PETA is no stranger to creating controversy by asking sports teams to change their exploitative mascots, but in this case, we're offering to help a football franchise fend off criticism.
After the Washington Redskins came under renewed pressure to change the team's name as a result of its racial implications, we leapt to the rescue with an ingenious—and healthy—solution.
Don't change the legendary Redskins name. Just change the logo.
When you hear the word "redskin," what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato—except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we'd be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name).
The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants. (Take that, Cheeseheads.)
By keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appeeling logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example on and off the field. And that's no small potatoes.
"I'm convinced that in 30 years when we look back on today and on how we raise and slaughter billions of animals to make our hamburgers and our handbags, we'll see this as being wasteful, and indeed, crazy." Andras Forgacs, a leader in biomedical tissue engineering, doesn't mince words when he talks about all the problems with raising animals to be killed for food and clothing. But thanks to Forgacs' ingenuity, killing animals for belts and burgers could soon be nothing but a bad memory.
Animals are not just raw materials. They're living beings, and already our livestock is one of the largest users of land, fresh water, and one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, which drive climate change. On top of this, when you get so many animals so close together, it creates a breeding ground for disease and opportunities for harm and abuse. Clearly, we cannot continue on this path, which puts the environment, public health, and food security at risk. There is another way.
Forgacs and his father started a tissue engineering company that creates human tissues for medical research and transplants. He soon realized that the same technology that he uses to grow human body parts could also be used to grow animal tissues that can become leather or even meat—without any cruelty or death involved. Since animal products are, as Forgacs puts it, "just collections of tissues," he asked himself, "What if, instead of starting with a complex and sentient animal, we started with what the tissues are made of, the basic unit of life, the cell?"
Forgacs did just that—and he showed a lucky group of people at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) Global Conference how real leather can be produced from just a few animal cells in a laboratory and gave them the first glimpse of the revolutionary material:
Not only does this real leather have the potential to save millions of animals' lives, it also trumps conventional leather when it comes to versatility: Because we can craft it to be exactly what we want, we can grow it into any shape, size, thickness, or texture that we can imagine. It seems that the future of lab-grown leather is as bright as the futures of the animals it has the potential to save.
When Ringling invited a camera crew to its "Center for Elephant Conservation" (CEC) in a bid to convince people that the animals aren't abused, the plan backfired.
Ringling's PR folks don't admit that the circus trains elephants by chaining them or tying them up with ropes and beating them with bullhooks or shocking them with electric prods (even though former Ringling trainers and photographs have confirmed the "training" routines). And that was the plan when a morning news crew went to the CEC, where Ringling breeds elephants and trains the babies to be the next generation of unwilling performers. But despite the circus's best efforts to conceal the abuse, something on the tape caught PETA's eye.
It appeared as though the youngest baby elephant, 3-month-old Mike, had an abscess near his left hip. We contacted an independent veterinarian who has more than 40 years of experience working with exotic animals, including elephants. The vet identified the abscess as most likely a "hook boil"—caused by Ringling's favorite fireplace-poker–like "training tool," the bullhook.
We promptly took the evidence to the Polk County, Florida, sheriff's office animal control unit, which is responsible for the area in which the CEC is located, and asked it to investigate Mike's wound. If it finds evidence of abuse, we've asked it to prosecute under the Florida law that states that "[a] person who intentionally commits an act to any animal … which results in the … excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, commits aggravated animal cruelty."
The sheriff's department is authorized to seize an animal who is found to be abused, and PETA will push for authorities to take action to the fullest extent of the law.What You Can Do
Please take a minute of your time to weigh in regarding these suffering elephants and push for them to get the retirement that they deserve.
"You hear my voice, you hear that sound, like thunder gonna shake your ground," hollers Katy Perry in her new song "Roar." Although the tune is a hit with Generation Selfie, one notable young lady is clearly not a fan: Suzy, Katy's reluctant elephant costar in the song's video.
