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Five quick actions to help dolphins, vivisected animals, frogs, and squirrels

September 25, 2011

Please click on and sign the following:

1. Tell Mastercard: Stop Supporting the Live Dolphin Trade

2. Tell the EPA: Spare Animals’ Lives

3. Petition to Environmental Protection Agency

4. Tell Learning Express that Frogs are Not Toys

5. Save the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel

1. Background | From Change 

27 wild dolphins were recently captured in the Solomon Islands. Since their capture, two have already died. They wait in temporary holding pens for Resorts World Singapore, or RWS, to complete its marine mammal park. There, they will live our the remainder of their shortened lives by entertaining people in order to turn a profit for RWS. Many will die within the first seven years.

Mastercard is currently running a special promotion with RWS. The special began in July and ends on November 18th. During the promotion, cardholders can purchase discounted tickets to RWS and receive a retail voucher if they use their Mastercard.

Ask Mastercard to end their promotion with RWS and send a strong message to the resort that kidnapping wild dolphins isn’t acceptable. Tell them to do business with other theme parks and stop promoting the live dolphin trade.

For more information on the dolphins, please visit:

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2. Background | From PETA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a list of 134 chemicals that will be tested for their potential to act as endocrine disruptors (ED). EDs are chemicals that interact with hormone systems and possibly affect the growth or reproduction of animals.

The EPA’s program for screening these particular chemicals will take years and will kill approximately 80,000 animals. Since this program relies heavily on animal testing, it will provide information that is hard to interpret and is unlikely to help the EPA protect either humans or the environment from harmful chemicals.

The EPA has spent millions of dollars to create a large-scale non-animal testing program called ToxCast and has already used the program to profile the endocrine activity of more than 300 chemicals in the first phase of this program.

In addition, the EPA used ToxCast to study the health effects of the oil dispersants used in last summer’s Gulf Coast oil spill, yet the review panel overseeing the EPA’s endocrine program has so far refused to accept information from ToxCast. This is perplexing in light of the EPA’s own confidence in the usefulness of the program. Rather than killing tens of thousands of animals, the EPA should take its own advice and use ToxCast to test the potential endocrine activity of these chemicals.

Please take a moment to write to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to politely insist that the EPA use the non-animal ToxCast program to test the new list of chemicals for their potential to cause endocrine disruption.

3. Background | From PCRM

PCRM needs your help. And so do animals sitting in lab cages.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to know that testing chemicals on animals is bad for animals, and bad for people.

Please sign our petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson right now. Tell her that you oppose the use of animals in chemical testing. As you read this, animals are being injected with toxic chemicals—and they’re most certainly feeling pain.

We can—we must—stop this.

You and I know that animals have a different anatomy than people, which makes their reaction to chemicals different than ours. If the EPA continues to allow companies to rely on tests of chemicals and pesticides on mice, rats, dogs, and rabbits—not only will the animals die a painful death—but public health will be endangered.

Please take action with PCRM today. Your signed petition will be added to thousands of others, urging the EPA to stop allowing animals to be used in toxic chemical tests.

4. Background | From Change

Among the “toys” you can buy at Learning Express, the largest educational toy retailer in the United States, are live African dwarf frogs encased in 4-square-inch plastic cubes.

Learning Express awarded Wild Creations, the manufacturer of the “EcoAquarium,” a “Most Innovative New Toy” award. But Wild Creations would win no awards from PETA, whose undercover investigation of the company found “rampant neglect and mishandling of these delicate animals and total disregard for their needs, welfare, and lives.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor John Sanbonmatsu, who led a protest of Boston-area Learning Express stores, said of the frogs, “entombing them inside tiny plastic prisons is to condemn them to a lifetime of slow torture.”

The frogs can carry disease as well — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 85 people had been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium due to their contact with water frogs, including African dwarf frogs. Nearly 80 percent of those infected were children under the age of 10.

Yet the EcoAquarium was included on the Learning Express “Twelve Toys of Christmas” list for the 2010 holiday season.

Target and several toy chains have listened to protestors and pulled the EcoAquarium along with other frog “toys” from their shelves. Please tell Learning Express to make an educated choice and do the same.

5. Background | From Center for Biological Diversity

In 2008, the Bush administration removed Endangered Species Act protections for the West Virginia northern flying squirrel. This removal came despite dire projections from global warming models that predicted complete disappearance of the squirrels’ habitat and a lack of evidence to show the species’ populations had rebounded.

In response to a suit from the Center and allies to restore protections for the squirrel, a federal judge in 2011 reinstated its endangered status, holding, in a precedent-setting ruling, that the Service had violated the Endangered Species Act by not following its own science-based recovery plan for the species.

Rather than accepting that pro-science ruling, the Obama administration has decided to appeal it. Apparently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not want to have to follow its own recovery plans when deciding whether protections should be retained.

Please write to Interior Secretary Salazar and Director Ashe and ask them to withdraw the appeal.

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signing petitions
may take
a minute or two
but think of the
lifetime of good
that they do

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    September 25, 2011 6:07 pm

    You should watch the documentary The Cove. The movie exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins/year off the coast of Japan every year, and how their meat is sold under the guise of whale meat. If there’s one cause to fight for, this is it. It made me so sick to watch I had to turn away at the end, but I could still hear the screams of the dolphins as they were stabbed to death. It’s the most hideous, heart-wrenching sound you’ve ever heard. Check out for more info.


  2. September 26, 2011 4:47 am

    signing petitions
    may take
    a minute or two
    but think of the
    lifetime of good
    that they do


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