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from arlette February 03, 2008 5:13 PM

My Dear Friends

my petition for a lew that prohibits tests on monkeys in Switzerland had a great start in November, but is now sleeping......
Swiss people (me included ) are very slow in their decisions and
reactions, I need a lot of signatures to push up a little bit our
politicians !!!

Has anybody of you an idea how to wake up my sleeping petition site ?? All ideas are very welcome.
Maybe someone could crosspost the petition link to some friends too ?? GREAT and many thanks in advance

Any help from you is very appreciated.

The petition link is the following :

I thank you all in advance for your help or whatever
with my best wishes

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 February 03, 2008 5:10 PM

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 February 03, 2008 5:07 PM

Stop Wolf Killing in the Northern Rockies! NEED MORE TO SIGN PLEASE.. Petition.

After more than a decade of conservation efforts and millions of federal dollars, wolves are finally returning to the northern Rockies. Now, the Bush administration plans to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List and allow the states of Wyoming.

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 January 31, 2008 10:29 AM

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Please vote!!!! May 21, 2007 7:59 PM

MAGGIE POLL - vote now (before the news sending is over)

Where do you think Maggie the elephant should live?

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 January 20, 2007 9:24 PM

Please sign this petition calling
upon the world's coffee distributors to stop their destruction of tiger
habitat and impliment effective policies for making sure they do not
buy illegally grown coffee again.

You can find the petition
here. your best to tell your friends and distribute this among your contacts and groups. This is a hot issue right now and we must act fast in order for our voice to be heard.
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Urge Officials to Spare Virginia's Bears

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is getting set to hold a cruel hunt in which as many as twenty bears will be killed in the name of recreation. This hunt is not taking place to curb overpopulation, nor is it to protect members of the public. It is simply to appease hunters' blood thirst and it's just not right.

According to The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan, "The main purpose of the hunt is to add a priority wildlife-dependent recreational opportunity for the public. There are limited public hunting opportunities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. By implementing a bear hunt an additional 200 hunting days will be provided to the area."

Please "take action" to urge The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine to call off the hunt. Also, please tell a friend and take a moment to sign our petition to Governor Kaine.

Then download your letters and fax or mail to the addresses indicated below.

Governor Timothy Kaine
Office of the Governor, 14th Floor
One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Tel.: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
Please click here for the online feedback form.

Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
Tel.: (757) 986-3705 

Marvin Moriarty, Regional Director
Northeast Regional Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035-9589
Tel.: (413) 253-8200
Fax: (413) 253-8308

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Boycott Troy Gentry for Killing "Cubby" the Black Bear December 03, 2006 11:31 AM


We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
Boycott Troy Gentry for Killing "Cubby" the Black Bear
Target: Troy Lee Gentry, Country Singer, Montgomery Gentry Duo, Sony BMG Entertainment
Sponsor: Jennie Boatman
  • Signatures: 216
  • Goal: 1,000
  • Deadline: 1-2-2007
The purpose of this petition is to boycott Troy Lee Gentry, Country Western singer (Montgomery Gentry duo), for killing "Cubby" a domesticized black bear in a pre-arranged "canned" killing on November 28th in the bears 3 acre pen attached to a wilderness area. In addition, Mr. Gentry lied in registering with the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources in which he claimed to be hunting in the larger wilderness area attached to the penned area where Cubby was located. Because Gentry is a wealthy "star" the fine of $15,000 is a mere "slap on the hand." This "punishment" was a plea agreement made w/the star so he does not have to appear in court. He did have to return Cubby mounted head. There were no legal ramifications for killing Cubby because "canned killing" is not illegal in MN. Someone like Mr. Gentry is more likely to understand the error of his ways if the public who make his fame and wealth possible boycott his concerts, CD's and other products. We are asking that by signing this petition, you are supporting and participating in a boycott of Mr. Gentry, his concerts and any products associated with him. He needs to know that the American people do not approve of his behavior - he is neither an honorable hunter, nor is he a good role model for our children. We can't bring Cubby back but we can BOYCOT for CUBBY!
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 October 14, 2006 9:36 AM

Several companies are catching bats in the wild and killing them for sale as “art” in glass frames. One small bat, also known as the Short-nosed fruit bat, is a major target of this cruel practice. The fruit bat is an important pollinator and seed dispenser, and has a status of vulnerable.

Bats already face severe threats due to habitat loss. Killing additional bats for personal collections only leads to further decline of wild bat populations.

Fruit and nectar-eating bats are responsible for hundreds of economically important products including foods, drinks, medicines, timber, fibers, dyes and fuel. Wild varieties of many of the world’s most economically valuable crop plants, such as bananas, rely on bats for survival. Insect eating bat species are natural enemies of night-flying pests that damage crops, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.

Unless eBay can verify that bats sold on the eBay website have been collected after they have died naturally, eBay should protect bats by prohibiting the sale of their bodies.

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Thanks C!! September 22, 2006 10:51 AM

Hi again!

