Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dragging cows too weak to stand. Shocking them with electric prods when they can't walk. Ramming them with forklifts. Even forcing water down their throats -- right out of the manual on waterboarding.

Our shocking undercover investigation revealed these and other abuses of "downed" dairy cows -- those who are too sick or injured to walk -- at a Southern California slaughter plant. And The Humane Society of the United States’ investigation also discovered that the meat from these tortured animals gets fed to children through the National School Lunch Program!

Please watch our investigative video, and then take action today to stop this cruelty.

Our video of the cruelty is very difficult to watch. Even worse is the thought that an outfit like Hallmark Meat Packing Company got away with this kind of abuse every day, without proper oversight from the USDA.

Urge the USDA to tighten its lax enforcement of the downer rule and to close the rule's loophole -- so that cows who are obviously in no shape to walk are not taken to slaughter in the first place.
Don't forget to tell your friends and family how they can help, too.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. You can find the full details of this shocking investigation on our website or in a recent Washington Post story.
Last week, the Bush Cheney Administration changed the rules, taking another step toward the slaughter of hundreds of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies region -- even while these animals remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. But thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we were prepared for the announcement: On Monday, Defenders and our conservation partners immediately filed suit to stop these rule changes.We’re in for a long, hard legal battle to save Greater Yellowstone wolves.

Please support our Yellowstone Wolf Legal Defense Fund by becoming a Wildlife Guardian with a monthly donation of $5, $8, $18, $38 or another amount.

Last week’s change to the so-called “10j” rule will have devastating consequences. Up to 900 wolves -- over half of the region’s wolf population -- could be killed, even though they remain protected by the Endangered Species Act. The killing could begin as early as March. With your monthly support, we can keep fighting in the courts and on the ground to protect these magnificent animals.

As a Wildlife Guardian, your ongoing monthly donation -- just pennies per day -- will provide crucial and reliable support for our battles in the months ahead.Unfortunately, last week’s rule change is only the beginning: In just a few weeks, the Bush/Cheney Administration is expected to announce the removal of Greater Yellowstone wolves from the federal list of endangered species -- opening the door to the killing of as many as two-thirds of the wolves in Wyoming and all but around 100 wolves in Idaho.

Your monthly tax-deductible contribution of $5, $8, $18, $38 or another amount, will enable Defenders to respond to the delisting with swift legal action to save our wolves -- and you’ll also be a vital partner in our long fight for wolves in the months ahead.Defenders’ seasoned legal team has a proven track record of success when it comes to defending our wolves. When the American Farm Bureau -- a powerful industry lobby group -- wanted to kill all the Yellowstone wolves, we took them on and won. We stopped then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton from lifting critical wolf protections in 2005. And last year in Alaska, we halted a bloody wolf bounty program. With your help, we can win for wolves again.

Please become a Wildlife Guardian today and become a partner in our ongoing efforts to save wolves.

With your help, we can win for our wolves.

Sincerely,

Rodger Schlickeisen, President
Defenders of Wildlife

Thursday, January 24, 2008

It’s happened. Despite the opposition of tens of thousands of Defenders supporters, the Fish & Wildlife Service just made it much easier to kill wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies region -- even while they remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Take action now. Tell Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne that this rule change is unacceptable.

The change to the so-called “10j” rule announced today lowers the bar for killing wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming -- opening the door to the slaughter of hundreds of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies region. The states would only need to prove that wolves are a “major cause” of the inability of elk and deer to meet state management goals. Wolves could be killed even if they only have an effect on how elk herds move or behave -- not just if they reduce herd numbers.Wildlife officials will be able to shoot, trap and kill endangered wolves -- even those that wander from the safety of Yellowstone National Park and other protected areas.

Write to Secretary Kempthorne to express your outrage today!

Remember, these wolves are still protected as an endangered species -- federal officials have yet to decide whether to remove protections under the Endangered Species Act for wolves in the Greater Yellowstone region. But the rule change allows officials to start killing wolves as soon as March.

Please take action now. Tell Secretary Kempthorne that you are outraged by this rule change!

Thank you for all you do to protect our wildlife and the places it lives.

