Written by Michelle Kretzer
In just one week, we could require the Obama administration to address the fact that animals are still being killed in gas chambers. It's up to us.
Currently posted to the White House's "We the People" petition site is an appeal asking for federal attention to the suffering that animals endure when they are gassed. It can take as long as 45 minutes for a dog or cat to die in a gas chamber. He or she may convulse, vomit, gasp for breath, attempt to claw through the walls, void his or her bowels, howl in panic, and even be bitten by other frightened animals. And some animals do not die, like Daniel, the Alabama dog who has become the face of the movement to ban gas chambers.
Compare this to an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital, administered by trained professionals, that assures that the animal "falls asleep," the same quick, painless loss of consciousness that we feel when we are given anesthetics before surgery.
But despite the cruelty of gas chambers and the affordability of humane injections, it is still legal to gas animals in 31 states. Let's change that. We have until February 18 to collect 100,000 signatures.
I'm going to add my name to the petition right now. Will you please join me?
When a young couple on vacation in
Florida decided to take a leisurely afternoon stroll through a park, they had
no idea that they were about to save a life. But that's exactly what happened.
The pair came upon a duck sitting in the grass who didn't attempt to waddle away or even stand up as they
neared. On closer inspection, they saw why. The duck's left leg was broken and
was dangling limply from his body. Unable to move, he stared helplessly up at
The couple called PETA for help, and we
quickly contacted a reputable
wildlife rehabilitator nearby. The rehabilitator rushed to the park while the couple waited with the
duck. Within an hour of the couple's worried phone call, the injured duck was
out of harm's way and headed to get help.
Often, saving an animal's life is just
DeVitto has been part of some
of Hollywood's best onscreen teams, starring in One Tree Hill, Pretty Little
Liars, and Vampire Diaries. But
now she's joining Team PETA to help animals in animal shelters find a happy Hollywood
ending and to speak out against the cruel fur industry.
Torrey's tips for star-like style?
Anyone not wearing fur automatically looks better than anyone who is.
And her best advice on being a star for
animals? Never be silent. Speak up for animals today by simply tweeting a link
to PETA's "Never Be
Written by Jeff Mackey
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
nonviolent message is as relevant today as it was during his lifetime. Although
this is the day officially set aside each year to pay tribute to his legacy, we
can pay tribute to Dr. King every day by opposing discrimination against
anyone, including animals. Whenever we speak up against the oppression of
animals who are suffering in circuses, in backyards, in laboratories, and on factory
farms, we honor his commitment to social justice.
animal rights movement draws inspiration from—and is an obvious successor
to—the civil rights movement. In fact, Dr. King's inspiration for nonviolent
action was Mohandas Gandhi, who was an animal advocate and ethical vegetarian, and animal rights issues
have been important to Dr. King's family members, including his widow, the late
Coretta Scott King, who adopted a vegan diet, as has their son, Dexter Scott King.
Today, and every day, countless opportunities exist to bring
about a more just world, whether by volunteering at a local animal shelter or
helping underprivileged or elderly neighbors care for their animal companions.
But the underlying principle behind Dr. King's teachings about the proper
response to injustice is never
to be silent.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.