WDFW Wolf Kill Update

downloadThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports that a government sniper has killed one wolf as of Saturday, August 23. They intend on killing up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack in NW Washington State. It is the State’s policy to allow grazing on public lands. In this case, the state has inserted 1,800 sheep into the wolves’ ecosystem. The department is looking for another ecosystem to harm.

See our previous post about contacting Governor Jay Inslee and WDFW. Updates on this action will be posted on the Green Vegans Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl

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ALERT: NW Wolves Face Imminent Death

iStock_000008330410XSmallUrgent Alert for NW wolves facing lethal response by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call and email Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State first thing Monday morning, August 25th, or as soon as you can: (360) 902-4111 / governor@gov.wa.gov. Then call and email the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Phil Anderson at 360- 902-2200 / director@dfw.wa.gov.  Ask both of them why they are ignoring ecosystem health by allowing sheep to graze by permit on public lands—also known as ecosystems.

This is what WDFW told the public: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/aug2014a/.

What followed was this: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/wolf-08-23-2014.html . Remember, only veganism prevents this.  

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Vegans Rally In September Against Climate Change

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Yesterday, I promised an opportunity for VEGANS to be visible at international rallies and protests against Climate Change in cities around the world. Here are introductory links that explain it: http://peoplesclimate.org/global/?r=credo

And http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

The initiator of the national event is 350.org, an organization that refuses to acknowledge the role veganism plays in slowing, then stopping climate change. They and other organizations intend to create the largest gathering in NY City on September 21 (a Sunday) about climate change as the UN debates climate policy. The organizers have recruited a large coalition of organizations for that rally and march. However, they encourage other organizations to create independent events in cities and towns everywhere under your own identities.Yours is a grassroots effort of your own making.

This is a phenomenal opportunity for VEGANS to spread the message that veganism (not vegetarianism) is essential to get immediate results on greenhouse gas reductions, especially methane.

We have two options for these events:

First, you can organize your own event where you live if one has not yet been scheduled. If the event is your vegan production, please invite representatives from nonvegan organizations to speak about climate change and represent themselves. Every vegan should be visible by wearing a vegan tee shirt, buttons, carrying a sign, using decals and bumper-stickers, and displaying vegan organization banners. If these are in short supply, wear a green tee, use what you have and be creative. 

Second, if you are joining an event already organized (a list will be posted here tomorrow) please be visible vegans as described above. Ask to speak. MAKE THE VEGAN PRESENCE CLEAR AND COMPELLING. This is a huge opportunity for vegans to educate the public and those reticent organizations that live in fear of the vegan solution.

In both circumstances, communicate: stay on message about veganism. Animal agriculture drives climate change, uses scarce water, and consumes the energy equivalent of countless trains filled with oil and coal rolling through the nation and world. Only people can stop climate change and the best and quickest way to do it is to end animal agriculture. Green Vegans will post talking points here ten days before the event and again five days before.

If you’ve at least a few vegan people, let the media, if present, know you are marching to the nearest meat, egg, and dairy market to get photos and make statements about agriculture and climate change. Lacking media, take photos of yourselves with your veganism on full display. This will be more valuable if you are rallying in front of grocers, including Whole Foods, butcher shops, and any enterprise that exploits other species. Send your pictures to contact@greenvegans.org. We will post them on our website and Facebook page where you can share them with others through social media. Of course, check your local government for permitting or other requirements.

VEGANS are making veganism relevant to climate change and related issues. We have four weeks to make it real. Email us at contact@greenvegans.org today. We will help you to connect with people and events. Please share your plans and photos to Green Vegans. We will post them on our websites/Facebook pages/Twitter for all vegans to use. Also, we will submit them to the organizers who are fond of publishing event organizers on their international web pages.

From the main organizers’ webpage: This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution…. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities…From divestment actions in Europe to marches against coal in India and anti-fracking meetups in Latin America, we will be shedding light on featured campaigns and local struggles across the planet.

