Archive for June, 2008

kcfreecycle links, 2008-06-30

Monday, June 30th, 2008

While delicious is down, I’ll be posting the daily kcfreecycle link roundup by hand.

To view the descriptions and tags for each link, please check out the kcfreecycle delicious account at

Big Green Purse

Unnecessary Evil; On short-haul flights | By Umbra Fisk | Grist | Ask Umbra | 25 Jun 2008

Ask Pablo, Global warming | Salon Life

Shakesville: Sneaky, nasty, nationwide attack on solar power


kcfreecycle links, 2008-06-27

Friday, June 27th, 2008

While delicious is down, I’ll be posting the daily kcfreecycle link roundup by hand.

To view the descriptions and tags for each link, please check out the kcfreecycle delicious account at

Ocean Conservancy: July 2008 Newsletter

Organic Consumers Association: Organic Bytes #137: 6/26/2008

YouTube vs. CNN on the Clean Coal Debate | Center for Media and Democracy

Sierra Club: Club Insider: June 24, 2008


Kinship Circle: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
Subject: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs

6/26/08: The Lucky Ones… Iowa Flood Pigs

Kinship Circle - 2008-06-20 - IOWA FLOOD, Notes From The Water's Edge 12

Kinship Circle - 2008-06-20 - IOWA FLOOD, Notes From The Water's Edge 11

Photos courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.

When Kinship Circle began working with Iowa Dept. of Agriculture/Veterinary Response to coordinate volunteers for Iowa animal flood victims — we soon learned about the pig tragedy. Hog farms had filled with water, with pigs trapped in crates and others adrift over a wide swath of southeast Iowa. As many as 40,000 pigs were evacuated. An estimated 4,000 pigs died. Still others swam for their lives in rapid waters. Some managed to hoist their bodies atop levees, only to be shot dead by officials concerned they’d destroy sandbags. Residents and officials herded some on to barges, to ferry them back to owners. Many carcasses remain as waters recede.

But pigs are smart. And some escaped to dry ground. Reports came in daily: Pigs spotted by churches, in homes, near levees, on rooftops. Early during this operation, Kinship Circle called Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to ask if their Emergency Rescue Team could come to Iowa. Within 24 hours, they were on the road from Watkins Glen, New York to Oakville, Iowa.

On conference call with state officials, we learned that pigs currently stranded, when found, could be taken to a temporary holding area… And once in Farm Sanctuary’s custody, receive immediate care and transport to sanctuary. That’s right: sanctuary.

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network volunteers have assisted Farm Sanctuary rescuers. See below, to donate to FS Emergency Rescue Fund.


Farm Sanctuary: Disaster strikes for farm animals; Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 12:56 PM
Subject: Disaster strikes for farm animals: Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help

Kinship Circle - 2008-06-24 - Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa 01

Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help!

Flood waters have ravaged the Midwest, and farm animals need immediate rescue! The recent flooding has hit largely agricultural areas, leaving pigs, cattle and other animals stranded.

Hundreds of factory farm pigs have been left trapped and drowning in crates, or freed only to be swept away by rapid currents … trying desperately to survive on area levees.

Farm Sanctuary dispatched a rescue team with our large animal rescue trailer last week and we are currently on the ground in Iowa and Illinois to save drowning and stranded pigs.

Please, give to the Emergency Rescue Fund right now to help our lifesaving efforts and rescue these stranded, suffering animals:

This rescue is urgent and every moment counts. We, and the pigs, need your help right now.

Many pigs swam for their lives to the closest land or levee. Many are stranded without food or water. They are desperately clinging to life and waiting for rescuers to arrive.

Farm Sanctuary is working with other organizations to transport surviving pigs to a temporary holding area, and once pigs are in our custody, Farm Sanctuary will be ensuring their immediate care and transport to sanctuary.


kcfreecycle links, 2008-06-26

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

While delicious is down, I’ll be posting the daily kcfreecycle link roundup by hand.

To view the descriptions and tags for each link, please check out the kcfreecycle delicious account at

Get Outta Here; How to green your vacation | Grist | From A to Green | 24 Jun 2008

Lights, camera, eco-action! | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist

Is local food really miles better? | Salon Life

Slick John McCain and the offshore oil ruse | Salon Technology


Kinship Circle: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM
Subject: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

Communicating during disasters to mobilize volunteers, supplies, and other resources for animal victims.

6/24: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

Kinship Circle has been asked to continue staffing two surge shelters for Iowa flood victims for the remainder of this week and next week.

