Written by Michelle Kretzer
PETA's recent successes are any indication, down is going down fast.
latest company to make the synthetic leap
onto our anti-down bandwagon is Colorado's leading furniture manufacturer, Woodley's Fine Furniture.
The Woodley brothers
started their company decades ago with the intention of offering quality home
furnishings that did not take a toll on nature—but
they had been designing sofas stuffed with down. After PETA sent the company
our down exposé, Woodley's agreed that its
vision did not include using feathers
that were yanked out of live birds or feathers from birds who had tubes rammed
down their throats for the cruel production of foie gras and will no longer purchase down-filled upholstery.
to make the down industry's feathers fly? Check out PETA's top five ways to take action against
down—because if people in the skiing
capital of the U.S. are done with down, shouldn't the rest of us embrace warm and soft synthetic
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.
We can now add Suffolk, Virginia, to the growing list of
cities that recognize that dogs deserve better than life on a chain—something that
PETA has been advocating for a long time.
In January, when Suffolk Council Member Mike
Duman initially proposed a tethering ban, he met with resistance. But two short months
later, the council voted to ban chaining completely. How did this reversal
wrote to council members and got our friend the comedian Wanda Sykes, who is from Virginia,
to do the same. Daphna
Nachminovitch, our vice president of cruelty
investigations, raised awareness about the issue by writing a blog for a local
And we asked Alice Conner to share with the
council the story of her 2-year-old
cousin who was killed by dogs in Suffolk who
became aggressive after being chained for
Local PETA members and residents also
weighed in. And our message got through loud and clear.
Community Animal Project staff members receive more calls
about abused and neglected chained dogs in Suffolk than in any other area
surrounding the Sam Simon Center, our Virginia headquarters. As of September 1,
2013, Suffolk residents who do this to their dogs will face fines!
We thank Mike Duman, Alice Conner, Wanda
Sykes, and all the other compassionate people who helped make the Suffolk
tethering ban a reality. Now, with the help of Sykes and
actor Patton Oswalt,
we are working with Newport
News, one of the two remaining
cities in the region that still don't restrict or ban chaining, to improve
living conditions for its dog population.
If you would like to help get a chaining ban passed
in your hometown, we offer a wealth of resources.
Today is a monumental day. Starting today,
any cosmetics product or ingredient that is tested on animals anywhere in the
world cannot be sold in
the European Union. So every one of the 500
million EU consumers will be purchasing only cruelty-free cosmetics.
The European Parliament had already banned
cosmetics companies from tormenting
animals in cruel tests on EU soil. But now
that the deadline for the last step of this historic phased-in
ban on animal testing has arrived, companies eyeing the lucrative EU market will
have to abandon all animal tests anywhere in the world for both their finished
products and their ingredients. The ban has already led many companies
to invest in advanced
non-animal testing methods, sparing countless
rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and other animals from having chemicals
dumped into their eyes, poured down their throats, and ground into their skin.
The EU ban reflects the public's conviction
that cosmetics should not be valued over animals' lives. People on this side of
the pond can let our voices be heard, too—by purchasing only
cruelty-free products. Please order PETA's free Beauty Without
Bunnies Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide today, and PETA's online database of companies that don't
test on animals—anywhere in the world—makes it as
easy as point, click, and save lives.
Written by Jeff Mackey
We're delighted to announce a crucial victory in PETA's AirCruelty campaign.
This morning, China Eastern Airlines informed
PETA that as of March 1, 2013, it will no longer ship primates to laboratories
to be used in experiments!
This ends the export of monkeys from China for use in
laboratories! Prior to this exciting development, the majority of primates
imported into the United States for experimental use were from China—in 2012, more than 10,000
primates destined for U.S. laboratories came from China. After both China Southern and Air China stopped primate shipments for experiments following pressure from PETA, China
Eastern was left as the sole transporter of monkeys from that country to
laboratories. Its compassionate new policy means that animal experimenters are left without a single airline to transport
primates from China and PETA has now been successful in shutting down this market.
