Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: As another
indicator of the decline in the demand for its cruel services, just one month
after Covance announced that it would be closing its animal-testing laboratory
in Chandler, Arizona, the company has announced that it will also be laying off 50 employees at its facility in Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of primates and other
animals endure painful and lethal tests every year.
Just three years after it opened following a long battle
with PETA and local citizens, a laboratory owned by a notorious animal testing company,
Covance, in Chandler, Arizona, is closing
because of lack of demand for its cruel and deadly services.
Shutting Down Cruelty
When plans to build the Chandler facility were uncovered in
2005, PETA worked with outraged local residents to try to stop it and managed
to delay its construction. The world's largest contract testing laboratory,
Covance subjects animals to painful and deadly tests of cosmetics ingredients,
personal and household products, food additives, industrial chemicals, and
drugs. Covance is also the world's largest breeder of dogs and the largest U.S.
importer of primates to be tormented and killed in experiments.
censorship, word clearly got around about the horrendous cruelty found inside Covance's laboratories,
including physical and psychological abuse of primates and lack of veterinary
care for sick and injured animals.
The shutdown of the Arizona facility follows the 2010 closure of a Covance lab in Virginia, where shocking abuse of animals was exposed by a
investigation. Around that same time, Covance scrapped plans to build a massive facility elsewhere in Virginia that PETA had urged officials
… But Keeping Up the
These closures will save countless monkeys, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, and other animals
from suffering, but Covance is still in business, so PETA's work goes on, including
a recent protest at the
company's annual meeting, where PETA also presented a resolution
calling on the company to make animal welfare improvements.
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Exciting news from our pals at PETA India! Following that
group's extensive campaign, the Indian government has issued guidelines to the
Medical Council of India, the Pharmacy Council of India, and the University
Grants Commission instructing them to completely
stop dissection and experimentation on animals to train
both undergraduate and postgraduate students and use non-animal methods of teaching
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This campaign was hard-fought. In addition to writing
letters to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (which issued the
guidelines) and the entities mentioned above, efforts included gathering petition
signatures from university students, letters from and meetings held by progressive
scientists, and work by other caring individuals as well as online outreach,
celebrity involvement, media pressure, and demonstrations. And of course, the
PETA Foundation's administrative, fundraising, and finance departments helped
keep the campaign afloat.
Another key to this victory was a recent brainstorming
session among government scientists and other researchers in which PETA India participated,
making the point that animals are not required in order to train students. Indeed,
as the ministry said in issuing the guidelines, "Nowadays effective alternatives in the form of CDs, computer simulations, manikin/models, in vitro methods, etc are available and they are not only effective
and absolute replacements to the use of animals in teaching anatomy/physiology
but they are also superior pedagogic tools in the teaching of pharmacy/life
Countless animals continue to suffer and die in laboratories
at U.S. colleges and universities—please take action to persuade the U.S. to follow India's compassionate and forward-thinking
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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.
Written by PETA
Update: After meeting with PETA and
reviewing our evidence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected
Triple F Farms and confirmed our findings of multiple Animal Welfare Act
violations. The USDA's inspection report details, among other atrocities, that
newborn ferrets fell through gaping wire cage bottoms and that ferrets were
denied adequate food, water, and veterinary care and subjected to major
surgeries performed by improperly trained lay employees in unsanitary
conditions. Triple F is now under federal investigation. Read the full report to learn about the
rest of the USDA's findings.
Original Blog posted September 2nd, 2011:
Personnel with the USDA have inspected
Triple F Farms, Inc., a massive ferret-breeding factory farm near Sayre,
Pennsylvania, based on evidence that PETA recently presented to the agency following
a nearly four-month-long undercover
investigation that blew the lid off sickening abuse and neglect of thousands
of ferrets there. Bradford County
District Attorney Dan Barrett’s office reviewed a complaint filed by PETA and has
now begun an investigation of Triple F.
PETA found that Triple F's owners, supervisors, and workers
left ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, herniated organs,
painful mammary gland infections, and ruptured, bleeding eyes to suffer and die
without veterinary care. Triple F forbade workers, including PETA's
investigator, to rescue thousands of newborn and young ferrets—who had fallen
through wire cage bottoms 3 feet to the concrete floor below—from accumulated
piles and puddles of waste, where the animals were left to perish.
Day after day, at least 6,000 ferrets were confined to
filthy, severely crowded cages in stifling-hot barns, with hundreds denied food
and water. PETA's investigator witnessed workers who stepped
on ferrets, buried them in feces, and threw them into an incinerator
alive. Triple F employees cut organs and anal
sacs out of inadequately anesthetized ferrets, who cried out in pain.
The animals who make it out of this hellhole alive face even
more misery because Triple F sells ferrets to laboratories around the world for
experimentation as well as to pet shops, including Petland.
Triple F has had recent contracts worth nearly $2 million with federal agencies,
including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National
Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Navy.
PETA is calling for appropriate criminal charges. We've also filed complaints
with five other federal and state agencies, including one regarding Triple F's routine
exposure of live ferrets to ferret carcasses.
Please help these ferrets by asking CDC director Thomas Frieden to investigate
Triple F and determine
whether the agency wishes to continue to funnel millions of taxpayer dollars into
abusive animal mills like Triple F. Check back for more updates as this
Written by Lindsay
Update: On October 11, the Puerto Rico Senate approved Senate Resolution 1514 to "[e]xpress the most forceful objection" to Bioculture’s plans, and will now officially "request that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) deny any and all permit requests by Bioculture Mauritus, any of its subsidiaries or Bioculture Puerto Rico, Inc. with the purpose of importing macaca fascicularis [macaque monkeys] into Puerto Rico."
Bioculture—a company that sells nonhuman primates to laboratories—has been dealt a massive blow after the municipality of Guayama, Puerto Rico, and its mayor, Glorimari Jaime Rodríguez, unanimously approved two landmark ordinances banning the import, export, breeding, and use of monkeys in experiments. Bioculture must now terminate its plans to capture more than 4,000 wild monkeys, confine them to cages, breed them in Guayama, and sell their offspring to laboratories for use in painful and deadly tests. Bioculture's client list included hideous labs such as Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Charles River Laboratories, Pfizer, and Covance, among others.
PETA, other organizations, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, leading Indian politician Maneka Gandhi, and Puerto Rico–born actor Benicio del Toro have campaigned hard to get Bioculture's cruel plan stopped. We protested the company and joined Guayama residents in filing a lawsuit, which prompted a Superior Court judge in Puerto Rico to temporarily halt construction of the facility because of Bioculture's flagrant violation of local laws.
In case Bioculture has ideas about setting up shop elsewhere in Puerto Rico, we have also worked with Sen. Melinda Romero Donnelly, who sponsored Senate Resolution 1514 to formally urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture not to grant any licenses or permits to Bioculture for the importation and breeding of animals in Puerto Rico.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
We know that chimpanzees have keen intelligence and advanced cognitive skills, so it's no surprise that scientists observing wild chimpanzees in Guinea watched them deliberately set off snare traps designed to catch and kill them (and any other passing animal)—while avoiding harming themselves. The researchers believe that this lifesaving skill has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Just like us, non-human animals of all species want to live in freedom, avoid pain, and seek out comfort. Like us, more than anything, they want to live.
But life skills and ingenuity can't save animals who are deliberately bred for laboratory experiments. Please help us stop a plan to breed monkeys for vivisection in Puerto Rico.
You think "coon on a log" is bad? Allow me to introduce you to the delightful sport of "fox penning," in which dogs are set loose on a fox or coyote confined to a pen and allowed to tear the animal to shreds.
The good news is that this despicable pastime is now banned in Florida, thanks to the efforts of PETA members and other concerned citizens, including several youngsters who were among 80 people who testified on the issue at a Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.
"I am an athlete, a swimmer, and a basketball player," stated one 10-year-old girl. "If fox penning is a sport, I would be ashamed to call myself an athlete."
Meeting attendee Susan Hargreaves reports that the "[c]ommissioners were captivated by the children's eloquence and courage as they advocated on behalf of the foxes and coyotes who are chased by packs of dogs with no hope of escape and a certain, bloody death."
The commissioners voted to permanently prohibit fox penning earlier this week.
I hope this inspires everyone to speak up for animals. If a 10-year-old can do it, so can those of us who are all growed up! You can get started by contacting the wildlife departments in states where fox penning is still legal.
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
Here's a promising development in the midst of the recession: Charles River Laboratories—one of the world's largest suppliers of animals for experimentation—has announced that it is closing up shop in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. We're hoping these cutbacks mean that the cruel, callous industry giant will continue to suffer.
With its long history of abusing animals, Charles River Laboratories should really be called Hell's Kitchen—its facilities have literally cooked live animals to death. News broke last week of a monkey at a Charles River lab in Reno who was "literally boiled alive" last year after he was left in a cage that was put through one of the facility's high-temperature cage washers (think industrial-sized dishwasher)—despite the fact that lab workers claim that the cage was checked three times (?!). This followed an incident in 2008 when 32 monkeys under Charles River's "care" were baked alive after a thermostat malfunction—even though the procedure in place to alert staff apparently had been followed. No one even discovered the deaths until the following morning. PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about that negligent oversight, and Charles River was eventually fined $10,000.
Charles River officials attributed all these horrific and easily preventable deaths to "human error." We agree. But the human error responsible is the conscious decision that experimenters and their suppliers make every day to go to work and torment animals. Judging from its desperate downsizing, we foresee a future in which the folks of Charles River will need to find a different path of employment.
Written by Logan Scherer
In the wake of the recent release of our undercover investigation exposing cruelty and suffering inside animal labs at the University of Utah, students, local PETA supporters, and members of Salt Lake Animal Advocacy Movement gathered outside the university's Park Building yesterday and urged the swarm of spectators to help put an end to the cruelty committed against the dogs, cats, and other animals confined to the University's labs.
The demonstrators weren't just humans—some adorable companion animals campaigned for the cause too. Together, they collected signatures for a petition to scrap the law that requires government-run shelters to make homeless animals—even those who are friendly, trained, and adoptable—available to universities and private labs for experimentation and testing. How could you not put your name to something these guys are supporting:
Join the effort and urge the University of Utah to stop abusing shelter animals in its labs immediately.
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