Sep 14, 2021

Near Hwy 101 in California: Build the Barns to protect both sanctuary and wild animals - Mouse Needs Protection!

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From: In Defense of Animals (IDA) <>
Date: Tue, Sep 14, 2021, 10:02 AM
Subject: Liz, Mouse Needs Protection!
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In Defense of Animals

Hi Liz,

This is Mouse. Her mother was rescued from a hoarder in Los Angeles by our friends at Kindred Spirits Care Farm. Soon after, this terribly neglected pig gave birth to four adorable piglets... Mouse was born!

Mouse is a beautiful and curious pig who is so grateful for the compassion and kindness of her sanctuary home.

Mouse and her family lack protection… and they need it urgently!

Despite being rescued, Mouse and her family are still vulnerable. The Chatsworth Hills where they live is also naturally home to native wild predators that inhabited the area well before the sanctuary was established. Currently, the sanctuary lacks the structures necessary to safeguard rescued animals from cougars who are at risk of going extinct.

Every day that goes by while Mouse remains unprotected puts her, her family, and wild animals at risk of coming into conflict...

Mouse needs your help. Proper protection will prevent harm and promote peaceful coexistence with wild animals including imperiled LA cougars.

Mouse is vulnerable... and so are LA cougars!

Will You Give $25 to Build a Barn to Protect Mouse?

Nearby Mouse's home is Highway 101, a ten-lane highway carrying Los Angeles traffic. It's a huge road that poses a huge problem. The highway is deadly to animals who live there, including coyotes, bobcats, mule deer, gopher snakes, desert cottontails, western toads, and cougars in particular.

In response, a spectacular initiative led by our friends at the National Wildlife Federation plans to span the highway by building a wild animal crossing at Liberty Canyon. This crossing will prevent animals from being struck and killed, and reconnect habitats fragmented by Highway 101.

In short, the wildlife crossing will prevent the local extinction of cougars and vastly improve the lives of all of the region's wild animals. This is wonderful news for the countless wild animals who call the area home, but...

Did you know? People taking out lethal depredation permits on cougars also contributes greatly to their risk of extinction!

To save cougars and sanctuary animals, we have introduced Cougar Conservancy Founder and Director Korinna Domingo to Kindred Spirits Care Farm Founder and Director Karen Snook. Initial discussions have evolved into the Kindred Spirits Care Farm Barn Project!

Building barns will provide the best possible homes for Mouse and other rescued animals… but crucially, the barns will prevent conflicts with cougars and other native predators.

The total estimated cost to build five mini-barns is just $16,375. The cost of this solution is nothing compared to the heartbreaking loss of rescued animals and cougars.

With your support to build the barns, you can save cougars and Mouse.

Kindred Spirits Care Farm can be a beacon of hope for rescued and wild animals alike by modeling best coexistence practices. This example would crucially provide local communities and sanctuary visitors with effective alternatives to lethal depredation permits to prevent or resolve human-wildlife conflicts.

Everyone benefits from good animal care practices! Lethal depredation permits don't solve the problem, if anything they can make problems worse! Cougars make our landscapes a better place for native wild animals — their contribution to California ecosystems is priceless.

Your donation of $25 today to build the barns will protect Mouse and enable rescued animals to safely coexist with cougars!

Please give what you can now to this lifesaving project.

Marilyn Kroplick, MD


Marilyn Kroplick, M.D.
In Defense of Animals

P.S. Mouse and her rescued animal family are unprotected. We have a plan, and the solution is at hand. All that is left to do is raise the remaining required funds and build the barns. Donate $25 today so sanctuary animals and cougars can safely coexist!

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Sep 8, 2021

Utah: not-so-super highway is back from the dead

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From: Sam at Rural Utah Project <>
Date: Wed, Sep 8, 2021, 9:26 AM
Subject: A Utah not-so-Superhighway is back from the dead

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My name is Sam Van Wetter. If we haven't met, I'm an organizer here in Grand County. I worked for the Rural Utah Project last election season in the south-central region based out of Boulder town. I'm glad to be back with the team here in Moab.

I'm going to hit the ground running in defense of this place that I love. It needs defending: I'm here to tell you that the Book Cliffs Highway, a proposal we successfully helped stop last year, is back from the dead.

The Book Cliffs Highway is an 80-mile highway project that would pave a thoroughfare through one of the largest roadless areas in the contiguous US. This proposed highway is not just bad for the way it will alter this pristine region, but it is also bad for local communities. It gives the surrounding counties no benefits, economic or otherwise. So, after community groups have worked for decades to defeat this senseless project, why is it back?

Hideout Canyon in the Book Cliffs wilderness at sunset, © Ray Bloxham.

It's been resurrected because the Book Cliffs Highway is another grab by rural elected officials to override the will of residents, prioritizing the extraction and transport of fossil fuels through our counties. In this case, it's the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition (SCIC) responsible for pushing this proposal. They will ignore the inevitable damage to the ecology. They will ignore our existing highways that desperately need fixing. They will do their best to redirect funds to new, expensive, and pointless proposals.

