EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ANiMAL PETiTiONS CORNER by Alicia of WoodsEdge

by Alicia of WoodsEdge

1. Protect Horses From Cruel Training Practice

Congress is being applauded for moving forward with legislation that would protect gaited horses from the cruel practice of soring that's used to get them to produce an unnaturally high step known as the "Big Lick." 

Unfortunately, the current law to end soring and penalties to stop abusers haven't been tough enough and supporters of the industry are fighting to keep laws weak. 

Please sign and share the petition urging your representative to support the PAST Act, which will help end this practice for good. 


2. Help Save Kenai Brown Bears Before It's Too Late

Conservationists are worried that excessive hunting could push a rare and isolated population of bears on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula to the brink if it continues. The forecast for this season doesn't bode well with 1,600 permits out, and 700 still available, for an estimated 600 bears. Now bear advocates are urging the state to close Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for hunting before this population is irreparably harmed. 

Please send a letter to the manager of the wildlife refuge asking that hunting be stopped to protect bears. 


3. Help Protect Pets and Children From Abuse

Lawmakers in illinois are considering legislation that will increase penalties for abusing animals in front of a child. Not only is animal abuse of any kind unacceptable, but hurting innocent creatures in front of children can cause serious trauma and emotional issues for them. 

Please send a letter to Illinois lawmakers asking them to increase penalties for those whose abuse harms animals and children.  




Thursday, April 10, 2014

ANiMAL PETiTiONS CORNER by Alicia of WoodsEdge

by Alicia of WoodsEdge

1. Help Stop the War on Idaho's Wolves

Idaho has continued to prove that it can't be trusted to manage wolves. A mere five years after they lost federal protection, the state has waged war on these iconic predators and has really cross the line with the recent passage of a bill that will allocate $400,000 taxpayer dollars for the sole purpose of killing as many wolves as possible. 

Please send a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service urging the agency to immediately review the status of wolves and the state's failed management plan. 


2. Help Stop the Trade in Endangered Whales

Animal advocates were recently horrified to learn that meat from endangered whales on its way to Japan was being shipped through Canada, which was being used as an unwitting accomplice in the slaughter of endangered fin whales. 

Please sign the petition urging Canadian officials to stop whale meat from coming through its ports.


3. Thank a Judge Who Sent a Puppy Abuser to Jail

All too often cases of animal cruelty result in a slap on the wrist for offenders. This time around, a judge sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for stealing and brutally beating a pit bull puppy named Halo, who survived and is working towards becoming a therapy dog and community educator. 

Please sign this letter thanking Louisiana Judge Clayton Davis for taking this case seriously and handing out a sentence. 





Wednesday, April 09, 2014

ANiMAL MUNDi: Ohlone Tiger Beetle by Corinna of The FrogBag

 by Corinna of TheFrogBag

Ohlone Tiger Beetle

The Endangered Species Act became law in the United States back in 1973, more than 40 years ago. With so many animals and plants in trouble, sometimes it’s hard to remember that things would be much worse without it. But just ask the Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone), a beautiful, ferocious (albeit tiny) predator that only became known to science in 1987. 

Because of the Ohlone’s very specific habitat requirements it was already in trouble by the time anyone noticed it. 

Emerging from the ground for only about two months each year in the early spring, these bright green insects are found in just five spots in Santa Cruz County, California and nowhere else. Open grasslands with clay soils on the coast are becoming a thing of the past in the west, and as they disappear they take their flora and fauna with them. 

These particular ground beetles prefer quiet dirt tracks for hunting, breeding, and building their burrows, but such trails are overused in densely populated California. Small animals like tiger beetles are easily trampled underfoot by unwary mountain bikers and hikers, not to mention horses and dogs. Invasive non-native plants complicate things further, as does the overuse of pesticides and urban run-off. 

Despite the odds against them Ohlone tiger beetles hung on, continuing to produce their odd, big-headed grub offspring. These larvae are hunters like their parents, but with their own special methods of capturing prey. While the adults wait in ambush or take flight to catch their meals, the larvae do a backflip instead. It might not be pretty, but it works. 

Unfortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service neglected to provide protection for the beetles even after two listing petitions filed on their behalf outlining their tiny range and specialized habitat requirements. It seems that humans want ocean views too, and don’t mind killing a few beetles to get them. Fortunately, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the Service, and the beetles finally got protection in 2001, 14 years after their discovery. And since the best way to help the Ohlone tiger beetle thrive is to preserve its habitat, many other creatures who also make their living on coastal terrace prairies were also protected by proxy. 

And that’s the true beauty of the Endangered Species Act. No single species exists in a vacuum. Each is a part of a complicated ecosystem. Predators are often especially important. Even predators that happen to be boneless, tiny, and green. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

ANiMAL PETiTiONS CORNER by Alicia of WoodsEdge

by Alicia of WoodsEdge

1. Protect Orcas From Deadly Sonar

Off the coast of Washington, Oregon and California the Navy has continued to drop high-intensity bombs that threaten the health and lives of orcas, dolphins and other marine mammals. Thankfully, a few months ago a court ruled that the Navy hadn't considered how harmful its actions were and called on the Navy to do an environmental review... however they have proceeded. 

Please send a letter asking the U.S. Navy to adopt training methods that don't harm wildlife.  


2. Tell Kentucky Not to Protect Animal Abusers

A bill was recently introduced to improve animal welfare in Kentucky by banning gas chambers and setting euthanasia standards in shelters. Unfortunately, lawmakers stealthily added a provision that would make it illegal to expose animal cruelty on farms in an attempt to fast track it without public opposition. 