Just another story to note, I've got to get people involved in the Florida Panther's near extinction, and this is a great start, Did you know the government is messing with scientific data in order to get land etc.? Okay, how sick is that? Then again...
Please note this and take part in the petition:

Again, thanks to all for your very kind help!!!
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Bridge will badly affect wildlife Thursday, 1:09 AM
Congaree bridge project will harm wildlife, suit says By SAMMY FRETWELL Environmentalists sued Wednesday to stop a $37 million bridge project through Congaree National Park, saying the state’s construction plan doesn’t protect wildlife habitat and wetlands in one of South Carolina’s most important natural areas. The suit, the second against a major state bridge plan this week, said the S.C. Department of Transportation didn’t thoroughly study the impact the work will have on the Congaree River flood plain. DOT officials propose building a new bridge across the Congaree River to replace a creaking, 58-year-old span, with construction to start as early as 2009. But the project also includes causeways through the flood plain approaching the river bridge — and conservation groups want to eliminate them. Causeways block water from flowing naturally through the flood plain and destroy wetlands, according to Wednesday’s lawsuit by the S.C. Wildlife Federation, Audubon South Carolina and Friends of Congaree Swamp. Critics say causeways are like walls that make it difficult for wildlife to pass through the area. Conservation groups prefer a bridge across the entire flood plain, instead of keeping causeways, when the state begins work to upgrade U.S. 601 near the river. The DOT says that would increase the price tag to about $75 million from about $37 million, and the agency can’t afford that. Jimmy Chandler, an attorney for the environmental groups, said the state should take every precaution to protect and restore land near Congaree National Park. It is the only national park in South Carolina, and the state should spend the extra money to improve the flood plain, he said. The bridge project runs through the park’s boundaries and is adjacent to land the National Park Service acquired last year. The more than 20,000-acre national park is part of a larger system of swamps extending from lower Richland through Clarendon County. “Congaree Swamp is an asset of inestimable value to the state of South Carolina and the nation, both in terms of its ecological significance and its economic and cultural value,’’ the lawsuit said. Chandler said a new federal rule required environmental groups to sue the government over the bridge project by Wednesday or forfeit their right to do so. He was hopeful a settlement could be worked out. It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether the lawsuit would delay construction of the Congaree River bridge. Transportation department spokesman Pete Poore declined comment on the lawsuit, which also targets the Federal Highway Administration. A highway administration spokeswoman also declined comment. Wednesday’s suit says the DOT and highway administration ignored concerns by other government agencies about the project and failed to conduct an environmental impact statement, a detailed study of the project’s effects on the landscape. It asks a federal court to stop additional work to complete the project until more detailed environmental studies can be done. The lawsuit against the Congaree River bridge project follows a suit by environmentalists Tuesday challenging the need for a bridge across Lake Marion near the Upper Santee Swamp. That project is just a few miles away from the Congaree project. But unlike the Lake Marion bridge, conservationists don’t question the need for the Congaree bridge, only how the project is to be built. In addition to being sued over its Congaree River bridge plan, the DOT also faces scrutiny this morning from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board. The transportation agency needs permits from DHEC to launch construction of the bridge, but environmental groups have challenged the permits. The DHEC board will hear more about the need for the bridge today, but has until next month to make a decision, agency spokesman Thom Berry said. “They will have 28 days in which to hand down their decision,’’ Berry said. Reach Fretwell at (803) 771-8537.  [ send green star]

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Don't Let Big Oil Kill Off Polar Bears
With elections heating up, Big Oil is desperate to get a bill passed to drill in the Arctic Refuge.

Polar bears can't afford new drilling in the Arctic Refuge, their most important onshore denning habitat:
  • Habitat loss is already causing some polar bears to drown.
  • Industrial chemicals have polluted their food supply, weakening their immune systems and causing deformities.
  • Increased drilling, road building, and other activities that come with expanded drilling could force mother bears to abandon their dens, leaving cubs to die.

    Please donate now to help protect the Arctic Refuge.
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     September 13, 2006 10:40 PM

    Hello to you from Mags D XOXOXOX.Have you ever thought about what you – and the millions of other tourists who travel abroad every year – are really bringing back with you from your holidays?
    Steve Leonard, TV Vet, Wildlife Presenter and IFAW supporter. © Adam Chapman                                     Sign the Think Twice Pledge    [ send green star]
    No more Polar Bears for TROPICAL Singapore Zoo !!!! YAY !!!!! September 09, 2006 10:30 PM


    No more Polar Bears for tropical Singapore Zoo 
    SINGAPORE: September 8, 2006 SINGAPORE - The Singapore Zoo is looking for a new home for its male polar bear and will no longer bring animals from the North or South Poles to tropical Singapore, an official said. Zoo director Fanny Lai told Reuters on Thursday that Inuka, a 16-year-old polar bear born in Singapore Zoo, will be moved to a zoo in a temperate climate and that Singapore has told the Rostock Zoo in Germany -- which keeps track of all captive polar bears in the world -- that Inuka is available for transfer. She denied the planned move was in response to a local animal rights group's campaign "What's a Polar Bear Doing in The Tropics?", adding that the Singapore zoo had decided to focus on being a rainforest zoo. "You can't keep an Arctic animal in an open-air enclosure in the tropics," Animal Concerns Research and Education Society president Louis Ng told Reuters. The zoo said the bears have an air-conditioned den and misting fans. Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, will only be moved after the death of his 29-year-old mother Sheba, who will not be moved because she is too old. Polar bears in captivity have an average life span of 25 years.

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     September 08, 2006 2:05 AM

    Save Endangered Oregon Wolves
    Just as endangered wolves are beginning to return to Oregon, state officials have asked for permission to begin killing them.

