.gov.do, fax 001 809 682 38 06); and the owner of this facility (Mr Jose Miguel Moreno, email manatipark@codetel.net.do, fax 001 809 221 92 82) and state your disapproval of this type of tourist attraction.

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 May 24, 2005 1:28 PM

Please cc Eva Schandl at evarupert.schandl@aon.at.

Dominican Republic tourist board 
Secretaría de Estado de Turismo (Ministry of Tourism)
Street address: Avenida México esq., 30 de Marzo, Edificio D, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Postal address: Apdo 497, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Tel: 221 4660. Fax: 682 3806.
E-mail: sectur@codetel.net.do
Website: (http://www.dominicana.com.do )
Embassy of the Dominican Republic
139 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 6JF, UK
Tel: (020) 7727 6285 or 7727 6214 (consular section) or (09001) 600 260 (recorded tourist cards information; calls cost 60p per minute). Fax: (020) 7727 3693.
E-mail: general@embajadadom-london.co.uk
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1700 (embassy); 1000-1400 (consular section).
Honorary Consulate of the Dominican Republic
539 Martin’s Building, 4 Water Street, Liverpool L2 3TE, UK
Tel: (0151) 236 0722. Fax: (0151) 255 0990.
Dominican Republic Tourist Board
18-21 Hand Court, High Holborn, London WC1V 6JF, UK
Tel: (020) 7242 7778. Fax: (020) 7405 4202.

 http://members.tripod.com/~lovewhales/index-0.html

The dolphins are still suffering from the apalling keeping conditions. In tiny pools, currently three bottlenose dolphins have nowhere to retreat from the masses of tourists. Each day there are two shows and three swim-with-the-dolphin programs for the visitors who willingly spend 70 US dollars for about six minutes with a real dolphin. In the peak season, about 200 tourists get into the heavily chlorinated water each day of the week, earning Manati Park about 14,000 US dollars a day with this program alone.

In only a few years at least six dolphins have died. For the operators they are nothing but "money making machines": as soon as a dolphin dies due to the terrible keeping conditions, the next one is captured even though this is illegal. This happened in August when the Manati Park operators had eight dolphins captured off the coast of the "Parque Nacional del Este" National park, invoking an unvalid permit from 1995. The amusement park denies the capture of the dolphins. According to marine biologist Idelisa Bonnelly de Calventi in Santo Domingo, however, the animals were probably taken to the Manati Park "quarantine pools"...

http://www.delphinschutz.org/english/grd-campaigns.htm

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Don't Let the Endangered Species Act Go Extinct May 26, 2005 9:09 PM

A hearing on Capitol Hill this week kicked off a drive to rewrite the law that protects more than 1,800 animal species believed to be near extinction. No details have emerged about what provisions might change, but the Chairman of the House Resources Committee is Richard Pombo who likes the Endangered Species Act about as much as he likes being photographed without his cowboy hat.

Since 1973, the Endangered Species Act has protected animals that might otherwise not survive human encroachment. But developers and others have complained loudly that the law limits their ability to profit from the land and have sought to make it less restrictive. The Senate subcommittee chairman who oversees the Act is Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, whose strong environmental record should give conservationists some comfort. But the hard-charging Pombo has already signaled he'll accept nothing less than radical changes in the law. Pombo is the same lawmaker who last week used a procedural maneuver to preserve taxpayer subsidies to logging companies in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

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Thanks, Jason!! : ) July 06, 2005 7:13 PM

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Emilia - A Special Needs Success December 10, 2005 4:05 PM

When we rescued Emilia from the local feed barn she was emaciated, ill, and bleeding from one eye. We also noticed she didn't move normally in the trap. We knew we had a real emergency on our hands. We discovered that Emilia's hip had been dislocated due to a blunt trauma injury. It had healed back into place badly causing a limp. Her eye also needed to be removed due to an infection and constant irritation from the hay she was surrounded by.

Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to give Emilia the surgery she needed. Her eye was removed and sown shut. The vet felt it would be too evasive to reset her leg especially in her weak state. She was given antibiotics for almost a month to fight off upper respiratory disease which made it hard for her to breath. We fattened her up quickly.

