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Animal News Weekly - September 4, 2015


New Poison Kills Bees 

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Tell The EPA To Recall New Toxin

The EPA has approved a new pesticide for agricultural use without caring about its effect on plants and animals.

Bicyclopyrone (BCP), the poison in question, utilizes plants existing circulatory system, passing its deadly chemicals straight into pollen and nectar. Combining existing pesticides along with the new herbicide BCP, a new weed killer sold as "Acuron" holds potentially devastating and lethal effects for bees, along with other creatures and plant life. Acuron also contains the toxins Atrazine, Mesotrione, and S-Metolachlor, which are "almost certainly" harming endangered and threatened species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The EPA also failed to examine or consider the effects of using all four chemicals together.

Despite the EPA recognizing BCP's lethal potential towards bees, the agency has allowed this harmful chemical on the market.

Honeybees currently face extinction as their population continues to decline at an unsustainable rate. Colonies cannot endure yet another toxin entering their food source.  When poisoned, honeybees suffer from paralysis, blocked communication, and impaired homing abilities, all of which results in an agonizing death.

The EPA has passed hundreds of harmful pesticides into market without consulting wildlife agencies, a requirement outlined in the Endangered Species Act.

Please help save bees and other wildlife by boycotting these deadly pesticides. Tell the EPA to recall all BCP products immediately.

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Join Us for 2015 Global
March for Elephants and Rhinos

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In Defense of Animals is partnering up with the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in three cities in California this year so please come out and join us for this cause! If you won't be in California, make sure to check out the website for this most worthy international event to see how you can help, join, participate or learn more!

Friday, October 2, 2015 in Los Angeles
Saturday, October 3, 2015 in San Francisco
Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Sacramento

Each event will feature various speakers and participants in the elephant and rhino protection field, including IDA's own Elephant and Cetacean Scientist, Dr. Toni Frohoff.

As the numbers of elephants and rhinos continue to dwindle in the wild, we need to take a stand now more than ever before. Let your voice be heard and speak up for these majestic beings before it is too late. The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is taking place all over the world so even if you are not located in or near one of the cities that IDA is participating in, there still may be a March near you.

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Become an Animal Advocate!

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Please consider becoming a member of In Defense of Animals' monthly giving program, Animal Advocates today! By setting up automatic recurring micro-donations from either your credit card or checking account you are truly maximizing the benefits of your gift to animals. We at IDA are striving to automate our systems wherever or whenever possible. Participation in our Animal Advocates monthly giving program eliminates the costs associated with processing mail and increases staff and resources where they count the most; campaigning to end the suffering of billions of animals all over the world.

Your gift, in whatever amount you choose, is extremely valuable. Take pride in knowing that your automated monthly contributions are put to work right away, and that every dollar donated is used to its maximum benefit. Last year 84 cents of every dollar was spent on mission programs aimed at ending animal abuse and suffering. There are billions of animals in the United States alone, who are freezing, abused, neglected and dying of starvation, while still more are exploited, forced into slaughter houses and then served on a plate. With your help, we can be their voice.

By signing up for Animal Advocates monthly giving program you will make a difference. Your donation is fully tax deductible and you can cancel at any time.

Please consider becoming an Animal Advocate today!


Join Our Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Philly

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In Defense of Animals invites you to join our 6th Annual Vegan Spirituality Retreat near Philadelphia, PA featuring "The Good Karma Diet" author Victoria Moran. Enjoy yoga, guided meditation, group discussions, a nature walk, a delicious vegan lunch prepared by The Nile Café, and an animal blessing ceremony with musicians Jim Harris and Lonnie Davis. Free childcare is provided at the event. Friendly companion animals are also welcome to attend the retreat and participate in the ceremony.

Honor your companion animals and animals around the world in our creative animal blessing ceremony! Everyone is invited to drum and dance in the ceremony, which offers opportunities to celebrate animal companions, honor those who have died, empathize with animals suffering around the world, and create a vision of harmony between humans and other animals.

What: 6th Annual Vegan Spirituality Retreat
When: Saturday, September 19, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Saunders Woods, 1020 Waverly Road, Gladwyne, Pa. 19035

Bring: Yoga mat, water bottle, walking shoes, companion animals (or photos), vegan drums/instruments (if desired)

Cost (includes vegan lunch): $35 online registration, $5 per child; $40 at the door; $10 per child at the door; sliding scale & scholarships available upon request.

Online Registration: www.idausa.org/retreats

For more information, please contact Lisa Levinson at lisa@idausa.org or 215-620-2130.

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Five Motherless Puppies Saved

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At approximately 7:30pm on August 28,, Sharon Stone, Operations Manager at IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, received a call from an employee at Greenwood Animal Hospital with a plea for help.  A mother dog had been killed leaving five puppies who needed care.

The puppies were only four days old and without their mother, they would have to be bottle fed.  Sharon called on a supporter who had offered to bottle feed puppies if the need ever arose.  Angie Downs was happy to help, and these five precious puppies were delivered into her very capable hands at 10:00pm the same night.  Without help from supporters like Angie, and people like her, many animals would not survive to enjoy the lives they so richly deserve.


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