    Speak up for wolves! Fill out the form below to send a fax to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging them to reject Oregon’s request. Your comments must be received on or by Monday, September 11th, so please take action now
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    SOL RUNS OUT 09/30/06 ! TELL CONGRESS OUR SAFETY IS NO 1 PRIORITY ! September 07, 2006 11:05 PM

    Bioterrorism Before Elections
    Sponsor: Trust for America's Health Soon after the tragedy of 9/11, Congress passed legislation to upgrade the nation’s capacity to respond to acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. The statute's authorization is set to expire on September 30th.

    New legislation pending before Congress would shore up emergency preparedness measures and improve public health capabilities at the state and local level. Passing this bill is vital to the nation's homeland security and the nation's health. Congress's failure to act would put all of us at risk.

    While considerable progress has been achieved in improving America's health emergency preparedness, the nation is still not adequately prepared to respond to the health threats posed by diseases, disasters and bioterrorism. And while there is no way to be 100 percent prepared, there are still basic achievable levels of preparedness the nation has yet to meet. Americans deserve better.

    Tell Congress to pass this essential legislation before they leave Washington to campaign for the November elections. More about this petition »  [ send green star]
     September 07, 2006 7:16 AM

    Capital campaign for albatrosses

     Tony Martin

    Wandering Albatrosses have a 3 metre wingspan and can live to more than 60


    The RSPB, the BirdLife Partner in the UK, is launching a multi-media advertising campaign to raise the plight of albatrosses and increase RSPB membership under the banner Once extinct, you can only imagine.

    19 of the world’s 21 species of albatross are threatened with extinction, mainly because of the unsustainable numbers killed by longline fishing activites.

    “Few people realise just how active the RSPB is as a conservation charity, both in the UK and around the world, says Jonathan Wright, RSPB Brand Marketing Manager.

    “We need to change minds to help save the albatross.” —Jonathan Wright, RSPB Marketing Manager

    Chris Arnold, Executive Creative Director at BLAC, the agency running the campaign added: “We asked schoolchildren what they thought an albatross was, what it ate, looked and sounded like. The answers we got were highly imaginative. The trouble is, if we don’t act to save these majestic birds, our children will never see a real one and can only imagine. What started out as research turned into a powerful creative idea.”

    Running in and around the UK’s capital, London, the campaign uses the latest advertising technology, including bluecasting, and targets children and urban charity supporters.

    "Once extinct, you can only imagine" features a series of eye-opening and imaginative interviews with children, and includes posters, press, TV commercials, direct mail and door drop literature. Short commercials will also appear on transvision screens in key London stations—the first time a charity has used bluecasting—and work by renowned artist Quentin Blake will also feature.

    A website, which aims to collect 100,000 signatures—one for every albatross needlessly killed on a longline each year—has been established at


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     September 07, 2006 6:52 AM


    Your comments are needed on a proposal by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to obtain a permit from the federal government to kill fully endangered wolves. While ODFW's intended use of the permit is to kill only those wolves that have killed livestock, the permit ODFW wishes to obtain was not intended for this purpose. ODFW has submitted an application to the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW, and it is that federal agency that is now seeking public comments on whether the permit should be granted. Your comments should therefore be directed to USFWS (not ODFW)

    A public comment period is now underway, with comments due September 11th. The public comment period has already been open for a few weeks, but we wanted to better evaluate ODFW's proposal in the context of similar actions in other states and in light of a very recent federal court decision on this issue, before sending you this alert and assessment.



    On the heels of the above alert, comes additional news that could impact the potential for wolf recovery in Oregon and Washington and Utah.

    We've just learned the US Fish and Wildlife Service will soon issue a proposal to remove federal protections for wolves in Montana, Idaho, and portions of Oregon, Washington and Utah. (They filed an advanced proposal earlier this spring and will now be issuing a formal proposal in the near future.)

    The proposal would remove federal protections in this region even though the state of Wyoming has not yet come up with an acceptable wolf conservation plan, and even though the federal government has said all along they could not remove federal protections in the three northern Rockies States of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming until ALL had reached recovery goals and ALL had acceptable wolf plans.

    If Idaho loses federal protections, the state intends to reduce the packs in its state from the 59 packs it currently has down to the 10-15 pack minimum set by the federal government for that state. This would be a horrendous blow for Idaho's wolf population and for recovery efforts over the past decade. And if Idaho's pack numbers become so greatly reduced, the chances of Idaho wolves dispersing into and recolonizing Oregon or Washington or Utah are unlikely.

    Please go to the link in the WHAT YOU CAN DO section of this page to participate in a poll that's taking place right now by a major Idaho newspaper. The poll will not decide federal policy but it will help inform the media about how citizens feel on this issue. Please take the poll and indicate you OPPOSE delisting before Wyoming has an approved wolf plan.


    In your Comment letter you must refer to either "Oregon Wolf Permit Analysis" or to "Permit No. TE-122636". Please send written comments by mail or fax only to the USFWS at the following address or fax number:

    By Mail:
    Chief, Endangered Species Issues, Ecological Services
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    911 N.E. 11th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97232-4181

    By Fax:
    (503) 231-6243




    Please use the below talking points for guidance only. You MUST write your comments in your own words and you must convey to the USFWS your personal viewpoint on whether the USFWS should grant ODFW a 10(a)(1)(A) permit. If you simply lift this language and insert it into your letter, the USFWS will view your letter more or less as a form letter. Please take the time to write in your own words:

    - The 10(a)(1)(A) permit is not intended under the law to be used to kill fully endangered animals for causing livestock depredations. This permit is intended to "enhance the conservation of the species".

