Wolves Need Protection

Wolves need the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Wolves need the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

We need to protect wolves, not destroy them. One way to protect them is to ensure wolves fall under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. According to the National Resources Defense Council:

o Scientists who have commented on the delisting of wolves indicate several thousand wolves are needed in many areas to ensure their long-term survival. That number has yet to be reached in many locations in the United States.
o Tourism has been affected positively by the introduction and maintenance of a viable wolf population in certain areas of the country. For example, a 2006 study by the University of Montana found that tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park to see wolves brought $35 million annually to the region’s economy, which yields more than $70 million in added benefit to communities in the Northern Rockies.
o The ecological balance of the region is maintained when predator and prey are able to co-exist. Elk populations are healthier, streams run cold and clear, and other wildlife populations are in balance.

As a top predator, wolves are a necessary component of a healthy and balanced environment. To remove protection would create an imbalance that could wreak havoc on the environment. Write to the secretary of the Interior urging her to place wolves on the Endangered Species List.

The Honorable Sally Jewell
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington DC 20240

When you think about it…animal advocates need skills to get their message across.

Humane educators are trained in public speaking.

Humane educators are trained in public speaking.

Being an effective animal advocate requires a bit of work, talent, and understanding . Animal advocates need to ensure they are focusing on a target audience and not sending their message in too many directions. For example, college students might be receptive to a vegan message, high school science teachers and their students might be receptive to messages about alternatives to classroom dissection, and low-income families might be receptive to low-cost spay/neuter programs in their area. Sending that message requires animal advocates be good writers as well as speakers. Speaking/writing to your audience in their language at their level of understanding creates the most powerful message. If we are going to speak for the animals who cannot speak for themselves then, when you think about it…we need to have the skills to get their message across.

When you think about it…why do we kill babies?

She deserves to grow up.

She deserves to grow up.

The annual Canadian commercial seal slaughter is well underway. The seals who are killed are babies, some as young as 3 weeks, most around 3 months old.

Yet we love babies. Or so we say. We love their cute faces—some with big eyes and oversized heads—and their gentle, helpless ways.

We are fractured in our love of babies as we also kill (or have killed) billions of baby animals. Baby chicks are slaughtered at 5-7 weeks of age, calves at 1-24 weeks of age, turkeys at 16-20 weeks of age, among other animals who lose their lives before their lives really begin.

Why? Really, seriously, when you think about it…why do we kill babies?

Canadian Seals Suffer

Seals need our help in Canada.

Seals need our help in Canada.

Canada’s annual seal slaughter has begun during which baby seals are clubbed to death for their fur. Should fashion trump the life of infant animals? Of any animal?

It is not just the suffering of those who are clubbed to death that stains this annual hunt with the blood of inhumanity. For those baby seals who survive often starve to death when their mothers are killed. Also, according to investigating animal welfare groups, many baby and adult seals are not killed instantaneously by hunters; these animals are then typically beaten repeatedly or are skinned alive.

Please contact the Canadian government requesting an end to this inhumane practice, which contributes to incomprehensible suffering for sentient creatures.

The Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
E-mail: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm

The Honourable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
E-mail: gail.shea@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2249 Carling Ave., Suite 418
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7E9
Email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
Room 105, East Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
E-mail: ed.fast@parl.gc.ca

Orcas in Captivity

California may soon lead the way for orcas.

California is taking the lead the way for freeing captive orcas.

The Orca Welfare and Safety Act (AB 21240) that was before the California Assembly is now awaiting study. The bill would make it illegal to hold in captivity or use wild or captive-bred orcas for performance or entertainment purposes.

For marine life, especially orcas, the ocean is their habitat. Capturing them and putting them into an oversized swimming pool for our entertainment is putting their physical and psychological lives at risk. For instance, when confined to a tank, these sea mammals develop stereotypies. With little space and no stimulation, they can be seen swimming in static patterns around their fish bowl for hours at a time. They also develop skin problems from living in heavily chlorinated water and suffer from ulcers and pneumonia as well as self-inflicted injuries.

Orcas are highly social and form complex societies headed by females. The average lifespan for a female orca is 50 years and a male 30 in the wild. In captivity, they rarely live beyond 20 years. In addition, in the wild, they can travel up to 100 miles daily. There has been enough documentation of the extreme lives orcas live in captivity and none of it supports continuing the practice.

California residents, please contact your legislators and urge them to support this bill.

Australia and Animal Testing

Australians may stop the manufacture and import of animal-tested beauty products.

Australia may follow the example of other countries that have banned animal testing  on cosmetics, including banning imports from countries that test on animals. The End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014  would “prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals….” Australia residents, please write your legislators  urging them to support this vital piece of legislation. Encourage your country to join others in recognizing the inhumanity of testing cosmetic products on animals.

Writing legislative leaders urging them to pass bills that would ban animal testing  on cosmetics is one way to engender change. A more immediate way is to simply stop buying products tested on animals .


Students Get a Choice

pawsupPaws Up!

New school policy in New Hampshire gives students humane alternatives to dissection.

Students in science classes in New Hampshire will no longer have to cut him open for a grade.

To the New Hampshire Department of Education for adopting a new student choice policy.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has adopted a new student choice policy  that will allow students to use alternatives to dissecting animals in the classroom.

Science classes that dissect or otherwise use animals may be teaching important critical problem solving skills; yet, at the same time, they may be inadvertently teaching a lack of reverence and respect for all life. Because they dissect animals  in school laboratories, some students may be learning that nonhuman animals are nothing more than tools to advance their knowledge. Is that what we want our science classes teaching our children?

An estimated 6 million animals are dissected in school science classes yearly. Include all the animals used in experiments at science fairs, in after-school science clubs, and in 4-H projects, among other animal-related science projects and the number continues upward. Frogs are often the animal of choice for classroom dissection, but they are not the only ones: cats, mice, rats, fetal pigs, birds, bats, fish, reptiles, and others also find themselves the victims of classroom dissection.

Take Action: New Hampshire residents, thank the superintendent of schools for your state’s action in promoting humane choices in the classroom. Residents of other states, contact your school superintendent to see if such a policy exists. If one does not, let the superintendent know you want such a policy instituted in your school system.

Brendan Minnihan, Superintendent of Schools
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3860






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