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Please take action on six issues, thank you.

January 20, 2012

Please click on and sign the following to help animals:

1. Close a deadly loophole, protect all chimpanzees
2. Support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
3. Tell Indian Oil and Others to Stop Using Bullocks
4. Urge Malaysian Authorities to Prosecute Dog Torturer
5. Urgent: Animals Languishing in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Shelter Need Your Help!
6. Help Air Canada Stop Shipping Primates to Labs

1. Background | From Center for Biological Diversity

Please speak up to protect chimpanzees who can’t defend themselves. The worldwide population of wild chimpanzees has fallen by nearly 70 percent in the past 30 years.

Wild chimpanzees have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1976, but a special rule exempting captive chimpanzees from protection is compromising conservation efforts. This loophole is preventing the recovery of the species in the wild by encouraging their illegal trade.

Chimpanzees are endangered everywhere due to habitat loss, poaching and illegal trafficking — wild chimpanzees are captured and sold for use as entertainment, as pets and as test subjects. The loophole in the Act creates a vicious cycle of supply and demand: Chimpanzees are exploited for entertainment, giving people the misconception that the species is common in the wild, which creates a demand for pet chimpanzees, which in turn leads to more poaching.

The exemption in the United States also undermines international chimpanzee conservation efforts. African nations see the animals being commercially exploited in America and have little incentive to protect them in their home range.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering whether to protect captive chimpanzees under the Endangerd Species Act. Please use the form below to submit comments in support of protecting every endangered chimpanzee.

2. Background | From PCRM

Please send an e-mail that asks your members of Congress to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. This important legislation will end the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments, permanently end federal breeding programs, and release federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries. We have provided some text for you, but it would be helpful if you would take a minute to add your own language to the letter. Please be polite and encouraging, and personalize the e-mail by sharing why this issue is important to you.

Please note: This alert is directed at U.S. members of Congress and non U.S. residents will not be able to take this action. Non U.S. residents please consider taking other actions!

3. Background | From PETA

Hundreds of bullocks are currently used to transport kerosene from oil ports in Sewri, Wadala and Mulund to different rationing stations in the city. Most of the animals are underfed and malnourished, and many suffer from untreated illnesses or injuries. They are forced to work until they are exhausted, pulling heavy loads through all weather extremes. Motorists who encounter bullocks in the streets are at risk of being involved in dangerous traffic accidents.

On 30 September 2008, the Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies made the decision to end the use of bullocks to transport kerosene in Mumbai by 31 March 2009. However, there has been no shift to transporting kerosene by motorised vehicles or other means, and the ban still has not been enforced by Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum. Hundreds of bulls continue to suffer.

In a goodwill effort to jump-start the program, PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk travelled to India from the US to donate an auto rickshaw to one owner of a bullock-drawn cart in exchange for his beleaguered bull. The bull was sent to a sanctuary.

As India’s largest and wealthiest oil company, Indian Oil Corporation Limited has the resources and an ethical obligation to end the suffering of bullocks who are used to transport their oil. However, currently, they use the most number of bulls to transport their oil. Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum are not far behind in their support of cruelty.

These oil companies can and should help stop the use of bullock-drawn carts, yet they refuse to take concrete steps to alleviate animal suffering.

Let’s speak up for bulls and demand a complete ban on the use of bullocks by Indian Oil and other oil companies to transport kerosene.

You Can Help:  Please ask the oil companies to stop the use of bullock-drawn carts to transport their kerosene

4. Background | From PETA

An appalling video that was posted on Facebook and YouTube shows a man—who is believed to be from Malaysia—repeatedly striking a dog, shaking him, and then throwing him across the room in an apparent attempt to teach the dog to stand on his hind legs.

PETA Asia has collected information on the case and submitted it to authorities, including the government’s Veterinary Services Department as well as the police. But despite leads in the case, no action has been taken by authorities. Under Part IV of Malaysia’s animal welfare act, the Animals Act 2006, the man seen in the video could be convicted and fined RM50,000 or sentenced to six months in prison.

Please use the form HERE to urge Malaysian authorities to take immediate action to find the abuser, remove the animals currently in his care, and prosecute him to the fullest extent.

5. Background | From PETA

Animals in the custody of CCCAS are reportedly routinely denied basic humane care, including simple provisions like fresh water, regular nutritious feedings, clean and comfortable housing, and veterinary care to alleviate suffering. PETA and local advocates have repeatedly offered assistance to help bring conditions at this facility up to minimal humane standards, but our offers have been ignored or denied. Workers’ blatant disregard for the law, which mandates that animals be humanely treated, and their callous handling of animals—including spraying them in the face with water hoses to keep them from fighting over basic sustenance—continues daily without intervention from local officials.

Demand that Clarksdale and Coahoma County officials intervene immediately to ensure the humane care of animals at the shelter. Local citizens fighting for change have formed a nonprofit group with the eventual goal of building a new facility and possibly contracting with the city/county to provide animal sheltering services. While this is promising, in reality it could take years to come to fruition. The animals in Clarksdale need help now.

Please keep all calls and correspondence polite—anything less will hurt our efforts.

6. Background | From PETA

Almost every major airline in the world refuses to transport monkeys and other primates to cruel and painful fates in laboratories. Now Air Canada, one of only two major North American airlines that still flies primates to laboratories, wants out of the gruesome primate trade too. Air Canada stated that “[i]t was a decision taken both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern.”

Unfortunately, airlines in Canada must obtain approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to revise their shipping guidelines, and the CTA is requiring Air Canada to continue shipping primates to laboratories while it considers the issue.

As a government agency, it is important for the CTA to hear from the many individuals who support Air Canada’s compassionate attempt to get out of the cruel primate trade before any more monkeys are shipped to their deaths!

Please take a few moments of your time to contact Ghislain Blanchard, director general of the CTA’s Industry Regulation and Determinations Branch, and politely urge the agency to approve Air Canada’s amended tariff to allow the airline to refuse to ship primates to laboratories.

we go about
our daily lives
alone, with parents,
children, husbands
or wives
but there are those
who suffer
and those who
cause pain
so we keep on fighting
over and
over again♥

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

One Comment leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 20, 2012 11:23 am

    we go about
    our daily lives
    alone, with parents,
    children, husbands
    or wives
    but there are those
    who suffer
    and those who
    cause pain
    so we keep on fighting
    over and
    over again♥


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