Written by PETA
As the nights get chilly, the thought of passing the evenings with friends and family in a nice, warm house sounds delightful … to mice. Like humans, mice are social animals who enjoy each other's company, and while you might not be so eager to enjoy theirs, you might have a little more respect for them after reading these fascinating mouse tidbits:
If—despite their charm—you still don't care to share your home with mice, the best way to keep them out of your humble abode is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. Seal mouse-size holes (mice can enter a hole the size of a dime), keep food in sealed containers, always clean up crumbs right away, and use safe, homemade deterrents like peppermint-soaked cotton balls. If you already have unwanted mouseguests, never use cruel glue traps, which leave the animals to suffer slow deaths from suffocation or dehydration. Instead, pick up a few humane mousetraps and set the mice free outdoors.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
man who was spear-fishing off Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico found out
what it was like to be speared by a fish when a shark bit his left thigh. By issuing a series of
biting (geddit?) ads placed in the area, PETA is using this incident to remind Floridians that the
deadliest killers in the water aren't sharks—but human beings.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
aren't the only animals who have been striking back:
if animals always fought back, people might think twice about abusing them. It
would save a lot of lives all around. And speaking of saving lives—maybe these surfers will always be
spared from shark attacks in return for their compassionate actions.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
"do test" and
"don't test" lists have been an essential part of shopping for millions of
people for nearly three decades—and in all those years, we've never made a
change to the way we list companies: They either conduct (or pay someone to
conduct) painful skin, eye, and other poisoning tests on animals, or they don't.
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for the first time ever, we are launching a new category, called "Working for Regulatory Change." This
new category recognizes manufacturers that only conduct tests
on animals that are required by law and work hard to develop and lobby for the
validation of non-animal tests. The requirements for making the list are as tough
as boot camp. In addition to refusing to conduct any tests on animals that are not
required by law and devoting substantial support and human hours toward the
acceptance of non-animal methods, companies must lift the veil of secrecy and
talk openly with PETA about what tests they conduct on which species and how
many animals are used. And they have to do it every year.
such tough standards to meet, it's not too surprising that only one company is
on the "Working for Regulatory Change" list so far: Colgate-Palmolive.
Colgate has been transparent with the public and with PETA about what it does
and why, and the company has had a moratorium on all tests on animals for its
adult personal-care product line for more than a decade. In its last reporting year,
Colgate conducted no tests on animals at all.
never suggest buying products from companies that test on animals, but we also
recognize that some companies have never spent one corporate dime on developing
and validating non-animal test methods. We challenge these companies to follow
Colgate's example and stop hiding and start working for an end to all tests on animals.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
you get when you mix PETA, a company that tests on animals, and a roomful of eco-friendly
executives? A round of applause, which is what happened when an animal advocate
stood up during the Industry Water Award Ceremony in Stockholm and asked Nestlé
Chair Peter Brabeck-Letmathe when its tea brand, Nestea, will stop carrying out painful and deadly experiments
and switch to cruelty-free non-animal testing methods.
A few weeks ago, Nestlé USA CEO Brad
Alford got the same surprise inquisition at the Grocery Manufacturers
Association Conference in Colorado Springs.
Experimenters working for Nestea have
injected mice with toxic chemicals in order to give them diabetes, then
force-fed them tea ingredients before killing them. In another experiment, mice
were force-fed tea extracts and then had their leg muscles cut open before
being decapitated. In still another test, mice bred to suffer brain damage and
rapid aging were locked in dark chambers, and painful shocks were administered
to their sensitive feet before the mice were killed.
Not only are these tests not required by
law, the results also aren't even
admissible as proof of tea's health benefits—the very reason that Nestlé
claims it conducts the experiments. You can give Nestlé executives a surprise
of your own by visiting PETA's new website, NesteaCruelTEA.com and e-mailing AlfordCEO of Nestlé S.A. Paul Bulcke and to ask them to
call off the killing.
may be what you're used to thinking of as an anti-viv poster:
nowadays, you're just as likely to see this as an anti-viv poster:
because PETA has a squadron of scientists
who meet with government regulators, serve on expert working groups, put
pressure on international corporations, publish in scientific journals, and make
presentations at international scientific conferences like the one that took
place in August in Montréal.
World Congress on
Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
is the premier international conference on alternatives to animal
testing. (Yes, we know that the "and"
in the title should be "to" and have mentioned that to the organizers.) Even
though animal experimenters attend the conference and peddle their wares and displays
touting cruel experiments like force-feeding animals Jerusalem artichokes
(seriously), there is also a lot of excellent information presented on
non-animal testing methods and strategies.
