Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Animal Testing Weekly Update

Celebrating 20 Years of  Humane Science Education!  A new school year brings a fresh start for students and teachers who want to stop the senseless sacrifice of millions of animals—including cats, frogs, sharks, and fetal pigs—used in school science labs.

PROBLEM: Sacrificing animals for education is unnecessary, wasteful, and costly.

SOLUTION: Alternatives are effective, environmentally sound, and budget friendly.
AAVS's Animalearn division has all the tools needed to ditch dissection and embrace non-animal methods, but we need your help to make sure they get into the schools.

We can do it! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Animalearn's The Science Bank, our free loan program of high quality humane science education alternatives, which allow students to learn without harming animals.

With your help, we can end classroom cruelty!

Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals
guinea pig - Thye Chuah
Target: Representative Joseph Pitts, Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health

Goal: End cruel cosmetic testing on animals with a country-wide ban on the practice and sale of products tested on animals.

A ban on cosmetic testing on animals was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Martha McSally of Arizona. Not only would the bill ban testing on animals, it would also ban the sale and transportation of such products within the United States. More than 30 nations have taken action to ban cosmetic testing on animals. However, several developed nations, including Canada and the United States, have yet to put an end to this outdated and cruel practice.

During cosmetic testing, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice are exposed to ingredients found in cosmetics like lipstick, shampoo, and nail polish. To test a product’s skin and eye irritation, products are rubbed on animals, while others may be force-fed to animals in order to test for everything from birth defects to causes of death.

There are countless alternatives to animal testing. Companies can produce products with safe materials instead of testing new materials on animals. They can also use science’s technical advancements to replace the use of animals with more modern and cruelty-free options, like artificial skin that replaces the need for animal skin.

Representative McSally’s proposed legislation would put an end to cosmetic testing on defenseless animals. Countless nations have already taken steps to end this inhumane practice. It is America’s turn to ban animal testing. Sign the petition to voice your support for Representative McSally’s bill, which is currently sitting in the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health, where is has remained for over a year. PETITION LETTER
Dogs used for Experiments

Thousands of Dogs in Laboratories Need You NowMore than 61,000 dogs suffered in U.S. laboratories last year—many of them were cut up, killed, and dissected. Support PETA's work to free animals from laboratories by October 31, and have your gift doubled through PETA's Animals Out (of the Labs) Challenge, up to our goal of $500,000. MATCH MY GIFT

Mice in Lab

This University Left Unwanted Baby Animals to DieDead animals at Tel Aviv University were reportedly left inside cages with live ones, and the cages contained so much dirt and waste that they were teeming with maggots, flies, and other insects. E-MAIL THE SCHOOL NOW 

Tell AirBridgeCargo Airlines to Adopt a Ban on Transporting Monkeys for Experimentation!
monkeys in cage
We've received disturbing reports that the Russian airline AirBridgeCargo is regularly shipping monkeys from China to the U.S., where they will be cruelly experimented on in laboratories. PETA and our supporters have persuaded nearly every major airline in the world—including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and United Airlines—to stop transporting monkeys to laboratories, yet it seems that AirBridgeCargo is falling behind this compassionate industry standard and scheduling shipments of monkeys from China at least twice a week.

Every year, thousands of nonhuman primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, and Vietnam to the U.S. and the European Union to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid factory farms, while others are taken from their families in the wild. The traumatized monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes for as long as 30 hours. It was reported to PETA that shipping crates carrying primates and being handled by AirBridgeCargo were leaking urine and feces and that some monkeys in poor condition were denied any assistance or care. Once the animals arrive in the U.S., they are transported to facilities where they're imprisoned in tiny cages and often cut open, poisoned, crippled, addicted to drugs, shocked, and killed.

Please write to AirBridgeCargo and let it know that cruelty doesn't fly and that it should join other industry leaders—including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, El Al Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and dozens of others—that refuse to take any part in this violent industry and prohibit the transportation of primates to laboratories.
This Cat Woke Up in the Middle of Surgery!

Help Animals Today and Your Gift Will Be Matched!

Experimenters at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the US intentionally deafened a gentle cat named Double Trouble, implanted metal coils in her eyes, and screwed a bolt into the top of her head. Can you imagine?

Match My Gift!
Records show that she developed infections at the surgery sites and her face became partially paralysed. The experimenters eventually killed her because she became too ill to continue and the experiment had failed. They had frightened her, repeatedly tortured her, kept her caged and suffering, made her sick, and killed her – for nothing.

Just last year, more than 4 million animals in the UK were condemned to suffer in hideous procedures – some as painful as those Double Trouble endured.

Your contribution today can do twice as much to stop such cruel experiments on cats and other animals who are trapped in laboratory cages right now.

We have launched our biggest fundraising drive of the year – the Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge – and every penny goes towards our efforts to end the horrific abuse that animals like this cat endure in laboratories every day. If you help us meet our online goal by the 31 October deadline, every pound you give will be doubled, up to £150,000, by a group of dedicated PETA supporters.

Will you please support PETA's Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge right now and help us meet our £150,000 goal to fund our work to end painful, deadly tests on animals?

Double Trouble – just like any cat you have ever loved – deserved a life of care and affection instead of enduring months of nothing but pain and fear.
The horrors like those she was subjected to aren't limited to callous laboratories overseas. Right now, frightened cats, dogs, monkeys, and other animals are being abused and killed in laboratories right here in the UK and around the world. They are cowering in fear and enduring the pain of implantations, infections, and worse, and they will pay with their lives for the rotten science behind these rotten tests.

By making a gift that will double in impact right now, you'll be giving PETA a great boost in our work to help animals facing cruel experiments.

An intensive PETA US campaign led to the closure of the laboratory in which Double Trouble suffered so horribly, and the surviving cats were rescued. They now live in loving homes.

Thanks to PETA's and our affiliates' attention-grabbing campaigns, millions of people worldwide have learned about the horrors that animals endure in laboratories and have joined the calls to end the abuse. Our movement to stop deadly experiments on animals is growing, and we need your help to keep it going!