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Good News for Animals at the Washington University

Some good news for animals in animal testing:
Physicians Committee Commends Washington University for Ending Animal Labs
Last Pediatrics Program in the U.S. Known to Use Animals Ceases Practice

ST. LOUIS—Washington University has ended the use of live cats and ferrets in its pediatrics program, as announced in an e-mail to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Physicians Committee—a national nonprofit of 12,000 concerned physicians—applauds the university’s decision to join all other surveyed programs in the United States in using human-relevant training methods, like advanced medical simulators.

“The best way to teach emergency airway intervention is on human-relevant training methods. I commend Washington University for switching to modern methods,” says John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee. “With this decision, Wash U’s pediatrics training has progressed into the 21st century.”

On Oct. 14, Washington University Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics Gary Silverman, M.D., Ph.D., responded to a Physicians Committee inquiry by writing: “Yes, we ended this and are looking for adoptive ‘parents’ for the cats.” Prior to this decision, pediatrics residents at the school were instructed to force a breathing tube down the throats of live cats and ferrets to practice endotracheal intubation.

Washington University announced in 2013 that it would stop using cats for the same procedure in a different course. In addition, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in pediatrics residency courses and neonatal resuscitation training as of Jan. 1, 2015.

Now all of the 198 U.S. pediatrics programs surveyed by the Physicians Committee use only nonanimal, human-based education methods. Only one of the 17 Canadian pediatrics residencies continues to use animals: Laval University of Quebec. Dr. Pippin will submit a letter to Laval University Rector Denis Brière, Ph.D., to inform him of the news.

To interview Dr. Pippin, please contact Reina Pohl at 202-527-7326 or RPohl@PCRM.org.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

 

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Good News: TripAdvisor Will Stop Selling Tickets to Some of the Cruelest Tourist Activities

There was a time when it was believed that dolphins enjoyed swimming with humans. That might have been true when the animals were able to swim with someone by choice but being held captive to perform this kind of action is cruel and inhumane.

There also might have been a time when elephants would have helped a human by letting this person sit on their back. But being forced to carry tourists around has nothing to do with choice or pleasure or freedom.

And to believe that baby tigers would willingly leave their mothers to sit on a tourist’s lap is either very naive or worse.

Trip Advisor has listened. The company will stop supporting this kind of cruelty.

You can read more here:

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news/tripadvisor-stop-selling-tickets-some-worlds-cruelest-tourist-activities?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_wine&utm_content=general_supporters_27_october_2016_1700

You can write to Trip Advisor and tell them how much you appreciate their decision:

https://www.tripadvisorsupport.com/hc/en-us

 

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Good News:Virtual Reality Surgical System Replaces Practice with Live Pigs

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photo: Jo-Anne McArthur, WeAnimals

Technologies in many fields are advancing at an ever faster pace. Some of these save lives, and some of these also save lives of animals in a different ways.

Many doctors had to do their training on live animals, but now there are some fascinating replacement technologies that not only save human lives but also the lives of other beings.

Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) doctors-in-training at renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will no longer practice surgical procedures on live pigs. Thanks to a collaboration between the hospital and PETA, medical residents will now train on a state-of-the-art virtual reality surgical system.

“The surgical experience of our residents takes a huge leap forward as we move toward a more humane and effective method of simulation training,” said Dr. Xavier Pombar, the OB/GYN residency director at Rush University. “Representatives from PETA have worked steadfastly with our department toward this goal. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts.”

Now this news has to spread so that more doctors can learn without harming other beings.

You can learn more here:

http://www.peta.org/blog/obgyn-residents-trade-practice-live-pigs-high-tech-simulators/?utm_campaign=063016%20OBGYN%20Residents%20Trade%20Practice%20Live%20Pigs%20High%20Tech%20Simulators&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

http://www.pcrm.org/media/online/may2016/hennepin-county-live-sheep-for-medial-training

http://www.rushu.rush.edu/education-and-training/rush-center-clinical-skills-and-simulation

https://www.digitalfrog.com

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The Worst Zoo in the World: Gaza

Sadly, this “title” would probably still fit many small zoos and animal parks in the world. Luckily for the animals at the Gaza Zoo, the animal welfare organization Four Paws has started rescue efforts, but there still is much work to do.

“Dear animal friends,

FOUR PAWS has returned to the Gaza Strip.

Over the last few days, a FOUR PAWS team has been helping the desperate, suffering animals at the Khan Younis Zoo, described by some media outlets as “the worst zoo in the world”.

There are still several animals living at the zoo, including Laziz, the last remaining captive tiger in Gaza, along with monkeys, birds, emu, deer, turtles and a couple of porcupines, all of which are still sadly living in very poor conditions.

Thanks to the support of generous people like you, FOUR PAWS has been able to provide much-needed food to the undernourished animals, which has led to visible improvements in the health of the animals, including Laziz the tiger.

In addition to providing food, we were able to check on all of the remaining animals, provide veterinary treatment, and even relocate some of the animals to larger enclosures, including a pelican, the two porcupines and some turtles.

Even though our team was only permitted to stay for a limited time in Gaza, we’ve met with the responsible people on site and we will continue helping beyond our departure.

We are still working to find a permanent solution for the animals in Gaza, and we will continue to keep you updated on the situation.”

“P.S. We are 100% funded by voluntary donations. Your gift today means we can do more!”

You can read more here:
http://www.four-paws.us/news-press/press-releases/four-paws-back-to-work-in-gaza/

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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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Big Meat, We’re Making You History!

Some interesting facts on the United States’s meat trade put together by Animalista Untamed:

Good news about food keeps coming from America thick and fast. And what’s happening there soon travels across the pond and takes root in Europe too. So just how is plant-based food David fari…

Source: Big Meat, We’re Making You History!

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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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