Megans of the world: unite to save Megan the chimp! »
Are you a Megan or do you have a Megan in your life? Come forth and be counted! There is a Megan in danger and we must do something about it! There is a poor 22-year-old chimp named Megan stuck in a horrible lab at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center:
[Video is not scary, just sad. Can’t see it? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com]
If you want to see what else goes on at the NIRC, there’s some effed-up footage from a Humane Society undercover investigation. Bonus: Not only did the undercover investigator find tons of animal welfare violations—i.e., they are breaking laws—this lab is also getting millions of dollars from the government to do this!
More about Megan from the Humane Society:
Seeking Justice for Chimpanzees
On Mar. 15, 2011, in an effort to bring New Iberia to justice and have any infants bred illegally sent to sanctuary, we filed legal petitions with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.
Megan is just one of the government-owned chimpanzees at New Iberia who gave birth to several babies despite a contractual agreement that the laboratory won’t breed government-owned or supported chimpanzees. If successful, our petitions could help to free Megan and her babies from the confinements of the lab. But with your help, Megan, along with her group of eight companions could all be saved sooner.
Please help retire Megan and the other chimpanzees in her group to sanctuary.
Megan was in this annoying program to test her intelligence but that program is now cancelled, so they are trying to decide if they should retire Megan (YES) and her pals to a sanctuary, or send them off to be in even worse, medically invasive experiments (NO)! That’s the thanks she gets after they use her up? Heartless.
Megans and those who have ever loved a Megan, I call upon you! “Like” my Megans United to Save Megan the Lab Chimp Facebook page to show your solidarity and—at the very least!—fill out this form to send a message to University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s president, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, and the Director of the National Center for Research Resources, Dr. Barbara Alving. Megan and her co-prisoners are called “Group Megan,” so tell them you want to FREE GROUP MEGAN!
You can also donate here to help all the lab chimps in this screwed-up country. And please, tell everyone about Group Megan and Megans United to Save Megan the Lab Chimp! And guys, let’s plan some big things! I want to see Group Megan’s retirement party on the Today Show! We have a Facebook page; what should we do now?!
Help Anne, the abused UK circus elephant »
Animal Defenders International released some really disturbing footage of Anne, Britain’s last circus elephant, being kicked, stabbed and beaten. ADI secretly filmed the elephant for three and a half weeks over which period, the elephant was beaten repeatedly. You can read more and watch the video at the Daily Mail website. It’s pretty awful. I was so sad, that I made this picture for Anne. Sometimes Illustrator makes me feel better.
From ADI, here are some things you can do to help Anne:
- Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
- Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.
- Join our Street Team and raise awareness in your local area.
- Make a donation and help fund our campaign to end circus suffering.
- For more information, contact ADI. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For press enquiries, please contact ADI Media Relations Director Phil Buckley on 07716 018 250
UPDATE!: Like the Facebook page to get justice for Anne!
YOU GUYS! We have to help a kitty! I know, as a blog, we can get this cat into a new awesome home. I have faith in our collective radness. So, reader Mariko wrote in asking us to help her re-home a cat she helped save. Here’s the whole story from the Mariko’s mouth:
I recently took in a very sweet tortiseshell cat that a neighbor abandoned.
I’m pretty sure it’s female and former mommy as a fellow neighbor said the people who abandoned it took the kittens.
I know, sadness.
Anywho, the pretty female is very sweet and affectionate, literally crawls into someone’s lap within minutes of meeting them!
I would love to keep this sweeie pie but I have already 3 cats of my own and only 1 small apartment.
If you can take in this beautiful cat, even if you’d just be willing to foster and keep in contact while I find a permanent home, please respond.
I”m the Irvington area of Fremont. Please help ASAP.
I can be reached at (510)-284-9822
So, yo! Can you help??? You can call Mariko at the number above or email her. Seriously, let’s save this kitty! She’s so hella cute! Just look at that face and tell me you don’t want it suffocating you at 3 a.m. in the morning. Cause that’s what cats try to do, murder you and assume your place in society. Right? Anyway, EMAIL!
SFACC Needs Towels for the Animals! »
If you have any extra towels laying around, please bring them to SFACC (1200 15th Street at Harrison). They’re open from 11 am to 6 pm everyday, and until 7 pm on Wednesdays (that’s TODAY!). They don’t care if the towels are frayed or stained, as long as they’re clean! If you can help with this critical shortage, you are a superstar and the greatest and will be rewarded with many pit bull kisses when you inevitably get to heaven!
[pic via FunnyCoolStuff]
Tonight: Peanut Butter Plan party! »
Interested in doing some immediate good? Participate in tonight’s Peanut Butter Plan sandwich-making party! RSVP at the Facebook event page, and meet at 116 Noe St. (between 14th and Henry Streets) at 7:30 p.m. to make some sandwiches!
Hang on, what is the Peanut Butter Plan? It is simple genius, is what: once a month, people get together to make pb&j sandwiches and distribute them. To whom? Well, to hungry people. PBP Founder Jory John gives a more detailed explanation.
Your Vegansaurus likes it because generally pb&js are animal-free, as well as nutritionally balanced and very good to eat. If you have the time tonight, definitely go and help out. One particularly irritating vegan stereotype is that we value animals over humans, which, OK, sometimes is true, because a lot of humans are big jerks! But starving people? Starving people at least deserve a vegan sandwich, and here’s your chance to help out! Now go! RSVP and go before I’m forced to make a “spread the love” pun and die of shame!
[photo by boeke on Flickr!]
VEGANS TO THE RESCUE: There was a fire last night at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society that killed several cats & is displacing all of their animals. This is incredibly sad but there is something we can do to help! Can you step in and foster a dog or a catl? If so, email them RIGHT NOW.
Can you help a bunny out? »
Your Vegansaurus has an especial fondness for rabbits, Nibbler naturally being the A-number-one best bunny, but certainly not the only leporid we love.
Potentially Nervous is the home of buns Bells, Nuage, and Fats, and their caretaker “Alice.” Bells and Nuage are best pals, and Fats is a man on his own. Their blog comprises mostly pictures, with captions that create a charming narrative. High-quality photos of adorable rabbits would be irresistible anyway, but Alice’s captions make the blog appealing to those of us who want to do more than dissolve into a pile of mush looking at cutie-pie bunnies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that, you know, sometimes a person wants more than Cute Overload-speak.
To be honest, Fats has become my favorite bun—maybe because Nibbler is also a lone rabbit; maybe because his antics are the best documented: Look at that bunny go!
Now we come to the crux of the matter: poor Fats is ailing, and Alice needs your help. A wound from a recent injury has, instead of healing, gotten worse and worse, and Fats’ vet care has become very expensive. Ms. Alice, not a person of great wealth, does not have the means to keep her rabbits in food and keep up with the medical treatments Fats needs. In such a situation, what is a bunny caretaker to do?
Please note, Vegansaurus does ask readers for money; however, Alice’s story is so painfully sad, it seemed heartless not to make you aware of it. Maybe you can help a bunny out? A bag of pellets costs around $13; that is not, generally speaking, an exorbitant amount to give. Of course, that’s your decision, and Vegansaurus is not demanding that you donate. Just look at your bank account, then look at this face, and make up your mind.
Vegansaurus loves you, Fats.