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Good News Is in Reach: US Congress Approves Bill Reducing Animal Testing

The European Union has set the pace when banning animal testing for cosmetics. Now the United States Congress has approved a bill that specifically gives “preference for the development and use of alternative methods and strategies” instead of animal testing.

The road towards the elimination of all animal testing remains bumpy and deadly for many animals, but this is an encouraging step in the right direction.

Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States, writes: “The Senate gave final approval to a bill that revamps a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals. The bill contains – for the first time in any broader environmental and health protection statute – an explicit decree from Congress to minimize animal testing and to create a clear preference for the development and use of alternative methods and strategies. The section of the bill relating to animal testing, championed by Senators Cory Booker, D-NJ, and David Vitter, R-La. – and strongly supported by Senators Tom Udall, D-NM, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and committee ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. – was its own hard-fought battle, and the inclusion of this language will almost certainly accelerate the movement away from animal tests for chemicals, pesticides, biocides, cosmetics, and other potentially dangerous substances in risk assessment protocols or for safety substantiation.

Once President Obama signs this legislation, as he is expected to do in the next few days, it gives the Environmental Protection Agency an unmistakable mandate from Congress that it must continue to embrace 21stcentury science and wean itself off outdated animal testing protocols, which are expensive, slow, and often non-predictive of the human circumstance. I wrote recently that the EPA is dramatically decreasing animal tests for pesticide hazard assessments, and is now working to replace animal tests in its endocrine screening program. In fact, in 2016, the EPA proposed to waive skin lethal dose tests for pesticide formulations.

The National Institutes of Health, the largest funder of biomedical research in the world, has allocated tens of millions more in funding to the development of non-animal methods and approaches, and this work will build on the battery of non-animal-testing methods already in use and increasingly widely accepted by scientists. In testimony before a key Senate panel this year, NIH director Francis Collins predicted “that ten years from now, safety testing for newly developed drugs as well as assessment of the potential toxicity of numerous environmental exposures will be largely carried out using human biochips that are loaded with cells accurately representing heart, liver, kidney, muscle, brain and other tissues. This approach, made possible by the dramatic development of induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS cells), will mostly replace animal testing for drug toxicity and environmental sensing, giving results that are more accurate, at lower cost, and with higher through-put.”

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a consensus body of 36 member nations, has embraced the concept of using the best new techniques and approaches for risk assessment, and that will also accelerate the move away from animal testing on the international stage.

To be sure, this is a global movement, and there is progress on many fronts. In 2013, the European Union banned cosmetic animal testing and trade, and India followed suit the next year. Earlier this week, we announced that Australia will soon join that club.

We are making gains in other domains where animal testing has long been a feature of risk assessment. In 2012, our Humane Society International team in Europe worked to reduce animal testing requirements, perhaps by as much as 50 percent, for risk assessment for pesticide and biocides. We’ve also succeeded in convincing Brazil, Canada, the EU, and India to delete the requirement for a notorious one-year dog pesticide-poisoning study requirement (the United States deleted the requirement back in 2007).

In the past year HSI also convinced the EU to adopt animal replacement methods for skin/eye irritation, skin allergy, skin lethal dose testing and a reduced animal use test for reproductive toxicity under its chemicals law – potentially sparing 2.6 million animals the effects of these painful tests, while the Indian health ministry banned repeat animal testing of new drug imports.

In all, there is evidence around the globe that a combination of moral intention to reduce and eliminate animal testing and new technologies that give us superior options are ushering in a new paradigm in the realm of safety testing and drug efficacy work. This is the humane economy in action. The long-established practice of poisoning animals for a variety of purposes is on the way out, and it will be replaced by human biology that will give us better results and not leave a trail of animal victims in our wake. The language in the TSCA reform legislation to be signed by President Obama is the latest and, in some ways, the clearest evidence of this trend. For that reason, this legislation may be the most important animal protection gain in the entire 114th Congress.”

You can read more here:

Congress sends landmark bill to reduce animal use in chemical testing to Obama

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2014/02/federal_bill_to_end_cosmetics_testing_introduced_in_Congress.html

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2576

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2858

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Some Good News on Animal Welfare

Here are some victories for the animals, thanks to many compassionate people and PetA:

  • Retailers are learning that compassion is always in fashion: Armani agreed to stop selling fur, and Dynamite announced that it will no longer sell angora wool.
  • A church in Washington canceled an event that was to include a “Chicken Chase” with awards of live baby chicks for participants who caught chickens.
  • The city council in Asheville, North Carolina, voted to ban dangerous horse-drawn carriages.
  • Officials in Dickson, Tennessee, made the compassionate decision to cancel plans to kill ducks and geese at Luther Lake.
  • GEICO promised not to feature chimpanzees or other great apes in its commercials again.
  • Dangerous legislation in Colorado that would have secured a “right” for hunters and anglers to kill wild animals was defeated.
  • Air Transport Services Group told PETA that it’s ending the transport of monkeys to laboratories.

