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Urgent! Take Action to Save Geese!

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Written by Laura Monday, 18 July 2011 16:23

As you may have heard, there is an issue happening in Henrico at Canterbury Lake in which some of the residents on the Association Board have taken it upon themselves to contact the USDA about exterminating the Canadian geese at the lake because they see them as a nuisance.  The geese will be rounded up and gassed.  Many of the home owners were not even informed of this until the killing was planned and many are against it.  This weekend they held a protest against killing the geese, which was postponed from last week due to the hot weather.  Here is the story with a video of the protest and a poll asking ...

Do you support extermination of the Canterbury Lake geese?   Please respond NO to this poll!
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/jul/15/tdmet02-henrico-residents-protest-plans-to-extermi-ar-1173928/

A petition started by the Richmond SPCA against killing the geese can be found here:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tell-usda-and-canterbury-lake-association-that-canada-geese-deserve-compassion/


   

Amy on WRIR again!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:31 Written by Laura Monday, 11 April 2011 18:58

UPDATE: You can now view Amy's interview via podcast online here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50957

Thanks so much to those who came out to the vegan ice cream social Saturday night!  It was great to see everyone and fun to socialize!  The food and sundaes were very yummy and we had some great new ideas like wearing "chains" on our wrists for the circus and t-shirts for the group!  Stay tuned- more to come!

Our group member and animal hero Amy B. will be talking live on IndyMediaLive on WRIR 97.3 FM tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12:30 - 1:00 PM about Ringling, circus cruelty and our group!  You can listen online at work by going to the website wrir.org and selecting the red "listen" button on the left side of the screen.  If you miss it, it will be re-broadcast on wrir.org Wednesday, April 13, 2:30 - 3:00 PM.  Thank you so much to Amy for doing something most of us would shy away from.  GO AMY!!

Ringling protests are quickly approaching.  It's important for us to be at every show we can if possible.  Jackie will be there with materials for each show, so if you can make it please come out because she will be there! We will meet on the 7th Street side of the Coliseum across the street, in front of the parking garage. Please make it if you can!

 

Protest Dates/Times:

Wed, Apr 20:   6 pm – 7:30 pm *most important!

Thu, Apr 21:      6 pm – 7:30 pm

Fri, Apr 22: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Sat, Apr 23: (3) protests-10 am – 11:30 am
2 pm – 3:30 pm
6 pm – 7:30 pm

Sun, Apr 24: 2 pm – 3:30 pm


   

Updates

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:22 Written by Laura Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:20

Hello Everyone,
Our fur protest on Saturday was a HUGE success!  We had a great turn out and got lots of positive responses from passersby!  Thank you to every person that came out- you truly gave a voice to the animals!

Our next fur protest at Alan Furs will be Saturday, March 5th at noon.  More details will come soon!  An Evite will be sent out soon for you to RSVP to (please make sure we aren't showing up in your spam folder!) or you may RSVP on Facebook.

A quick heads up on Ringling Brothers Circus- they are coming to town soon.  They will be here Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24th.  They will have 8 shows and it's so important we are there at each and every show to educate the public and to give a voice to the animals that are forced to perform unnatural and cruel tricks night after night.  This is our biggest annual event so please start thinking about your commitment- opening night is the most important, but the weekend shows are also heavily attended.  Bring your friends, your niece or nephew, the whole family!  This is a peaceful and informative protest and our chance to show the circus they are not wanted here!  Any ideas you have on materials, displays, or things we can do to reach people and get attention are welcome!

Restaurant Corner:
Just some quick food bites- some are new and some are refreshers!  If you have any restaurants you would like to share, please let me know!

Carytown Burgers and Fries - with their own vegetarian menu, you are sure to find some old fashioned burgers to suit your taste!  Numerous kinds of veggie burgers, grilled portabella, and even a mock chicken basket as well as salads, onion rings and tater tots! 

Cafe 821 - ultra hip cafe with SO much veg food it's impossible to list!  Some of the coolest include vegan breakfast burritos, tofu po'boy sandwich, buffalo tofu sandwich, and stuffed portabella with pasta!

Cute T-shirt Deal:
This cute t-shirt called "Tofu, Food’s Master of Disguise" is on Woot for $15 and available in lots of sizes including kids.  It's become the most commented on t-shirt and is too cute to pass up!

