Written by Jeff Mackey
In an important step toward justice for the many rabbits who
suffered at Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc.—as revealed by
PETA—Carole Van Wie, the operator of that nightmarish hoarding facility, was convicted in court of neglecting rabbits. More importantly, she
has promised not to take in any more animals and will be on supervised probation
to ensure her compliance.
Van Wie will be turning in her state and federal animal
rehabilitator licenses and has vowed to get out of animal rescue work—not that
she was actually rescuing any animals, of course. Van Wie must undergo a psychiatric
evaluation—which is critical for ensuring that no more animals suffer and die
at her hands—and pay back some of the costs of caring for the animals who were seized from Bunny Magic. PETA thanks Calvert County Animal Control, the Tri-County
Animal Shelter, and the Calvert County State's Attorney's Office for all their
hard work on this case.
What You Can Do
Some "rescuers" are anything but—before handing
over any animal, take
extra care to ensure that you're not sentencing him or her to a miserable incarceration at
the hands of a hoarder. Also, please don't bring any animals into your
household if you can't make a lifetime commitment to them. But if you are ready, please consider adopting one (or two) of the adorable rabbits rescued from Bunny Magic!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Update: On May 15, 2012, officials filed 17 additional charges of cruelty to animals against Susan Marino, based on evidence gathered as a result of PETA's undercover investigation. Animals like Tuxie—the cat whose gaping neck and head wound Marino picked at and who, PETA learned, died last fall after suffering terribly for many months—will finally be granted a chance at justice. Marino now faces a total of 22 cruelty charges as well as a drug-related charge.
The Delaware County, New York, District Attorney's Office has filed charges of cruelty to animals as well as a drug-related charge against Susan Marino, the woman responsible for the horrific suffering of hundreds of animals at Angel's Gate, Inc., which she founded, operates, and dares to call "a hospice and rehabilitation center." PETA's investigation of this hellhole exposed the daily neglect and terrible suffering of disabled, elderly, and ailing animals, many of whom had been shipped to Marino by well-meaning but severely uninformed individuals and agencies, including the New York Center for Animal Care and Control (NYCACC), which doomed Malcolm the Chihuahua and hundreds of other animals to die slowly at Angel's Gate through its "New Hope" program.
PETA had provided the District Attorney with the evidence that our investigator gathered while volunteering at Angel's Gate. Our investigator saw Marino allow animals to suffer, sometimes for weeks, from treatable conditions as well as terminal illnesses without providing veterinary care, medication, or pain relief. Paralyzed animals dragged themselves until they developed bloody ulcers. Animals developed urine scald after being left in soaked diapers for up to two days. Dehydrated animals were denied water, and others were forced to stay outside in freezing temperatures. The bodies of dead animals were left among those of the living for days. While Marino has been charged, the nightmare is not over for the animals at Angel's Gate, as they have not yet been seized. Please help us ensure their welfare and the safety of future victims by joining us in urging the New York State Attorney General to revoke Angel's Gate's nonprofit status and ensure that the animals are removed from Marino's custody. Please click here to send a letter to the Attorney General, and please, when your animal companions become elderly or ill, let them live out their final days with dignity in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their families, not at the mercy of a conniving stranger.
Exciting news from our pals at PETA India! Following that
group's extensive campaign, the Indian government has issued guidelines to the
Medical Council of India, the Pharmacy Council of India, and the University
Grants Commission instructing them to completely
stop dissection and experimentation on animals to train
both undergraduate and postgraduate students and use non-animal methods of teaching
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This campaign was hard-fought. In addition to writing
letters to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (which issued the
guidelines) and the entities mentioned above, efforts included gathering petition
signatures from university students, letters from and meetings held by progressive
scientists, and work by other caring individuals as well as online outreach,
celebrity involvement, media pressure, and demonstrations. And of course, the
PETA Foundation's administrative, fundraising, and finance departments helped
keep the campaign afloat.
Another key to this victory was a recent brainstorming
session among government scientists and other researchers in which PETA India participated,
making the point that animals are not required in order to train students. Indeed,
as the ministry said in issuing the guidelines, "Nowadays effective alternatives in the form of CDs, computer simulations, manikin/models, in vitro methods, etc are available and they are not only effective
and absolute replacements to the use of animals in teaching anatomy/physiology
but they are also superior pedagogic tools in the teaching of pharmacy/life
Countless animals continue to suffer and die in laboratories
at U.S. colleges and universities—please take action to persuade the U.S. to follow India's compassionate and forward-thinking
After hearing from thousands of animal
advocates, the owners of Atlantic City's Steel Pier
have canceled their plans to hold horse-diving shows, in which horses would be
marched up a narrow ramp and out onto a platform and then forced to jump,
plummeting many feet into a pool below.
We know from past horse-diving events that horses suffer bone fractures, internal organ damage, bruising, and leg,
spine, and other injuries.
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PETA wrote to Atlantic City organizers
and sent out an action alert, and thousands of supporters urged everyone
involved to cancel the events. Other animal protectionists organized protests
and set up online petitions that garnered 50,000 signatures.
Horse-diving at the Steel Pier was
stopped in 1978, but it was briefly revived in 1993. Steel Pier's then-owner, Donald
Trump, canceled it because it was cruel to animals.
We're glad that Steel Pier Associates has
followed in Trump's compassionate footsteps and are sending them flowers and a
letter of thanks for canceling the horse-diving before it started. And we want
to thank the many, many kind people who spoke out in the horses' behalf. Together,
we made a big difference!