Elephants don't like loud noises, bright lights or hectic sets with dozens of people running around. As an Emmy-winning wildlife documentarian who has spent decades producing nature features for IMAX, Animal Planet and the Disney Channel, I am among many filmmakers who film animals only in their natural habitat. How did Suzy, a member of a threatened species from Africa, find herself next to Katy Perry on a deafening California set? She was violently captured from her free-roaming herd in Zimbabwe when she was 2 years old and shipped to the U.S., where she was most likely bound and beaten in order to make her perform without complaint. This video shows how it's done in the industry.
It's ironic that Katy's song "Roar" is about female empowerment since elephants are matriarchal—the females stick together for life in the wild, for up to 70 years. Suzy, on the other hand, has spent 10 of the last 20 years deprived of the companionship of any other elephants. She is stored like a studio prop and trotted out at the whim of producers, directors and stars. The reason I'm singling out Katy is because this isn't her first time making a mockery of these highly intelligent animals—earlier, she had made her grand entrance at a gossip blogger's birthday party riding on the back of an elephant.
The "Roar" video was a hot topic at the recent Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, but the buzz wasn't good. Among the speakers was PETA's Dan Mathews, who was quizzed about the music video since he is known for his campaigns to protect elephants with artists such as Pink and Paul McCartney. He said that he has met Katy and had sent her detailed information about the cruelty that captive elephants endure after her first offense but wasn't sure whether she had read it. Frustrated, PETA went from privately prodding the singer to publicly blasting her repeated use of captive elephants.
Katy shot back with a letter from the American Humane Association declaring that no animal had been harmed on the set. So PETA explained to her that the AHA doesn't monitor cruel capture and training methods and that its rubber stamp in Hollywood has become a public travesty. Just last year, the AHA was on set during the making of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in which 29 animals were killed) and the HBO series Luck (which was canceled after three horses died during production). The meaninglessness of the AHA's seal of approval can routinely be seen in the news.
I hope Katy will find a few minutes to read this piece. I don't imagine that she's mean—just distracted. Only when stars, directors and producers stop forcing exotic animals onto soundstages will these sensitive and sophisticated animals get a reprieve. Katy Perry may be one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but next to that sad elephant, she looks like a very small person.
Chris Palmer is director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and a film professor at American University in Washington, D.C. His nature features and shorts have won two Emmys and an Oscar nomination. His experiences with wildlife are chronicled in his memoir, Shooting in the Wild.
Please e-mail Katy and ask her to stop appearing with wild animals.
Ahhh, October. The month of shopping for the cure, walking for the cure, playing football for the cure, and doing just about everything that one can conceive of doing "for the cure"—except actually finding a cure. That we haven't done yet.
I lost the person I was closest to, my grandmother, to the disease, and other women in my family have survived it. So even though I'm vegan, I still consider myself to be at high risk. I would love nothing more than for someone to find a cure for breast cancer—which is exactly why you won't catch me filling up my shopping cart with pink whatnots.
The problem I have is this: Most breast cancer charities waste money on archaic animal experiments that still haven't produced a cure—and won't because animals' genetic makeup is vastly different from humans'. We've been curing cancer in mice since the '80s. But we still can't cure it in humans.
Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research all waste your hard-earned money funding experiments on animals. But there are many breast cancer charities that fund modern, sophisticated non-animal research or help provide women with direct care and education about prevention.
The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) "provide[s] early detection education and screening services to those in need, no matter what age, race, sex, or financial challenge." The ABCF's Breast Cancer Assistance Program facilitates mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies and gives post–breast surgery care kits to hospitals for mastectomy patients to use. The Breast Cancer Fund works to identify and eliminate environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer. And the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade funds access to care, education, and modern, sophisticated, non-animal research, particularly through its collaboration with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Click here for a complete list of breast cancer charities that do and do not conduct animal experiments. And this October, instead of buying up pink, let's put the charities that are actually helping women in the black.
