These are the victories that have been won with a little help from a lot of caring folks. These victories are only possible when you vote or sign petitions. See what accomplishments have been made possible to help our precious animals and resources. Thank you for all your determination and commitments.
Thank you for taking action to help animals. Because of you, we have some very exciting victories to report from last month!
- Nosey the elephant's scheduled performance at International Market World in Florida was canceled! To help Nosey further, please urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke the license of the cruel exhibitor who is carting her around the country and forcing her to perform.
- Brunswick Recreation Center in Ohio was scheduled to host a cruel "donkey basketball" game. The event was canceled!
- Colby College in Maine is working to end the practice of "goldfish swallowing" at its annual St. Patrick's Day party.
- F.H. Furr, a plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning company in Virginia, aired an ad featuring a chimpanzee. Within hours, 15,000 of you took action and the company pulled the ad!
- We launched an action alert targeting a California refinery that was using poison as a means to control the bird population. The refinery made the compassionate decision to remove the poison.
Victory! South Dakota Ends Breed Discrimination
In a victory for dogs and their advocates, South Dakota officially became the eighteenth state to pass a law against breed discrimination when the Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill that will make all breeds equal in the eyes of the law.
Thankfully attitudes are catching up with reality when it comes to the effectiveness of targeting specific breeds – namely pit bulls – to improve safety in communities. Laws that discriminate against dogs based solely on their looks, otherwise known as breed discriminatory legislation (BDL) or breed specific legislation (BSL), are nothing but a costly and ineffective waste of time and money that punish responsible owners and kill innocent dogs.
A broad range of organizations have formally opposed BDL and were joined by the White House last year when it came out with an official statement in opposition to breed discrimination. The National Canine Research Council also points out that numerous studies have shown that BDL has not accomplished its goal of reducing dog bites in places where it has been enacted.
While opponents continue to fight against myths and stereotypes surrounding pit bulls that are perpetuated by the media, lawmakers are also recognizing that any dog can bite and are taking a common sense approach to dealing with dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners equally.
South Dakota’s bill, SB 75, will stop local governments from “enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds.” Not only will this prevent local governments from targeting certain breeds in the future, but it will also overturn existing bans.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-south-dakota-ends-breed-discrimination.html#ixzz2wbOsXpCr
Thanks to 37,000 Care2 members taking action, the more than one million pregnant pigs on Canadian farms will not have to spend their lives confined in a space so small they can’t even turn around. A Care2 petition demanded an urgent response to help mother pigs — and Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council and the Canadian Pork Council have created new regulations that ban the continuous confinement of sows in newly built and rebuilt facilities.
A new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs has just been released. Significantly, the new Code of Practice includes a long-overdue ban on continuously confining pregnant sows in gestation crates which, in an age of industrial-scale farming, have become a standard practice in North America. Facilities that are built or renovated after July 1, 2014 must now have group housing systems for pregnant sows, instead of keeping them in crates barely bigger than their own bodies.
Pig producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government representatives all worked in close consultation with a Scientific Committee (with specific expertise in pig behavior, health and welfare) to create Canada’s new regulations. In addition to calling for a ban on gestation crates, the new Code of Practice requires mandatory pain relief for pigs during castration and tail docking.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/success-canada-bans-gestation-crates-for-pigs.html#ixzz2wVhNVCr1
It’s been an incredible week for the animals! I’m excited to announce the passage of our bill in South Dakota that will prohibit discrimination against dogs of all kinds. And also the news from Chicago, where Best Friends played a key role in the passage of an ordinance to ban pet stores from selling dogs from puppy mills.
First, we turn to the Great Plains. South Dakota is known as the Mount Rushmore State. Well, move over Teddy and George! We’ve got a suggestion for a new face to chisel into the rock face … our own Ledy VanKavage, who, along with the crack legislative team at Best Friends, deserves the credit for the passage of this bill. Ledy spent quite a bit of time in South Dakota this year working with lawmakers, providing compelling testimony, and doing what she does best – protecting dogs from unjust and ineffective laws. We think she’d look good in granite! Of course, thank you to every South Dakotan who supported this and every lawmaker who voted yes.
Senate Bill 75 will prohibit any city or town in the state from enacting breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL). We know that BDL does nothing to make communities safer, and it costs too much money and far too many innocent lives. South Dakota joins a growing list of states that are working to ensure safe communities using a levelheaded approach.
