Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Animal Testing Report

We just launched a new campaign to save dogs from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
Our goal? To rally Congress to investigate, audit and de-fund the V.A.’s taxpayer-funded dog experiments. 

Please follow this link to rush a tax-deductible contribution to take the fight to the V.A. with our new "Prisoners of Waste" campaign. 

I keep thinking about dog #A7. She’s one of the “Prisoners of Waste” we recently exposed to Congress. 
No name. No family. Just a small basement cage and a crude government tattoo branded in her ear — like a prisoner.

Unless we take action during this brief moment when Congress sets the V.A.'s budget, you will pay for more treadmills on April 15th — whether you like it or not!  
Thanks to you, we've rallied over 300,000 taxpayers to contact powerful Republicans and Democrats who fund the V.A.'s budget — and they've heard you loud and clear: 
After we took our campaign to Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), she stated: “Taxpayers should not fund experiments that abuse animals.”

She’s right. And now's our best chance to save these dogs as Washington considers budget cuts.

But we’re facing an urgent, end-of-quarter DEADLINE in a few days and we must meet our budget.

So please rush an immediate contribution to take the fight to the V.A. with our new "Prisoners of Waste" campaign.
University of Pittsburgh Laboratory

Exposed: Cruelty Hidden From Public View. The cruelty, neglect, and outright incompetence that we uncovered at the University of Pittsburgh is appalling—and heartbreakingly common. But support from people like you helps us expose and stop the horrors that these laboratories want to keep hidden from public view. Will you help us do more to stop the suffering of animals like Gandalf and Jack? YES, I WANT TO HELP

Monkeys at NIH

Footage Showing That NIH Tormented Baby Monkeys in Experiments Goes Viral. Over 185,000 people have shared this post on Facebook, and more than 30,000 have retweeted it on Twitter. Share it on your own accounts now to keep spreading the word about what really goes on inside the U.S. National Institutes of Health's laboratories. SHARE ON FACEBOOK

Dogs at Texas A&M Bred to Suffer

Mice Drowned, Tormented, and Starved—Take Action!
Mice in lab
PETA has uncovered stunning allegations of horrendous treatment of animals at The Jackson Laboratory—one of the world's largest breeders of mice for use in experimentation. We are going to the feds and demanding that they protect these vulnerable animals!
A whistleblower reports that these mice are abused and neglected in many terrible ways, including the following:
  • Some Jackson employees use their fingers to tear off the ends of mice's tails in order to determine the animals' genetic makeup—even though this procedure is imprecise, can compromise the results of the testing, and creates a "crush injury" that can become infected and is characterized by extensive bruising and bleeding. Jackson could use less painful, less harmful genotyping methods, such as sampling of saliva, hair, or fecal pellets.
  • Malfunctions in the watering system soak the mice's cages and sometimes drown them. The whistleblower removed multiple moldy, dead mice from these cages and observed one moldy mouse who was still alive.
  • Some of the cages are so crowded that some mice sustain injuries from fighting each other, while others die because they can't reach food and water.
  • Some employees fill euthanasia cages with twice as many mice as Jackson's own guidelines allow. Animals die slowly and painfully of asphyxiation.
  • Workers falsify animal-care records. As the whistleblower put it, "Staffers will initial forms or make notations in the computer software that they've changed pens, checked and replaced enrichment items, checked water bottles, and so on—without actually doing those things."
Imagine if every aspect of your entire life depended on people who didn't care about you at all mouse housing
At The Jackson Laboratory, mice are confined to shoebox cages similar to these and are deprived of everything that's natural and important to them.
Jackson supervisors reportedly look the other away as workers mistreated or neglected animals in distress. The whistleblower overheard employees as they boasted about hiding violations from inspectors. When a female job applicant expressed concerns about animal welfare, an employee allegedly said, "Like [the supervisor] is going to hire some pregnant bitch that's gonna come up here and look at the way we illegally euthanize mice and threaten my job? I don't think so." When the whistleblower raised concerns about animal welfare, supervisors reportedly took no action and the whistleblower was allegedly harassed by other staff.
Mice may be tiny, but they feel and think as well as care for others. Studies show that they demonstrate empathy and show clear signs of distress when other mice are harmed. In 2015, Jackson subjected hundreds of thousands of mice to cruel experiments, shipped an additional 3 million of them to laboratories around the world—and posted annual revenues in excess of $200 million. The laboratory deliberately breeds mice to suffer from crippling health problems—such as cancerous tumors, obesity, paralysis, depressed immune systems, and high levels of anxiety and depression. It specializes in genetically modified mice, whom it breeds by adding human genetic material to or knocking out genes from the fertilized egg of a pregnant mouse—even though using such mice to study human disease has failed to lead to effective treatments and cures.
PETA is calling on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal agency that in 2015 awarded Jackson more than $60 million in funding, to investigate and review all studies published by the laboratory, because the results may have been compromised by careless practices.
The latest allegations are part of a pattern of neglect and abuse at Jackson, whose CEO made PETA's infamous dirty dozen list.
It's time to stop this cruelty.