Greyhounds Get a Rest

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Colorado is done with greyhound racing.

Colorado is done with greyhound racing.

To the Colorado legislature and the governor for enacting and signing into law, respectively, legislation that will ban greyhound racing in the state.

According to a news story, “Colorado is the latest state to ban greyhound dog racing.” There are just seven states where greyhound racing is legal and operational: Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Florida, and West Virginia.

Take Action: Colorado residents, thank your legislators and governor for this action to protect animals in your state. Residents of Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Florida, and West Virginia, urge your legislators to ban greyhound racing now.


When you think about it…should we be boiling lobsters?

Lobsters are still alive when they are placed in boiling water.

Lobsters are still alive when they are placed in boiling water.

Do lobsters feel pain? Are they suffering when we drop them into a pot of boiling water? Do crabs, fresh out of the ocean, feel pain when we tear their legs off? In a recent article, scientists debated these and other questions about invertebrates. Regardless of the results of these debates, should we be eating any living being? Should we be exerting our power over them just because we can? When you think about it…should we be boiling lobsters?

When you think about it…horse racing is no sport.

More Americans are recognizing the inhumane nature of horseracing.

More Americans are recognizing the danger to competitive race horses.

The sport of horse racing is no sport for the horses who must endure cocktails of performance enhancing drugs, painful injuries, and shortened lives. Thoroughbred race horses are often forced, well beyond their abilities, to continue racing so they can win purses for their owners. A horse that does nothing but eat oats and take up space in a stable is not going to last long in the racing industry. When sometimes millions of dollars are involved in the purchase of a horse, that horse had better win back those millions and a lot more. What happens when the horse doesn’t do as well as anticipated? All manner and means, legal and sometimes not so legal, are frequently used to keep that horse on the track.

Wikipedia defines sport as “all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators.” Notice the “entertainment to participants.” Does being drugged constitute entertainment for the horses? Does being shocked constitute entertainment for the horses? Does participating with injuries that cause the animal to be euthanized at the end of a race, or to drop dead before the finish line, constitute entertainment for the horses? When you think about it…horse racing is no sport.

Protect Icelandic Whales

You can speak for Whales in Icelandic waters.

You can speak for Whales in Icelandic waters.

As a result of Iceland’s whaling trade, it appears the country is in violation of the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora programs.

Since Iceland continues to defy an international ban on whaling, the U.S. needs to take strong action against the country to ensure the protection of whales.

Contact President Obama and ask that he take such action against Iceland for its whale hunting and international trade in whale products.

The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500-0004


Wild Animal Ownership Limited in WV

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Tigers like this one cannot be legally treated as captive house pets in West Virginia.

Tigers like this one will no longer be  legally treated as captive house pets in West Virginia.

To The West Virginia legislature for passing the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

According to a news story , “The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit the possession of dangerous wild animals in the state.” Under this bill, future ownership of wild animals, such as wild cats, bears, primates, venomous and constrictor snakes, and alligators, would be prohibited. The legislation has been sent to Governor Tomblin for his signature.

Take Action: West Virginia residents, contact your governor and urge him to sign the Dangerous Wild Animals Act into law. Residents of other states, make sure your state has adequate laws to protect its citizens against the unregulated ownership of wild animals.


Update to Chipotle Paws Up August 2013


Paws Up!

To Chipotle for integrating more vegan-friendly options into their menu.

In August 2013, we wrote about the need for more meat-free menu options at Chipotle. Chipotle recently announced that it will be offering its vegan Sofritas in the company’s northeastern restaurants, expanding its rollout of this menu item from last year in California.

We consumers can drive changes to restaurant menus if we let our voice be heard. If you want to see more plant-based items on a menu, let the restaurant you frequent know that. And then support those restaurants that are meeting your needs. If you are interested in learning more about plant-based diets, visit our information article and our plant-based recipes .

Take Action: Write a thank-you to the founder and CEO of Chipotle and urge his chain continue to offer plant-based menu items.

Mr. Steve Ells, Founder and CEO
Chipotle Mexican Grill
1401 Wynkoop St., Ste. 500




Keep the March of the Penguins Going

Life for penguins is hard enough as it is.

Penguins have it hard enough already..

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica, made famous in the documentary March of the Penguins, are threatened by warming seas and melting and shifting ice, making it difficult for them to raise their young and find food. Loss of habitat and loss of feeding ground place the emperor penguins at risk. Listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) will help protect them.

Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to let the agency know that you want these penguins protected under the ESA.

Daniel M. Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW, Room 3358|
Washington, DC 20240-0001



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