Be an Advocate!
Every year 10 billion land animals are abused, exploited, and killed in the United States for food. There are few laws giving them any legal protection. We need your help to make this world a more compassionate place for farmed animals. Take action by following the steps below.
An outbreak of Avian Influenza is currently spreading in the United States.
To stop the spread, mass killing is already being carried out by farms across the country. The American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines still permit the use of a cruel practice called Ventilation Shutdown + (VSD+) in “constrained circumstances”.
Ventilation shutdown is exactly what it sounds like. Farms seal all ventilation points to suffocate the animals inside. The AVMA does not recommend the use of VSD alone. But it does permit the use of VSD+ in “constrained circumstances”. VSD+ involves the incorporation of components such as heat, humidity and carbon dioxide paired with total ventilation shutdown. The additional components can speed up animal deaths. Still, the resulting death is likely to be agonizing. Heat combined with ventilation shutdown essentially bakes animals alive. It forces them into heatstroke or cardiac arrest before suffocation.
The AVMA poultry guidelines suggest the use of VSD+ in circumstances when heat can be kept at deadly temperatures for a minimum of three hours.
The AVMA also approves this method for killing pigs. In pigs, the goal of a 95% mortality rate in one hour is recommended. Even in the most ideal circumstances, these deaths are painful. The AVMA guidelines themselves reference a case study involving pigs that experienced a failed VSD attempt. In this study, 100% mortality was not achieved even after 16 hours.
AVMA representatives are not required to be present during the practice of VSD+. This means that we cannot rule out failed or botched attempts. Advertising this practice as permissible, even in constrained circumstances, is irresponsible and leads to immense suffering.
These are not the values that veterinarians stand for. This is why thousands of veterinary professionals stand against these dangerous guidelines.
Join us in respectfully asking the AVMA to update their guidelines to reflect total intolerance of VSD or VSD+. Fill out the form below to send a pre-written letter or customize your own.
We need your help in protecting the Tule Elk of Point Reyes National Seashore!
(A Tule Elk bull with his antlers caught in barbed wire from Point Reyes ranch fencing. Photo credits belong to wildlife advocate and photographer Jim Coda)
Point Reyes National Park Seashore is one of the only places where Tule Elk still roam. But now, these majestic elk are in danger. For years, Point Reyes has allowed private meat and dairy ranchers to lease land. This land is public and taxpayer-funded.
Now the National Park Service has announced a plan to kill elk, who compete with cows for grazing land. They’ve decided that Point Reyes’ elk population should be capped at just 140 animals.
To keep these tight numbers, animals will have to be shot every year. The National Park Service calls Tule Elk “overpopulated” on the seashore, yet allows over 5,000 cows to graze the same land.
Currently, private, for-profit ranches cover a third of Point Reyes.
What do you think causes more damage to a native landscape: just over 200 members of a native species, or over 5,000 non-native cows? We think the answer is obvious.
This situation is not only inhumane, it’s a conservation nightmare. Numerous environmental advocates and organizations agree: killing wildlife on public land to appease private businesses sets a dangerous precedent.
Take action now by filling out the form below to contact Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife, Shannon Estenoz, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. We’ve even provided sample letters to make the process fast and convenient. Remember to keep comments polite, civil and informative.
It’s time to make our voices heard.
Pledge to Have a Turkey-Friendly Thanksgiving!
Did you know that an estimated 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for Thanksgiving every year in the United States? Here are a few quick facts you should know about these incredible birds. For a more in-depth read on the cruelty behind turkey farming, click here.
- Turkeys are fascinating animals. Male turkeys’ heads can change colors according to their behavior and stress levels. Just like built-in mood rings! Turkeys have a wide range of vocalizations, and as highly social animals, they have complex social hierarchies. Turkey hens are known to be fiercely protective mothers, teaching their young everything there is to know about the world.
- The vast majority of turkeys raised for their flesh in the United States live in crowded, windowless sheds. The smell of ammonia and feces in these filthy facilities is nauseating. Turkeys are de-beaked and often have their toes amputated at the first digit. The purpose of this is to prevent damage to their valuable carcasses, caused by fighting due to stress. This is why many turkeys are routinely fed antibiotics: to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them.
- Years of selective breeding has led modern domestic turkeys to grow at an extreme rate. This leads the massive birds to develop many health issues. Farmed turkeys are highly prone to foot and leg problems, heart attacks, overheating, and more. Most turkeys are slaughtered around just 16 weeks of age.
