Tell U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service To Protect Wolves
Gray wolves are struggling to recover in the Pacific Northwest, California, southern Rocky Mountains and Northeast — but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is drafting a proposal to delist them in these states.
To "delist" means to remove the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This would be a death sentence for wolves.
More than 1,200 wolves in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes region have been massacred since they lost ESA protection in 2011, when the species was removed from the list by political fiat instead of science.
Wolves across these states are slaughtered by bow-hunters gunned down by "recreational" hunters, tortured by trappers in steel-jaw foothold traps and snares, and subjected to brutal "management" methods, including aerial gunning. The same fate awaits wolves in other regions who are barely hanging on. Delisting would subject them to the same massacre we're seeing in the Rocky Mountain states and the Great Lakes states where they've already lost protection.
http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=ZXFcr6c8H_4IR9sy5sPX3w Tell them delisting is premature, because wolf populations have not yet recovered, and because the prejudices and misconceptions that led to their near elimination across the continent are still present.
Help IDA Win More Victories For Chimpanzees
IDA is on the brink of another remarkable victory for animals.
This new opportunity comes on the heels of one of IDA's proudest achievements in the fight for chimpanzees – in December 2012, over 14,000 of you petitioned to send 100 chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center to sanctuary instead of another lab. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) took heed, and agreed to retire the chimpanzees to sanctuary! While this was an astounding victory, an important new development will urgently require your voice and your support.
To make it happen, we need you -http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=-HTiQGGCH_Ryy5BgVDCHIg
Last month, an NIH-appointed panel of experts unanimously recommended the retirement of most government-held chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries. This is a stunning shift in NIH philosophy, and an enormous step forward.
In fact, never have we been so close to freeing innocent chimpanzees from labs that have been their torture chambers and prisons for years. http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=9r6o2JFL5rT9jf1r9weWvQ
Speak Up! No Chimp Left Behind!
Above, we told you of the NIH panel's recommendation to retire MOST chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries. But "most" is not enough! We must demand - no chimp left behind!
Until March 23, NIH is accepting public input on the chimpanzee retirement recommendations. They have set up a webform for comments, that you can access here. The form on that page has many fields for comments on each specific recommendation, but you can just scroll to the end where it says "Overall Comments" and copy and paste the below message, or submit your own response.
Sample message to post at http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=tsrr_Uc6cow50AtoyAM7XQ
I am delighted to learn that the NIH is considering retiring most chimpanzees under its control from research laboratories to sanctuaries. I applaud you and the Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research for taking this important step.
I ask that you accept the Working Group's recommendations, but reject the one recommendation that NIH maintain a colony of 50 chimpanzees for possible future research. There is neither scientific nor ethical justification to maintain a colony.
I also ask that you and the Council recommend the retirement to sanctuary of those chimpanzees who remain in private laboratories. I understand that since they are not under your jurisdiction, you are not able to render decisions about them, but a positive recommendation from your respected Council would be an invaluable step to according them the freedom the NIH acknowledges they deserve.
Ask South Korea's New President To Stand Up For All Dogs
Is South Korea's new President a secret dog lover? President Park Geun-hye received two Jindo pups as inauguration gifts. Jindos are the most widely used breed of dog in South Korea's illicit dog meat trade, which kills two and a half million dogs a year.
The dog meat trade exists in a legal blind spot caused by conflicting regulations. Please help IDA help dogs and cats in South Korea! Send a polite message to President Park on Facebook and/or Twitter, asking her to expand her love for her new canine companions to include all dogs in South Korea by banning the horrific dog meat trade, completely and permanently.
Dogs in the meat trade are electrocuted, hanged, beaten to death, and have their throats slashed. They are thrown into tubs of boiling water, then into rotating drums for the removal of their fur, and then they are blow torched, often while still conscious. The prevailing myth is that the more suffering endured during slaughter, the more tender the meat and more potent the so-called "medicinal properties."