    - Oregon does not yet even have a wolf population and it is not appropriate to start issuing permits to kill the first recolonizing wolves.

    - The Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan contains many tools short of lethal control to address situations where wolves are coming into conflict with livestock – it is in the interests of the state and of wolf conservation to emphasize these tools.

    Thank you all for your continued support of wolf recovery for the Pacific west – your comments on these federal notices really DO count. It is critical that we continue to create a record to the USFWS that folks in the Pacific west believe the USFWS has a duty to protect and continue to recover wolves in this region.

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     September 07, 2006 6:01 AM

    Protect Endangered Condors from Lead Poisoning

    The California condor is one of the world's most endangered species, with just over 125 condors currently in the wild. Lead poisoning from ingesting lead ammunition in carcasses is a severe threat to California condors and also kills bald and golden eagles. Lead poisoning has caused nine confirmed condor deaths since 1997 and is implicated in the death or disappearance of at least 15 other condors in southern California alone. Scores more condors have required life-saving emergency blood treatment involving intrusive chemical therapy after ingesting lead.

    Lead bullets are prevalent throughout condor territory, and there is overwhelming evidence that lead exposure comes from ammunition fragments in carcasses the condors feed upon. Condors and other scavenging birds such as eagles are extremely vulnerable to lead and will continue to die of lead poisoning until and unless state and federal agencies take action. Condor experts, toxicologists, and fish and game managers agree that without controlling the presence of lead bullets in condor habitat, the condor faces an extremely difficult road to recovery.

    In December 2004, a coalition of conservation groups, Native Americans and hunters petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to change hunting regulations to protect condors from lead poisoning, but the Commission refused to act. Non-toxic lead-free bullets are already available that perform as well as or better than lead bullets for hunting big game. At least a dozen non-lead shot types are approved by the Fish and Wildlife Service for waterfowl hunting and could be used for hunting upland birds and other game.

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    PROTECT MILLIONS OF WILDLIFE BEFORE 09/27/06 !!! September 07, 2006 2:37 AM

    We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
    Protect millions of wildlife before Sept. 27 – we need you!
    Target: U.S. Dept of the Interior
    Sponsor: See Full Petition
  • Email this Petition
  • As soon as September 27, a very special wild place could be sold to the oil and gas industry – unless we act now!

    One of the most important wetland complexes in the Arctic, the Teshekpuk Lake region is essential habitat for millions of birds and tens of thousands of caribou. It is also a stunning sweep of landscape, remarkable even in Alaska where a grand scale is the only scale.

    Together, we can get the Interior Department to do the only sensible thing: cancel the September 27 sale of this precious public land.

    The sale is imminent! Act quickly before it's too late! Sign this petition to stop the sale of the Teshekpuk Lake region.
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    PRINCESSES PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! September 07, 2006 2:28 AM

    We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:

    Target: Major General Don T. Riley, Directory of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Sponsor: See Full Petition
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  • Save the Bald Eagles, migratory birds, turtles and other wildlife of the Magurrewock Wetlands from destruction! Don't allow special intrest groups to build a 4-lane highway through the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge!
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     September 06, 2006 4:22 PM

    Help save the grizzlies in Montana - sign the letter at the URL below, then C/P and Forward. These beautiful animals have a right to exist in peace. You are all the best! Love and hugs, Jennie B.
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    PLEDGE NOT TO BUY WILDLIFE SOUVENIRS !!! September 05, 2006 9:50 PM

    Have you ever thought about what you—and the millions of other tourists who travel abroad every year—are really bringing back with you from your vacation?

    I’m writing on behalf of IFAW to alert you to one of the most serious problems threatening wildlife today—a problem you might have even participated in without knowing it.

    Each year, customs officers seize thousands of wildlife items from travelers, many of them tourist souvenirs made from endangered or threatened species. Examples include elephant ivory carvings and jewelry, tortoise and turtle shell accessories, big cat skins, reptile skin handbags, belts and shoes, porcupine quill coasters and lampshades, coral and shells, and many more.

    Sadly, many tourists buying souvenirs made from wildlife have no idea that they have done anything wrong, often because these items are sold openly in resorts, airports, shops and markets—masking the bloody truth behind the wildlife trinkets being sold.

    Please Join Me in Signing the Pledge to “Think Twice”: Don’t Buy Wildlife Souvenirs

    It is often illegal to bring wildlife souvenirs home with you, particularly those made from the most threatened species such as elephants and marine turtles. Other wildlife such as porcupines and sharks, although not prohibited from international trade, are often cruelly and widely hunted to make a necklace, coaster or picture frame: ironically to remind people of their wonderful wildlife experience.

    A recent investigation by IFAW in South Africa—a popular holiday destination—demonstrates the extent of the problem. IFAW researchers discovered a thriving trade in wildlife souvenirs, including ivory carvings, porcupine quills and sharks’ teeth, many of which are being sold illegally to tourists.

    What else can you do?

    Spend your money wisely on your vacation by buying alternative mementos that directly benefit local people of the areas you visit, such as non-animal handicrafts, instead of items that harm the wildlife you are there to see.

    Please also help IFAW spread the word to others—advise your friends and family to “Think Twice” when on their vacations, and then call your local travel agents and ask them to do the same. (Travel agents can click here to request materials from IFAW.

