Green Advocacy Campaigns

2014 – 2015 Green Vegans Campaigns

Building Consensus for the New Human Ecology Platform

iStock_000011891212XSmallOur ongoing mission is to communicate the Green Vegans message about The New Human Ecology and its Seven Results to individuals and organizations. Green Vegans campaigns serve as vehicles for demonstrating how Green Vegans / The New Human Ecology is the comprehensive approach to solving the most important global problems of our time. Our behaviors create relationships good and bad with our external environment: other people, ecosystems, individuals from other species—and our future, or lack of it.

The problems, of environmental destruction, the suffering by individuals from other species, social and economic injustice, and overpopulation are all caused by and can be cured by changing our human ecology. We ask for your support to grow this effective strategy. Respond to our volunteer requests. Donate the funds we need to do the work. Most pages on the Green Vegans website have a donate button that will take you directly and securely to PayPal. We can do some to all of the campaigns below, but that really depends on how well you fund this experienced organization. There is only one issue: our human ecology.

Vegan Visibility

IndoFireUPDATE: Vegans. Rally In September against Climate Change. See our post on the main pages about the September 2014 rally against climate change. We are recruiting vegans to be a visible presence at the international rallies. We must break through their willed ignorance about the role animal agriculture plays in creating climate change.

store_buttonThere are millions of vegans and vegetarians around the world. When others see tee shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and banners displaying the phrases “Vegan” and “The New Human Ecology,” it reminds everyone about what you believe in and why. It plants seeds in fertile minds, strengthens self-identity and resolve, builds a movement, and ultimately establishes a dominant cultural norm. The more visible the word “vegan” becomes, the greater the public will think about it.

Post the www.GreenVegans.org link in your social media connections like Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl) and Twitter (@greenvegans and #greenvegans and #newhumanecology) wherever you are. Be active, visible, professional, and a role model for the vegan new human ecology movement. Our motto for 2014 and beyond is, “There is one issue, our human ecology.”

The Vegan Visibility campaign budget will adjust to donation amounts. Ideally, we’d like to offer free Green Vegan and “I’m a Green Vegan” pins, stickers, window decals, and advertizing. Budget is zero to $20,000—the volume of mailing we could handle in the first year.

Meatopia Alarm System

You may have heard about an event called “Meatopia”, a multi-city event initiated by Josh Ozersky. The largest Meatopias to-date are in New York City (Hudson, NY in 2014); San Antonio, TX, and London, UK. During the past few years “Whole Foods” has been an active sponsor and participant. They have supplied the meat in many instances, while their store butchers are sponsored as contestants in butchery. A thorough background and good review of the “Whole Foods’” willingness to exploit any market it can is found at www.humane.myth.org.

The Green Vegans campaign will focus on the Whole Foods Meatopia events held at its store locations. Green Vegans missed the Seattle Whole Foods Meatopia on 15th Avenue NE by just one day in 2013. All that remained standing was the banner in the parking lot.

Whales

We will return to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in September, 2014 (more on that below) contingent on funding. In addition, we will continue to work on behalf of whales in 2014-15 in these specific areas:

Humpback Whales

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Green Vegans is opposing the effort underway to remove the North Pacific humpback whale protections under the Endangered Species Act. As printed in the U.S. Federal Register, “The petition was submitted in April 2013 by the Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition (HFACT) and asks for the identification of North Pacific humpback whales as a distinct population segment (DPS) and a delisting of that DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).” The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) will conduct a status review and “determine [if] delisting is warranted by April 2014.” There are a number of sub-populations of humpback whales in breeding and foraging areas across the North Pacific. The critical points include whether NMFS is able to distinguish one DPS from the others. Unknown is whether a delisting will open the gate to non-U.S. whalers who either exempt themselves from the current IWC moratorium  by granting themselves “research permits” as Japan is notoriously doing or, less likely, whaling on these whales will begin by those nations that do not belong to the IWC.

Most worrisome is the expansion of aboriginal whaling by the Makah tribe in Washington State that has long sought to kill humpback whales in addition to their ongoing effort to kill more gray whales. Aboriginal peoples on the Chukotka Peninsula in Far East Russia, native peoples in Western Alaska, and Pacific Coast Canada are additional possibilities for more whales killed. As for the petitioner that is trying to remove ESA protections for the humpbacks—the Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition—they are also trying to eliminate protective restrictions on bottom fishing in certain Hawaiian waters.

