Written by PETA
One danger faced by
dogs and cats who are left
or turned over to disreputable animal shelters is that they could wind up in the hands of Class B dealers,
people who profit by acquiring "random source" animals and selling them
for use in cruel and deadly experiments.
Now, a bill before Congress, the federal Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011, would outlaw the seedy underworld of Class B dealers and end the trafficking of
lost, abandoned, and stolen animals in the
Such a law is long overdue. A 2010 congressional report
stated that Class B dealers have been violating the law for many years,
including mistreating animals and even fraudulently obtaining them from
unknowing citizens looking to place cats and dogs into loving homes. In fact, five
of the eight active Class B dealers in the country are currently under
investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their continued
violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Even as these businesses
flout the law, they are allowed to continue profiting off the backs of homeless
animals with the endorsement of the U.S. government.
Please, never give unwanted animals
away to strangers or let your dogs or cats roam outside alone.
Click here to urge
your representatives in Congress to support the federal Pet Safety
and Protection Act of 2011, which would stop Class B dealers from profiting off
the suffering of animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Friday marked an inspiring victory for pigs, who were routinely being cut apart, surgically mutilated, and killed as part of an elective medical training course at Germany's University of Ulm. Just two hours after PETA Germany asked supporters to contact university officials, the university announced that it would be permanently ending the pig lab!
Medical students and doctors at the university were performing invasive surgeries on live pigs, including cutting out their gallbladders, removing part of their stomachs and livers, and cutting holes in their chests. Using live animals is a crude and archaic method of teaching surgery, and more and more leading institutions have adopted the use of sophisticated human simulators in place of animals. In fact, the use of animals for this purpose appears to violate German law, which requires the use of non-animal teaching methods whenever they are available.
PETA U.S. assisted PETA Germany by drafting a comprehensive brief for University of Ulm officials that described humane, non-animal options for teaching the procedures that students were performing on pigs.
While the University of Ulm is modernizing its curriculum, here at home, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) still mutilates and kills live pigs in trauma training exercises by cutting holes in their throats and chests, despite the availability of superior, non-animal training methods. Tell MUSC President Raymond Greenberg to end the barbaric training exercises on animals immediately.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
without a big striped hat, our mischievous cat shook things up at the St. Louis
Children's Hospital gala this past weekend. Dressed to the nines in a bowtie and
tails, the cat grabbed the attention of the gala attendees while his fellow protesters
handed out information about the hospital's abuse of cats for cruel and archaic
intubation training exercises in its Pediatric
Advanced Life Support (PALS) course.
The leaflets were, unfortunately, not works of children's
fiction. Trainees at St. Louis Children's force hard plastic tubes down cats' delicate
windpipes over and over again in a procedure that can cause bleeding and
swelling in the tissue of the cats' throats as well as pain, scarring,
collapsed lungs, and even death. One gala attendee exclaimed, "Are they
really doing this? I have a cat at home. This is horrible!"
Readily available infant simulators have been shown to better prepare trainees to treat sick and injured babies and children. Even
the PALS course's sponsor, the American Heart Association, strongly opposes
animal use in the course. The group has distanced itself from the few
facilities that still use animals and only recommends the use of simulators.
you do not like it, not one little bit, take a minute to tell Saint Louis Children's
Hospital to stop abusing cats and better serve
children by switching to modern, superior human-patient simulators.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
an ironic twist in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial, Dr. Conrad Murray's
defense team has reportedly commissioned tests on animals in an apparent effort
to dispute charges that the doctor killed the King of Pop, who was famous for
his love of animals.
news reports, Murray's lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, revealed "in open court
had commissioned his own
study about the oral ingestion of [p]ropofol." A source close to
Murray told RadarOnline.com, "A study was done on [b]eagle dogs to determine
how much [p]ropofol would have to be orally consumed to cause death. … The
study definitely involved more than two dogs. It's unknown if the dogs died or
suffered any harm."
