Green Vegans Fundraising Appeal for 2014-2015 Campaigns

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GVheader768px (1)We’re hoping you’ve recovered enough from the many requests for donations typical of the holiday season. Now it’s Green Vegans’ turn. We don’t ask for much because we work efficiently and with focus. Here’s a brief description of the campaigns we are working on and those proposed. The Green Vegans board will decide how much and where we will focus our resources once we see your response. Please use any “donate” button on the Green Vegans website to use PayPal. You can also send a check to:

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Green Vegans, 2122-8th Avenue N, #201, Seattle, WA 98109

In return we will email you a letter of thanks on our letterhead. It will also serve as your paperless receipt for tax purposes. Green Vegans is a 501(c)(3) organization and registered as a charity in Washington State. Our business license is through the City of Seattle.  For the first thirty donations of $50 or more, we offer you a Green Vegans 100% organic cotton logo tee shirt, five bookmarks and either a logo pin or refrigerator magnet as a thank you gift. Provide your contact information so we can arrange free shipping. 100_1801

 

 

 

 

Here are the 2014 – 2015 campaigns. Go to the “Campaigns” dropdown menue above to see the complete descriptions and updates from last year.

 

WhalesWe 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 noted 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).” (photo Humpback whale / Will Anderson)

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. Their habitat is under threat from a number of sources and activities. (photo Gray whale / Will Anderson)

Farmed Animal Transport

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Washington 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).

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 recycling those batteries, and other options.

Active Opposition to the Incremental Welfare Reforms that keep animal agriculture profitable

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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.

Meatopia Alarm System

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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.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.

Using social media, anyone finding an upcoming or imminent Meatopia event will SOUND THE ALARM. You will tell Green Vegans and the local animal advocacy group if known.

Wildlife and Ecosystems Management Reform

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Wildlife management and ecosystems oversight is within the jurisdiction of several state and federal agencies in the U.S. They are absurdly cruel and harm 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; Change Name and Legislated Mission of WDFW (test state, Oregon also if funding permits); Active Opposition to Bow Hunting / Muzzle-Loader Hunting; Wolves.

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.

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. 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.

Road Barriers

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Road 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. 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.

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See our campaign page.

Birds versus Glass

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This 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. We will be contacting them for a reassessment when we get the donations needed.

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.

Please Donate Now. Your support makes Green Vegans possible.

Thank you,

The Green Vegans Board of Directors and Volunteers