Alabama Shelter Stops Cruel “Heart Sticks”

October 2003

Thanks to PETA’s intercession, intracardiac (heart) injections on conscious animals–painful procedures involving penetration of the needle through the rib cage, chest wall, sensitive tissue, and–in many cases–the lung and a sheath of nerves between the ribs, and then directly into the beating heart–are no longer performed at the Montgomery Humane Society in Alabama. We are currently working with the organization to address other issues as well.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind