Written by Michelle Kretzer
Republican Jim Patterson introduced "ag-gag" Assembly Bill
343 to the California Assembly—if passed, the bill would have likely shut down undercover investigations on factory farms. As it
turned out, the bill was what got shut down. There was so much opposition to Assembly Bill 343 that Patterson yanked it out
of consideration himself after admitting to the Los Angeles Times that he does care about animal treatment. He is now free to consider measures that protect animals from abuse rather than hide it.
surprisingly, the bill was sponsored by the California Cattlemen's Association.
But the public outcry against the bill was deafening. Legislators were flooded
with e-mails from advocates for animals and free speech, and Republican
legislators also got hit with a personal appeal that GOP strategist Mary Matalin filmed for PETA
and sent to each legislator herself:
Animal advocates are also making great
strides in Indiana, where a proposed "ag-gag" bill has had most of
the wind sucked out of its sails. After legislators there also heard from Mary
Matalin and throngs of disapproving voters, House Speaker Brian Bosma deemed the bill
unconstitutional and legislators promptly
gutted it, removing penalties for filming or taking photos on farms. Now we need your help
to bring about a similar victory in Tennessee, where legislators passed a proposed "ag-gag"
bill, which is now heading to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk for his signature. Tennessee Senate Republican
Leader Mark Norris and singer Carrie Underwood have both harshly criticized the unconstitutional measure, and they need
everyone's help to stop this bill before it becomes law and makes taking
pictures or filming on factory farms illegal. No matter what state you live in,
please e-mail Haslam and urge him not to sign Senate Bill 1248. You can also
send polite tweets to @BillHaslam.
Written by PETA
Update: PETA has just received more good news for animals in laboratories: Tox21, an ongoing collaboration
among the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health,
and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will use a high-speed robotic
screening system—not animals—to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity. This switch
will prevent countless animals from suffering in painful and antiquated tests.
Could the government actually be moving into the 21st century on this issue?
The below was originally posted December 15, 2011
The scientists in our Regulatory Testing Division
always appreciate PETA supporters who respond to their (ahem) somewhat technical action alerts. And they especially
appreciate the more than 25,000 of you who responded over the past year to our alert calling on the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to use non-animal methods to reduce the numbers
of animals to be killed in the agency's massive endocrine-disruptor screening program
your efforts paid off, and the EPA issued a statement pledging to implement
changes to the EDSP that have the potential to save more than 3 million animals!
The EPA's new work plan, EDSP21, will use non-animal methods such as computer models and
tests known as "high-throughput
assays." In issuing
EDSP21, the EPA stated that by incorporating advances in computational
modeling, molecular biology, and toxicology, "EPA will prioritize and
screen chemicals with greater speed, efficiency, and accuracy, while minimizing
the use of laboratory animals."
PETA's scientists worked exhaustively over the past five years
to push the EPA in this direction by publishing op-eds; submitting legal
petitions, technical comments, and testimony; lobbying; and making
presentations at conferences and workshops. Six months ago, PETA published an article in a scientific journal and provided the EPA with
a clear pathway that is strikingly similar to what the EPA is now planning to implement.
The EPA's current EDSP program requires the use of
approximately 500 animals per chemical screened for potential interaction with
the endocrine system. Since the EPA has estimated that there are between 6,000
and 9,700 chemicals to be prioritized and screened, the potential to save
animal lives is huge. PETA will, of course, remain hyper-vigilant to ensure
that the EPA follows through on this commitment.
We're also keeping
the pressure on Congress to end invasive experiments on chimpanzees and
retire all the federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. You can now help get
chimpanzees out of laboratories and into sanctuaries by clicking here to urge your congressional representatives to pass the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act.
Written by Jessica Sandler
My husband choked back his laughter the one time I mentioned that I was a cheerleader way, way back in high school. I wasn't surprised or offended by his reaction—not only did I retire my miniskirts a long time ago, I've also always been a klutz. But back in those days, I could do the splits, no problemo.
Well, I couldn't stop myself from doing cartwheels after I watched PETA's End of Year 2009 video. Miraculously, I did so without knocking over any lamps, but you might consider clearing any breakables before you view.
From celebrity ads and PSAs to our Ringling Bros. undercover investigation and every single demonstration held by our supporters, PETA was a force to be reckoned with in 2009. If that video doesn't have you convinced, check out our first-ever map of accomplishments. Head over there, click around, and read all about the victories, protests, investigations, and other events that helped make a difference for animals last year.
Now that we've cheered PETA's efforts and accomplishments during 2009, let's look ahead: Tell us how you'll be helping animals in 2010.
Written by Karin Bennett
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.