Gray Whales

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We are focused on two areas of gray whale protection in addition to our activities at the IWC: (a) Makah tribal whaling against a sub-population of 200 genetically distinct Eastern North Pacific gray whales. They are often referred to as the Washington/Southern Vancouver Island (WA/SVI) gray whales. (b) There is a seasonal population of 10 – 12 gray whales, the NPS gray whales, who forage in Northern Puget Sound for a few months and then leave, possibly joining the larger population south of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Makah Whaling

On February 14, 2005 the Makah Tribe’s requested a limited waiver of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) take moratorium.  The waiver, regulations, and permit would allow the Tribe to resume killing gray whales. Two have been harpooned and shot, one illegally since they addressed the IWC with their request. The U.S. government acted as their agent under treaty obligations. The Tribe made this particular request after the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision in Anderson v. Evans found that the Tribe must comply with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Since then, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was terminated in 2008 because new evidence came to light about the aforementioned 200 WA/SVI sub-population of gray whales and the discovery that highly endangered Western Pacific gray whales mix with them.  Green Vegans will, as it has in the past, make an exhaustive review of and comment on the next DEIS and oppose the hunt.

Northern Puget Sound Gray Whales

For the NPS gray whales, we are researching habitat requirements and possible conflicts with local fisheries, including the spotted shrimp fishery. These gray whales feed extensively in sandy sediments filtering these shrimp and other species through their baleen before consuming them. We will update our last review of scientific research regarding their habitat use and requirements in Washington State as well as British Columbia, Canada where different feeding strategies are employed. Our concern in Washington is that fishing allocations for spotted shrimp and perhaps other species do not sufficiently consider the needs of the NPS gray whales.

Overall “whale” budget $1,600. not including the IWC trip described further down.

Farmed Animal Transport

iStock_000008012723SmallWashington State transports farmed individuals from other species within the state and from other states. They are often on their way to a slaughterhouse or auction for slaughter. Sometimes, they are being moved to a different animal agriculture business to “finish” them off in a confined animal feedlot and fed corn, alfalfa, and other resource-wasting crops. Green Vegans is looking for volunteers to monitor farmed animal transport in Washington and Oregon. This is observation at a distance on public roads. Two-person teams are required (driving / taking notes on a form we provide). Please email us at contact@greenvegans.org. Budget, $500.

Battery Reduction-Focus

Green Vegans has identified a specific product that uses countless batteries in public facilities. You’ve seen and likely have used them: the automatic paper-dispenser machines you often see in public restrooms at gas stations, malls, and stores in general. Those we have inspected contain four size “D” batteries. We are surveying the major machine-makers about the disposition of those batteries; whether they have on-site recycling programs; would consider re-chargeable battery packs, or best of all can be convinced to return to the mechanical types that use no batteries. The battery-powered paper towel dispensers are meant to reduce disease transmission, while some of the advanced models can save paper. Budget $1,000.

Active Opposition to the Incremental Reforms that keep animalagriculture profitablePigsBehindBarsiStk

Several national “animal welfare” organizations have taken incremental reforms to the extreme. They are funding production-for-slaughter agribusiness, and partnering with major meat retailers. They are humane and green-washing meat, dairy, and egg production and  consumption. Green Vegans is actively participating in the growing opposition to this wrongheaded, environmentally unsustainable, cruel strategy. We and others are organizing to maximize effectiveness. Vegans are returning to carnism because they believe in the lie that there is such a thing as “humane meat.” The best resource remains www.humanemyth.org. Green Vegans and others will be making this struggle for returning the movement to its vegan course in a public arena. Budget, $3,500 and up.

Wildlife and Ecosystems Management Reform

iStock_000008330410XSmallWildlife management and ecosystems oversight is within the jurisdiction of several state and federal agencies in the U.S. They are absurdly cruel, unbalancing and sickening ecosystems because they serve a small minority of hunters, fishers, trappers, and the immense animal agricultural industry. Everyone who lives a vegan lifestyle along with the rest of the new human ecology reduces the excuses those agencies make to justify their wanton cruelty and lack of long-term ecological effectiveness. This will be a long, multi-year campaign that seeks to motivate other organizations to challenge the status quo. Here are our 2014-15 goals for this section:

Stop State Agencies from promoting invasive species – amazingly, state fish and wildlife agencies regularly raise and release nonnative species for hunters and fishers to kill. Agencies are motivated additionally to do this because it produces funding through licensing fees and taxes. We will initiate the campaign in Washington and Oregon through discussions with the boards of game commissioners and agency leaders. We are calling on agencies to stop the practice of favoring commercial hunted, trapped, and fished species and instead focus on ecosystem recovery/conservation biology approaches. Green Vegans will share the vegan human ecology message to describe our approach and call for wholesale reforms in the agencies.

