Monday, March 22, 2010

In Defense of Animals: SAVE WILD HORSES & BURROS

    In Defense of Animals:

Urge YOUR Senators and RepresentativeTo Help Wild Horses and BurrosSend Fax (Below) AND Make Calls!

As the Obama Administration steps up its assault on wild horses and burros – scheduled to round up 12,000 horses and burros this year alone – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is asking Congress for more money to fund his proposal which continues the same ill-conceived, tax-wasting and inhumane wild horse and burro program.

In recent weeks Secretary Salazar and his staff have been on Capitol Hill trying to justify his agency's FY 2011 budget proposal. Last year, Congress increased the BLM's wild horse budget by 30 percent, but directed the development of a new and sustainable management plan. Instead of reform, Secretary Salazar used the increased funding to continue business as usual, remove even more horses from the range, provide little range management, and create more taxpayer waste while displacing greater numbers of wild horses and burros.

This past year has been pivotal for wild horses – under President Obama and Secretary Salazar, for the first time, there are more wild horses confined in government holding facilities than free on the range. Today there are more than 36,000 horses currently warehoused at taxpayer expense and only an estimated 34,000 free on the range.

Despite Salazar’s promises of change last year and Congress’ willingness to support his proposal, the wild horse and burro program is in the worse shape ever.

Please send the message (SEE PETITION LINK) to your Senators and House Representative.

In addition, please make three phone calls for the wild horses and burros who so desperately need us to speak up for them.

Click here to get the phone numbers of your House Representative and two Senators and call to deliver the message below.
Hi, my name is (insert your name), and I’m a constituent who lives in (insert your city).
I’m calling to urge Representative (or Senator) (insert name) to vote against the Department of Interior’s request for funding for a wild horse “preserve” in the Midwest or East. Please tell him/her to support a suspension of all wild horse roundups until a program for real reform is in place.

If you have time, please ask about your representative’s position on the increased funding for the Department of Interior’s wild horse and burro program. If you speak with a staffer, please refer to the talking points in the email below. Please send any feedback you get from your representatives to info@idausa.org – include “wild horses” in the subject line.

PETITION: https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1417&AddInterest=1028&JServSessionIdr004=zibwpy00t1.app245b
(note - this automated form requires a valid U.S. zip code)

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Make Plans for World Week for Animals in Labs Now! | PETA.org

Make Plans for World Week for Animals in Labs Now! PETA.org

Can you spare one week to be a voice for the millions of animals who suffer in laboratories?

World Week for Animals in Labs is rapidly approaching, and PETA is calling on kindhearted and energetic people to get involved and speak up for animals who are used in experiments.

This April 17–24, tell everyone you know that "Animal Testing Breaks Hearts!" Despite the availability of superior and humane non-animal methods, everyday household products and cosmetics are still pumped into animals' stomachs, rubbed on their skin and in their eyes, and forced into their lungs with aerosol sprays.

Reject this cruel and archaic practice by purchasing products that are not tested on animals. You can do even more for animals who are used for experiments by getting active during World Week for Animals in Labs!

Fill out the form below, and we'll mail you a free booklet filled with 10 "Animal Testing Breaks Hearts" leaflets and a pack of stickers to pass out to your family, friends, classmates, and coworkers.

Sharing this information will show others how easy it is to be cruelty-free and is a great way for you to help countless animals who undergo excruciating experiments each and every week at the hands of vivisectors.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

CITES rejects monitoring of coral trade

CITES rejects monitoring of coral trade
After denying protection to polar bears, sharks, and the Critically Endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has today voted against additional protections for harvested coral species, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group.

The joint US and EU measure would have put in place scientific and trade monitoring of over thirty species of red and pink coral in the Mediterranean and western Pacific.

The corals are harvested to make jewelry. But harvests of the coral have seen a significant decline: over 85 percent in thirty years. Marine conservations warn that the corals are too slow-growing to sustain such heavy collecting, since they require a hundred years to reach maturity.

Japan, which also led the movement to reject the ban on the Atlantic bluefin tuna trade, lobbied others to vote 'no' against the monitoring. The country argued that deep water corals are not facing extinction and that monitoring would impact poor coastal fishing communities, especially in North African nations. The vote was done secretly.

"TRAFFIC and WWF are deeply disappointed with the decision not to list red and pink corals," said Ernie Cooper of TRAFFIC Canada. "Without the trade control measures this would have introduced, the current overharvesting of these precious corals will continue unabated."

It is estimated that 30 to 50 metric tons of the corals are harvested every year. The United States is the world's largest purchaser of coral jewelry.

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CITES rejects monitoring of coral trade

CITES rejects monitoring of coral trade
After denying protection to polar bears, sharks, and the Critically Endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has today voted against additional protections for harvested coral species, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group.

The joint US and EU measure would have put in place scientific and trade monitoring of over thirty species of red and pink coral in the Mediterranean and western Pacific.

The corals are harvested to make jewelry. But harvests of the coral have seen a significant decline: over 85 percent in thirty years. Marine conservations warn that the corals are too slow-growing to sustain such heavy collecting, since they require a hundred years to reach maturity.

Japan, which also led the movement to reject the ban on the Atlantic bluefin tuna trade, lobbied others to vote 'no' against the monitoring. The country argued that deep water corals are not facing extinction and that monitoring would impact poor coastal fishing communities, especially in North African nations. The vote was done secretly.

"TRAFFIC and WWF are deeply disappointed with the decision not to list red and pink corals," said Ernie Cooper of TRAFFIC Canada. "Without the trade control measures this would have introduced, the current overharvesting of these precious corals will continue unabated."

It is estimated that 30 to 50 metric tons of the corals are harvested every year. The United States is the world's largest purchaser of coral jewelry.

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Borneo Sun Bears - Part 3

Soon the rescued sun bears will be in their new home. Next step - save the wild sun bears from extinction. Siew Te Wong and Dr. Audrey Low discuss the upcoming relocation. Exciting times. The culmination of years of work for Wong and so many others.