Visible Vegans must be at these rallies to make certain the voices of animals and the impacts of animal agriculture in its creation of climate change are heard. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT VEGANS BEING PRESENT.

As part of the Vegan Visibility Campaign, Green Vegans in Seattle has already applied to be a hub for an event though the sponsoring organization so we can report on that experience. You do not have to follow that method. You are encouraged to represent your own organization. However, Green Vegans needs $2,000 in DONATIONS TO CARRY IT OFF if we are to have a highly visible event. Fewer donations mean we scale back our presence to banners, tee shirts, and handouts.

Remember, you are free to organize your own events where you live. Make it happen in four weeks. This is an opportunity and challenge Earth and the suffering individuals from other species need us to accept. Organize.

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Cowspiracy Documentary Premiers!

COWSPIRACYposterA movie with a message too long ignored. For organizations receiving this, please email your members and post www.cowspiracy.com to your social media sites. You also will see the scheduled tour at www.cowspiracy.com that’s selling out to enthusiastic viewers.

For Seattle:
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
AMC Pacific Place 11 / 600 Pine St, #400 / Seattle
TICKETS: https://cowspiracyseattle.eventbrite.com / www.cowspiracy.com

From the producers:
This is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see.
“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

This documentary will be as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Green Vegans Whale Campaign Update


s_v10ag496skx0194_bPeninsula Daily News: “NEAH BAY –– Fifteen years after returning from their tribe’s last legal whale kill, some members of the crew of Makah whale hunters who led that hunt set out again into the bay aboard the Hummingbird whaling canoe Saturday.

…the last whale killed by Makah tribal members was in 2007, when a group of five illegally shot dead a gray whale….

…But the rogue 2007 hunt created divisions, Keith Johnson said, pointing out there was no event to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 1999 hunt….

‘Do you see the whole tribe here?’ he asked as he pointed to the three dozen people on the beach before Saturday’s commemorative paddle.

….Conservationists say they are pleased that it’s been 15 years since the last legal hunt.

‘We feel differently about the 15th anniversary,’ said Margaret Owen, who formed Peninsula Citizens for the Protection of Whales with her husband, Chuck, to speak against the tribe’s whale hunts.

‘There’s 60 whales that could have been killed in that time,’ Owens said.”

Read the entire story in the Peninsula Daily News: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189969/makah-whalers-commemorate-15th-anniversary-of-last-legal-whale-kill

100_1801 Green Vegans board members have campaigned against this whale hunt from the start—ten years prior to founding Green Vegans. Two years ago we sent a three-person delegation (the only nonprofit organization self-identified as vegan) to the International Whaling Commission meeting (IWC64) in Panama where aboriginal quotas were up for vote.

Despite scientific evidence that two endangered sub-populations that are genetically / behaviorally distinct, the U.S. delegation did a lot of pre-meeting lobbying that ensured a no debate loss for gray whales. The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Agency is producing a new Environmental Impact Statement that may be out by Fall 2014. They have a monumental task. Research has revealed that in addition to the small population of 200 “resident” gray whales, the highly endangered Western Pacific gray whales also migrate through the same area where the Makah want to kill up to five individuals every year.

Though we are volunteers, reading these documents and staying up-to-date is an ongoing project throughout the years though we don’t post about it. We are reading this year’s scientific publications being considered by the IWC Scientific Committee which is meeting now. No decision has been made as to whether Green Vegans will attend this year’s main meeting being held 15-18 September, but it depends upon the newest science available.

Please donate to Green Vegans using our handy PayPal button found on every page. Eight days from today, May 26, marks the fifth anniversary of Green Vegans’ founding. YOU made that possible! While supplies last, we offer a free organic cotton tee as pictured above for every $50 of donation. Just include your shipping address and desired size in the “notes” section in the PayPal order. They run large and are high quality. Thank you.