Change Name and Legislated Mission of WDFW - as funding permits, we will extend this aspect of the campaign to Oregon and Idaho, other states if additional organizations can be convinced to adopt our efforts. Like the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), other state fish and wildlife agencies are the front line where human / wildlife relationships are established. Agencies and the legislation that directs them are archaic and anthropocentric instead of biocentric. There already is a growing movement calling for agencies to focus on ecosystems instead of single-species management. We will expand on that theme.

Active Opposition to Bow Hunting / Muzzle-Loader Hunting – we will educate the public about the needless, predictable suffering these killing methods create with the blessings of the agencies. We will initially approach one to two west coast agencies to refine a model for advocacy in other states. As in all of our campaigns, we will present the alternative vision of how they would operate differently within a vegan new human ecology and the end of animal agriculture.

Wolves - many NGOs are working diligently on this issue but no mainstream environmental organization is calling for the end of animal agriculture and the hunting and trapping industries. Green Vegans submitted testimony to WDFW regarding wolf management plans. We expect Washington and Oregon to go in the same direction as Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming after modest wolf recovery goals are met in the next few years. We see this as a highly visible opportunity to remind people the costs of their dietary choices when they contain animal “products”.

Overall budget for wildlife and management reform is $6,500. With more donations, we will expand this aspect of the campaign. This will require a muti-year effort.

Chickens

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The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are still considering “the rotten egg bill” that would condemn nine billion chickens to continued suffering. This incremental reform bill that would take up to eighteen years to fully implement would block everyone in every state from implementing better reforms and bans. Some major animal welfare organizations are pushing hard for passage of this legislation and have split the community with their radical strategy that denies all other activists the right to stop continuing abuses, cruelty, and killing. In 2012, Green Vegans campaigned against the ritual Kaporos in which chickens suffer. We will return to this issue for 2014 if the budget allows. Budget, $250 for supplies, printing, office support.

International Whaling Commission 2014 (IWC)

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The next biennial International Whaling Commission (IWC) Meeting will be held 15-18 September, 2014 at the invitation of the Government of Slovenia, on the Adriatic coast at Portoroz.  The sub-committee meetings will take place from 11-14 September.  As in 2012, Green Vegans intends on sending an experienced three-person team for a week of on-site work. Of the three Green Vegans representatives, this will be our second, fourth, and ninth IWC meeting. This is our most expensive campaign. See our 2012 report for background. The biennial IWC meeting is a high-level, government-to-government convention that saves more, or kills more whales depending upon which side wins the votes. As of July, 2013, there were 88 nations registered to the convention. There are no other vegan environmental organizations represented. As a repeat, registered organization, Green Vegans has access to lobby the national delegations who operate at the State Department level. When they vote to save whales and create whale sanctuaries, Earth’s whales are saved. Progress in this forum is never easy. Though we will hold a separate fundraising event for this campaign, please pledge now. Most effective now would be a matching-grant donation.

IWC budget: We estimate it will cost $10,000 to $12,000 depending on airfares at the time.

Road Barriers

indexRoad barriers are the sections of concrete wall that run between lanes of opposing traffic on interstate highways. They are safety dividers for vehicles and their occupants that can stretch for miles without interruption. Studies about some of their impacts on wildlife have been contradictory. Despite what intuition tells us, it is not consistently proven that wildlife and domesticated individuals from other species are challenged and made more vulnerable to being killed by cars and trucks whee these barriers exist. This issue is not getting enough attention. These barriers must be modified to allow wildlife passage. We have a proposal applicable to many places where these barriers are placed but first Green Vegans will need to update its library of studies. Then, Green Vegans will present a petition for changes to barrier systems to state and federal agencies based on those studies. This is about preventing pain, terror, suffering and reducing environmental impacts that include habitat fragmentation. The construction of wildlife corridors built as “lids” and tunnels over and under interstate highways can be effective, but as a program, is not nearly enough. Project budget, $3,500.