    If you don’t buy—they won’t die!

    Yours sincerely,
    Arnold Vosloo

    P.S. To learn more about how wildlife souvenirs that threaten endangered animals are ending up in the living rooms of unsuspecting travelers, visit

     Arnold Vosloo, actor and IFAW supporter.Sign the Think Twice Pledge

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     September 03, 2006 1:17 PM

    Protect millions of wildlife before Sept. 27 – we need you!

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    • Signatures: 8,378
    • Goal: 30,000
    • Deadline: Ongoing...

    "The Fur Products Labeling Act requires that any garment made of fur list the type of animals used and the country in which the animals were killed. However, a loophole in the law exempts garments made with up to $150 worth of fur from being labeled.

    This is bad news for consumers because without proper labeling, they don't know whether a product contains real fur or faux fur – particularly when today's processing techniques can make it nearly impossible for a person to tell the difference.

    And it’s not just scraps—animals are killed specifically for fur trim, which is commonly exempt under the loophole. What’s more, with rabbit pelts valued at as little as $5, an unlabeled garment can easily contain fur from multiple animals.

    U.S. Representatives Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 4904, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2006, which would close this loophole. This bill would also be an added layer of protection against any illegal dog and cat fur coming into the country as trim on unlabeled garments.

    Help give consumers the right to make informed choices about whether or not to wear fur. Join the Humane Society of the United States in urging your representatives to co-sponsor the Truth in Fur Labeling Act!"
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    Action alert: the woodland caribou needs our help September 03, 2006 3:50 AM

    Ontario delays further action on caribou

    Tell the Ontario government that time is running out for woodland caribou!

    The Ontario government is deciding on a strategy for the future of woodland caribou. All the while, it promotes industrial activities in critical caribou habitat and delays taking the necessary steps to protect this species.

    Take action now! Urge Premier McGuinty to take immediate steps to protect the intact boreal forests that caribou rely upon to survive and thrive.

    Take Action Now!

    Send a letter to the Ontario government

    Find out more about woodland caribou

    Read a Toronto Star article on the threat to Ontario's caribou

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     September 02, 2006 10:21 PM

    Stop Forest Service from making it easier to kill carnivores in the wild

    The U.S. Forest Service wants to make it easier to kill wolves, bears, cougars and other carnivores in federally designated wilderness areas -- America's most wild and remote places. Worse, the proposal would relax restrictions on using aerial gunning, motorized vehicles and cyanide guns to kill these magnificent creatures.

    Take action now. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw this invasive proposal.
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     September 02, 2006 10:10 PM

    Please help... forward this to everyone on your list. We need 100 more signatures by next week!

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     September 02, 2006 4:30 PM

    Subject: Due 9/7: Oppose Wildlife Slaughter On Public Forest Land

    Your comments are crucial as well. The
    Forest Service must be made aware that we, along with the world, will not
    permit this to happen.

    8/27/06--Due 9/7: Oppose Wildlife Slaughter On Public Forest Land

    Melissa Gonzalez <>
    Stop the U.S. Forest Service's Deadly Predator Control Program
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE / Forest Service / RIN 0596-AC22
    Predator Damage Management in Wilderness Areas
    ACTION: Notice of proposed directives; request for comment. 
    Feel free to use portions of our letter, but please add some original
    thoughts. Hundreds of identical letters may lessen the impact.

    Forest Service, USDA
    Attn: Director, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Resources
    201 14th Street, SW.
    Washington, DC 20250
    fax: 202-205-1145; email:

    RE: FR Doc. E6-8839, on pages 32915-32918, concerning predator damage
    management in wilderness areas for a public comment period.

    Thank you for accepting public comments regarding new directives for
    Predator Damage Management in Wilderness Areas. Please register my firm
    opposition to the government-sanctioned slaughter of wolves, bears, coyotes,
    cougars, bobcats and mountain lions in regions preserved under the
    Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.

    In the U.S. Forest Service (USF draft, predators who come in contact with
    livestock grazing on Wilderness and other federally assigned Wild and Scenic
    areas may be poisoned, trapped, or gunned down from all-terrain vehicles and
    aircraft. I do not want my tax dollars spent on fatal toxins, snares,
    leghold traps and aerial shooting programs. Grazing sheep, cows, or other
    livestock do not belong in Wilderness or Wild and Scenic zones in the first

    The public objects to the arbitrary extermination of wildlife on national
    forest land. Animals are supposed to exist without human endangerment in
    these protected territories. The private livestock industry poses a threat
    to wild animals if the best "solution" is to kill them. Ranchers ought to
    relocate outside designated Wilderness or Wild and Scenic areas. At the very
    least, they need to responsibly employ nonlethal barriers such as guard
    animals, fencing, carcass removal, non-lethal repellents or scare devices.
    These methods, in conjunction with animal husbandry techniques, have proven
    more capable than kill tactics in decreasing livestock damages.

    Predators, a critical part of any ecosystem, balance wildlife populations
    and inhibit an overabundance of herbivores and habitat degradation. In
    addition, extensive killing may have a reverse effect. Predators offset the
    decline by reproducing more swiftly and soon rebound to pre-slaughter or
    higher numbers.