In toxicology tests, large doses of chemicals are pumped into dogs'
bodies, slowly poisoning them. Not only are these tests cruel and irrelevant to
human health, they are also redundant because substantial data are publicly
available about the oral toxicity of propofol in dogs, humans, and other
tests are also in potential violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which
prohibits procedures on animals that "unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments."
has filed a complaint with the State Bar of California and is urging the U.S. Department
of Agriculture to also investigate how and why the cruel
test reportedly commissioned by Murray's defense team was approved and to issue
citations and fines for any violations of the AWA. We will keep you updated as
the case progresses.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
In a huge victory for vervet monkeys, U.S.
military officials have confirmed that the Army is ending cruel and archaic monthly
training exercises at the Aberdeen
Proving Ground in which monkeys are poisoned with a drug overdose that
makes them suffer from violent seizures in a crude demonstration of the effects of nerve-agent exposure. Instead of abusing terrified monkeys, Aberdeen—the only Army base in
the country that uses animals for this training—will now use human patient simulators, just as every other military facility already does.
The move follows months of vigorous campaigning by PETA.
PETA's campaign against the barbaric chemical
casualty training exercises included a series of protests this week outside the
annual meeting of the Association
of the United States Army. Supporters of this effort included veterans,
physicians, active service members, and actor Woody Harrelson, who sent a letter on PETA's behalf to Army Chief
of Staff Ray Odierno. Many others have also been protesting at Army recruitment
centers, flooding the offices of Army officials with e-mails and phone calls, and
even gathering outside the homes of Army officials affiliated with the monkey lab. One PETA member
even disrupted a speaking event last week by Aberdeen's commanding general, Nick Justice.
Please send an e-mail to Maj. Gen. Nick Justice to
thank him for this compassionate decision and ask that he ensure that the
transition to simulators be made immediately.
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"If shopping could cure breast
cancer, it would be cured by now," says Think Before You Pink,
an organization dedicated to ending "pinkwashing"—slapping pink
ribbons on products in order to convince consumers that they can end breast
cancer by buying pink products. In truth, reports Forbes, corporations
seek to profit
off consumers' strong feelings about breast cancer while simultaneously
marketing products that actually contribute
to the disease.
Such was the case with KFC's cancer-linked chicken,
sold in "Buckets for
which, adding insult to injury, didn't really raise much money for cancer
research, either, as is often the case with pinkwashing campaigns. And what little
money makes it to breast cancer research frequently goes to support antiquated,
unreliable experiments on
I lost the person I was closest to in
the world—my grandmother—to breast cancer, but I know that no matter how many
pink sun visors I buy, it is unlikely that I am doing much to help with the
search for a cure. Women deserve better than greedy corporations throwing a few
pennies at a charity in exchange for huge profit margins. We deserve better
than having our money spent on experiments that have proved to be useless. We
deserve a cure, and the only way to find one is to stop buying pink doohickeys
and start supporting breast cancer research that works—cutting-edge, effective,
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
please look at PETA's list of cruelty-free charities
and join us in supporting breast cancer research that really works.
Victory: As a
result of PETA's campaign, the Army announced
that it is ending its cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training
exercises and will instead use advanced human simulators!
On Monday, dozens of PETA members greeted the 32,000
attendees—who included Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Army Chief of
Staff Ray Odierno—of the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in
Washington, D.C. The protesters were there to urge the Army to stop poisoning primates in
a cruel training exercise at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Many veterans and former
military medical professionals have already joined PETA's campaign, and the
protesters received more encouragement from men and women in uniform attending
The Army's exercises involve injecting
vervet monkeys with a drug overdose in a crude attempt to recreate the effects
of a nerve-agent attack. The monkeys
suffer from uncontrollable twitching and seizures, and some
even stop breathing. One
monkey suffered gaping lacerations, a torn lip, and bitten-
or torn-off fingers in fights with other monkeys caused by the stress of the
constant physical abuse and confinement.
Other military courses already
use human simulators, which can mimic the effects of nerve-agent
Congress to take action now to save monkeys and troops by
replacing animals with advanced non-animal training methods.
Written by Heather
A notorious experimenter and primate supplier wants the U.S.' help tormenting more monkeys in laboratories.
Frank Ervin, a vivisector from McGill University, operates the Behavioral Sciences Foundation/Primate Resources International on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, which pays trappers to remove vervet monkeys from the wild so that they can be imprisoned in laboratories. The facility crams many monkeys into wooden crates and sends them on a terrifying journey in the dark cargo holds of airplanes to the U.S. and other countries to be tortured and killed in experiments. Ervin also performs his own deadly experiments on monkeys. These disturbing photos, leaked to PETA, are allegedly of monkeys killed in Ervin's cruel experiments on fetal alcohol syndrome:
Ervin wants the U.S. to buy even more monkeys to experiment on, since, in his opinion, the monkeys are "agricultural predators" because they sometimes eat farmers' crops. We're sure that's the reason he wants the U.S. to purchase the animals, not because of the profit that he stands to make. The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) has launched an initiative against importing the monkeys from St. Kitts, including sharing that St. Kitts' own Ministry of Agriculture advocates for spaying and neutering and strategically placed feeding stations to control the monkey population and keep them away from crops.
