Reasons to Stop Animal Testing and Class B Animal Dealers.
It’s unethical to sentence 100 million thinking, feeling animals to life in a laboratory cage and intentionally cause them pain, loneliness, and fear.
It’s bad science. The Food and Drug Administration reports that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans.
It’s wasteful. Animal experiments prolong the suffering of people waiting for effective cures by misleading experimenters and squandering precious money, time, and resources that could have been spent on human-relevant research.
It’s archaic. Forward-thinking scientists have developed humane, modern, and effective non-animal research methods, including human-based micro-dosing, in vitro technology, human-patient simulators, and sophisticated computer modeling, that are cheaper, faster, and more accurate than animal tests.
The world doesn’t need another eyeliner, hand soap, food ingredient, drug for erectile dysfunction, or pesticide so badly that it should come at the expense of animals’ lives.
Urge Investigation of CDC Laboratories Using Animals for Research
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—which imprisons thousands of animals—has a long history of violating federal animal welfare laws and guidelines. Not long ago, PETA released disturbing leaked photos of monkeys at CDC labs who suffered third-degree burns over their arms and backs as a result of incompetence and negligence. We obtained documents showing, among other abuses, that when CDC employees failed to monitor an owl monkey who had undergone experimental surgery, the distressed monkey pulled out the sutures and her intestines spilled out of the wound. Eventually, she stopped breathing.
Now, PETA has received more government reports documenting glaring incompetence and gross mistreatment in the CDC's laboratories—leading to immense suffering and cruel deaths for animals, including incidents in which:
- Fifteen mice died or had to be euthanized after they were placed in cages that were still hot from high-temperature sterilization equipment. The mice were reported as showing "increased salivation" and "signs of distress due to hyperthermia."
- A calf died of hypothermia in a barn that was known to have a malfunctioning heater.
- A pigtail macaque monkey was either inadvertently inoculated with simian-human immunodeficiency or acquired the infection from a positive animal. It was not known which.
- On two separate occasions, prairie dogs died after becoming stuck in an unsecured floor drain.
- Five mice died painfully of asphyxiation after the ventilation pump to their enclosure was turned off.
- Two ferrets and 40 mice were inoculated with an H9N2 virus, which was later confirmed to be contaminated with the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus. The animals were all killed.
- During a viral study using embryonated eggs, 17 eggs were inadvertently allowed to hatch. All of the chicks were killed.
The new revelations follow more than a decade of documented problems of abuse, neglect, and incompetence in the CDC's laboratories. The CDC has an annual budget that exceeds $6 billion, with more than $500 million earmarked for "monitoring health and ensuring laboratory excellence." In contrast to other laboratories that use animals covered under federal regulations, government laboratories—like those operated by the CDC—are not subject to federal inspections. The CDC's lack of accountability has resulted in egregious suffering for animals and perilous working conditions for employees.Please join PETA in urging the federal government to investigate the CDC's laboratories. http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-feds-investigate-cdcs-laboratories/?utm_campaign=101415%20Urge%20Feds%20Investigate%20CDCs%20Laboratories&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert
PETA Investigations Reveal Taxpayer-Funded Torture at UNC Laboratory. The University of North Carolina (See the video below)
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill receives millions in taxpayer dollars, yet, as PETA revealed, it did not provide even the minimal standard of care to animals it used in federally funded research.
PETA conducted two undercover investigations of UNC–Chapel Hill’s animal laboratories, from February 2002 to January 2003 and from January through November 2003. During the second investigation, we hoped to find some improvement, but the university hadn’t changed its cruel practices, and animals continued to suffer.
In our first investigation, a PETA investigator who worked as an animal care technician found that chronic under staffing, incompetence, indifference, neglect, and outright cruelty caused rats and mice to be denied basic needs, including adequate space, food, water, and veterinary care. Some were even denied a humane death. Many of the animals were subjected to severe trauma, prolonged suffering, and agonizingly slow and grisly deaths.
A year after our first investigation began, a PETA undercover investigator went back inside UNC–Chapel Hill laboratories, hoping that UNC had cleaned up its act. But contrary to what UNC had assured the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the government agency that investigated our charges, we still found that animals were severely crowded, left without veterinary care, and killed inhumanely.
What the Investigator Witnessed
During our first investigation, PETA’s investigator documented—almost daily—the failure or refusal of researchers and their staff to meet basic animal care and use standards.
Animals at UNC were routinely denied veterinary care, including in the following instances:
- A researcher killed 23 mice in the presence of our investigator by breaking their necks with a metal cage-card holder. When our investigator later removed the mice from the dead-animal cooler, she found one still alive but paralyzed by a broken neck. Our investigator routinely found live animals in the dead-animal cooler.
