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IDA - Bay Area Events January 21, 2006 2:17 PM

Some very interesting items here:

 Help Improve Management of the Oakland Animal Shelter
 Gopher Gardening at Ocean Beach
 Fur Protest at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

 KFC Protest and Letter Writing Party
 Film Screening of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"
 Animal Investigation Film Festival
 Bunnies Need Homes to Escape Euthanasia
 Compassionate Cooks' February Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"

1. Help Improve Management of the Oakland Animal Shelter

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's meeting to determine the future of the Oakland Animal Shelter, and to those who contacted the Oakland City Council urging them to remove the shelter from police supervision. The active participation of animal advocates clearly made a significant difference in the decision making process, because the City Council voted to postpone their decision for three to six months, at which time they will decide whether to keep the shelter under police supervision or transfer responsibility for the City's homeless animals to another agency. In the meantime, a new shelter director will be hired, and his or her opinion will weigh heavily in the final ruling.

The council's decision to consider this issue more deeply rather than automatically give control of the shelter to the police department represents at least a partial victory for those who want what is best for Oakland's homeless animals. IDA and other animal allies are committed to ending the repeated animal cruelty, questionable euthanasia practices, disrespect of guardians' rights, mismanagement and official unaccountability that have plagued the Oakland Animal Shelter for more than a decade. A large part of the problem is that the Oakland Police Department isn't qualified to run an animal shelter, nor should they have to. Authority over the City animal shelter should given to those with training and expertise in animal welfare and conducting animal cruelty investigations so that law enforcement officers can focus on stopping crime and ensuring public safety. Therefore, we need everyone who has been working to change this situation to fo  [ send green star]

 January 21, 2006 2:29 PM

follow through in order to ensure that the City Council makes the right decision. Please help us keep up the momentum by taking action.

 here for directions to this event.
For more information, please contact Karen Steele at (415) 388-9641, ext. 217 or

- It is very important that people attend the next City Council meeting at which the shelter's future will be discussed. Please speak up on the animals' behalf so that the Council members know there is strong community support for a change in management at the shelter.

What: Oakland City Council meeting about the Oakland Animal Shelter
When: Date to be determined - we will inform you when the meeting is scheduled
Where: City Council Chambers at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (click here for directions)

If you have questions or want additional information, please contact Melissa Gonzalez at or (415) 388-9641, ext. 228.

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 January 21, 2006 2:33 PM

I apologize for the posts being off but I am having a terrible time getting them in at all. LOL. They do not want to go in order.

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For more information and to RSVP, please contact Melissa Gonzalez at or (415) 388-9641, ext. 228.
- Click here to sign IDA's petition urging the Chinese Government to pass National Animal Welfare Laws.
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 January 21, 2006 2:35 PM

- Tell the pet store owners and managers in your community that you are boycotting products made in China as a protest against the Chinese cat and dog fur trade, and urge them to join the boycott by refusing to sell toys or any other products (like bowls, leashes, etc.) that are manufactured in China. If the owners or managers want proof that cats and dogs are being killed for fur in China, write to IDA at, and we will send you some of our materials, including a video and brochures.
- Write a letter asking the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. to urge his government to enact an animal welfare law that will prohibit the cruel handling of dogs, cats and other animals at markets and during transportation.
His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2574
Fax: (202) 328-2582 
- Watch IDA's new PSA exposing the abominations that take place behind the scenes of the Chinese cat and dog fur industry by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Be forewarned, however, that the PSA contains scenes that are extremely graphic and disturbing, and viewer discretion is advised.
- Click here to read an article about the Chinese fur trade published in the Press Gazette. Also visit IDA's website for more information, including a comprehensive report on the Chinese fur industry by EAST International/Animal Protection SAP.

