Written by Jeff Mackey
The always wonderful Bob Barker has stepped up yet again to help PETA save animals from suffering—this time, the
animals are nine cats at a medical school that his
late wife was to attend before she decided to become Mrs. Barker, Washington
University in St. Louis (WUSTL).
Bob, who grew up in Missouri, has sent a letter to the
school's chancellor, generously offering $75,000 to fund the purchase of new state-of-the-art pediatric simulators to be used in place of the cats who are currently forced to endure repeated
This is the second time that he has spoken out for cats used
in this archaic exercise. Following a plea from Bob, the University of Virginia recently
announced that it was abandoning its cat intubation laboratory in favor of simulators.
Since this is World Week for Animals in Laboratories, it's the perfect
time for WUSTL to take Bob up on his proposal (although, of course, there's
never a wrong time to help animals in laboratories). And if that weren't enough, Bob also tells the school that he would be happy to find homes for all nine cats!
WUSTL's acceptance of Bob's offer would not only give these
cats a future of love and security instead of pain and fear in a laboratory—as seen
in an undercover video from a recent PALS course at the university—but also better prepare the
trainees to help save children's lives. As Bob mentions in his letter, a recent
study from neighboring Saint Louis University School of Medicine found that using a simulator in its PALS courses—which
don't include any animal laboratories—substantially improved trainees'
What You Can Do
Please join Bob Barker and PETA in urging WUSTL to modernize
its medical training program today.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
year, we have something to celebrate as we commemorate World Week for Animals in Laboratories.
After 30 years of pressure from PETA and other organizations, Harvard Medical
School's New England Primate
Research Center is shutting its doors. This milestone victory
proves that even the mightiest can fall—or
do better, move on, or modernize. And it illustrates why it is crucial that
animal advocates keep working
to end the suffering of animals in laboratories.
group of animal rights advocates in Italy made headlines this week when they occupied a laboratory at the University
of Milan and removed many of the
mice and rabbits who were caged there. Closer to home, there are numerous easy actions
that any of us can take to help animals in laboratories:
tweet this post to encourage your Twitter followers to get active for animals
in laboratories, too. We can win the
campaign to end the use of animals in laboratories, and we must. Millions of animals need us to.
As a global leader in the development of
toxicology tests for chemicals, the MatTek Corporation has made quite a name for itself among government agencies and manufacturers of
all types. But one thing you will never hear the company associated with is animal testing, which is why MatTek has scored a PETA
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"MatTek is extremely gratified to be recognized
by PETA and appreciates PETA's support in its quest to produce new and improved
in vitro test methods that reduce or eliminate animal testing," said Dr.
Mitch Klausner, MatTek's vice president of scientific affairs. The chemical
engineering professors from MIT who founded the company discovered that by
creating in vitro (test tube) test methods using skin constructs made from
human-derived cells, they could not only save companies money and spare animals but also provide
better protection for humans.
Among the advanced
testing methods that MatTek has created is Epiderm, a 3-dimensional model formed from human skin cells. Epiderm provides scientists
with a superior indicator of how human skin will react to corrosive and
irritating chemicals than the skin of live rabbits does. PETA and PETA UK have
helped get Epiderm into use in laboratories around the world, saving tens of thousands of rabbits
every year from having chemicals
smeared onto their shaved, abraded backs to observe whether the substance burns through or irritates the skin. MatTek
has also developed impressive 3-D, human-cell–derived tissue construct models
to replace the use of animals in eye, inhalation, immune, and other tests.
Because MatTek is making toxicology
testing humane, more reliable, faster, and less expensive, PETA is giving the
company its inaugural Laurie and Carlee McGrath Award, in the amount of $5,000.
The award was made possible by the McGrath Family Foundation, which generously supports
PETA's work to replace
animals in laboratories.
Rabbits are on a
giant Nature's Gate
just became the fourth company to pull out of the Chinese market until the
country stops requiring tests
on animals for cosmetics. After talks with PETA, Nature's Gate agreed that there is nothing pretty about tormenting
animals in laboratories, and the company chose to forgo the large Chinese
market, rather than sacrificing its commitment to being cruelty-free.
PETA is proud to give Nature's Gate our
Courage in Commerce Award for its dedication to offering a wide array of
quality personal-care and beauty products without harming animals
anywhere in the world.
And Nature's Gate is in good company: Paul Mitchell, Dermalogica, and Pangea
Organics have all pulled their products out of China in order to save animals' lives,
and many more companies, such as Urban Decay and NYX, have refused to sell in China until the animal testing requirements are lifted.
As a result, these conscientious companies are being rewarded with even more
customer support, and with the help of the scientists PETA is helping to fund, China is prepping to approve its
first non-animal testing method.
Please join us in thanking Nature's Gate, and continue to support companies that don't test on animals by checking PETA's
online list of companies that do and that don't test on animals. Order your own free copy of PETA's first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide and take it with you every time you shop! Naturally.
Since PETA began campaigning to expose companies that conduct agonizing and deadly tests on animals, consumers
have firmly supported cruelty-free businesses like those on PETA's list of
companies that don't test on animals. Realizing this, some unscrupulous companies are concealing the whole truth from
consumers about their animal testing policies, but you shouldn't buy their
propaganda—or their products.
Recently, for instance, Shiseido announced that it would mostly stop
testing on animals. While eliminating animal tests is welcome, the company added
that it would continue to test ingredients on animals "where it is required by law." So money spent on Shiseido products will continue to fund cruel testing on
animals in countries such as China, where animal testing is still required by
the government (although PETA's working to change that, too)—meaning that the company has not eliminated animal testing entirely.
Kay is another corporation that seems to
be playing word games with its customers, claiming that it doesn't "conduct"
animal testing. Yet while Mary Kay might not
perform the tests itself,
the company does pay the Chinese government to test its products on animals.