The more people stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves, the more change away from suppression, torture, killings and ignorance can be seen.

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What the World Needs to Hear from Philip Wollen

 

Here is a brilliant speech by a formidable man about animal rights. Thank you to Animalista Untamed for bringing this to my attention.

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What the World Needs to Hear from Philip Wollen

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What Rabbits Feel

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society – NEAVS – founded in 1895, has been fighting against animal abuse especially in the sciences. Recently, one of the scientists, Dr. Marge Peppercorn, wrote about her experiences with rabbits, a species being tortured by the millions in labs all around the world:

“The Language of Rabbits

As a physician, I understand the need for medical research. What I can’t understand is why we persist in using animals. Researchers use every kind of species in the now recognized mistaken belief that what holds true for them holds true for humans. Some, like mice, are used primarily because they’re inexpensive and easy to handle. None are used with true consideration for their suffering.

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A prime example is the rabbit. Bunnies are generally silent with unchanging facial expressions, so it’s easy for researchers to be unaware of their distress and avoid possible pangs of conscience over what they’re doing to them. People think their silence makes them unreadable but bunnies communicate constantly.

I’ve recently become a bunny parent. After having had primarily dogs and cats, I had no idea what to expect. There was no barking, meowing, whining, whimpering, tail wagging or purring. From hours of interaction I’ve learned bunnies do make their feelings clearly known. They stamp their feet when upset or sensing danger. They make a quiet grunt when angry and an extremely soft grinding noise when happy.

None of these messages could possibly be heard over the noise of a lab, but bunnies also use their bodies and ears to communicate. They hunch up when scared and totally flatten out when relaxed. Their ears pull back, eyes widen, and noses twitch rapidly when scared. Their ears stand up straight, eyes relax, and breathing slows to gentle nose wiggles when content. They literally leap for joy when extremely happy and run and hide in a flash when scared. They are affectionate, gentle creatures who will bond with another bunny or animal, groom and sleep tight against their companion, and grieve when it’s gone.

All these behaviors go generally unseen or considered unimportant by the average researcher who sees the rabbit as an inexpensive and uncomplaining test tube. What makes using rabbits even more upsetting is that as a genetically hard wired prey animal they hide feeling weak or sick, therefore making it difficult for researchers to recognize their suffering. As genetic prey animals, they are easily terrified. Even rabbits living for years in a loving home that they should know is a caring environment get terrified by loud noises and require soft voices and gentle handling.

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering…

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering, but for me, inflicting pain on gentle, helpless and terrified creatures precisely because they are so gentle and less able to make their distress known is particularly unconscionable. I hope what I’ve learned from Penny helps us all better understand the subtle language of rabbits and their clear desire not to be hurt.”

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http://neavs.org

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A Landmark Moment for Animal Rights

Please share this news. The more people hear about decisions like these the better the chances are that other nations will copy these animal-friendly actions.

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Europe decides rabbits are more important than eyeshadow

This is welcome news, long overdue. Let’s hope the US will follow suit and the rest of the world will catch up. I long for the day when ALL animal testing is history.

The European Union is scheduled to ban all animal-tested products next month, but the rest of the world hasn’t followed suit. This is a landmark moment for animal rights’ activists.

It’s common knowledge that much of the cosmetic and personal care industry tests products on animals. Despite advances in technology, animal experiments are still particularly cruel—and surprisingly ineffective in determining a product’s safety. That’s why the European Union recently announced that after years of delays, it’s finally banning the import and sale of all animal-tested products and ingredients, starting March 11.

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Actors in Action for Nosey

This could mean a breakthrough for reaching the goal of getting Nosey to an elephant sanctuary.  This elephant has been held  by someone not interested in her well being for many years, ignoring her ailments, her pain, her natural needs. Though obviously affected by arthritis, Nosey is continually dragged around the United States to roadside flea markets and has to give rides to ignorant people. Now that the actress Kim Basinger has taken up the cause there might be help for Nosey.