Sincerely,
Rodger Schlickeisen
President, Defenders of Wildlife

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY AND HELP END HORSE SLAUGHTER FOREVER!

Today is the National Call-In Day for Horses! Together, we have closed all U.S. horse slaughter plants. Now we need to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to end the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada.

It is a new year and a crucial time to make your voices heard. Let's light up the phones on Capitol Hill to send the message loud and clear that we want a permanent ban on horse slaughter now.

Your calls have made a difference in the past, so please makethe call today. Let's ban horse slaughter in 2008.

Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Take Action for the National Wildlife Federation!

"It's the most important wildlife conservation legislation in history," said John Kostyack, NWF's wildlife policy expert.

"Really?" Could this new global warming bill--the Climate Security Act--truly be as big as the Endangered Species Act...or the Clean Water Act...or the Clean Air Act?

If so, how?

"Well" said John, "Global warming has the potential to wipe out all of the conservation victories of the last century."

Endangered wildlife on the road to recovery could face new challenges as global warming alters their habitat and way of life. Waters that we once fought to protect could dry up from extreme drought. In all, up to one-third of all species could disappear by 2050 if global warming continues unchecked.

But, you can help change the forecast for wildlife!
http://online.nwf.org/changetheforecast

The National Wildlife Federation is working to pass an important new global warming bill in Congress called the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

This legislation not only reduces the global warming pollution that is impacting wildlife habitat across the country, it also puts billions of dollars to work to help wildlife survive a changing climate.

Help protect wildlife for future generations by sending a message to your senators!

Your voice is essential to make our campaign to pass the Climate Security Act a success. Make sure both of your senators sign on to this bill and vote for its passage.

Thanks so much!

Kristin Johnson
Grassroots Mobilization Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation
alerts@nwf.org

Friday, January 18, 2008

From the World Wildlife Fund

CONSERVATION RESULTS

Russia Creates Three National Parks in Amur Tiger Territory

In 2007, with direct support from WWF, the Russian government established three new national parks to protect forests and habitat for the endangered Amur (Siberian) tiger. The parks cover almost a million and a half acres of forest in Russia's Far East. Unlike existing protected areas in the region--called zapovedniks--that restrict access to scientific purposes only, the new parks are the first protected areas in the region to bear the "national park" designation, meaning they exist for both conservation and tourism. With tourism permitted, the parks have the potential of generating their own long-term financial sustainability.

Monday, January 14, 2008

National Call-in Day for Horses

From The Humane Society of the United States

Dear Faye,

Mark your calendars for January 22, 2008, the National Call-In Day for Horses!

The doors on the last remaining U.S.-based horse slaughter plants have been shuttered. Now, Congress must pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to end the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada. Even when plants were operating within the U.S., several thousand horses were exported to Mexico and Canada annually. Though the total number of American horses killed has dropped, all of them are now enduring terribly long trips over the border that end in a grisly form of slaughter. We have said all along that we must pass federal legislation to stop horse slaughter and the need has never been more urgent.

On January 22, please call your two U.S. senators and U.S. representative and express your support to end horse slaughter permanently.

Please tell your friends and family how they can help end horse slaughter, too. Email and handout the National Call-In Day for Horses flier to everyone you know!

Watch your email on the morning of January 22 for special Call-In Day instructions. Your emails and calls will not only make a difference, they will help make history. Help us end horse slaughter forever.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Getting back to things

I've been involved in a 10-day writing workshop this month, but it's time to get back to blogging for Paws! Please feel free to click on the word "comments" below any post to talk about animals or to send me ideas for new information to post on the blog. And of course, always feel free to send your photos, both for the blog and our online monthly contest.

Here's a story from Defenders of Wildlife to check out: "Ranch Hand Admits to Baiting Wolves to Prey on Livestock; Results in Removal of Endangered Wolves"

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's celebration. We'll be starting off 2008 with some new online Web site updates, coming soon.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peak at the organization that will be our new featured Organization of the Month. A reader sent us information on The Greater Birmingham Humane Society. "The Society is dedicated to promoting respect for life through education and prevention of cruelty to animals and people."

Link to their Web Page: http://www.gbhs.org/

Here's a link to their adoptable pets: http://www.gbhs.org/default.aspx?id=13