Al Gore knows it. The polar bears know it. All the world knows--Global Warming is happening. Now that we've come to grips with it, everyone is doing their part. Everyone, that is, except the EPA. In fact, instead of working to curb global warming and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants, EPA is trying to make it easier for them to set up shop near our national parks. EPA's proposed rule would invite coal-fired power plants to emit more pollution into our national parks and other treasured places. Take a minute to tell the EPA just what you think about this proposed rule. Take action!
Docket ID #EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0888/Pollution in national parks
Dear Administrator Johnson,
(Edit Letter Below)
I am writing in regards to the proposed change to rules regarding air pollution in Class I areas. I was very disappointed to hear that the EPA is proposing a change that would give coal-fired power plants and other polluters the green light to increase emissions in national parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas that have Class I protection.
In 1977, Congress amended the Clean Air Act to provide certain lands with the greatest level of clean air protection, realizing the importance of keeping these areas free of significant air pollution. Unfortunately, these proposed rules would be in direct conflict with the law. They would allow companies to submit inaccurate estimates of existing pollution in order to justify new pollution. The result would be more power plants emitting more pollution into Class I areas.
I urge you NOT to adopt this proposed rule. It would be in direct violation of the Clean Air Act, and more importantly it could have devastating effects on natural resources for generations to come. Thank you for your time.
Please send an email to Kyle Hupfer at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Please be polite, but firm. Request that he stand by his decision to end canned hunting in Indiana. We can't afford for him to waver.
Read it (one page) to get a better sense for his own desire to promote conservation in Indiana, and when you write him, try to appeal to that.
Remember, he is a person just like you and me. Think about how you like to be asked to do things. Let's try to be mindful of how we can communicate most effectively to achieve the best outcome for the animals we all love.
Join Rally and National Call-In Day for Horses on Tues and Weds, Sept. 5 and 6 Urge House of Representatives to Pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (HR 503) is one of the most important animal welfare bills ever to reach Capital Hill. If HR 503 passes, the slaughter and international transport of live horses or horse flesh for human consumption would be banned in the U.S. This landmark legislation could save more than 90,000 wild and domestic horses from dying horrible deaths in slaughterhouses every year.
Polls indicate that the vast majority of Americans want the slaughter of horses for human consumption to end. Veterinary and equine rescue associations also stand strongly behind the measure because it will greatly reduce the suffering of these noble and intelligent animals. Animal advocates must speak out against this cruel and barbaric industry now as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the issue.
Inside sources indicate that the House may vote on HR 503 on Thursday, September 7th, 2006 -- less than a week from now. Horse slaughter industry lobbyists are working our elected officials for all they're worth to preserve their clients' privilege to profit from equine suffering and death. It is therefore crucial that animal advocates let U.S. leaders know that there is widespread support for a horse slaughter ban, and that the public puts horses' welfare above the greed of special interests. Here are several ways you can help:
- Join other animal advocates at a National Rally for Horses on the Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Advocates will meet at the 121 Cannon House Office Building on the cannon platform at the corner of Independence Avenue and New Jersey S.E..
- Call your Representative on the National Call-In Day for Horses on Wednesday, September 6th -- the day before the House is expected to vote on HR 503. Simply tell them to "please protect American horses from slaughter and support H.R. 503, the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act." Get your Representative's phone number.
Shandong reacts to rabies deaths with massive dog cull - August 2006
Authorities order the slaughter of thousands of dogs
We have had confirmation from our Chinese supporters living in Shandong Province that a brutal dog cull has begun in Jining. This is in response to 16 deaths from rabies in the last 8 months. Government officials announced plans to kill all dogs within a 5 mile radius of the recent rabies outbreaks, but have not disclosed how many dogs will be killed. Animals Asia has sent an urgent letter to the Shandong authorities (similar to the letter we sent to the Yunnan authorities last week), and is also requesting urgent meetings with the Central Government in Beijing - where we hope to bring together key Chinese animal welfare advocates to discuss what is needed from within to address the problems of rabies and stray dog control throughout China.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Send a Sample Letter to Government Departments listed below There is a Sample Letter at the end of this page. Please use it as a guide. Do feel free to add your own thoughts, however, please do be polite.
Email the Shandong Government The Shandong Government have an email system, however it is in Chinese. http://app.shandong.gov.cn Please follow these simple instructions - this will ensure that your letter reaches the authorities. 1st Row: Enter your name 2nd Row: Enter your email address 6th Row (red star next to it): Enter the subject 7th Row (red star next to it): Write your email Last Row: Type in the 4 letter code listed on the right of the row Then hit the Send button left of centre at the bottom of the page
Write to the Governor of Shandong Province Han Yuqun Governor of Shandong Province No.1 Shengfu, Qianjie Jining City, PRC 250011
Email the Chinese Embassy in your country It is always a good idea to let your opinion be known to the Chinese Embassy in your country. Local embassies tend to be sensitive to public opinion. You can locate the correct address for your country by visiting this website: Embassy addresses can be found at: www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/embassy_list.htm
Sample Letter to Chinese Authorities Protesting Shandong Dog Cull, August 2006 Dear Sir / Madam,
I am shocked and outraged to learn that the Jining authorities in Shandong Province are undertaking a brutal campaign to slaughter thousands of dogs. High volume killing campaigns have proven, time and time again, to be an ineffective measure to control populations of stray dogs and prevent rabies - and in fact, succeed only in creating an incredibly poor image for your government, both within China and internationally.
Innovative new solutions to the problems of rabies and stray dog control, such as cost-effective "Trap/Neuter/Release" and "Animal Birth Control" programmes are being adopted throughout the world, with statistically proven results: shelter intakes are down, 'nuisance' animals greatly reduced and most importantly - the incidences of rabies have dropped dramatically.
With just over 150 million pet dogs throughout China, pet ownership is booming and it is crucial for government authorities to recognise that dogs play an increasingly important role in today's society. There are already numerous humane solutions to ensure that dogs and people can co-exist peacefully and safely in the modern world - thus there is simply no excuse for the current brutal measures being taken against dogs and their devastated owners.
We implore you to immediately end your policy of culling dogs and to work in conjunction with animal groups to introduce public education initiatives to ensure that dogs are treated with the respect that they deserve.
According to the 8 May 2006 issue of the Los Angeles Times, six U.S. zoos, led by the San Diego Zoo, have shared a group of 33 monkeys imported from South Africa, which had in turn imported them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The zoos paid a South African dealer US $400,000 for the animals, over $12,000 per monkey.
The zoos admitted that the monkeys were all caught in the wild, but justified their purchase by claiming they are all “orphans” and were “leftovers” from the “illegal bush meat trade in Africa.” IPPL is opposed to all commercial trade in wildlife because we feel that one profitable completed deal will serve to encourage traders and open the way for more trade.
Therefore we immediately contacted wildlife authorities in the DRC, and were delighted to receive a reply agreeing with our denunciation of the commercial trade in monkeys.
On 16 May 2006 IPPL received a message from Pasteur Cosmos Wilungula Balongelwa, Director-General of the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN, Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature) to whom we had expressed our concern over the monkey export.
I received your e-mail and thank you for the interest that you show in support of conservation in my country. I am the person responsible for conservation in the RDC and I also condemn all the people who participate in this commerce in our fauna. I condemn also the zoos who engage in buying animals by illegal means....
ICCN makes this request to all of you, CITES, and other scientific personnel devoted to the cause of conservation, to kindly support our conservation efforts by denouncing such cases and identifying the persons and zoos that are participants in this commerce.
You know that the DRC has 2,345,000 square kilometers and has nine borders with foreign countries; hence it is not possible to cover all the territory of DRC in this post-conflict period. When the moment comes when we have conditions of peace and can mobilize financial resources, we will be capable of protecting our fauna and its wonderful treasures.
We encourage you to support us by strong lobbying so that our fauna, which is part of the world’s patrimony, is protected from abusive exploitation.
The Times stated that Karen Killmar, Associate Curator of Mammals at San Diego Zoo, defended the purchase by claiming that the man who offered her the monkeys,
was not a poacher, just a businessman who bought the monkeys in Congo in hopes of making a profit by selling them in more prosperous South Africa, where the sale of exotic pets is legal.
