Written by Jeff Mackey
Following a complaint from PETA alleging the painful and horrific deaths of two monkeys at the hands of
pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
has not only confirmed the allegations and cited the company for egregious
violations of the Animal Welfare Act but also took the additional rare step of fining the facility $2,625 for
PETA submitted the complaint to the USDA after a
whistleblower reported that a monkey and a rat had been scalded to death at a
Bristol-Myers Squibb laboratory in New Jersey when their cages were run through the high-pressure cage washer with
the animals still inside. The trapped animals endured intense agony and
terror as the blistering-hot water burned their flesh.
The whistleblower also reported that another monkey
strangled to death after she was attached to the front of her cage—apparently by some sort of tether—then left unattended. PETA's
complaint asked the agency to investigate these deaths and to hit the corporation
where it hurts—in its bank account.
We hope the fine has gotten Bristol-Myers Squibb's
attention, and PETA—which holds
stock in the company so that it can raise these issues with the board and
stockholders—will continue to push for an end to relying on cruel and unreliable animal tests by switching to superior,
modern non-animal methods. Please ask Bristol-Myers
Squibb to make sure that these recommendations are implemented.
The end is near for the military's cruel trauma training exercises, in which thousands of animals are maimed and killed each year!
has discovered—and the U.S. Army's Office of the Surgeon General has confirmed—that
the Army has implemented a major shift in policy that states, "Non-medical
personnel are not authorized to participate in training that involves the use
of animal models." These nonmedical service members, who previously were
allowed to abuse and kill animals in these drills, will now be taught exclusively using
non-animal "alternatives such as commercial training manikins, moulaged
actors, cadavers, or virtual simulators."
This will likely prevent thousands of animals from being
shot, cut apart, and killed each year in crude exercises like the disturbing
military training drill that PETA exposed last year showing live goats who had their limbs broken
and cut off.
But that's not all: According to the Army, this change is
just one of several that will be unveiled as a result of a series of meetings
that began in February about restructuring the military's medical training
program. The shift is likely in response to PETA supporters' protests, as well
as Congress' request that the Department of Defense (DOD) submit a detailed plan for the phase-out
of all animal use in medical training
drills in favor modern non-animal methods. That report, which has already been
delayed once, is now due in early summer. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about
the military's broader plans to make all its deadly animal laboratories history.
What You Can Do
This is momentous progress, but we're not done yet. Please urge military officials to end the cruel use of animals in training for all personnel immediately.
Update: In March, PETA reached out to Hainan Airlines, and representatives from
the airline confirmed that its policy remains firm: It still does not ship
primates to laboratories. In the written statement, Hainan Airlines representatives
said that they "fully agree" with PETA on this issue and that they
support our "effort in the protection of animal rights."
The following was originally posted on February 24, 2012:
Exciting news! Two more air carriers, TAM and Hainan
Airlines, have announced that they will no longer transport primates for use in
PETA and other animal protection organizations put the pressure on the airlines
after it was revealed that they were recently handling shipments of monkeys to
laboratories in North America.
Richard Fisher | cc by 2.0
we're that much closer to stopping
the transport of primates for use in experiments once and for all—but we're not
Please continue to tell the few remaining airlines
that ship primates to laboratories—including Air France, China Eastern
Airlines, and Continental Airlines—that cruelty should be grounded.
Written by PETA
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.
Update: Based on PETA
complaints documenting abuse and neglect of animals in the University of Texas
Medical Branch at Galveston's laboratories, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
has taken the rare step of fining
the facility $9,143 for egregious violations of the federal Animal
Welfare Act—including failing to supply veterinary care to a sheep who had been
used in experimental back surgery and could not stand up, failing to supply
adequate veterinary care to a goat who died on an operating table, and failing
to supply post-procedural pain relief to three sheep used in experimental
Originally posted on May 24th:
We've told you previously how the University of Texas
Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after PETA filed a complaint detailing the egregious abuse of animals in its laboratories. After obtaining internal documents revealing hellish
conditions for animals in laboratories at the facility, PETA filed another
complaint earlier this year—and now UTMB
has been cited for the second time in 15
months for flagrant violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including
failure to provide sick and injured animals with adequate veterinary care.
Following the initial successful complaint to the USDA (based
on information provided by a laboratory insider), PETA submitted a Texas Freedom of Information Act request to UTMB asking for
documents related to the treatment of animals in its laboratories. UTMB
initially tried to use various legal exemptions to avoid releasing the records,
but PETA's attorneys successfully argued the case, leading the Texas attorney general
to order UTMB to hand over the documents.
Those documents revealed neglectful treatment of animals
that had gone previously undetected by federal inspectors and that PETA
identified and communicated to the USDA in March 2012, prompting the agency to
cite UTMB for violations of federal law. The following are a couple of examples:
These heartbreaking stories show that animal experimenters—even
those at supposedly top-tier institutions like UTMB—can't be trusted to abide
by even the minimal standards of the Animal Welfare Act. As long as animals
continue to suffer in laboratories, PETA will continue to be vigilant in monitoring
what experimenters are doing. Animals in laboratories need each of us to stop the cruelty in laboratories at UTMB—and everywhere
urge Shriners International—which has funded UTMB's burn experiments on animals
for more than 30 years—to stop supporting this cruelty.
PETA is asking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to
take back money awarded to the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF)
for cruel experiments on monkeys in which federal animal welfare laws were
In 2011, federal inspectors cited UCSF for two violations of
animal welfare laws over the school's abuse of a monkey named Petra, who is
Photo: PETA via USDAPetra
UCSF was cited for continuing to torment Petra in a cruel
brain experiment for nearly two years despite her deteriorating health and for
failing to remove surgically implanted hardware from Petra's skull, as the experimenters
were required to do.
Internal UCSF records obtained by PETA reveal that Petra
developed a terrible bacterial infection in the wound where her head was cut
open. She rapidly began to lose weight, circled endlessly in her cage, and ripped
out her own hair—a common behavior in primates imprisoned in laboratories.
Primates are highly social animals, but in laboratories, they are often
isolated in small stainless-steel cages as Petra was. As a result, they suffer
from severe depression and boredom.
NIH policy prohibits spending grant money on experiments that
violate federal animal welfare laws. Yet NIH awarded UCSF more than $2.1
million just during the period when Petra was abused, so PETA is urging NIH to
demand the return of these funds. UCSF is no stranger
to violating federal animal welfare laws. In 2005, UCSF paid more than
$90,000 for dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which is one of the
largest fines ever paid by an animal laboratory.
Please contact the NIH and ask that they demand UCSF
repay funds awarded during the period when experimenters violated the law by
abusing Petra. Are animals like Petra suffering in your school's
laboratories? Help save animals from misery and death in experiments by urging your alma mater to stop experimenting on animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered the
University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to pay more than $12,000 in fines for its cruel, incompetent—and sometimes fatal—treatment of animals, citing the
institution for 10 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in its
laboratories between 2008 and 2010. Two of the citations in the penalty were the
result of a 2008 complaint
filed by PETA.
After PETA submitted information about archaic and deadly medical training exercises in which rabbits at UCHC had needles repeatedly
stabbed into their chests, the USDA found that the facility didn't properly
seek non-invasive alternatives nor did it adequately document how the animals were used. The other violations
for which UCHC was cited and fined include rabbit deaths caused by improper
anesthesia and poorly trained employees.
UCHC was previously fined $5,500 by the USDA in 2007 for AWA
violations, including injecting unapproved substances into a monkey's brain and
an incident in which a monkey was dragged so roughly by a metal collar that his
eyes bled. That penalty resulted from complaints filed by PETA Associate Director Justin Goodman, who was then a UConn grad
student leading a successful campaign to end experiments on primates at the
school. Not only were the experiments permanently shut down, but following a PETA
complaint, the laboratory was also ordered to return $65,000 in federal funding.
And that's not all: In 2001, UConn's main campus paid
$129,000 in USDA fines for 99 violations of animal welfare laws. You'd hope the
university would have learned its lesson by now, but as long as animals are suffering in school laboratories, PETA will be working to stop the violence.