    Please uphold the intent of the Wilderness Act of 1964 to conserve pristine
    regions and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to sustain biodiversity in
    riparian habitats. The tax-subsidized killing of wildlife is a national
    disgrace. I strongly encourage the USFS to defend public lands and retract
    its proposal.
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    DON"T FORGET THIS ONE! September 02, 2006 4:29 PM

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     September 02, 2006 4:17 PM

    "Stop Indiana's Canned Hunts!" petition

    Please help by signing ~ cross posting ~ sending the link on to friends and family members! 
    China will let tourists HUNT ENDANGERED SPECIES!

    No Coal Mine Proposal at Billangrove, Awaba, Lake Macquarie To Save Koalas

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    DON'T LET IDAHO KILL ENDANGERED WOLVES !!! August 29, 2006 10:44 AM

    "We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
    Don't Let Idaho Kill Endangered Wolves
    Target: Fish and Wildlife Service
    Sponsor: See Full Petition
  • Email this Petition
  • Hundreds of wolves are at risk in Idaho, where in 2001 legislators passed a measure calling for the elimination of wolves "by any means necessary." The State has recently asked for permission to kill up to 75% of the wolves within the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest and in an area where they are now protected as an endangered species. And, they want to repeat the slaughter in the Lolo District every year for the next five years.

    Most unsettling is that Idaho would like to kill 3 out of 4 wolves regardless of the wolves' history of interaction with humans and livestock. That means that wolves that have never done anything to harm livestock or people could be killed.

    Once hunted, trapped and poisoned to extinction in Idaho, wolves have made a remarkable recovery. An estimated 512 wolves, including 36 breeding packs, are a critical part of Idaho's ecosystems. And, contrary to anti-wolf extremists' claims, the wolves are not a significant threat to livestock or game populations.

    Help us stop anti-wolf extremists and save the wolves – Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to deny Idaho's request to kill wolves."
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     August 29, 2006 9:25 AM

    Signed~!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     August 29, 2006 9:06 AM


    The Breaking Point
    It is a common practice at training facilities to introduce young chimpanzees to their new jobs and masters by conducting what the industry calls "breaking the spirit." Normal, healthy young chimpanzees are naturally playful, curious, energetic, and mischievous, but these traits don't make them good "actors." So they are subject to repeated episodes of beating and other painful acts of cruelty. Sarah Baeckler, a chimpanzee expert who volunteered at Malibu's Amazing Animal Actors training compound, expressed horror over the needless violence she witnessed every day. "The trainers physically abuse the chimpanzees for various reasons, but often for no reason at all," she said. "If the chimpanzees try to run away from a trainer, they are beaten. If they bite someone, they are beaten. If they don't pay attention, they are beaten. Sometimes they are beaten without any provocation or for things that are completely out of their control ๏ฟฝ I was specifically instructed to hit or kick them at the first sign of any aggression or misbehavior."
    Cruel Intentions
    Animal trainers will use any means necessary to force their victims to perform. Punching and kicking are everyday occurrences, and serious beatings aren't given a second thought. A volunteer at Amazing Animal Actors, one of the five major chimpanzee training facilities that supplies Hollywood, heard trainers say these horrible things about the chimpanzees being held there:

    - "Hit them hard enough that they know you mean business but not so hard that you do permanent damage."

    - "Aim for her head because it's really sturdy."

    - "Kick her in the face as hard as you can. You can't hurt her."

    - "If you need to hit her, use this [referring to the handle end of the hammer]."

    - "Don't be afraid to just hit her."

    The trainers' actions were even crueler than their words. The volunteer talked about witnessing these abusive events:

    - "The trainer demonstrated for me: she made a fist and punched Sable in the head with her right hand, just above her left eye. Sable screamed and jumped tighter into my arms, no longer squirming. The trainer had to wave her hand like this to shake off the pain--she had hit Sable that hard."

    - "I witnessed trainers punching her in the back, kicking her in the head, and throwing objects at her including a rock, a mallet, and a sawed-off broom handle."

    - "I saw a volunteer ask the compound director how to get Cody to stand up, and the director grabbed Cody's ear and forced him to stand by pulling his ear sharply until Cody screamed in pain."

    - "The director grabbed Cody by his lower lip, pulled him forward, and then pushed him down until he was lying on his back. Again, Cody screamed and whimpered in response. I saw volunteers and trainers hit Cody on the head with a lock, take a full windup and punch him in the back, kick him in the head, and hit him with a blunt instrument known as 'the ugly stick.'"

    - "I watched as the compound director started punching Apollo repeatedly with all his strength, throwing his whole body into each punch."

    - "A trainer punched Apollo in the face and then pinned him against the fence with his knee."

    - "The director hit Apollo three times with a broom handle, first winding up and hitting him with something akin to a baseball swing, and then whacking Apollo twice at close range and really hard."

    "Abuse and physical violence are seemingly commonplace in this industry, and it's not even a secret," the volunteer said. "In fact, it's taught in a training school that is currently producing many future animal trainers and zoo workers."

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     August 29, 2006 8:33 AM

    Our polar bears - and their cubs - are in big trouble. Scientists say that global warming is pushing them to the very brink of extinction. Now, as if that's not bad enough, President Bush continues to push for harmful drilling in one of the places most important to denning polar bears - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Studies show that the noise from oil exploration and drilling can disturb and frighten denning mother polar bears, causing mother bears to abandon their dens and leaving their cubs to die.

    According to a recent study, global warming could push polar bears to extinction within 25 years. Ironically, oil from the Arctic Refuge would not even begin to affect the price of a gallon of gasoline for at least 20 years after the Refuge is first drilled. Even then, it would lower gas prices by only about a penny per gallon.

