Written by Jeff Mackey
Thanks to a brave whistleblower, PETA has obtained horrific
undercover video of live animals whose limbs were cut off for an archaic military
training drill. The course was held earlier this year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, by private
contractor Tier 1 Group.
In the shocking video, instructors repeatedly crack and cut
off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stab the animals with scalpels
to cause internal injuries, and cut into their abdomens to crudely pull out
their organs. Some of the goats moan loudly and kick their legs during the
mutilations, which veterinarians who viewed the video say are signs that the
goats were not adequately anesthetized and may have even been feeling pain.
The disturbing video footage shows a callous course
instructor who cheerfully whistles while dismembering goats as well as members
of the Coast Guard who joke about writing a song about mutilating the animals.
According to the whistleblower, later in the day the goats
were shot in the face with pistols and were hacked apart with an ax while still
Today, there are high-tech humanlike simulators available specifically for military training that can breathe, bleed, cry,
talk, and respond to medications. These human-based
methods are obviously more humane and effective than cutting apart, blowing up,
shooting, and killing thousands of animals every year. One shockingly realistic
simulator is a special suit designed to be worn by a human actor that enables military
personnel to safely perform emergency surgical procedures on a live human
without any injury to the person.
Last year, PETA helped end an Army course that involved poisoning monkeys with chemicals, and we've
saved ferrets and cats from other cruel
military training courses by convincing military officials to switch to modern
The evidence of the superiority of these state-of-the-art
simulation methods is so overwhelming that Congress has introduced legislation to phase out the use of
animals in military training in favor of non-animal methods.
Military medical experts, veterans, and civilian physicians
are joining PETA in urging
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other military
officials to immediately end the use of animals in military trauma training
exercises. And we need your help, too!
In light of Merck's record of failing
to provide even the most minimal care to animals used in its experiments, PETA
has filed a lawsuit
against the pharmaceutical giant for violating PETA's shareholder rights and refusing to include a proposal by
PETA—a Merck stockholder—among the 2012 proxy materials that are being considered at the company's upcoming
annual meeting. PETA is asking the court to order Merck to include the proposal
and give shareholders the chance to cast an informed vote on it.
What Is Merck Trying
PETA's proposal simply requests an annual report on Merck's "procedures
to ensure proper animal care, including measures to improve the living
conditions of all animals used in-house and at contract laboratories"—but
the drugmaker has refused, apparently preferring to conceal from shareholders
how Merck and its
contractors have repeatedly violated federal animal welfare laws. Since 2008 alone, Merck's
violations have included caging primates in isolation, inadequate anesthesia
procedures and housing of animals, and lack of veterinary care and personnel
training, just to name a few.
Merck's record is especially disturbing since, in the last
three years alone, it has used tens of thousands of primates, dogs, rabbits,
hamsters, and guinea pigs in experiments—including more than 16,000 animals in
painful tests, thousands of whom were given no
pain relief whatsoever. Shareholders have a right to know what the company
is doing to prevent further violations of animal welfare laws, don't you think?
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Update: After receiving
PETA's request for an investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found
that Bristol-Myers Squibb was to blame for the hanging death of the monkey and
cited the company for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
if being locked inside a laboratory and treated like a living test
tube weren't torture enough, a whistleblower informed PETA that a monkey and a
rat were recently scalded to death at pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb's
laboratory in Pennington, New Jersey. Their cages were run through the high-pressure
cage washer with the animals still inside,
causing the trapped animals intense agony and terror as the blistering-hot
water burned their flesh.
according to the whistleblower, another monkey strangled to death after she was
attached to the front of her cage, apparently by some sort of leash, and then
left unattended. All three of these tragic deaths, which reportedly occurred
over a six-month period, could have been easily prevented. So what's going on
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report substantiates the
whistleblower's report of a monkey dying in the cage washer,
and based on this, PETA suspects that the other allegations are also true. But
it's Bristol-Myers Squibb's turn to be in hot water now: PETA has submitted
complaints to the USDA and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, asking both to
investigate and hit
the multibillion-dollar company where it hurts—in its bank account—if these
allegations are true.
what the pharma giant really must do is stop subjecting tens of thousands of
dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, and monkeys to imprisonment, pain, and death. PETA,
which holds stock in Bristol-Myers Squibb specifically for the purpose of
addressing the company's board and stockholders, has submitted a shareholder
resolution urging it to reduce the company's reliance on animal tests by switching
to modern, non-animal methods and to provide greater transparency of its animal
testing practices. Please, click
here to ask Bristol-Myers Squibb's CEO to take personal
responsibility for making sure that these recommendations are implemented.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
St. Louis drivers who stop to fill up their
tanks will get an eyeful of Washington
University in St. Louis' cruelty to cats.
