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Four Alerts: Protest badger, seal cull; second action for Lovelace; oppose banks funding dirty coal

July 22, 2011

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Please click on and sign the following:

1. Be one of the million against the cull

2. Tell Canada to end it’s shameful seal slaughter

3. Lovelace, stop killing monkeys and beagles

4. Tell banks to stop funding dirty coal

1. Background | From League Against Cruel Sports

The League opposes the proposed badger cull on two main grounds. Firstly, a cull would fly in the face of scientific evidence about how to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis, and could even exacerbate the problem. And secondly, authorising a cull would create a new bloodsport by licencing the shooting of badgers for gun-toting volunteers. We are calling for a badger vaccination programme instead of a cull.

Just enter your details below to register your support for vaccinations and not extermination.

We need 100,000 signatures to start a debate in parliament on the issue – but we think that’s too easy so we want a million. Will you help us reach our target?

We have 17219 signatures so far, help us reach a million.

Related | Canada’s Shame

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2. Background | From PETA

For thousands of years, harp seals have migrated from Greenland down the coast of Canada, stopping each spring to give birth on the ice floes. Every year, a band of fishers descends on the ice to beat hundreds of thousands of seals to death and sell the animals’ pelts on the international fur market. Sealers routinely hook baby seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth and drag them across the ice, often while the animals are still conscious. Many of the seals killed in the massacre are only a few weeks old.

Baby seals stand no chance against club-wielding seal hunters—pups must look on as fellow seals are bludgeoned to death only to then meet the same bloody fate. The commercial seal slaughter is an off-season profit venture for the fishing industry, and it accounts for less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. The seal slaughter is not a subsistence activity for native peoples—Inuit sealing accounts for only about 3 percent of the annual slaughter.

The price of seal fur is plummeting as international outrage against the seal slaughter rises. The U.S. and the European Union have banned seal products, and world leaders such as President Barack Obama and His Holiness The Dalai Lama have denounced the massacre.

The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada’s shameful seal massacre. Please write to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Canadian ambassadors around the world to demand that they bring the massacre to an immediate end.

3. Background | From Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

According to whistleblower reports, the Albuquerque-based Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) has begun exterminating 300 monkeys and an unknown number of beagles, allegedly for financial reasons. Last week, a whistleblower contacted the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) and reported that beginning on July 11, 30 monkeys would be killed each day, and following the slaughter of all of the monkeys, the beagles would also be killed.

Just last month, LRRI agreed to pay $21,750 in fines for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act over several years, one of which involved a Rhesus monkey who choked to death in his cage. In 2010, the lab was cited after one dog died during an experiment after not receiving enough oxygen and another was bled to death without approval.

Culls like this one illustrate how the animal research industry views animals as disposable research tools, and not the living, feeling beings that they are. Animals who are no longer used in experiments should be turned over to reputable sanctuaries or, in the case of domestic animals like these beagles, adoptive homes.

Send an email to the president and CEO of LRRI and urge him to stop killing innocent animals! Ask him to do the right thing and find new homes or sanctuaries for these animals after their lifetimes of forced service in this research facility.

A pre-written letter is available  for your convenience. Please take a moment to add your own polite comments so that your message stands out and has more impact. 

*Note: Your email will be sent to the LRRI president and CEO. If his email account fills up, your email will bounce. If this happens, please try to resend your email later or call him directly at the number provided. Thank you for speaking out for these innocent animals!

4. Background | From Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Air pollution from the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago cause more than 40 deaths, 66 heart attacks and 720 asthma attacks every year. Big banks are enabling devastating coal projects like these to continue the contamination of communities in Chicago and all across the United States.

Enough is enough. Tell Bank of America, Citi, and Chase to take responsibility for their actions, pull financing from dirty coal projects and start banking on clean, sustainable energy.


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one day i noticed
the world was well
no more animals
or children
subjected to hell
no more women abused
war was extinct
laughter was heard,
loud and distinct
i let out a scream
it was only a dream

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

One Comment leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    July 22, 2011 9:52 am

    one day i noticed
    the world was well
    no more animals
    or children
    subjected to hell
    no more women abused
    war was extinct
    laughter was heard,
    loud and distinct
    i let out a scream
    it was only a dream


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