Daily Walrus - Helping People Help Animals

Give Up Smoking To Give Your Pets Some Fresh Air

March 31, 2008
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A commenter named Moi directed us to the pet care section on gomestic.com.  One post in particular, by Dr Kristie Leong, caught our attention.  We have had plenty of friends in the past who loved their pets dearly, but lit up a smoke regularly.  It should be no surprise that second-hand smoke is dangerous to pets.  There is a long list of harmful side effects in humans – why wouldn’t pets face similar risks?

If you haven’t made the decision to give up smoking for your own health, Do it for your pets.  You may be harming your companion animals every time you take a drag of a cigarette or cigar.  You give them healthy food, clean water, brush their teeth and take them to the vet regularly.  Why pollute the air they breath with toxins?  It just doesn’t make sense. 

For more info, check out the links below…

http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/Can-Smoking-Increase-Your-Dogs-Risk-of-Cancer.96085

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/156/3/268

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/309/6959/960/c


Interested in Veganism? Like Cookies? Read Magazines?

March 28, 2008
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If so, head on over to the VegCooking Blog where you can enter to win a prize pack offered by VegNews Magazine.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the page stating why you should be the winner.  The prize includes a tote bag, vegan cookies, and a years subscription to the magazine.  VegNews is a great resource, especially for those new to veganism. 

If you have ever been curious about vegan food, check out the VegCooking Blog for great vegan recipes.  If you aren’t vegan, try one of the recipes out this weekend and we bet you’ll be floored by how great an animal-free meal can be.    


Let Your Local Shelter Know About InkBank

March 27, 2008
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Is there a local shelter that you support with time or money?  If so, let them know about InkBank, a program that gives money to organizations that collect and donate used printer ink cartridges for recycling.  InkBank pays for all supplies and shipping – all the shelter needs to do is collect and send the cartridges. 

To learn more, check out their FAQs here


Spring Cleaning

March 26, 2008
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Spring is finally here, which means spring cleaning time is upon us as well. As you are going through your stuff and reorganize, consider the things that you no longer need may help animals. All animal rescues survive because of your donations! Some commonly needed items include cleaning products, towels, and food. Call your local shelter and ask what they are in need of.

For some of us, spring can also mean a spring break. While you are going wild or possibly studying you may have some extra time to donate. Pick up an extra shift volunteering. You could also use your spare time helping a friend with their spring cleaning while showing them how their used items can help animals.


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Support Accurate Fur Labeling Laws

March 17, 2008
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We know that none of you, dear readers, are the type to support the vile and disgusting fur trade.  However, there are lots of other morons in the world who think that fur is an acceptable part of their wardrobe.  Others, perhaps in an attempt to be more compassionate, will buy items lined with what they presume is fake fur since it isn’t labeled.  What they don’t realize is that in many cases, fur listed as “faux” on labels is in many cases real. 

A Humane Society study of popular clothing lines “found raccoon dog fur on 80 percent of a nationwide sample of fur-trimmed jackets purchased from well-known retailers and designers. Of the raccoon dog fur jackets tested, not a single one properly identified the animal in advertising or labeling, instead calling it such things as faux fur, raccoon, or simply not labeling it at all.” 

Since then, New York has enacted legislation that requires all companies to accurately label clothing items containing real or fake fur.  This allows consumers to make educated decisions and avoid cruelty for fashion’s sake. 

What can you do to help?  Contact your Representatives and ask them to support the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 891).  Click here to find out how. 


What happened to the Walrus?

March 13, 2008
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No, we haven’t died. 

No, we haven’t run out of ideas. 

The truth is our schedules haven’t allowed is to post as regularly.  I am here to remind you, though, that the Walrus is still DAILY.  And while we try to plow through an abnormally hectic middle of the semester, I want to remind you that there are still things you can be doing to help animals daily!  Check out the archives and try out some of the daily tips that you might have skipped.  Also, remember that some of the ideas are intended to be performed every day.  So remember to click the big purple button at the animal rescue site to give shelter animals food.  Also do some internet browsing through Goodsearch and click on those sponsors to get money to the animal organization of your choice.


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Boycott Canadian Seafood to Protect Seals

March 11, 2008
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According to the Humane Society, “The 2007 Canadian seal hunt left at least 215,378 seals dead — and almost all of them were babies as young as 12 days old.”  Each year, the media and animal rights activists bring up the barbaric clubbing of seals (click here for more info), and each year it continues.  This March, the HSUS is encouraging Americans to hit those responsible for this cruelty where it hurts – their wallets.  Join us in helping to end the slaughter by boycotting Canadian seafood.  Since the seal hunts are conducted by Canadian commercial anglers during the off-season, boycotting their main streams of income should send a message to those involved.  To learn more about the hunt, click here.  Click here to sign the pledge and to learn about other ways to protest this unusually cruel event.      


Post Vegetarian/Vegan Info At the Market

March 10, 2008
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One of the cool things about NYC is that there are tons of super markets and corner stores in every neighborhood.  Most of these places have a community bulletin board for people to post announcements and information.  We like to stick information on vegetarianism and veganism in the markets we shop at around our apartment.  You can get free information and materials from PETA by clicking here, or from Mercy For Animals by clicking here.  They will usually send you other well-produced materials you can post as well.   Help out your fellow shoppers by ordering some information and start posting info on healthy, plant-based diets today!


Join animalattraction.com and Support Homeless Animals

March 7, 2008
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Animal Attractionis an online community for animal lovers and their pets.  It is kind of like myspace, but in addition to having your own profile you can create ones for your pets as well.  There are member profiles, articles about pet health care, blogs, photo galleries, and more.  The best part is that when you sign up, you get to select either the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society, or the Petfinder Foundation as your charity of choice.  For simply signing up, your choice gets a one dollar donation.  For each day you log in to your profile, your charity of choice will get one cent.  It doesn’t sound like much, but its a couple of bucks that group didn’t have before.  You can also earn additional money for your charity by encouraging your friends to join.

 For more information, click here.

Wally and Tito are considering sharing a page with this as their main picture.  What do you think?

Wally & Tito


Take the ASPCA Pledge

March 6, 2008
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The ASPCA has set a goal of one million people pledging to stop animal cruelty.  By signing the pledge, you vow to do what you can to stop the abuse and neglect of animals.  It is very easy to do – just go to this website and add your name to the list.  Next time you are walking down the street be aware of your surroundings.  If you see an animal that makes you question the care it is getting, report it – do not turn a blind eye.  If we all work together we can make this world a better place for animals!


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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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