- Despite being the most widely slaughtered and consumed animals in the United States, birds are excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act. This means that stunning birds prior to slaughter is entirely optional, not a legal requirement. Many birds have their throats cut while fully conscious.
- There is another way! There are countless vegan recipes, ideas and specialty products to make an animal-free Thanksgiving easy. And the food doesn’t have to be bland! Click here to see our own ideas for an easy, delicious, turkey friendly Thanksgiving table.
We hope you’ll stand up for these gentle, curious birds with us. Take the pledge to ditch turkey this Thanksgiving, and help us spread the word!
Prevent Future Pandemics: End Cruel and Dangerous Live Animal Markets
We need your help! Urge legislators to pass S.4749 by Senator Cornyn and co-sponsor Senator Booker- the Preventing Future Pandemics Act now! This bill will ban live animal markets in the United States and help prevent future pandemics.
You may have never heard of a “wet market”, until earlier this year, when Covid-19 changed your life. A wet market in Wuhan, China, is thought to be the source of this deadly virus. But markets here in the United States are just as tragic and dangerous.
Wet markets are open-air stalls selling seafood, meat, and produce. Some sell and slaughter live animals on-site, including chickens, fish, and shellfish. This is the ideal environment for zoonotic diseases.
The worst pandemics and epidemics in modern-day history (SARS, Ebola, AIDS, Avian Flu, H1N1 and Zika) all stemmed from animal farming and exploitation.
Take action now to help prevent future pandemics!
Sign our petition today and demand the USDA end live animal markets in the United States!
WOOL FARMING IS CRUEL – Take our pledge now!
Four facts YOU need to know! You might be surprised at how terrible wool farming is for sheep.
- Lambs and ewes are mutilated. Tail-docking, dehorning, and castration are performed after birth and without pain relief. In Australia – where most wool originates – female sheep have the skin around their tail cut off without pain relief. Can you imagine doing that to a dog or cat?
- 12-35% of all lambs born will not survive. In the United States, 388,000 lambs (12%) born die within two weeks. In Australia, 25-35% die within a few days or weeks. Most deaths are due to infection and hypothermia.
- Wool is actually unnatural. Ancestors of domestic wool-bearing sheep grow hair and shed their wool seasonally. Sheep domesticated for wool and “meat” production are bred to grow wool that never sheds. Shearing is required to prevent problems with the overgrowth of wool. You might be surprised that the wool from the sanctuary sheep is “donated” to the wild birds for nests.
- Sheep are killed at a fraction of their lifespan. Wool quality declines after 1-3 years, at which point sheep are sent to slaughter. Their natural lifespan is 10-15 years. In Australia, thousands of sheep are crammed aboard cargo vessels and shipped to other parts of the world for slaughter. In 2019, 14,000 sheep drowned when one capsized.
BAN THE SHIPMENT OF CHICKS IN THE MAIL!
Every year, 20 million day-old chicks are thoughtlessly thrown into boxes and shipped as “perishable goods” through the postal service. And recently amidst the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of live chicks sent in the mail have been dying at alarmingly high rates. In an effort to end this cruel treatment we are asking you to speak up on behalf of these helpless chicks and write to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking that they end the mailing of any live baby chickens. You have a chance to help stop this horrific practice. All you need to do is take action today!
Keep your correspondence polite, respectful, state what you are requesting clearly, and tell them you appreciate a letter or email of what action they will be taking.
Postmaster General or Secretary of Agriculture,
I am writing to you with concern over the cruel way live baby chicks are shipped via the United States Postal Service.
Every year 20 million chicks are sent through the Postal Service. They suffer extreme temperatures, go without food or water for days at a time, and often arrive dead. It is typical for 1-2% of chicks to die during transit. That accounts for 200,000-400,000 dead chicks every year. This is unacceptable.
This is animal cruelty and NOW is the moment to make a change to protect live animals that suffer horribly. Please act quickly to ban the shipment of day-old chicks through the United States Postal Service.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing your response on how you will fix this problem.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy:
Mailing Address: Postmaster General USPS –
Headquarters 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-0010
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:
Mailing Address: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250.
Sign our petition today to tell the United States Postmaster General to end the practice of shipping live chicks in the mail.
We also encourage you to file a formal complaint here: https://www.uspsoig.gov/form/file-online-complaint