The monkeys were reportedly distributed as follows:
• San Diego Zoo, California, four Allen’s swamp monkeys and one De Brazza’s guenon;
• Wildlife World Zoo, Litchfield Park, Arizona, four black mangabeys and two Schmidt’s spot-nosed guenons;
• Denver Zoo, Colorado, two Wolf’s guenons and two De Brazza’s guenons;
• Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Florida, two Wolf’s guenons and four Schmidt’s spotnosed guenons;
• Houston Zoo, Texas, two Schmidt’s spot-nosed guenons, two Allen’s swamp monkeys and two De Brazza’s guenons; and
• San Antonio Zoo, Texas, two Wolf’s guenons and four black mangabeys
According to the Times,
Zoo officials debated the possibility that the move might encourage others in Africa to offer monkeys for sale. The decision was made to continue the transaction but to spread a cautionary word in animal circles.
Famous nature photographer Karl Amman took a different view. He commented,
The moment you buy primates—and they clearly were bought rather than confiscated—you create a market and a new dimension to the bushmeat trade. So rather then saving any primates from the bushmeat trade there is a high chance that you will condemn a wide range of additional primates to become victims of it.
If you then combine this with press statements whereby a half a million dollars has changed hands to get these monkeys to U.S. zoos, you have every crook in Kinshasa (and there are tons of them) deciding that this is a trade where they can easily make big bucks. I consider this transaction as being very, very irresponsible in the bushmeat and conservation context.
IPPL is seeking more information about the South African party/parties involved and the circumstances surrounding their acquisition of these monkeys. U.S import records identify “Bester’s Birds and Animals” as the South African exporter, but others may be involved. Michael Bester is a well-known animal trader and his web site (www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za) lists large numbers of mammals and birds for sale.
IPPL strongly supports Dr. Belongelwa’s plea for help in ending the monkey trade. IPPL plans to work with him to protect his nation’s monkeys.
How You Can Protest the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Monkey Trafficking
IPPL hopes that you will send letters encouraging the Democratic Republic of Congo to ban all monkey exports and expel all foreign animal dealers seeking to export monkeys from the country. Postage to the DRC from the United States costs 84 cents per ounce.
Dr. Anselme ENERUNGA Ministère de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature, Eaux et Forêts Avenue Papa ILEO (Ex-des Cliniques) No. 15 Kinshasa/Gombe B.P. 12348 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
His Excellency the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo 1800 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington DC 20009, USA
His Excellency the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo Embassy of Democratic Republic of Congo 281 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8QF, United Kingdom
If you’d like the American Zoo Association to know that you strongly object to any zoo purchasing primates caught in the wild, please contact:
Jim Maddy, Executive Director, American Zoo and Aquarium Association 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314, USA Phone: 301-562-0777 Fax: 301-562-0888
A Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare on the books with the United Nations could help countries gain the last bit of momentum they need to get better, stronger animal welfare laws passed and the courage to enforce existing laws meant to ensure humane treatment for all animals.
From U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays' website:
A 2003 Gallup poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans “support passing strict laws concerning the treatment of farm animals.” And a 2003 Zogby poll found that nearly 70 percent of Americans find it “unacceptable” that farm animals have no federal protection from abuse while on the farm, and nearly three quarters believe that farms ought to be “inspected by government inspectors to ensure that regulations to protect animals from cruelty are being followed.”
A clear majority of the American people want the abuse to stop! Let's roll up our sleeves and convert goodwill into good laws, backed by relentless enforcement and just penalties.
How bad is it? The numbers tell the scope of the suffering. But numbers, even words, fail to convey the screams, wailing, tears, horror, pain, agony, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and loss of dignity that each animal suffers as an individual.
The scale of suffering for animals in the world today is unprecedented.
1. Around 60 billion farm animals are used each year globally to produce meat, milk and eggs. The majority are raised in industrial farming systems where their welfare needs are not met.
2. Globally, there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted.
3. The illegal and often inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a soaring black market worth $10 billion a year, exceeded only by arms and drug smuggling. Millions of wild animals are killed, captured or traded inhumanely in this shady business.
4. An estimated 80% of power input on farms in developing countries is supplied by draught animals, however the resources made available are often woefully inadequate, leading to significant welfare issues.
5. Animals are also affected on a huge scale by natural disasters, though seldom considered.
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