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Happy New Year! 2013 Recap and Internships to Help Animals!

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone is having a lovely holiday break and we wish you all of the best for 2014! THANK YOU for all of your support of GW Animal Advocates during our first semester! We look forward to our next year together, where we will be bigger and better!

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

WHS Holiday Toy and Treat Drive!


It’s not too late to provide hope for homeless pets! The George Washington Law School, through their chapter of the Student Animal Defense Legal Fund (SALDF) has a box in the lobby of the law school where they are collecting items from old towels, to cat and dog toys to cans of pumpkin.

What to get the fur babies? View their wishlist here

Looking for an INTERNSHIP for next semester? Want to help animals? Check out these great opportunities.

In November we went to New Jersey! Want to help our efforts?

Make N.J. the 10th state to ban the worst kind of pig confinement

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s legislature voted to ban confining breeding pigs in gestation crates, metal cages so small the pigs can’t even turn around. The bill, S 1921, won overwhelming bipartisan support (60-5 in the Assembly and 29-4 in the Senate) and the backing of more than 90 percent of New Jersey residents.

Sadly, the governor vetoed this bill, but we can still make the cruel confinement of mother pigs illegal in New Jersey by asking lawmakers to vote for it one more time.

Pigs locked in crates are essentially immobilized for their entire lives. They are forcibly impregnated, made to churn out litter after litter, and suffer muscle and joint deterioration and crippling pain. Because these inquisitive, social animals are denied mental stimulation, many perform coping behaviors such as constantly biting the metal bars.
Pigs are smarter than dogs, man’s best friend! So why should we make them live their entire lives in a space that’s equivalent to us as an airline seat?

CONTACT LAWMAKERS HERE

The vote will take place Jan. 9th. Contact NJ State Senators!

Read about Marissa and Neil’s experiences in Marissa’s blog. 

Winter DIY!
Just Add Water: Protecting Wildlife in Winter

In cold weather, a heated bird bath can be a bird’s best friend

The Humane Society of the United States

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  • bird bathProvide water all winter long by adding a heating element to your existing bird bath. Janet Snyder/HSUS

Winter can be a particularly trying time for wildlife. Food becomes more scarce, and normally reliable water sources freeze over.

Check out the ways you can make the season a little more bearable for your wild neighbors.

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When water suddenly disappears, animals expend valuable energy and risk dangerous exposure searching for other sources—which might mean the difference between life and death in the coldest season.

For birds, water is essential for drinking and for bathing—a year-round necessity to keep feathers in top flying and insulating shape. While animals will eat ice and snow, they benefit from a reliable source of water.

Hot tubs for birds

The easiest, most reliable way to keep water ice-free is to use a heat source. You can find birdbaths with built-in heating elements (generally set  to 40–50 degrees Fahrenheit) at online retailers and home and garden specialty stores. You can also purchase water-heating units designed to float on the surface of ponds or to rest on the bottom of birdbaths. These heaters usually cost little to run and safely shut off automatically when pulled out of the water.

Important Safety Tip:  Be sure your outdoor outlets are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to cut off the electricity in case of a short.

If you don’t get many days of freezing weather, try regularly replenishing your birdbaths with hot (not boiling!) water to melt any ice; this should keep them nearly ice-free for a few hours.

Aerators and other options

If you already have a pond aerator, keep it running to prevent freezing. In warmer areas, you may be able to run a dripper—a device that releases droplets slowly into water—all winter. The sight and sound of dripping water is very attractive to wildlife.

Support from the sun

Use solar energy to your advantage: Put water sources on the south or southwestern side of your property, preferably sheltered from the wind. To capture even more heat, apply black latex paint or secure black rubber pond liners to the interiors of water containers. Never add anti-freeze chemicals to the water—they can poison wildlife.

Keep it clean

However you provide water, remember that sanitation is important year-round. Locating water sources close to your house makes cleaning and maintenance much easier—and you won’t have to carry buckets of water far. Be sure the containers are regularly cleaned and replenished with fresh water—more often as more animals use them—to prevent the spread of disease.

Rinse a birdbath daily before refilling it, and clean it once a week using a solution of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water and a scrub brush to loosen debris. Rinse again thoroughly before refilling with fresh water.

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Recent Animal Wins, News and Action Alerts!ACTION: Protect Animals Nationwide by Opposing Part of the Farm Bill

ACTION: Michigan Wolves Need Your Help

Thanksgiving Dinner FOR the Turkeys! 

Safeway Announces Progress in Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Supply Chain, Directs Suppliers to Provide Plans for Meeting Demand

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Body Meeting, Food Inc. Movie Night with FOOD, and… New Jersey?!

Upcoming Body Meeting

Multicultural Student Services Center Rm 104
Nov. 13, 2013 7:30pm (movie night right after…)

FREE FOOD! GW Animal Advocates is now an official GW student organization! To celebrate our newfound legitimacy, come meet with us to discuss what’s next for our org and what you’d like to see. And did we mention…  FREE FOOD!

Movie Night and free food! Food, Inc. 

Nov. 13, 2013 8:00pm (after the body meeting, MSSC RM 104)

Join us right after the Body Meeting to watch and discuss the engaging, classic film Food, Inc.
Watch the Trailer Here!

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.

Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Gestation Crates in New Jersey

Make N.J. the 10th state to ban the worst kind of pig confinement

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s legislature voted to ban confining breeding pigs in gestation crates, metal cages so small the pigs can’t even turn around. The bill, S 1921, won overwhelming bipartisan support (60-5 in the Assembly and 29-4 in the Senate) and the backing of more than 90 percent of New Jersey residents.

Sadly, the governor vetoed this bill, but we can still make the cruel confinement of mother pigs illegal in New Jersey by asking lawmakers to vote for it one more time.

Pigs locked in crates are essentially immobilized for their entire lives. They are forcibly impregnated, made to churn out litter after litter, and suffer muscle and joint deterioration and crippling pain. Because these inquisitive, social animals are denied mental stimulation, many perform coping behaviors such as constantly biting the metal bars.

Pigs are smarter than dogs, man’s best friend! So why should we make them live their entire lives in a space that’s equivalent to us as an airline seat?

CONTACT LAWMAKERS HERE

Let’s Hit the Beach!

Want to do even more for pigs in NJ? This weekend we* have been invited by the Humane Society of the United States to come canvas with them! All expenses paid.

*(We haven’t had time to draw up contracts or anything, so anyone who is attending is doing so as an individual and does not represent GW in any way).

Let us know if you’re interested! We will give you all of the details and organize carpooling.

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Recent Animal Wins, News and Action Alerts!ACTION: Protect Animals Nationwide by Opposing Part of the Farm Bill

ACTION: Michigan Wolves Need Your Help

Undercover Investigation of Texas Puppy Sellers Finds Tall Tales, Poor Conditions

Preparing to Help Animals and People Following Typhoon Haiyan

Congressional Disagreement Exposes True Cost of Milk?

Walmart Pork Supplier Caught On TAPE Abusing Mother Pigs and Piglets

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Orientation Session November 22nd

November 2013
GW Animal Advocates
Orientation Session November 22nd

Hello All!
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schultz
We could not agree more with Charles Schultz! Do you like playing with animals?
For all of you interested in becoming officialvolunteers with the Washington Humane Society, we have confirmed

our Orientation Session date for Friday, November 22nd from

4PM – 5PM. Please click here and fill out this form prior to the

orientation session. Specify your “Employer” as GW Animal Advocates.

After completing the form, please fill out this Doodle to state

whether or not you’ll be attending. More details will be coming

regarding the location and other details! Thank you for all your

patience! Also, thank you for those of you that came out to

here Paul Shapiro speak! What an amazing and inspiring

activist! Join us this Wednesday, November 13th at 7:30PM

at our General Body Meeting where we will be watching

the documentary, Food Inc! We hope to see you there!

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions,

don’t hesitate to email us atgwanimaladvocates@gmail.com.

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Volunteering with WHS, Paul Shapiro, Meeting & Movie Night, The Hatchet and More!

 

Want to play with puppies and kitties!?

GW Animal Advocates is going to be given an exclusive volunteer training session to work with the Washington Humane Society. If you are interested in volunteering at some point in the next year, come get certified! Please let us know your interest/availability by replying to this email!

Paul Shapiro speaks about Farm Animal Protection

Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 7:30pm


Paul Shapiro is the VP of the Farm Animal Protection Department at the Humane Society of the United States, and is considered the authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals.

He founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives such as the successful effort to end the use of the misleading “Animal Care Certified” logo on battery cage egg cartons nationwide.

Join us as he speaks about his work and how we can help farm animals by incorporating more plant-based foods into our diets.

We Were in The Hatchet!

Check out our article HERE

Upcoming Body Meeting

Nov. 13, 2013 7:30pm (movie night right after…)

GW Animal Advocates is now an official GW student organization! To celebrate our newfound legitimacy, come meet with us to discuss what’s next for our org and what you’d like to see.

Movie Night! Food, Inc. 

Nov. 13, 2013 8:00pm (after the body meeting)

Join us right after the Body Meeting to watch and discuss the engaging, classic film Food, Inc.
Watch the Trailer Here!

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.

Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

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Recent Animal Wins and News!Oppose the King Amendment in the Farm BillSubway Introduces Falafel in the Nation’s Capital

Keep Pets Safe During Halloween!

FDA Applauded for Proposed Rule to Protect Safety of Pet Food and Treats

Los Angeles City Council Bans Abusive Elephant Training Devices

 

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“Specisism” Movie Premier!

October 10th 2013

E Street Cinemas.

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“Specisism”

Come with the GW Animal Advocates to view a documentary focusing on pressing issues regarding animal welfare, Public Health, food safety, workers rights.

We are meeting at the Foggy Bottom Metro at 6 pm tonight, October 10.

Please let us know if you will be attending!

 

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Welcome to GW Animal Advocates!

Welcome! Here, our purpose is to spread awareness across the GW campus about animal welfare and animal protection efforts. This may include, but is not limited to, promoting ethical, healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyles, and helping students to understand the importance of these dietary choices. Also, to spread awareness on other animal cruelty issues such as puppy mills, cruel hunting practices, animal fighting for sport, the fur trade, and animal poaching. We hope to provide voluntary assistance to local animal shelters and/or rescue groups if possible, and to reach out to members’ legislators for support on pro-animal legislation.

Lastly, we want this group to protect animals as well as celebrate them. This group will be a safe, welcoming space for students to speak up about animal issues. We will strive to be all-inclusive and promote a positive message because animal welfare is a concern for everyone. Image