Petition to Michael K. Young, Dr. Joe Kornegay, Texas A&M University, Dean Eleanor M. Green
Urge Texas A&M University to end their cruel and useless Muscular Dystrophy dog labs.
At my university, Texas A&M in College Station, experimenters led by Joe Kornegay breed golden retrievers to develop different types of muscular dystrophy (MD), including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which is a particularly severe disease. These diseases ravage their bodies, causing progressive muscle wasting and weakness. Studies with these dogs haven’t led to a cure or even a treatment to reverse disease symptoms, even after experimenting for 30 years.Dogs who didn't have the disease but carried the DMD gene were used for breeding. Deprived of loving homes, they frantically paced the slatted floors and bit the bars of small cages in frustration. They didn't even have the comfort of a blanket.To gauge just how much a dog's muscles have deteriorated, Kornegay has invented a crude technique that could pass for medieval torture: He repeatedly stretches them with a motorized lever in order to cause muscle tears.Kornegay has been at this for more than 30 years. Puppies in his laboratory who are born with DMD are so weak at birth that they require extra nutrition. By 6 weeks of age, their hind limbs have shifted forward, making walking difficult, and some are unable to open their mouths or jaws. You Can Help Put an End to the Needless Suffering!Please urge Texas A&M University to close their dog laboratories, stop breeding MD dogs, release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect their resources into humane research methods. As Aggies we have so much pride in our school, and these useless labs need to stop.
Petition to James C. Foster, Capitol Hill, Air France
Shut Down Charles River Laboratories!
Close down Charles River Laboratories! Every year more than 100 million animals are killed in labs. They suffer their whole life, not knowing what happiness and freedom is. They fear for their life every second. Charles River Laboratories is the largest breeder for animals to use in labs and experiments in the world according to PETA. Many animals at Charles River Laboratories are bred in disgusting factory farms or taken away from their home and family from the wild. They also conduct cruel test on the animals. The animals have to experience pain and stress everyday in small lonely cages where workers cruelly neglect them. Many animals are not given anesthesia or pain killers and are killed at the end of each test when they survived the horror but are no longer needed. According to the Humane Society of the United States an example of a cruel test they conducted was on three dogs who were force fed a test substance every day for five days. They started to have a higher heart rate, difficulty breathing, and were very cold to touch. One died and the other two were euthanized later. Charles River Laboratories has many AWA violations. They have made "mistakes" that resulted in painful deaths for the defenseless animals. One example is a female monkey who was locked in her cage and was burned alive in a high temperature cage washer when worker "forgot" to take her out. There are many non-animal testing methods that are cheaper, faster, and more reliable. Please sign this petition for the animals!
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Directors
Reverse the USDA's Blackout of Information Related to Animals in Labs!
The decision to delete thousands of records related to the welfare of animals in laboratories and taking away any public access to the previous online USDA/APHIS database, ensures there is NO transparency. This is extremely dangerous and unethical, as facilities will be able to do whatever they want with and to animals without public oversight, such as breaking the law and hiding the information. Facilities can now be free to do this and nobody will ever know.
Petition to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
Pitt: Stop Cruel and Useless Sepsis Tests on Mice!
Inside a Pitt laboratory, experimenters puncture the intestines of hundreds of sensitive mice, cause fecal matter to leak into their stomachs, producing sepsis. As infection overtakes their small bodies, they endure widespread excruciating pain, fever, chills, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and finally, multi-organ failure. Eventually, they are unable to move. Not only are these experiments cruel, they are also completely unnecessary.In 2013, a landmark study published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the results of sepsis experiments on mice cannot be applied to humans because the genetic responses to the condition are entirely different between the species. Commenting on the 150 drugs that successfully treated sepsis in mouse experiments but failed in humans, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health wrote, "No wonder drugs designed for the mice failed in humans: they were, in fact, treating different conditions!"The University of Pittsburgh is wasting time, wasting our tuition money, and wasting innocent animal lives for these cruel and useless experiments.