Please sign the petition asking Kentucky's lawmakers not to pass this bill as it is written. 


3. Stop the Seal Hunt: Support a Federal Buyout

Despite the cruelty inherent in sealing, the dwindling interest in seal products and the looming impact of climate change, Canada continues to issue death sentences for seals. Animal advocates have continued to support a federal buyout that would end sealing and help fishermen by compensating them and helping them move into other industries. 

Please sign the petition asking Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end the cruelty once and for all and buyout the industry.   




Friday, March 28, 2014

My Life as a Dog - a Recycled Doggies COTM Story by TheBlueWindmill

My Life as a Dog
By Lily May Windmiller

I feel like I've had two lives. My first life (obviously) started when I was born through puppyhood until I was about two-years-old and that’s when my second life (my real life) started.

I don’t remember much about my first life, but I can tell you that I still have some fears that I somehow acquired during that time... like a fear of loud noises. I also lost most of my tail. I don’t know why it was docked. I know that a lot of boxers have their tails docked, but I am also part hound, so it doesn’t make much sense to me. Toward the end of my first life, I found myself on death row at an animal shelter. I was hungry, alone, scared, and underweight. Then a rescuer came. It was Recycled Doggies!!

Soon, I found myself with a foster mom who nursed me back to health. I was still really scared because of my previous experiences, and at first, I had to be carried outside to go potty; but overtime I got better and less scared. I stayed with my foster mom for a few months while I gained weight and was a little bit calmer, then I was put up for adoption. That is when my second life, what I call my real life, began. It wasn’t long before I was adopted into a loving family with a mom, dad, and two sisters.

Now I go on walks with my family, chase squirrels and chipmunks at the park, and play with my dog pal Miya, who lives down the street. I also spend time playing with my sisters, sleeping in my favorite comfy green chair, and resting on the couch. At night, I get a nice cushy bed to sleep on and share with my sisters. I get yummy snacks like cheese, doggie treats, and ice cubes. And I always get enough food and water.

Mom and Dad recently rescued another dog pal of mine named Ruby. She’s young and little and looks up to me. Sometimes, she is a little too rambunctious and nips at my legs, and occasionally I need to remind her who’s in charge, but most of the time she is good and we play a lot.  

So that’s my story... Life is good and for that I am grateful for my life as a dog ! 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

ANiMAL PETiTiONS CORNER by Alicia of WoodsEdge

by Alicia of WoodsEdge

1. Last Chance to Speak Up for Wolves

Wolf advocates and lawmakers are continuing to raise concerns about what will happen if gray wolves lose federal protection in the lower 48. Hundreds of wolves have already been brutally slaughtered in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes region after they lost federal protection and management was turned over to the states.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires decisions to list or delist a species to be made solely on the best available science. Fortunately, last month a panel of independent scientists unanimously concluded that the proposal does not currently represent the ‘best available science.’ Because the process has been called out as flawed, wolf advocates believe the only conscionable thing for the FWS to do is to withdraw its proposal, but time to speak up on behalf of these iconic predators and get an official comment in to the FWS is running out.

The public commend period closes at midnight on March 27. 

Please take a moment to submit a public comment in support of continued federal protection for gray wolves throughout the U.S.


2. Help Save Monarchs from Deadly Pesticides

The number of monarch butterflies has steadily dropped around 80 percent, or more by some estimates, in the past 15 years and scientists are now worried they may disappear forever. Unfortunately, widespread and growing use of pesticides like Roundup are killing milkweed plants - the only ones monarch's will lay their eggs on - and is threatening their future survival. 

Please send a letter to the EPA asking the agency to adopt strict new restrictions on pesticides that threaten monarchs and other pollinators.  


3. Protect the Future for Wildlife

Congress is about to vote on a bill that could gut the law that helped establish and protect America's most beloved national parks, which aren't just hot spots for nature lovers, but home to an abundance of species.  If the "Preventing New Parks" bill passes, it could prevent the future establishment of national parks and weaken protection for existing ones.

As humans continue to encroach on wild places, now is not the time for Congress to hurt conservation measures. 

Please send a letter to your representative asking them to vote no on this bill. 




Friday, March 21, 2014

ANiMAL PETiTiONS CORNER by Alicia of WoodsEdge

by Alicia of WoodsEdge

1. Tell Nevada to Protect Virginia Range's Wild Horses

Last summer Nevada passed a bill that would facilitate a partnership between the Nevada Department of Agriculture and equine advocacy groups to manage the wild horses of the Virginia Range. This fall wild horse advocacy groups submitted a management plan to the state, but the NDA has continued to delay its implementation, while it continues to unnecessarily remove horses from the range. 

Please send a letter asking Nevada's governor to implement the plan, which wild horse advocates will be a win for both horses and the state. 

2. Tell Congress Big Cats Aren't Pets

Big cat advocates have been working to get the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act passed this year, which will fix the patchwork of state laws by creating a federal ban on private ownership and breeding of big cats in the U.S. Not only do big cats pose a threat to public safety in the wrong hands, but private ownership has has raised serious concerns about their psychological and physical welfare.

Please sign the petition urging your representative to support and co-sponsor this important piece of legislation to protect big cats. 

3. Help Stop Laval University's Deadly Pig Lab

Animal advocates are urging Laval University to stop using live piglets in its pediatric residency program. After being used unnecessarily to teach students how to perform invasive procedures, the piglets are then killed and their bodies are further mutilated. The university could easily switch to non-animal alternatives, thanks to In light of advances in technology and the availability of human simulators that don't cause harm to any living being. 

Please send a letter to Laval University Rector Denis Brière, Ph.D., asking that the use of live piglets be ended immediately. 


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