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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.

Mass Removal of Wild Horses

Darien, Conn. -- Despite a brief, six-week moratorium on wild horse and burro roundups following the death of 41 wild horses at a slaughterhouse in Illinois, on 1 June 2005 the government resumed capturing and removing these animals from public land.

While the government continues to appease ranchers by confiscating horses and burros to make room for an ever-burgeoning cattle industry, Friends of Animals calls for the end of the roundups that strip horses and burros of their ability to live unmolested on public land.

Act on Behalf of Alaska Wolves

To biologists, they were unique. To the community of wolves moving in and about Denali National Park, they were irreplaceable. Today, they are gone.

On the 11th of February 2005, the alpha female was trapped and shot. Two months later, on the 17th of April, a hunter accompanied by a guide shot the injured and exhausted alpha male.

Urgent: Action Needed for Arctic Refuge

The Bush administration is once again pushing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Evidence of its efforts are expected early in the 109th Congress, when legislators might work through several angles, inserting drilling provisions into the budget bill as well as into the energy bill.

Action Alert: Oppose The Sonoma Foie Gras Act

Dear Friends:

A disturbing turn of events requires your immediate action.

Legislation that, on its face, prohibits the sale and production of foie gras in California is being turned completely inside out by politicking. Rather than stopping cruelty, SB 1520 now allows the legalized torture of ducks and geese for many years to come. The revised bill is better named the Sonoma Foie Gras Protection Act.

Legislative Action Alert for Alaska Wolf Advocates

Dear Alaska Friends of Animals Member,

As you've undoubtedly heard, Gov. Murkowski has slowed down the predator control scheme to allow Alaska's state sharpshooters to shot-gun wolves from helicopters, or other aircraft around McGrath this Spring, following Friends of Animals' promise of legal action and a tourism boycott. The wolf-killing scheme is on the back burner, but we must stop it from going forward in the Fall through the legislative maneuver described below.

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