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Fightin’ for Their Rights

Written by PETA | March 30, 2009


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As a Midwestern gal, I would like to take you on a quick, two-stop, cruelty-free tour of my section of the U.S. It’s a little something I’m calling the Midwest Victory Tour. Sometimes I feel as though this part of the country gets a bum rap, so this tour is to give props to two forward-thinking Midwestern educational institutions, one in Wisconsin and one in Utah, that have recently stopped exploiting animals. If only all schools could be as progressive.

First stop on the Midwest Victory Tour is a school district in Wisconsin. A concerned citizen contacted us after learning that the district was offering a kids’ summer science course that included six dissections as well as an activity in which students were given a live rat to “care for” throughout the duration of the course. We contacted the school immediately about cutting out the old-school classroom dissections and to inform school officials that rats need constant care and compassion, not a summer course’s worth of “caretaking.” After nearly a year of persistent follow-up, we are excited to let you know that this course is finally history!

Our next stop on the tour takes us to a Utah educational nonprofit that was recommending experiments in which live goldfish were put in ice baths in order to cause hypothermia. Since the experimenters probably wouldn’t do this sort of thing to Fluffy, the family kitty, we sent the nonprofit a letter outlining why it’s cruel to freeze any kitten—including sea kittens. After hearing our suggestion for cruelty-free coursework, the nonprofit has agreed to no longer suggest shocking the nervous systems of these adorable goldkittens for classroom experiments.

Well, that’s the end of our Midwest Victory Tour. See, it’s not all beef-expos and pus-farms in the Midwest. There’s some compassion for animals too.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Kellie says:

    Who cares about the fish… not this company… Aquarium fire causes $70000 damage to Hillsboro business by Tom Hallman Jr. The Oregonian Sunday July 05 2009 539 PM A small fire in aquarium equipment caused an estimated $70000 damage to a foyer outside the president’s office at Hillsboro’s Bretthauer Oil Company. Hillsboro firefighters were sent to the company at 1116 a.m. after receiving an alarm. The building was closed and locked officials with Hillsboro Fire and Rescue said but firefighters could see smoke through office windows. The building is connected to a warehouse storing oils solvents and other petroleum products. More firefighters were called including some from the Cornelius Fire Department. When they entered the building firefighters found fire rolling up the wall and across the ceiling of a 20foot by 20foot interior foyer leading to the executive offices of the oil firm. They doused the flames and contained the fire to that one room officials said. Investigators examined the scene and were able to view the company’s security system which had a camera pointed directly at the aquarium. The video showed smoke rising from the support equipment for the 300gallon salt water aquarium that contained numerous tropical fish. Fire damage to the aquarium is estimated at $30000 with fire and smoke damage to the building and contents at another $40000. Company president Andy Bretthauer fire officials said reported the company will be open for business on Monday.

  • Saucy says:

    Keep fighting little friend! You have a very clever look about you. They’re bound to notice it.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    All beings are created equal.

  • Josh says:

    last year in seventh grade we put goldfish in icecube baths and im ashamed in taking part of this… this year i know am slightly smarter than last year and im def never ever using animals in tests!!! thanks peta for all you do.! you taught me and lots of other kids on how to respect living creature!

  • Leah says:

    That is good news! How did those kids at that Utah school stand watching those goldfish die? I was upset when my goldfish Chipper died of natural causes and yet they were unfeeling towards the cruel and completely unnatural deaths of those goldfish. How uncivilized! By the way I think that the mouse in the picture looks soooo cute! It has the most ADORABLE little face!!

  • Mary Cook says:

    Encouraging…keep up this important work! “Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead