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.

The Food Revolution Summit: April 28-May 6

The Food Revolution Summit will take place from April 28 to May 6, 2012. Hosted by John Robbins & Ocean Robbins, this unprecedented international event will feature talks from luminaries in the fields of health, nutrition, ecology, and activism, including Dean Ornish, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Frances Moore-Lappé, T. Colin Campbell, Morgan Spurlock, and others. The entire event will be broadcast live for free viewing.

For details and registration (free), visit the website at foodrevolution.org.

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.