Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Animal Testing Weekly Updates

Thanks to our collaborative efforts, government agencies have acknowledged that chimpanzees—our closest relatives in the animal kingdom—should not be subjected to invasive research. And now the chimps formerly used in research desperately need a place other than a lab to call home.

Qualified sanctuaries throughout the U.S. want to take in more residents, but are either full or near capacity, and they need to expand their facilities to make that possible.

AAVS's Build It! campaign will help sanctuaries to grow and ensure that ALL retired chimpanzees have a home. And during this week's match challenge, every gift to AAVS's Build It! campaign will be doubled!

Every dollar you give today will go directly to sanctuaries for the purpose of constructing habitats for chimpanzees. A donation in any amount will help us to reach (and hopefully exceed) our goal of $20,000.

We are most grateful for all the supporters who have donated over the past two days.

Breaking —The Nonhuman Rights Project’s legal team just filed a new appeal for Tommy—our first ever chimpanzee plaintiff—with the Appellate Division, First Department of New York.

Our objective? To send an unmistakable message that Tommy deserves his day in court—and his freedom—regardless of where his "owners” are hiding him.
As reported by the Daily Mail and The Dodo, Tommy is missing from his cage in upstate New York and it has proven impossible for anyone concerned about him to find out where he is. This is what it means to be a "legal thing” instead of a "legal person": you can be bought, sold, traded, shipped, and confined all alone, without legal consequence.

We’re exploring every means to verify Tommy’s whereabouts and to establish his right to freedom — and this begins with our new appeal in the Appellate Division, First Department of New York.  
The NhRP’s legal team is funded solely through your generosity. We can file only as many appeals as we can afford … and that’s why I’m writing you today.

Please follow this link to make an immediate tax-deductible contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more to help us cover the costs of Tommy’s ongoing case.

Tommy is a self-aware, autonomous being who belongs in a sanctuary, not hidden behind closed doors. But under current law, and even with new Endangered Species Act protections, Tommy has no more rights than a pair of tennis shoes. He is considered property.

This is morally wrong … and the NhRP is working through common law courts to make it legally wrong. 

We've also engaged a private investigator to help us find Tommy.

So if you agree that captive chimpanzees like Tommy belong in a sanctuary—not a cage, not a laboratory, not a circus, and not someone's home—please help cover the costs of Tommy's new appeal and the investigation into his whereabouts.

If you haven't yet sent a gift, this is the time to maximize your support with a dollar-for-dollar match! 

The experimenters called him "22807". To them, the 3-year-old beagle in a laboratory cage was just a number – not a smart, sensitive dog.

Match My Gift!
According to his records, 22807 arrived at a university laboratory in good health. One month and one day later, he was dead.

Many more dogs, cats, and other animals are still suffering in laboratories. Like 22807, they are nameless, but you can speak out for them – and have your gift doubled – by making a donation to PETA's Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge today.

22807 was one of dozens of dogs used in a university programme in the United States in which experimenters crudely cut holes into the helpless dogs' throats, chests, and limbs before killing them. That frightened beagle – like other dogs tormented in those experiments – was sold by a supplier that breeds thousands of dogs each year and sells them to laboratories where they are poisoned, cut open, and killed. This summer, PETA delivered nearly 50,000 signatures to the Home Office calling on it to refuse a licence for a beagle-breeding facility near Hull. There, a similar supplier plans to breed as many as 3,000 dogs a year in barren, windowless conditions before selling the majority of them to laboratories.

We need your help today to ramp up our efforts to prevent dogs and other animals from suffering in laboratories – and promote modern research methods that don't cost animals' lives.

Your special gift to PETA's Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge received before the 31 October deadline will be matched – pound for pound – up to our £150,000 goal.

Of course, it's not just dogs who suffer in the animal-experimentation industry. Every year, millions of animals endure painful, frightening procedures at the hands of experimenters. Statistics can never reveal the full extent of the suffering experienced by each and every one of them. Defenceless animals are shocked, starved, cut open, and brain-damaged ... infected with diseases ... force-fed pesticides, other poisonous chemicals, and drugs ... and even bred or genetically manipulated to develop cancer.

Even as public support for animal experiments continues to dwindle, many companies, universities, health charities, and government bodies still conduct painful animal experiments that produce misleading results simply, it seems, because they have done it that way for eons.

Your financial support during our Global "Stop Animal Tests" Challenge is a powerful way to strengthen PETA's vital work against such experiments.

It took an intense PETA US campaign on behalf of 22807 and all the other dogs dying in that university laboratory to persuade the school to stop its cruel programme last year. Winning similar victories for animals who are suffering in European laboratories won't be any easier.

A single successful PETA campaign can require substantial resources and thousands of pounds. We can and will stop the misery of beagles and other animals who face terror and pain in laboratories, but we need your help.

Please donate during this challenge campaign, when your generous gift will be doubled and bring us closer to our £150,000 goal.

Thank you for your commitment to animals and for all that you do to prevent them from suffering in cruel and deadly experiments.
This is a macaque—likely the same breed of monkey I saw strapped to a laboratory chair as a young student:
Silver Spring Monkey
During a school field trip to a nearby laboratory, a worker wheeled out a monkey strapped to a chair. The clicking noise of a button was used to prompt this abused monkey to jut out his arm for a drug injection—a response that he had been conditioned to make through pain and fear.

The laboratory workers thought that we'd be impressed. But I was sickened. And that trembling, frightened primate has remained seared into my memory ever since.

Today, I'm a scientist—and I'm sad to say that since that day 23 years ago, I've seen many, many more animals tormented in crude and often deadly experiments. But I've also seen tremendous progress toward the creation and adoption of new, non-animal testing methods—thanks to PETA and the help of supporters like you.

That's why I'm writing to you today to ask that you please make a gift of $5 or more to PETA's Animals Out (of the Labs) Challenge. I know that your support will make a difference to our work to end animal testing—and if you donate by the October 31 deadline, your gift will have twice the impact and bring us closer to our $500,000 goal.

Make a donation of $5 or more to PETA right now and it will be DOUBLED to help end testing on animals.

I became a researcher in PETA's Regulatory Testing Department in order to dedicate my career to stopping the horrors that I've seen in laboratories. My colleagues and I work behind the scenes with government agencies, companies, and independent researchers to expand the use of effective, non-animal testing methods—and promote the development of new ones—efforts that are having a big impact on both science and animals.

Government officials are working side by side with us to review new non-animal tests—and halt duplicative experiments that can kill thousands of animals for data that already exist. Major corporations are changing their ways in order to meet the demand of customers who don't want products cruelly tested on animals. Prompted by groups like the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., scientists are making breakthrough discoveries as they create new testing methods that are both cruelty-free and more effective than archaic animal tests.

But we can't take this progress for granted. We must keep pushing for change for as long as it takes. Will you stand with us and all the dogs, monkeys, mice, cats, and other animals who need us?

Give just $5 or more right now and your gift will be MATCHED, up to our $500,000 goal. It doesn't take millions of dollars to make a difference for animals—every little bit can have a tremendous impact.

Slowly but surely, we're moving toward a future in which no monkey is tormented by experimenters … in which no dog is poisoned with pesticides … in which no mouse is burned and killed in crude, duplicative experiments … in which modern, non-animal tests mean that no animal is abused or killed in a laboratory ever again