Following an extensive campaign by PETA India, Indian universities' top governing body, the
University Grants Commission (UGC), is officially recommending that all colleges and universities replace animal dissection
and animal experimentation in zoology and life sciences courses with modern non-animal methods. According to Dr BK
Sharma, associate professor and head of the Department of Zoology at the RL
Saharia Government PG College in Jaipur, by using computer simulations, interactive CD-ROMs,
films, charts, and lifelike models, it is estimated that Indian universities will
save 19 million animals every year.
Animals used for
dissection may be captured from their natural habitats or may come from "biological
supply" companies, which not only breed animals but also purchase them
from slaughterhouses, pet stores, animal shelters, and dealers who sell lost or
stolen companion animals. Animals are killed by gassing or drowning and are
then injected with formaldehyde, sometimes without first being checked to make sure that
they are dead.
recommendations will not only spare millions of animals' lives but also ensure that
students don't have to choose between their education and their morals.
Visit CutOutDissection.com to learn how PETA can help you get dissection
alternatives implemented in schools near you.
Written by PETA
exotic animals such as hedgehogs, macaws, and lizards will spend their lives
locked in cages as "pets," and it all started with a kind woman who
wouldn't give up until she got help for a sick, dying ferret in an Arkansas pet
store. The woman repeatedly asked the store manager to let her take the ferret
home for rehabilitation, but the manager refused. Finally, she called PETA for
help. We pushed animal control to check on the ferret, and the store's owner
quickly surrendered the ill animal.
caseworker explained to the store's owner that animals suffer in mass-breeding
facilities and animal dealers' warehouses before they end up in pet stores. The
owner agreed to watch PETA's undercover video footage from the now-defunct exotic-animal
warehouse U.S. Global
and the massive ferret factory Triple F Farms, Inc.
He was so moved by the plight of wild-born exotic animals—who
are often abducted from their families and stuffed into luggage to be smuggled
into the U.S.—that he agreed never to buy or sell these animals again.
victory is an encouragement to us all always to report cruelty
and never to miss an opportunity to educate others about how animals suffer in
the pet trade
and other cruel industries. You never know whose mind you might change!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
After three decades in captivity, a
group of 38 chimpanzees who had been abused in painful hepatitis and HIV
experiments in an Austrian laboratory were finally released to a sanctuary, where they can spend the rest of their lives in peaceful retirement. A
television camera operator captured the awe-inspiring moment
when the chimpanzees cautiously stepped out of their enclosures and into
daylight for the first time in 30 years, embracing one another to celebrate
their newfound freedom.
These chimpanzees have not been used
in experiments for more than 10 years, but their future was in limbo when the
Austrian safari park where they were living went bankrupt. It was believed that
the group would be split up and sent to zoos around Europe. But animal
advocates around the world, including PETA and our members and supporters,
wrote to the drug company that sent the chimpanzees to the park and implored it
to ensure that the chimpanzees would be sent to a sanctuary and not be
separated from one another. Thanks to those of you who spoke out, the
chimpanzees are now living together happily at an animal sanctuary where they
can feel the grass under their feet and the wind on their faces for the first
time in decades!
While it's wonderful that these chimpanzees now have a
safe haven, chimpanzees in the U.S. continue to be locked up and abused in laboratories, as PETA spelled out in a column in today's issue of the influential D.C.
newspaper The Hill. You can help give their story a
happy ending, too, by asking
your congressional representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost
Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810), which will
permanently end invasive experiments on all great apes in the U.S. and retire
hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Can't
wait to see those videos!
by Jeff Mackey
Despite the fact that footage of a handler with Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) beating and shocking an elephant named Tai has been widely publicized, California institutions continue to hire the shady outfit. In addition to the Santa Ana Zoo, which offers rides on elephants provided by HTWT, the city of Sierra Madre, California, had planned to feature Tai in its July Fourth parade today. But after hearing from PETA and hundreds of concerned citizens, the city canceled its plans and Tai will get the day off.
HTWT is unrepentant about the footage showing elephant beatings and has even defended the use of bullhooks (rods resembling fireplace pokers with sharp metal hooks on the end) and electric shock prods. PETA had pointed out to Sierra Madre officials that not only is using Tai in parades cruel to her, it also poses a risk to paradegoers, since Tai could easily be spooked by the noise and commotion of a large crowd, live bands, and possibly even fireworks, and break free, which could lead to injuries.
You can celebrate Independence Day by urging the Santa Ana Zoo to follow Sierra Madre's lead and stop doing business with HTWT. Every organization that hires HTWT helps pay for the oppression of elephants.
Written by Alisa Mullins
This week, the City Council in Arcadia, California, voted to suspend its cruel coyote trapping program. The victory for animals comes after supporters of humane coyote control, including San Gabriel Valley Friends of Wildlife, worked tirelessly for months e-mailing council members, packing City Council meetings, organizing an education session about living with coyotes, and collecting petition signatures.
Snares cause prolonged, painful deaths. Animals caught by the neck slowly suffocate, and those caught by the leg endure painful injuries until the trapper returns (not always within the 24-hour required time limit) to the snare. When nursing mothers are caught, their babies often starve to death.Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of compassionate people, the Arcadia City Council has already started promoting a community education program about proven, humane methods of coyote control that have been endorsed by wildlife experts.
It's so hot in the city, you'd think I'd be making another batch of lemonade—but I've got a hankering for some Internet Soup. It's been a while since the last batch, so dig in!
Oof! I don't know about you, but I'm full after all that soup—and guac. This Special K needs a siesta. Until next time …
Written by Karin Bennett
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