year 2011 was an amazing one for PETA as many important victories for animals were scored. Here is just a sample (in no particular order as they were all so
tremendous) of the many victories achieved throughout the year:
After more than 40,000 supporters of PETA and our
affiliates around the world sent e-mails urging Unilever, parent company to
Lipton, to stop testing tea on animals and after representatives from PETA and
our affiliates in India and Europe flew to London to meet with Unilever—the
world's largest tea maker, which also makes PG tips tea—the company agreed to halt all
Leading international clothing and accessory retailer Mango—which has a total of 2,060
stores in 104 countries worldwide—banned the use of exotic skins in its product lines after meeting with PETA and learning about the extreme animal suffering caused
by the exotic-skins industry.
huge victory for vervet monkeys, the U.S. Army, following a massive PETA campaign,
ended cruel and archaic training exercises at Aberdeen Proving Ground in which
dozens of primates were poisoned.
Ringling Bros. circus allowed a lion named Clyde to
bake to death in a boxcar, euthanized an 8-month-old elephant named Riccardo after he shattered both his hind legs during a forced training session involving a bullhook and a rope on his trunk, and violently beat a young elephant named
Angelica with a bullhook while she was chained. Despite Ringling's gross violations of the
Animal Welfare Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) never took action
against the circus. But after years of prodding and numerous meetings with PETA,
the USDA finally acted
and fined the hellhole known as Ringling Bros. a whopping $270,000—the largest fine in
five years of efforts by PETA's scientists—which included lobbying, submitting testimony, and publishing
scientific articles—as well as 25,000 letters and e-mails from PETA supporters,
the Environmental Protection Agency issued a plan to switch to non-animal methods and implement changes to the endocrine-disruptor screening program that have the
potential to save more than 3 million animals.
After 18 months
of protests and thousands of calls and e-mails, Brookstone pulled the cruel Frog-O-Sphere from its shelves.
Following a PETA undercover
investigation at Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS), a North
Carolina grand jury indicted four individuals who worked at PLRS, including a supervisor, on 14 felony cruelty-to-animals
charges. This case marks the first time in U.S. history that laboratory workers
have faced felony cruelty charges for their abuse and neglect of animals in a
laboratory and the second criminal prosecution of cruelty to animals used in
experimentation. The best news of all: The laboratory was shut down.
PETA went after the California Milk Advisory Board and the
California Department of Food and Agriculture for false statements made by the board
about the health, welfare, and standard of care of California cows. After a
major legal battle, the
court ordered both agencies to turn over thousands of pages of documents that they were withholding
illegally. The documents show that in part because of pressure from PETA, the board
decided to discontinue the hideous "Happy Cows" campaign.
After meeting with PETA and learning about the abuse
of animals in circuses and other animal exhibits, Simon Property Group—the
largest real estate company in the country—banned all wild-animal exhibits at all of its properties.
As a result of pressure from PETA and more than 125,000 of
our supporters, the University
of Michigan and Utah's
Primary Children's Medical Center ended cruel intubation training exercises in which cats were tormented. PETA
also worked privately to convince the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Nationwide
Children's Hospital to stop the practice as well.
PETA's scientists convinced the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to accept a new reproductive toxicity test that cuts the number of animals used
in half. This change saves 1,300 animals per test and will be accepted worldwide.
After being presented with evidence—including video footage from PETA's
undercover investigation—making the case that animals warehoused in Elizabeth
Owen's Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, storage units were in desperate need of
emergency intervention and care, Horry County Judge Bradley Mayers signed an order to seize custody
and control of the animals. While
some were too ill and badly neglected to survive, many found loving homes.
2011 marked a year of impressive victories for animals, we are already hard at
work to make 2012 an even more victorious year. Please consider supporting our efforts to help put a stop to cruelty to
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