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Rock Creek Park Deer Subcommittee!


Join our Sub-Committee to Save the Rock Creek Park Deer!

Our board is looking for interested individuals to get involved.

The GW Animal Advocates is looking for students to take the lead on this important cause. We have been in touch with members of the community who are heading up this project, and we’re ready to start! If you’d like to join us and work on this project, please email our Executive Assistant, Taylor Schmidt, at taylor1220@gwu.edu or come to an info session on Thursday, March 20th at 6:30 pm in MSSC Room 104. An outside representative will be coming to provide us with more information at this meeting.
One of our newest initiatives that we have been working on is saving the deer of Rock Creek Park.

For 120 years, Rock Creek Park has been an oasis in the middle of a bustling capital city, providing refuge to visitors tired of the urban grind. Comprising fewer than five square miles, this small jewel has provided sanctuary to native wildlife, protecting the animals and their habitat from the encroachment of human development. This is a place given over to nature, and people have never been allowed to kill any of the native wildlife that lives there.

Until now.

For the first time in the history of Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service plans to kill native deer. This bloody cull – which involves baiting and shooting deer at close range – will occur over several years and will decimate the deer population, killing half of the deer in the first year alone. But there’s a better way. Reproductive controls can achieve the same result without the violence.

We’ve stopped the kill this year by filing an emergency litigation, but we need your help to stop it forever. Let’s keep Rock Creek Park safe. Let’s save the Rock Creek Park deer.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) Fill out the National Parks Service Survey telling them to stop killing the deer: http://activelifedc.com/cycling-hiking-running/help-the-nps-shape-the-future-of-rock-creek-park/112853

2) Attend an “open house” with the National Park Service on Monday, March 3, from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, at St. John’s College High School in the Vaghi Dining Room. This is a great opportunity to voice your opposition to the killing of the deer directly to the Park Service.

 St. John’s College High School is located at 2607 Military Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20015 (between Oregon Ave. and 27th streets, NW) — directly across the street from Rock Creek National Park. 
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Real Food Challenge, Elect Animal-Friendly Representatives to Office, and More!


GW REAL FOOD CHALLENGE!

Join us in getting humane food at GW and sign the petition below!

Join the GW Real Food Coalition as we call on President Knapp to sign the Real Food Campus Commitment on Earth Day 2014!

With this pledge, J Street, GW Catering, GDub Java, Pellham Commons, and Zebi’s will agree to buy at least 20% of its food from “real” food sources annually by 2020, using its tremendous purchasing power to support a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability, and facilitates community involvement and education.

There is a growing consensus on college campuses on what makes food truly “good,” along with efforts across the country to get more local, organic and sustainable food on college campuses. The Commitment knits together these separate efforts into a supportive, productive network to move forward, together, towards purchasing more real food.

Sign the petition here
Like the Facebook page here

Get Involved with the League of Human Voters- DC!

The Mission of the League of Humane Voters® (LOHV) is to create, unite, and strengthen local political action committees, which work to enact animal-friendly legislation and elect candidates for public office who will use their votes and influence for animal protection.

Work with Jeremy Rosenberg, a senior at GW and representative with the LOHV, to get animal-friendly candidates in DC office! The DC mayoral, City Council and Shadow Representative elections will be on the ballot on April 1st. Contact the LOHV to get involved, campaign for animal-friendly candidates and/or lend your skills to helping the LOHV-DC grow: jeremy@lohv-dc.org.


March General Body Meeting and Screening ofForks over Knives!

On March 20th, we will be hosting our monthly body meeting! Come on out at 6:30 pm in MSSC 104. We would love for all of our members to be there and give us their great ideas for how to improve our amazing organization!

Our meeting this month happens to coincide with National Meat-Out Day! We be  featuring FREE vegan comfort food and lots of extra treats and goodies to celebrate the day! (Who doesn’t love free food?)

In keeping with the theme of eating a plant-based diet, we will be watching Forks over Knives. The film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Come Join Us at Our Board Meetings

The Animal Advocates board would love to hear from you!