    Making sure our polar bears are around for our children is worth more than a penny a gallon.

    President Bush may not listen to the American public's opposition to drilling, but maybe he'll listen to his wife. As an educator and a mother, Laura Bush should understand the devastating impact of oil drilling on polar bear mothers and their cubs.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     August 29, 2006 6:11 AM

    Ontario delays further action on caribou

    Tell the Ontario government that time is running out for woodland caribou!

    The Ontario government is deciding on a strategy for the future of woodland caribou. All the while, it promotes industrial activities in critical caribou habitat and delays taking the necessary steps to protect this species.

    Take action now! Urge Premier McGuinty to take immediate steps to protect the intact boreal forests that caribou rely upon to survive and thrive.

    Take Action Now!

    Send a letter to the Ontario government

    Find out more about woodland caribou

    Read a Toronto Star article on the threat to Ontario's caribou

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     August 29, 2006 4:15 AM

    The Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California has been keeping Bill, the chimpanzee, in solitary confinement for years. He is imprisoned in a tiny cement cell and the City of Eureka refuses to let him go to a sanctuary where he can be with other chimpanzees and run on grass and swing on trees. Please demand the Eureka City Council to do the right and humane thing and let Bill go to a chimpanzee sanctuary where he can enjoy life. He must not be allowed to continue to languish in and eventually die a lonely death in his cell.

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     August 29, 2006 3:07 AM

    Stop China auctioning off licenses to HUNT ENDANGERED SPECIES!
    Many animals could become EXTINCT! Sign this now, and you can help. One person can make a BIG difference.
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     August 28, 2006 11:35 AM

    Make hunting of wild animals illegal!
    Every year hundreds of thousands of animals are clubbed, killed, and used for their skins and fur.
    Noone would like it if their hair or skin was used for the satisfaction of others, then why do it to animals?!
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     August 28, 2006 10:25 AM

     Stop Indiana's Canned Hunts!
    Kyle Hupfer is the Director of the Indiana Dept of Natural Resources. Last year (2005) a decision was made that no more hunting was to take place of white tailed deer and other animals behind high fences (Canned Hunts) in Indiana.
    The Dept of Natural Resources passed emergency and permanent rules and the Governor and Attorney General signed off. Indiana State Legislature did not intervene.
    But this year, Kyle Hupfer has changed his mind and his words about hunting ethics and fair chase. Hupfer is near a settlement with a handful of Shooting Preserves ( Canned Hunts) owners that allows the activity to continue for at least another 10 years. He says that new Shooting Preserves will not be allowed to start up. He thinks that "this is the time to be reasonable, be fair"

    Where is the fairness for the animals shot to death in Indiana's Canned Hunts?
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    Thanks Elle, Please Double check everyone!! August 27, 2006 11:54 AM

    Hi All,

    This is an emergency!!!  There are two horse slaughter bills and BOTH must pass to end horse slaughter. The bills are:

    HR 503 (the House of Representatives version). You can find out who has co-sponsored this bill in the house here:

    If your one Representative has not co-sponsored the bill, then please call and fax them. I will provide a link at the end for contacting the reps and the Senators in their district offices so you don't have to make long distance calls.

    The Senate bill is S. 1915:

    There are only 21 co-sponsors for this bill - we need 51 Senators to co-sponsor this bill to get it passed. Please check to see if your two Senators have co-sponsored, and if both have not, please call their district offices and also fax them.

    Here is where you get the Congressional Contact info:

    First you click on your state, and when you get the names of your Senators and Representatives, click on their names to get the district office contact numbers including phone and fax numbers.

    Congess is on vacation, however, their aides are working. So, please check to see if your Representative and 2 Senators have co-sponsored their respective bills. You have to be nice to the aides because a lot of them have no idea what is going on, and all you have to do is tell them that you want your one rep and 2 Senators to co-sponsor the bills. Ask for a letter from them documenting your call.

    HR 503 will be voted on in the House on September 7, 2006. It is vital that we get more co-sponsors for that as soon as possible, and also for the Senate because there are so few.

    Thanks everyone!!!

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     August 27, 2006 11:42 AM

    Cross Posted from Race for the Big Cats - thank you Eric for the original posting:

    Amur Leopards- Doomed? 
    A thread in another group (Shadows and light leopards) informed the members that a pipeline was stopped. This pipeline threatened the last populaton of Amur leopards living in the wild. That population numbers 30-50 individuals.

    Many organizations, private breeders, and people, helped make this a reality. We should all be thankful that people care. The care2 community also helped, I am sure.

    There is also an effort to save this species, through captive breeding. I volunteer at a place that has had more successful births than any other facility in North America, which may sound boastful, yet I find it a very sad statistic.

    Why? Because we are a very small facility. We are community supported, and volunteer staffed. We do not have any government funding, or a parent company to pay the bills. We are  The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound - Feline Conservation Center.

    30-50 wild Amur leopards left. Protecting them in the "wild" has obviously not worked in the past, and although I am happy to hear about the pipeline being stopped, it means little, if you observe the past, to see the future.

    European zoos and private owners are also working toward saving this species, by breeding them in captivity. It can happen, if these people are allowed to do what they do, and are not required to continually fight people and orginizations that feel all animals should only live in the wild. That will condemn this species, as well as others, to extinction.