If you’re in South Dakota, we still need your help. This is not a done deal until the governor has signed his name. He has five days to decide, so please click this link to take action right away!
Other states are considering this law right now. If you’re in Utah or Missouri, please take a minute to make sure you’ve told your lawmakers how you feel. We’ve made it very easy to do so; just a few clicks will make it happen.
Now to the Windy City. Chicago has become one of the largest cities in the country to ban the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, following the lead of Los Angeles (the nation’s second-largest city saw their ordinance go into effect last year).
2013 has been a tremendous year for animals, thanks to the dedication of PETA's more than 3 million members and supporters. Through the groundbreaking efforts of PETA and our international affiliates during recent weeks alone, countless rabbits, pigs, mice, goats, and other animals will be spared horrific suffering and abuse this holiday season.
The angora used to make sweaters, hats, and other clothing items comes from the fur of long-haired angora rabbits, and 90 percent of angora wool is produced in China, where PETA Asia's recent shocking investigation revealed that workers ripped the fur from rabbits' skin in handfuls while they were conscious and screaming.
More than 3 million people have viewed the disturbing video footage from this exposé, and thousands have pledged through PETA's website never to buy angora. This new investigation has not only shaken our supporters but also made waves throughout the fashion world. Some of the world's largest fashion retailers, including H&M, Esprit, and New Look have temporarily suspended angora production over animal-welfare concerns, and we're hopeful that growing pressure from caring people around the globe will inspire these and other companies to enact a full and permanent ban on angora products very soon.
Another terrific victory for animals comes on the heels of this summer's exciting announcement that India—one of the world's largest consumer markets—has ended animal tests for cosmetics and their ingredients, following PETA's and PETA India's campaigning and lobbying efforts, which were supported by government officials. In the months since that first announcement, PETA India has been working with Indian officials and others to push the government to expand these new regulations to ban the importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other countries as well. We're happy to share the news that India's Drugs Technical Advisory Board has recommended that government officials do just that, a move that we hope means that India will soon be joining the EU and Israel in banning both the testing of cosmetics on animals and the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals abroad.
Finally this month, after more than two years of discussions—and intense campaigns by PETA and our international affiliates during which nearly 30,000 people around the world took action—the Polish armed forces have told PETA that they have replaced trauma training exercises, during which animals were stabbed, injured, and killed, with medical simulators. They cited the information that PETA gave them about the benefits of modern human-simulation technology and the concerned letters that they received from supporters of PETA and its international affiliates as inspiring their decision. With this announcement, the Polish military joins 22 other NATO countries (out of 28) that don't harm or kill animals in military drills.
For a critically wounded soldier, having access to a well-trained medical-care provider can mean the difference between life and death. Yet despite numerous civilian and military studies documenting how modern human-patient simulators better prepare soldiers to perform lifesaving procedures than does cutting up animals, the U.S. military continues to shoot, stab, and mutilate pigs and goats in cruel training exercises. If you haven't already done so, please contact Pentagon officials and urge them to follow the lead of Poland and halt these terrible training drills.
Your support is what makes every one of PETA's many victories for animals possible. Thank you for everything that you do for animals both during this holiday season and throughout the year.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
Victory! Washington University Ends Cruel Cat Lab
- by Alicia Graef June 4, 2013
Following some heavy campaigning against the practice, Washington University has announced that it will no longer be using cats to teach students in its Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS) course how to perform tracheal intubation.
The procedure, which is intended to teach students how to place a tube down a newborn’s windpipe, involves placing a hard plastic tube down cats’ throats, which can cause them to suffer from a number of issues from bruising, bleeding, swelling and scarring to broken teeth, collapsed lungs, chronic pain and death.
Washington University was believed to be the last school that still used live animals in its PALS course and had continued to justify the practice by saying the cats weren’t harmed and were adopted out after three years of “service,” although no one can verify that claim.
While animal advocates have been campaigning to get the school to stop using cats for years, a recent surge in pressure from different fronts including an undercover investigation by PETA, a letter from Bob Barker criticizing the practice and offering $75,000 to buy state-of-the-art infant simulators, local activists holding weekly protests at the school and almost 18,000 signatures on a petition asking the school to stop using cats may have finally pushed the school make the decision.