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“CEI, AFNN, and SNN, have been working secretly for the last 5 months on behalf of our beloved Nosey, and today we can finally let you in on what we’ve been doing.
Nosey’s Storybook has been on quite an adventure lately, and it eventually found its way to Academy Award-winning actress, Kim Basinger, who today mailed Nosey’s book, a personal letter, and a list of organizations supporting her efforts, to former president, Bill Clinton. Kim is asking Bill Clinton to contact the USDA’s chief, Tom Vilsack, and request the USDA have Nosey re-examined. This may also include the participation of the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as Chelsea Clinton, who has a passion for elephants, and has campaigned for the ending of the illegal ivory trade, so we are very excited that Kim has made this decision to write to him and ask for his help!
There are many people and organizations I would like to thank, and I’ll start with our director, Richard Isley, who was CEI’s contact person for Kim Basinger and her manager, Hollywood producer, Oren Segal, at Radius Entertainment in Los Angeles. What started off as an offer by KIm to hold a fund-raiser for Nosey, which would have required Richard to travel to Florida, and negotiate the possible selling of Nosey with the Liebel family, evolved into Kim’s decision to write to Bill Clinton after Richard expressed his concern that Hugo Liebel would most likely refuse any offer, just as he had previously done with Hollywood mogul, and co-creator of The Simpson’s, the late Sam Simon, who reportedly offered $750,000 for Nosey. Kim then made the decision to write a letter to Bill Clinton, asking him to help Nosey.
We hope this news gives you optimism for Nosey’s future, and please thank Kim Basinger for her participation!! CEI fully believes that she will be successful in her efforts for Nosey.
And Kim’s new Warner Bros. movie, “The Nice Guys,” will be released on May 20, 2016, and also stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
And I would like to thank all of you for your difficult and heart-breaking work on behalf of Nosey. It has been a very long road for her, but now she has some new friends in high places. And so do we!
CEI will post a complete list of people and organizations supporting Kim and Nosey when we compile it, and I personally want to thank those few people who have kept our secret for the past 5 months!
Thank you everybody!
Joan Sumner, Overseas director, CEI” (CEI: California Environmental Institute)

You can read more here:

https://www.facebook.com/The-California-Environmental-Institute-517434771651003/

https://www.facebook.com/Action-for-Nosey-Now-549814465150851/?pnref=story

Heartbreaking Footage of Nosey: The Saddest Elephant

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Nosey in Distress

photos: Action for Nosey Now

When first becoming aware of the plight of elephants in general being exploited it seemed plausible to end their plight due to several issues. First of all, elephants are big and heavy. Second of all, they literally need tons of food. and third of all, they can easily hurt and even kill (intentionally of accidentally) a human being. But sadly, it turned out – as with many animal related issues – that greed and ignorance have turned this battle in an uphill one just like many others.

Nosey the Elephant has been touring the United States for many years. Her owner makes her give rides no matter her physical state. She has been seen with sores on her sides, with wounds on her legs, swaying back and forth in distress. But as long as there are people willing to pay and thereby giving the owner reason to keep her, chances are slim she will be released to an elephant sanctuary, even though the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has agreed to take her in.

A small group has been fighting for Nosey’s release to this sanctuary diligently. They have  been busy keeping track of Nosey’s whereabouts, have tried to inform people at the sights about the sad physical and psychological state Nosey is in, have tried to get her released, but until today to no avail.

Please spread the news, let friends and family know that paying for rides on any animal’s back is simply no fun for the animal at best, and often painful and crippling for these beings.

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https://www.facebook.com/Action-for-Nosey-Now-549814465150851/

Heartbreaking Footage of Nosey: The Saddest Elephant

Urge Congress to Take Action for Nosey the Elephant!

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sangita-iyer/elephant-abuse_b_5769818.html

https://www.elephants.com

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When Laws Change in Favor of Animals, There is Hope

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In most legal systems of the world animals are still “things” and not beings. Even though this has not (yet) changed in the United States, it is a big step in this direction when animal cruelty is to be a treated as a crime by the FBI. This includes only companion animals, for now. Mary Lou Randour, a psychologist who started the fight for this change, is to be applauded for her consistent push that has significantly paved the path towards success.

You can read more here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/01/06/a-big-win-for-animals-the-fbi-now-tracks-animal-abuse-like-it-tracks-homicides/?postshare=1381452806388458&tid=ss_tw-bottom

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Putting on Pressure Helps; One Company More Pledges to Go Cage-Free

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Factory farming has led to some of the cruelest forms of animal abuse. Thanks to rising awareness and continuous animal advocacy another company has decided that moving away from cruelty towards animals is a win-win deal. The fast-food chain Wendy’s has pledged to stop buying eggs from caged hens, thereby following Panera Bread, Taco Bell and other food-providing companies.

This shows that petitions can lead to change, and that the voices of those speaking out against animal abuse are being heard.

You can read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wendys-cage-free_568a854ce4b0b958f65c1ca1

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-relationship-with-the-egg-in-4-charts-2015-09-09

http://www.mfablog.org/progress-wendys-switches-to-cage-free-eggs-2

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/16/taco-bell-to-serve-cage-free-eggs-in-all-of-us-restaurants-by-end-of-2016.html

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Good News: NIH Will Stop Torture of Monkeys

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Several petitions concerning the abhorrent abuse of baby monkeys were available all through this year. PeTA had brought to light the continued cruelty towards baby monkeys who were taken away from their mothers for experimentation. These studies had been going on for decades with no new information being found during the last decade.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have declared an end to these atrocious experiments, this news being confirmed by congressman Brendan Boyle.

PeTA is now discussing with the NIH when and where the monkeys will be released and retired.

You can read more and sign the petition on retiring the monkeys here:

http://investigations.peta.org/nih-baby-monkey-experiments/

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/nih-send-chimpanzees-sanctuary/?utm_campaign=121115%20VICTORY%20NIH%20Maternal%20Deprivation%20Program%20Ends&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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