Lolita

Lolita Killer WhaleLolita is a captive orca whale held in the smallest pool in the U.S.  Green Vegans board members have experience in this issue, its own scientific advisers, and long-term working relationships with the people leading the effort to free her. This is a large, capitol-intensive campaign. There are capable organizations who will work together but lack the funding to get Lolita back to the Washington State waters of her birth and her sub-pod, L25. Her “probable mother” is still alive (orcanetwork.org). Orca whales stay with their mothers for life. Green Vegans is capable of facilitating organizational effectiveness and play a supporting role to those expert nonprofit organizations who would forge working relationships with one another for the different phases of the campaign. A vegan donor or team of donors with deep pockets would have the honor of marketing Lolita’s freedom as a vegan campaign through a grant-making Green Vegans. Green Vegans, in concert with other organizations would create separate nonprofit corporate entities for this campaign. Serious donors with a cumulative pledge totaling $1.5 million minimum should get in touch with us. If you have any doubts about the value of this campaign, we recommend the movie Blackfish and the book Death at SeaWorld. Contact will@greenvegans.org for more information.

Birds versus Glass

West-8th-Full-buildingThis is an important issue currently on our website but American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is doing the best job of reforming, city by city, the architectural building standards that currently allow buildings to have reflective glass on their exteriors. Seeing the sky reflected on building exteriors, birds continue forward and slam into the hard surface, falling to their deaths. Hundreds of millions, perhaps a billion birds in North America alone are killed by reflective building exteriors. A related issue is urban lighting that attracts and confuses migrating birds. From a past conversation, ABC was interested in Green Vegan’s help for Seattle but we didn’t have the funds to follow through. Since then they have been successful in revising building standards in San Francisco. We will be contacting them for a reassessment when we get the donations needed. Project budget is $5,000.

Operations Budget

The Green Vegans office is based in the home offices of board members. We utilize online technology so our educational materials are normally not printed. Board members have donated most of the office supplies and communication functions, and all administrative tasks excepting legal. We do need to pay for website maintenance, hosting, business and corporate licensing and reporting, postage/shipping, and at this point, need travel reimbursement. Budget, $5,000 per year.

Please Donate Now. Your support makes Green Vegans possible.

Thank you,

The Green Vegans Board of Directors and Volunteers

 

2012 – 2013 Green Vegans Campaigns

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We sent a delegation to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) because you cared. Thank you. We met our funding goal.

Request for Funds to Attend IWC 64

Since 1997 Will Anderson and Tami Drake have attended five International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings. We attended those meetings specifically to address aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quotas. After those quotas are issued, the contracting governments divide the quotas between themselves through multilateral agreements. These quotas have been allocated every five years. Now, in 2012 at the 64th meeting of the IWC in Panama, another quota decision will be made, this time for six years. We will not have another chance to influence these quotas until 2018. As proposed, up to 2,430 whales will be killed under ASW with more allowed to be wounded and escape.

Three species of whales are included in the joint ASW US/Russian/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines proposal: humpback whales; gray whales; and bowhead whales. The Greenland proposal includes four:  fin, minke, bowhead, and humpback whales. The quotas to kill them include five areas from Siberia to the Caribbean. Aboriginal subsistence whaling is a highly controversial, divisive, and sensitive issue. Few organizations are willing to oppose it entirely. Because of this, important aspects of this issue are not closely examined by the IWC member governments.

When positions are taken at the IWC, distinctions are usually made regarding the appropriateness and need for ASW on a case-by-case basis. In recent years the IWC has accepted “cultural” need as sufficient when demonstrated nutritional need should have been required.  In addition, the ASW proposals are strategically lumped into one proposal, thus allowing the extraordinary differences in each case to be ignored. For instance, the Makah of Neah Bay, Washington State, supported by the U.S. Government without due diligence with regard to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act, have proposed a highly controversial resumption of whaling that has incurred significant opposition but will be included in the US/Russian/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joint proposal. This makes the Makah hunt and other highly questionable proposals nearly impervious to challenge. Other ASW proposals are approved though they involve horrendously inhumane killing methods even by whaling standards.

The joint US/Russian/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ASW proposal includes the killing of humpback whales and their calves in the Caribbean. The Greenland proposal allows aboriginal whales to continue selling their whale meat to the public in supermarkets. As part of our advocacy at the IWC, we will address the ample documentation of the lack of necessity and cruelty of these hunts.