Update: A federal district court has just issued an order yet again rejecting the USDA's attempt to get rid of a challenge—brought by PETA along with concerned local citizens and the Animal Legal Defense Fund—to its absurd decision to renew Jambbas' Animal Welfare Act license. The government challenged the plaintiffs' legal standing to bring the case, a challenge that the court rejected. The court also ordered the USDA to provide PETA and the court with "any … documents pertaining to Jambbas Ranch Tours, Inc. whether they be complaints, inspection reports, renewal applications or otherwise that the agency had in its possession at the time it made its license renewal decision."
Originally posted on January 24th, 2013:
Update: We're happy to report a favorable development in this case: A court has denied a motion by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to dismiss the lawsuit brought against the agency by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and two Fayetteville-area residents seeking to overturn the USDA's renewal of Jambbas Ranch Tours' license to continue to operate the wretched roadside zoo that has racked up dozens of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The ruling comes in the wake of the recent high-profile rescue of Ben the bear, who now resides in a spacious habitat at a sanctuary in California, thanks to the ruling in the earlier lawsuit mentioned below.
PETA's challenge to the licenses will move forward, but the animals at Jambbas have no time to lose—please urge USDA officials to revoke Jambbas' license immediately and offer these animals the chance to live out their lives with the kind of comfort and dignity that Ben now enjoys.
Originally posted on April 19th, 2012:
Citizens of Cumberland County, North Carolina, who are sickened by Jambbas Ranch Tours' pervasive neglect and abuse of animals have joined PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund in suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over its renewal of Jambbas' license despite chronic violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The AWA allows an animal exhibitor or dealer to have his or her license renewed only if the person's business operates in accordance with AWA regulations. But the USDA has repeatedly renewed Jambbas' license despite the fact that every single inspection of the roadside zoo between October 2006 and January 2012 resulted in citations for AWA violations including the following:
This is the second pending lawsuit involving Jambbas Ranch. The other suit seeks to have an abused bear named Ben removed from Jambbas and relocated to a sanctuary where PETA has made arrangements for him to live. In this sad video, Ben paces in his barren cage, bites the chain-link fencing, pushes against it, and tries to reach under it—behavior a bear expert has identified as a cry for help:
In asking the USDA not to renew Jambbas' license, PETA also pointed out several violations of the AWA that relate to Ben, including a lack of adequate space, which is likely causing his repetitive, abnormal behavior.
Jambbas is clearly not qualified to possess an AWA license. We will keep you updated as the lawsuit progresses.
Update: A G.W. zoo worker was reportedly attacked by a tiger on Saturday after putting her arm inside the tiger's cage. She was injured so severely that she nearly lost the arm. The zoo's operator, Joe Schreibvogel, blamed the worker, saying that it was "her fault" and that there was "no other way of avoiding this other than handcuffing my employees' hands behind their backs." This is not the first time that one of the frustrated big cats at G.W. zoo has lashed out: Numerous visitors have been injured, and Schreibvogel himself was bitten on the hand by a cougar in 2002, nearly severing his thumb and a finger. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging it to investigate the latest attack.
Originally posted September 27, 2013:
The name may have changed, but The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, formerly known as G.W. Exotic Animal Park, is still up to the same old tricks—abusing animals. And PETA is still fighting to shut this hellhole down.
We've called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to refuse to renew the Oklahoma menagerie's Animal Welfare Act license, citing the facility's long history of animal-care violations, including the recent deaths of two tiger cubs born at the facility as well as the deaths of nearly two dozen other tiger cubs in a seven-month period. Joe Schreibvogel, who holds the license authorizing G.W. to exhibit animals, has also incurred enormous debts, totaling between $1 million and $10 million, which inhibit his ability to care properly for the more than 100 big cats and other animals at the facility.
