Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Update: After reviewing
evidence submitted by PETA, the National Institutes of Health has reprimanded
the University of Colorado–Denver (CU) for repeatedly violating federal animal
welfare guidelines in its laboratories, criticized it for not reporting the
problems, and ordered the university to repay grant money used for noncompliant
experiments on animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's investigation into
CU's laboratories is still underway.
Originally posted January 29:
It's starting to feel like
déjà vu: PETA has once again filed formal complaints with the federal
government about the abuse of animals in laboratories at the University of Colorado–Denver
(CU). Through a state open-records request, PETA has just learned
that the same neglect and incompetence that we documented there in a 2007
investigation are still occurring.
The records show that during
just the past two years, at least 60 animal welfare incidents—dozens of which may constitute
violations of federal law and guidelines—have occurred, including
Based on PETA's undercover investigation, in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited CU for serious
violations of the Animal Welfare Act and also issued the university an official
warning letting it know that it would be fined $10,000 per incident if it were found violating the law
again. It's time for the government to follow through on that warning and stop
CU's abuses for good.
Please ask the
federal government to stop funding cruel animal experiments and to put your tax
dollars toward modern, humane non-animal research methods.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
taken a few weeks and no small amount of TLC, but the rabbits who were rescued
from a hoarder's facility, Bunny
Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc., are healthier, stronger, and ready to meet families who will love and care for them
authorities raided the so-called "sanctuary" based on evidence
gathered by PETA, they rescued 222 rabbits packed inside owner Carole Van Wie's
filthy garage and home, where ammonia fumes were so strong that responders had
to put on masks.
Wie kept rabbits stacked in cages one on top of the other, amid their accumulated
urine and feces. She hadn't provided sick rabbits with veterinary care, and she
had left contagious animals with those not yet obviously sick. Some rabbits'
nails were so overgrown that they caught on the wire bars of the cages, and
many were infested with fleas. Authorities found at least one rabbit dead
inside a cage.
now, with their traumatic ordeal behind them, the Bunny Magic rabbits are ready
to go home for good—with families who are willing to give them the specialized care that rabbits
If you are ready to make a lifetime
commitment to an animal and can give one (or better yet, a spayed and neutered
couple) of these rabbits all the love and care that they deserve, you can apply
to adopt one from the Tri-County Animal Shelter, in Hughesville,
Maryland, by calling 301-932-1713 between the hours of 12 noon and 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Written by Jeff Mackey
On August 20, Carole Van Wie, the operator of Bunny Magic Wildlife
& Rabbit Rescue, Inc., was charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals. The
charges follow an August 8 raid on the facility—prompted by a PETA complaint—in
which law-enforcement officers seized 222 rabbits. Officials reportedly had to
don masks to rescue the flea-infested and sick rabbits from up to 4 inches of
feces and urine. Investigators apparently found one rabbit dead in a cage and
others denied food or water. According to news sources, seven of the rabbits
rescued that day could not be saved.
Originally posted August 8:
Welcome news! Today,
many, many rabbits are being removed
by Calvert County, Maryland, officials from what could be called a sham "sanctuary,"
Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc., in Lusby. The seizure was
prompted by evidence gathered by PETA of systemic—and sometimes fatal—neglect
of animals at the "rescue," following a whistleblower's tip-off.
neglected rabbits’ nails were overgrown. Some caught on wire cage bottoms while
others curled dangerously toward the animals’ sensitive feet.
evidence and a detailed complaint to Calvert County Animal Control and State's
Attorney Laura Martin's Office, which has opened a criminal investigation into Bunny
Magic, run by President Carole Van Wie. We thank law enforcement for acting
promptly and PETA Investigations
& Rescue Fund donors for providing us with the resources needed to follow up
on the whistleblower's tip.
PETA found that
Bunny Magic consisted of little more than Van Wie's garage, which reeked of ammonia,
and a dark shed that was overrun with rodents. It had no paid help to care for its more than 200 rabbits and other animals. Van
Wie deprived rabbits of needed veterinary care and left contagious animals in contact
with others, risking the spread of disease. Photographs show that Bunny Magic was
little more than a hoarding
facility, amassing far more animals than it could properly care for.
Dead rabbits crammed
into a freezer
Scores of rabbits kept in cramped, stacked cages
are fastidiously clean animals) were unable to avoid stepping in their own feces, which was allowed
to accumulate for days
One neglected rabbit,
Rockette, suffered with a severely twisted neck, struggling to stand up on her
own; she was denied nursing and veterinary care and left to languish and
defecate on herself until she finally died. Another rabbit, named George, who
had a months-long respiratory infection that filled his throat with pus, was
rescued from Bunny Magic before PETA met with officials but could not be saved.
A veterinarian recommended that George be put out of his misery.
The rabbits are being rescued only because a courageous
whistleblower reported how horrified he or she was by Bunny Magic, reminding us
that we should never be
silent when animals are in trouble.
Please be sure, before adopting any animals, that you're ready to make a lifetime commitment to caring for them. Beware of hoarders
pretending to operate so-called "no-kill" rescues or sanctuaries who
promise to care for unwanted animals but instead will only subject them to
prolonged suffering and a prolonged, miserable death. If you take an animal to
a shelter, make sure it's
Victories like this one are made possible in part through
the generosity of PETA Investigations & Rescue Fund supporters. To learn more about this vital fund and how
you can support the rescue of more animals, click here!
to wake up Easter morning to a basket filled with goodies? Here are five ways
to be sweet to rabbits this spring—and make sure
the Easter Bunny's trail runs right up to your house.
