TOMORROW: Thurs, 8/18: Animals, Environment, and Free Trade

Hackensack / Teaneck Veggie Vegan Meetup Group Presents: Free Trade, Animals, and the Environment WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday, August 18, 2011, 7:00 PM WHERE: Veggie Heaven, 473 Cedar Lane at Garrison Avenue, Teaneck, NJ COST: No cover charge, but we are meeting in a restaurant. You pay for your own food if you choose to order. SPEAKERS: Representatives of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment. CONTACT: Gregory York: (201)[masked] (please RSVP) If you think you will be late for the meetup, please call and or SMS a message to (201)[masked], thank you! DIRECTIONS: See below FINDING THE GROUP: Look for a Table Sign, ask the staff about the Vegan Meetup Group, or just look for a group of people. ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: In September, Congress will vote on free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. These Bush-negotiated, Obama-supported agreements are a major threat to animals, the environment, and public health. If these agreements are ratified, they will: * Increase factory farming and consumption of animal products. * Facilitate the spread of mad cow disease, bird flu ,and swine flu and increase the likelihood of another live burial of millions of chickens and pigs in South Korea. * Endanger critical wildlife habitats by encouraging logging, mining, and oil and natural gas extraction. * Give US corporations the right to challenge Korean, Colombian, and Panamanian environmental laws in unelected international tribunals if enforcement of those laws will limit potential future corporation profits. * Give Korean, Colombian, and Panamanian corporations (including US corporations domiciled in Panama as a tax haven) the right to use these same rules to challenge US environmental laws. * Expand illegal wildlife trafficking. * Poison wildlife by encouraging the continuation of aerial coca fumigation programs in Colombia. * Squander US leverage to encourage Korea to crack down on cruel and unsustainable practices like horse fighting, live dog meat markets, and the bear bile trade, whaling, and bluefin tuna fishing. * Provide a source of new animals for marine mammal parks. * Allow the US to import cars to South Korea that fail to meet Korean auto emissions standards. Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, working in tandem with TradeJustice NY Metro, a coalition of environmental and social justice groups opposed to NAFTA-style free trade agreements, are organizing New Yorkers and New Jerseyans to take action on these disastrous trade deals. Find out how YOU can take action to stop Congress and President Obama from trading away animal rights and environmental protection! About Global Justice for Animals and the Environment at our website: About Hackensack / Teaneck Veggie Vegan Meetup Group: About TradeJustice NY Metro:http://tradejustice.n... About Veggie Heaven - Teaneckhttp://www.veggieheav... DIRECTIONS: PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTIONS FROM NYC: 168 bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal. http://www.njtransit.... (Take A,C, E, 1, 2, or 3 to 42nd Street or 7 or Times Square Shuttle to 42nd Street/Times Square) 175 bus from George Washington Bridge Station. http://www.njtransit.... (Take A train to GWB Station) (Note: these two buses drop off on the same block as the restaurant. Several other buses, including the 176Q, go within a few blocks if you don't mind walking. Consult PUBLIC TRANSIT WITHIN NJ: See or NOTE:There is Parking Lot on the corner of Garrison Ave& Cedar Lane, and there is no need to feed the meter after 7 PM!

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