PETA conducted an undercover investigation at the roadside zoo back in 2006 and documented horrific neglect and abuse, including dead, dying, and injured animals; extremely crowded conditions; a serious lack of basic necessities, such as food, water, and veterinary care; inadequate cages; and untrained and insufficient staff, who were intentionally cruel to numerous animals. We documented the following abuses, among others:
PETA's investigator witnessed this litany of horrors just one month after Schreibvogel's license was suspended for 18 months and he was fined $25,000 as a result of more than 197 Animal Welfare Act violations.What You Can Do
Please join PETA in contacting the USDA, and ask that the agency not renew G.W.'s federal license.
Just as Halo Circus' first single is released this week, lead singer Allison Iraheta is also hitting the airwaves to explain why it's so important for people to adopt—never buy—animal companions and to have them spayed and neutered.
"I am definitely a supporter on spaying and neutering your pet [and] getting your animal, your friend, from a shelter," she says in her exclusive interview with PETA. "We were there to give [my dog] love and a home, and some dogs aren't that lucky."
Allison recounts the story of how her family found Feline, her beloved dog, as a stray and how much the Chihuahua has meant to her through all the craziness of American Idol, forming Halo Circus with her new husband, and releasing her own album. "She was there for me. When I thought I was alone and I didn't have anyone, she was there for me." And Allison firmly believes that the bonds we form with our animal companions are just as special and irreplaceable as the bonds we form with our human family members:
If you are ready to turn your solo into a duet, true love is waiting at your local animal shelter.
Bill Maher has given the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) a wake-up call—literally. The host of HBO's Real Time recorded a message on PETA's behalf that was auto-dialed today to tens of thousands of UW students, staff, and faculty, as well as to UW's Board of Regents and residents living near the school's campus.
"On this very campus, dozens of live cats have holes drilled into their skulls, steel posts screwed to their heads, and metal coils implanted in their eyes," Maher said. "Some cats have had their ears cut off. Others are intentionally deafened. … It strikes me that it's not the cats who need their heads examined .... I'm calling on you to join me in helping to end this abuse."
Prompted by a PETA complaint, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) report released just last week confirmed PETA's allegations that UW failed to take adequate steps to avoid the cats' infected, open head wounds and to treat them and that UW's justification for the use of cats and the number of cats used was inadequate. NIH took the exceptionally rare step of ordering UW to suspend the experiments for nearly six months while major changes were implemented. The NIH findings echo a separate report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February, also prompted by a PETA complaint, which found rampant infections among the cats used in these experiments. Some infections were so severe that they resulted in the removal of one cat's eye and the euthanasia of several cats.What You Can Do
Please join Bill Maher in urging UW to put an immediate, permanent halt to these cruel experiments.
Everyone is clamoring for it, so PETA is helping to fill the government-shutdown gap by providing forlorn panda-cam addicts with a more compassionate alternative. We're inviting folks to watch our own little "pandas" romp in the 1-acre Bea Arthur Dog Park located right next to The Sam Simon Center, PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.
Viewers will have the best seat in the house as rescued dogs dressed comfortably* as adorable panda stand-ins play to their heart's content—or until their guardians need to get back to work saving animals' lives. But that doesn't mean that the fun will be over. Once they're back in the building, PETA's "pandas" eat healthy treats and endure nonstop tummy rubs. Pretty good gig, huh?
Zoo panda cams may seem like harmless fun, but animals in zoos are generally regarded as commodities to buy and trade without any regard for established family relationships. Zoos breed animals such as Mei Xiang because the presence of babies draws zoo visitors, but the fate of many animals in zoos is often bleak as they outgrow their "cuteness." "Surplus" lions, tigers, zebras, and other animals are often sold at auctions and may wind up at unaccredited roadside zoos, in circuses, in people's backyards or basements, or even at canned-hunting ranches, where they are shot and killed.
Be a friend to animals: Watch documentaries, go bird watching, or take a hike to see animals in their natural habitat.
