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STEP IT UP 2007

April 14th is only a month away, and momentum is building for Step It Up 2007 -- a day of rallies across the country to urge Congress to impose an 80 percent reduction in global warming pollution by 2050.

Friends of Animals will be gathering in New York City; Las Vegas, Norwalk, CT., and elsewhere. If you live near one of these locations, please join a rally. For more about this historic event, visit www.stepitup2007.org.

STEP IT UP NORWALK

Update on the Great Texas Debacle

Many people have written to ask about the latest in the Primarily Primates ordeal. By way of background for guests who are new to this controversy, the current legal predicament facing Primarily Primates ("PPI"), the pioneering Texas animal sanctuary, arose when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ("PETA") presented a case early last year in which several primates living at the refuge were named as plaintiffs. Perversely, PETA's case intended to remove animals from the country's oldest private primate refuge and place them in the custody of people who use primates in research.

PPI's response to Peta's Allegations

As the Interim Executive Director of Primarily Primates, this letter is in response to the Mary Beth Sweetland letter of October 16, 2006 sent to the Board of Directors of Friends of Animals.

Pomegranates are Wonderful; Animal Testing Isn't

Friends of Animals Boycotts Juice Company

Friends of Animals members and supporters have spoken. And they don't want animal testing in their pomegranate juice.

FoA has called for a boycott of POM Wonderful brand juices until the company and its profits cease to be implicated in animal research or testing.

Update on Connecticut Alert

This important update is on status of two bills before the Connecticut General Assembly, "An Act Concerning Monk Parakeets" and "An Act Concerning Limited Sunday Hunting."

Oil Drilling Stripped From Defense Spending Bill

Yesterday, the Senate refused to include oil drilling in a $453.5 billion defense spending bill. Senators voted 56-44 against passage. The bill, which also includes disaster relief and military funding, would have opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

This is a true victory for the ecosystem of the Refuge and the animals residing there. We at Friends of Animals thank the lawmakers and commend all people who worked quickly to oppose the troubling provision. It's now time to discuss real lifestyle changes and fresh energy policies.

Update: Arctic Refuge Rally on Capitol Hill

As a congressional vote on whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge nears, Friends of Animals joined activists from across the nation at a Washington, D.C. rally on the Capitol lawn 20 September. The theme of the rally was "Don't drill, storm Capitol Hill."

Activists heeded the call, going en masse to the halls of Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers that we will never be able to drill our way to energy independence, and that we must protect the coastal plain in its natural state.

Arctic Refuge Rally on Capitol Hill

This fall, Congress will vote on whether to open the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. The Refuge provides a home for more than 200 species of birds and animals including Tundra swans, caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears and wolves.

The Refuge's unique wilderness exists almost nowhere else. The coastal plain is void of the damage and obtrusiveness of steel oil pipelines, gravel roads, exploration equipment, drilling rigs, processing stations, air strips and contamination from spills which exist in nearby Prudhoe Bay.

Helping in the Hurricane: Suggestions for Direct Giving

Some of our supporters have asked what is to be done from a distance to help the animals (human and nonhuman) who are desperate and displaced in the wake of the gulf coast hurricane.

The local SPCA in New Orleans has had to shut down and move to temporary digs. They can use your help; give through a simple form here.

The Foie Gras Fight

The New York Times
June 29, 2005

To the Editor:

It's true, animal advocates and ordinary people worldwide are giving a tough time to producers of foie gras (''Chances Fade for Foie Gras Bill,'' June 15).

And here's why:

Foie gras -- fattened goose or duck liver -- means filling ducks' stomachs through footlong funnels three times a day. In the course of the monthlong stuffing schedule of nutrient-deficient corn and oil, a duck's liver may swell to 10 times its normal size.

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