In the Green Vegans delegation, there will be three of us who can provide a uniquely complimentary and insightful ability to address these issues. We have the experience and leeway to oppose aboriginal subsistence whaling as it exists today. While some organizations will oppose one or two instances, none are willing to vigorously oppose them all. While we have advocated for whales for a number of highly respected organizations, we founded Green Vegans in 2009 to introduce a new perspective to deep ecology environmentalism and species’ rights — including the ASW debate and other issues at IWC. Green Vegans has been accredited by the IWC to attend as observers. As such, we will have access to the member country delegations where we will lobby for their support for the protection of whales.

Our professional histories have demonstrated that as we advocate for the whales, we do so while consciously showing respect for people who will strongly disagree with us. Will, Tami, and Toni have worked many years on behalf of gray whales. Will Anderson had lived in Alaska for seven years, traveled to two of the ten whaling villages there, and campaigned against Arctic offshore oil drilling after he founded an office in Anchorage for a major international environmental organization. His three decades of nonprofit experience includes hands-on advocacy and campaigning in dozens of environmental and species rights campaigns for several other organizations. From his kayak, and under government permit, Will has recorded both the sounds and photo identifications of gray whales in their Mexican calving lagoons. He has worked to block the resumption of Makah whaling since 1996. Will continues to focus his interests on the larger questions of human ecology through Green Vegans / The New Human Ecology.

Tami Drake was a co-founder and International Director of Ocean Defense International and has worked on the Makah Whaling issue since 1999, lobbying in Washington D.C. and attending three IWC meetings specifically regarding ASW.  Tami also co-founded America’s Whale Alliance in 2005.  This coalition of over 80 US groups was founded by Ocean Defense International in response to the apparent change of direction of the US government regarding its opposition to the resumption of commercial whaling.  AWA’s unprecedented “Stop Whaling!” bus tour, garnered incredible support from West Coast residents. A 35-ft. long California municipal bus that was converted to run on bio-diesel was transformed into a whale bus by dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly for weeks.

Toni Frohoff has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology, M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences.  She has co-authored two books (“Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communications” (co-authored w/K. Dudzinski, Yale University Press 2008) & “Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond (w/Brenda Peterson (Sierra Club/UC Press 2003), and has contributed to over a dozen books on wildlife and has written papers to the IWC Scientific Committee in the past.Toni is a marine mammal scientist whose expertise includes both wild and captive species. Her research projectsof almost thirty years have focused in the impacts of human activities on the welfare and conservationofother species. She speaks internationally (e.g. TED Global and the Smithsonian Institute) and has consulted for numerous government and non-profit agencies, including the First Nations Department of Fisheries. With Will Anderson, her compelling yet respectful arguments against the resumption of Makah whaling have been highly publicized in the print, television, and documentary media.

Will, Tami, and Toni also traveled with the late Makah Elder, Alberta “Binki” Thompson to several IWC meetings to speak against the killing of gray whales by Mrs. Thompson’s tribe – and were present when a friendly gray whale swam up to her in Mexico as she reached out. The whale rose up to touch her.

The odds for preventing the joint ASW proposal are admittedly not high. Yet, we may gain some modification and lessen the number of whales who will be killed, as well as bring this issue to the public’s attention. Regardless, we can assure you, there is not nearly enough being done to question and oppose the ASW proposal to kill those 2,430 whales. They are not being represented to the extent they need. With your help, we will make sure that the biocentric perspective of the whales will be heard. We will lobby the 89 governments represented at IWC 64 to blunt the ASW proposal if not stop it. As Green Vegans, we will make certain that all present at IWC 64 and the global media covering the event will hear of and report about the plight of these underserved whales.

To respond to this problem, $8,212 is required for us to travel to Panama and lobby IWC delegates and the media for 11 days from June 25 to July 6. Any funds received in excess of that will be retained by Green Vegans for our ongoing campaign for whales. Green Vegans / The New Human Ecology is a registered corporation and charity in Washington State. Donations may be tax deductible depending upon the laws of your particular country.

In U.S. dollars, the expenses we need to cover are:

IWC NGO Observer fee for 3 Green Vegans Observers:                      $1,768

Airfare for 3:                                                                                                   $2,150

Lodging and meals for 11 days, 3 people:                                                  $3,600

Incidentals (transportation, printing services, etc.)                                  $   700

Total:                                                                                                                 $8,212

The IWC charges nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) like Green Vegans a fee to attend. Incidentals like local transportation, printing services, internet charges and calling fees (we will be using our personal cell phone plans and computer internet services to the extent we can), hotel office fees, and supplies may be as high as $700.00 or more.