*Some dogs like to dress up, but others prefer their natural state. Please don't dress up your dog if he or she isn't interested, and watch closely for signs of stress and restricted breathing or circulation.
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk has always said that change comes from the grassroots, and she could be found in the fray this weekend, reminding diners at Linda Bean's Freeport, Maine, restaurants to, as David Foster Wallace put it, "consider the lobster"—and the crabs, too.
Linda Bean's Maine Lobster (LBML) slaughterhouse is the site of one of the most egregious abuses of animals—live dismemberment—that she's seen in her decades of activism.
In her book Making Kind Choices, Ingrid tells the story of the first animal she stopped eating: lobsters. She realized that, not having vocal cords with which to protest, the lobster she had ordered broiled (alive) might have been trying to communicate by waving antennae
Armed with posters and a TV screen, Ingrid and other activists showed diners and would-be diners PETA's groundbreaking video footage of workers at LBML ripping and tearing the legs, heads, and shells off live lobsters and breaking apart conscious crabs' shells with sharp spikes. Once crabs' shells are broken, their internal organs are violently scrubbed off with stiff-bristled brushes and they're slowly lowered into boiling water—while they're still alive and completely aware. Lobsters' claws and tails are saved—and served to Linda Bean's patrons—while the rest of their bodies are dumped into bins and left to writhe in agony.
Help PETA spread the word about Linda Bean's indefensible method of killing animals, which PETA believes violates Maine's cruelty-to-animals statute. Write to Linda Bean and demand that she switch to a less cruel method of killing the animals whose flesh is sold to add to her fortune.
Of course, the best way that you can save these very misunderstood animals from a painful death is to stop eating them.
Pierce Brosnan doesn't need James Bond–esque gadgets to end animal homelessness—just a paintbrush. Pierce painted a charming portrait of his rescued animals, dog Shilo and cat Coco, to serve as the artwork for California's new "Spay & Neuter Saves Lives" license plates. The plates are now being delivered, so soon California drivers will see this important reminder:
The standard plates cost $50, $40 of which goes directly to multiple spay/neuter initiatives across the state.
In other celebrity news:
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Update: The European Union's highest court just rejected yet another appeal by the Canadian sealing industry to overturn the EU's ban on seal-fur imports. The World Trade Organization is expected to rule on a separate challenge, brought by the Canadian government against the EU ban, in the coming months. Stay tuned for an update on that ruling as well.
Originally posted on 4-26-2013
Canada has tried every trick in the book to get around the European Union's ban on seal fur. But it isn't having much luck.
The most recent ruse was to try to convince the General Court of the European Union to overturn the ban on the grounds that it hurt the Inuit people's livelihood—even though the EU ban makes a very clear exemption for the Inuit, who kill a tiny fraction of seals in Canada.
The group that brought the court case was led by the Fur Institute of Canada. As the case progressed, the group also used a number of deceptive tactics to try to rope PETA into weighing in on the Inuit's actions in a thinly veiled bid to try to make us say something inflammatory that it could use to bolster its weak court case. Among other things, it pretended to be documentarians and reporters, requested PETA speakers at schools, and directly contacted some of our volunteers. But we didn't want to jeopardize this historic ruling, so we kept mum. That's not easy for PETA to do, but it paid off!
This recent court victory may also help the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it considers yet another challenge that Canada has brought against the EU ban. The WTO will have its final hearing on the case in a few days and will return a decision soon afterward. But compassionate people around the world, including Jude Law and Pamela Anderson, are urging the WTO to honor Europeans' wishes and uphold the ban.
Perhaps instead of spending millions of dollars to prop up the fading sealing industry and millions more trying to force countries to resume buying cruel products that they obviously don't want, Canada should devise a practical exit strategy: a government buyout.
