Following Freedom of Information requests, it emerged today that the British Army conducts deadly, violent tests on live animals at its secret Porton Down military base in Wiltshire. In three years, 115 pigs were blasted with explosives in terrifying experiments to determine whether they could be saved after being subjected to “severe battlefield trauma” and to evaluate blood-clotting products.
This shocking revelation follows PETA’s release of exclusive photos showing pigs tied to a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns in cruel military training drills held in Denmark and callously known … Read more.
A promising development: the small handful of NATO countries (Canada, Denmark, Norway, the UK and the US) that continue to shoot, stab, mutilate and dismember live animals for archaic military training drills might be reconsidering their policies.
An initiative has been launched through NATO to evaluate simulation technology in order to replace the use of animals. As the NATO website says, the crude practice of live animal trauma training “has come under significant scrutiny … [and] will have to be severely curtailed if not completely eliminated”.
That “scrutiny” includes vocal opposition … Read more.
A groundbreaking new bill could bring about an end to tests on animals for cosmetics products in the US!
Compassionate Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia has introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, which, if passed, would make it illegal to conduct tests on animals for cosmetics in the US and to sell cosmetic products that have been tested on animals.
This would be huge. The US market is enormous and influential, so banning these cruel and archaic tests would save countless rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and other animals from having chemicals rubbed on … Read more.
After three years of campaigning by PETA and our international affiliates, China Southern Airlines has announced that it has banned shipments of primates to laboratories. In an e-mail, Chen Qiuhua, senior cargo manager for China Southern, stated that the airline will “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights of China Southern Airlines, effective from March 21, 2014″.
We are thrilled that China Southern Airlines has finally recognised that cruelty shouldn’t fly and has stopped shipping terrified monkeys to pain and misery in laboratories!
Prior to this announcement, China Southern … Read more.
Thousands of monkeys are imported to the UK for experiments each year. But where do they come from, and how do they end up in British laboratories?
A recent undercover investigation by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has shed new light on the abhorrent primate trade. The graphic images from its exposé of a breeding facility in Mauritius – one of the biggest suppliers of laboratory monkeys in the world – tell a sickening story of routine abuse inflicted on monkeys, many of whom were snatched from the wild.
Mother and child: … Read more.
Every year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sends British surgeons to Jægerspris Kaserne in Denmark to take part in invasive and deadly trauma training exercises using live animals, informally known in military circles as “Danish bacon”.
We’ve obtained exclusive photos (from photographer Jørn Stjerneklar) of what happens to animals in these shocking drills. They tell a dark story of abuse and bloodshed.
Troops tie a live pig to a wooden frame by his legs and mark his body with “targets”.
A soldier shoots the helpless animal with high-velocity bullets, inflicting severe wounds, … Read more.
The UK government has just released its delivery plan to “replace, refine and reduce” the use of animals in experiments – and it’s a grave disappointment.
After it had been elected, the Coalition pledged to cut the use of animals in scientific research. But we’ve yet to see any strategy as to how it will deliver on this promise. The plan contains no targets to decrease the number of animals who are tormented, cut up and killed in experiments each year, making it essentially useless. Instead of being a clear and unbiased … Read more.
India has decided to end animal testing for household products after extensive campaigns by PETA India, PETA UK and PETA US, which included appeals from high-profile politicians as well as lengthy discussions with PETA India’s scientist and support from scientists at PETA UK and PETA US.
This exciting news is another important milestone in the global fight to end animal testing!
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) committee responsible for determining test requirements for household products, on which PETA India’s scientist has an official seat, decided in a meeting on Wednesday to replace … Read more.
Grim figures recently released by the Home Office show that 1,577 monkeys were imported to UK labs in 2012 from China, Vietnam and Mauritius. These primates were born in breeding facilities in Asia, usually in cramped, squalid conditions, before being packed into wooden crates, loaded onto the hold of a plane and shipped to Britain. Once they arrive, they’re dispatched straight to laboratories, where they will be kept in cages and subjected to agonising, often fatal tests.
This infographic from PETA US takes you through a typical example of these animals’ … Read more.
For thousands of animals in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the trauma is over. Thanks to PETA US’ unprecedented donation of $1 million in medical simulators to these nine countries, thousands of animals will no longer be cut apart in deadly training programmes.
PETA US (with help from PETA Germany and generous donors) purchased 64 state-of-the-art lifelike TraumaMan surgical simulators and gave them to programmes that train doctors to perform life-saving surgical procedures on victims of traumatic injuries.
Until now, limited … Read more.