- A researcher doused 8-day-old rat pups (“pinkies”) with ethyl alcohol and cut their heads off with scissors. He admitted that he was supposed to put the pups on ice for four minutes prior to cutting their heads off because “animal rights people” and the “committee” believe it is more humane. He said that when they write up their procedure reports, they say that they put the pups on ice, as required by the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) policy.
- Mice lost eyes as a result of grossly substandard skill in performing retro-orbital bleeding (sticking a glass pipette into the back of the animal’s eye to draw blood).
Many animals were denied euthanasia and left to suffer for days, including in the following instances:
- A mouse with a distended belly was recommended for euthanasia by a veterinary technician and a veterinarian who had the authority to euthanize on the spot. Repeated calls to the researcher’s office seeking permission to euthanize the animal went unanswered. As a result, the mouse suffered for six additional days.
- A rat suffered for 25 days with a discolored and enlarged abscess because it was thought that she was pregnant. She was put out of her misery only after the staff realized that she was not pregnant.
- Mice with implants breaking through their skin and rats with “huge sores” and “oozing scabs” around the devices implanted in their skulls were considered “normal.”
Extremely crowded cages—such as those in the following cases—were the norm:
- Newborn animals were often trampled and suffocated under the bodies of their cage mates or starved to death when they were unable to find or reach their mothers.
- “Overcrowded” cards placed on cages to protect animals from the dangers of severe crowding were routinely ignored by researchers and research technicians, who often threw the cards into the garbage without separating animals in the cages as required by policy.
Animals were deprived of food and water. Rats used in alcohol experiments at UNC’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies were given nothing to eat or drink but a liquid diet consisting of alcohol, sucrose water, and some nutrients for two weeks or more in order to force them to drink alcohol—which they would never do under normal circumstances. The rats were so hungry that they began eating their own feces and possibly their bedding. A researcher hypothesized that a rat whom our investigator found emaciated and foaming at the mouth had gotten drunk, eaten his bedding, and choked when it became wet and swelled in his trachea or esophagus.
To read the rest: http://www.peta.org/features/unc/
Demand Shutdown of US Meat Animal Research Center
The US Meat Animal Research Center uses your tax dollars to fund cruel and needless experiments upon farmed animals that have resulted in abusive genetic manipulation, senseless death, and immense suffering.
According to a recent New York Times article, the 55-acre facility in Nebraska confines 30,000 animals exploited for research. While more than $20 million in tax-payer funding is provided annually to the facility, workers claim they lack sufficient monies for shelter and veterinary care. More than 6,500 animals have starved to death since the facility's inception and a 11-17% mortality rate is considered acceptable.
This must end. Tell the United States Secretary of Agriculture to stop using your tax-payer dollars to fund needless cruelty to farmed animals.
Is Your School Animal-Friendly?
Winter break was magical and wonderful and perfect, and how is it over already, right? Going back to school sucks, but with a new year and a brand-new semester, you have a purrfect opportunity to make this second half of the school year the best ever! Here are 11 surefire ways to make your school more animal-friendly in 2015:
1. Start an animal rights club.
Starting an animal rights club is an AWESOME way to A) get even MORE of your friends into animal rights, B) get peeps to work on campaigns with you (see options below!), and C) maybe even make some new compassionate friends. It’s also a good way to beef up your college applications and show those universities what an injustice-fightin’ superstar you are.
2. Ditch dissection.
Seriously, cutting up dead animals in biology class to learn about … life? THAT MAKES NO SENSE. Dissection is a cruel industry, and MILLIONS of animals are killed for it every single year. Many states give you the right to refuse classroom dissection—and it’s ALWAYS worth speaking your mind and asking for an alternative project.
3. Get your teachers on board.
A project on animal rights for homework? Um, yes! The humane-education division of PETA, TeachKind, is an awesome resource to share with your teachers—it’s full of animal-related lesson plans and tips for the classroom that will inspire them to start teaching animal rights. They can even request to have a peta2 staffer visit your school to give a classroom presentation. Send them a link to TeachKind.org and ask them to check it out ASAP.
4. Get your school lunches on point.
If thinking about your cafeteria’s food makes you hurl, it’s time to take charge. Make it a goal this semester to persuade your school to trade out the bland French fries or green beans for an actually tasty and filling vegan option, like a veggie burger! Yummmmm.
5. Say BUH-BYE to cruel field trips.
End-of-year field trips to zoos, circuses, marine parks, or other miserable places that keep animals in captivity? Heck, no! Be bold in 2015—if your school is planning a cruel field trip, either write a letter to or meet with your principal and ask him or her not to support businesses that exploit animals and to choose a different destination.
