Cheers to the government of Ireland, specifically the Green Party, for committing on the 10 th of October 2009 to ban stag hunting and phase out fur farms in three years. Deer in Ireland are chased to exhaustion, or until they drown in rivers, by so-called sporting people with packs of dogs. Fur farms use well over 150,000 Artic foxes, Red foxes, and mink annually and keep tens of thousands in captivity as breeding stock. Although the list of commitments regarding animals contains a number of regulatory provisions, these outright bans would be worth celebrating, and well overdue.
Laura Broxson, spokesperson for Ireland’s Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT), said, "Then we can turn our attention to banning the importation of fur in Ireland. The campaign will not end until we make this country completely fur-free."
To send thanks to Laura Broxson and CAFT, please contact:
PO Box 11019 , Dublin 2
To thank the Green Party and press them to have this commitment to BAN stag hunting and fur farms hardened into law. Please contact:
The Green Party:
16/17 Suffolk Street , Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 6790012
Fax: +353 (0)1 6797168,
Cheers to Johnson Toribiong , President of Palau, who on 25 September 2009 declared Palau the world’s first National Shark Sanctuary. Palau’s commitment to sharks not only conveys a respect for non-human animals, but for the full marine biocommunity. Send thanks to President Toribiong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dermot Keane, the Founder of the Palau Shark Sanctuary, said, “I have no doubt that Shark Savers’ on-line petition (opposing Senate Bill 8-44) played a strong role in bringing about this most positive result.” The Palau Shark Sanctuary is the Palauan NGO that has been working towards the establishment of a National Shark Sanctuary since 2001. To send a thank you to Palau through Shark Savers, or simply to find out more about their work, please visit:
Cheers to Dr. Shirley McGreal , founder and director of the International Primate Protection League, and to “Dancing with the Stars” executive producer Conrad Green for sparing a chimpanzee used in the entertainment industry from appearing on the popular television show. Dr. McGreal contacted the producer after learning of a contract allowing the show’s use of a chimpanzee. After reading Dr. McGreal’s letter, Conrad Green decided not to air the footage, and commented: “While I can’t undo the fact that we did shoot with a chimpanzee I will be sure we don’t do this again in the future.”
Send thanks to Conrad Green, and encourage “Dancing with the Stars” to commit to a no-animal policy: email@example.com
The International Primate Protection League can be found online at:
Cheers to Lagusta Yearwood , owner of Lagusta’s Luscious: Bluestocking Bonbons and Chocolate Truffles. The artisanal chocolates, which are fashioned from organic, fairly traded ingredients whenever possible, are, as one reviewer called them, “heartbreakingly delicious”—and all vegan. The Bluestocking Bonbons are all named for feminist luminaries, and the hand-made chocolate peanut butter cups and peppermint patties—all packaged in recycled, recyclable and compostable boxes—are sublime.
Jeers to Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell , who publicly resolved, at a forum hosted by Idaho for Wildlife, to sign an executive order allowing anyone to shoot a wolf at any time—claiming “if Idaho's mountains are to be safe for people and if our big game herds are to be the envy of the world, the wolves can not stay.”
Rammell’s declaration displays a shocking lack of knowledge about biology and a blatant disrespect for conscious life. Please tell Rex Rammell to let wolves be, as they, like other free-living animals, are vital members of the biocommunity and properly respected for who they are.
Rex Rammell can be contacted at:
367 Talon Dr
Rexburg , ID 83440
Jeers to Humane Society International (a branch of Humane Society of the United States) for its latest campaign to enact a “seafood boycott” in Europe with the goal of ending the commercial seal slaughter. While it’s laudable to oppose the killing of seals, it doesn’t make good sense to simultaneously promote animal product consumption in the form of a boycott of select marine animals. Tell Humane Society International that sea life is not seafood, and to oppose the killing of all non-human animals.
Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, NW
Washington , DC 20037
An online form is available at: http://www.hsus.org/hsi/about_us/contact_us/
Jeers to Shutterfly Inc , the Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, for launching its new collection of “support-a-cause” cards with 10% of its profits going to charities including Heifer International—an organization that encourages animal agribusiness as a solution to world poverty and hunger. Heifer International displays a disrespect for non-human animals and the environment by encouraging the consumption of animal products. Please tell Shutterfly to support causes that respect the lives of non-humans animals.
2800 Bridge Parkway
Redwood City , CA 94065