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Drop fur, foie gras, cruel population control, and Keystone Pipeline

August 12, 2011

Image | Martin Uki, Artist

Please click on and sign the following:

1. Urge Designer Adrienne Landau to Ditch Fur

2. Urge Dean & DeLuca to Drop Foie Gras

3. Demand Humane Population Control for Brussels’ Pigeons

4.Block the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

1. Background | From PETA

Designer Adrienne Landau shamelessly promotes fur despite knowing that animals killed for their skins live in cramped, filthy conditions before being killed by anal or vaginal electrocution, by gassing, or by having their necks broken, as seen in this brief video narrated by Tim Gunn. In a recent interview, Landau said, “Women have always loved fur, and it became ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’ Now it’s, ‘I can wear it. I don’t feel any guilt.”‘ Landau is one of few designers to get on a pedestal and actively promote wearing fur. Please let her know what you think of this.

Because of the cruelty inherent in the fur industry, a rapidly growing number of designers—including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Marc Bouwer, Vivienne Westwood, Perry Ellis, Liz Claiborne, and retailers such as J.Crew and Forever 21—now refuse to use or sell any fur products. Not only has a long list of celebrities, including Eva Mendez and Lady Gaga, sworn off fur, first ladies Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy also recently announced that they are fur-free.

Please speak out to help the animals who are slated to suffer and die in the fur industry by urging Adrienne Landau to stop promoting fur and to ditch it for good.

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2. Background | From PETA

Because of the extreme cruelty involved in the production of foie gras—the diseased and “fatty liver” of force-fed ducks and geese—many restaurants and grocery stores around the world have stopped serving and selling it. PETA has shared with Dean & DeLuca—a U.S.-based gourmet grocery chain—the shocking undercover video footage of foie gras farms showing birds as they have tubes rammed down their throats, yet the company refuses to end sales of foie gras. Please write to Dean & DeLuca and urge the company to stop selling foie gras.

Investigations of foie gras farms in the U.S. and overseas have documented countless sick, dead, and dying birds, including some animals who were found suffering from holes in their necks after pipes had been forced down their throats. One investigation in New York found ducks crammed into wire cages. The birds’ beaks were bloody, and their wings were twisted together. At a foie gras farm in Europe, birds were found dangling by wires as blood spilled from their neck wounds onto the live animals beneath them.

Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been condemned by the Pope and is prohibited in 15 countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

3. Background | From PETA
Earlier this year, the European animal rights group GAIA released undercover photos and videos showing Brussels’ pigeons as they are surgically sterilized without anesthetic, a practice that numerous veterinarians and avian specialists have condemned as cruel. These pigeons are beloved by tourists and appear in books and photographs around the world.

The birds, who are fiercely loyal and mate for life, undergo the terrifying experience of being separated from their loved ones when they’re captured in the wild and then shipped to Paris. Upon arrival, they are roughly handled and have their legs and wings constrained with rubber bands as their abdomens are cut open while they are still conscious.

Watch the graphic undercover video now. Warning: This video contains disturbing images.

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GAIA has been respectful and patient, but the city is ignoring its appeal for humane pigeon control. Please use the form below to contact Brussels city officials and urge them to implement humane population control methods, and let them know that Brussels will not be a vacation spot for you or your family as long as they treat animals in this cruel way.

4. Background | From RAN

If TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved, close to 1 million barrels of thick tar sands crude will flow each day at high pressure from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and all the way to Texas, threatening countless communities and over 2000 waterways, including America’s largest under ground water source—the Ogallala Aquifer.

Tell President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The tar sands represent a catastrophic threat to our communities, our climate, and our planet. We urge you to demonstrate real climate leadership by rejecting the requested permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and instead focus on developing safe, clean energy.

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