Written by Jeff Mackey
A new PETA ad campaign is rolling out in St. Louis to make
sure that Washington University's faculty, staff, students, and supporters don't
forget about the school's use of live cats for painful and terrifying medical training conducted in conjunction with St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Washington University folks will be confronted by images of
cats like those who have tubes forced down their throats in the university's
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course (most other PALS courses have
upgraded to modern, sophisticated simulators) pretty much everywhere they look:
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Please join us in telling Washington University and St. Louis
Children's Hospital that it's time to get with the program and scratch cruelty to
cats out of their curriculum.
A bit of good news from the Great White North: After years
of pressure from animal rights activists—and after hearing from PETA recently—Air
of only two major
North American airlines that still fly primates to laboratories, is taking steps
to end the shipments. The airline has requested permission from the Canadian Transportation Agency
(CTA) to enact a ban
on transporting primates destined for experiments, a practice that the CTA
currently requires Air Canada to engage in. PETA had been in contact with Air
Canada about its policy as part of an international campaign to stop airlines from transporting
primates to laboratories, where they will be caged, experimented on, and
Recently, PETA exposed appalling cruelty to monkeys at one of the largest importers of primates in the U.S.—Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL)
in Everett, Washington—after being contacted by a distraught worker there. The photos and video footage recorded
by the whistleblower show sick, distressed monkeys suffering after being
injected with chemicals and subjected to violent handling.
Please support the
growing number of compassionate and progressive airlines—including Delta, American
Airlines, and British Airways—that
are saying "No" to primate abuse, and click here to ask the Canadian Transport Authority to grant Air Canada's request to ban the shipment of primates to labs.
here to ask the Canadian Transport Authority to grant Air Canada’s request
to ban the shipment of primates to labs
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Last week, champagne corks were popping at PETA HQ following the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) announcement that it is suspending funding for new experiments on chimpanzees because most of these studies are as scientifically unjustifiable as they are morally bankrupt.
Now we want to make certain that the rest of the vile vivisection industry gets the message too. So we purchased stock in the notorious private contract laboratory BIOQUAL for the express purpose of introducing a shareholder resolution calling on the company to stop tormenting chimpanzees in experiments.
For all you animal rights historians, BIOQUAL used to be called SEMA and was the site of a famous 1987 nighttime raid that blew the lid off the abysmal conditions for chimpanzees in laboratories. Video footage taken inside the facility revealed that baby chimpanzees were locked individually in tiny steel boxes in rooms so dark that employees had to bring flashlights to check on them. Following the release of the footage, Jane Goodall visited the laboratory and was so horrified that she called for its closure, describing it as "one of the very worst."
Apparently, not much has changed at BIOQUAL in the last quarter century. In one recent experiment at the facility, six young chimpanzees were separated from their mothers, locked in individual cages, and exposed to norovirus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. The chimpanzees—who were as young as 2 years old—were then subjected to months of painful biopsies in which pieces of their organs were removed. The recent Institute of Medicine report determined that norovirus is one of the many diseases for which chimpanzees are not needed in order to find a cure.
While we hit BIOQUAL's boardroom to try to talk some sense into the hard-hearted execs there, you can help chimpanzees by clicking here to ask your members of Congress to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would prohibit all invasive experiments on chimpanzees and other great apes.
Written by Jeremy Beckham
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Just hours after the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced the findings of its long-awaited report on the scientific validity of experiments on chimpanzees, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which commissioned the report, announced that it was suspending funding for any new experiments on chimpanzees. All currently funded experiments on chimpanzees will be re-evaluated, and funding for many may end.
You may remember that we testified at the IOM committee's hearing on the issue last summer. The committee listened to us and to the scientists who testified and concluded that "most current biomedical research use of chimpanzees is not necessary."
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NIH had originally commissioned the study in response to the outcry from PETA and other animal protection groups when the agency tried to pull more than 200 chimpanzees out of retirement at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico and send them back to laboratories. PETA, politicians, and other animal advocates stopped the move, and now, none of the chimpanzees at Alamorgordo, or any other NIH-owned chimpanzees not currently enrolled in experiments, can be used pending a further review by NIH.