Why now? The SCIC intends to fund the BCH through the 2021 INVEST in America Act. This is exactly the opposite of "fix-it-first," redirecting funds from other vital infrastructure upkeep in our state to an irresponsible, unasked-for project.

This project will be a financial, logistical, and environmental burden on rural Utahns, and the Rural Utah Project team is organizing to stop it once and for all. We're launching a campaign to stop the Book Cliffs Highway with a regional coalition of activists, elected officials, backcountry outdoors people, and local ranchers. We want you to join us.

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This is where you come in. Like all Rural Utah Project campaigns, our work to stop the Book Cliffs Highway begins and ends with our neighbors. Our anti-roadmap for this campaign includes petitioning, letter-writing, digital campaigning, building a rapid response team, and holding conversations about a just rural transition away from fossil fuels. Will you join us by signing our petition to stop this project?

If you're a Utah resident, send me an email at to learn how you can get involved in the campaign. And, please make a donation to support this campaign and ensure we have the resources we need for the fight.


Sam Van Wetter
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Aug 31, 2021

Ocean and tributaries: Death tolls by the ton

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From: Sharon Núñez <>
Date: Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 4:30 PM
Subject: Death tolls by the ton

Did you know that fish are killed in such enormous numbers that they are measured by the ton?

Let that sink in for a second. Lives lost are reduced down to their body weight.

Billions and billions of aquatic creatures are raised and slaughtered to meet the demand for fish and seafood, and this number continues to grow every day. The projections for the next few years are staggering: A 2014 study estimated that in 2050 the world will eat 82 percent more fish than today.

Where will all these fish come from?

It's estimated that by that time, the ocean will be completely depleted of fish. So to support the unsustainable demand, the industry is resorting to unregulated and merciless intensive farming.

In fact, industrialized fish farming already exceeds wild-caught fishing operations.

There is no federal law in the US that protects fish welfare, and they suffer from rampant abuse in the industry.

Because they are excluded from the Humane Slaughter Act, aquatic animals are left to slowly suffocate out of water or are mutilated while fully conscious. But it's not just the way they die that's ruthless.

Fish in factory farms are condemned to a miserable life in tiny, overcrowded and parasite-infested tanks, unable to express any of their natural behaviors. They are subjected to cruel processes, such as "milking," where eggs are literally squeezed out of female fish by hand, causing them excruciating pain and severe trauma.

Fish are incredibly sensitive animals and it's unacceptable that this violence continues to go on unchecked.

Animal Equality works to build a future of respect and protection for aquatic animals by making the public aware of their suffering and advocating for their legal protection.

This is why our brave investigators go undercover and publish videos showing their painful experiences, as you saw in the footage of the Mississippi catfish slaughterhouse released last week.

How we're helping fish

It's long overdue for the fishing industry to be held accountable for the suffering it's forcing upon animals. We won't give up until these amazing animals are afforded the protections that they deserve as living, feeling beings.

Thank you for defending fish,

Sharon Núñez
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P.S. Liz, Animal Equality is committed to exposing cruelty in the fish industry. Please look out for an email from Sean, our Director of Investigations, later this week to learn why going undercover is so difficult and dangerous, especially in the United States. 

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Aug 25, 2021

USA: Event. March On for Voting Rights on Aug. 28

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Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2021, 2:19 PM
Subject: Join Us: March On for Voting Rights on Aug. 28

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We simply can't tackle the greatest challenges facing our planet and our communities right now — chief among them, the climate crisis — without a functioning democracy.

Yet our voting rights are under attack. Since January, 48 states have introduced nearly 400 bills that amount to outright voter suppression. We cannot let this assault stand.

NRDC has joined with our partners to support the March On for Voting Rights on August 28 and demand that Congress act now to pass federal voting rights legislation.

Join us at the march in Washington, D.C., on the 28th or at one of the many satellite in-person or virtual events across the country this week. Find an event near you.

Despicable anti-voting rights bills across the country could reduce voter turnout by banning ballot drop boxes and mail-in voting, reducing early voting days and hours, restricting who is eligible for mail-in ballots, and even making it a crime to offer water to voters waiting in long lines. And these restrictions disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color.

For the sake of our communities and our future on this earth, we must fight to protect each and every person's fundamental right to be heard.

Please help stand up for voting rights by joining a March On for Voting Rights event near you this week.

Thanks for standing with us.


Angela Manso
National Outreach Director, NRDC

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Aug 23, 2021

Is Someone Spraying Toxic Herbicides Near Your Home?

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Subject: Is Someone Spraying Toxic Herbicides Near Your Home?

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The number one argument that we hear when we suggest permaculture and organic landscaping methods is that hand-pulling labor is too expensive. Others say that they could not pry a weedkiller spray bottle from their Uncle's hand if their lives depended on it. So we at Moms Across America understand we must offer the solution of a non-toxic weedkiller spray in order to make progress with many decision-makers.

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