6. Make sure your school doesn’t use glue traps.
Glue traps are BEYOND cruel death sentences for rodents and any other animals who find themselves trapped on their sticky, adhesive surfaces. Sadly, some schools actually use these awful things to ensnare animals—even though they cause animals slow, agonizing deaths. Find out if your school uses glue traps, and if so, take charge and explain to your principal why they shouldn’t be used.
7. Deck the halls … with posters!
Get permission from your school to hang some posters up in the hallways, on bulletin boards, or in the cafeteria. Then grab a few friends (or your fellow animal rights club members ) and get creative making some eye-catching posters that’ll get people thinking.
8. Hold a fundraiser to help animals.
Fundraisers are so easy and so helpful. Find a teacher to help you, and then round up your friends and classmates and ask them to bring in old blankets, towels, leashes, and dog and cat toys so that you can donate them to a local open-admission animal shelter. Or you could ask permission to host an all-vegan bake sale during lunchtime and donate the money you raise to help animals in need. Feel good, get brownie points, and help animals. Win, win, win!
9. DON’T do a fundraiser that hurts animals.
Stupidest things ever? Donkey basketball, pig-kissing contests, goldfish-eating events, and other idiotic fundraisers that involve exploiting animals for “entertainment.” If your school hosts anything like this, make a stink! Go talk to your principal, have fellow students sign a petition, and offer to help your teachers come up with other ways to raise money and have fun.
10. Get crafty with your book covers.
It’s a new year, so it’s probably time to refurbish your tore-up book covers. Turn the mundane into an awesome chance to show off your artistic skillz AND get your activism on by making adorable book covers with animal rights messages. It’ll give ya something to live for during geometry class. #snooze
11. Let peta2 help you!
Have a question about tackling an animal issue at school? Want us to send ya some free leaflets and stickers so you can table during lunch and spread the word about going vegan, shopping cruelty-free, and helping animals? We’ve got your back—e-mail us at email@example.com any day, any time, and we’ll get back at you as soon as we can.
And don’t forget to download peta2’s FREE iPhone app so you can complete missions on the go!
THE DIRTY DOZEN: 12 Worst CEOs for Animals in Laboratories
Pharmaceutical firms, chemical companies, contract testing facilities, and some cosmetics manufacturers are bad news for millions of animals locked in their laboratories. But when it comes to cruelty, some cause even more pain and misery than others.
To name the worst of the worst, we’ve looked at the number of animals the companies killed, the most painful and invasive experiments conducted, how far they lag behind industry animal protection standards, their refusal to use available non-animal test methods, and their appalling histories of federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.
12. Martin J. Barrington, Altria (parent company of Philip Morris)
For decades, Big Tobacco used misleading tests on animals—and ignored what was clear from studies on humans—to claim that cigarettes were not harmful to human health. These days, Philip Morris, the number one cigarette manufacturer in the U.S., continues to abuse and kill animals voluntarily to develop new ingredients and products even though the tests are not required, superior non-animal methods exist, and the health risks of tobacco are well known.
11. Scott Marshall, Marshall Farms Group Ltd.
Marshall Farms is one of the world’s largest breeders of beagles, ferrets, minipigs, and hound dogs for sale to experimentation laboratories. The company also sells blood, blood products, and tissue derived from animals. With facilities in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, and India, Marshall is a global purveyor of misery and death.
10. Ian C. Read, Pfizer
Every year, Pfizer subjects huge numbers of animals to cruel and lethal experiments. In 2011, Pfizer experimented on nearly 50,000 animals—including 2,557 dogs, 1,159 primates, 452 cats, 7,076 guinea pigs, 31,560 hamsters, 5,512 rabbits, 1,680 gerbils, and 161 horses—in its own laboratories. More than 15,000 of these animals were forced to endure painful experiments, and more than 6,000 were denied pain relief. These numbers don’t even include mice and rats or any of the animals tormented for Pfizer experiments in contract testing laboratories.
9. Alexandre de Juniac, Air France
While not a testing laboratory itself, Air France is one of the last airlines in the world to still accept blood money to transport primates to deadly fates in laboratories. Each year, it ships some of the tens of thousands of nonhuman primates who are ripped from their homes in the wild or bred on squalid monkey factory farms and flown around the world to be abused and killed in cruel and painful experiments.
8. Lamberto Andreotti, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Each year, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) torments
and kills tens of thousands of animals—including dogs, nonhuman
primates, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs—in cruel and painful tests
in which they have experimental drugs forced down their throats.
According to annual reports filed with the federal government, some dogs
and monkeys who are used in painful experiments at BMS are
intentionally not given any pain relief at all. According to former
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, nine out of 10
experimental drugs that appear promising in animal tests go on to fail
in human clinical trials.
