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HEAL acknowledges and celebrates all sentient beings, human and non-human alike.  We believe that nonhuman animals should be free from cruelty and confinement.  We accept the principles of the "circle of life" philosophy and believe that all life lives by taking life or the potential for life.  We acknowledge that nature is out of balance and that humans and non-humans alike are suffering as a result.  We do not dictate, encourage or manipulate our members or our community into vegetarian/vegan living.  We believe all life has value and that all living things require nutrients taken from other living things.  We would never shame a dog or a crow for eating flesh or scavenging.  Nor would we shame a human being for doing so.  We do encourage everyone to live waste-free.  Whether you consider yourself an herbivore or omnivore, please do your very best to keep your garbage/waste to a minimum.


We accept that vivisection is a money-making scheme that needlessly tortures billions of nonhuman animals to provide added liability insurance for pharmaceutical companies who will and do test their products on cold-blooded reptiles just to get the results needed to get the next damaging and deadly drug in to the consumer market.  This is why HEAL does actively work to expose the fraud and harm of animal experimentation!  






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Why Should The UW Offer Alternatives to Dissection?

The University of Washington must offer standard animal-free alternatives in all classes requiring dissection of nonhuman animals.  As a public university, the UW has a special responsibility to its students, as well as state and national taxpayers, to abide by the U.S. Constitution, including the first amendment, which, guarantees freedom of religion.  While dissection is a heatedly debated and controversial issue, it must be concluded to be reasonable that those students who oppose it on ethical and/or religious grounds should be given an animal-free option in courses that require dissection. 


Many universities have already made the needed changes in efforts to respect diversity and embrace new technologies.  Universities that offer alternatives include the University of California, University of Illinois, University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins Medical School.  The alternatives to dissection available today include plastic models of dissected animals that students can take apart, virtual dissection software, and three-dimensional films.  The University of California and the University of Virginia currently offer online virtual dissections as an alternative. 


Finally, Freedom of Religion is a right under the first amendment.  Many orthodox religions, including Judaism, find touching or dealings with dead animals "unclean" and therefore cannot fulfill such requirements, as dissection, due to their religious tenets.  Because the University of Washington is a "public" (as opposed to private) school, they have an obligation to respect and accommodate students who are religiously opposed to participating in dissection.  Students are being forced to choose career over morality in many cases, which, sets an unpreferable standard for behavior in the "real world."  Since this choice is unnecessary, it begs questioning (which we have done) the University.  As said previously, other universities offer a standard option for students who oppose the use of nonhuman animals.  Since other accredited public and private universities are offering standard alternatives to dissection and/or not using dissection at all, it is only rational that the University of Washington would be willing to give their students the same alternatives.  By not offering standard alternatives they are bending the will of many less vocal students to submit to their system or forget their career goals.  That isn't fair.  And, in our opinion, is a violation of the highest principle of human rights, that of free will. 


If you find that you agree that students should be offered a standard alternative in Biology and Zoology lab courses, please take a moment to sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/uwdisalt/petition.html.   If you would like more information regarding dissection alternatives and student rights please visit http://mail.rochester.edu/~nobs/dissection, http://www.dissectionchoice.org/faq.html, http://avar.org/avar_sep_2001_alternatives.pdf and http://www.internichebrasil.org/literatura/andrew2.htm.  If you are a student being unfairly discriminated against by the biology and zoology departments and wish to take legal action, please contact us for help.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at info@heal-online.org




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animal liberation ACTION ALERTS


Special Note:  HEAL is posting most new animal rights action alerts we support on our twitter feed.   To best keep updated on animal rights action alerts, follow us on Twitter.


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Action Alerts are in order of Priority with Newest/Priority Alerts First!

