Baby Cows Saved From a Pharmaceutical Lab Are Learning to Love. In today’s society, babies, at least human ones, are given utmost priority. Mothers are given maternity leave so that babies can start their lives with as much attention and care as possible. Babies are raised and heralded as “the future,” part of a group who will hopefully be wiser, kinder, and better for the world than the generation before them. And of course, they are given all of the care they need to grow up strong and healthy. Sadly, the reality for babies born into the world of animal agriculture is much, much different. Take calves for example. In the dairy industry, these animals are ripped away from their mothers soon after birth so that they do not consume any of their mother’s precious milk (that’s for humans, after all). From here, if the calf is a female, she is moved and set up to follow the footsteps of her mother and become a dairy cow. If the calf is a male, he is transported to the meat industry where he will either be sold as veal or raised for a few more weeks and killed for beef.
Not every single calf lives out one of these two scenarios, though. Two three-day-old calves who were recently rescued by New Life Animal Sanctuary, for example, were actually transferred to pharmaceutical laboratories shortly after birth. They were going to be used for their blood and then discarded promptly after. Thankfully, these calves were rescued and taken to New Life Animal Sanctuary through the “Life After Labs” program.
When the two calves, now named Zeus and Hayden, arrived at the sanctuary, they were in major need of medical attention. Zeus arrived very weak with diarrhea and was having difficulty breathing.
- Twenty-five monkeys shipped from Cambodia to Houston sustained "multiple organ failure caused by dehydration and hypoglycemia." They died or were euthanized after they were trucked to Washington without veterinary care, in spite of being weak, thin, and in poor health.
- A 6-week-old monkey became trapped while trying to escape through a fence. Monkeys on the other side tried unsuccessfully to pull him through, and he died from trauma and hypothermia.
- Six monkeys died when improperly trained and unqualified personnel conducted liver biopsies on them.
- Multiple monkeys suffered from trauma, hyperthermia, and seizures and ultimately died after being pursued by net-wielding workers.
- A monkey became entangled in a cable and strangled to death.
- At least two monkeys died after sustaining severe injuries during fights with incompatible cagemates.
- A monkey suffocated to death after SNBL staff failed to notice that the animal's head was stuck in a cage.
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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.