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CATCA E-Newsletter February 1, 2011~ CATCA Bowling Event back

CATCA E-Newsletter Volume 18th February 1st 2011

GOOD NEWS!

The CATCA bowling event for the animals is back (starting on Wednesday February 9th, 2011)

Monday, Wednesday – all day, and Sunday before 3pm.
Price is $20.00 with a vegan or veggie food and a drink.

If you don’t want to eat, then is $13 for 2 games for Mondays and Wednesdays (shoes included or bring your own); and $15 for Sundays.

IT IS MANDATORY TO CALL 1 or 2 days ON AHEAD TO RESERVE A LANE

If you didn’t make a reservation on advance, please call the same day to check availability and/or waiting times. We thank you for your patience .
Call (604) 580-2600 and say that you are going there for the CATCA Fundraising to get this promotion.

We also have a CATCA basket worth it over $100 Dollars with products from the Body Shop. Tickets are $1.00 Each.
You can buy them at the Xcalibur Bowling Reception.

Xcalibur Bowling Centre at 12350 Pattullo Place in Surrey (Very near to the Scott Road Station).
The hours are from 11 AM to Midnight and Sundays from Noon.

We attach our new poster and fliers if you want to print them to post at vegetarian restaurants, stores, libraries, gyms or wherever they allow you to post them.

Xcalibur Bowling Centre at 12350 Pattullo Place in Surrey (Very near to the Scott Road Station).
The hours are from 11 AM to Midnight and Sundays from Noon.

Dear Colleagues, animal activists, supporters and friends,

These are some few of the headlines yesterday here in Canada from yesterday:

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/sled+dogs+slaughtered+Whistler+when+tourism+slumped+Report/4196610/story.html
http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/canada/100_healthy_sled_dogs_slaughtered_in_whistler_bc/5681ae4d
http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/canada/article/759108–Alleged-Whistler-sled-dog-slaughter-sheer-terror-and-chaos-SPCA

One sled dog tour company in Whistler BC, had too many Husky sled dogs after the Olympic Games in 2010, so he sent an employee to slaughter them. The employee shot them, but sometimes shot them on the face (as one dog did and started to run away with an eye ball hanging out). and sometimes he had to chase them after been shot. Then he started to slash their throats and with the dogs still alive and trying to escape after been letally wounded, this man buried them alive in April 2010!

We are asking for sled dogs tour companies to be ban in British Columbia to avoid future similar incidents. We ask for the owner of this company and the employee who killed the 100 husky dogs in such a savage way, to go to jail and for this tour company to close. We need your help to achieve this.

Pls. send an e-mail to this company and tell them where you are, what do you think about this atrocity, and that you will tell all the people you know to never set foot on their tour company.
This is a cruel unethical business and we hope there will be justice for these slaughtered Husky dogs.

This is OUTDOOR ADVENTURES WHISTLER info:
Joey Hussian is the owner. The guy who killed the dogs is Robert T. Fawcett
Office Ph.604 932 0647 or 604 932-3205 Fax.604 932 0657
E-mail: info@tagwhistler.com

Please, contact the TOURISM WHISTLER OFFICE and urge them to stop sending tourism to this unethical Outdoor Activities Whistler and to cancel all sled dog tour activities in Whistler after this atrocity.

Phone 1.800.944.7853 and e-mail: reservations@whistler.com

IMPORTANT: DEMO FOR THESE HUSKY DOGS:
Barking Mad Event Sun Feb 6 ~ 12:00 – 2:00

Location: Ambleside Dog Park, Ambleside Beach – 1300 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC
https://vancouveranimalrightscampaigns.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/barking-mad-rally-ambleside-park-1200-200-pm/

NEW UPDATE:
“A man who killed 100 sled dogs has received not a prison sentence but workers’ compensation”
http://www.mailermailer.com/x?function=view&c=127215817o-d268455b*796351p-c651b910

PLEASE SEND THIS TO YOUR E-LISTS AND OTHER COLLEAGUES.

