1. Keep Carriage Horses Out of Kill Auctions
A bill has been introduced in New York City that would prevent carriage horses from ending up at the slaughter house by requiring owners to sell or donate horses to individuals or sanctuaries with singed contract that they will be allowed to retire and not be sold to auctions or slaughter. Currently, no records are required for horses sold outside of the city, and given the turnover rate of horses and the number of horses who have been pulled from auctions, this bill will be a big step in helping to secure their futures.
Sign the petition asking the New York City Council to support this bill and ensure a safe retirement for these horses.
2. Stop Sea Lion Slaughter
In 2008, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Oregon Department of Fish
and Wildlife (ODFW) began killing sea lions at the Bonneville Dam near Portland, Oregon because they were eating salmon. Last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the program violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act after scientists found that killing them had no impact on salmon populations. Unfortunately, the ODWF wants to start killing them again this spring and the NMFS has approved their initial plan.
Submit a comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service telling them to stop killing seals simply for eating and to address other causes of salmon decline, such as dams and fishing.
3. Speak Out for Ducks and Geese
Foie gras is generally considered one of the cruelest forms of animal agriculture. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a legal petition with the USDA requesting that foie gras, the "fatty liver" of a force-fed duck or goose―bear a consumer warning label stating "NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds." According to the ALDF, "stamping foie gras products with the USDA seal without disclosing that those products are derived from diseased birds misleads consumers, contravening the Poultry Products Inspection Act."
Sign the ALDF's petition asking the USDA to put appropriate warning labels on foie gras.
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