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isn't quite Easter yet, but one Los Angeles woman still got a surprise from a
bunny. Taken aback to see a big, fluffy black-and-white rabbit calmly nibbling
grass near her home, she called PETA and asked how she could tell if the animal
were a wild rabbit or a domesticated
bunny someone had simply
turned loose outdoors after growing tired of caring for the animal.
This lucky (and adorable!) bunny got a second chance at finding a good home
Based on the rabbit's physical
description and friendly demeanor, it was clear that the little one had been
someone's companion. And as the PETA employee explained, domesticated rabbits
lack the survival skills and training of their wild counterparts and will fall victim to
predators, cruel people, or foreign parasites and diseases against which they
lack a natural immunity.
caller did everything right: She safely secured the bunny in a large box,
carried the animal into her home, and called someone at the local animal
shelter, who drove out and picked the bunny up. The friendly rabbit likely hadn't
been outside for long since the animal was still very healthy, and the fluffy
one now has a second chance at finding a forever home.
you are considering adopting a rabbit, don't buy; go to a shelter or a rescue group.
Washington Humane Society gave
for pennies recently. As one commenter
who read the disturbing news article posted, "I hope this is … [an] April
Sadly, it wasn't. The animals were being adopted out for "29 cents in
honor of the Leap Year."
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animals for less than the price of a pack of gum devalues them and encourages
spur-of-the-moment adoptions by people who have not considered whether or not
they are ready to invest the substantial
amount of money and care
that animals need. It would have been easy for people to acquire the cheap bunnies
to give as Easter gifts to
so many will likely join the countless other neglected cast-off Easter bunnies
and chicks who live in cramped cages in backyards or are abandoned outdoors,
where they cannot survive and die painfully.
people's intentions could be much more sinister: Virtually free rabbits are often
sought after by those looking for cheap snake food, dogfighting bait,
and laboratory victims—even by those
wanting to make rabbit stew.
response to pressure from "no-kill"
advocates like Nathan Winograd
and well-meaning members of the public, more and more animal shelters are
stooping to these kinds of cheap and dangerous gimmicks to reduce their
euthanasia statistics, even when it means shoving animals out the door without
regard for each individual animal's well-being and safety. But if the number in
the "adopted" column represents animals who suffered miserable fates and
died at the hands of cruel or irresponsible people who have no idea what a
rabbit needs, feels, or wants, that number starts to look pretty ugly.
Former "pussycat" Kimberly Wyatt instinctively knows
that torturing rabbits,
mice, and other animals for makeup
is wrong. In her new ad for PETA U.K., Kimberly, who has her own line of cruelty-free
exposes the painful and often deadly effects that chemical tests have on
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cosmetics on animals has been banned within the European Union (E.U.) since 2009. The E.U. also
approved a ban on the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients that were
tested on animals elsewhere, effective in 2013. But under pressure from some
cosmetics companies, the E.U. is considering delaying that ban. Kimberly is
hopeful that her ad will encourage the E.U. to uphold the original deadline.
She's got a lot of support: After PETA U.K., PETA Germany, and PETA
Netherlands sent out action alerts to their members, the European Commission
(the E.U.'s executive branch) received more than 20,000 e-mails urging it not
to delay the ban. And when PETA U.S. sent out a similar action alert, we
quickly collected and delivered more than 50,000 letters from people in the
U.S. and other countries imploring the European Commission to keep the deadline
and keep animals safe.
On this side of the pond, we aren't fortunate enough to have such a ban
yet, but we can implement one in our homes by buying only cruelty-free products.
had been relegated to a
tiny cage for weeks when a PETA staffer noticed
her and asked her owner if she could give the rabbit a new home. Gracie's owner
agreed. After all, she said, she didn't really want a rabbit companion—she'd bought Gracie to feed to her snake, but the rabbit
had proved to be too big.
didn't let her harrowing start to life dampen her spirit, and she became a
superstar, posing with actor Charlotte
Ross in a PETA anti-fur ad. And in her new
home, where she is wanted, Gracie
enjoys romping through the vegetable garden and digging holes. She doesn't like
it when her chicken companions try to eat her food, but the wily rabbit never
hesitates to steal theirs.
sweet Gracie got her happy ending, she would be saddened if she knew
that rabbits just like her are confined to tiny
cages every year in laboratories in the U.S. They have cosmetics and household cleaners dripped into their
eyes. Their backs are shaved, and corrosive chemicals are painted onto their
raw skin and left to burn away the tissue for weeks. Then they are killed.
rabbits a little grace. Buy
Written by PETA
As anyone who has ever forgotten to
spell out "w-a-l-k" can attest, dogs can understand our language. One recent study showed
that dogs can learn up to 165 words and gestures and that they can count. And
dogs aren't the only animals you can depend on in an emergency either—a rabbit recently saved her human
family from a house fire.
Could birds call each other "humanbrain"
as an insult? Like humans, crows and ravens
are very social and have large brains for their body size. They also rival
humans and monkeys in their ability to delay self-gratification for a greater
reward. They are articulate, too, as evidenced by escaped former companion
birds who are now teaching
their flocks to understand English. If a family planning to
welcome a new baby is having trouble picking a name, perhaps they should
consult with parrots,
who name their offspring.
talk to each other
in a way similar to humans, too, by adjusting their muscular tension and air
flow. Words likely not in their vocabulary? "Imprison," "abuse,"
and "exploit" …. But if they are
familiar with those terms, it could explain why scientists in Australia are
just now discovering a new
species of dolphin—maybe
they were hiding!
by Michelle Sherrow
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
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