PETA has placed hard-hitting ads on top of the pumps at seven gas stations near
the campus to show the university's students, faculty, and alumni that the
school uses cats like most of us use cars—as equipment.
Instead of using modern human-patient
simulators in the intubation training exercises it holds in conjunction with St. Louis Children's Hospital,
are asked to repeatedly force hard plastic tubes down
cats' and ferrets' throats,
causing their delicate windpipes to bleed, swell, and scar. Cats can even die
as a result of the injuries sustained during this traumatic procedure.
Drivers may pull into the gas stations
lamenting "pain at the pump," but they'll leave disgusted by the pain
that Washington University in St. Louis is inflicting on cats. And PETA added
more fuel to the fire with similar
in newspapers and online.
If the school wants
to truly honor its namesake, George Washington, who had nine companion animals at the White House, it should call off the cruel cat laboratory and
switch to the modern simulators already in use at nearly every other similar facility
in the country.
Following the finding
by the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) that a former professor at
the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University hurt animals
in experiments and then lied about the results to get more federal funding, PETA
has sent a letter to the director of the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) urging the agency to take
back more than $2.8 million in taxpayer money granted to the disgraced (and
disgraceful) vivisector during the period of misconduct.
Specifically, the ORI determined that Michael
Miller—formerly a professor and chair of SUNY Upstate's department of
neuroscience and physiology—lied about the results of his experiments in which
he forced alcohol into pregnant mice, rats, and monkeys. The babies of these animals were then killed and their
brains were cut out. Miller submitted the fabricated data in his applications
to get even
from NIAAA—part of the federal National Institutes of Health—and also sent them
to scientific journals. Several journals have already retracted the articles.
Unfortunately, this kind of fraud isn't unheard of.
The only animal some experimenters seem to care about is the cash cow—and it
appears some of them will do just about anything to keep the grant money
flowing. If they're going to lie about the results, they could at least have
the decency to leave the animals out and fake the experiments altogether.
Please tell your representative and senators in Congress to
divert public money away from cruel animal experiments like Miller's and into promising, lifesaving, and
relevant clinical and non-animal research.
Written by Alisa Mullins
You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to
know that all mammals need water to survive, yet this basic biology principle is
apparently lost on the clever folks at Harvard. For the second time in three
months, a monkey has died of dehydration at the Ivy League institution: On
Sunday, an elderly cotton-top tamarin was euthanized at Harvard Medical School (HMS)
after it was discovered that the monkey's cage had no water bottle, an
inexcusable oversight that led the university to suspend new experiments at its
New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC).
The monkey's death came on
the same day that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) made public an inspection report that revealed
three other incidents involving the neglectful endangerment
of monkeys at the facility in the past three months, including another monkey's
death. This recent series of deaths has
prompted PETA to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to suspend all
funding to HMS and NEPRC and to demand a refund of any grant money spent on
activity that violated federal animal protection laws, which is required by
federal grant guidelines.
Milo was imprisoned at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), a facility where PETA conducted
a shocking undercover investigation
The USDA has cited HMS and NEPRC for more than
20 violations of the Animal Welfare Act during the past two years, including
the following incidents involving serious injuries and deaths:
What PETA is asking for isn't
unprecedented. Other universities, including the University of Connecticut
and the University of
have had to return thousands of dollars in grant money after PETA and others uncovered
animal welfare violations. After all, it seems only reasonable that our
hard-earned tax dollars shouldn't be paying for activity that violates the law.
the recent deaths of monkeys at Harvard appear to have resulted from
carelessness, HMS and NEPRC confine 2,300 other primates and deliberately
commit unspeakable horrors against them, such as drilling holes into their
skulls and subjecting them to cocaine addiction experiments. Ask the NIH to
stop funding this cruelty at Harvard and elsewhere.
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
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
have voices. They cry out when they are being skinned alive for their fur, being beaten and forced to perform painful tricks, or having their throats cut before being hacked
apart for their flesh. Animals express their pain, but often, people don't
understand or they choose not to listen.
animal advocates, we must raise our
voices alongside animals' and put into words what they can't. Whether we are
calmly explaining to someone at the dog park that his or her dog might be
yelping because the animal's prong
collar hurts or telling a friend
that her mascara was smeared
into a bunny's sensitive eyes, we have to speak up.
Animals need us to.
If you haven't yet
made a New Year's resolution, how about this: Never remain silent when an animal is hurting. Just one small voice
can—and often does—save animals from cruelty and abuse. How will you use yours?
Written by PETA
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
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