Thursday, June 12, 2014

Texas University Killing Lambs for So-Called Research

A message from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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Texas A&M University is injecting pregnant sheep with alcohol to study fetal alcohol syndrome. Before the lambs are born, they are removed and killed, so their brains can be studied. The mother sheep are killed, too. It's horribly cruel, and completely senseless.

These animal experiments have been going on for more than 17 years – yet they haven't helped a single human mother or child!

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is working hard to stop these unusually cruel experiments. We've flooded Texas A&M with petitions, we've met with decision makers, and we're getting the facts out through two billboards outside the campus. But we must do more before another animal is harmed!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Volunteers for Sea Lions Needed in Oregon

The following message from In Defense of Animals calls for volunteers for seals in Bonneville Dam and Astoria, Oregon.

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In Defense of Animals and the Sea Lion Defense Brigade (SLDB) are seeking passionate, dedicated individuals to be volunteer observers throughout the spring at the Bonneville Dam and in Astoria, Oregon near Pier 36. The Columbia River sea lions need reliable eyes and ears on the river to assist in ending the lethal removal program.

If you have a still camera, binoculars, and/or video equipment and time to help, please volunteer with SLDB at either the Bonneville Dam or in Astoria.

The sea lion killing program is more about politics than sound science. Sea lions are being trapped, branded, and killed for eating 1% of the fish while humans' predation is at an all time high of 17%.

Sea Lions are being scapegoated by the fishing industry. Science shows the importance of protecting keystone species in the ecology and removing these species from an eco-system causes harm to the system as a whole.

For information about how you can help, or to volunteer, please contact Eric at

For more information about IDA and our campaigns to help animals, please visit

Monday, January 6, 2014

Save the White Rhino by Getting It Back on CITES Appendix I.

The following petition has been launched on to ask Prince Charles to use his considerable

influence in the World to assist Wild and Free SA with a campaign to prevent the commercialization of rhinos.
The South African government has indicated its intention to propose for rhino horn trade at CITES CoP17 in 2016. It is in the pro-traders interests to delay any decisions or solutions because they are pursuing the practice of breeding rhinos in captivity. The technology exists to identify Rhinos using RhODIS DNA profiling and this will be used to identify which rhinos were born in captivity. According to the convention, those will be permanently on CITES Appendix II and always subject to trade. This will lead to the loss of rhinos in the wild.

Sign the Petition

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Stand with Alley Cat Allies in 2014

 GreaterGood is committed to helping people and animals who are vulnerable or at risk from one or more
factors. The following email message is one of their recent calls for action.

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Cats are killed in shelters across the country every day. Seven out of every 10 cats who are brought into animal pounds and shelters in the U.S. are killed there. For feral cats, the kill rate in pounds and shelters rises to virtually 100%.

Animal nonprofits, veterinarians, and other experts agree: killing in pounds and shelters is the leading cause of death of all cats in the United States. Millions of cats are killed every year, but no one knows exactly how many. And the killing is done behind closed doors, away from the public eye. With 2013 coming to a close, let’s make a New Year’s Resolution to put an end to the killing. Alley Cat Allies is fighting every day to save cats' lives, but we need your support.

Stand with Alley Cat Allies in 2014 to call for an end to the killing of innocent cats.

Sign the petition here.

Monday, December 30, 2013

36 Hours Left to Stop Wolf, Bear Killers

The following message comes from Center for Biological Diversity as an email from to supporters of animal rights and preservation of wildlife.

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Animal Damage Control was a secretive federal agency rocked by scandals because of its brutal killing of

Faced with this crisis, the agency cynically changed its name to the almost-cuddly U.S. Wildlife Services. In 2012 this "service" included killing 503 gray wolves, 533 river otters, 396 mountain lions, 567 black bears and 25,000 beavers.

But as The Washington Post recently reported, the hunter is now the hunted: The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a campaign to stop Wildlife Services' killing in 2014.

bears, wolves, otters and eagles. People were outraged to learn that their tax dollars were being used to "control" -- i.e. kill -- millions of animals every year to benefit corporations and anti-environmentalists.
Please help by donating today to our Endangered Species Protection Fund. All gifts made by Dec. 31 will be matched by a generous donor, so please donate by Tuesday.

Stories of Wildlife Services agents killing dogs, torturing coyotes and hiding eagle carcasses are true. But even more devastating is the systematic killing of millions of hawks, songbirds, owls, badgers and wolverines.

The agency uses every killing method imaginable: spring-loaded cyanide cartridges, leg-hold traps, poison, guns, helicopter gunning, drowning, asphyxiation and even starvation.

But in 2014, the Center is going to stop the killing. Please help by donating today to our Endangered Species Protection Fund. Your gift will go directly to shining a spotlight on this secretive agency and taking legal action to stop the killing.

The Center has filed a legal demand with Wildlife Services to establish rules to protect endangered species, ensure all animals are treated humanely, and publicly document all animals killed: where the agency kills them, how it kills them, which industries benefit from the killing, and why nonlethal tactics aren't being used instead.

