The wolf slaughter and how you can help!  »

When I wrote about the situation of wolves in the Rockies yesterday, commenter Vi Z. asked, “Is any organization stepping forward to counteract this? Can we do anything?” Being such a pro journalist, I probably should have included this information in the initial post, but! I didn’t. So I’ve looked up a few now and I’d like to share them with you.

Defenders of Wildlife is a pretty dope-seeming organization that I hadn’t heard of because I’m so busy watching NCIS that these things fall through the cracks. They are working crazy-hard to help the wolves! They have a number of petitions you can sign:

You can donate to Defenders of Wildlife’s wolf efforts here and you can also adopt a wolf if you like—I’m always encouraging the adoption route if you know any kiddies you can get involved. They also have these “wolf-saving gifts" you can donate that include various ways to protect "livestock" from the wolves like radios and other devices that deter them (but don’t blow their heads off).

Another organization helping to protect wolves is Earthjustice. Earthjustice appears to be a bunch of super-hero lawyers! You can contribute to them and aid in the legal fight for wolves’ lives. Save Biogems, part of the Natural Resources Defense Council, is collecting donations as well. As always, you can also check out the Humane Society’s efforts and donate to them.

Finally, you can contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them to step up their mother-clucking game when it comes to our wolves.

In my search for wolf-support organizations, I came across this awesome video by youtube user PhotoAnimationGuy. A rapping pug gives Sarah Palin what-for over her support for aerial wolf-hunting in Alaska. It’s my new jam!

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Just when you think the world has gone to hell, a famous person comes along to save the day! Famous people are our modern-day superheroes—their superpower being that society actually cares about them. I love you Ricky Gervais!

Sign the petition here!


Today’s easy, five-second activism for factory-farmed pigs  »

I’m pissed off. Earlier this week, I contracted swine flu (yes, H1N1) which really sucks and you don’t want it, not even a little for recreational purposes. I had been dwelling on how I went vegan to get away from this kind of shit, and it finally dawned on me when Maria sent along word of Farm Sanctuary’s No Downers Campaign.

Dragged, beaten, pushed with forklifts and shocked with electric prods — these are the routine methods used by workers to get pigs and other farm animals too sick, injured or weak to walk on their own onto slaughterhouse kill floors, and the reason Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, is petitioning President Barak Obama to put an end to this abuse by issuing regulations to prevent these animals—called “downers”—from entering the food supply.

Swine flu is the pigs’ revenge. And like any biblical revenge scenario, retribution is arbitrary, capricious, and swift. Bacon is so ironic and awesome right now that even vegan bacon flavoring is muddying the waters as the Pig God fails to properly distinguish friend from foe.

Factory farms still suck, people, and they’re not going away. They beat the shit out of pigs, electrocute them and are constantly coming up with new and inventive means of torture. They crowd pigs together in brutal, filthy conditions until disease spreads and jumps over to humans and even cats. And if my cat gets swine flu, then we will meet in the Octagon, factory farmers, and I will end you. It’s fucking ON.

In the meantime, call it Stockholm Syndrome if you want, but I’m siding with the pigs. This is their revenge, and I can’t blame them for one second. So sign Farm Sanctuary’s petition to end the abuse of pigs. Then send it around to everyone you know and make them sign it. Their goal is 20,000 signatures to remind President Obama of his campaign pledge to give a shit about animal cruelty.


We need an Animal Protection Liaison  »

A what? An Animal Protection Liaison, as proposed by the Humane Society of the United States, would “work with the executive agencies and Congress to advance animal protection policies.” Simple, right? Yes!

HSUS has already written a Change Agenda for Animals, a set of 100 guidelines for improving the lives of our nation’s animals, both domesticated and wild; the APL would help ensure those guidelines are followed.

Look, this puppy gets the best care ever, I mean, he has damn hell ass Secret Service agents to protect him. And he is ONE SMALLISH DOG. What about dogs born in puppy mills? What about cows on feedlots? What about endangered animals? They need someone to protect them. All you have to do is sign this itsy bitsy little petition—it is one brief form—and HSUS will forward it to the president or whomever in his administration is in charge of receiving such things. Easy-peasy.

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