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Spring 2017 - Act•ionLine

Cheers and Jeers





We have a humongous cheer for vegan professional race car driver Leilani Munter. Not only is she considered one of the top 10 female drivers, she puts the pedal to the metal when it comes to advocating for a better planet. And she made headlines on Feb. 18 because she drove the first vegan-powered race car during the Automobile Racing Club of America race in Daytona, Fla. Painted bright green and blue with the words “Vegan Powered, Munter’s No. 15 Toyota Camry, fielded by Venturini Motorsports, marked the first time a vegan-themed race car competed at Daytona. Munter also partnered with vegan hunger relief and food justice nonprofit A Well-Fed World to bring vegan food and vegan starter guides to thousands of race car fans attending that race, as well as the Daytona 500 NASCAR finale Feb. 26. Stay tuned for our interview with Munter in Summer Action Line.




Cheers to Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan, who kicked off the 115th Congress by introducing the SAFE Act, which permanently bans the killing of horses for human consumption in America. The bill also bans the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses where the animals are killed and then shipped overseas.


This legislation would protect America’s wild horses in a way that the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 has not been able to—we know that wild horses who have been stolen from America’s public lands by the Bureau of Land Management have ended up at slaughter houses. And we know the agency has gotten away with it. If that wasn’t horrific enough, don’t forget that in September, the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board backed a position that could see some wild horses, who have been rounded up and imprisoned in holding facilities, slaughtered. The Advisory Board is a mouthpiece for the cattle and sheep ranching industry (ranchers have always sat on the board).


The industry’s vendetta against wild horses has reached an all-time high as other special interests compete for space on America’s public lands such as mining companies, hunting businesses and oil and gas companies.






Jeers to Edible Canada’s president and executive chef Eric Pateman, who will feature Newfoundland seal pappardelle as one of his entrees for the Dine Out Vancouver menu, which highlights Canadian cuisine for the country's 150th birthday. Canada's barbaric seal hunt has been the subject of protest for decades, with Friends of Animals (FoA), other animal advocacy groups and celebrities calling for an end to the inherently inhumane killing of young seals. Sealers can use rifles, shotguns, clubs and hakapiks. We encourage visitors to boycott Edible Canada.


You can also call or email Edible Canada [Phone: (604) 558-0040 (604) 682-6681/Email:] to let Pateman know his menu turns your stomach. FoA knows all too well how horrifying seal kills are.


In 1968, it led the movement to end an equally horrifying seal kill in Alaska. And in the 1980s, FoA successfully lobbied the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to end the commercial fur treaty between the USA, USSR, Japan and Canada that required the annual slaughter of approximately 25,000 fur seals on their Pribilof Island breeding grounds in Alaska. The treaty lapsed, and seals were no longer clubbed to have their skins divided with those countries.




Jeers to New York Times' Fashion Director, Vanessa Friedman, and her praise-filled article “Is All Fur Bad Fur?” about the niche world of the Alaskan trapping and fur industry. Friedman implores readers to open their minds while reading the article and consider a type of “ethical” fur, but we say there’s no right way to do the wrong thing.


Friedman focused on Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams, the founder of Shaman Furs, who identifies as an environmental activist and member of the Yup’ik tribe.   Companies like Williams’ claim that they treat the animals who they are slaughtering with respect, which sets them apart from the industrial fur industry. But we know that any time an animal’s life is taken for the fashion industry, it is a travesty.


The truth is there is no way to regulate the atrocities of the fur industry...whether you’re talking about large scale fur farms or small, local operations. That’s why the only option is to never wear fur so the industry fails and disappears for good.


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