While all university “animal care and use programs” are the stuff of nightmares, the following five institutions deserve special mention based on:
• Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations,
• numbers of animals killed,
• painfulness and invasiveness of experiments, and
• unwillingness to make improvements.
Please bear in mind when reading this post that rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. This means — given that rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experiments — that the true depth of the depravity at U.S. universities with “animal care and use programs” is much greater.
by Camille Marino
The first monkey that I ever knew about that anyone tried to get out of UF and get into a sanctuary was Louis. A lab tech who is no longer at the university tried for months to get Louis released to Jungle Friends in Gainesville. He was murdered in July of 2010, 3 full months before I ever started the campaign to Free the UF Monkeys. The reason that Louis was not released is because he was in an extremely deteriorated state and the vivisectors did not want the world to ever see what they had done. In fact, Louis had a broken hip that was diagnosed in July of 2009. Rather than give him any pain relief, the vivisectors inside UF forced him to live in agony, with anorexia and chronic vomiting, while they repeatedly checked him for parasites to no avail. Eleventh Hour for Animals filed a federal complaint for systemic incompetence inside UF’s monkey labs citing Louis’ vet records.
Source: Scientific American
Dogs and cats, historically, have been people’s property like a couch or a toaster. But as they’ve moved into our houses and our hearts, courts of law have begun to treat them as something more. They can inherit your estate, get an appointed lawyer if your relatives challenge that inheritance and are protected from cruel acts. Your toaster can’t do any of that.
“is veganism too extreme? let’s take a look at what extreme eating really means as fruits and veggies face off against meat, diary, and eggs!
It’s Nugget #13, y’all!” -Emily Moran Barwick
Just as I was first really getting to know Eldon, we suddenly lost him recently. He had promised to get down to Florida and stand with me to fight the University of Florida. Sadly, that never came to pass. His widower, Katie Brown, today published the following words spoken by Eldon knowing that I would relate. I love his vision. I love his anger. I love his strength. And I love his truth. Goodbye, my friend…
by Eldon Brown
When I was running these streets punishing these bitch-ass drug dealers, all you fake ass people was talking about how I should be put away, and how I won’t make it to see the age 25. Now I grew the fuck up and devote my life to Veganism, educating inner-city kids, and breaking a nigga or two up for contributing to the savage practice of dog fighting, and you mutha fuckas are still talking shit! Make up your fucking minds! You want me running the streets putting the fear of God in judgemental, hypocritical idiots or do you want me making the streets safer for your grandchildren? We live in a society of lies and the acceptance of horror stories because that’s what sells. People condemn the righteous and praise the sadistic. It’s okay for Mc.Donalds to give out children’s books with their happy-meals, while desensitizing the same youth by putting a slaughtered cow between two slices of bread. Not only is that marking at it’s worst, but it’s also confusing the innocent minds that loves the animal characters in the books, and then telling them it’s alright to eat what they love!
Disturbingly, my colleague in Rome reports this morning that “vivisection in Italy has increased radically despite that tens of thousands of people rallied in the streets last year.” And I remain among the activists in the states who continue to admire campaigns by the Italians in recent years that galvanized the public and, simultaneously, rattled the foundations of the global vivisection complex.
Upon analyzing history as it unfolds, however, this state of affairs seems to confirm my belief that this is not about changing hearts and minds. Vivisection is a business. It is about pushing it into the liability column and making it detrimental to continue… by any means we have at our disposal.
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On Tuesday, Debbie Vincent, an animal rights activist from the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to blackmail after a five week long trial at Winchester Crown Court. She was also given an Anti Social Behaviour Order which means she can be arrested if she protests against or contacts Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) or its business partners for a further five years after her release from prison.
The sentence should serve as a wake up call to anti-capitalists of the need to offer solidarity to those who have been singled out for repression because of their involvement in effective resistance to corporate power.
A press release from the Blackmail 3 support campaign quotes Debbie: “I have been made an example of because I put myself up as a public face of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and for believing that such places as Huntingdon Life Sciences should be resigned to the history books.” “In some ways I’m really not surprised I was found guilty, as I don’t believe anyone can get justice when faced with a political conspiracy charge and the huge resources of the state and multinationals against me. I will always have hope and will always continue to try my best to make the inhabitants of this planet more compassionate to all and try to make the world a better place for all.”
Source: Coalition Against Fur Farms
Coalition Against Fur Farms has been reporting on several mink farms under construction, and this week a tipster provided information on yet another.
The farm is in reported to be under construction at:
7199 Mingo-Lewisburg Rd.
North Lewisburg OH, 43060
Owners: Johanna Hendric Janssen
According to the tipster, the site is a horse farm purchased just 4 weeks ago on March 15, 2014. Reportedly excavation of abandoned railroad track has begun to keep the farm less accessible to the “public” along Cox Road. The upcoming mink farm is said to be “sizeable”.
Zagreb, Croatia: A Croatian pensioner who allegedly choked vivisectors in his bathroom until they fainted in a bid to wean them of being parasitic sociopaths faces a possible prison term for “charlatanism”, prosecutors said on Friday.