Written by Jeff Mackey
With the Budget Control Act of 2011's 7.8 percent cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on track to kick in at the start of 2013, PETA is urging Congress to take a more drastic measure—cut all funding for wasteful experiments on animals.
In a letter sent today to congressional leaders, PETA explains that nearly half of NIH's current $30 billion annual research budget is awarded to projects that involve cruel experiments on animals, which do nothing to advance human health and which contribute to the country's expanding deficit. These projects include cruel and costly experiments like these:
That last one is no joke …
… but it has a sick punch line: Because animal species differ from one another biologically in many significant ways, experiments on animals almost never produce results that can be applied to humans in a meaningful way.
What You Can Do
Please tell your representatives in Washington to stop wasting lives, money, and opportunities on cruel and ineffective experiments on animals.
Cruelty campaign has flown from success to success, and it's still soaring—three top cargo
shipping companies have joined the still-growing list of carriers that refuse
to transport any animals to be burned, blinded, poisoned, and cut up alive in laboratories!
As reported in Nature magazine, after talks with PETA, UPS adopted a worldwide ban on
transporting animals destined for laboratory experiments. FedEx (already our
hero for its role in helping
Ben the bear get his freedom) and DHL have also confirmed to PETA that they have policies in place that ban
the shipment of live animals to laboratories.
To give you an idea of how big a development this is, FedEx
and UPS are the world's top two largest cargo airlines, and DHL is close
behind. They join the majority of major airlines—including Cathay Pacific, Korean
Airlines, Qantas, and others—that won't transport any animals destined for experiments.
Animals aren't safe from being caged, neglected, and tortured
as long as even one airline will deliver them into experimenters' hands. Please
urge holdout airlines such as Air France and United to step up and refuse to
ship primates to laboratories.
Pop the corks on those champagne bottles test tubes! After
more than five years of discussions among PETA, the Intel Corporation, and the Society
for Science & the Public (SSP) concerning cruel and deadly experiments on
animals conducted by high school students participating in the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair [http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/]
(ISEF), the world's largest pre-collegiate science competition, the event has implemented
a new policy banning experiments in which any animals die or are intentionally
This is great news since it's estimated that in 2011 alone,
thousands of vertebrate animals likely died in experiments conducted by
students who were competing in regional science fairs around the world in the hope
of making it to the ISEF finals. Seven million high school students participate
in these fairs each year.
Groundwork Leads to
For years, high school students competing in ISEF-affiliated
science fairs around the world have conducted and participated in invasive and
deadly experiments on animals, such as addicting animals to cocaine, inflicting
brain injuries on them, injecting them with toxic chemicals, and inducing
strokes in animals and then cutting them open. To stop these cruel experiments,
PETA has been working with Intel and SSP since 2007 with considerable success. Prior
to the new ban on deadly experiments, SSP (which organizes ISEF)—after
discussions with PETA and Intel (which sponsors ISEF)—adopted a formal
statement in 2010 in favor of modern alternatives to animal experiments.
How to Help Animals
in School Laboratories
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it, tweet about it, and otherwise spread the word. And if you want to cut
dissection and other lab-based cruelty out of your school's curriculum, get all
the details at peta2.com.
to guidance from PETA-funded scientists, Chinese officials are now in the final
stages of approving the country's first non-animal testing method for cosmetics
3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their
potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight—and which is
already in widespread use in the U.S. and the E.U.—is expected to be accepted
in China by late summer.
summer, when we discovered that China was requiring animal tests for cosmetics
to be funded by cosmetics companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay,
which for years had been on PETA's list of companies that don't test cosmetics on animals—PETA awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. These scientists traveled to China
several times to offer their expertise and guidance in replacing animal-based
tests—which are cruel and
unreliable—with non-animal alternatives.
is delighted to have helped jump-start the acceptance of non-animal tests in
China and congratulates Chinese officials for acting swiftly to implement the first
in a wide range of non-animal
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
Written by PETA
has been exactly 30 years since PETA's historic Silver Spring
monkeys case thrust the animal
rights movement into mainstream consciousness in the summer of 1981. PETA's
first undercover investigation led to many other firsts—the
first search-and-seizure warrant to be served on a U.S. laboratory, the first
confiscation from a laboratory of abused animals, and the first
cruelty-to-animals conviction of an experimenter.
17 macaque monkeys carried much of the
weight of the animal rights movement on their backs. When we found the Silver
Spring monkeys at the Institute
for Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland,
many of them were being used in a crude experiment in which their spinal nerves
were severed, making it difficult or impossible for them to move one of their
arms. The experimenter, Edward Taub, starved them, used surgical pliers to
pinch their skin, and gave them electric shocks to try to force them to use
their disabled limbs to get food. They had lost most of the fur on their tails
trauma of the cruel, invasive experiments and intense confinement to rusty,
broken, and mold- and feces-encrusted cages was so severe that many of them had
ripped off their own flesh and were left to suffer from open, festering wounds.
Many of the monkeys had lost their fingers to the jagged, broken, and rusty
wires that protruded into the tiny, uncomfortable space where they had to sit
pursued the Silver Spring monkeys case for more than a decade—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although we
prevailed in getting some of the monkeys into a group indoor/outdoor space away
from public view at the San Diego Zoo, some of them—including
Augustus, for whom PETA's Augustus
donor club is named—were turned over to another laboratory, anesthetized,
experimented on, and killed.
because the Silver Spring monkeys case forced the cruelty of animal experimentation into the spotlight, it paved
the way for many victories for animals. In 1993,
PETA persuaded General Motors to become the first company to stop using animals
in automobile crash tests, and other companies soon followed until those horrendous
experiments were eradicated. At PETA's urging, Revlon and Estée Lauder became the first mainstream corporations to end animal
testing, and since then more than 950 household, cosmetics, and personal-care companies have followed
suit. And just in the past year, after another PETA investigation, animal
testing hellhole Professional
Laboratory and Research Services, Inc., shut its doors and
surrendered its animals, and four of its workers were indicted on felony
cruelty-to-animals charges (another first for animals in laboratories).
Silver Spring monkeys (and some of the people who helped rescue them) are all at
peace now, but their legacy will continue to lead to more groundbreaking
changes for animals for many years to come.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
UPDATE: Unilever—the the world's largest tea maker, which makes the Lipton and PG Tips brands—has agreed to halt all animal tests. Please read here for more info.
If you're sipping Lipton, it was. The makers of Lipton tea have conducted (or paid others to conduct) painful, invasive tests on hundreds of animals—possibly more. Here are some of the details:
None of these tests were required by law. In fact, regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product. Please take a moment and urge the makers of Lipton to stop the crueltea to animals and to use modern, non-animal testing methods instead, just as Honest Tea, Stash, Twinings, Luzianne, and other tea companies already do.
Written by Alisa Mullins
In July 2008, PETA received an anonymous letter reporting that "many monkeys" had died at Charles River Laboratory's (CRL) Sparks, Nevada, facility because of a heating system malfunction. We immediately filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which opened an investigation. After the incident, CRL was fined $10,000 for the death of 32 monkeys—and then went right back to selling and experimenting on millions of animals.
Jumping forward to earlier this year, another horror story broke from behind the walls of a CRL lab in Reno, Nevada. Employees at this facility carelessly ran a monkey through a high-temperature cage washer and boiled him alive. CRL was once again fined, this time for $4,000.
Now news outlets across the country are reporting on the combined $14,000 in fines for the deaths of these 33 monkeys—who were forced to endure the excruciating pain of being cooked alive because of employee ineptitude—and people everywhere are crying out for tighter regulations.
Compared to the usual slap on the wrist that abusive companies receive, these fines are hefty. But for a billion-dollar corporation with a long and sordid history of violating federal animal protection laws—and the iniquitous distinction of being the world's largest tester and supplier of animals for use in experimentation—they're like parking tickets. CRL is responsible for the imprisoning, poisoning, mutilating, and killing of literally tens of millions of animals—from mice to dogs to monkeys—in its own laboratories and those of its customers.
While the deaths of these monkeys have shined some light on the horrors that occur inside CRL, it is the everyday operations of this company and others like it that cause animals the most suffering and death.
Lets's hope that CRL's recent closing of a testing facility in Massachusetts is a sign of things to come for the entire nasty company.
Written by Logan Scherer
"Ready …Set …Um, never mind …"
It seems quite possible that Animal Planet's upcoming reality series starring Mike Tyson might be knocked out of production. (Join us in our sorrow—not.) PETA has identified what might be a fatal flaw in the very premise of Taking on Tyson, which is scheduled to begin filming in Brooklyn next month. See, while pigeon racing is cruel to birds no matter where it takes place, in New York state it's also very likely illegal.
Our letter to Charles J. Hynes, Kings County district attorney, points out that gambling is generally prohibited in New York state—as are races using animals other than horses in which any bet, stake, or reward is involved. Translation: When it comes to racing pigeons in Brooklyn, all bets are off possibly illegal. What's more, trainers are prohibited from making money off such races, and this rule might very well apply to any compensation that Tyson is receiving from Animal Planet.
Considering its inherent cruelties, there's no question that pigeon racing should be illegal. Birds who are forced to race often struggle to survive extreme heat, hail, and thunderstorms, dodging both predators and cruel humans through grueling races that can be as long as 500 miles. Those who somehow do not succumb to exhaustion or injury and make their way home may still have their necks wrung by unsatisfied trainers.
Take a minute to write Animal Planet and politely let the network know that while you love shows like Whale Wars and Animal Cops—programs in which people go to bat for animals—a program in which people bet on cruelty is a bad hand for everyone.
Written by Shawna Flavell
A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to report that Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) agreed to stop using homeless cats obtained from Odessa Animal Control in deadly medical training exercises, but we weren't sure whether or not Texas Tech had abandoned the practice of shoving plastic tubes down the throats of cats altogether. Well, now it's official: News reports confirm that TTUHSC will no longer use cats for this training! I'm sure our rejected newspaper ads and celebrity support played a big part in securing this towering triumph, but the victory really belongs to the more than 30,000 (!) compassionate people who took action against TTUHSC.
With 2010 fast approaching, we've got a lot to celebrate, but there are still countless animals who are being tortured and killed in experiments. Let's start the New Year by riding on the wave of our TTUHSC success and bringing the same support to the more than two dozen monkeys whom NASA intends to torture by exposing them to massive doses of dangerous radiation. Urge NASA to cancel its cruel plans and instead direct its funds to humane methods of scientific inquiry. Here's to starting 2010 with another victory!
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