One U.S. buyer of monkeys from St. Kitts is the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, which torments the monkeys in cruel and archaic chemical casualty training exercises. You can help end these torturous exercises and prevent the government from stuffing Ervin's pockets by asking your senators and representatives to take action to end Aberdeen's monkey laboratories.
a true sign of the times, the editors at Scientific American,
one of the most widely read scientific publications in the world, now agree
with PETA that experiments on chimpanzees should be banned.
"That chimps and humans react to trauma in a
like manner should not come as a surprise. Chimps are our closest living
relatives and share a capacity for emotion, including fear, anxiety, grief and
rage," write the editors. "In our view, the time has come to end
biomedical experimentation on chimpanzees."
the editorial will sway members of Congress to
support the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act,
which would end invasive testing on all great apes and allow more than 500
chimpanzees in labs to be released to sanctuaries. And we are certain that the editorial will
make its way to the desks of the members of the National Academy of Sciences'
Institute of Medicine (IOM) chimpanzee experimentation review
committee, at whose hearing PETA testified
this summer. The IOM is scheduled to release its much-anticipated report on the
issue in December. A positive report could help propel passage of the federal
a ban would mean far better living conditions after more than five long decades
at 57 the oldest living chimpanzee in a U.S. laboratory. She is one of more
than 100 chimpanzees imprisoned at the Yerkes primate laboratory at Emory
University in Atlanta and has spent almost her entire life in a laboratory—she
was born in a laboratory cage, torn away from her mother, and locked away in a
dark room for the first 17 months of her life. The only time that she has spent outside a
laboratory was when she was briefly sold as a "pet" in the mid-1950s
before quickly being returned to a laboratory.
past weekend, members of Georgia Animal Rights and Protection, gathered outside Emory
University to call for the release of Wenka to a sanctuary, where she can live out her last
few years with some freedom and autonomy. So far, Yerkes is refusing,
claiming that Wenka is needed for "aging" research. If officials wait
much longer, we suppose they will say that she is needed for "death"
take a moment to tell your
senators and representatives
that you support this bill (H.R. 1513/S. 810) and ask them to spare Wenka and
other chimpanzees from testing.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Monkey #V357 was born on the island of
St. Kitts, where he was either captured in the wild or born in captivity. If he was abducted from his home in the wild, he likely watched trappers shoot his
mother out of a tree with a dart gun,
and then was ripped from her arms. If he was born
into a breeding facility, he was forcibly—and permanently—torn from his
screaming mother, probably within days of birth.
He was then crammed into a
tiny crate and flown to Miami, Florida, in a plane’s dark, loud and terrifying cargo
hold. There, he was piled onto a truck like luggage and driven up the eastern
seaboard to the U.S.
Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in
#V357, the only “name” the
Army gave him in its laboratory, spent the next three years of his life locked
in a steel cage and being used over-and-over as a target for nerve-agent attack training. Every
eight weeks, experimenters injected him with a massive drug overdose to crudely
mimic a chemical attack and trainees looked
on as he twitched uncontrollably, sweated profusely, violently convulsed, and
struggled to breathe. The psychological distress that this constant physical abuse
and confinement caused led #V357 and the other monkeys imprisoned at Aberdeen to
fight each other, and he suffered gaping lacerations, a torn lip, and bitten or
torn off fingers. The injuries did not stop the training exercises.
After three years of being
tormented in this cruel training course, the Army began punishing his small body
in a different experiment. They injected him with a chemical agent that severely
restricted blood flow to his brain. After one final injection and several hours
of suffering, he died at night, alone in his cold, barren cage.
It is too late for #V357, but it’s not
too late for the rest of the monkeys the Army is still tormenting in these
cruel and ineffective training courses. Please help stop this by signing this White House petition to replace the
monkeys with modern, superior human simulators.
by Michelle Sherrow
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