According to Alexandria Faye of the St. Louis Alliance for Medical Progress, local animal advocates were mid-protest when students informed them that cats would no longer be used for the course. A spokesman for the St. Louis Children’s hospital, which works in conjunction with Washington University, later confirmed to the Riverfront Times that the PALS course “does not include live-animal training” and that this “is a permanent change to the course.”
Washington University now joins a host of other schools that have given up the cruel and unnecessary practice of using live animals to teach students medical procedures, and will instead use infant simulators that are anatomically correct, can be used repeatedly and do not cause harm to any living being – which are also recommended by the American Heart Association, the organization that sponsors and creates the curriculum for PALS training programs.
As for the fate of the nine cats who were being used in the PALS course, the school is aware of offers from Five Acres Animal Shelter, Sacred Ground Sanctuary and Bob Barker to re-home them, but there has been no official word on what their futures hold yet. For updates, keep an eye on the St. Louis Alliance for Medical Progress’ Facebook page.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-washington-university-ends-cruel-cat-lab.html#ixzz2WPSOmh3h
I’m pleased to share a historic victory Mercy For Animals has just won on behalf of factory-farmed birds!
Yesterday, Brian Douglas, a worker at a factory farm owned by Butterball – the nation’s largest turkey meat producer - pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty after being caught on hidden camera by a Mercy For Animals investigator torturing animals.
This marks the first-ever felony conviction on behalf of factory-farmed birds in US history—a major legal milestone in our work to protect farmed animals.
MFA’s investigation into a Butterball factory farm in North Carolina revealed workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, workers bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, and severely injured birds denied any form of veterinary care.
For his crimes, Douglas will serve a sentence of 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months intensive probation and 36 months supervised probation. In addition, he will pay $550 in fees and fines, provide a DNA sample to the state, and will be subject to warrantless searches.
We await the outcome of the cases of four other Butterball employees also charged with cruelty to animals.
This conviction sends a loud and clear message to Butterball, and factory farmers nationwide, that animal cruelty will not be tolerated!
Please donate today to help us continue our vital work to expose, and end, the atrocities committed against animals on factory farms across the nation.
Without our investigations, the suffering and cries of farmed animals will continue to go unnoticed, unchecked, and unpunished.
Your generous contributions allow MFA to send our brave undercover investigators into America's factory farms—capturing on hidden camera the ugly truths that animal abuse industries work so diligently to hide. We are oftentimes the only watchdog and voice farmed animals have.
MFA believes, as do you, that no animal should have to live a life filled with fear, violence, and prolonged suffering.
Victory! New York and Iowa Ag Gag Bills Die
Following failure in Florida and Minnesota, the New York and Iowa state legislative sessions have come to a close without the passage of their Ag Gag bills. which would have criminalized undercover investigations of farms. These bills, which were openly promoted by agribusiness, would have silenced whistle blowers and made it illegal for anyone to take or possess photos or video on farms, while agribusinesses would have been left unaccountable. Iowa’s bill died, ironically, right on the heels of yet another undercover investigation released by Mercy for Animals of Iowa Select Farms in Kamrar, Iowa, the fourth largest pork producer in the U.S.
Those who can stomach going undercover to document the cruelty that
Big Ag would happily keep contained behind closed doors have exposed
cruel treatment, which has lead to criminal charges being filed, in
addition to new regulations being put in place. These investigations
also provide an opportunity for the public to make informed choices
about what they consume, along with providing people with the ability to
make decisions about acceptable standard industry practices and reform
of animal cruelty laws. While it’s a victory for animals and the First Amendment now, there is a chance they could be brought back next year.
Victory! Cincinnati Repeals Breed Ban
Victory! Cincinnati Repeals Breed Ban
Dog lovers and animal advocates finally saw a victory yesterday when the Cincinnati City Council in Ohio voted 8-1 to repeal language in the city’s vicious dog ordinance that made owning a pit bull within city limits illegal.
“It’s fantastic. It’s been a long effort, but we’ve had some great supporters from all across the country … that’s had an overwhelming affect on Council. Dog owners, of pit bulls or not, have flooded Council with requests to change the law,” said Jim Tomaszewski, SPCA Cincinnati trustee and lobbyist for the removal of the city’s BSL.
The ban had been in effect since 2003 under the guise of public safety and was kept despite an amendment to state laws last February that changed the definition of vicious dogs so that they would no no longer be defined solely based on looks.