Rabbits are frequent victims of animal experimenters because they are mild-tempered and easy to handle, confine, and breed—more than 241,000 of them are abused in U.S. laboratories every year.
Last year, the University of Connecticut's Health Center and
main campus received more than $63.5 million from the National Institutes of
Health, of which more than 40 percent will be spent on animal experimentation. Please
ask the federal government to stop funding cruel and antiquated animal experiments and to put your tax dollars
toward modern, humane, and superior research methods.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Update: After reviewing
evidence submitted by PETA, the National Institutes of Health has reprimanded
the University of Colorado–Denver (CU) for repeatedly violating federal animal
welfare guidelines in its laboratories, criticized it for not reporting the
problems, and ordered the university to repay grant money used for noncompliant
experiments on animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's investigation into
CU's laboratories is still underway.
Originally posted January 29:
It's starting to feel like
déjà vu: PETA has once again filed formal complaints with the federal
government about the abuse of animals in laboratories at the University of Colorado–Denver
(CU). Through a state open-records request, PETA has just learned
that the same neglect and incompetence that we documented there in a 2007
investigation are still occurring.
The records show that during
just the past two years, at least 60 animal welfare incidents—dozens of which may constitute
violations of federal law and guidelines—have occurred, including
Based on PETA's undercover investigation, in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited CU for serious
violations of the Animal Welfare Act and also issued the university an official
warning letting it know that it would be fined $10,000 per incident if it were found violating the law
again. It's time for the government to follow through on that warning and stop
CU's abuses for good.
Please ask the
federal government to stop funding cruel animal experiments and to put your tax
dollars toward modern, humane non-animal research methods.
Cruelty campaign has flown from success to success, and it's still soaring—three top cargo
shipping companies have joined the still-growing list of carriers that refuse
to transport any animals to be burned, blinded, poisoned, and cut up alive in laboratories!
As reported in Nature magazine, after talks with PETA, UPS adopted a worldwide ban on
transporting animals destined for laboratory experiments. FedEx (already our
hero for its role in helping
Ben the bear get his freedom) and DHL have also confirmed to PETA that they have policies in place that ban
the shipment of live animals to laboratories.
To give you an idea of how big a development this is, FedEx
and UPS are the world's top two largest cargo airlines, and DHL is close
behind. They join the majority of major airlines—including Cathay Pacific, Korean
Airlines, Qantas, and others—that won't transport any animals destined for experiments.
Animals aren't safe from being caged, neglected, and tortured
as long as even one airline will deliver them into experimenters' hands. Please
urge holdout airlines such as Air France and United to step up and refuse to
ship primates to laboratories.
In response to a series of significant animal welfare
violations and complaints filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) has taken the rare step of fining the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) almost $12,000 for repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare
Act. ONPRC imprisons, sickens, terrorizes, and mutilates thousands of monkeys
each year in experiments with impunity, so it's good to know that the facility
will be punished for causing animals to suffer more by failing to uphold even
The violations, which took place in 2009, included the escape of nine monkeys from the facility as well as the deaths of five other monkeys from a variety of
causes, including from dehydration, being injected with unapproved compounds, and improper procedures performed by an inadequately trained employee.
Following the escape, PETA called on the USDA to investigate and issue a fine
In 2007, PETA conducted a shocking undercover investigation, which exposed horrific laboratory conditions at ONPRC. The next year, the USDA
issued an "official
warning"—the precursor to a fine—to ONPRC. Internal documents obtained by PETA had revealed
that a sick pregnant monkey died after being denied veterinary care, that a
surgical sponge was left in a baboon—causing an abscess—and was discovered only
after he was killed for an experiment, and that experimenters mistakenly
performed surgery on the wrong monkey. After repeatedly finding negligence and
callous disregard, federal investigators are finally speaking the only language
that ONPRC understands: dollars and cents.
Take a stand for the animals imprisoned at ONPRC. Ask the National Institutes of
Health to stop funding cruel and useless nicotine experiments on animals at ONPRC and
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