Help farmed animals in California!


We need your immediate help to put a measure on the 2008 ballot that would outlaw the cruel confinement of veal calves, egg-laying hens, and breeding pigs. This important measure will phase out the use of the gestation crate for pigs, the battery cage for egg-laying hens and prevent the use of the "veal crate" for male calves.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to collect 650,000 signatures in five short months to qualify this initiative for the November 2008 ballot! Become a crucial member of the team of volunteers that will put this precedent-setting measure on the ballot! Come hear about the campaign and how YOU can get involved in this amazing effort for farm animals!

**Special Guests**Wayne Pacelle, CEO/President, The Humane Society of the U.S.Gene Baur, Founder/President, Farm SanctuaryPlease Attend a Kick-off Rally Near You!
Monday, October 1st
Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin Perkins Rd
Sacramento, CA 95828
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday, October 2nd
San Francisco SPCA
2500 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday, October 3rd
Montecito Fire Station
595 San Ysidro Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
6:00 - 9:00pm

Thursday, October 4th
LA Animal Services - East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday, October 5th
Health Services Complex - Rosencrans
3851 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110
7:00pm - 10:00pm

For more information, please contact Director@humanecalifornia.orgWE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!THANK YOU FOR HELPING FARM ANIMALS IN CALIFORNIA!

Free Baby Mendes

Dairy calves are removed from their mothers after birth. In California, thousands end up at Mendes Calf Ranch. On any given day, 12,000 calves are housed in crates so tiny they can barely turn around. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a complaint in Tulare County's Superior Court that the treatment of these calves is in violation of state anti-cruelty laws, which requires all animals be provided adequate exercise space.
Click on the banner to see how you can help.

Tell Lollypop Farm to stop serving meat!

Humane societies are in a unique position - they have a chance to be leaders in compassion. But some shelters are still serving meat at fundraising events. How can humane societies promote a vision of "preventing cruelty" to animals when they serve the flesh of those they shelter?

In this alert, we focus on one shelter - Lollypop Farm in New York. They strive to place all animals, from cattle to dogs into loving, permanent homes. Their programs include pet-assisted therapy, senior citizen pet assistance, spay and neuter incentives, and tours.

Unfortunately, while Lollypop adopts out cattle, goats, sheep, turkeys, and chickens, they also serve them at their fundraising events, including their upcoming fundraiser, the Barktober Fest on October 6.

The policy of serving meat is not in alignment with Lollypop's vision statement, which includes treating "all fellow beings with care, compassion and respect." This vision will not be achieved while meat is still served at events.

We need your help letting Lollypop Farm know that the only humane menu policy of an animal shelter is a vegetarian one.

Write a letter to the editor
The Democrat & Chronicle:

Please keep your letter under 175 words. Include your full name, address and phone number for verification purposes.

Write a letter to Lollypop Farm
Ask the shelter to take meat off their October 6, Barktober Fest menu and to implement a vegetarian menu policy at their fundraising events. Thank them for their commitment to helping animals, and that all animals would be better served by NOT being served for dinner.

Write to:
Alice Calabrese, executive director
Lollypop Farm
99 Victor Road
Fairport, New York 14450

Talking Points for your letters:

1) Serving meat at fundraising events contradicts the mission of Lollypop Farm, which includes preventing cruelty to animals.

2) A vegetarian menu policy is not extreme; it aligns Lollypop's behavior with its vision (treating fellow beings with compassion). With so many animal friendly options available, it is senseless to continue serving meat at events.

3) With a policy of adopting farmed animals out to people who will not kill, breed or eat them, Lollypop is being disingenuous by permitting the flesh of farmed animals at fundraising events.

4) Humane societies should not serve who they shelter. Several of Lollypop's rescued farmed animals were to be killed and eaten, how can one group of animals be given protection while another be served at Lollypop's fundraising events?

5) Humane shelters have the opportunity to be leaders in compassion. They exist not to bend to what is accepted, but strive to do what is right.

6) Personal dietary choices should not be confused with organizational menu policies. No one is being asked to modify their own dietary preference, but an animal organization should not serve meat at their shelter-sponsored events.

While requesting that Lollypop Farms not serve meat at their events, please also thank them for the work they are doing to lessen the suffering of animals.

To learn more about Animal Place's effort to encourage shelters to adopt a vegetarian policy, request a copy of our Food for Thought pamphlet or download from our website at:

2008 Calendar Contest!

Grunt! Moooo! Baaaa! Join us for our first ever Animal Place Calendar Contest!!

For the first time, Animal Place is holding a farmed animal calendar contest! If you share your life with a companion farmed animal, we invite you to submit photos.
During the month of October, Animal Place will review the entries and select the photos that will appear in the calendar. Winners will be notified via e-mail and calendars will go on sale in our Cafepress store. A portion of sales will help the animals at our sanctuary.

Photo subject rules:
Species: Cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, rabbits and sheep. At this time, we are not accepting photos of equines – not because we don’t love them (we do!) but we want to focus on traditionally farmed animals. Other species will be considered on a case-by-base basis (e.g. llamas, ostriches, etc).

Prohibited: We will not accept photos of animals at fairs (including 4-H & FFA events), petting zoos or animals who have been or will be slaughtered. Only pictures of companion or rescued farmed animals are acceptable.

Submission Rules

Deadline: October 4, 2007
Please submit a maximum of THREE (3) entries.
All entries must be in color.All entries must be submitted via email or CD (no printed photos, please)
Photos must be high resolution – at least 200-300 dpi. Photos at 72 dpi are not acceptable.
Pictures should only have animals present – no humans, please!

Required information
In your email or with your CD, include the following:
Your name
Street address, city & state
Contact Phone Number
Email (preferred)
Name of animal
Optional Information
Age, breed and species of animal
Story of animal
Submit via email:
CD Mailing Address
Animal Place
Calendar Contest
P.O. Box 5910
Vacaville, CA 95696