Cheap Cuts:
Some of you already know about these sweet way to get great deals on services, entertainment and food, but it's good to share!  You can get half off or more with these websites.  Great places with veg food like Cafe 821, Made In Asia, Carytown Burgers and Fries, Hot Tamale Cafe and others have all had (or currently have) coupons on these sites: 
Groupon: http://www.groupon.com/ sign up to receive an email daily with the latest deal!
Living Social: http://livingsocial.com/deals/ sign up to receive an email daily with the latest deal!
804 Half Off:  http://mlr.mainlinedeal.com/  Deals are added Wednesday of each week and continue until they run out!

   

Urgent Action Alert!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:07 Written by Laura Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:03

This is an urgent action alert that will have an impact on the lives of animals in our area and in Virgina.  House Bill 1541 and Senate Bill 1026 need to be stopped!  This is very time sensitive so please take 5 minutes to do this today!

Included in the Bills are things like:

  1. VA law currently requires all animals have adequate space, shelter,
    food, water and veterinary care. S.B. 1026/H.B. 1541 carves out less
    protection for livestock and horses, and requires only the barest
    minimum care for these animals.
  2. Apparent removal of all protections for agricultural animals used in medical or scientific experimentation
  3. Requirements that agricultural animals (i.e. horses) found to have been neglected or abused must be sold

Please take (literally) 5 minutes to call or email your senator and state
delegates and ask them to vote no to House Bill 1541 and Senate Bill
1026.


 (When you call, you'll just get a staff member who will take your
comment and pass it on to the delegate. Nothing confrontational --
this is what they get paid to do.)

You can look up your legislator here:
http://action.humanesociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=electedOfficials
and click on the link to the contact page for each rep. 


Here is a sample email letter you can customize and send:

Dear Representative _________, (or Senator ________)

Please vote against House Bill 1541 (or Senate Bill 1026 if you are writing to your Senator). This is a harmful bill that would significantly weaken current laws that were set up to protect animals
from cruel treatment.

With Virginia’s current code, all animals are protected under the cruelty law. However, if either of these bills pass, agricultural animals would only have protection from emaciation, dehydration and
extreme lack of veterinary care. In addition, livestock and horses potentially lose legal protection from violent animal abuse.

If enacted this problematic legislation will weaken the existing anti-cruelty laws for the following reasons:

Dramatically decreases the protection of livestock and horses in Virginia.
•       VA law currently requires all animals have adequate space, shelter, food, water and veterinary care. S.B. 1026/H.B. 1541 carves out less protection for livestock and horses, and requires only the barest minimum care for these animals.
•       Owners would only be required to prevent “emaciation” or “dehydration” of livestock and horses. This is at its best the avoidance of extreme neglect, and animals could potentially be
severely restricted of basic necessities.
•       Livestock and horse owners would no longer be required to provide veterinary care to prevent needless animal suffering. All livestock and horses seized for extreme neglect would be required to be sold, preventing them from being cared for by humane societies or
sanctuaries.
•       Livestock and horses potentially lose legal protection from violent animal abuse.

Could promote animal fighting.
•       The broad definition of agriculture animals/livestock weakens protections for birds used for illegal animal fighting.

Penalty that does not fit the crime.
•       The maximum punishment is a $250 crime which is weak deterrence for animal abuse. The proposed statute is also unclear whether there is a separate violation for each animal affected or one violation for all animals mistreated.

Poorly drafted.
•       “Dehydration,” “farming activities,” are not defined. As such, cruel practices could be justified as a farming activity.
•       This bill oddly places limits on the persons who may be contacted prior to the seizure of an agricultural animals, increasing constraints for rescuing animals from cruel situations.

Please vote against S S.B. 1026/H.B 1541 to protect Virginia’s animals from animal cruelty.

Sincerely,
[your name, address and phone number]


   

Radio Interview on WRIR

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:32 Written by Laura Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:31

Amy B. gave a very insightful interview yesterday on WRIR about the fur industry, our upcoming protest, our group, and other animal issues.  She shared her personal story of veganism and activism as well as stating the facts, providing cruelty free alternatives, and encouraging people to find compassion.  If you missed the interview, you can listen here http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/47349 (click the red button)  Thank you to Amy for having the courage to go on live radio and do a fabulous job!  

We would also like to thank Rebecca Faris at WRIR for allowing us to give a voice to the animals and reach out to educate and inform.  It's so important that we have channels in which to relay this information.  We truly believe that most people would be shocked to know what really goes on in the name of entertainment, fashion, food, and medicine.  Thank you from all of us! 

PS- Don't forget FUR FREE FRIDAY peaceful demonstration FRIDAY, Noon-2:00 PM at ALAN FURS,1515 North Parham Road Richmond, VA 23229.  Posters provided, various groups have donated NO FUR pins for everyone, stickers, and brochures for our event!


   

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