Written by Jeff Mackey
The 2013 Iditarod
dogsled race is approaching, and it has been preceded by a string of canine deaths in other races, illustrating yet again why PETA works to stop this miserable "sport,"
which can be grueling and even deadly for the animals forced to pull heavy loads over long distances at high
speeds, often in extreme weather conditions.
But what you might not
know is that the dogs used for pulling sleds live miserable lives off the trail, too. When they aren't
pulling heavy sleds, they're often tethered by
short chains to plastic doghouses or ramshackle sheds, living on small patches
of dirt amid their own urine and feces. Chained dogs are at the mercy of
the elements and susceptible to attacks by dangerous wildlife. Recently, for
instance, a pack of chained dogs used for pulling sleds in Alaska was attacked
by a musk ox.
dog-sledding operators shamelessly admit that, to them, dogs are little more
than disposable "equipment" and are often denied adequate food,
shelter, veterinary care, and even humane euthanasia. The following are just a
What You Can Do
our adored animal companions, dogs used for pulling sleds are highly social
pack animals who need to be part of a family, not treated like snowmobiles with
fur. Please help them by sharing the above photo on Facebook and Twitter—especially with
any friends or family members who might be inclined to support the cruel and
Written by Michelle Kretzer
is World Spay Day, which people celebrate by leafleting, assisting at low-cost
spay-and-neuter clinics, and doing their part to combat the animal-homelessness
crisis. Of course, for PETA's Mobile Clinics Division,
every day is Spay Day.
The clinics travel to underserved areas surrounding PETA's Norfolk, Virginia,
headquarters seven days a week to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries
and vaccinations—and we even supply
transportation to and from appointments when necessary.
Here are just a handful of the animals the clinics have helped
lives indoors, but she had somehow managed to become pregnant before her PETA
clinic appointment. Still, we were able to spay her in time, before she could
bring more puppies into a world already overwhelmed with animals who need good
aren't sure who's more adorable, Mese or her human. But one thing's certain:
They are both definitely happier since we drove Mese to our clinic and spayed
her for free.
is just as sweet as his name would suggest, and making sure that he got neutered was
pretty sweet, too.
spayed Lexie's sister in December, and that dog's guardians recommended our
services so highly that we ended up sterilizing the entire litter!
far this year, the clinics have spayed or neutered 1,672 animals! Considering that one unaltered female dog
and her offspring and their offspring and their offspring, etc., can produce
67,000 puppies in just six years and that in seven years, one unaltered female
cat and her offspring, etc., can produce 370,000 kittens, we were able to
prevent hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals from being born.
Day is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a surgery at one of PETA's clinics or learn how you can volunteer to help get animals in your own area spayed and neutered—and help make every day Spay Day.
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Update: PETA has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Agriculture and
Markets under the state's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) seeking records relating to
Adirondack Farms, LLC—the subject of last year's undercover PETA investigation
that revealed routine abuse and neglect of cows (see below for details).
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Despite these abuses, the department certified Adirondack
under its Cattle Health Assurance Program, which is meant to protect the health and welfare of cows
on dairy farms. Records relating to a farm's participation in this program are supposed
to be open to the general public under FOIL, but the department has improperly
denied PETA access to many of these records. Since this information is of vital
interest to anyone who wants to see farmed animals treated with the respect and
care that they deserve, PETA was left with no choice but to sue to obtain the
Originally posted on
April 11, 2012:
dairy farm manager who repeatedly electro-shocked a cow in the face and brushed
off the fact that his workers hit cows with poles and canes by saying that they
sometimes "get carried away" is still employed as a manager at the
farm—a month after PETA notified the farm's owners of the cruelty and released
video evidence of the abuse.
More Cruelty Caught on Video
same manager at Adirondack
Farms, LLC, in Peru, New York, was
recorded jabbing a downed cow in the ribs with a screwdriver and dragging her behind
a skid steer. He cursed at her—calling her a "dumb b***h" and asking
how the "f**k" she was unable to stand. You may remember that this
man stated that when a cow's uterus prolapses during calving, workers simply "put
[the uterus] back in and hope she lives … long enough for the beef truck to
come get her."