PETA scientists presented displays and gave talks at last week's conference
about ways to avoid using animals in endocrine testing,
and other tests. Our
presentation on vaccine
evidenced how PETA has succeeded in using a variety of pressure points to save
thousands of animals from being used in cruel vaccine testing, including convincing
the U.S. government to replace the use of pigs in painful erysipelas vaccine tests. Another
PETA scientist addressed attendees regarding new non-animal technologies that
can replace the use of mice in antibody production work.
With close to 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries at the
conference, PETA's scientists were encouraged to note how many companies and
laboratories represented at the Congress are actively working on technology and
testing methods that can reduce or replace the use of animals. Not only are
these methods 100 percent humane, they are also less expensive, more effective,
and faster than animal tests.
Exciting news out of Chennai, where the Animal Welfare Board
of India has banned the use of glue traps
to snare and (miserably) kill mice and rats, declaring, "Available
evidence clearly suggests that the use of glue traps causes unnecessary pain
and suffering to the rodents and is against the spirit of the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act ...."
PETA's cruelty caseworkers can offer plenty of evidence of
the "unnecessary pain and suffering" caused by glue traps—and not
just to rodents. For instance, a recent call concerned a bird who had become helplessly
mired in a restaurant's glue trap.
You'll be glad to know that things worked out OK for this
little guy, whom we arranged to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator,
but for far too many animals, glue traps mean days of suffering before death by starvation, dehydration,
exhaustion, or shock. In addition to being cruel, glue traps also spread
diseases, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends
not using them.
The other good news to come out of this case is that the
restaurant has seen the light and will no longer use glue traps. Still, a lot
of folks could stand to follow the example of these restaurateurs (and India)
by detaching themselves from pans of pain.
If you see anyone using glue traps, or if you'd like to see
a glue-trap ban in your community, don't be shy—speak up!
And if you have rats or mice visiting your business or home, learn to live peacefully and kindly
with our smart and resourceful rodent neighbors.
Written by Jeff Mackey
People have been safely using toothpaste, dish soap, and other household products for generations, but that didn’t stop REACH, the European Union's massive chemical-testing program, from torturing and killing about 200,000 animals in tests on the ingredients in these products, among many other chemicals. A recent report by the agency that oversees REACH reveals that companies are ignoring the requirement to use every available alternative to experimenting on animals and are instead putting thousands of animals through suffering that most people wouldn't wish on their worst enemy.
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, "Among these 'unnecessary' tests were 188 studies on eye irritation carried out on rabbits; 336 skin sensitisation studies on guinea pigs or mice; 254 short-term toxicity tests on fish; and 33 genetic toxicity tests on mice."
PETA U.K. is calling out the government officials responsible for enforcing REACH by placing this ad in an influential European politics magazine, The Parliament, and asking Europeans to write to the European Commission.
In related news, PETA and its international affiliates have written to the European Chemicals Agency, which oversees REACH, demanding a moratorium on reproductive toxicity testing until a newly approved refinement―that can spare hundreds of thousands of animals―is in place.
In the meantime, you can help animals on both sides of the pond by buying only cruelty-free products. Visit the PETA Living page for lists of companies that do and don’t test on animals.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
For your Friday enjoyment, here are some of the sweetest and most gosh-darn amazing animals we could find.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
With the approach of cooler fall weather, some of you might be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet in your attic. That's because mice and other rodents often start moving indoors this time of year to escape the cold. If you don't mind sharing your home with these furry little refugees, give yourself a pitter-pat on the back and don't read any further: This week's "Win It" Wednesday prize—one of PETA's perennially popular humane mousetraps—will be of no interest to you.
For the rest of you, here are three easy steps you can take to humanely rodent-proof your home:
To score one of the aforementioned humane traps, post a comment below telling us about the creative ways you have humanely resolved conflicts with wildlife. Whoever leaves the response that most makes us want to smack ourselves on the forehead and say, "D'oh, why didn't I think of that?" will walk away a winner.
If you don't win, never fear: You can still order one of our lean, green, mouse-nabbing machines at PETACatalog.com.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Ten-year-old Bobby Connell has spent the last six months plagued by nightmares after witnessing Tilikum the killer whale batter SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau to death right in front of his eyes. Bobby's father, in a suit filed against SeaWorld, said his son "saw the look of horror and desperation on Dawn's face as she was swimming for her life. … He then saw Tilikum violently yank her down again to the depths of the pool."
The family sat in the front row during the show, and Bobby's mother later told reporters, "It affected all of us. I'll start crying while driving. I mean, we saw her face. She made it to the surface and she looked directly at us."
The Connells' lawsuit (and the one that will probably follow from Brancheau's widower) comes on the heels of a damning report issued by OSHA that cited SeaWorld for routinely putting Brancheau at risk of death by allowing her in close proximity to Tilikum, a frustrated animal who had already killed twice.
Please contact the Blackstone Group (which owns SeaWorld) and insist that it close the tanks before another animal or human dies or another child is traumatized for life.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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