Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Animal Testing Weekly

Wednesday, October 26,
at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT
Join us for a special town hall meeting about PETA's work to stop cruel and deadly experiments on animals. 

Late last month, PETA revealed a historic decision by the Dutch government that will make the Netherlands the first country in the world to begin phasing out all experiments on animals. The country's newly announced goal is to replace these terribly cruel and crude experiments with human-relevant, animal-free testing methods by 2025. We hope that in little more than eight years, animals will no longer be poisoned, burned, cut open, or killed in Dutch laboratories. 

This terrific news isn't just a victory for the estimated half a million animals suffering in those laboratories—it's also a tremendous validation of the work of gifted PETA scientists who are right now working with other scientists, regulators, and animal advocates around the world to promote the adoption and use of innovative non-animal testing methods, saving lives and moving us closer to a day when animals are free from laboratory cages. 

Every day, we're seeing new progress in our vital work to end cruel and archaic animal experiments and training exercises, and we'd like to share exclusive details with you on how PETA and our supporters are making that progress happen. 

That's why I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT as we host a special town hall meeting to discuss PETA's work to get animals out of laboratories. We'll also answer any questions that you have about the issue. 

During this unique town hall meeting, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, Vice President for Regulatory Testing Jessica Sandler, Senior Vice President for Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo, and I will provide insights on PETA's role in that historic Dutch decision as well as ideas about how you can help us stop cruel experiments on animals. 

We encourage you to join us online, as we'll be sharing compelling and heartbreaking images from PETA's recent work for animals. To participate in the webinar, simply log on to PETA.org/OctoberTownHall at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT on October 26, and you'll be able to watch the presentation through your Web browser and submit your questions online. We'll send you a reminder e-mail shortly before the meeting begins. 

I'm certain that you'll leave this exclusive town hall meeting newly inspired to do even more to stop the suffering of animals in laboratories. 
Double Trouble deserved to be loved. Instead, she was mutilated and killed.
Double Trouble

Double Trouble
Double Trouble was just like any cat you have ever loved. But instead of living the life that she deserved—one of care and affection—she endured months of torment.

Experimenters implanted metal coils in her eyes and screwed a bolt into the top of her head. Can you imagine?

Records show that she developed infections at the surgery sites and her face became partially paralyzed. The experimenters eventually killed her because she became too ill to continue and the experiment had failed. They frightened her, repeatedly tortured her, kept her caged and suffering, made her sick, and killed her—out of curiosity.

Every year, millions of animals are condemned to suffer in hideous procedures—some as painful as those that Double Trouble endured. But there's something you can do to help them.

By making a contribution of just $5 or more today, you can do twice as much to stop such cruel experiments on cats and other animals who are suffering in laboratory cages right now.

PETA has launched our biggest fundraising drive of the year—the Animals Out (of the Labs) Challenge—and every penny goes toward our effective work to end the horrific abuse that animals like Double Trouble endure in laboratories every day. If you help us meet our goal by the October 31 deadline, every dollar that you give will be doubled, up to $500,000!

Will you please support the Animals Out (of the Labs) Challenge right now and help fund our work to end painful, deadly tests on animals?

The horrors like those that Double Trouble was subjected to aren't limited to that one university laboratory. Right now, frightened cats, dogs, monkeys, and other animals are being abused and killed in laboratories 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.

Thanks to PETA's attention-grabbing campaigns, millions of people have learned about the cruelty 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!

Please donate today and help stop animal testing—your gift will be MATCHED dollar for dollar, up to $500,000, through October 31.

Your donation will be MATCHED to do the following:
  • Strengthen PETA's work pressuring companies and policymakers to stop cruel and archaic experiments on animals
  • Support PETA's efforts to promote and fund the development of innovative non-animal testing methods that can spare millions of animals' lives
  • Double your impact so that every dollar you give goes twice as far for animals—but only through the October 31 online deadline 
Stop Using Monkeys in Cruel Research
Target: Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of Stanford University

Goal: End the use of monkeys in research at Stanford University.