Fortunately, advocates kept fighting for the repeal arguing that it was wasting law enforcement’s time, along with a lot of taxpayer money spent on supporting confiscated dogs while their cases were pending and prosecuting the few people who kept pit bulls, in addition to the fact that it adversely affects good dogs and responsible owners.
A Task Force for the Humane Treatment of Animals will also be created to crack down on animal abusers and promote humane care.
by Alicia Graef
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-cincinnati-repeals-breed-ban.html#ixzz1vrkDMd00
Success! Three University Medical Centers End the Use of Animals in Training Courses
We can all agree that every doctor needs to be trained in the latest and most effective life-saving techniques, but animals shouldn't be harmed in the process. Now three new universities have to come to that same conclusion.
While many medical training centers use Simulab's TraumaMan System simulator, a life-like dummy that can more realistically mimic real human symptoms and complications during Advanced Trauma Life Support courses, a few still use animals as training tools, mostly dogs, goats and pigs.
Thanks to the hard work of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and over 29,000 wonderful Care2 members who signed this petition, three new universities have ended their use of animals as medical training tools!
Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have promised to end the cruelty against animals and invest in more ethical ways of training doctors to save lives.
On behalf of the animals that will go on to live long and full lives instead of being a teaching aid, thank you, Care2 animal lovers! http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/success-three-university-medical-centers-end-the-use-of-animals-in-training-courses/
Care2 Success! No More Tiny Battery Cages For Hens In UK
Victory! The UK is finally free of cruel barren battery cages.
Last year the European Union (EU) banned the use of these tiny battery cages for hens, with EU member countries required to use “enriched” cages instead. The UK was one of 14 EU countries not to comply with this ban – until this week.
We want to say a big “Thank You” to the more than 4,500 Care2 activists who signed our petition asking British egg producers to stop using these cages.
From The Daily Mail:
More than 24 million egg-laying birds are kept in battery cages in the UK at any one time, producing 72 per cent of the country’s supplies.
Each wire cage allows 450sq cm – less space than an A4 sheet of paper – per bird. From 18 weeks of age she will remain for a year and will produce around 300 eggs.
The birds are routinely given medicated food to curtail the spread of disease in the cramped and hot conditions. There will routinely be four or five birds to a cage, but the conditions prevent normal behaviour, such as nest building, flapping wings, dust-bathing and perching.
At the end of their lives, the often emaciated birds are only fit only to be used in food processing.
Hens Will Now Live In “Enriched” Cages
The ban on these cages means that egg producers will replace them with so-called “enriched” cages; a bigger space, plus a nest box, a higher roof, some litter in a scratching area and a perch, about three inches from the bottom of the cage. That still sounds excruciatingly small, but this is one step forward.
The European Commission has begun proceedings against the other 13 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
Of course, you can also make sure the eggs and the products with eggs in them that you buy are from non-cage systems. Why not buy eggs from organic, free-range hens?
Ireland Bans Puppy Mills
Ireland is called the Puppy Farm of Europe, but lawmakers hope that infamous reputation has come to an end as new legislation restricts commercial puppy mills throughout the country.
On New Year’s Day the Irish government got serious about protecting dogs with two new laws. They implemented the Dogs Breeding Establishments Act and the Welfare of Greyhounds Act.
The Dogs Breeding Establishments Act controls dog breeders and forces them to provide humane care under strict standards and regulations. Some of the regulations include: keeping dogs in clean housing that is not overcrowded, providing bedding, fresh food and water and exercising the dogs.
The law calls for local veterinarians to inspect all of the kennels and gives them the authority to shut down a facility where dogs are not being properly cared for. Vets will also monitor that females have only one litter of puppies in a year.
All puppies must be micro-chipped so they can be traced back to a specific breeder in case of a problem and all breeders must be registered.
Harsh penalties will be imposed for anyone who doesn’t comply with the new laws. Animal activists are pleased with the regulations and think it will stop unethical breeders in the country.
The Welfare of Greyhounds Act mandates higher welfare standards for the humane treatment of working greyhounds, breeding greyhounds and their offspring.
Both of these laws should make a happy difference in the lives of thousands of Ireland’s dogs.