Other urgent alerts:

URGENT! 2 sheep in need of permanent home or foster home!!!
If you can help or know someone who can, pls. contact: vancouveranimaldefenseleague@live.ca for more info.

ALERT: Help save the monkeys at UBC!

Te Province newspaper published a story about Stop UBC Animal Research’s campaign to halt UBC’s brutal experiments on monkeys (See “Bid to Save UBC monkeys from grim death”). As noted in the article, STOP has urged UBC to release the monkeys to a sanctuary so they can live their remaining days in peace. After conducting horrific experiments on the monkeys, UBC intends to kill them in the coming months.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE TO SAVE THESE MONKEYS!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
*Donate to Stop UBC Animal Research’s “Adopt a UBC Monkey” project to help us raise the funds for the UBC monkeys. If we can show UBC we have the money to pay for the monkeys to be released and transported to a sanctuary where they can be rehabilitated UBC may surrender them to us. To donate go to the following link and click the donation button: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

*Urge UBC’s President to release the monkeys immediately to a sanctuary so the animals may live their remaining days in peace. To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca
Phone: 604.822.8300
Fax: 604.822.5055

**Action Alert – please ask Air Canada to stop transporting primatesby Brian Vincent on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 8:21am
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), STOP UBC Animal Research and Animal Alliance of Canada are calling on Air Canada to stop transporting primates destined for the research industry. The call comes following a tip-off to the BUAV from a concerned member of staff at Toronto Airport that monkeys from breeding farms in China are flown into Toronto Airport. They are held at the airport overnight, for up to 15 hours or more, before sent on another Air Canada flight to Montreal and their final destination – the research laboratory. The most recent shipment of 48 monkeys arrived in Toronto on Saturday, January 23.

In recent years, an increasing number of airlines have taken the decision to dissociate themselves from the cruelty and suffering that are intrinsic to the trade in primates. These include British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, South African Airways, Delta Airlines, Eva Air and China Airlines. Air Canada is one of only a small number of passenger airlines that continues to be involved in this grim business.

We are calling upon Canadian citizens, Air Canada passengers and concerned individuals and airline passengers from around the world to contact Air Canada to show the strength of public feeling on this issue.

The call to Air Canada has already been picked up by leading newspaper, the Toronto Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/01/23/17003581.html

Please write to Air Canada urging it to stop transporting primates:

President and CEO Air Canada
Air Canada Centre
P.O Box 14,000
Dorval QC
Canada H4Y 1H4

Calin.rovinescu@aircanada.ca
aircanada_customercare_en@mailca.custhelp.com

For more information on the transportation of primates: http://www.buav.org/our-campaigns/primate-campaign/primate-cargo-cruelty

GOOD NEWS:

**http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8266563/China-bans-animal-circuses.html

**In another great news, my colleagues from the Mexican Association For The Animal Rights (AMEDEA), will have the big honor tonight to be the guests of honor in a huge Mexican Lottery event.
AMEDEA’s logo was chosen as the first animal rights/welfare NGO to appearon the Mexican Lottery tickets. This is the first time  in Latin America that an animal rights NGO get’s this honor.
This is a historical event!

I am VERY PROUD to be Co-Founder of AMEDEA, that was created in 1996 in Mexico City and has an umbrella network of about 50 Mexican NGO’s.
(Guess where the part of the title “For the Animal Rights” comes from 😉 )

PETITIONS:

***UVIC tries to kill rabbits again http://www.30bananasaday.com/xn/detail/2684079:Comment:891413

***Live pig burials in Korea http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/pigs-buried-alive-in-korea By now it is almost 3 million animals!!!!
(Please read this article: http://vegan.com/blog/2011/01/31/south-korea-buries-100000-animals-alive-every-day/)

*** Stop the slaughter of bisons in Yellowstone http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/713/901/667/?z00m=19928938

*** Dolphins are dying in Las Vegas http://www.change.org/petitions/no_more_dolphins_swimming_in_las_vegas

*** Urge the Namibian SPCA to protect the Cape fur seal! http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_the_namibia_spca_to_protect_the_cape_fur_seal?fb_ref=like-button-top&fb_source=home_online