In recent months, PETA had stepped up pressure on China
Eastern by encouraging our members and supporters to contact the airline via
phone and e-mail. More than 100,000 of you took action. (Thank you!) Local
activists with Empty Cages
Los Angeles and other groups also helped increase pressure recently by conducting protests
at China Eastern offices around the world.
What You Can Do
This is an important advance in keeping primates away from
experimenters, but PETA won't rest until these smart and sensitive animals are
safe once and for all—and we hope you're in it for the long haul, too! Please urge the last three remaining
holdouts to follow China Eastern's example and adopt a formal policy prohibiting the
transport of primates destined for laboratories.
good news on the international
product testing front: After discussions with PETA, Pangea Organics is ending all sales of
its products in China, where animal tests for cosmetics are required. For
choosing principles over profits and vowing not to
pay for animal tests anywhere in the world, PETA is proud to honor Pangea
Organics with our Courage in Commerce Award.
Organics has been a member of PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program and will stay
on PETA's cruelty-free list along with more than 1,300 cosmetics companies and personal-care
and household products companies that are committed to compassion.
joins a growing list of companies that are choosing to stay true to their
cruelty-free roots. Last year, Paul Mitchell Systems became the first
company to pull out of China rather than harming animals after learning from
PETA that selling in that country would mean painful and deadly tests on
animals, and other companies,
such as Dermalogica, have followed suit. Urban Decay also reversed its
decision to enter the Chinese market after hearing from thousands of PETA
supporters. And NYX,
Paula's Choice, Yes To
Carrots, and Jack Black have all said, "No, thanks!" to the Chinese
market until tests on animals are no longer required—and that day is coming
closer. PETA is helping to fund the efforts of the Institute for In Vitro
Sciences, which is working to help Chinese scientists and government officials accept superior, non-animal
methods, and China is poised to approve its first
help us congratulate
Pangea Organics, and show your support
for cruelty-free living by using PETA's brand-new global Cruelty-Free Shopping
Guide every time you shop! Order a free copy or use PETA's Beauty
Without Bunnies database to find compassionate
companies that refuse to pay for animal tests anywhere in the world.
Update: In one of the
pettiest pieces of pork-barrel politics we've seen in a long time, North
Carolina state Rep. Roger West, who just so happens to be a sponsor of
Brasstown's annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop, has introduced Senate Bill 60,
also sneeringly known as "The Opossum Right-to-Work Act."
At face value, the bill appears
to be simply a way to skirt a judge's recent ruling that outlawed the cruel
event. But it's actually far more insidious than that—it would also strip other
wildlife protections and would allow wild animals to be held in captivity
for unspecified periods of time, put on display for profit or publicity, and
exploited for some unspecified "other purpose." The bill even seeks
to exempt some activities from the state's anti-cruelty law. TV icon Bob Barker
has sent a letter to members of the North Carolina Senate urging them to reject
the bill, and if you're a North Carolina resident, we hope you will do the same and get all your
neighbors to weigh in, too.
Originally posted on November 14th, 2012:
After the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC),
despite an objection from PETA, issued a made-up permit to Clay Logan to possess an opossum for his cruel annual New Year's Eve "Opossum
Drop"—in which a terrified opossum is abducted, held captive, then
suspended and lowered into a horde of boisterous revelers—at his general store
in Brasstown, PETA took the matter to court. Now
the verdict's in, and the animal with the gray fur scored a victory over the
folks with the red faces—and necks.
That's right, y'all: Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G.
Morrison Jr. ruled in PETA's favor, finding that in North Carolina, citizens "are prohibited from capturing
and using wild animals for pets or amusement" and that the "WRC
has no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display
of a native wild animal at the Opossum Drop Event." As a result, the WRC may not "issue any permit or license for possessing and publicly
displaying a live opossum for use in an 'Opossum Drop' event or for any other public display of a
live opossum or other native wild animal."