Good news for Doggies in New York
to the hard work of petition signers and concerned animal activists,
New York City Council has passed two great legislations to provide more
protection for dogs in the city. The first legislation limits the number of hours a dog can be chained
up outside to three. This legislation also puts strict regulations on
how heavy the chain can be and completely forbids the use of choke
collars. The fine for breaking any of these is up to $500. The second legislation passed increases the unaltered dog license fee
from $11.50 to $34. This fee increase will hopefully encourage dog
owners to spay or neuter their pets. The extra money will go towards
programs in New York that help control dog overpopulation. For the full article: Care2
Posted: 22 Jul 2010 07:37 AM PDT
The big news in Congress this week is that the House overwhelmingly passed the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act, introduced by Representatives Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., by a sweeping vote of 416 to 3. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Senators Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., have vowed to lead the fight for this legislation.
We are making progress on other priorities, too, in the 111th Congress. With a tough budget climate and competing national priorities for federal spending, HSUS and HSLF continue to make the case on Capitol Hill that adequate federal funding is necessary to enforce the nation’s animal welfare laws. And it’s money well spent since improved enforcement for animal protection means improvements in food safety, public health, consumer protection, disaster planning, anti-crime initiatives, and other related issues.
Once again this year, we rallied the support of a strong bipartisan group of 40 senators and 131 representatives—led by Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Chris Smith, R-N.J.—to request funds needed to improve enforcement of animal welfare programs. Thanks to the outstanding leadership of the chairs of the agriculture appropriations subcommittees—Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.—the signs look promising for animal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011.
The House and Senate bills to fund the budget of the U.S. Department of Agriculture aren’t yet finished, but both have cleared significant intermediate hurdles (the House bill was approved at the subcommittee level and the Senate bill was approved by the full committee). Both bills maintain strong levels of funding for the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and the federal law to combat dogfighting and cockfighting, as well as programs for veterinary student loan forgiveness and disaster planning for animals. Importantly, both bills recommend increased funding for investigations and enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, which should bring added might to combat abusive puppy mills, and nearly double the amount allocated for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, a much-needed upgrade to crack down on rampant “soring” abuse involving deliberate infliction of severe pain on show horses’ legs and hooves, so it will hurt them to step and their exaggerated gait will win prizes.
This is just the latest installment in a multiyear effort. The HSUS and HSLF have been steadily building the enforcement budgets for these laws, recognizing that laws on the books won’t do animals much good if they’re not enforced. Over the past eleven years, for example, we’ve succeeded in boosting the annual funding for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by 139.5% (a cumulative total of more than $84 million in new dollars to the program). Today, there are 115 USDA inspectors, compared to about 60 inspectors during the 1990s, to help ensure basic humane treatment at thousands of puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos, circuses, and other facilities. We are hopeful that the fiscal year 2011 bill, once it’s finalized, will boost these numbers even further.
Thanks to your work, Congress can help sustain our efforts to protect
animals from cruelty and abuse. It’s an investment in the animals’
future—and our own.
If you'd like to read more: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/07/crush_video_bill_passes_house_072110.html
Huge Victory: Georgia Gas Chamber Ban Passes House!
Update March 16, 2010: The Georgia House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly, 132-49, to pass H.B. 788 which would ban use of the remaining CO gas chambers to kill shelter animals in Georgia and also make heartstick illegal by statute.
The sponsor, Georgia state Rep. Tom Knox, showed his fellow representatives photos of dogs killed in a CO gas chamber. It was obvious they had suffered, attacking each other as they died.
Rep. Knox said a CO gas chambers is more like "a contraption. It is not humane.... What happens is that when several dogs and several cats are put into the container, like a dark closet and gas is turned on...they don't go to sleep real quick....For those of you who have dogs, you understand...if one gets excited ....they might all get excited and start fighting...They attack each other in there....It's pretty frightening to hear it."
Reps. Gene Maddox and Sean Jerguson spoke most vehemently in opposition to the bill, claiming, contrary to cost studies, that lethal injection will be more costly. Rep. Maddox asked his colleagues, "Am I not a veterinarian?" He said, "This is a bad bill...The carbon monoxide chamber is the most humane method [of killing shelter animals]." Even the American Veterinary Medical Association doesn't agree, citing lethal injection, done properly, as the preferred method of euthanasia.
The bill now goes to the state Senate.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Anyone who lives in any of the counties or cities where CO gassing is still used to kill shelter animals (see list) should call their state senator found here and urge him or her to vote yes on H.B. 788! Also send your state senator the important documents HERE!