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California Poised to Become First State to Outlaw Fur | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

June 4, 2019
Saving their skins: Dozens of animal rights activists protest inside the “Fur Salon” at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco. On January 1, 2019, San Francisco became the largest U.S. city to ban fur. (Photo credit: Direct Action Everywhere)

Direct Action Everywhere: A historic bill to ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products passed the California Assembly on May 28. This is a first-of-its kind victory that shows the power of the grassroots movement for animal rights. Now, the fur ban must pass through the Senate to officially become law.
>>>Show your support for the California fur ban with an email to the California Democratic Party. Email [email protected] and ask them to support AB 44. Here is a template email you can send.

Pesticide Action Network: Three consecutive juries have found Monsanto (now Bayer) guilty of knowingly exposing people to glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen and the active ingredient in their flagship herbicide, Roundup. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to reregister the chemical, dismissing science showing it can be harmful to human health. Internal documents revealed during recent legal actions show that Monsanto has had undue influence on the regulatory process.
>>>Tell EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to revise his recommendation that glyphosate be re-registered without restrictions to protect human health and the environment.

PETA: In 2017, a PETA Asia investigation revealed that donkeys in China—some as young as five months old—are bashed in the head with a sledgehammer and their throats are slit so their skin can be boiled down to make gelatin for a traditional Chinese medicine called ejiao. A breaking investigation has found horrific abuse inside Kenya’s donkey slaughter industry, which exists only to meet the demand for this product in China. The footage shows workers at government-sanctioned slaughterhouses mercilessly beating frightened donkeys.
>>>Urge Kenya’s cabinet secretary for agriculture to ban all Kenyan donkey slaughterhouses and to stop supporting China’s cruel trade in ejiao.

Skydog Sanctuary: Recently, Skydog Sanctuary, a wild horse sanctuary in Oregon, was asked to take Elsa, a mustang mare who had given birth to twins, Faith and Hope—an incredibly rare event. However, after traveling to the corrals to take all three of them, Skydog was notified that Elsa was to be part of a spay study in which her ovaries would be removed. It costs the U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars every year to roundup, warehouse and stockpile the nation’s wild horses. This special family unit has an opportunity to have a life of freedom on a beautiful 9,000 acre ranch, where they can live together in peace.
>>>Urge the Bureau of Land Management’s Burns Wild Horse and Burro Corrals to let Elsa, Faith and Hope be adopted by Skydog Sanctuary.

Cause for concern…

Cool pads, hot planet: Air conditioning units poke out of an apartment complex in Montevideo, Uruguay. Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, commonly used coolants in refrigerators and air-conditioners, are potent contributors to global warming—about 1,000 more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol of 1987, agreed to in October 2016 by delegates from nearly 200 nations at a conference in Kigali, Rwanda, sets hard targets for the worldwide phaseout of these dangerous greenhouse gases. The agreement, which took effect in January, has so far been ratified by 72 nations. But President Donald Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, shows no indication that he will submit the deal for Senate approval. (Photo credit: Matt Hintsa/Flickr)

Round of applause…

Changing hearts and minds: Environmental activists take to the streets during the People’s Climate March in London on March 31, 2014. Collective actions like this can have a profound positive impact on bystanders and people not actively engaged in climate activism, according to a new study. A team of researchers at Penn State University found that “people tended to be more optimistic about people’s ability to work together to address climate change and have better impressions of people who participated in marches after the March for Science and the People’s Climate March in the spring of 2017.” (Photo credit: Open Minder/Flickr)

Parting thought…

“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

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