This may well be the beginning of the end of chimpanzee experimentation. However, until these experiments are permanently banned, hundreds of chimpanzees are still in peril, which is why it remains vital that Congress pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would phase out the use of all chimpanzees in invasive experiments and permanently retire more than 600 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries, where they could live in peace at last. You can help by clicking here to urge your congressional representatives to pass this groundbreaking law and end the use of all great apes in experiments.
A new experiment has once again shown that rats in laboratories have empathy for one another. In the experiment, one rat was placed in a cage with another rat who was stuffed into a tiny tube from which he or she was unable to escape. The "free" rat worked frantically to get his or her distressed friend out, even when a tempting chocolate treat was offered as a distraction.
This is far from the first time that altruism has been seen in animals used for experimentation. In one notoriously cruel experiment, macaque monkeys were given food only if they pulled a chain that electrically shocked another monkey. Nearly all the monkeys preferred to go hungry, and one macaque starved himself for 12 days. Monkeys who had previously been shocked were even more reluctant to pull the chain and subject another individual to such punishment. In PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, she quotes astronomer Carl Sagan, who asks, "If the circumstances were reversed, and captive humans were offered the same deal by macaque scientists, would we do as well?"
Millions of kind, intelligent rats and other animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in cruel experiments. You can show your empathy by clicking here to urge members of Congress to amend the Animal Welfare Act to include the protection of both rats and mice. Also, please only support companies and charities that don't test on animals.
Written by Monica Alexander
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
After more than a
year of campaigning by PETA and supporters—and a day after the release of a shocking
PETA exposé—the University of Michigan
(U-M) announced that it has ended the use of cats in its Survival Flight
intubation training laboratory.
More than 100,000 people—including
Michigan natives Iggy Pop
and Lily Tomlin—called
on U-M to replace crude and cruel live-animal laboratories with more humane and
effective human simulators, which are already used for other U-M courses. The
U-M student group Michigan
Animal Rights Society led demonstrations in support of the
effort, the student assembly passed a resolution urging the school to end the
laboratories, and the student newspaper editorial board came out in favor of
replacing animals with simulators. PETA supporters even jammed university circuit boards
with phone calls to protest the Survival Flight animal laboratories.
U-M says that it still plans to harm
and kill pigs to teach other skills
in the Survival Flight training course, and PETA will continue to push the
school to replace all animal use with
simulators that are already available on campus.
Of course, this
victory would not have been possible without the help of our supporters. Help
us keep up the momentum by clicking here to urge St. Louis Children's Hospital
to join U-M and nearly every other
facility in the country by replacing the use of animals with simulators for intubation training.
He was a pretty, healthy, brown tabby cat when his guardians
took him to a Michigan animal shelter in the hope of finding him a new home.
But a heartless shelter director, a shady animal dealer, and a university
hell-bent on abusing animals in crude and painful medical training exercises
took away his chance at a happy ending.
Knowing full well that he would end up in a lab, the staff at Gratiot County Animal Shelter
turned the cat over to notorious Class B animal dealer R&R Research,
which in turn sold him to the University of Michigan (U-M). There, he was given
the ID number 8269 and tormented in Survival Flight training labs for nurses by
having hard plastic tubes
repeatedly shoved down his
A few days later, when U-M was done abusing 8269, they killed him. Another cat
who was subjected to this cruel intubation laboratory, 8312, had been obtained
from someone who gave her away "free to a good home." The cat was illegally
acquired by R&R before being sold to U-M.
The stories of 8269 and the other cats killed by U-M were
uncovered when PETA obtained records from Gratiot County and U-M. They reveal that
U-M officials—including the director of the Survival Flight program—have shamelessly
lied to the public by repeatedly stating in a newspaper opinion column,
comments to the media, and official statements that the cats used in the
archaic Survival Flight lab are always adopted out afterward.