Farm Silent on Ending Abuse
we went public with the video footage that we gathered during our undercover investigation, we asked the farm's
owners to take immediate disciplinary action, including termination, against
the employees who were documented abusing animals. We gave the owners a
detailed list of men and explained what they did. We followed up. Four weeks
later, the owners remain silent. Even after eye-opening news reports on the case, neither Adirondack
Farms nor Agri-Mark, the company that it supplies with milk, has announced
taking a single meaningful step to improve their animal welfare standards. And
that this manager is still on the job at the farm suggests that it's cruel
business as usual there and beyond in the dairy industry.
We love Jimmy Fallon around here. He's
funny but not mean, has a keen musical sense, and is still boyishly charming. He's
totally adorbs. So what's not to like? Well, there is
one thing we'd change—and PETA has sent Jimmy a letter explaining why.
For some inexplicable reason, a frequent guest on Late Night has been animal exhibitor
Jeff Musial. Unlike the amiable Mr. Fallon, Musial is unlikeable, disrespectful,
and clearly more interested in scaring Jimmy and giving the audience cheap
laughs than taking care of the animals he treats like props. Musial handles the
animals roughly, causing them additional anxiety in an already stressful
So, what gives, Jimmy? After staying up late to watch you,
we want to go to bed with a smile, not toss and turn with nightmares about cruelty
to animals. And we're not alone: PETA has received many complaints from viewers
who were upset by how Musial mishandles terrified animals. We really hope that you'll
make the compassionate decision never again to feature Musial's squalid animal
act on Late Night.
and showbiz go together like gasoline and matches—a disaster waiting to happen. Please
never support any animal act by buying a ticket.
Update: Today, The Washington Post ran a cover story highlighting PETA's efforts to stop the U.S. military from
killing thousands of goats and pigs each year in crude medical training
drills. As the newspaper points out, a bill that was signed into law last
month requires the Department of Defense to submit to Congress by the end of
this week a detailed strategy and timeline for the phase-out of these deadly
exercises. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed
a bill that protects animals from abuse in military training exercises. Please
take a moment to write to the Department of Defense and urge it to act quickly to phase out these barbaric exercises.
Originally posted on January 4th:
The year has just begun, but already 2013 has seen an exciting first for animals! President Barack Obama has just signed into law a bill that requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to create a strategy for replacing the shooting, stabbing, and dismembering of animals in military training drills with non-animal methods. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed a bill that seeks to protect animals from being abused in military training exercises.
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Last year, people were outraged when PETA released disturbing, never-before-seen undercover footage showing live goats as they were stabbed, had their organs yanked out, and had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers during a military training drill, all while the animals moaned and kicked.
Multitudes of you contacted your representatives demanding that these archaic forms of "training" end and that the abusers who were caught on video be held accountable. You won. Under a provision in the newly signed National Defense Authorization Act, the secretary of defense has less than two months to present Congress with a strategy for phasing out the use of animals in trauma training. And the people who were caught on camera abusing goats were cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
High-profile military veterans Oliver Stone, Bob Barker, and Gideon Raff have all joined you in asking the DOD to modernize its training program by replacing its deadly animal laboratories with more reliable methods such as human-patient simulators. These realistic models can breathe, bleed, talk, and even "die," and trainees can perform procedures on them over and over again until they master lifesaving skills.
While this monumental law requires the secretary of defense to create a plan to phase out the use of animals, it does not mandate a specific date by which animal training methods must end. Help us keep the pressure on by e-mailing the secretary of defense and other DOD and Department of Homeland Security officials and urging them to switch to superior non-animal training methods immediately.
As Hollywood's brightest arrived at last night's Academy
Awards, they were sure to be asked, "Who are you wearing?" But the
real story is who they weren't
wearing since cruelly produced animal fur was noticeably absent from the red carpet once again.
The lovely Anne Hathaway won a well-deserved Oscar for her
heart-rending performance in Les Miserables,
but this vegan superstar is a winner for animals every day. Anne has been turning it out all
through awards season, and this time was no exception, landing solidly on
best-dressed lists in custom
vegan heels from Giuseppe Zanotti. That no animals lost their skin to the leather trade for her look gives us even more reason to cheer the spectacular success that
Anne calls "the
cherry on top of a wonderful, wonderful dish of vegan ice cream."