Ask the USDA to take the Elephants Away from Ringling Brothers Immediately--In 2009, PETA went undercover at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and captured Ringling workers on video as they beat and whipped elephants dozens of times in venues across the country.  Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals http://tinyurl.com/m5x28k  The 11 elephants used in the show—most of whom were captured in the wilds of Asia as early as 1957 and some of whom have spent more than 40 years with the circus—suffer month after month at the hands of Ringling and its crew. PETA documented workers as they struck elephants and tigers on the head, face, ears, trunk, legs, and other parts of their bodies with bullhooks and other abusive handling tools.  Take Action:  PETA has filed a formal complaint with the USDA, but officials also need to hear from you. Write to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack and demand that the agency seize the elephants whom from Ringling. http://tinyurl.com/m9yv24

Ask Breast Cancer Charities to Use Nonanimal Research Methods--Your help is needed in contacting each of the individuals listed in the Action Alert link. In your own words, politely express your concern that they are conducting cruel and ineffective animal research that has not identified the causes of breast cancer or an effective treatment. Ask that they follow the lead of other organizations that conduct ethical and effective, human-centered research.  http://tinyurl.com/ng6bj3 (pcrm action alert)


Stop Abuse of Animals in Egypt!--Take action to stop torture and cruel killing of animals in Egypt.  Sign petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-egypt-is-a-nightmare-for-the-animals


Help End the Sale of Fur at Nordstrom--Nordstrom is a local, fourth generation family business that has a solid customer service reputation, and a name that evokes a sense of responsibility and success. Why then does the Nordstrom Family continue to sully its reputation with ties to the fur industry?  Despite making a pledge in the 1990s that they would not sell fur, Nordstroms has gone back on its word and has had fur in their stores since 2001.  Take Action  Help Nordstrom make the right choice by boycotting their stores. Contact Nordstroms and tell them why you refuse to shop there until they remove all of the fur from their stores for good. Please keep your message polite, positive, and on point about the animal suffering. Let Nordstrom know that you will not be a customer again until they stop carrying all fur items.

Nordstrom Corporate Offices
President Blake Nordstrom
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101

For more information on what you can do, contact


Ask Coca-Cola to Enforce Their Animal Welfare Policies--As Shark ( http://www.sharkonline.org/ ) has discovered, Coca-Cola is a huge rodeo sponsor in spite of their corporate policy against supporting events where there is a risk of animals being injured. Currently, Coca-Cola is supporting animal abuse by sponsoring rodeos. They are starting to feel the pressure from animal advocates, so we need to keep contacting them. The animals need you to make your voice heard at Coca-Cola.  Take Action  Contact Coca-Cola and demand all of their bottlers and affiliates stop sponsoring rodeos and adhere to the company's official policy: "The Coca-Cola Company does not endorse or condone any practice of cruelty to animals, and the Company does not sponsor or promote events where there is a risk of physical harm to animals."

Muhtar Kent
President and CEO The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301

Board of Directors The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301
Phone: (770) 989-3000

Toll Free: (800) 438-2653 (GET-COKE)
Send an email through Coca-Cola's website:


Take Action for Farm Animals!--Under the previous regulations, a case-by-case assessment was made of cattle that went down at the slaughterhouse after passing the pre-slaughter inspection. The loopholes encouraged slaughterhouse workers to get cattle to stand and walk on their own, dragging them by the ears and tails, prodding them with electric shocks, even dragging them with chains and pushing them with forklifts, because an animal deemed a downer meant a loss in profits. While the meat industry pushed to allow sick and non-ambulatory cattle to enter the food chain amid the mad-cow disease scare (a reality the country has yet to truly confront), and hung on during an exposé of a California slaughterhouse that led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, the Obama Administration moved quickly to address some of our longstanding concerns.  Since its inception, Farm Sanctuary has advocated an end to downed animal abuse and urged the USDA to ban their marketing. Our No Downers Campaign was founded in the belief that if downed animals are prevented from entering the food supply, producers would have less of an incentive to maintain the status quo of pushing these animals past their biological limits at any and all costs. Through the years that we have waged this campaign, we have worked for passage of the first laws in this country to end the marketing of downed animals, we have seen slaughterhouses and stockyards convicted of cruelty, and we have rescued and come to the aid of hundreds of downed animals. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said this new rule "is a step forward for both food safety and the standards for humane treatment of animals." Yet it is just a step and more steps are needed. The USDA needs to extend these same protections to all species—pigs, sheep, goats and other livestock who are disabled due to the intensity of factory farming and the push to  maximize profits at the expense of living animals. Please take a few minutes to contact Secretary Vilsack, thank him for closing the loopholes for downed cattle, and urge him to expand the umbrella of protection to other animals.