Is that a bollard, or are you just happy to see me? Modest Scott Township, Pennsylvania, residents have been blushing because of newly erected traffic barriers on city streets that some claim resemble, ahem, wayside weenies. The controversy has reached such a fever pitch that some city commissioners have even suggested performing a sort of extreme circumcision, if you will, on the protuberances. If it comes to that, PETA has a novel idea for funding the change—mounting this public service announcement on the offending phalluses:
It's a hard fact: The saturated animal fat and cholesterol in meat, eggs, and dairy products clog the arteries leading to all your organs, not just your heart. But the good news is that heart disease—and erectile dysfunction—can often be prevented or even reversed by eating healthy vegan foods. Going vegan can also eliminate impotence associated with side effects of heart disease medications.
Who needs Viagra when all you have to do is eat your veggies?
Learn how to go vegan here.
Last week, we told you about the abrupt closure of the decrepit Las Vegas Zoo in the wake of the walk-out of its entire zookeeping staff and how we were hopeful that the zoo's lone chimpanzee, Terry, would at long last be transferred to a sanctuary after nearly 18 years in solitary confinement.
We contacted the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) to express our support for sending Terry to a sanctuary instead of to another roadside zoo. That required funds, and that's where our hero Sam Simon and another wonderful PETA President's Circle patron stepped in. Thanks to their generous support, PETA could contribute to Terry's transfer to Save the Chimps, the same beautiful Florida sanctuary where J.R., another chimpanzee who was also held in solitary confinement at roadside zoos for years, now lives. Stay tuned for updates!What You Can Do
Boycott all roadside zoos: It's always the animals who pay the price. Terry paid heavily, with nearly two decades in solitary, and other animals at the Las Vegas Zoo paid with their lives, including an elderly, blind otter and three baby agoutis (rodents related to guinea pigs), who reportedly died in the chaos following the zoo's closure.
The government has been having a little problem with the green lately—so much so that our nation's capital looks more like a ghost town right now. Government buildings, museums, the Washington Monument, and national parks all are still closed, but PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" are trying to help ensure that Americans don't face a second shutdown: an arterial shutdown, that is.
The ladies are handing out free vegan chicken sandwiches and telling disgruntled tourists how going vegan can help prevent our country's number-one killer—no, not taxes, heart disease.
Meat, eggs, and dairy products are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol—kinda like the pork that's clogging up our federal budget. But unlike the government shutdown, this problem has an easy, immediate fix. Take PETA's Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days. I'm betting that in a month from now, you'll be in much better shape than the deficit will.
In all the demonstrations I've been to, I've never been physically assaulted. But not even that stopped 12 women and men determined to save the lives of hundreds of fish during Fischertag, or Fishermen's Day, an annual fishing competition in Germany. For centuries, as many as 40,000 people have flooded the small town of Memmingen to watch anglers crowd into a small creek and compete to snare the largest trout. The winner is heralded as the "Fisher King," while the trout who earned him the title is nailed to a board. The rest of the fish are left to suffocate, and many are carved up alive.
This year, members of PETA Germany turned the cruel, archaic tradition on its head when they leapt into the creek holding signs that proclaimed, "Fishing Hurts," and stood in the way of the would-be anglers. They were screamed at and insulted, doused with buckets of cold water, and spit upon. Since women have always been expressly forbidden from entering the creek on Fishermen's Day, the female protesters were especially targeted, but they refused to back down, even when fuming anglers tried to beat and push the protesters out of the stream. Some of the animal advocates were injured, but they held their ground and saved the lives of countless fish.
Tradition is no excuse for cruelty, and this disgraceful event must go.
We may be best known for our edgy "naked" ads and provocative vegan billboards, but our cutting-edge scientists have been working overtime to save animals behind the scenes. Now, after a decade of leading animal protection organizations around the world in all things science, PETA and its international affiliates have pushed ahead to save even more lives by launching an exciting new international nonprofit science organization.