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Seattle Dolphin Rally (and Putin’s Postcard)

20140214_131836The Sea Shepherd-organized rally was well-attended today, February 14, and included many who had been to the tragic “Cove” in Taiji. This season, they reported, some 800 dolphins were killed and others captured. See Sea Shepherd (www.seashepherd.org) for reports from many cities. 20140214_131244

Immediately after the rally, Green Vegans visited the Russian consulate in Seattle to present them with a “Postcard for (Russian President) Putin”. On it we wrote, “President Putin, Tear Down These Tanks”. The consulate was closed, but found we could slip our poster-sized card under the consulate door.20140214_132228 Images of Russian orca prisons and Putin reaching out to a dolphin will greet consulate workers when they return.

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Russian-caught Orcas Additional Background

This is additional background from a non-anticaptivity blogger. We’ve not yet had a chance to fact-check all of the story, but on this Valentine’s Day of protest against the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures let’s not forget the rest of the brutal captivity industry. Here are the tanks in Moscow believed to be housing the orca whales taken from the wild in 2013 (and now or eventually Taiji-caught dolphins, Beluga whales, and…).
http://themedreality.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-big-picture-sochis-orcas/

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News: Sochi Olympics and Violence


As the February 14 demonstrations protesting the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures draws near, do NOT forget the Russian captures of beluga, pilot, and orca whales. Stories about orca whales and Taiji dolphins taking part in the Sochi Olympic games have faded in the media. The exception is this excellent investigation http://timzimmermann.com/2014/02/10/who-is-white-sphere-the-barely-disguised-conglomerate-behind-russias-wild-orca-captures/ by a journalist who took the time to uncover the truth.

We ask you not to view the Olympic Games on TV (NBC in the US) in protest of these travesties and many others. Russian President Putin and his government are responsible for violence against these whales and dolphins, homeless dogs in Sochi, and LGBT people.

As for the Olympic Committee, we reject the notion that the highest standards of personal behavior and competition are required of athletes by the Olympic Committee while the same committee AND SPONSORS do not require hosting countries to uphold justice for individuals from other species and people. The Olympic Committee must reform the host country selection criteria or face dwindling public and commercial support for the games.

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A Lack of Moral Clarity at Sochi Olympics

safe_image To host the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Putin’s abuses his power and supports the killing and imprisonment of many species. He and his government are persecuting sexual minorities, capturing orca and beluga whales from the wild, and importing dolphins captured in the larger slaughter at Taiji, Japan—some of who are in Russian captivity along with wild-caught juvenile beluga whales. Putin and his government also endorse the slaughter of stray dogs in Sochi, and now, the arrest of three “animal rights” activists who oppose his actions (see the petition on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl). This demands our response. Green Vegans implore you to boycott the games and the media (especially NBC and its sponsors) that broadcast them. It’s time to stop pretending that the Olympics should ever be used as an excuse to kill and imprison others. These Olympics have come to represent injustice and murder.

This is also an opportunity to demonstrate to importance of seeing the connections between these travesties. They are all connected by the same worldviews that approve of each persecution. This is representative of our human ecology and how the Seven Results we advocate are required as a whole, again because they are interconnected. So, please revisit the Seven Results page on this, our Green Vegans website.

Green Vegans cancelled its earlier plans to hold a demonstration at the Japanese and Russian consulates in Seattle to protest all of these issues after learning that Sea Shepherd had plans to sponsor an international day of protest a few weeks later. Though apparently limited to the Taiji dolphin slaughter and captures for the marine park entertainment industry, all people and organizations have been invited to participate. We urge all Green Vegans to attend. http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/02/03/join-sea-shepherd-conservation-society-and-sea-shepherd-cove-guardians-at-world-love-for-dolphins-da-1551

20140205_112955 Here is the “tank” we had planned to use for our original Seattle area protest.

Because the Russian orca and beluga whale captures still need the public’s attention, monitor the Green Vegans Facebook page for our upcoming response at the Russian consulate.

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