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March 11, 2004
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Featured Petition: Stop Sale and Import of Endangered Species
2. Member Poll: Tell us about you!
3. Easy Action: Please Help Protect Alaska's Ocean Ecosystems
4. Illuminating Quiz: Which Ayurvedic (Life Energy) Type Are You?
5. Food Spotlight: Protect U.S. Seed Supply from GE Contamination
6. Household Secret: How to Banish mold from Bathroom Grout
7. In The Spotlight
1. Stop Sale and Import of Endangered Species
Do you believe the best way to save endangered animals is
to kill them? Of course not. Yet that's the logic behind
the Interior Department's plan to gut America's
Endangered Species Act (ESA), which has protected animals
worldwide for the last 30 years!
While attempting to evade media coverage and public input,
the Fish and Wildlife Service is working to legalize
commercial exploitation of endangered species. They would
permit a host of previously illegal activities -
including killing endangered species.
If we don't act quickly, it will be LEGAL to:
* Hunt endangered species in the U.S. as long as the
hunting ranch pays something to "conserve" the species.
* Import trophy heads and parts from endangered species
as long as fees paid by the hunters are used by the
country to "conserve" the species.
* Import endangered animal skins for fur coats and other
fashion items as long as the designers send a little
cash to a "conservation" program.
* Import as much African elephant ivory as they wish
as long as dealers claim the money will be used for
We must prevent stop this attack on the ESA ... help
spread the word about this unprecedented threat to
You can help by:
a. Urging your friends to send an email to the Bush
b. Contribute to the International Fund for Animal Welfare
to support ad campaigns to stop this attack today!
2. Tell us about you!
We're always interested in getting to know our members
better, so we've created this poll to find out about YOU!
Take our poll to learn more about the Care2 Community.
3. Please Help Protect Alaska's Ocean Ecosystems
Alaskan waters are among the world's most diverse,
productive and complex marine ecosystems, containing
magnificent, yet fragile, communities of deepwater coral
and sponge that provide essential habitat to fish and
Bottom trawling fishing practices are a major threat to
these ecosystems. Like clear-cutting of old growth
forests, fishing vessels equipped with bottom tending
gear cause extensive and long-term damage to
deepwater coral habitat.
For eight years, the federal National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) has failed to protect Alaska's waters
from the harmful effects of fishing, as required by law.
In response to a court order, NMFS has finally drafted
an Essential Fish Habitat Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for the North Pacific. This EIS contains several
alternatives to protect habitat from ongoing destruction,
but amazingly recommends taking no action to do so!
NMFS must act to implement measures contained in the
Essential Fish Habitat alternatives. Sign this petition
to submit your comments to the public comment period,
and help us protect Alaska's oceans!
4. Quiz: Which Ayurvedic (Life Energy) Type Are You?
Ayurvedic healing teaches that there are three basic
constitutional "types": earthy Kapha, fiery Pitta, and
airy Vata. Once you know your type (we are blends of all
types, but one usually stand out), you can learn to
analyze your personality and body type, and find out
which foods, exercises, lifestyles--even jobs--are most
beneficial for you. Here is an illuminating quiz to
help you find your Ayurvedic type.
5. Protect Our Nation's Seed Supply from GE Contamination!
Consumers who want alternatives to genetically engineered
(GE) food have sought products grown from traditional,
non-GE seeds. Consumers take the availability of such
seeds, and the ability of farmers to grow them, for granted.
The findings of a new report by the Union of Concerned
Scientists shatter this assumption. Laboratory testing of
traditional varieties of corn, soybean, and canola seeds
revealed widespread contamination by DNA from
commercial GE crops.
These findings suggest that current federal regulations are
inadequate to protect our seed supply from the next
generation of GE crops those engineered to produce
drugs and industrial chemicals.
Sign this petition to protect our nation's seed supply!
Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend federal
regulations to explicitly protect the seed supply from
contamination by engineered pharmaceutical and
6. Banish mold from Bathroom Grout
There has been a lot in the news recently about the
respiratory health problems associated with mold. Since
our bathrooms are often the dampest rooms in the house,
they become a breeding ground for dangerous molds and
mildew--and grouting between tiles is often the first
place it starts.
7. In the Spotlight
** Guilt-Free Chocolate Brownie Cake
This classic comfort desert is brought up to date by
replacing the butter with vanilla low-fat yogurt and
just a little oil.
** Presidential Poll -- Where do you stand now?
Now that the presidential race appears to have narrowed,
how do you feel about the major contenders? Who stands
for the issues you care about most? What do other Care2
members think? Take our poll to find out and share your
** Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment?
Recently, President Bush officially declared his
support for the Federal Marriage Amendment - a measure
that would write discrimination into the United States
Constitution. Sign this petition to object.
** Organic Speedchef: It CAN'T Be Good For You Salad
This healthy but hearty cranberry, beet, and walnut salad
has been a hit with every guest who's eaten it. Even my
meat-loving Texan relatives clean their plates when I
pile them high with sweet but tangy vegetables in this
** Spring Pea-Planting Tips
Peas provide a no-wait thrill for gardeners itching to
plant; they can be planted as soon as the ground can be
worked in the spring. They also improve the soil whenever
they grow, and they taste good really good.
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