ACTION: Protect Elephants from Ivory Poaching

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched a new petition drive to curb elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade, which have been increasing across the globe, with an unprecedented number of seizures of illegal ivory worldwide.

According to IFAW’s petition on Care2:

Within about 30 days in early 2012, 300 to 650 elephants were killed by heavily armed poachers in a single national park in Cameroon, out of an estimated national population of 3,000 to 5,000.

 

IFAW believes that even one elephant killed for its ivory is one too many. We will not stand by idly while elephants are needlessly slaughtered to meet a demand for luxury goods.

Join the fight to free elephants from the threat of ivory poaching.

 

Please sign this petition to urge the European Union to take immediate action to stop the poaching and to help protect the world’s elephants from the continued threat of ivory trade.

 

You can sign the petition here.

ACTION: Petition to UVA President: Stop Cruel Trainings Using Live Cats for Practice

URGENT ACTION ALERT

The University of Virginia continues to use an archaic, ineffective, and extremely cruel practice that other medical schools have long abandoned: using live cats as practice dummies for intubation trainings in their pediatric residency programs, resulting in great pain and long-term injury to the cats.

 

According to Dr. Roberta Gray, M.D.:

During their training, residents in their program repeatedly force breathing tubes down the throats of cats, sometimes as many as 19-22 times in one day, This can cause bleeding, bruising, scarring, permanent injury and significant residual pain. At least two cats have had their teeth broken and another had adverse effects lasting days. Cats are used over and over again. People who have had a breathing tube inserted for anesthesia during surgery will often tell you that recovering from the tube was as bad as recovering from the surgery.

This is all the worse because it does not actually help in the proper education of the pediatric residency students, due to the anatomy of cats being quite different from that of humans. Modern methods, such as the use of artificial infant simulators, are clearly superior and cause no harm, so there is no excuse (nor any valid reason) for continuing the archaic and inhumane method of “practicing on cats.”

Please sign Dr. Gray’s urgent petition at Change.org to ask the UVA President to end this cruel program. You can read the petition and sign it here.

 

Action Alert: Domino’s & “Gestation Crates”

Domino’s buys meat from factory farms where pregnant pigs spend their lives trapped in stalls barely bigger than their bodies, called “gestation crates.” They can’t even turn around. Soon after they give birth, they’re re-impregnated. And once their bodies can’t physically endure the constant pregnancies and confinement any longer, they’re killed.

The Humane Society of the United States recently released an undercover video of abuse at factory farm. While other major brands have promised to phase out these cruel practices, Domino’s is continuing to profit from this horrific suffering.

Domino’s can take a very simple step to help eliminate this sort of cruelty. It’s the second largest pizza chain in the world, and eliminating gestation crates will set an incredibly powerful example. Even better, as a huge company buying literally tons of food, if Domino’s changes its practices to stop buying meat from abused animals, others will be forced to follow.

Please sign the petition at Change.org.

URGENT ACTION: Tell the USDA not to eliminate inspections of “poultry” facilities.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently inspects all chicken and turkey carcasses for anomalies such as bruises, bile, and feces before they are sent to “processing.” Such inspections function as critical checks and balances for human health and animal rights. Unfortunately, the USDA is now considering a pilot program that would eliminate that mandatory inspection and allow private poultry processing plants the choice to monitor themselves… or not.

The USDA is holding a public commenting period on this proposed change right now. Please sign the petition opposing the privatization of poultry inspection before the public commenting period ends.

Ask Dunkin’ Donuts to Offer Vegan Options

We might as well confess: Donuts are one of the worst things one can possibly eat — deadly rings of fried flour, oil, and sugar (usually all refined) — but we LOVE them! Whether or not you share our soft spot for donuts, however, you probably share our concern for animals, so please join us in asking Dunkin’ Donuts to adopt more compassionate practices.

Dunkin’ Donuts is the largest company of its kind in the world, and it’s also one of the few that offers no vegan options: all of its baked goods contain eggs and dairy. With thousands of stores around the world, that adds up to a lot of needless death and suffering.

That’s why we were happy to see that the folks at Compassion over Killing have launched a campaign to encourage caring people to contact Dunkin’ Donuts and ask them to offer vegan options.

Please visit dunkincruelty.com and take action today.

Save the Bees: Tell EPA and USDA to Ban Bayer’s Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Billions of honey bees have been disappearing from hives across the United States. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) first struck in 2004 and made U.S. headlines three years later. Countless bees suddenly vanish, leaving an empty hive, save a few corpses. What’s causing the disaster? Bayer’s neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid.

Learn more and take action now!

 

US Citizens: Ask Your Representative to Support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act!

US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia has introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), which would prohibit circuses from exhibiting any animal who had been transported within fifteen days.

US voters, please read more here and then contact your congressperson.

Take the Pledge: Vegan for 30 Days

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Maybe you’re considering a vegan diet and would like to “test drive” it. Maybe you care for animals and want to reduce your consumption of meat, dairy, or other animal products out of compassion. Maybe you’re recovering from disease, wanting to lose weight, or wanting to reduce your carbon footprint.

Whatever the reasons may be, a thirty-day pledge is a great way to wade into the warm waters of the vegan lifestyle, and taking a pledge is a great way to make sure you stick to it. See PETA’s vegan pledge page to take the pledge or sign up to recruit others.

Mars Candy Company Kills Animals

In case blood chocolate wasn’t reason enough for one to boycott the products of Mars Candy Company, here’s another compelling reason: Mars does completely unnecessary animal testing and kills animals. Watch the video and take action.