    The 5 year plan to reintroduce this species to the wild has been shelved, do to no suitable territory being secured. It is simply not safe enough. I fear it never will be, but that fight still is being waged, and I like everyone, hope that will happen some day. It can only happen if we have the leopards.

    Our facility sells Amur Leopard T-Shirts to aid the wild effort, please buy one - All money generated goes directly to aiding the wild effort. Or go to

    Two of our Amur leopards, which are a great (Genetically speaking) breeding pair, were slated to go to a zoo in Quebec. The oldest zoo in Canada. Sadly for the breeding program, that zoo has closed. Finding quality orginizations for these animals has always been difficult. From what I could tell the Quebec zoo was very well funded, spending millions of dollars to renovate exhibits in past years. Now, they are gone. Will the Amur leopard follow?

    Dimitri - born 3 January 2006
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     August 27, 2006 11:40 AM

    Help put an end to British Horse Slaughter!"



    Help put an end to British Horse Slaughter!"

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     August 27, 2006 11:35 AM

    Please help the Elephants!!

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     August 27, 2006 6:23 AM

    Ban Canned Hunting in Lousiana


    Please stop lions from being killed in canned Hunts


    Crack down on Canned Hunts


    Protect Big Cats – End Internet Canned Hunts


    Federal-Petition to Prohibit Canned Hunts and Impose penalties for violations.


    Ban canned lion hunting.


    Save Frida, a lion cub from canned hunts.


    Ban canned hunting. Slaughtering our animals.

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     August 26, 2006 4:43 PM

    Don’t Let Idaho Kill Endangered Wolves!

    Hundreds of wolves are at risk in Idaho, where in 2001 legislators passed a measure calling for the elimination of wolves “by any means necessary.” The State has recently asked for permission to kill up to 75% of the wolves within the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest. And, they want to repeat the slaughter in the Lolo District every year for the next five years.

    Help save the wolves – Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to DENY Idaho’s request to kill these wolves.
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     August 26, 2006 4:41 AM

    Pennsylvania is once again gearing up for the "Bobcat season" and will be issuing licenses for hunters to kill Bobcats. There are only estimated to be 3,500 Bobcats in the entire state.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     August 23, 2006 8:58 AM

    It has been  signed by me...most definetely!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     August 23, 2006 6:27 AM

    Iain has received 64 new, 781 total stars from Care2 membersIain has been awarded 232 butterflies for taking action at Care2Iain has 2 Golden Notes. Iain C.

    Sumatran Tiger murdered, please sign my petition!

    Please take a couple of minutes to read and sign my petition about Enshala the Sumatran tiger who was shot 4 times with a 12 gauge shotgun by Lex Salisbury the CEO of Lowry Park Zoo. This killing was totally unnecessary. Please support me! 

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     August 23, 2006 4:08 AM

    Stop Fueling ExxonMobil's Anti-Wildlife Agenda

    It’s time to hold ExxonMobil responsible for putting corporate profits over protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Join Defenders of Wildlife in urging ExxonMobil to clean up its act.

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     August 22, 2006 3:00 AM

    If you can not read this message for any reason, you can view it online now...

    Wolf in Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, FWSYour Representative can be an effective voice for our National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Write your Representative today and tell him or her to join the Wildlife Refuge Caucus!

    Take Action small red button

    Multiply your impact -- forward this message on to friends and family!

    Dear moonsiong,

    For over a century, Wildlife Refuges have been a haven for our most cherished animals, providing essential habitat for hundreds of imperiled creatures. From grizzlies to gnatcatchers, gray wolves to blue-tailed mole skinks, America’s wildlife needs our National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Unfortunately, our refuges are in trouble. Severe budget cuts have seriously threatened these wild lands and the wildlife that lives there. In the northeast alone, nearly seven refuges will be closed in the next year due to inadequate funding -- and other regions of the country will soon follow.

    You can make a difference for our beleaguered Refuge System.

    Write your Representative today -- urge him or her to become a founding member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.

    Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ), along with Reps. Michael Castle (R-DE) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), are leading the way to strengthen our refuges by launching the first-ever Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus -- a group of lawmakers that will be champions for our National Wildlife Refuges.

    The more members the caucus has, the more successful it can be at protecting our nation’s natural legacy.

    Urge your Representative to sign on to support our National Wildlife Refuge System -- tell him or her to become a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus!

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    Jasmine's Wildlife Forum-2 August 20, 2006 2:59 PM

    Welcome to Jasmine's Wildlife Forum!

    Jasmine, the spicy princess that claimed Aladdin's heart, also claimed the heart of her wildlife companions, Raja the tiger, the little monkey and the parrot who was at one time the sidekick of the villain.
    There is alot to be learned from observing these amazing instinctive animals and we should do our best to protect and preserve their legacy.
    During the Roman times, these animals were severly abused, used in sport just as humans were. I would like to believe that humanity has evolved a long way from such barbaric ways. True, we do not pin a lion against a giraffe in the colessium, but we have elephants in circuses, and Japenese bears used for the amusement of the local population. But what would happen if everyone lost interest, or everyone came to their senses and out and out boycotted and protested against it? Those abusers would have to find a real job to support themselves, that excludes hurting living breathing things.
    Place all of the alerts, articles, petitions, sites, etc. in Jasmine's Forum.
    Hugs, Ami

    please note that there are many causes still in need in the first thread! Please Double check!!
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