One of the nation’s top schools, Stanford University, continues to use monkeys in its research and experiments despite knowing these intelligent animals can experience pain and fear just like humans. It is time this university end it’s use of monkeys in the laboratory.

Recently, a monkey was “accidentally” burned on her face because of a heat lamp. The second-degree burns were apparently caused by carelessness. The heating lamp was used for light instead of a regular lamp. Unfortunately, “accidents” like this are not uncommon.

Sign this petition to demand Stanford stop using monkeys in its research. There are many available methods today that do not involve animals. Click to help!

Tell Texas A&M to Stop Abusing Horses and Selling Them to Slaughter.
horse fetus
A whistleblower from Texas A&M University—Commerce (TAMUC) leaked information to PETA that a former racehorse named Oasis Storm, also called Tina—who was used in the school's agricultural equine program—was lame, denied veterinary care, and then killed. After a lengthy fight with the university, PETA obtained documents showing that Tina suffered for many months from an excruciatingly painful condition called laminitis. She was never provided with proper veterinary care or adequate pain relief, and when she was five months pregnant, she was shot to death by the farm manager—who is not a veterinarian—at the school. The foal was then cut out of his mother's body and used in the school's equine-reproduction course. Click to help.

Hate Animal Cruelty? You Should Probably Avoid These Cosmetic Brands. All across the world people are waking up and seeing what goes on behind the closed doors of many cosmetic companies. Testing cosmetics on animals, also known as vivisection, is viewed by the majority as necessary to protect the health of humans. The minority, on the other hand, see animal-testing as a cruel and unjust disservice to the non-human population of this planet.

Every year millions of animals will be subjected to cruel tests for the cosmetic industry. Some of these tests involve rubbing potentially harmful chemicals on the skin and eyes of test subjects or force feeding them chemicals. More often than not, this is an extremely painful experience for the animals. In the U.S., using animals for cosmetic testing is not required by the Food and Drug Administration, however, it continues nonetheless.

Many of the compounds tested on animals are already known to be safe for human use, but the reality is that even if the chemicals posed a threat to human health, using animal test subject would not clearly indicate this. Because animals are both genetically and biologically different from humans, chemical reactions can vary widely. So it seems that we subject millions of animals to horrific lives in cages, for very little reason.

As a Green Monster, being informed on whether or not the products we use are cruelty-free or not is important. To help you navigate the world of cruelty-free cosmetics, let’s take a look at the top four cosmetic companies in the world and see how they fare under the microscope.

1. Olay
Olay is probably the largest skincare company in the world and is owned by Procter & Gamble, like many cosmetic brands. According to their publically available material, Olay carries out 400,000 safety tests for its products each and every year. It is unclear as to how many of these are conducted on animals but due to its absence from the Leaping Bunny list and animal-tester status on the PETA list, it is likely that animals are used.

2. Avon
Avon speaks of an ethical duty to maintain standards, but only to the safety of its consumers. While Avon asserts that they do not carry out tests on animals, some of the ingredients they source from outside facilities are tested on animals. PETA has Avon on its animal tester list and Avon is also not Leaping Bunny approved. Keeping in mind a company’s commitment to only using ingredients sourced from other cruelty-free brands or companies is important. To avoid this issue, it is always best to go for a 100 percent cruelty-free brand when picking cosmetics.

3. Garnier
Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, is one of the most well-known cosmetic parent companies in the world. It is also probably the most notorious among cruelty-free shoppers. Although Garnier boasts their use of many natural ingredients, unfortunately, they also test on animals.

4. Neutrogena
Neutrogena is another one of the largest skincare companies in the world. It’s a household name everywhere. Yet it is blacklisted by PETA and not Leaping Bunny approved either. Some of Neutrogena’s products are labeled “not tested on animals,” but that does not mean they are 100 percent “cruelty-free.” Click here to read more about the delineation between these two terms.

5. M.A.C Cosmetics
M.A.C. Cosmetics is part of the parent company, Estee Lauder. In 2012, Estee Lauder resumed animal testing, after claiming to have sworn off the practice, to meet testing requirements in Chinese markets. Although the Chinese government no longer legally requires cosmetics to be tested on animals, M.A.C. still falls under PETA’s no-fly list.