Although his pro-fish
ad for PETA was deemed too controversial for the Oscar broadcast, Best Actor nominee Joaquin
Phoenix was also on the scene. Indeed, PETA
faves abounded both inside and outside the Dolby Theatre, from Best Actress
nominee and vegan Jessica
Chastain and animal adoption advocate Charlize
Theron (who showed off some impressive
dance skills during the show) to the stunning anti-fur crusader Olivia Munn and a glowing Jenna
Dewan-Tatum. The media stars in attendance included PETA pals Kelly Osbourne and Michael Strahan.
So congratulations to the winners—including the animals who
didn't end up on the shapely shoulders and elegant tootsies of the attendees!
Two PETA staffers were delivering straw bedding to cold
"outdoor dogs" in rural Virginia when they spotted a thin young beagle dangerously close to
the highway. The staffers had barely gotten out of the car when the friendly
dog came bounding up to them. He was wearing a collar with a phone number, so
the staffers called the owner after first taking the pup back to PETA's Norfolk
headquarters for a much-needed warm bath and good meal.
The man said that he
no longer wanted the dog—whom he had never even bothered to name—because, as
the saying goes, "That dog don't hunt." (It's not
uncommon for hunters simply
to abandon unwanted dogs.) But the owner was willing to drive an
hour and a half to our headquarters to retrieve the dog's collar.
PETA staffers knew that the gentle dog
with the soulful eyes would make someone an ideal animal companion. Not long
after he was vaccinated, neutered,
treated for Lyme disease and internal parasites, and put up for adoption, Augie found his perfect forever home with a PETA staffer and his family.
The staffer has a 14-year-old son who is
now Augie's best friend. And Augie comes to work at the PETA office, brightening
everyone's days with his buoyant personality.
As it turned out, the dog who had been cast
aside because he wasn't a good hunter had no trouble sniffing out a lovely new life.
Angeles' STAPLES Center
will become the city's
vegetarian center when Morrissey plays there March 1.
The music legend has asked that no "flesh as food" be served at his shows, but fans will have plenty of festive fare, including
vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi, and grilled veggie sandwiches, to munch on
while they rock out to "Meat Is Murder." And as an extra nod to
animals, Moz also required that McCruelty shutter its doors for the day.
Beyoncé took a page out of
Morrissey's songbook when she wanted to drop her baby weight. Bey started eating one vegan meal a day,
and she's kept it up.
Maybe since she's eating fewer animals, she'll consider wearing fewer animals,
what PETA is asking the Buffalo
Sabres to do. When the hockey team
started awarding the "player
of the game" with a fur coat, we wrote to the Sabres' owner, Terry Pegula, urging him to do away with these vile gifts
as the team scrambles to reinvent itself as winners after the highly publicized
firing of head coach Lindy Ruff.
it's Canadian sealers that seals have to worry about, but recently two
young women were caught on
camera hitting and kicking seals who were resting on a
California beach. People were outraged, and Ian Somerhalder, along with many others,
took to Twitter to defend the seals as well as other animals:
Miley Cyrus is always full of sweet
tweets, so of course, she and dad Billy Ray Cyrus were on board to
compete in the Twitter for
the Critters Celebrity Challenge, a Twitter competition
that is raising money for several animal shelters and sanctuaries.
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith's household may rival
Miley's in number of rescued dogs. The couple adopted two Labrador-shepherd
mixes, a brother and sister. PETA helped welcome the pups to their new home
with toys, treats, and a copy of Let's Have a Dog Party!
screen legend James
Cromwell has also had an
exciting month. He was arrested while helping PETA disrupt a meeting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
to protest the school's
painful and deadly experiments on cats. Then he joined awesome animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell on her
show to publicize the school's
crimes against cats even more.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
From Abigail Adams' dogs, Juno and Satan, to Bo Obama, the animal companions who live at the White House become such a part of our country's
collective culture (there is even a Presidential Pet Museum!) that everyone, regardless of political affiliation, mourns their passing.
