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Apr 27, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Last year, Americans spent roughly $18 billion dollars on coffee—and virtually nothing to protect animals from some of the worst abuses imaginable. Is this who we are? Check out our brand new video to see why, at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, we believe that we are better than that—and we’re fighting every day to win the case against cruelty for our country’s animals. The fantastic song providing the soundtrack is “How We Operate,” courtesy of Gomez and ATO Records. Watch the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUgh_YFYeMc

Sign ALDF’s Animal Bill of Rights to let your Congresspersons know that you believe America’s animals deserve better. Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!

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Posted: Apr 27, 2010 2:38pm
Mar 10, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States

Change.org has launched their second annual Ideas for Change in America 2010‏ competition. Like last year, ALDF has submitted the Animal Bill of Rights as our idea and we need you to get on Change.org and vote! The top 10 most popular ideas will be announced at an event in Washington, DC in March and presented to relevant officials in the Obama Administration.

To vote, simply click on the box next to our idea “Provide Legal Protections for Animals Through the Animal Bill of Rights" here: http://tinyurl.com/5dy8bh

If you are not already a Change.org member & signed in, you will be prompted to submit your name and email address. Please make sure to check your email’s inbox for a message from Change.org to confirm your address and then vote! We made it into the 2nd round last year and we’re determined to reach the top 10 this year. Voting ends this Friday March 12th, so please vote today!

After you’ve voted on Change.org, please promote our idea by clicking on the Facebook icon under ‘Share this idea!’

Thank you for your support!

-ALDF

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Posted: Mar 10, 2010 4:36pm
Apr 7, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

21 Protected Birds Shot to Death

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(Collier County, Fla.) On February 17, 2009, Officer Dan Stermen of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) heard gunshots coming from a known nesting area for birds. He and Lt. Wayne Maahs observed people shooting the birds as they were coming home to roost. The officers actually witnessed birds falling to the ground. They arrested seven people, initially charging four with misdemeanor trespassing and charging three with felony trespassing with a firearm. They confiscated rifles, shotguns and pistols, and collected the bodies of 21 dead birds, who are protected by federal law and/or protected in Florida as “species of special concern,” including white ibises, blue herons, a tri-colored heron and a snowy egret. According to an FWC spokesperson, “One of the lieutenants involved in this said that in his 27 years in the job, he had never seen such callous treatment of wildlife. These people were just firing for fun.

U.S. Navy officials identified four of the seven suspects as recent graduates of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. who are currently enrolled at the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Fla. The suspects are Joseph William Gursky, Mark Lewis McClure, Cullen Mark Shaughnessy, and Alexander Bruce Wilhelm. The Navy is conducting an internal investigation into their involvement in the bird shootings. The other three suspects are Keith G. Lisa, Zachary James Mato, and Stephanie Marie Meads. Besides the trespassing charges, State and Federal charges are pending against all seven suspects.

Here is a news story, including photos and video, about this incident:
Men accused of killing wading birds were Navy officers in training
Naples Daily News, February 21, 2009

Take Action!
Please contact the FWC to thank Officer Dan Stermen and Lt. Wayne Maah for their work in conducting the investigation into this shocking massacre of wildlife. Polite letters may be written to the Navy to secure an end to the four naval officers’ careers—they need to turn in their uniforms and commissions because, based on these allegations, their conduct demonstrates that they are unfit and wholly unworthy of the uniform.

Letter #1:
You may praise the investigative work of Officer Dan Stermen and Lt. Wayne Maah here:

FWC Community Relations Office
Phone: 850-488-4676
Or use the FWC comment form at:
http://www.floridaconservation.org/CONTACT/Contact_PraiseEmployee.asp

Letter #2:
You may mail polite letters asking the Navy to discharge the officers named above here or use our automated form below:

Captain William P. Reavey, Jr.
Commanding Officer
Naval Air Station Pensacola
190 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508-5217
Or use the general email for the Naval Air Station Pensacola:
NASP_PAO_WebPage@navy.mil

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