. KFC Protest and Letter Writing Party

Join Bay Area Vegetarians (BAV) this weekend for a day of activism and delicious vegan food in San Francisco. First, stick up for chickens abused by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) suppliers at a protest outside the notorious fast food franchise. Join the nationwide effort to educate the public about how the Colonel treats chickens wrong! Posters, leaflets and other materials will be provided. New and experienced activists are both welcome at this monthly event.
What:  KFC Cruelty protest
When: Saturday, January 21st, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Where: KFC, 1900 Irving St. (near 18th Ave.), San Francisco (click here for directions)
Afterwards, enjoy a delicious vegan lunch and letter writing party at Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant, winner of the "Best Lunch" category in BAV's 2003 vegetarian restaurant contest. Write letters to the editor promoting compassion for animals, as well as to state, county, and federal legislators and officials in support of animal protection measures. These personal, handwritten letters have a much higher impact than form emails, and you'll feel good afterwards about what your efforts have accomplished. Alerts from IDA and other organizations will be provided, but it's helpful if you can bring pens, paper, envelopes, stamps, the name of your State & Federal legislators (click here to find out) and any veg/animal rights topics you want to write about.
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 January 21, 2006 2:36 PM

What: Vegan lunch at Shangri-La restaurant
When: Saturday, January 21st from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Shangri-La, 2026 Irving Street (at 21st Avenue, three blocks west of KFC), San Francisco
Please RSVP for these events. If you can't make it to San Francisco, see BAV's calendar for other monthly KFC Cruelty demos and letter writing parties in Berkeley, Pacifica, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto, as well as other veg advocacy events throughout the Bay Area.

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Admission to this event is free. You can also enjoy delicious food and beverage offerings at the Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast Peace Cafe, which features organic vegan tamales, smoothies and other vegan treats.
IDA and other animal allies have been working recently to preserve the wild parrots' habitat near the Greenwich Steps in North Beach. Partly due to these efforts, the Director of City Greening in the Mayor's Office has been facilitating negotiations between North Beach landowners and the Northeast San Francisco Conservancy (a nonprofit land trust) to prune two existing cypress trees and plant additional trees to give the parrots a secure perch from which to watch for hawks before swooping down to feed from Bittner's hand. Our goal is to enable the parrots to maintain the close connection they have developed with Bittner over the course of years. After the film, you can sign IDA's petition to protect the wild parrots' habitat on Telegraph Hill, or you can click here to add your signature online now. 

East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) for a double feature of short films exploring animal protection issues:
- Public Screening Premiere of EBAA's California Egg Industry Documentary: Each year over 19 million egg-laying hens are raised in concentrated confinement to produce eggs for California consumers. According to the California Poultry Workgroup, close to 100 percent of egg-layers are confined to battery cages. The short film depicts the real lives of egg-laying hens (including rare footage of spent hens before slaughter) before their eggs are sold in supermarkets across California.
- Wegmans Cruelty: A small investigative team from Compassio
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 January 21, 2006 2:37 PM

Compassionate Consumers in New York produced this half-hour documentary that captures actual footage of chickens suffering inside Wegmans Egg Farm. For more information, visit
What: EBAA film screening
When: Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street (Between Telegraph & Broadway), Oakland (click or call (925) 487-4419.

To adopt a rabbit, contact or visit these Bay Area animal shelters:

5. Compassionate Cooks' February Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
Join Compassionate Cooks for their next vegan cooking class, "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh," and learn to make five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Tempeh Reuben Sandwich, Tofu Filet with Spicy Cornmeal Crust, Better-Than-Chicken Salad, Tofu & Vegetable Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce, and Chocolate Cheesecake. Using local, in-season, mostly organic ingredients, Compassionate Cooks features easy-to-prepare recipes and debunks myths about plant-based diets. Join the class in February for yummy food samples, a soy milk taste test
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What: Compassionate Cooks' February Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
When: Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: The First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street (at Castro), Oakland (click here for directions)
Be sure to register in advance by Thursday, February 23rd either online at or by calling (510) 531-COOK. You can also mail a check to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, P.O. Box 18512, Oakland, CA 94619. The $45 cost of the class includes instruction, food samples, copies of recipes and much more.

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

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