PETA has also repeatedly contacted a number of other
companies that refuse to reveal their animal testing policies. These companies—which
should not be considered cruelty-free until they make a clear statement on
animal testing—include the following:
By refusing to support companies that test on animals, we leverage
our collective buying power to send a distinct message that testing on animals
for cosmetics is unacceptable. To make sure that you're shopping truly
cruelty-free, please check the online listing of companies that do and that don't test on animals or order your free copy of PETA's first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide!
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Update: The European
Commission has confirmed that it will uphold the original March 2013 deadline for
the ban on the sale, within the European Union (EU), of any cosmetics or
cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals. This marketing ban
means that companies all around the world
that want to sell cosmetics in Europe will have to abandon animal testing for
cosmetics that they want to sell in the EU. The decision follows vigorous campaigning by PETA and its international
affiliates that included public protests, phone calls, and more than 20,000
e-mails. New Commissioner Tonio Borg met with PETA U.K. to deliver the news
personally, and the organization has sent a huge bouquet of flowers to the commission
Originally posted on September 22nd, 2011:
PETA friend and
animal advocate extraordinaire Pamela Anderson has written
to European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli urging him
to honor the original 2013 deadline for banning the sale of cosmetics in
the European Union that have been tested on animals. The European Commission is
considering delaying the deadline for years—and perhaps indefinitely.
In her letter,
Pamela states, "I love cosmetics, but there's no reason for animals to
suffer for lip gloss and eye-liner; those cruel tests are from another era."
She adds: "Today, there are effective and 100 percent humane non-animal
testing methods. We also already know thousands of ingredients that have a long
history of safe use. Hundreds of manufacturers have already been using them for
years! Please, don't turn back the clock."
Pamela in calling on the European Commission to stick to the 2013 deadline.
that test their products on animals needn't bother trying to ship them to
Israel, because, starting New Year's Day, the country banned the import, sale,
and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaners. Previously,
in 2007, the Israeli
government had banned using animals to test personal-care and
household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in
2010 and came into effect January 1, 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves,
blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even
crossing Israel's border.
and our affiliates are working to end the testing of cosmetics and household
products on animals in countries around the world, and Israel has proved that a
full ban on such vile products is not only possible but also ethically
responsible. The EU had passed
a similar ban, which
was also scheduled to take effect in 2013, but lawmakers are now considering
extending that deadline. PETA
and PETA U.K. have been pushing hard to get the EU to uphold
the original end date. In addition, PETA India is trying to get a similar ban implemented in that
country, and the effort has a lot
of momentum. PETA
and PETA Asia have been helping
Chinese scientists switch to in vitro
cosmetics testing methods and are encouraging the
Chinese government to accept the results in place of the animal tests that it
currently requires. And in the U.S., PETA has been purchasing stock in companies that conduct animal
tests so that we can propose
shareholder resolutions to switch to humane testing methods.
But despite all the
legal hullabaloo, we can at least designate our homes cruelty-free areas. It's
easy to select personal-care and household products that weren't tested on
animals by glancing at PETA's
new global Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide, the latest complete
list of companies that refuse to conduct or pay for any animal tests anywhere
in the world.
With the Budget Control Act of 2011's 7.8 percent cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on track to kick in at the start of 2013, PETA is urging Congress to take a more drastic measure—cut all funding for wasteful experiments on animals.
In a letter sent today to congressional leaders, PETA explains that nearly half of NIH's current $30 billion annual research budget is awarded to projects that involve cruel experiments on animals, which do nothing to advance human health and which contribute to the country's expanding deficit. These projects include cruel and costly experiments like these:
That last one is no joke …
… but it has a sick punch line: Because animal species differ from one another biologically in many significant ways, experiments on animals almost never produce results that can be applied to humans in a meaningful way.
Please tell your representatives in Washington to stop wasting lives, money, and opportunities on cruel and ineffective experiments on animals.
When news broke that cosmetics giant L'Oréal was acquiring ultra-hip makeup innovator Urban Decay—a PETA (and peta2) fave—some brows were furrowed over what this would mean for Urban Decay's cruelty-free status since L'Oréal is not included on PETA's list of companies that don't test on animals. Well, stop fretting—it'll just cause wrinkles.
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Living up to its recent PETA Courage in Commerce Award, Urban Decay has assured PETA in writing that its animal-testing policy will not change, and that the company will remain cruelty-free.
Please always buy cruelty-free—you'll find Urban Decay and more than 1,000 other companies in PETA's searchable list.
We're tickled countless shades of pink to report that NYX Cosmetics has affirmed its commitment to producing 100 percent cruelty-free cosmetics by pledging not to sell its products in China until animal tests are no longer required there for makeup and personal-care items. To applaud the company's commendable choice to stay out of this large consumer market so that not even one animal will be harmed for its products, PETA has given NYX Cosmetics our Courage in Commerce Award.
We hope NYX won't have to wait too long before marketing in China. Thanks to training and outreach partially funded by PETA, China is poised to begin accepting its first-ever in-vitro (non-animal) test for cosmetics ingredients soon. In the meantime, though, the only way into the Chinese cosmetics market is over the dead bodies of animals.
Unlike corporations that sell out animals in hopes of a larger market share (or refuse to say whether they pay for animal testing or not), NYX Cosmetics and other principled cosmetics and personal-care companies, including Paul Mitchell and Urban Decay, are making ethical conduct a top priority, and they deserve our support.
Ready to change your look? Starting your holiday shopping? Before you hit the stores, make sure you're not buying into cruelty by checking PETA's list of companies that don't test on animals—it's the numero uno resource for up-to-date info on cruelty-free businesses.
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