Join me for animal welfare training and personal disaster planning for pets this weekend at the Calais Motor Inn at 10am on Saturday the 4th and Machias at 2:30pm at the University of Maine Machias, Torrey Hall, room 230. No need to RSVP- just join us if you can! FMI- Katie Lisnik at [address removed] On Sunday the 5th, I'll be at the College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall in Bar Harbor at 2pm. Action alerts
- Following on the heels of a successful demonstration last night, the Maine Animal Coalition is again hosting a demonstration at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Civic Center in Portland, tonight at 6pm. Signs and literature will be provided. Another great way to take action is to write a letter to the editor of the Portland Press Herald. They have a pro-circus article in print today, so we need to let them know that not all of their readers agree! http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=213659&ac=PHnws
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To send a letter- http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/readerservices/lettertotheeditor.html Open Your Mind, Relax Your Body, Be a Conscious Eater
- Yoga is an ancient form of relaxation and is also great exercise. As an animal lover in Buxton can tell you, it also raises awareness of the world. On that theme, she asked me to pass along word of her upcoming activities:
Sun Salutations Yoga & Wellness Center in Buxton, Maine will be celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month by starting a bi-monthly (or possibly monthly) Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck night at the yoga studio! The studio's owner, Nichole K. Tracy, RYT, has been a strict vegan for over 16 years, and is planning on turning the second floor of the studio into a kitchen area for teaching veggie cooking classes in the near future. In the meantime, her goal is to get the veg-friendly community together to sample delicious foods, meet other like-minded people, and raise awareness about animal rights issues. Compassion and yoga go hand-in-hand, so the studio is a great place to promote a veg lifestyle through "Ahimsa" (the Sanskrit word for non-violence).
The studio's 1st Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck will be on Sunday, October 26th from 4:00-6:30pm! The event will be FREE, however there will be a collection box at each gathering to support local animal shelters and rescues, a different one will be supported at each gathering because they all need our help, especially in these times of economic uncertainty. Donations of plates, cups and utensils are also greatly appreciated, and it is asked that they be either recyclable, reusable or compostable, as the studio is also eco-friendly and I would like these events to leave a very small footprint on the environment. Please feel free to invite anyone (even carnivores are welcome to try out our veggie fare!). The more the merrier! We can even have some tables/picnic blankets outside if it's a nice day, so we don't get too crowded if there is an excellent turnout!
Please RSVP by October 19th (with a general idea of the dish or dessert you are bringing), either via e-mail ([address removed]) or by phone [masked]). Although if you find out you can come at the last minute then you are still welcome of course! Directions to 332 Chicopee Road in Buxton can be found on the studio website at www.sunsalutationsyoga.com, Hope to see you there with veggie delicacies in hand!!! Federal Action Alerts!
Some of you attended my recent Lobby 101 classes and learned about some federal bills that you can take action on. I?m going to condense those down here and encourage all of you to make these calls or emails. The animals thank you!
Here are links to the four legislators? web pages. You can find the contact phone numbers there for either their district office closest to you in Maine, or their Washington D.C. office. The message gets to them, no matter what office you call. There is also an email page for each legislator if you prefer that form of contact:
Representative Tom Allen (District 1)- http://tomallen.house.gov/
Representative Mike Michaud (District 2)- http://michaud.house.gov/
Senator Olympia Snowe- http://snowe.senate.gov/public/
Senator Susan Collins- http://collins.senate.gov/public/
H.R. 6598 Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act- Please Ask Mike Michaud to co-sponsor if you live in his district. Tom Allen deserves a thank you for already signing on as a co-sponsor. This bill will prevent horses from being transported into Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human comsumption.
H.R 891 The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act- Please ask Mike Michaud to co-sponsor this bill. Tom Allen deserves a thank you for already co-sponsoring
S. 3610 The Truth in Fur Labeling Act- Please ask Senator Snowe to sign on as a co-sponsor and thank Senator Collins for being one of the first co-sponsors.
These two bills would close the loophole that allows garments with fur thim that cost less that $150.00 to not be labeled as to whether or not it is fur, what species it came from and what country the fur originated in.
H.R. 661 and S. 394 The Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act- Requires that downed animals be humanely euthanized where they fall at slaughterhouses and not forced to their feet to enter the food supply. Please thank ALL FOUR of our legislators for their co-sponsorship of this bill!
H.R. 5852 The Great Ape Protection Act- Please ask Mike Michaud to co-sponsor this bill and thank Tom Allen for his co-sponsorship. There is no Senate companion bill yet, but you can certainly contact both Snowe and Collins to let them know that you support the House bill and will be hoping for their support on a similar Senate bill in the future. This bill would stop research on the 1,200 chimpanzees still in labs across the country and would require that the federally owned animals be retired to sanctuaries.