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Animals are living things, not laboratory specimens
The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to regulate treatment of animals in research. It was designed to offer protection to warm blooded animals used in laboratory experimentation; it sets minimal care standards that must be adhered to by every registered and licensed scientist and laboratory. These care standards include consideration of an alternative, such as in vitro systems and computer simulations; design and performance of experiments with consideration to animal health; use of appropriate quantities and species; avoidance and minimization of pain and discomfort; appropriate anesthesia and sedation; creating humane limits as to how far the experiment can go; adequate veterinary care; appropriate transportation conducted by qualified and trained personnel; and in carrying out the experiment, a trained professional must be monitoring nearby. While these are all important, these regulations are only in place for 5% of all animals used in laboratory testing; of the 95% of animals not included are mice, birds, and rats of the genus Rattus. The USDA is the organization that enforces the AWA and enacts the rules and regulations. We are petitioning the United States Department of Agriculture to amend this act to include ALL animals used in testing because you cannot just pick and choose which species you want to consider animals.
Petition to Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Brian Mast, Brian J. Mast, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Brian J. Mast
Passing of "Buffy's Law"
Veterinarians make many life and death decisions for our pets. Numerous animals have died or been maltreated as a result of substance abuse by impaired veterinarians. Yet veterinarians have access to drugs and are not compelled to have themselves or their employees drug tested. This is a DANGEROUS problem. If the state required and enforced mandatory regular and random drug testing....many of the victims of bad vets would still be alive. Drug testing has become a standard part of employment for people who work with cash, utilities, retailers, supermarket chains, casino's, warehouses, government contractors to name a few. Subsequently those repeat offenders who continue to use drugs, alcohol or any mind altering substances should have their licenses revoked. There are many good and caring veterinarians out there, however those who have criminal records and/or substance abuse problems are the ones this petition is applying to. Please sign this petition today. Don't wait until another pet suffers and/or dies as a result of impaired veterinarian.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary David Shulkin, U.S. House of Representatives
Stop Abusive Dog Experiments
As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) is using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services. According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) Most of the beagles, hounds and other dogs in these laboratories won’t even be given a name, just a number that’s tattooed inside of their ears. Like female beagles DM163618 and DM163625 who were born in June 2016 and will be spending their first birthday imprisoned inside a Milwaukee V.A. laboratory, if they haven’t already been killed for invasive brain experiments. Most Americans agree—75% of voters want to end dog experimentation and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are speaking out against the V.A.’s cruelty. The Los Angeles V.A. has announced it is ending its painful and deadly dog experiments, and the last three V.A. laboratories using dogs can and should follow suit. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to cut funding next year for the V.A.'s painful dog experiments, and the Senate will consider the measure later this year. Please join us in urging VA Secretary David Shulkin to end this abuse immediately as he works to reform the V.A. Dylan Miller, US Army Ret.William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Petition to Benefit Cosmetics, Neutrogena , Covergirl
Tell Neutrogena, Benefit, and CoverGirl to stop testing their products on animals
More than 100 million animals suffer and die in cosmetic, chemical, drug, and food tests in the U.S. every year. They are forced to endure painful procedures with no pain killers and stored in unhealthy living spaces that cause neurotic behavior. Countries such as the European Union, India, and New Zealand are already banning these cruel tests, but the U.S. still allows them to happen even though there are many safer and cheaper options. Many animal tests are unreliable and different results are seen on humans. New technology such as human skin cultures and 3D tissue as well as computer modeling techniques allow us to test cosmetics safely and for less money. Companies like Neutrogena, CoverGirl, and Benefit Cosmetics put harsh chemicals in animals’ eyes and skin without any painkillers. The animals are also forced to swallow toxic ingredients. While these companies may claim that they do not test on animals themselves, they sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law. I myself was shocked and disgusted to discover this considering I used to use these brands everyday. Just like us, animals feel pain and fear. By signing this petition, you can help stop their suffering.