Tell the Discovery Channel to Put a Leash on Man vs. Wild!--Visit http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations and tell the Discovery Channel that Bear Gryll's consistent torturing and eating of live animals on the show has to stop. A HEAL Supporter wrote:  "Some time ago we have an opportunity to see Discovery Channel TV, and between others we can follow a “Man vs. Wild” TV show. That TV show is full of animal exploitation in a worst possible manner. It is not matter of taste, it is not about changing the channel. Every time when that evil man appears, he eats few animals, alive. Last night that passed all limits of tolerance. He killed, he has eaten alive a small lizard. Then he found a small scorpion,  he detached its stickler by knife, he eaten the scorpion while it was still alive. After that he found a corpse of zebra killed by lions, he took a knife and cut a peaces of meat. Every TV show is like that. Not any respect toward animals, insects, that creatures which share this Planet with us was shown."  Please write the Discovery Channel and ask them to reign in Mr. Gryll and stop the needless exploitation and torture of our fellow creatures.  You can do this here: http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations



Please Vote Right Now In This L.A. Times Poll--You Can Help Free The Elephant Billy--Can you take ten seconds to vote in an L.A. Times poll for Billy?


Tell Army to End Rodeo Sponsorship: Every year, the U.S. Army gives about $2 million of taxpayers' money to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association (PRCA) and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) in hopes of recruiting soldiers into their ranks. The cash is spent on sponsoring cowboys who cruelly treat unwilling horses, calves, and bulls like nothing more than living sports equipment in their pursuit of fame and riches.  Please send an email to the Department of Defense politely urging them to immediately stop the Army from using taxpayer money to support rodeo cruelty: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.aspx Click on "Ask a Question/Submit a Comment"


ACT NOW TO STOP TORTURE OF SLED DOGS:  Please send protest emails to race supporters using the list below of organizations that are 2006 Iditarod race sponsors, musher sponsors, or Iditarod promoters. Emails are first given in block form and then individually under the sample letter. Email addresses with semi-colons in block form can be found at http://helpsleddogs.org/write-to-iditarod-sponsors-and-supporters/  on the bottom of the page.


SIGN PETITION DEMANDING AN END TO PRIMATE EXPERIMENTATION IN WASHINGTON STATE!—To learn more about this issue, visit: http://www.BanApeResearch.org and to sign the petition visit: http://gopetition.com/online/6954.html.



MONSANTO FILES PATENT CLAIMING OWNERSHIP OF MILLIONS OF PIGS:Monsanto has filed patents in 160 nations for... pigs. The World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva recently published the patent requests, which has left the pork industry squealing with contention. If approved, Monsanto would gain ownership of certain types of breeding techniques that are already in common use by farmers around the world. The patents also request Monsanto overtake of ownership of the pigs born of those breeding techniques as well as their related herds. Although controversial, the profit incentive of this legal maneuver for Monsanto is enormous, as annual pork sales in the U.S., alone, are $38 billion annually. Take action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/pigs.cfm



USDA COVER-UP OF MAD COW CASES:  The USDA has refused to respond to allegations that it has been covering up cases of Mad Cow disease in the U.S. for well over a decade. Lester Friedlander, a former USDA veterinarian, says he was told by USDA officials as far back as 1991 that if his testing laboratory ever found evidence of Mad Cow disease, he was to tell no one. He and other scientists say they know of cases where cows tested positive for the disease in laboratories but were ruled negative by the USDA. Mad cow is a concern to public health because humans can contract a fatal brain illness known as variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease from eating beef products contaminated with the mad cow pathogen. TAKE ACTION! Sign the Mad Cow petition: http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm


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