County coordinators at both Lee County Fairgrounds and Johnson County Fairgrounds need VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH EMERGENCY SHELTERING DUTIES.



kinshipcircle [at] -OR- pawsitivedirections [at] (DON’T SEND TO BOTH)

* PHONE NUMBER (cell you’ll have with you):
* TYPE: IOWA VOLUNTEER in subject line of email

This info is needed for the Iowa flood disaster. It’s also filed for future disasters in which we’re asked to send qualified independent volunteers. THANK YOU all for your concern for animal flood victims in Iowa. We deeply appreciate your experience, professionalism and devotion to animals in disasters. Kinship Circle


AHA: Help animals displaced by flood

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Normally I don’t crosspost solicitations for donations, but this email gives some info regarding the current situation in the Midwest…

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From: American Humane Association – email [at]
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Subject: Help animals displaced by flood

American Humane, June 2008

Breaking News: American Humane Assists Animals in Flood-Stricken Illinois

Over the weekend, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services unit deployed to Adams County, Ill., to help animals affected by the severe flooding in the Midwest. As an area that was overwhelmed by the scope of this crisis, Adams County was in dire need of assistance.

American Humane answered the call by joining forces with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Together, we are working to find and set up emergency shelter sites for the many animals made homeless in recent days. It’s a collaboration that is allowing the county to keep as many animals as possible fed, sheltered and healthy through the duration of the crisis.

Your donation today will allow us to continue these vital operations and prepare for the inevitable next disaster. In some situations, animals’ survival instinct simply isn’t enough — they desperately need caring donors like you to make our rescue efforts possible.


Featured Adoptables: Rory the Boxer

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

UPDATE, 7/23/08: According to her Petfinder listing, Rory’s adoption is pending!


This week’s Featured Adoptable is Rory, a medium-sized female boxer. Her foster peoples at KC Angel Rescue have this to say about Ms. Rory:

Meet Rory! Rory is a beautiful black and white boxer that is approximate 1.5-2 years old. She is very very sweet and gets along with other animals. Rory was rescued from a high kill shelter, and her previous irresponsible owners did not have her on heartworm preventative, resulting in Rory testing heartworm positive. We are treating her condition and she will just need to have some extra TLC in the next 60 days. If you feel you can provide the forever loving home that Rory deserves, please contact us for an application!

Don’t let the heartworm diagnosis scare you. Even though Rory is marked as a “special needs” dog on Petfinder, heartworm is very a treatable condition. (You can read more about it on Wiki.) Our own Jayne (formerly Penelope) was diagnosed with heartworm – and completed treatment – before we adopted her, and she’s just the picture of good health now. Of course, you know what they say about an ounce of prevention – so if you do have any canine companions, be sure to have them on a monthly heartworm preventative, under your vet’s supervision, natch.

For more photos of Rory, visit her Petfinder listing here.


Each Wednesday, the Kansas City Freecycle blog will feature one adoptable animal from a local KC rescue group or animal shelter.

We do this for several reasons:

– To highlight the plight of companion animals in the Kansas City area.

– To remind members of our no-animal policy, and provide an alternative venue for members who wish to adopt an unwanted animal.

– To encourage members to adopt a furry friend.

– To help out out local animal rescue groups and animal shelters, many of which are overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals in need.

– To illustrate these animals’ unique personalities and characteristics, thus underscoring the fact that they are not objects and should not be “freecycled”.

Click here to view past Featured Adoptables.



kcfreecycle links, 2008-06-25

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

While delicious is down, I’ll be posting the daily kcfreecycle link roundup by hand.

To view the descriptions and tags for each link, please check out the kcfreecycle delicious account at – Junk In My Trunk Radio Show

Wee, Wee, Wee All the Way Home; On the never-ending diaper ado | By Umbra Fisk | Grist | Ask Umbra | 18 Jun 2008

David Michael Bruno: 100 Thing Challenge

Liposuction: The Key to Energy Independence


ADMIN: Scrappers & Reselling: A note on scrap metal and KC Freecycle

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Hey folks,

We’ve had this issue come up a few times in the past week, so we thought a clarification might be in order.

We welcome resellers on KC Freecycle, since reselling items fits in well with our mission – namely, keeping usable items (and even so-called “unusable” items) out of the landfill. However, not everyone wants to give their items to resellers; some would rather give them directly to the people who will be using them. Again, that’s fine with us – members are free to do what they want with their stuff. So all we ask of resellers is that they disclose their intentions up front, without first being asked. If you’re a reseller, this means stating this clearly on concisely in your “wanted” or in your reply to someone else’s “offer”.

We consider “scrappers” a form of resellers. Thus, if you plan on selling an item obtained on KCF as scrap metal, you must tell the offeror, up front, in your initial “wanted” email or your reply to their “offer”. The offeror is free to decide *not* to give you the item based on this info.

Again, we don’t have a problem with resellers or scrappers; but some members do, and we want to respect their wishes.

We have updated the list rules ( to reflect this.


Kelly G.
KCF list owner
kelly [at]