When we heard that President George W. Bush's dog Barney, famous
for his annual
"BarneyCam" Christmas videos, died,
PETA sent a letter of condolence to the Bush family, mentioning that a leaf
with Barney's name engraved on it would be added to the Tree of Life memorial
sculpture at our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters:
PETA received this gracious response from President Bush:
Whether you're an ordinary Joe (or Jane) or the leader of
the free world, when a dog takes hold of your heart, it's the start of
something very special. Make sure that your dogs know just how special they are to you before
they turn off the lights forever by treating them right—and that includes making a proper
fuss over them on a regular basis.
pleasant Pia Toscano
bears a striking resemblance to another PETA pal—Lea Michele—and the similarities don't stop at their lovely faces, with voices to match and
rhyming monikers. Like Lea, Pia jumped at the chance to use her platform to
help stop cruelty to animals.
her debut single, "This
Time," Pia bids a powerful adieu to a bad boyfriend. And she thinks it's time that everyone
broke up with two businesses that are bad for animals: the fur industry and circuses.
In an exclusive interview with PETA, Pia
expounded, "It was very difficult for me to watch the videos on how fur
coats are made and how these animals
are brutally beaten and skinned alive. There's no excuse for that." And when
talk turned to the circus, she was quick to express her disgust. "I'm a
performer, and I make a conscious decision every time I get up on that stage to
do what I love, but these animals, they don't have a choice, they don't have a
voice, and they are not
choosing this lifestyle."
animals don't get to choose not to be forced to perform or killed for their fur,
as Pia notes, it's up to us to add our voices to the ever-growing chorus of people
speaking up for them.
Written by Alisa Mullins
all your friends I'm kind." That's what 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard
used to say to
insects, in the hope that they would all feel welcome and safe, according to
her mother, Jenny. The thoughtful, introspective
redhead was one of the 26 children and educators tragically gunned down at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
To honor Catherine,
PETA is inscribing a leaf
on the Tree of Life monument at our
Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters that reads:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CATHERINE VIOLET HUBBARD
FRIEND TO ALL ANIMALS
loved to watch baby birds in their nests and reveled in having butterflies land
on her. She doted on her beloved rabbit, Flopsy, and would help her elderly, arthritis-stricken
dog, Samantha, to her feet when she struggled. Before Catherine's funeral, her parents asked that, in lieu
of flowers, donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown, an organization that rescues homeless animals and
provides them with foster care. So far, more than $200,000 has been donated in
Catherine's name. Catherine
had dreamed of establishing her own animal shelter one day, and The Animal Center plans to use the money
raised in her name to build the Catherine
Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, where children can visit and learn
about animals rescued from abusive situations.
Each of us can pay tribute to
Catherine by trying to live like she would—by taking a stray cat to a shelter, stopping
to help a turtle cross the road, or walking a neighbor's dog. These are the
kinds of things that Catherine would do if she were here—and the things she
would teach others to do by her example.
PETA invites parents who want to
raise compassionate kids like Catherine to visit PETAKids.com. And urge your kids to take a page from Catherine's book and
tell all their friends that they're kind.
good news on the international
product testing front: After discussions with PETA, Pangea Organics is ending all sales of
its products in China, where animal tests for cosmetics are required. For
choosing principles over profits and vowing not to
pay for animal tests anywhere in the world, PETA is proud to honor Pangea
Organics with our Courage in Commerce Award.
Organics has been a member of PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program and will stay
on PETA's cruelty-free list along with more than 1,300 cosmetics companies and personal-care
and household products companies that are committed to compassion.
joins a growing list of companies that are choosing to stay true to their
cruelty-free roots. Last year, Paul Mitchell Systems became the first
company to pull out of China rather than harming animals after learning from
PETA that selling in that country would mean painful and deadly tests on
animals, and other companies,
such as Dermalogica, have followed suit. Urban Decay also reversed its
decision to enter the Chinese market after hearing from thousands of PETA
supporters. And NYX,
Paula's Choice, Yes To
Carrots, and Jack Black have all said, "No, thanks!" to the Chinese
market until tests on animals are no longer required—and that day is coming
closer. PETA is helping to fund the efforts of the Institute for In Vitro
Sciences, which is working to help Chinese scientists and government officials accept superior, non-animal
methods, and China is poised to approve its first
help us congratulate
Pangea Organics, and show your support
for cruelty-free living by using PETA's brand-new global Cruelty-Free Shopping
Guide every time you shop! Order a free copy or use PETA's Beauty
Without Bunnies database to find compassionate
companies that refuse to pay for animal tests anywhere in the world.
