A enthusiastic cheer for New York State Senator Tony Avella's bill S5013, that "[p]rohibits the operation of horse drawn cabs in the city of New York." This proposal to amend New York City's administrative code reads: "It shall be unlawful to offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." View it online: http://ow.ly/4TaAY
Let's support this so it becomes law. Wherever you are, please thank Senator Avella:
Senator Tony Avella, Albany Office
Room 504, LOB
Albany, NY 12247
Email address: email@example.com
And if you are in New York, please write to your Senators and ask them to sign on to the bill. Find them here: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
What happens in New York City will affect so many places. Please use the power of your keyboard to write letters and op-eds on this wonderful bill wherever you are. And please support Friends of Animals so we can continue our outreach on this issue throughout the United States and Canada.
Cheers to Animal Planet, a subsidiary of the Discovery Channel, for launching a vegan cooking show. Currently scheduled to start this summer under the title “Sweet Avenger,” it will feature Vegan Treats vegan bakery of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This is the first all-vegan cooking show to air on a major network, so it’s important to offer support and feedback. To find out more about the show, see: http://animal.discovery.com/
To thank Animal Planet, and request more vegan programming:
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
E-mail: via online form at the website
Cheers to Bolivia, for being the first nation on earth to propose rights for the natural world. Bolivia will radically alter its perspective on natural resources in order to conserve and protect the environment. Bolivian Vice President Alvaro García Linera said in an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper, "It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all." Bolivia’s express concern for the natural world is the first of its kind but should be a global ethic.
The new law will not, however, give animals rights; nor will it deter animal agribusiness. Let’s continue to advocate for veganism and autonomy for free-living animals, for real rights for all.
Cheers to Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings, a website featuring all things wedding-related, including how and where to find vegan wedding dresses, suits and other accoutrements. The website also features wedding stories, information about photographers and every possible detail related to planning your very own vegan nuptials: www.rosepedalsveganweddings.com
Cheers to Seventh Generation, the environmentally conscious company that has launched a laundry detergent in a 100% recycled (and recyclable) package. The detergent, according to the company, uses 66% less plastic (there’s still a plastic lid and liner) in addition to being super-concentrated. The icing on the vegan cake? There are no animal products in the detergent either!
We mentioned some time ago in Cheers and Jeers that Seventh Generation used whey in the production process for its paper products. We can happily report that this is no longer the case. A double cheer to Seventh Generation! You can visit Seventh Generation online at seventhgeneration.com (ca.seventhgeneration.com in Canada) and the products are available at most large grocery and retail stores throughout the North America.
Jeers to Academy Award-winning actor Reese Witherspoon, who posed with live elephants for the May U.S. edition of Vogue to promote her new film Water for Elephants. Witherspoon’s new film (about a circus) also exploits live animals. Elephants are not props or consenting actors. Let Reese Witherspoon know that you don’t spend money on films that exploit animals.
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9111 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills , CA 90210
Jeers to Lupita Lopez, a bullfighter recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” radio show. Lopez said, “I come from a family of bullfighters, from my great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and cousins…And so coming from this family, obviously from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, we talk about bulls."
That’s not exactly a history to be proud of. Empathy for other animals is more heroic than taunting them to exhaustion and then stabbing them with a sword in front of frenzied gawkers.
Let NPR know: stories that exalt animal cruelty aren’t welcome or entertaining. The only things worth mentioning where bull-riding or bullfighting is concerned are the wrongs suffered by animals forced to participate.
To contact “All Things Considered” directly, you can use the online form:
NPR - All Things Considered
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20001
Jeers to Terri Silacci, owner of Nail Lounge (which is part of Euphoria Lounge Salon and Spa), who invented a brand new way of exploiting animals: turning snakes into nail polish. The “Pedicure with Snake Skin” goes for $300, and involves applying a layer of actual snake-skin to the toe-nail — a procedure that is not only stupefying and gross, but horrific for snakes.
Kindly tell Silacci to cease this cold-blooded fashion atrocity immediately.
Nail Lounge, Euphoria Lounge Salon and Spa
499 Pacific Street
Monterey , CA 93940