*** Cops kill dog in Colombia http://www.thepetitionsite.com/remove_me.html?key=690981942/622ea2ccd18617639b5dd25a2e6e6282/684965762

VIDEOS from our colleague Leah: Taiji dolphins are in dire straights
http://tinyurl.com/48w68a4
http://tinyurl.com/4ad8wlg

WE NEED DONATIONS for these important animal conservation issues:

***POLAND AND THE IWC!

Poland will held the EU Presidency during the next IWC in Jersey this summer.
(As you may know, CATCA got Poland to join the International Whaling Commission in 2009. Personally I assisted the first appointed Polish Commissioner two years ago during his first IWC)

I already wrote to the last Polish Commissioner a long letter explaining her why Poland MUST participate this year at the IWC.

If they go, I need to go too. I will not let the WWF and other so called “anti conservation” big NGO’s influence the new and unexperience Polish delegation at the IWC!

I need to get $2,500 CAD to pay for my travel expenses, and for my participation in July.

I would certainly provide some kind of guidance to help Poland on their first EU Presidency term at the IWC, to be sure they do a good job for the whales sake and that they hang with the “good” crowd. I am pretty sure the Japanese and all the pro-whaling countries will be on top of them like flies, knowing that they can influence them, due to their lack of experience on IWC issues and just starting with their first EU Presidency.

If you want to donate some money to help me go to Jersey to the IWC this year, please send us a cheque or pay by paypal in our website.

*** ELEPHANT IVORY INVESTIGATION

CATCA needs to raise money to pay to do a wide investigation on the internet ivory trade in Asia and Africa to have the results printed in a report that will be distributed during the next CITES CoP16 in 2013. The Internet trade of elephant ivory in Latin America Report 2009, was in huge demand during the last CITES CoP15, but because of my very limited financial resources (I didn’t have any sponsor),
I managed to print only 300 issues from my own pocket. These Reports disappeared quickly like hot bread and played an important role in the delegations voting against the Proposals that threatened the African elephant populations.

The results would be distributed to the proper enforcement authorities, Interpol, CITES Secretariat and of course, among the delegates of the CITES CoP16.

This monitoring would take me 15 months to complete, plus working on the results and to edit the report it would take me another 2 months.

This last report is here in this link: http://www.catcahelpanimals.org/20.html

As you may be aware, Tanzania and Zambia haven’t given up on downlisting their elephant populations and on having a onetime sales of their ivory.

During the CITES CoP15 many delegates were really surprised to find out that there is quite a large trade of ivory in Latin America and with the “informative article” I wrote inside the report (plus all the constant lobbying that Il did). That helped many delegations to decide to vote against the elephant proposals from Zambia and Tanzania.

Kenya as the head of the African Elephant Coalition of 24 countries, asked me to lobby with their Kenya’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, which I did non stop for 3 days. At the end, CATCA secured some countries within the EU,  so the EU that originally intended to vote in favour of these Zambian and Tanzanian proposals had to abstein (twice!). CATCA’s lobbying also secured the vote against these Proposals from many countries in Latin America.

Our efforts helped save the lives of about 38,000 African Elephants.

This is one of the reasons why the results of this e-monitoring can be very crucial for the elephants. This has never been done before with the proper methodology that I use (praised as the “formal” methodology by the CITES Secretariat), so the results could be also used by the governments to take this elephant ivory trade more seriously and hopefully to strengthen their enforcement policies, while at the same time providing some interesting results for all the other governments and their enforcement authorities.

Thank you!

Check our updated website. We are getting our pages translated to Spanish, Polish, Swedish and French.

Thank you Mika  (Tack sa mycket!) for your awesome job and muchas gracias a mi estimada amiga Monica por ayudarnos con las traduciones.

Any one out there wishes to contribute some another languages?

As usual we are in need of donations for our office expenses.
If you can, pls send us a donation.

Thank you!

Ericka Ceballos
CATCA
http://www.catcahelpanimals.org

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