Because Emilia had been abandoned for so long, she reverted back to her shy and solitary ways. We felt it was best to keep Emilia because she would need special care for the rest of her life. She now lives with her foster mom who houses other special needs kitties. She has a lot of company! Her best friend is a gray cat named George. It's cases like Emilia that help drive us to rescue cats in need every day. Thank you so much for helping us do the job we love.

Safe Haven Animal SanctuarySM
Mailing Only: 21265 Stevens Creek Boulevard, #205-427Cupertino, CA 95014Telephone: (408) 420-SAFE (7233)Fax: (866) 833-2451 (toll free)E-mail: info@safehavenanimalsanctuary.org

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 December 11, 2005 9:00 PM

sorry i have not been on in a while, been real busy at work. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this, it is beautiful and reminds us all of why we do the things we do. I am moved from this post and when i go in to PETA tomorrow, i will strive even harder to do the very best i can. Thank you again, love and light be with you.  [ send green star]
 
Emilia January 13, 2006 1:43 PM

Everytime I hear a story like this, it makes me want to fight even harder for those without a voice. Sometimes there IS a little light.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Horse Slaughter Ban In Jeopardy! January 14, 2006 9:40 AM

In 2005, after a tremendous public outcry, Congress overwhelmingly passed an appropriations bill that effectively stopped horse slaughter for fiscal year 2006 by cutting funding for USDA inspections of slaughter plants that slaughter horses.  Now, in a move that flies directly in the face of that Congressional mandate, the USDA is considering a petition submitted by the three foreign-owned slaughter plants that slaughter horses in the United States to allow for the continuation of horse slaughter in this country!


Last year, the American people told Congress in no uncertain terms that Americans do not support the slaughter of horses in this country to serve an overseas market for horse meat.  Congress heard your voices!  The 2005 Agriculture Appropriations bill cut funding to USDA to inspect slaughter plants that slaughter horses for human consumption, effectively banning the slaughter of horses in this country for fiscal year 2006.  The ban is set to begin on March 10, 2006.  Now, the USDA is considering a petition that would create new means of paying for inspection of slaughter plants, effectively allowing horse slaughter to continue.  This move would directly undermine the Congressional intent behind the 2005 agriculture appropriations amendment! 


Contact U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns today and tell him to stop ignoring the will of Congress and implement the horse slaughter ban!  Click here to take action now and send a letter! 
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Help Shelter Animals January 19, 2006 8:46 PM

From:

David Meyer

davidm@1-800-Save-A-Pet.com

Thanks for taking a moment to read this.

The charity I co-founded, 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, and our grassroots partner, Animal Rescue New Orleans, has been saving pets in New Orleans since the hurricane first struck. We continue to be in a race against time in the gulf coast, as former pets made homeless by Katrina still roam deserted streets, without even access to garbage cans to scrounge for food. Many are being kept a live all these months only by our volunteers placing out thousands of food/water stations which is just a temporary solution. These animals are facing danger from other roaming animals, exposure to diseases, and are living under homes about to be bulldozed. They are also now beginning to reproduce, which is just a nightmare. We've been working with Best Friends Animal Society to trap, triage and move these pets to safety but a crucial link in the rescue chain has broken because we have nowhere around the country left to send these pets. Shelters are full, and without places to send these poor dogs and cats, we cannot continue to take them off the streets.

In response we have launched Operation Save-A-Pet Katrina

(

Also, if you wish to help with a donation, it is desperately needed and you can donate here:

Thank you so much for your help!

http://www.Operation-Save-A-Pet-Katrina.com) to tell people about the need to adopt a any pet from any local shelter to make space for more Katrina pets still being pulled from the destruction. You can help tremendously in this effort by sending the link to www.Operation-Save-A-Pet-Katrina.com to people you know who might wish to adopt a pet, or might send the link to others. Please take 1 minute to be a link in this chain of life. Be this link - send this link. Please send the link to www.Operation-Save-A-Pet-Katrina.com to anyone you know who loves animals!http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/rd/feed-the-lost-pets.
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hello everyone!! September 25, 2006 9:11 AM

hello all! my name is sharon, and i am helping with the fight to ban foie gras in this country!! foie gras is a delicacy that is produced in one of the most horrific ways we have seen. the physical torture done to these birds (at only a few weeks old) ends in coma, death, or severe mental brain damage.

foie gras is produced by enlargening the livers of ducks & geese to roughly 10 times the size of normal. they accomplish this by sticking a metal pipe down their throats and force feeding them way too much for the bird to handle. choking on food or their own vomit is very common.