Campaign Fundraising Goal was met. Thank you everyone. Our reports were posted on the Green Vegans Facebook page and Tweeted. See our 2014-2015 plans to attend the next IWC meeting.

How To Donate

We have a PayPal account on the Green Vegans website to accept your donations. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. You can also send checks in U.S. funds directly to Green Vegans. In return, we will send you a receipt, a pin with the Green Vegans logo for all donations above $25.00, and our 11 days of work to save those 2,430 whales from unnecessary suffering and death.

We cannot wait until June to know if you will support those whales. We must raise one-half of the funds within the next three weeks, and the rest shortly thereafter. If we fall short of our fundraising goal, we will still be able to send one advocate although the gravity of this issue warrants the three of us attending. Please respond now.

So please, go to our SUPPORT menu on this website and donate. Tell the whaling world you will not forget these whales. If you have questions, please email will@greenvegans.org.

Thank you.

Will Anderson / Tami Drake / Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.

Building Consensus for The New Human Ecology Platform

Our ongoing mission is spreading our message about The New Human Ecology and the Seven Results to individuals and organizations. These campaigns serve as vehicles for implementing and explaining the Green Vegans comprehensive New Human Ecology approach to solving the largest issues of our time. For individuals, we ask you to begin by joining, donating, and becoming part of the Green Vegan community. We also seek endorsements of The New Human Ecology from a wide spectrum of organizations. Already, we’ve had an organization that advocates for a reduction in the human population sign on to a petition to list a small population of gray whales as endangered.

UPDATE: Green Vegans president Will Anderson gave five different presentations at the annual NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest in July about the new human ecology we espouse. Green Vegans had a table there as well. Earlier in the Spring, he gave a presentation at the annual Conscious Eating Conference, organized by United Poultry Concerns  in Berkeley, CA.

Vegan Visibility

CalfSleepiStkThere are millions of vegans and vegetarians around the world. When others see “Vegan” and “The New Human Ecology,” it reminds everyone about what you believe in and why. It plants seeds in fertile minds, strengthens self-identity and resolve, builds a movement, and ultimately establishes a dominant cultural norm. We have “visibility” clothing, bookmarks, and other items with the Green Vegans / New Human Ecology logo imprinted.

Check our Merchandise page from the “Support” tab. Post the www.GreenVegans.org link in your social media connections like FaceBook and Twitter wherever you are. Be active, visible, professional, and a role model for our species.

Gray Whales

CalfonMom Eastern North Pacific Gray Whales are under increasing pressure as their habitat changes drastically due to global warming and human activities both on and offshore. On July 14, 2010, Green Vegans petitioned the state of Washington to list as endangered approximately 200 gray whales that have been identified recently as being genetically unique. A new scientific publication recommended these whales, “the 200,” be treated as a distinct population segment (DPS) which in the U.S. can be the basis for a finding of endangered species protections even though the larger population of the species remains “non-endangered.” Thirteen national and regional organizations signed on endorsing our petition. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) responded with a denial to our petition on the last possible day, citing their interpretation of state statutes with which we disagree. They are, in our view, applying the law arbitrarily and inconsistently when viewed from their past actions. The Makah tribe has already killed one of them.

Green Vegans is studying a legal review of the state’s response.  In the meanwhile, we have responded to the state’s denial and have now requested the agency to conduct a species status review which they were supposed to do by year 2002. Without protections specific to this population, if the department continues with its current interpretation of the statutes, then all 200 hundred of these whales could be lost to habitat destruction, vessel traffic, oil spills, and lack of protections unique to their needs without sparking an uplisting to threatened or endangered. This would eliminate nearly every gray whale who spends a significant time in state waters and fills a specific ecological niche essential for healthy state marine ecosystems.

UPDATE: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., a scientist who serves on our board of advisors, notified us of a recent article from New Scientist magazine. It describes how mathematical and genetic modeling of the gray population indicates these 200 whales we are campaigning to protect are the remnants of a once larger population that responded to the last ice age by feeding differently and not migrating to the then frozen northern latitudes where they originally foraged.

UPDATE: Though  the State of Washington has declined to up-list the  200 or so gray whales who most frequently inhabit state waters, we will continue our efforts to gain  protections. Of special interest in the 2014-2015 campaign year are conflicts with fisheries, specifically spot shrimping in gray whale foraging areas. More information in 2014 campaign plans.

