EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: December 2011

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Animal Petitions Corner... Victories !

Special 2011 edition
presented by Alicia of WoodsEdge

Victories for Animals in 2011 !!!

The petitions seem to just keep on coming, but there have been some BIG victories for animals this year. Here's a list of some of the things that have been accomplished... click to revisit the petitions !


Service Pit Bull Reunited With Owner

NC Shelter Drops Plans to Kill Dogs Based on Breed

Austin,TX Becomes a No Kill City

British Columbia Strengthens Animal Cruelty Laws

14 Moon Bears are Rescued in Asia

Nevada Passes Felony Animal Cruelty Law

Pound Seizure Ends in Utah

1,615 Pet Stores Joined HSUS' Campaign to Stop Puppy Mills to promote adoption and stop selling puppy mill dogs.

Peru Bans the Use of Wild Animals

Tiger Truck Stop's Permit Revoked!!!

West Hollywood banned fur

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey was slapped with a $270,000 lawsuit for violating the animal welfare act.

Bolivia Bans the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal Abuser Registry Instituted in Suffolk County, NY

Barcelona Bans Bullfighting

Toronto Bans the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs

Alabama Ends the Use of Gas Chambers as a Form of Euthanasia.

California Strengthens Laws on Cock Fighting and Dog Fighting

Israel Bans Declawing of Cats

Parma, Ohio Became a Gaurdian City

Application Withdrawn for UK Rabbit Breeding Farm


Sea Shepherd Intercepts Japanese Whaling Fleet with Drones

Russia Bans Harp Seal Imports

House Defeats Extinction Rider

Shark Finning Banned in California

Australian Sharks Saved from Cull

Commercial Shark Finning Banned in the Bahamas

New York Governor Signs Bear Protection Law

Shark Finning Banned in Guam

Sea Lion Killing Suspended on Columbia River

Reindeer Cruelty Ended in Sweden

African Penguins Win Protection

Florida Bans Cruel Fox and Coyote Pens

Plan to Legalize Whaling Fails


NIH Suspends Funding for Chimp Research

186 Chimps at Alamagordo Primate Facility Granted a Reprieve

FDA Approves Alternatives to Animal Testing for Botox

Nine Schools Stop Using Frogs in Dissection

NASA cancels radiation testing on Monkeys

Lipton Tea Ends Animal Tests

Caribbean Airlines Stops Shipping Primates for Research

Massachusetts General Hospital Stops Using Sheep in Trauma Training


New York, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota Ag Gag Bills Die

Florida's is back on the table: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/stop-floridas-ag-gag-bill/

Plans for UK Factory Farm Squashed

Three University Medical Centers End the USe of Animals in Training

Food Service More than Triples Meatless Monday Locations

Sheriff Gets Grant to Care for Rescued Livestock

Live Bird Sales Banned at San Francisco Farmer's Market

Maine Bans Veal and Gestation Crates

High School Rodeo Cancelled


Friday, December 30, 2011

Nominate your Favorite Animal Charity !

Nominate your Favorite Animal Charity !

Presented by EFA's COTM Co-Leader

Veronica of ScrappyRat

The only good reason not to nominate a charity for the EFA Charity of the Month Program is because you don't know it exists. Now that you're reading this, that excuse is off the board. lol.

Everyone has a favorite charity that does the work you'd like to do... if only you had the time, resources... OR if you already volunteer for them, don't have two of yourself to do more.

If you're a member of Etsy for Animals, chances are you feel that way about a charity that devotes its time to animal rescue and advocacy. Thanks to the Charity of the Month program, you have the opportunity to nominate that charity to be considered for as a COTM... for a chance to be promoted on the EFA blog, mentioned in the store descriptions of a slew of member stores, and better yet, for them to receive donations from all the participating shops when the month is over. That's a lot of good things we do, as a team, for a different charity every single month, and all you need to do is nominate your favorite ones.

So, now that you're absolutely dizzy with your potential power to do good, you probably want to know exactly what's involved in nominating a charity. Don't worry, it's simple!

First, make sure you're a qualifying member of Team Etsy for Animals. That means your shop participates in the donation program, meaning your primary EFA shop features one to several listings that are dedicated to COTM & are tagged appropriately. There are a lot of good bonuses you get for doing this anyway, like having a real good chance of being featured in special COTM team treasuries AND if you donate $10 or more on any given month to that COTM: you also get an adv on EFA's website-- all in all it's a good deal for you, as well as for animals.

Okay, so you've determined you're eligible, now you'll want to check a few things to make sure the charity you've chosen is a good fit for Etsy for Animals.

Charities must have the following requirements:

√ primary function is to benefit & protect animals

√ puts the welfare, safety and well-being of animals first

√ endorses public education

√ has an active rescue program

√ has proper enclosures & facilities for its residents

√ has sufficient funding to meet the medical needs of the animals

√ neuters animals as appropriate to species

√ has a spay & neuter program before adoption occurs

Charities cannot:

X breed animals

X have any citations or record of animal abuse

X engage in activities that endanger the lives / safety of humans or animals

X raise funds via the display or performance of animals with the exception of domestic pets

or barnyard animals, subject to review on a case-by-case basis.

X promote or take part in the buying/selling of animals alive or dead

X endorse or engage in hunting of any kind

X endorse or participate in animal testing

All set? Now it's time to click:


Fill out the form and cross your fingers that your charity will be the next announced. Oh, and pat yourself on the back for doing something for animals today !

FAQ: What happens if my charity gets selected as EFA's COTM ?

"We will contact you to let you know that your charity is being considered for COTM and ask that you contact the organization asap. Team EFA needs to have written permission from your charity in order to feature them on Team EFA's website & main blog as well as fund raise for them on Etsy.com.

We will also be asking that your charity provide their logo as well as promotional photos that can be used on EFA's website/blog. We would also like that they mention Team EFA on their website featuring the EFA logo and the search link to our 'team EFA cotm' products during the cotm month we are working to raise money for them.

Lastly, we will ask you to write an article about your charity which will be featured on EFA's main blog at the beginning of the month."

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