the sites that give the best info on foie gras are..
http://www.nofoiegras.org
http://www.stopforcfeeding.com

my sites are:
http://www.myspace.com/ban_foie_gras_now
(with a myspace group)
http://www.banfoiegras.blogspot.com

and i have a petition to mayor daley of chicago asking him to let the current chicago foie gras ban stand at:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/815636066

and a group dedicated to banning foie gras on the care2 network at:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ban_foie_gras

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Petition against animal abuse aired on PBS as show for children December 18, 2006 1:22 PM

Hi Friends,

I created the petition: "Tell WGBH and PBS to end irresponsible airing of animal abuse on children's shows!"

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. Please sign here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/946461125

Please also cross-post this as far and wide as you desire!

Thanks!
Heather
http://hoofinitnorth.com
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CALLING ALL EUROPEANS AGAINST BULLFIGHTING February 15, 2007 2:18 PM

INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST BULLFIGHTS www.iwab.org IMAB@iwab.org Dear Friends, Today (15th February) the number of signatures of the Written Declaration 0002/2007 reached the 119 figure. We need 393 MEPs to sign by 15th April of 2007. Please continue to send letters, individual ones to all the MEPs asking them to sign in order to ban the subsidies to bull breeders. Meanwhile below a letter sent to the French aficionados by a British MEP. For the Animals Maria Lopes Coordinator GO HERE: www.iwab.org TO REQUEST YOUR EUROPEAN MEMBER OF PARLIMENT TO SIGN THE DECLARATION ______________________________________ ( About the Gentleman below - WELL I THINK THIS BULLFIGHTING FAN/SUPPORTER NEEDS TO BE EDUCATED ! Cheers and thanks Mary Alice ---------------------------------- Favorable à la corrida Un message particulièrement encourageant ! De Daniel Hannan à un excellent aficionado : Daniel HANNAN Groupe du Parti populaire européen (Démocrates-chrétiens) et des Démocrates européens Royaume-Uni Wednesday, February 14, 2007 11:41 AM *Dear Esteban, What a pleasure to receive your email. After hundreds of semi-literate anti-taurines, it is a delight to come across such a reasonable and well argued petition. You can rest assured of my support: I am an aficionado and a member of the Club Taurino de Londres. I am a particular fan of French corridas: I attend the ferias in Arles, Nîmes and Béziers most years, and have also watched corridas in Dax, Bayonne, Ceret and Mont-de-Marsan. I think the fiesta is enjoying its second golden age, and nowhere more than in France. Please encourage your friends to lobby other MEPs. We are, as I say, being bombarded by the other side. I emailed a copy of the resolution to burladerodos.com, and suggested that they invite their readers to write in, but nothing has happened so far. Just one controversial thougfht. Would it be such a disaster if the subsidies were to be terminated? I can't help feeling that they encourage over-breeding, and so weaken the blood of fighting herd. Anyway, keep up the good work. Saludos, Daniel Hannan daniel.hannan@europarl.europa.eu  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Help Stop Cruelty to Animals in China October 07, 2007 1:38 PM

TO: All People Who Care There has been much attention on the trade in cat and dog fur recently. This is an issue that has struck a chord with consumers and politicians alike, reflecting a widespread repugnance at the idea of wearing the skin and fur of companion animals. Investigations by animal welfare organisations have revealed the suffering caused to millions of animals by this trade. Many cats and dogs are killed inhumanely in countries such as China where there is little or no animal welfare legislation. The European Parliament has finally adopted a Regulation to ban the import into the EU of cat and dog fur. The move ends many years of campaigning by animal welfare organisations and politicians to end a trade which causes terrible animal suffering. The ban will apply from 31 December 2008. The Ban will not stop the fur trade, only in Cats and Dogs, but the barbaric treatment can be stopped. The offending countries must improve welfare standards for all animals if it wants to do business with Europe. They must provide resources to help the Fur producers to find alternative incomes which do not involve animal cruelty. This will encourage investment from developed countries who can also help. Please keep the pressure up and do what you can to help. Contact your own governments to put political pressure on the offending countries. All UK Citizens please sign this petition to the Prime Minister http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Animalmassacre/ All Europeans contact your MEPs at http://www.europarl.europa.eu People everywhere please sign http://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/1706_animals_matter.cfm For More Info http://www.petauk.org/feat/dogcatfurUK.asp Thank You Tony, Nottingham, England  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Improve Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories October 20, 2007 4:38 PM

