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I need people to actively participate in making community-based, co-operatives / eco-villages, with secured government funding, all around the world, set in beautiful parks with lots of trees, to convert carbon into oxygen, flowers, and free food,
to help the poor and save the planet.

I need fans! (No giants, with blades - small, low cost, easy to install on your roof, handy kits).
(And solar corporation strength cells... A wise combination). So I produce clean safe abundant green renewable energy...

Check me out, OK?
I am sure "it" will do you the power of good!
Wolf crossing a river (Photo: Corel) Help Ensure a Lasting Future for Wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies

In March 2008, the Bush/Cheney Administration eliminated Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. For months, wolves were slaughtered… until Defenders of Wildlife and our conservation allies prevailed in court and restored federal protections for these magnificent animals.

Now the federal government is rescinding its plan to remove wolves from the list of federally protected species and going back to the drawing board for a new plan to manage wolves in the Northern Rockies.
Three Wolf Pups on a Log (c) Jack Mills

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America's wolves need our help!

America's wolves were nearly eradicated in the 20th century.Now, after a remarkable recovery in parts of the country, wolves are once more threatened.

  • In Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies…the Bush/Cheney Administration has eliminated vital federal protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. The move officially opens the door to the shooting, trapping, and killing of up to 1,050 wolves.
  • In Alaska… state officials continue to allow airborne gunners to kill hundreds of wolves. Easy targets against the snow, hundreds of wolves have been shot from above or chased to exhaustion and then killed by aerial gunners who land and execute them at point-blank range.
  • In the Southwest…misinformation and anti-wolf sentiment runs high, with wolf recovery in Arizona and New Mexico limited to a defined area if the wolves set up territories elsewhere, they are captured and returned.

Defenders of Wildlife continues the fight to promote commonsense wolf management, working with federal and state officials and private land-owners to ensure that science, not politics, guides decision-making about the future of these American icons.

Sorry about the lack of notice on this issue, just found out yesterday.

There will be a rally with Saturday in Toronto at Queen's Park - North Side from 10:30-1pm
Come out and rally if you are opposed to Bill C-51!

Blurb about Bill C-51 and why it's harmfulCollapse )

Wolves need help too

In light of my dear friends' Anniversary gift request, I want to pass this important issue on as well.

"The Bush/Cheney Administration stripped these amazing animals of vital federal protections, officially opening the door to the shooting,trapping, hunting, poisoning and killing of hundreds of wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the northern Rockies.
Our legal experts are preparing to go to court to keep the federal government from walking away from its commitment to these wolves. Our Northern Rockies staff is on the front lines of the fight to stop outrageous state plans that could land wolves back on the path to eradication."

How can you help? If you don't have much money, donate a dollar, if you have a little extra spending money donate 5, or if you can donate even more, but just know that a little can go a long way... if the world was willing to give such a small amount, think of the difference it could make.

Defender's Of Wild Life Yellowstone Wolf Legal Defense Fund

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Help is desperately needed. PLEASE CROSS POST ASAP.

To save money, Toronto planners have recommended that Toronto Animal Services (TAS) stop accepting surrendered animals and no longer respond to calls about sick and injured wild animals.

Combined, these service cuts would save $543,500 annually ONLY -- out of a total budget of $7.6 Billion -- with a "B"!

This is short-sighted for 2 main reasons:

* Rescue groups and charitable shelters are full. If people cannot surrender their animals to City TAS shelters, they will simply dump them on the streets and those animals will become 'strays' -- and the City will still be responsible for picking them up and holding them.
* Those animals will produce more and more offspring, which will create more strays and ferals - which the City will still be responsible for. The City website admits: "The City of Toronto has a serious pet over-population problem". To address this intelligently, the City should INCREASE funding to create more spay-neuter clinics and require every animal adopted from the City's TAS to be sterilized.

PLEASE FAX OR E-MAIL AND PHONE YOUR CITY COUNCILLOR'S OFFICE AND EXPRESS YOUR DEEP CONCERN AND OUTRAGE (AND COPY THE MAYOR mayor_miller@toronto.ca).

You can find your Councillor by typing in your address here: http://app.toronto.ca/im/council/councillors.jsp

Please also copy the City Clerk's office at clerk@toronto.ca and ask them to e-mail all City Councillors.

FEEL FREE TO USE THE SAMPLE MESSAGE BELOW, OR CREATE YOUR OWN.

The city reversed their decision on hockey rink fees and community centre closures because people complained. YOUR VOICE COUNTS

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Dear David Miller and _______________________,

I was shocked to learn about the request by Toronto Animal Services to increase their 2008 Dog and Cat Licensing Budget to nearly $2 million (an increase of $833,000 from the 2007 expenditures). I am especially alarmed to learn about the request of 26 new enforcement officers to go door to door to fine citizens who have not registered their animals and the request of $678,000 for Marketing, Public Education and Promotion of dog and cat licensing. http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-9850.pdf

I strongly believe Toronto Taxpayers' money can be much better spent. A better use of the money at the moment would be to do something about the overpopulation of cats living on the streets of Toronto. It is a problem that rescue groups like Toronto Cat Rescue are struggling to tackle with their very limited manpower and funds. Volunteers generously give their time and money to these people who feel 'they have no one else to turn to', in order to trap one stray or feral kitty at a time, get it sterilized and either adopted or released back outside before the population of cats grows even more. People in Toronto are very compassionate and it breaks their hearts to see colonies of cats growing and growing. When there is such a need for the city to humanely control the overpopulation of cats, I am baffled by the thought of the city choosing to beef up their enforcement in order to fine pet owners.