is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Pat Derby, the former
animal trainer who saw the error of the entertainment industry's ways and spent
the rest of her life helping captive animals by providing them with safe havens
at her three spacious Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuaries in
California. Pat died at her home on Friday.
assisted PETA with many of our campaigns, most recently by providing Ben, the bear we pried out of the clutches of the abysmal Jambbas Ranch, with a permanent home. I defy you not
to tear up at footage of Ben splashing happily in a pond at a PAWS sanctuary
after spending years in a cramped, barren cage:
2007, PAWS also opened its gates to Maggie, a wild-caught
African elephant who spent 24 years largely confined to a concrete barn at the
Alaska Zoo—10 of those years alone after the zoo's other elephant died. Maggie
reportedly collapsed twice in one week and had to be hoisted to her feet with
the aid of a winch. She was then suspended in a sling to prevent her from
collapsing again. After years of pressure from PETA, the zoo finally allowed her
to be moved to a more suitable climate and to live in the company of other
elephants, and she has been thriving since her move to PAWS.
is also home to Nicholas and Gypsy, the last two elephants of the 16 the Hawthorn Corporation was forced by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to relinquish after PETA filed repeated
complaints with the agency about abuse and neglect at Hawthorn. PETA continues
to keep up the pressure on Hawthorn, a supplier of animals to circuses, since
it still has tigers
animals in its custody.
behalf of Ben, Maggie, Nicholas, Gypsy, and so many others, we thank Pat for her
lifelong crusade. Pat may be gone, but her spirit lives on—as do the animals—in
the heaven that she created here on Earth.
PETA has opposed experiments on animals from its earliest days because they're not only cruel but also unscientific. A few weeks ago, we told you about a government report highlighting the irrelevance of cruel experiments on chimpanzees. Now, a momentous study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers further proof that experiments on other animals don't help humans. The report's authors conclude that the results of sepsis and burn experiments on mice—like those performed at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)—cannot be applied to human beings, so their use represents a massive waste of time, money, and lives.
The groundbreaking PNAS study took 10 years to complete and involved 39 researchers from institutions across the continent, including Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. As The New York Times reports, those scientists "report stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers—sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads. … [The study] helps explain why every one of nearly 150 drugs tested at huge expense in patients with sepsis has failed. The drug tests all were based on studies in mice. And mice, it turns out, have a disease that looks like sepsis in humans, but is very different from the human disease." The researchers discovered the discrepancy after conducting humane, modern studies on cells from hundreds of human patients. Regarding the experiments on animals, the study's lead author stated, "[Researchers] are so ingrained in trying to cure mice that they forget we are trying to cure humans."
One of the forces behind the UTMB studies is Shriners International, which for years has funded cruel burn and sepsis experiments on mice, dogs, and other animals at UTMB and elsewhere and continues to do so even today. One UTMB experimenter, Daniel Traber, soaked up money for years in exchange for burning animals' skin off. In one experiment uncovered by PETA, Traber torched mice with a Bunsen burner until more than 40 percent of their bodies were charred or forced them to inhale smoke—or both. The mice who survived this torture were finally killed.
Please join PETA in urging Shriners International to pull its funding of these cruel and wasteful experiments in light of the damning new report of their fatal flaws.
By the time PETA learned that a tiny kitten had become
trapped inside a statue of President Abraham Lincoln at a museum in Florida, concerned folks, including the local humane society and fire
department, had attempted a variety of methods to rescue him, unfortunately without
The frightened kitten was trapped a few feet down with only
a tiny hole through which his helpers could pass food and water. The only way
to rescue him would be to break open the statue, but the museum owner balked.
PETA's caseworker spoke to members of the museum owner's
family and warned them that he could face abandonment charges. Voilà! The next
morning, the owner let the fire department cut a hole in the statue in a rescue worthy of the Great Emancipator himself. The kitten—now named Little
being fostered until he is healthy enough to be adopted into a permanent home.
