Written by Michelle Kretzer
cosmetics company Urban
Decay has earned PETA's Courage in Commerce Award for
putting animals ahead of market share and reversing its decision to sell in China, where animals are
harmed and killed in product tests. The company's decision followed talks with
PETA and thousands of e-mails from disappointed consumers. While many companies
have shed their cruelty-free policies as easily as last year's fashion for a
share of the profits from China, Urban Decay officials have decided that the
cost was too high. They're corporate champs in our book, and the company is
going back on PETA's
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is afoot in China, too. PETA is financially supporting scientists from the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, who are working with the Chinese government
to replace cruel and
archaic animal tests with superior non-animal methods, and already, we are seeing huge progress. Until the day when
product tests on animals are a thing of the past, we hope other companies eyeing
the Chinese and other markets where cruel tests are required will follow Urban
Decay's example and put ethics first.
Written by Jeff Mackey
you before how cats and ferrets suffer in archaic training courses at Washington University
in St. Louis. Now, we've obtained a photo of the miserable living conditions for
a monkey named George, who is also confined to this facility:
Information on who is experimenting on George was not
released, but we wonder if it might have been Dora Angelaki, who has been crowned Vivisector
of the Month for the month of June. Angelaki, who recently left Washington
University to become chair of the neuroscience department at Baylor College of Medicine
in Texas, drills screws into monkeys' skulls and implants a "head ring,"
which attaches to an apparatus to control the animals' heads. She also implants
coils into their eyes and electrodes into their ears before strapping the
monkeys to a chair designed to immobilize their bodies as they are spun and
shaken so that Angelaki can observe their ability to track a target. In some
cases, she damages parts of the monkeys' brains first. Angelaki has received
more than $18 million in federal tax money for her primate experiments.
While Angelaki has left Washington University, there are
still animals there who need your help. Please urge the school to end the use
of animals in cruel and archaic intubation training exercises and replace them
with modern, effective teaching methods.
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