PETA International Science Consortium (PISC), Ltd., combines the big-brained resources of PETA U.S. and its European and Asian affiliates to promote, fund, and implement non-animal research methods at the national and international levels. PISC scientists boast a broad range of expertise in pharmaceutical development, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Together, they will continue to save animals locked away and tortured in laboratory cages and promote public health through better science.PISC's Leading Role
PISC is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited stakeholder in both the European Chemicals Agency, which oversees the largest chemical testing program in the world, and the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing, which plays a critical role in determining the acceptance and use of non-animal testing methods in the EU and globally. PISC scientists will be at the table with many important organizations, government regulators, and corporations, helping countries around the world switch to modern, humane scientific methods more quickly.
PISC will also continue to put its money where its mouth is: To date, PISC members have provided more than $1.3 million toward the development and implementation of non-animal tests. One test that was replaced by this funding was an archaic and gruesome test in which corrosive chemicals were smeared onto rabbits' raw, scraped skin over a 14-day period. These rabbits were forced to suffer without any pain relief as their skin was eaten away.
Many people don't know that national and international regulatory agencies require repetitive, cruel animal tests for chemicals that have already been tested on animals. With the vast scientific experience and knowledge that PISC scientists possess, they will continue to step in, providing governments with valid—and superior—non-animal testing methods to use instead.You Can Save Animals, Too
Obviously, every month is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" Month (because where else would you get a dog?), but October has been officially singled out for that honor. And to celebrate, we're rolling out some of our favorite star-studded ads that extol the virtues of saving lives one tail-wagging dog at a time:
Look at that face! Who could say no to The Artist's scene-stealer, Uggie? Certainly not The Wall Street Journal, which has run this ad for free 82 times.
"There are just so many dogs [in shelters] that are just as gorgeous―whether they're mixed or purebred or whatever―they're all gorgeous, and they all have personalities, and they all need a home," says Dexter star Yvonne Strahovski, whose ultra-cute rescued pups, Chazzie and Wilbur, lend credence to her words.
Kellan Lutz set hearts a-fluttering in Twilight, but his compassion for animals will send them into cardiac arrest. "There are countless numbers of [homeless] animals out there, and it's our job to take them under our wing and take care of them," he says. Good to his word, he rescued his dog, Kola, from a shelter.
When Kevin McHale adopted the beautiful and talented Sophie from a shelter, he was simply succumbing to peer pressure—in the best possible way. "All my friends and all the crew members of Glee—they're the biggest advocates for dog adoption," he says.
Don't let international hip-hop superstar Jay Sean's tough exterior fool you: He's a sucker for a hopeful pair of big brown eyes. Animals in shelters are "just as cute, and they're looking for a home—they want love, too," he says.
The secret is out: Lance Bass is a hero for dogs! The proud papa of eight "pound pups" over the years, including his current buddies, Dingo and Foster, Lance swears that rescued dogs know how lucky they are—and are determined to repay their guardians' kindness. Want to test out his theory? Adopt one of the "loving, perfect dogs" waiting for homes at a shelter near you.
"There's so many poor dogs and cats in the shelters, and it's just heartbreaking," says Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa. She and Rugby, one of her four rescued dogs, are out to change that.
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley thinks that "7 to 8 million homeless dogs and cats … [is] absurd and unbelievable, and it's only going to get worse if we don't try to stop it now." How? By adopting animals and never buying them, of course!
I live in the land of cute, fluffy deer tails and crazy, two-lane country roads. The minute I smell fall in the air, I know that deer are out and about, looking to start a family and searching for an escape route from hunters, both of which often send them darting into roadways.
According to Allstate Insurance, vehicle collisions with deer rise from October through December, spiking in November. Now that we're entering autumn, here are some tips to help keep you, your family, and Bambi safe:
If you do hit a deer, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers and dial 9-1-1. Ask police to send an officer to the scene immediately. Don't leave the animal until help arrives.
Remember: Before you high-tail it down a country road, slow down and pay attention. Deer-crossing signs aren't there for decoration.
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