The Humane Party is the U.S.A.’s first political party committed to (i) rights for all animals—not just the human kind—, (ii) full realization of an ecosystem-neutral, sustainably prosperous economy, and (iii) running and electing only candidates who have committed to humane values both personally and politically.
Read “Five Things that Make Us Unique” to find out more about The Humane Party.
The Humane Party is running their first candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and their first Presidential candidate in 2016. They need volunteers nationwide!
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Some believe that because they use tools to kill animals, that makes them natural carnivorous predators, which is nonsense, unlesss the next time I buy a plane ticket, I am a natural bird.
Landmark Bill Aims to Ban SeaWorld Orca Shows in California
Posted by One Green Planet
Watch out SeaWorld! Calif. State Assembly member Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, is planning to introduce a new bill, which would make it illegal to use orcas for performance or entertainment purposes, reports U-T San Diego.
Since SeaWorld is currently the only entertainment park in the state of Calif., this new law is aimed directly at putting an end to their orca shows. If you think this smells of “Blackfish,” you’re right! Bloom said he is being driven to act by revelations in the disputed documentary “Blackfish.” In other words, yes, as predicted, the Blackfish Effect is still very much alive!
“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Bloom said in remarks prepared for the bill’s release on March 7, 2014. These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.” Well said! Orcas definitely do not belong in captivity, for our entertainment, no matter how many excuses SeaWorld tries to make.
Countries like Greece, Hungry, Costa Rica, Chile, Switzerland, and India already have similar bans in place, and if this bill does become law, Calif. will join the state of South Carolina and the island of Maui, Hawaii in saying no to captivity.
The bill is obviously going to face stiff opposition from SeaWorld, whose main attraction at their San Diego, Calif. theme park are orcas, 10 of which are housed in a 7 million gallon habitat known as Shamu Stadium. The theme park draws about 4.4 million visitors every year, making approximately $1.4 billion in revenue, and pays around $14 million in rent to the city of San Diego for roughly 172 acres of land and about 18 acres of water within Mission Bay Park.
No matter what the outcome, this is a huge step in the right direction that is going to bring even more attention to the issue of orcas in captivity and will hopefully encourage more people to think twice before visiting SeaWorld.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Make A Difference is a brand new booklet created by Animal Equality.More than 100,000 will be handed out in universities in the UK, creating positive changes in our day-to-day choices. Click [here] to look at the booklet.
The goal is to hand out 100,000 booklets this year 2014. Do you want to help make a difference for animals? If so, please get in contact with Animal Equality by sending an email to JaneL@AnimalEquality.net
Animal Protein Linked to Early Death
Eating a diet high in animal protein leads to an earlier death, compared with people who consume less, according to a new study analyzing data from 6,381 American adults aged 50 and older. Participants who ate the most animal protein had a 5-fold increase risk of death related to diabetes. Those younger than 65 who ate the most animal protein had a 74 percent increase risk for death from any cause and a 4-fold increase in death related to cancer, during a follow-up of 18 years. Risks for death were diminished or absent when protein sources were plant-derived. [PCRM]
Compassion is ethical intelligence; it is the capacity to make connections and the constant urge to act to relieve the suffering of others.’
Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
Free Money for Animal Activism and Outreach
Vegan and animal advocate Jenny Brown sits with Dylan, one of the cows, at her Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Dylan is a 2,000 pound rescued veal calf, and an unwanted byproduct of the milk industry. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union)
By The Thinking Vegan
We’re looking for the most innovative ideas in animal activism today, and we’re giving away money to fund them.
The Thinking Vegan is partnering with The Pollination Project (http://thepollinationproject.org) to award multiple grants for outstanding, and effective, animal activism. Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual or grassroots group making the world a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Recipients of grants from our partnership will receive $1000 U.S. dollars (in two installments) to fund, start, or expand their efforts to make the world better for animals.
Our ideal recipients are grassroots campaigns producing positive results for animals and/or promoting ethical veganism. Preference will be given to ideas and projects that can work on a broad scale. While this does not exclude local or regional grassroots activism, our hope is that the project will be something that can work in other places. For example, if your successful local campaign is a model or blueprint that other activists could carry out in their own communities, this would be a good candidate for funding. So if you’re acting locally…try to think globally too.
Please understand the following guidelines before applying:
- We will not fund established nonprofit organizations. If your group has been a nonprofit for less than one year, if your nonprofit status is still pending, or if you have fiscal sponsorship and need outside funding, you are welcome to apply, but the bar will be rather high.
- We will not fund projects that require very large budgets to have an impact. We all dream of what we would do for animals if we had a million dollars or even a hundred thousand dollars. We’re hoping for practical dreams that can be meaningfully moved toward reality with $1000. That said, if you need a million dollars to open the animal sanctuary of your dreams, and have already raised $999,000, well then, please do apply.
- We are not interested in funding special events, retreats, rentals of equipment or space, training/education registration fees for one person, travel expenses, legal expenses, publicity expenses, advertising expenses, or application fees. If you feel your project is otherwise very qualified, but requires one of these specific expenses for it to succeed, we are open to hearing about it.
- We will not fund media projects such as print or online magazines, podcasts, radio or television broadcasts. As PR professionals this could potentially create a conflict of interest for us both, so you would be better off sending your application directly to The Pollination Project. However, we are happy to help you strengthen your application.
- We discourage applications to fund films, theatrical performances, self-published books, music, or visual arts, not because we don’t believe in their potential to create change, but because this grant is not intended to fund passion and good intentions. Applicants engaged in these projects will need to have a clear strategy for distribution/dissemination, and be able to explain how this grant will be used towards realizing that strategy.
- We discourage applications from projects rooted in theistic or spiritual perspectives, again, because this grant is not intended to fund passion and good intentions. Applicants with a faith-based project will need to explain its broader potential beyond their own like-minded community.
- If you have already received a grant from The Pollination Project, congratulations, but you will not get an additional grant through us.
If despite these exclusions you still feel we should consider funding your project, by all means, let’s discuss it prior to your submission.
Ready to apply? Follow this link to download the grant application with more detailed instructions: https://app.box.com/s/v76bk16zg21owwdncjyy.
This program will run through May 31, 2014. We hope to be awarding grants to qualified projects within a few weeks of receiving the application, so don’t sit on it too long. We want to start giving away money, and seeing results, as soon as possible.
We can’t wait to hear your ideas to make the world better for animals!
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