7. Edison Liu, The Jackson Laboratory
The three blind mice of the nursery rhyme had it easy compared to the millions of mice who are bred, experimented on, and sold to other laboratories each year by The Jackson Laboratory (JAX). JAX genetically manipulates mice to be predisposed to developing cancerous tumors, to becoming obese, to having depressed immune systems, to experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression, and to developing crippling diseases and other debilitating ailments. JAX has also bred mice who become paralyzed in one or more limbs.
6. Mike Addy, Tier 1 Group, LLC
Mike Addy is the CEO of the notorious military training contractor Tier 1 Group, LLC, which became the poster child for the military’s cruel war on animals when PETA released a horrific undercover video of a trauma training drill conducted by the company for the U.S. Coast Guard. The footage showed live goats who had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers, their organs yanked out, and their abdomens stabbed while they moaned and kicked in apparent pain.
5. Takeshi KC Yamakawa, Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories USA
Takeshi Yamakawa is the CEO of Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) USA, Ltd., a contract testing laboratory that torments tens of thousands of primates, dogs, rabbits, and other animals every year in painful and lethal experiments to test products for other companies. SNBL also imports hundreds of primates into the U.S. every year.
4. Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck
Every year, pharmaceutical multinational Merck subjects tens of thousands of animals—including dogs, monkeys, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, sheep, rats, and mice—to cruel and painful experiments in which they are poisoned, infected, mutilated, and killed. Animals are force-fed massive quantities of Merck’s experimental drugs—even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail or cause harm in human trials. Merck is also one of a tiny handful of shameful places that continues to conduct invasive experiments on chimpanzees even though it is widely acknowledged by scientists worldwide that they are not needed to develop or test drugs to ensure human health.
3. Sherilyn McCoy, Avon
For more than two decades, Avon was one of the largest and best-known companies on PETA’s cruelty-free cosmetics list. But in 2012, PETA learned that when Avon decided to expand its business into China, the company started paying for tests in which chemicals are dripped into rabbits’ eyes and rubbed onto animals’ bare skin. Avon apparently did not challenge the Chinese government’s demand for painful animal tests—which only duplicate safety information already gleaned from non-animal tests—but simply rolled over and paid for the tests. Moreover, Avon did not inform PETA or consumers that its policies had changed and continued marketing its products as “cruelty-free.”
2. Joseph Herring, Covance
As the world’s largest breeder of dogs destined for suffering and pain in experiments—and as the biggest importer of primates for experimental purposes in the U.S.—Covance and its chief executing officer, Joseph Herring, peddle misery and death. Covance is a contract testing company that tests everything from drugs to industrial chemicals to cosmetics ingredients for client companies. In Covance’s tests, animals have caustic chemicals dripped into their eyes and experimental substances applied to their raw and abraded skin. They have been forced to ingest or inhale deadly toxins, and experimenters have intentionally induced cancer in animals.
1. James C. Foster, Charles River Laboratories
James C. Foster, CEO of Charles River Laboratories, is the worst CEO for animals in laboratories. Charles River makes its profits by breeding and selling millions of animals—from mice to monkeys—for use in cruel and invasive experiments in laboratories around the world. The world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments, Charles River supplies one of every two animals used in experimentation—which means that the company has a hand in fully half of all the pain, misery, fear, and distress endured by animals in laboratories. The company is the second-largest importer of nonhuman primates into the U.S., bringing in thousands of monkeys who have been stolen from their homes in the wild or bred on decrepit monkey factory farms. We don’t know how Foster sleeps at night.
Animal Dealer's Are one's that buy animals and sell them to testing labs. Investigation Reveals Animals Bashed, Drowned, and Frozen ALIVE (see video below)
On December 11, PETA released eyewitness footage and photos that exposed the extreme suffering of rats, mice, reptiles, hedgehogs, and other animals at a Colorado animal dealers’ warehouse and pet store. An estimated 10,000 rodents—crowded shoulder to shoulder in filthy tubs on “bedding” that was saturated with weeks’ worth of waste—were kept in bins and metal troughs inside the warehouse. The dealers didn’t employ a single full-time worker to care for those animals. Hundreds of rats were found dying or dead and decomposing. An owner and manager also admittedly killed reptiles and rodents by putting them in freezers.
Investigation Shows Heartbreaking Experiments on Baby Monkeys (see the video below)
This investigation revealed that 40 to 60 monkeys are born at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory each year—and many of them are intentionally bred to be genetically predisposed to mental illness for extremely cruel experiments. Half of these babies are stolen from their mothers just hours after being born—and they’ll never see them again. The point of these experiments is to inflict mental trauma on the motherless babies and cause them to experience intense fear, aggression, depression, and anxiety. Many of the tormented baby monkeys are so traumatized that they experience hair loss and diarrhea, and some even engage in self-mutilation.