This Wednesday evening, February 26th, come join the board at their weekly meeting! Find us on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center talking events, food and advocacy at 7 pm. Let us know about any ideas you might have or events you’d like to work on. We want to hear from our members!


Save the Rock Creek Park Deer!

One of our newest initiatives that we have been working on is saving the deer of Rock Creek Park.

For 120 years, Rock Creek Park has been an oasis in the middle of a bustling capital city, providing refuge to visitors tired of the urban grind. Comprising fewer than five square miles, this small jewel has provided sanctuary to native wildlife, protecting the animals and their habitat from the encroachment of human development. This is a place given over to nature, and people have never been allowed to kill any of the native wildlife that lives there.

Until now.

For the first time in the history of Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service plans to kill native deer. This bloody cull – which involves baiting and shooting deer at close range – will occur over several years and will decimate the deer population, killing half of the deer in the first year alone. But there’s a better way. Reproductive controls can achieve the same result without the violence.

We’ve stopped the kill this year by filing an emergency litigation, but we need your help to stop it forever. Let’s keep Rock Creek Park safe. Let’s save the Rock Creek Park deer.

Fill out this National Park Service questionnaireaddressing the future of Rock Creek Park and tell them to stop killing the deer!

Stay tuned for more info from http://www.savetherockcreekparkdeer.com.  Get in touch with us if you want to find out more ways to help: gwanimaladvocates@gmail.com.

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Body Meeting this Thursday, SA Endorsements and More!

General Body Meeting and Screening of Shelter Me!

On Febuary 20th, we will be hosting our monthly board meeting! Come on out at 6:30 pm in MSSC 104. We would love for all of our members to be there and give us their great ideas for how to improve our amazing organization!

We will go over all the great things we’ve done in the past month and try to find ways to get everyone more included in Animal Advocates.  We will also be  featuring FREE vegan comfort food to drive away the February cold. (Who doesn’t love free food?)

In keeping with our dog theme of our Puppy Love, we will continue our monthly documentary screening with Shelter Me.This is an uplifting documentary that celebrates the human-animal bond with positive stories about shelter pets and their new homes. The film follows the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they became a beloved family pet.

We have lots of great events coming up to talk about, and will be discussing sweet T-shirts!! Come and get ‘em in MSSC ROOM 104!

Student Association Endorsements:

Congratulations to all of our candidates!

After meeting with a number of students running for positions in the Student Association, we have identified some who stand out as driven, progressive animal supporters.

We are proud to endorse the following candidates:

SA President: Daniel Egel-Weiss
Executive VP: Avra Bossov
Senators at Large: Omeed Firouzi and Ben Pryde
CCAS Senators: Logan Davis, Henry Klapper and Will Block
ESIA: Kyle Hanna
Business School: Carlo Wood
CEAS: Zachary Graybill

Be sure to get out and vote this Wednesday at 9 am through Thursday at 9 pm! Click here to vote.

Thank You for Supporting our Bake Sales!

We raised over $250 last week with all of our vegan baked goods! With the money, we will be sponsoring a dog at the Washington Human Society. Thank you for everyone who came and supported this local cause!

Come Join Us at Our Board Meetings

The Animal Advocates board would love to hear from you!

This Wednesday evening, February 19th, come join the board at their weekly meeting! Find us on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center talking events, food and advocacy at 6:30 pm. Let us know about any ideas you might have or events you’d like to work on. We want to hear from our members!

Jeremy Rosenberg, a representative from the League of Humane Voters of Washington, DCwill be coming to speak to the board as well. Join us!


Save the Rock Creek Park Deer!

One of our newest initiatives that we have been working on is saving the deer of Rock Creek Park.

For 120 years, Rock Creek Park has been an oasis in the middle of a bustling capital city, providing refuge to visitors tired of the urban grind. Comprising fewer than five square miles, this small jewel has provided sanctuary to native wildlife, protecting the animals and their habitat from the encroachment of human development. This is a place given over to nature, and people have never been allowed to kill any of the native wildlife that lives there.

Until now.

For the first time in the history of Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service plans to kill native deer. This bloody cull – which involves baiting and shooting deer at close range – will occur over several years and will decimate the deer population, killing half of the deer in the first year alone. But there’s a better way. Reproductive controls can achieve the same result without the violence.

We’ve stopped the kill this year by filing an emergency litigation, but we need your help to stop it forever. Let’s keep Rock Creek Park safe. Let’s save the Rock Creek Park deer.

Stay tuned for action you can take to save the deer! We are planning to have an event to lobby City Council in the near future.

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Bake Sale, Puppy Love, Marius the Giraffe, Rock Creek Park Deer and More!

Puppy Love Bake Sale!
Tonight we will be having a bake sale in Ivory Tower as part of our week long Valentine’s Day Puppy Love Events. Please come buy some delicious treats, made by our very own board, In Ivory Tower from 8-10 tonight. All proceeds from every bake sale go to the Washington Humane Society! Please come out and show your support.


Need some cuddling and loving on Valentines Day?

Come play, cuddle and enjoy some sweet treats with our bake sale.

On Friday February 14th, come to Kogan Plaza for Puppy Love! Brighten up your Valentines Day with bright faces. Bring anyone and everyone you know and arrive early– This event’s going to be huge! Come support the Washington Humane Society. The event will run from 4-6. Make sure to come out, for the love of dog!

General Body Meeting and Screening of Shelter Me!

 

On Febuary 20th, We will be hosting our monthly board meeting! We would love for all of our members to be there and give us their great ideas for how to improve our amazing organization!

We will go over all the great things we’ve done in the past month and try to find ways to get everyone more included in Animal Advocates.  We will also be  featuring FREE vegan comfort food to drive away the February cold. (Who doesn’t love free food?)

In keeping with our dog theme of our Puppy Love, we will continue our monthly documentary screening with Shelter Me.This is an uplifting documentary that celebrates the human-animal bond with positive stories about shelter pets and their new homes. The film follows the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they became a beloved family pet.

We have lots of great events coming up to talk about, and will be discussing sweet T-shirts!! Come and get ‘em in MSSC ROOM 104!

“Catch and Kill” Policy Protest
This friday from 2- 3 pm there will be a peaceful protest at the Embassy of Australia against the new “Catch and Kill Policy” that allows Shark Culling in Western Australia.  .Come stand with us at this peaceful protest of Shark Culling in Western Australia. Demand the end to the new law which allows the slaughter of these majestic creatures. They have existed for 400 million years on our planet, and are a critical part of marine ecosystems. This cruelty that is being advocated by the government of Western Australia is a global outrage, not simply a national one.


Marius the Giraffe: A sad tale of zoo brutality

Many of you have probably heard of Marius, the giraffe that was killed in the Copenhagen Zoo on Saturday. This is a horrible example of how animals are treated in the zoo system. The Zoo claims that “Marius was euthanized in an effort to avoid inbreeding and overpopulation”. However, the the giraffe was perfectly healthy and many other zoos were willing to take it. Marius was slaughtered in front of horrified children and fed to the lions. The zoo used the baby calf to attract visitors and then slaughtered him.

As the events of this weekend illustrate, breeding animals in zoos is not a sustainable practice because of space limitations and also because the practice creates a surplus of unwanted animals. It is estimated that approximately 7,500 animals in European zoos are considered “surplus” at any one time.

Zoo breeding programmes serve no conservation purpose because giraffes and other animals born in zoos are rarely, if ever, returned to their natural habitats. From the moment he was born, Marius was destined to lead a life of misery at the hands of his human captors. Giraffes rarely die of old age in captivity. Had he not been killed yesterday, he would have spent his short life as an exhibit, stranded in a cold climate, thousands of miles away from his true home. Although his death is heartbreaking, it’s his birth that should have been prevented. We wish we could see this kind of outrage every time an animal is born at a zoo.

For everyone who genuinely cares about giraffes and all the other individuals serving life sentences in zoos, let’s hope Marius’ story is a wake-up call.

Read more about Marius the giraffe and the problem with zoos here: If You’re Really Sadden by the Death of Marius the Giraffe, Stop Visiting Zoos


Save the Rock Creek Park Deer!

 

One of our newest initiatives that we have been working on is saving the deer of Rock Creek Park

For 120 years, Rock Creek Park has been an oasis in the middle of a bustling capital city, providing refuge to visitors tired of the urban grind. Comprising fewer than 5 square miles, this small jewel has provided sanctuary to native wildlife, protecting the animals and their habitat from the encroachment of human development. This is a place given over to nature, and people have never been allowed to kill any of the native wildlife that lives there.

Until now.

For the first time in the history of Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service plans to kill native deer. This bloody cull – which involves baiting and shooting deer at close range – will occur over several years and will decimate the deer population, killing half of the deer in the first year alone. But there’s a better way. Reproductive controls can achieve the same result without the violence.

We’ve stopped the kill this year by filing an emergency litigation, but we need your help to stop it forever. Let’s keep Rock Creek Park safe. Let’s save the Rock Creek Park deer.

Stay tuned for action you can take to save the deer! We are planning to have an event to lobby City Council in the near future.

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Puppy Love, Board Meetings, Shelter Me, Eggs and More!

Weekly Board Meetings: We want to hear from you!

Every week, the Animal Advocates Executive Board meets to discuss events and ideas for our group. While we will continue to meet as a board separately, we know that many members of Animals Advocates who are not in Executive Board would like to have their voices heard and have more of an active role in the organization. Therefore, after our board meetings every week we will be opening up a time slot where everyone can come talk to the board about their ideas. This will take normally take place on Wednesdays, but this week feel free to come talk to us on Thursday at 6:30 on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center, by the couches. We look forward to seeing you there!


Need some cuddling and loving on Valentines Day?

Come play, cuddle and enjoy some sweet treats with our bake sale.

On Friday February 14th, come to Kogan Plaza for Puppy Love! Brighten up your Valentines Day with bright faces. Bring anyone and everyone you know and arrive early– This event’s going to be huge! Come support local shelters. The event will run from 4-6. Make sure to come out, for the love of dog!

General Body Meeting and Screening of Shelter Me!

On Febuary 20th, We will be hosting our monthly board meeting! We would love for all of our members to be there and give us their great ideas for how to improve our amazing organization!

We will go over all the great things we’ve done in the past month and try to find ways to get everyone more included in Animal Advocates.  We will also be  featuring FREE vegan comfort food to drive away the February cold. (Who doesn’t love free food?)

In keeping with our dog theme of our Puppy Love, we will continue our monthly documentary screening with Shelter Me.This is an uplifting documentary that celebrates the human-animal bond with positive stories about shelter pets and their new homes. The film follows the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they became a beloved family pet.

We have lots of great events coming up to talk about, and will be discussing sweet T-shirts!! Come and get ‘em in MSSC ROOM 104!


Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

At the last general body meeting, we told you that we are starting a new initiative to get cage-free eggs at J Street Diner. We are still working on this and would love your help trying to make this project a reality. However, we wanted to give you some background on why this is such an important project that needs our action

When you eat an egg you are supporting the murder of hundreds of millions of male chicks every year (200,000,000 – two-hundred million in the United States alone).  They are killed by the hundreds of thousands every day by being thrown in a dumpster and left to die, tossed in garbage bags and suffocated, or more commonly, by being ground up alive in meat grinders.

Every time you buy a carton of eggs, whether they are conventional, organic, free-range, cage-free, certified humanely raised, etc., you are in effect paying for the murder of hundreds of millions of baby animals.

You can read more about this here: Rotten: Why Vegans Don’t Eat Eggs

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SALDF’s Animal Week, Sugar and Champagne Event, T-Shirts and More!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Spring Body Meeting!

It was great to see all our returning members and our new members, too! 

For everyone that enjoyed watching Blackfish, here are some interesting articles that show different perspectives on the film and the ongoing debate between SeaWorld and the Ocean Preservation Society (the film’s creators).