Each year, several weeks prior to New Year's Eve, Logan has captured
an opossum from the wild and confined the animal before hoisting him or her high
into the air on New Year's Eve, and then, with a raucous crowd cheering and the
noise of fireworks, live music, and the firing of muskets and cannons, lowered
the frightened animal into the fray. Opossums are shy animals who are terrified
of humans—their primary predator—and vulnerable to stress-related conditions because
of captivity, including capture myopathy, which can result in death days or
even weeks after release back into the wild.
Causing animals pain or distress should never be cause for
celebration. Learn more about entertainment that doesn't harm animals as well as how to live in
harmony with wildlife.
In a rousing victory for
animals, a county planning commission in the U.K. has denied a notorious
chicken factory farm a spot within its borders.
Harrison Farms had asked the Shropshire Council for permission to build an
intensive factory farm in which 330,000 chickens at a time would be tightly
crammed into dark sheds until the time came to slaughter them. But after
hearing from PETA U.K. and almost 5,000 of PETA U.K.'s
members and supporters, the council denied the application.
The animal advocates
explained to the council how factory
farms dose chickens with massive amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive in the
cramped, filthy conditions and to make them grow so large so fast that many of
them become crippled under their own weight or experience organ failure. They
also relayed how the farms cut off the ends of chickens' sensitive beaks with a
searing-hot blade to stop the frustrated birds from pecking at each other and
how the only time the chickens see grass or feel the warmth of the sun is when
they are being shipped to the slaughterhouse to have their throats slashed and be dunked in tanks of
scalding-hot water. They also gave the council information on how factory farms
are among the main contributors
to climate change.
Congratulations to everyone
who wrote in!
Sometimes, even compassionate people seem to
disregard fish. I know: I was one of them. Years after I stopped eating meat, I
identified as a vegetarian but would still have a little sushi. It was a long
time before I realized—thanks to PETA—that fish are sentient beings who
feel pain acutely and struggle against death. Perhaps a few other people are
having their own "aha" moment right now, thanks to PETA Germany's recent victory
Acting on a tip, two PETA Germany
investigators joined some tourists on a crab fishing boat operating along the northern coast.
The crab fishing itself wasn't illegal, but the way the anglers were tormenting
was. Under German law, fish must be instantly killed or placed in water after
being caught. But these anglers were catching several fish in their crab traps
and leaving the unwanted animals to asphyxiate to death on the boat. They even
laughed about the animals' struggle to breathe before they died.
The investigators shot video evidence and began
throwing suffering fish back into the water. Then they filed a complaint with
the Hamburg District Attorney's Office, and the court slapped the owner of the boat
with a fine of 400 euros (about $540). He and his crew will likely be taking
fish protection laws more seriously now.
If you know someone who claims, "I'm a vegetarian, but
I still eat fish," perhaps you can mention this story as a way of
illustrating that fish
feel pain and, like every other animal, deserve to be free from suffering.
After PETA filed multiple complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) at Chief Saunooke Bear Park, the bear pit must now surrender its exhibitor license. What's more, the license will remain suspended until the dismal facility is able to prove that it's compliant with AWA regulations—if it ever can.
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians joined PETA in meeting with the USDA to detail the problems at the Cherokee, North Carolina, roadside zoo. Following our complaints and meeting, the USDA charged the bear pit with more than a dozen violations. Now, the park has agreed to pay a fine and surrender its license in order to settle the case. It's probably a smart move, considering that in a 62-page report that PETA gave to the USDA, bear experts who visited the facility documented that, among other violations, the park was failing to maintain adequate barriers between bears and the public, leading to at least two attacks on visitors thus far. According to the experts, the park also failed to supply food for its public feedings that met the bears' nutritional needs and instead allowed visitors to feed them cat food and Lucky Charms cereal. Among many other abuses, the facility also failed to provide the bears with veterinary care and forced them to eat from filthy, unsanitary food containers.
Barely a month ago, a PETA investigation revealed that staff members were deliberately depriving bears of food and that the animals are so stressed from being constantly confined to small, concrete pits that they pace repeatedly and gnaw at the metal cage bars. Our investigation also uncovered drug use, racism, wage-law violations, and more.
Please ask the USDA to take the next step and
confiscate the abused bears.
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