Thursday March 6, 2014
Congressman Jim Moran (D, VA) has introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148, to prohibit cosmetics testing on animals in the United States and phase out the sale of imported cosmetics that were tested on animals. In the United States, no law requires cosmetics to be tested on animals unless they contain a new chemical. Cruelty-free companies use ingredients that are already known to be safe.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Your action is urgently needed - please call your federal legislators today.
The U.S. federal sportmen's heritage bills have been reintroduced, and one has already passed the House. The Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, H.R. 3590, contains a number of dangerous provisions, including opening nearly all federal wild lands for hunting, allowing the importation of polar bear trophies, and exempting lead shot and lead fishing equipment from EPA regulation. A similar bill, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, S.1996, is also pending. The purpose is to promote recreational hunting at the expense of wildlife and the environment.
The Obama administration opposes some measures, but instead of threatening to veto the bill, they say they look forward to working with Congress on a hunting & fishing bill that addresses their concerns.
What you can do: Contact your federal legislators, and ask them to oppose S.1996 and HR.3590. You can look up your U.S. Representative on the House of Representatives website, while your senators can be found on the official Senate website. A personal communication is always best, but if you're short on time, you can use this webform from the National Anti-Vivisection Society.
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Thursday February 27, 2014
After tens of thousands of comments on their swan-killing plan that would have exterminated the species in New York state by 2025, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation says they will revise the plan. According to the Times Beacon Record, the DEC plans to draft a new proposal and hold another public comment period this spring.
Thursday February 20, 2014
(Update: After tens of thousands of public comments, the NY DEC plans to issue a revised proposal this spring.)
You have until Friday, February 21 to speak up for New York's swans. The state of New York is considering a proposal to wipe out the state's mute swan population by 2025, including shooting the birds, "euthanasia," chemical or surgical sterilization, destruction of nests, and oiling and addling of eggs. The animals were brought to the US from Eurasia for ornamental purposes in the 19th century. The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says they want the birds gone because they are "invasive" and cause "aggressive behavior towards people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native wildlife species, degradation of water quality, and potential hazards to aviation."