Sea Worlds Reaction to ‘Blackfish':

The Truth About Blackfish

News about the debate:
No surprise: Sea World Quickly Wimps out of public debate challenge

“Blackfish’ Creators challenge sea world to a debate


Need some cuddling and loving on Valentines Day?

Come play with some adoptable dogs and enjoy some sweet treats with our bake sale.

On Friday February 14th, come to Kogan Plaza and play with some adorable dogs! Brighten up your Valentines Day with puppy licks and cuddles. Bring anyone and everyone you know and arrive early– This event’s going to be huge! Come support local shelters and maybe even take one of these adorable dogs home. The event will run from 4-6. Make sure to come out and have fun with some doggies!

GW’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Week

This week is the GW Student Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s annual Animal Week! We have plenty of exciting events and hope you can join us at the law school for some of them!Monday, Jan. 27, 1:30-2:30pm (Stuart 403): Odette Wilkens of the Equal Justice Alliance will be speaking about eco-terrorism and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Snacks will be served.Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:00pm-8:45pm (FCC, 5th floor of Burns): SALDF will be screening the hit CNN documentary “Blackfish” about the killer whales kept at Sea World parks. Pizza and soda will be served for attendees!

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11:00am-noon (Stuart 302): SALDF will be hosting Allie Phillips of the National District Attorneys Association to speak on the importance of prosecuting animal cruelty, its impact on humans, and her work founding the Sheltering Animals & Families Together Program for victims of domestic violence. Snacks will be provided!

Thursday, Jan. 30 9:00-10:15am (Hard Lounge Info. Desk): Stop by the Information Desk for FREE breakfast and coffee!

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Sugar &
Champagne Volunteer Event

Next week we will be partnering with the Washington Humane Society at their annual Sugar and Champagne event. The event is on February 5th, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave) just a short walk from campus! The event is honors local crusaders against animal cruelty: WHS’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Care & Control Officers, and Humane Educatos. The times volunteers are needed are 2:30 PM and 5:15 PM. Again, please respond by 8PM AT THE LATEST to confirm your participation.Thanks!

T-Shirt Pre-orders!

As we said in the last general body meeting, we are in the process of ordering t-shirts! In the next week or two we will be sending out a pre-order form, where you can put your payment information in a secure form that is regulated by the university. The T-shirts will be v-necked with GW Animal Advocates logos on the front and back and will be priced around 15 Dollars per shirt.

Weekly Board Meetings: We want to hear from you!

Every week, the Animal Advocates Executive Board meets to discuss events and ideas for our group. While we will continue to meet as a board separately, we know that many members of Animals Advocates who are not in Executive Board would like to have their voices heard and have more of an active role in the organization. Therefore, after our board meetings every week we will be opening up a time slot where everyone can come talk to the board about their ideas. This will take place every Wednesday at 8pm on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center, by the couches. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring Body Meeting Tomorrow

Our Spring Body Meeting is TOMORROW, Thursday January 23rd at 6pm.

In the Multicultural Student Services Center Room 104

Please join us in kicking off the Spring 2014 semester right as we talk about upcoming events and projects. The meeting will run from 6 til about 6:45, and then we will be screening Blackfish the Movie and chowing down on FREE FOOD! YUM!

This semester will be doing A TON of events including a monthly documentary night (with vegan/vegetarian potluck food open to all), a PUPPY LOVE PLAYDATE event on Valentines Day, field trips to the Smithsonian’s National ZooSticky Fingers Sweets & EatsLost Dog Cafe South Arlington and others! As well as volunteer trips to the Washington Humane Society and potential cooking and yoga classes on campus.

ALSO come join our board! We have open positions as well as a need for assistant positions. If you’re interested, talk to us at the meeting.

AND WE ARE PREORDERING SWEET T-SHIRTS – get ‘em while they’re hot.

P.S. We’re making chili! :)


Please contact us at any time if you have any ideas for our events, causes and projects. We love making new friends and keepin’ it fresh!