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Please call & email on Fri. 10/7/11

From: Julie
Sent on: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7:32 PM
  Please do this - I've been working on this for weeks & these abysmal trade bills are horrific for animals. These are sweetheart deals to the agribusiness industry. The large animal rights organizations have not led on this issue. This needs a groundswell of  grassroots animal activism. Take a few minutes to do this & spread the word! For the animals, Julie    !! EMERGENCY ALERT !!

Free Trade Agreements Adversely Affect Animals

October 7: Call in Day To Stop the Panama, Colombia & South KoreaFree Trade Agreements

On Monday, President Obama broke his campaign promise to oppose Bush's NAFTA-style free trade deal and instead sent them to Congress to be voted on.

On Friday, October 7, join the national call-in day to tell your U.S. Representative, Senators, and President Obama to STOP unfair NAFTA-Style free trade deals with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea! Turn up the pressure and make sure Congress knows you won't stand for more trade agreements that contribute to animal exploitation! You can help stop Congress from ratifying these agreements by taking action!

(1) EMAIL your members of Congresswith the message that if they don't stop the job-killing Koreatrade deal, we'll hold them responsible for the next unfair trade deals as well. Use this easy to use, pre-written letter: Feel free to modify the letter for a personal touch.

(2) CALL your members of Congress.Find your Representative and Senators' names and contact info by entering your address at Call your Representative, both of your Senators, and the White House (if you only have time for one,your Representative is the top priority). Urge them to speak out against these trade agreements. Tell your elected officials in Congress to get to work for work for animals and the environment -- not factory farmers, rainforest destroyers, and corporate polluters. Cite some of the facts listed below.

Also call the White House Comment Line at [masked] and tell President Obama that you are OUTRAGED that he broke his campaign promise to oppose these trade agreements and that you insist that he veto them if they reach his desk.

When calling, mention some of these points. The Trade Agreement will:

Increase factory farming and consumption of animal products.
The trade agreements will eliminate tariffs on animal products. This will lower their cost, dramatically increase consumption of animal-based foods, shift consumption from local to cheap, untarrifed U.S. factory farm exports and encourage farmers in Panama, South Korea, and Colombia to move to factory farming to remain competitive. According to the American Meat Institute, "The U.S. Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), if ratified, would be the biggest shot in the arm to the meat and poultry industry since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994." This translates into more animal suffering.

Increase the likelihood of another mass killing in South Korea.
As South Korean agriculture shifts towards factory farming the likelihood of bird flu, hoof and mouth, and swine flu outbreaks will increase. This will mean more killing, like earlier this year when 10 million animals were killed, with many buried alive.

Squander U.S. leverage to encourage Korea to crack down on cruel practices.
Korean animal activists rely on international pressure to encourage their government to enact and enforce bans on cruel practices including the exploitation of bears by the bile trade, horse fighting, live dog markets, and other inhumane practices. By entering a binding trade agreement while failing to demand action on these issues, the U.S. is wasting a golden opportunity to achieve progress.

Provide a source of new animals for marine mammal parks.
The Panama agreement contains provisions for the tariff-free export of wild-caught dolphins to the United States.

Endanger critical wildlife habitats.
Investor rights provisions in the trade agreements will give U.S. corporations the power to sue Panama, South Korea and Colombia in unelected tribunals that can award unlimited sums to the corporations if the countries take action to protect their environment, putting the future of critical wildlife habitats including the Colombian Amazon and Panama's mangrove forests at risk.

Expand illegal wildlife trafficking.
For rural Colombians unable to sustain themselves off of agriculture, capturing wildlife for export provides a highly lucrative alternative. According to Colombian environmental group ProAves, "between 50 and 80% of these species die in the long and painful journey." With 400,000 Colombian farmers expected to lose 40 to 70% of their income as a result of the trade agreement, an increase in wildlife capture for export is inevitable.

Poison wildlife.
Those who don't enter the wildlife trade will shift to growing coca, from which cocaine is derived. The U.S. is funding an aerial herbicide fumigation program to eliminate coca crops. Unfortunately, the herbicides are destroying sections of the Amazon rain forest, poisoning sensitive amphibians, and encouraging farmers to clear more rain forest for farmland after their current land is rendered infertile. More farmers growing coca will provide justification to continue aerial spraying.

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