We'll have to go to court to enforce our legal demand. At the same time the U.S. Inspector General is investigating the agency, and our congressional allies are pressing reform legislation and demands for public accountability.

After decades of secretive killing, the tide is turning against Wildlife Services. 2014 is our best, and maybe last, chance to hold this rogue agency accountable once and for all.

Please help by donating generously today to our Endangered Species Protection Fund and passing this message to your friends and family.

Thanks in advance for your help,

KierĂ¡n Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Say "NO" to Gestation Crates for Pigs!

Greater Good - Animal Edition has sent the following message with call for action to end cruelty to pigs.

Can you imagine living your whole life in a space no larger than an airplane seat? This is the sad reality that
millions of pigs face across the nation while the pork industry inhumanely locks them into tiny cages day and night.

Pigs are intelligent and social animals, and are normally very physically active. Forcing them to live out their lives immobilized is sentencing them to a miserable and cruel existence.

Some food giants have pledged to eliminate these cruel gestation crates, but there's still work to be done. Speak out against the use of gestation crates for pigs. Join other animal lovers and help pigs live a life free from such torture.

Say "NO" to gestation crates for pigs!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Reform of Nashville's Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC)

The following update was received via email this morning. 

With the February 2013 launch of our petition to reform Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC), some increased transparency and public awareness, and new program initiatives from the health department, MACC’s kill rate has dropped from 78% to 69%. Hey, we’ll take it.

The adoption ban on pit bulls and pit bull type dogs was lifted for pups younger than 6 months old, and in July, we saw pit bull puppies successfully adopted for the first time in decades. Several MACC staff members participated in the ASPCA’s SAFER temperament test training in August and are currently undergoing the certification process. Once certification is awarded, adult pitties will have the same opportunity at adoption as the little guys.

The new rescue partner policy/application is now in place. Gone is the two-week waiting period, and rescues are finally being offered discounted adoption fees. We’ve even seen some creative adoption promotions, such as $5 cat adoptions.

Since July 1, Rebecca Morris, a program specialist with the health department, has been charged with developing and implementing new programs aimed at further lowering MACC’s kill rate:1. A robust volunteer program; 2. A program called “Saving Lives Through Photography;” and 3. The utilization of social media to promote impounded animals. (We don’t want to gloat here, but…sound familiar?) We’re pleased to say we’ve seen some really great photos of animals. We’re also excited about the MACC-dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages that were recently launched to increase visibility of MACC’s impounded animals. We hope these initiatives will increase awareness of Nashville’s unfortunate stray animal population, as well as encourage public participation in the solution.

…but let us not forget how far we have yet to go.

To date, no details regarding a new volunteer policy have been released. As far as we know, the hefty price tag of the criminal background and motor vehicle check is still a deterrent, and the volunteer tasks available remain somewhat limited. We anxiously await an announcement to the contrary. In the meantime, we look forward to any feedback from you regarding your attempts to volunteer – either successful or unsuccessful.
We’d like to see volunteers utilized to update PetFinder – volunteer photographers on a routine schedule, who write bios and upload pictures. We realize this process is very time consuming, and we believe PetFinder can and should be a volunteer-managed initiative. Many profiles on PetFinder have no photos, and those with photos are still not accompanied by descriptive bios. And remember, there are many “hidden” animals at MACC that the public never sees – animals that don’t appear on PetFinder. We think the public should decide which animals are “adoptable,” not MACC staff.

Maybe it’s too much to ask, but we hope at some point extended adoption hours will be considered. The current adoption hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, are very limiting, especially when considering working families. Extended adoption hours have been implemented successfully in neighboring counties by utilizing volunteers and limited staff during “adoption only” hours – yet another possible win-win solution that can be reached with no negative fiscal impact.

We continue to hear from rescue partners who believe MACC’s rescue partnerships are not truly partnerships. We consistently hear that the line of communication with MACC is not open to all rescues – that MACC continues to “play favorites.” And that unwritten rules apparently still exist – like only certain animals are available for rescue, and for some animals, there is still an arbitrary waiting period. Until all rescue partners are treated equally and the unwritten bureaucracy of saving an animal is removed, there will be no true partnerships. And this is something that falls solely in the purview of MACC’s director.

As always, we want more transparency. Tax payers want to know how their money is being spent, and animal lovers want to know how policies and programs are being developed. Where MACC is concerned, the public is constantly denied the right to information and the right to participate in their government. People desire an active partnership with MACC. They want to help – to be part of the solution. MACC just needs to open the door.

After several months and with more than 10,800 signatures (both online and manual), it’s time. It’s time to close the petition. Our goal was to build an army of supporters for reform and send a message to elected officials and key decision-makers. Our message? We want change. And we will not go away until we get it. The petition has served its purpose, so it’s time to close that chapter and begin a new one.

So here you are. Thank you. And here we are – 1 year after we embarked on this journey. We are not going away – we will continue fact gathering and shining the light where it needs to be shined. Stay with us, and keep fighting the good fight.

As always – for the animals.

Concerned Citizens for Change