TO: All People Who Care The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing Directive 86/609/EEC, which sets out the rules for animal experimentation across the whole of Europe. There is still time to make a difference to the final draft. The European Commission itself acknowledges that non-animal replacements "...have the potential to provide robust information through quality-controlled, state-of-the-art tests which are faster and less cost-intensive than classical animal-based tests". It has launched a Community Action Plan for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. This explicitly states "The final aim is to replace animal experiments with methods not entailing the use of an animal." It is in all our interest that Animal Testing is replaced with Alternatives based on Human Biology not Animals. For evidence that superior Alternative Research & Testing is replacing Animal Testing visit Dr Hadwen Trust http://www.drhadwentrust.org/ Now political pressure is needed to encourage EU legislators to do everything they can to maximise non-animal replacement efforts. Contact your MEPs and urge them to use the revision process of Directive 86/609/EC as an opportunity to update the Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories and make replacing with Alternatives a priority. For contact details of your MEPs visit http://www.europarl.europa.eu A new European Chemical Testing Policy called REACH proposes to Test 30,000 Chemicals of every kind - from those used in industrial processes to the ingredients of consumer products -on Millions of animals from mice to fish to dogs, causing untold suffering. Directive 86/609/EC should help these animals while still improving standards. For more information on REACH http://www.navs.org.uk/media_centre/35/0/823/ Please sign "Replace all Animal Experiments in Europe" http://www.endeuanimaltests.org/ Please tell your friends and colleagues to do the same. More information from http://www.buav.org Everyone can help and you can make a difference. Thank You Tony, Nottingham, England  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wolf Petition January 02, 2008 6:17 PM

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/366468936 Please check out this petition about keeping wolves safe. It is very close to meeting its goal! If you agree with it, please sign. Also, please crosspost where appropriate! Thanks!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
New animal testing legislation proposed by European Commission November 11, 2008 3:33 PM

European Citizens

All animal experimentation in Europe has to comply with the regulations of Directive 86/609/EEC, which is 20 years old and is in urgent need of revision. Based in Brussels, the European Commission proposes EU policy and legislation. The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament jointly vote on and pass legislation based on these proposals.

On 5th November the Commission made public its proposal for a new Directive to control animal experimentation. They have accepted that it is ethical to phase out primate experiments and have included a ban on experiments on Great Apes, but on other primates experiments will continue with conditions. This agrees with the wishes of the Members of the European Parliament, over 400 of which signed a Written Declaration in September last year calling for an end to using Great Apes and wild monkeys in experiments. When eventually passed as European Law this new directive will have a major impact in all countries in the European Union. They must implement it with suitable national laws within a set timetable.

At this time the European chemical companies are submitting testing data on thousands of chemicals to the European Chemicals Agency to comply with the regulations of the new European chemical testing policy called REACH. The aim is to classify the toxicity of all chemicals used in quantities of 1 tonne a year or more in order to decide how they should be controlled. The European Commission see the huge cost of the REACH policy as an investment that will benefit Europeans by removing the most toxic chemicals from our society. This belief is valid provided the testing methods used are the best available. The review of Directive 86/609 can help by making the replacement of animal tests with scientifically sound alternatives a priority. The European politicians must be made to realise how important this is.

A few examples of modern alternatives are Stem cell research, in vitro, DNA chips, Microdosing and Genetic research. Further research using these methods needs the European Community to provide financial support and to commit to scientific progress. Forward-looking scientists acknowledge that such investment will be rewarded with appropriate, precise and discerning data. In one example, in vitro methods which use human tissue have been developed that could revolutionise the healing of wounds by researchers at Cardiff University. Modern procedures such as these are essential to advance our understanding of wound healing because humans heal their skin in a different way to most animals. Patients will benefit from continued research with new techniques to aid their natural healing process.

It is in the interest of all Europeans to contact their MEPs and ask them to promote alternative technology whenever possible in all future European legislation.

If you want to make a difference go to

http://www.eceae.org/b_takeaction.php

You can also help by telling all your friends and associates about the review of this important legislation.

Thank You

Tony G. from London, England

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