Little Abe's rescue serves as a reminder of the importance
of perseverance. As Lincoln once wrote, "Always bear in mind that your own
resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." If an animal is in danger, never take "no" (or even dozens of them) for an answer. Keep trying
until help arrives.
How do horses show love? They nuzzle and groom each other.
How do people show love to horses? By refusing to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
On most Valentine's Days, record numbers of these sensitive, skittish animals are forced to drag carriages full of people across the hard pavement, dodging loud traffic and breathing exhaust fumes. But this February 14, PETA asked people to celebrate in a truly lovely way: taking a romantic stroll and leaving abused horses out of the plan.
Demonstrators explained that in the past year alone, there have been 13 accidents involving horse-drawn carriages. There were a barrage of supportive honks and thumbs-up signs, and a group of 50 high school students saw us and cheered.
And the efforts paid off: Few people climbed aboard the carriages.
Multitudes have called on New York to ban horse-drawn carriages. Please add your name to the list today.
celeb who won't mind too much when awards season winds down? Octavia Spencer. She loves cheering for her friend Jessica Chastain, but she's getting antsy
for her The Help costar to cook her some more vegan soul
food like the vegan fried
chicken they made on set. Jessica, one of PETA's reigning Sexiest Vegetarian
Celebrities, has been scooping up the nominations, so to tide Octavia over, we've
sent her her own vegan soul-food cookbook. Maybe soon the friends will be
comparing vegan recipes and Oscars?
can scoop up Robin Quivers'
new vegan cookbook, The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. Or perhaps they'll take
their happy reunion to Chef
Tal Ronnen's new vegan restaurant and bar, Crossroads,
opening in L.A.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are also celebrating an
exciting new venture. The couple is expecting their first child in late summer. PETA is
sending the vegan mom an early shower gift: a copy of Skinny Bitch Bun
in the Oven.
at just 15 years old, pop prince Greyson Chance thinks it's time he
gave meat-free eating a chance. When he posted to Twitter, "first day of
being a vegetarian. can I do this?" his
fans responded in droves with words of encouragement. We think that we know a few more folks who might
be cheering Greyson on:
animals weren't getting "tweet outs" on Twitter, they were getting major
ups from Maggie Q in The Huffington
Post. The Nikita star spent the majority of her
interview talking about her new PETA campaign titled, "Fight Climate
Change With Diet Change—Go Veg," and detailing the environmental destruction and cruelty of the meat industry.
If Maggie ever decides
to get out of acting, we think she's got a future in animal rights.
Update: Another one bites the dust! Because of the public outcry
following Bob Barker's letter to lawmakers on PETA's behalf (see below), Wyoming
has become the latest state to shelve an "ag gag" bill designed to
protect animal abusers on factory farms by preventing undercover investigations
from being conducted. The irresponsible
and dangerous legislation, House
Bill 126, died in committee on February 12. Afterward, one of its cosponsors said
that the negative attention surrounding the bill was a factor in setting it
Our thanks go out to everyone who responded to PETA's action
alert. Why not celebrate this victory by sending your not-yet-vegan friends a
link to Meat.org, where they can view footage obtained—legally—from undercover investigations on
Originally posted on February 8th, 2013:
PETA pal and TV legend Bob Barker has once again stepped up for animals—this time in Wyoming, where legislators are considering House Bill (H.B.) 126, a measure specifically designed to protect animal abusers within the intensive-agriculture industry, even from law enforcement.
Bob, a lifelong Republican, has urged the Republican-majority Senate to reject the bill, which could prevent undercover investigators from collecting evidence of routine and systematic animal abuse on farms that is crucial in helping prosecute abusers. Undercover investigations by PETA have revealed the routine beatings, mutilations, sexual abuse, and other severe cruelty to animals prevalent within the meat, dairy, and egg industries and often lead to criminal charges and convictions, including in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
In his letter, Bob writes, "Americans today want better treatment of animals killed for food, not for their legislators to hide illegal cruelty on farms behind locked doors. Over the last few years, I've been joined by figures from all walks of life, from Republican strategist Mary Matalin to animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, in opposing bills similar to H.B. 126, and legislators have listened, as such bills have died or been tabled by sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry-producing state in the nation."