Wolves  

WolfPackiStkWolf hunts are rapidly expanding at the behest of hunters and animal agriculturalists. At best, in the presence of hunters and animal agribusiness, wolves may be allowed to survive in small numbers on reservations, but never permitted to function as meaningful and adequate roles in ecosystems.Most recently, we’ve seen the hunting and ranching sector renew its slaughter of wolves in Idaho and Montana.

Alaska has a long history of wolf depopulation to enhance hunter success in taking moose and caribou and is poised to add bear baiting with garbage to their allowed practices. We have already demonstrated, using the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s own data that the highest numbers of wolves they want to kill corresponse to high hunting rates for elk in the same areas.

Here is the unique contribution of Green Vegans. We need ecosystems, not just a small representation of wolves whose social structures are being fragmented by hunters creating more destabilized packs. Humans are no longer adaptive to ecosystems. Green Vegans like yourself demand far less impact upon ecosystems and have no need for ranching and the hunting – oriented wildlife management policies that unnecessarily tweak ecosystems towards greater loss of biodiversity. Because we’re Green Vegans, we can go further into the root causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction.

This persecution of wolves is the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate how the new human ecology is the game changer environmentalists, ecologists, human overpopulation organizations, social and economic justice projects, and animal rightists have been seeking. There are a number of great organizations working to protect wolves. We are adding our own voice and unique approach. See our October 2010 newsletter for more information. You can sign up for our newsletters (use our “Stay Connected” box found on this site) and volunteer at volunteer@greenvegans.org

Update: Throughout this year, wolf hunts have been increasing in size, geographic range, and cruelty. Many organizations are working nation-wide on this tragedy. While Green Vegans has been able to act in supportive roles in addition to submitting written comments to WDFW, we are researching a strategy specific to Washington state and its ecosystems that are connected to and extend beyond state lines. We attended a wolf workshop in Seattle and criticized it online. We see a need to organize organizations in the region for a more effective response. See 2014-2015 campaigns.

Update November / December 2013: Green Vegans is the only organization responding to the fish and wildlife agency management culture by stating the obvious; they are failing because they refuse to acknowledge that human behavior must change. Agencies cannot overcome it. As we prepare for the near certain regular hunting of wolves in Washington State and Oregon, we have turned our attention to the “First Annual Two Day Wolf and Coyote Derby” which would see the slaughter of upwards of 40 wolves and countless coyotes. Green Vegans has sent a seven-page letter to three Idaho agencies outlining their failure to abide by their own regulations. Five organizations have just filed a lawsuit to stop the killing on Federal lands. Green Vegans is focusing on the private lands where the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has control and agreements that would prohibit the event. We will roll into 2014 continuing to expand our efforts.

Update, December 31, 2013: According to Reuters, 23 coyotes, zero wolves, were killed as a result of “The First Annual 2-Day Wolf and Coyote Derby” held in Salmon, Idaho. Though the media states some 250 hunters participated in the hunt, earlier reports noted that many of them came to support the organizer but not actually go out with guns to shoot wolves and coyotes. It’s unclear if these non-hunting supporters paid the various entry fees to the organization responsible for offering prizes, Idaho for Wildlife”. Though listed as a state nonprofit organization, they do not appear on any IRS sources as a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit organization.    

Green Vegans will be following up with responses to our letters from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office section that represents Idaho Fish and Game, and the Idaho Department of Taxation. That’s it for 2013. We will carry this forward to 2014 and increase our efforts in Washington State and Oregon. Thank you for your support.

Bears

During the coming winter, we have bear “hibernation time” to recruit additional volunteers in Oregon for our work on the Bear Aware program – a model already successful in other areas. Contact TamiDrake@greenvegans.org

UPDATE: After successfully organizing and facilitating collaboration between citizens and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of our educational outreach regarding human-bear conflicts, Green Vegans ended the campaign to focus resources on other areas.

Birds

Did you know that in North America an estimated 34,000,000 – yes, thirty-four million – songbirds are killed while trying to fly through glass they think is not there? And did you know that city lights can trap birds for reasons that are not completely understood (but just think of it as a disorientation)? In fact, during the night, the 911 Ground Zero memorial lights are periodically turned off so birds can escape and be on their way.

