Improve the Lives of Egg Laying Hens

Last week I received an email from HSUS urging people to write to their senator asking them to pass a bill, described here:

Recently, federal legislation to reform the egg industry and ban barren battery cages, S. 3239, was introduced in the U.S. Senate with a bipartisan group of original cosponsors. This bill (identical to H.R. 3798 introduced earlier in the House) will lead to major improvements in the treatment of 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production, essentially doubling the amount of space per bird, banning inhumane practices such as forced starvation molting, and requiring on-carton labeling so consumers know how hens are raised.

HSUS Improve the Lives of Egg Laying Hens
They included a link that made it very easy to send a message to NY Senator Schumer, so I did. Here is the message I received in response (probably automated, still very awesome):

Dear Ms. Shulze:

Thank you for your letter expressing your support of H.R. 3798, The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.  I share your concern for the welfare of animals and believe that it is necessary to protect them from unnecessary harm and cruelty.

Animal welfare is personally important to me. In past Congresses, I cosponsored several bills to protect companion animals: S. 714, the Pet Safety and Protection Act; S. 1880, which would make dog-fighting a federal crime; and S. 2439, which would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track animal-cruelty crimes nationwide.  I also strongly supported S.1076, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act; S. 3841, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act; and S. 850, which increases protection for sharks from the cruel practice of cutting their fins off and tossing the mutilated animals back into the ocean to die. I am happy to report that all three bills are now law.

In addition to protecting pets, I am also committed to promoting the safety and well-being of farm animals.  I have cosponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would make it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption.  Working with the Humane Society of The United States, I have pushed for increased funding to enforce laws which protect farm animals, including the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

Although I am proud of the accomplishments made on behalf of animal welfare so far, I am aware that there are still many animal welfare issues remaining to be addressed.  Rest assured that I remain strongly committed to protecting animal welfare.

As you know, H.R. 3798 has not yet been referred to the Senate for consideration but I will closely monitor this legislation as it makes its way through the Congress.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance on this or any other matter.

Sincerely,
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Pretty cool, huh! Click here to read the article on HSUS.org, and take action if you also want to improve the lives of egg-laying hens!

Fresno Bully Rescue & RIC Join Forces to Raise Funds for Bully Breeds

Fresno Bully Rescue

Attention bully breed lovers! Check out Fresno Bully Rescue, an organization dedicated to rescuing bully breed dogs. Based out of Fresno, CA, FBR has rescued over 500 dogs since its founding in May of 2008. They currently house and shelter over 40 dogs at any given time. Many of these dogs were designated to be euthanized. Here is their mission statement:

FBR’s job is to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while we look for forever homes for our bullies. In addition, FBR is committed to promoting responsible ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spaying and neutering pets, reporting dog fighting, and demonstrating to the community that bully breeds are loyal, loving, and wonderful forever companions.

RIC by SL is donating $2 to FBR for every shirt sold using coupon code FRESNO5. As an added bonus, you will also receive 5% off your order! AND a portion of the proceeds also goes to the Humane Society of the US. Spread the Bully Breed Love!

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Fresno Bully Rescue on Facebook!

Help Protect Animals From Abuse & Neglect with HSUS

Currently volunteering at a local shelter, I’m doing my best to step into the world of animal welfare. I’m working on becoming emotionally stronger so that I can eventually have a bigger impact. I’ve also created a collection of tees and tops, donating a portion of the proceeds to The Humane Society of the United States. Hope you like them:

RIC by Stacey Lauren Rescued Tee
“Rescued” Tee

RIC by Stacey Lauren Studded Paw Tee
“Studded Paw” Tee

RIC by Stacey Lauren Lace Paw Hoodie
“Lace Paw” Hoodie

RIC by Stacey Lauren Lace Paw Boat Neck Tee
“Lace Paw” Boat Neck Tee

RIC by Stacey Lauren "Studded Paw" Hoodie
“Studded Paw” Hoodie

RIC by Stacey Lauren "Studded Paw" Hoodie
“Studded Paw” Hoodie

What’s left from my 2010 collection of dog breed tees also contributes to HSUS. Click to see the whole collection:

Stacey Lauren 2010 Collection

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Ric, Movember, and Support Prostate Cancer Tshirt

Ric

Growing up, my father always told my brother and me that we could be anything we wanted. We could make money doing what we loved, if we strived to be the best at it. He was an advocate of pursuing your dreams. Still, I followed a more traditional career path for most of my life.

When I began designing graphic tees to benefit animals in need in 2007, I had big dreams, but it was just a hobby. My dad saw it differently. He wanted to be a part of it. He took off of work to come to meetings with me at a clothing manufacturer, even though I was in over my head and had no clue what I was doing. He even offered to be my sales rep, and suggested that he go door-to-door selling my tshirts. I thought he was crazy. I couldn’t afford to pay him anything and he had his own business to pay attention to. But I always kept the intention to include him as much as possible when I reached success.

I never got that chance. I lost my father to prostate cancer in March of this year. I changed the name of my line to his name, so that he will always be a part of this adventure. I believe he now helps me in ways he never could before.

Movember

Recently, I came across this movement called Movember. Here is their mission:

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Movember raises funds to support the following programs:

I absolutely love this idea and what it stands for. With so much awareness for breast cancer, prostate cancer gets a little lost in the mix. Throughout his battle with cancer, my dad attended monthly meetings by “Us Too“, an organization dedicated to prostate cancer education & support. Together, my brother and I designed this tshirt to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Us Too:

Support Prostate Cancer Unisex V-neck Tee Support Prostate Cancer Unisex Crew Neck Tee

So buy a tee, grow a moustache, and spread the word about Movember & prostate cancer to everyone you love! Happy Movember!
moustache

Justin Bieber Launches Believe Charity Drive

It’s apparently all about Justin Bieber’s big heart lately….

Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe

In conjunction with the release of his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, Bieber also announced a new charity drive called Believe. He plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from his new album to this charity, and encourages others to donate as well. Specifically, he lists the following charities to benefit from the drive:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Pencils of Promise
  • Musicians on Call
  • Project Medishare for Haiti
  • City of Hope
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • The Grammy Foundation

He chose the above organizations due to “their emphases on education, youth well-being and music.” He says, “The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. You can … donate as little as one dollar, or even donate your time, because everything will make a difference. Please join me in our quest to raise millions of dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, Believe. I know that with your help we can make a change.”

Thanks for giving back, Justin!