While we were shocked to learn about U-M's illicit relationship
with one of the most despicable animal dealers in the country and to discover that
U-M has been blatantly lying about the fate of the cats, it really shouldn't
have come as any surprise. U-M officials have been misleadingly claiming for a
year that modern human-patient
simulators can't replace the cat
laboratories, even though these simulators are
already used in the place of animals to teach intubation to doctors and
nurses in other courses at U-M.
You can help prevent more cats from being betrayed like 8269 by clicking here to e-mail
U-M officials and demanding that they replace the use of cats in
these labs with the superior human-patient simulators that the school already
As part of a
four-part series on chimpanzees in laboratories published this week, Wired.com
tells the story of a chimpanzee named Katrina who was taken from her mother as
an infant to be infected with HIV and hepatitis B and C, even though chimpanzees'
bodies don't react to these diseases in the same way as humans' do. Katrina was
anesthetized almost 300 times by the age of 15 and was never given any
painkillers after numerous invasive liver biopsies. This caged, lonely life,
punctuated by fear and pain, so traumatized Katrina that she developed symptoms
of severe post-traumatic stress disorder and has lost a third of her body weight.
the fact that Katrina was supposedly retired in 2002, she is one of 14
chimpanzees who were sent to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research eight
years later for use in more invasive and painful
infectious disease experiments. (Pressure from PETA and other groups successfully halted
the transfer of 200 other chimpanzees.) Katrina's plight graphically
illustrates how high the stakes are in the fight to ban experiments on great
The Wired series
and another story that ran this week in The New York Times
come just weeks before the Institute
scheduled December release of its report on the issue.
Last month, the
editors at Scientific American
came out in favor of banning experiments on chimpanzees. To continue to build
momentum for the ban, please also post positive comments in response to the Wired
articles. Click here to ask
your members of Congress
to support the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act,
which would ban invasive experiments on all great apes and retire all federally
owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuaries.
One danger faced by
dogs and cats who are left
or turned over to disreputable animal shelters is that they could wind up in the hands of Class B dealers,
people who profit by acquiring "random source" animals and selling them
for use in cruel and deadly experiments.
Now, a bill before Congress, the federal Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011, would outlaw the seedy underworld of Class B dealers and end the trafficking of
lost, abandoned, and stolen animals in the
Such a law is long overdue. A 2010 congressional report
stated that Class B dealers have been violating the law for many years,
including mistreating animals and even fraudulently obtaining them from
unknowing citizens looking to place cats and dogs into loving homes. In fact, five
of the eight active Class B dealers in the country are currently under
investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their continued
violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Even as these businesses
flout the law, they are allowed to continue profiting off the backs of homeless
animals with the endorsement of the U.S. government.
Please, never give unwanted animals
away to strangers or let your dogs or cats roam outside alone.
Click here to urge
your representatives in Congress to support the federal Pet Safety
and Protection Act of 2011, which would stop Class B dealers from profiting off
the suffering of animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Friday marked an inspiring victory for pigs, who were routinely being cut apart, surgically mutilated, and killed as part of an elective medical training course at Germany's University of Ulm. Just two hours after PETA Germany asked supporters to contact university officials, the university announced that it would be permanently ending the pig lab!
Medical students and doctors at the university were performing invasive surgeries on live pigs, including cutting out their gallbladders, removing part of their stomachs and livers, and cutting holes in their chests. Using live animals is a crude and archaic method of teaching surgery, and more and more leading institutions have adopted the use of sophisticated human simulators in place of animals. In fact, the use of animals for this purpose appears to violate German law, which requires the use of non-animal teaching methods whenever they are available.
PETA U.S. assisted PETA Germany by drafting a comprehensive brief for University of Ulm officials that described humane, non-animal options for teaching the procedures that students were performing on pigs.
While the University of Ulm is modernizing its curriculum, here at home, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) still mutilates and kills live pigs in trauma training exercises by cutting holes in their throats and chests, despite the availability of superior, non-animal training methods. Tell MUSC President Raymond Greenberg to end the barbaric training exercises on animals immediately.
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