Green Vegans has started to learn what can be done about this issue from the experiences of others, many of whom are involved with the American Bird Conservancy. However, we are too short staffed to proceed. We need a gaggle of vegan volunteers who will work as a team under the direction of the Green Vegan board to study, learn, and plan a campaign for Seattle and Bellevue (think tall, shiny buildings, though short ones are a problem, too). Once established, we’ll identify in conjunction with other organizations which urban areas are not being covered. We also need a volunteer lead biologist for this campaign. Email volunteer@greenvegans.org
UPDATE: The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the lead organization in the U.S. Though we were not able to finish the groundwork to get this campaign off the ground in Seattle (ABC succeeded in San Francisco during this time), we will attempt to collaborate with other organizations and lead where needed again in Seattle 2014.
Chickens, Chickens, Chickens

Washington State is a major producer of chickens and eggs. We are initiating a campaign to investigate and report on the chicken condition in Washington State. Bird for bird, you will reduce more suffering through this campaign by saving lives and educating the public. We do not buy into the green and humane-washing sector that promotes free-range products. Green Vegans is looking for EXPERIENCED campaigners to lay the groundwork in conjunction with the board for a campaign. A minimum one year, part-time commitment is needed. Contact volunteer@greenvegans.org

UPDATE: We know where egg-laying hens are sent to be slaughtered. Trucking routes and schedules seem to have been changed. Tracking their journeys is a time-consuming campaign. We will narrow our focus on specific producers in 2014. Our goal is to raise awareness about the egg industry with specific examples. Unfortunately, a consortium of “animal welfare” organizations are working to undermine educational campaigns directed at the public habit of eating eggs. We have worked to oppose the “rotten Egg Bill” and are monitoring its fate in Congress before deciding on a specific objective in 2014′s campaign. Green Vegans delivered letters of opposition in person to the staff of our state senators and regional reperesentatives.

Go Vegan / Bypass Vegetarian  

From an environmental and humane perspective, there is little difference between eating meat and choosing a vegetarian ovo/lacto diet. We applaud you for being vegetarian or considering that change. Green Vegans can direct you towards the educational resources that will support you in your transition to the vegan lifestyle – your personal vegan human ecology. “Going vegan” is the most effective action you can take to make a profound difference for ecosystems, people, and individuals of other species. Go to our “links” page for the resources other organizations are providing.

UPDATE: We rely on blogs at thisishopethebook dot com and posting the evidence on our Facebook page to further public education on the issue. We’ve chosen to not create written materials that have a heavier environmental impact than electronic media.

Challenging Traditional Wildlife Management Agencies

The New Human Ecology requires we push for change in the public agencies that “manage” wildlife and ecosystems. State-level agencies that encourage hunting and trapping for revenue and protecting animal agriculture have warped ecosystems for narrow outcomes. In 2006, there were only 12.51 million hunters, just 4.2% of the U.S. population. They have control over state wildlife management agencies entirely out of proportion to their numbers. They have also successfully convinced the people and legislatures in ten states to make hunting a constitutional right. Yes, they changed their state constitutions! We seek to change that as we decrease the demand for animal agriculture and hunting through our dietary and lifestyle choices.

UPDATE: There were few opportunities to present a verbal presentation because the time needed to define our vegan human ecology is not available at public WDFW Board of Game meetings. Usually, only a few minutes of testimony are allowed so we are going to submit a paper to the board and department heads in 2014. See the 2014-2015 campaign list for the approach we will take.

Human Population

There are now 6.8 billion people populating the planet and per capita consumption is rising – but not equitably. Some are consuming unsustainably while others cannot sustain themselves. Humans are adding 80,000,000 copies of ourselves every year to Earth’s overburdened ecosystems. Enough. This is a “third rail” issue for most organizations. But we must address this core cause of ecosystem destruction and human misery. Though we will make this message clear in our campaigns, this is a specialized area. Check our links area for the organizations we recommend.

Whales and Dolphins in Captivity

We are building on our relationships with regional and national organizations to keep the spotlight on whales in captivity. Lolita, the Southern Resident Orca whale, was taken from her family in Puget Sound, Washington, and placed in a small tank at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida. She has been swimming in tight circles for thirty-nine years. She needs you and the people of Florida to return to her home and family. Check out our friends at Orca Network for in-depth information: www.orcanetwork.org

UPDATE: Green Vegans was represented at a workshop in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington on Orca captivity. Several ex-trainers from around the word and experts gave presentations. Many were featured in the film documentary “Blackfish”, a must-see. It may be available for free at this point on CNN, but is also available from many sources to rent or purchase.

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Whale photo credit: Howard Garrett  2008 | Orca Network |  www.orcanetwork.org

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