If you are a Wyoming resident or you know some, please urge (or get them to urge) your state senator to join you and Bob Barker in opposing H.B. 126 today!
Residents of Indiana, Nebraska, and New Hampshire can also contact their legislators to urge them to reject similar bills that have arisen in the agriculture industry's desperate attempt to thwart consumers from learning the truth about the gruesome life and miserable death of animals on factory farms.
Update: In one of the
pettiest pieces of pork-barrel politics we've seen in a long time, North
Carolina state Rep. Roger West, who just so happens to be a sponsor of
Brasstown's annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop, has introduced Senate Bill 60,
also sneeringly known as "The Opossum Right-to-Work Act."
At face value, the bill appears
to be simply a way to skirt a judge's recent ruling that outlawed the cruel
event. But it's actually far more insidious than that—it would also strip other
wildlife protections and would allow wild animals to be held in captivity
for unspecified periods of time, put on display for profit or publicity, and
exploited for some unspecified "other purpose." The bill even seeks
to exempt some activities from the state's anti-cruelty law. TV icon Bob Barker
has sent a letter to members of the North Carolina Senate urging them to reject
the bill, and if you're a North Carolina resident, we hope you will do the same and get all your
neighbors to weigh in, too.
Originally posted on November 14th, 2012:
After the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC),
despite an objection from PETA, issued a made-up permit to Clay Logan to possess an opossum for his cruel annual New Year's Eve "Opossum
Drop"—in which a terrified opossum is abducted, held captive, then
suspended and lowered into a horde of boisterous revelers—at his general store
in Brasstown, PETA took the matter to court. Now
the verdict's in, and the animal with the gray fur scored a victory over the
folks with the red faces—and necks.
That's right, y'all: Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G.
Morrison Jr. ruled in PETA's favor, finding that in North Carolina, citizens "are prohibited from capturing
and using wild animals for pets or amusement" and that the "WRC
has no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display
of a native wild animal at the Opossum Drop Event." As a result, the WRC may not "issue any permit or license for possessing and publicly
displaying a live opossum for use in an 'Opossum Drop' event or for any other public display of a
live opossum or other native wild animal."
Each year, several weeks prior to New Year's Eve, Logan has captured
an opossum from the wild and confined the animal before hoisting him or her high
into the air on New Year's Eve, and then, with a raucous crowd cheering and the
noise of fireworks, live music, and the firing of muskets and cannons, lowered
the frightened animal into the fray. Opossums are shy animals who are terrified
of humans—their primary predator—and vulnerable to stress-related conditions because
of captivity, including capture myopathy, which can result in death days or
even weeks after release back into the wild.
Causing animals pain or distress should never be cause for
celebration. Learn more about entertainment that doesn't harm animals as well as how to live in
harmony with wildlife.
How did you celebrate your last birthday? Did you have dinner at a nice restaurant? Take in a ballgame? Go to your friend's house for a surprise party? PETA Foundation staffer Kendall Bryant—aka "The Straw Boss"—would have none of that. She spent her birthday delivering straw bedding to cold dogs in North Carolina with her accomplice Dan "CircusesHurtAnimals.com" Carron. And because Kendall is a talented photographer and videographer, she documented her trip and turned it into a must-see video:
Kendall and Dan met pit bulls Tyson, Diamond, Pretty, and Tiger, who were all struggling to stay warm as best they could during the first snowfall of the winter. You can tell by their furiously wagging tails that they were nearly as thrilled to get some attention as they were to get fluffy straw, a hearty meal, and, in the case of Tyson, a lightweight tie-out to replace his heavy logging chain.
The pair also helped Bear, a golden retriever mix whose drinking water had frozen solid, and a pack of beagles, possibly used for hunting, who eagerly gobbled up the food that they were offered. (Many people don't realize that dogs kept outside in the wintertime burn more calories to keep warm and therefore need more food.)
In total, Kendall and Dan helped 18 dogs, three rabbits, a cat, and a rooster that day. I'd call that a birthday well spent.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.