The only sensible solution to controlling the overpopulation of cats in the city is to have a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program combined with an affordable spay/neuter clinic and a by-law that every owned cat must be sterilized. It is important to first tackle the problem of overpopulation and get the number under control before increasing the program of licensing house cats. For much less than the planned increases for the dog and cat licensing, a low-cost spay/neuter program could be a reality.

Please consider diverting some of these funds towards providing this type of service for Toronto. The city desperately needs to have a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to help control the overpopulation of cats in the city. The result would be fewer litters of kittens being born on the streets. Each feral kitty who is sterilized not only prevents litters, it provides a much better life for the adult cat: freedom from ear mites and fleas, a reduced tendency to fight, and no weakening of the females from having endless litters.

I was also shocked and appalled to learn about the proposal that TAS no longer accept surrendered animals and that TAS officers no longer respond to calls for sick and injured wildlife. This is an unbelievably cruel way to save $543,000 - a COST SAVINGS YOU WILL NOT REALIZE for the following reasons:

1. The rescues and charitable shelters are at capacity in the GTA. If people cannot surrender their animals to TAS shelters, they will simply dump them on the street and become 'strays', which TAS will still be responsible for picking up and holding.

2. As more people dump their animals on the street, the likelihood of these strays producing offspring increases, which will create more strays and feral cat colonies - which TAS will still be responsible for. Your website states: "The City of Toronto has a serious pet over-population problem". To address this, the City should actually INCREASE the budget to create more spay-neuter clinics and implement a policy whereby every animal adopted from TAS is sterilized.

Regarding wildlife: People in this city do not want to see injured wildlife left to suffer and die in the streets. TAS and the Toronto Wildlife Centre have worked for years to develop an efficient system whereby TAS picks up injured animals and delivers them to TWC - who are better equipped to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. This type of inter-agency collaboration should be rewarded rather than penalized. Please allow TAS to continue working with the TWC and consider supporting the TWC by funding the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife in Toronto.

Thank you for your consideration, and please contact me directly if you wish to discuss this further.

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Please pass this on to anyone you know who has a pet. There are a couple of normally higher quality brands (even "natural" brands) on the list as well.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/

Avanoo

A suggested topic from a fellow member:

There's this new website called Avanoo-- http://www.avanoo.com/. It's a global online community and the way it works is this-

People create projects on the site. Those projects sponsor certain organizations. For each post made to that project, .50 will go to the organization the project sponsors. For every connection to the project, .10 will go to the organization. Other people (or corporations) sign up to donate money to causes that are important to them, so that's where the money is coming from.

Basically, this is a way for organizations who don't have much of a voice to be heard. And raise awareness for lesser heard of issues like children with autisms and so on who maybe are overshadowed by other, more popular causes.
A favor to ask, it only takes a minute....

Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is
having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to
meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an
underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site
and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the
middle).
This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers
use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for
advertising.
Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

Jan. 13th, 2008

 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to tell you about a really great non-profit organization called, "Music For Relief." Founded by members of the band Linkin Park, Music For Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $2 million for the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Southeast Asia and hurricanes Katrina and Rita. MFR has organized a benefit concert featuring multi-platinum artists & numerous celebrity guests, sent musicians and volunteers to Southeast Asia and the U.S. Gulf Coast to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need, and planted over 355,000 trees to help reduce global warming.

Right now MFR has three projects:

1. Help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita rebuild their lives by funding and building homes in the U.S. Gulf Coast with Habitat for Humanity

2. Help weaken and prevent future natural disasters by raising awareness about climate change and by planting trees with American Forests to help reduce global warming.

3. Raising funds and awareness for the survivors of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh which struck on Nov 15th 2007, affecting 8.6 million people.

There are a few ways you can help!1. You can also buy merch from the MFR store. All the profits made go towards the above projects: http://bandmerch.seenon.com/index.php?v=musicforrelief&SESSID=722621b3b735d99689e5b0f030eb0264

2. You can donate online at: http://www.musicforrelief.org/donate

Or by mail to: Music For Reliefc/o GSO, 15260 Ventura Blvd.Suite # 2100 ,Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.Please make checks payable to Music For Relief.

Thank you for reading. If you don't want to donate please copy/paste the info and send it to your friends! Thanks!

**Important: Music for Relief is a tax exempt, non-profit organization. In the United States , all donations made to Music for Relief are tax deductible**

*Urgent - please read*

I don't know this info first hand, but received this email which I'm passing on in case any of you animals lovers wish to help. I've emailed both addresses already myself to see first hand what the situation is and how I can help (and probably foster) myself.
~K


Just opened this message now and I am sending it out to you right away. Please pass it on even if you "cannot help yourself". - Thank you
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"The animal care workers in Hamilton may be going on strike as of Monday. If they do go on strike all animals in the shelter will be euthanized Monday morning as there will be no one at work to clean and feed. This includes all cats and small domestics (bunnies, hamsters etc.).

If anyone knows of anyone that may want to foster now is the time for them to start. Any ideas of what we can do to help is appreciated.

So sad that the animals have to pay with their lives.

Please contact tcrvolunteering@yahoo.ca and express your interest in helping/fostering or if you want to adopt please email tcr.adoptions@hotmail.com. "

Please, if anyone, can help them, email the TCR and let them know as soon as you can. I have heard numerous bad things about Hamilton and their apparent lack of compassion and concern for the well being of the companion animals in shelters there. Please contact TCR if you can help!

Kelly
Director of Companion Animal Exploitation
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With my thanks,
Elaine


---update---

Looking into it further, here's what I've found so far on a newsgroup -- http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/dogstoronto/message/28968