What You Can Do
Choosing to shop cruelty-free is the only way to stop such cruel practices. One may think “I am just one person, I cannot make a difference,” but that simply isn’t true. As more consumers express their concerns over animal welfare in the cosmetic industry, more companies will be willing to look for alternative methods for testing. There is hope that in the near future, the use of animals for all chemical testing will be made obsolete thanks to computer modeling. As long as companies think there is a market for cruelty-free products, they will be willing to give up their antiquated methods and go 100 percent cruelty-free.

Until this time, check out the Leaping Bunny’s list for cruelty-free brands you can trust! Image source: Captainsubtle/Flickr
Build It and They Will Come
Thanks to your efforts, laboratories across the country have ended their experiments on chimpanzees. Painful invasive research on them has been relegated to the history books. 

But where do they go now? 

AAVS's mission is not complete until the future of those chimps is secure—hundreds need a place to call home. Thanks to your thoughtful generosity, AAVS supports wonderful sanctuaries that provide specialized care for primates. The problem is that they need more space for arriving chimps! We have a solution. 

Please support our Build It! campaign to help sanctuaries expand and ensure that all retired chimpanzees will have a home!

Last year, AAVS initiated the Build It! campaign to assist sanctuaries with expansion, to ensure that 'retired' chimps enjoy professional daily care, proper diets, routine veterinary exams, stimulating environments, and the comfort of stable social groups. 

There's no good reason why chimpanzees should continue to languish in labs. They have literally waited a lifetime for freedom. In fact, many chimps are elderly and, at the current rate, may never have their days in the sun. 

Now is the time for you to act!

All contributions for Build It! received this week will be doubled, thanks to a special designation from the trust of AAVS Life members Edward and Inis Bradley. 

The decades long effort to end the use of chimpanzees in research will only be truly realized when every chimp is at home in a sanctuary. Let's not make them wait any longer! 

Animals Are STILL Dying in Cosmetics Tests!
Why Are Animals Still Dying for Shampoo?
It's been little more than three years since the European Union's ban on testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals went into full effect, a ban supported by public opinion and enacted after pressure from tens of thousands of our supporters and those of our affiliates. Yet today, animals continue to endure cruel and painful ingredient tests – all because of a dubious interpretation of the law.

Take the Challenge! 
We need your assistance to stop these tests, and there's no better time to help than right now, when your donation can do twice as much for animals in laboratory cages.

Please give to PETA's Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge today and support our work to shut down cruel experiments and promote the use of effective non-animal methods. All gifts that we receive by 31 October – up to £150,000 – will be matched pound for pound, meaning that any donation that you make today will be doubled.
Take the Challenge!
Since the implementation of the European testing and marketing ban in 2013, the cosmetics industry has witnessed great progress in the development of superior, human-relevant, non-animal testing methods. For example, PETA helped fund the validation of a skin allergy test for cosmetics, which can be used to replace tests on guinea pigs. The EpiDerm test has also been approved as a completely humane replacement for the skin irritation test that has maimed and killed so many millions of terrified rabbits. And rabbits may be spared the notorious eye irritation tests by using a collection of non-animal tests approved by the regulatory agencies.

Despite these and other reliable, non-animal testing methods, the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency are permitting the use of animals to test chemical ingredients in cosmetics for which there is a possibility of workforce exposure during the manufacturing process. The regulatory authorities' flawed interpretation of the REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation means that animals continue to die in tests for cosmetics ingredients, even though both the public and international governments have given a clear mandate that such experiments must stop.

The law is clear – the safety of cosmetics ingredients must be assured through the use of humane, non-animal methods.

The ban on cosmetics testing on animals must be upheld in its entirety, and now is the time for caring people across Europe to increase pressure on the authorities who oversee REACH in order to ensure that non-animal methods are used whenever possible.

We need to raise £150,000 by 31 October to support our Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge so we'll have £300,000 to carry out our plans to advocate for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals who face a painful death in laboratories.

Please make as generous a gift as you can afford today and help ensure that PETA will have the resources we need so that we never miss an opportunity to help animals.