Animal Cruelty - Animal Testing
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The FDA no longer requires all drugs to be tested on animals before human trials | January 12, 2023 - NPR

U.S. Government testing facilities and a sampling of major links can be found on this page.
Global Digest has an extensive and comprehensive section on: Animal Cruelty -- Animal Testing.

Judge Denies Envigo’s Motion; All 4,000 Surviving Beagles May Soon Be Bound for Adoption | July 1, 2022 - PETA
4,000 Beagles Are Being Rescued From a Virginia Facility. Now They Need New Homes. | July 12, 2022 - The New York Times
Why are Beagles used in Lab Experiments, Research and Testing? | Beagle Care

The pigs on the left are in "gestation crates." The ones on the right are on a research farm
that rears pigs intensively. It includes sows in stalls and piglets in slatted floor pens.
All pigs are kept in completely barren pens.

Got Misery? Milk Does | Video - Pictures | Petition
Is your milk and cheese the product of blatant animal cruelty?

Tell Congress: Protect the whistleblowers who expose abuse in factory farms | Credo Action

Mercy for Animals Slams Tyson over Tortured Chickens | June 1, 2016

MFA's Undercover Investigations

Chinese donkey skin trade remains a serious threat | Network for Animals

"Bear bile has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. It contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) known to be useful for treating liver and gall bladder conditions. However, there are now many readily available herbal and synthetic alternatives with the same medicinal properties."
Animals Asia

Is the end of 'house of horror' bear bile factories in sight?
April 9, 2015 - The Guardian

Folk Remedy Extracted From Captive Bears Stirs Furor in China
May 21, 2013 - The New York Times

End the Bear Bile Industry - World Animal Protection

Animals Asia | Our Work - The Issue

Five Things You Need To Know About Bear-Bile Farming
Recent News | Animals Asia Foundation
Bear bile replacement breakthrough in China | August 6, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: Vietnam agrees plan to close all bear bile farms | July 19, 2017
Meet the 17 bears you saved in 2017, and other highlights... | Video
Bear bile farming to be eradicated in Vietnam by 2020 | September 21, 2015

The 14 Worst ‘Festivals’ Still Taking Place Today | PETA
The Mexican Town That Bashes Piñatas Full of Live Animals
Yucatan celebrates four consecutive years of a cruelty-free fiesta | Humane Society International


End Yulin Festival - End the Dog Meat Trade - Sign Our Letter | AnimalsAsia

Chinese City Defends Dog Meat Festival, Despite Scorn
June 23, 2015 - New York Times

City Aims to Play Down Its Dog Meat Festival
June 17, 2014 - New York Times
"China does not have animal cruelty laws, and there is a history of
eating dog meat, particularly in far southern and northern regions."

Yulin Dog Meat Festival Provokes Global Fury
June 22, 2015 - Humane Society of the U.S.

Yulin Update 22.06.15 | Animals Asia Foundation

Secret cameras capture preparations for China's barbaric annual meat festival as tensions
mount between traders and animal rights' groups ahead of tomorrow's official launch

June 21, 2015 - The Daily Mail

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USMARC: U.S. Meat Animal Research Center - USDA

U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit
January 19, 2015 - by Michael Moss - The New York Times
Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review
February 6, 2015 - by Allison Aubrey | NPR
USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story
January 23, 2015 - by Mathew Bershadker (ASPCA President and CEO) - Huffington Post
Terrible Conditions Uncovered at US Animal Center
January 26, 2015 - Network for Animals

Government and Professional Resources | USDA
This page provides information on federal laws, and regulations that govern animals
used in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition. It also provides animal welfare
guidelines, policies and codes of practices from around the world.

Animal Testing and the Law | Animal Legal Defense Fund

NAVS: National Anti-Vivisection Society
Animals and Product Testing

NEAVS: New England Anti-Vivisection Society
NEAVS works nationally and internationally to replace the use of animals in research,
testing, and science education with scientifically superior and humane alternatives.
What is Vivisection?
What does "vivisection" mean? | FAQs
Animals in Research - Harm and Suffering

Retire Privately "Owned" Chimpanzees Now
Websites of four labs still holding chimpanzees at bottom of page.

Stop Breeding Dogs for Drug Testing and Vivisection | July 20, 2015 - Animal Petitions
"Dogs used in scientific experiments are forced to inhale toxic substances through masks,
are strapped in harnesses so that they can’t escape for drug injections, and force fed through tubes.
Popular substances tested on dogs include pharmaceutical drugs, weed killer, and industrial chemicals."

Stop Deadly and Cruel Experiments on Dogs
At a research lab at Texas A&M University, golden retrievers are bred
with painful muscular dystrophy and spend their lives being experimented on.

Disturbing Footage Shows A&M Dogs Used in Medical Research [UPDATED]
A Lab Dog's Painful Life: Thousands of Man's Best Friends Still Used for Research | Observer

Urge Texas A&M University to Close Dog Laboratories | PETA
Texas Animal Cruelty Laws

The University of Utah Must Stop Its Rogue Animal Experimenters | PETA
PETA has uncovered new documents showing that experimenters at the University of Utah flagrantly violated animal welfare laws—again.

Dogs Bred to Suffer and Waste Away in Labs | Campaign - PETA
You won't believe what's going on at some colleges in the US.
Behind the Locked Doors of U.S. and French Dog Laboratories | PETA

Dog Experiments at Wayne State University | Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Billboard Confronts Wayne State over Experiments on Dog Named Madonna

"Heart failure was artificially induced in Madonna by surgically implanting pacing wires in her heart
and forcing it to beat faster than normal. Experimenters implanted numerous devices into her body and
compelled her to exercise on a treadmill. Madonna was later killed."

Why the U.S. Won't Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing Anytime Soon | Fashionista

Fact Sheet: Cosmetic Testing | The Humane Society of the United States
"Examples (of cosmetics) include skin cream, perfume, lipstick, nail polish, eye and facial makeup,
shampoo, and hair color. Any ingredient used in a cosmetic also falls under this definition."

Creating a Cruelty-Free World - Ending Animal Testing for Cosmetics | HSI

Humane Cosmetics Act Reintroduced: Ask your rep for support! | June 23, 2015

H.R. 2858: Humane Cosmetics Act |
Prognosis: 3% chance of being enacted. There have been no votes related to this bill.

The Company for Cruelty? | Snopes

The Truth Abut China's New Animal Testing Laws

Animal Cruelty Worldwide
Animal Cruelty in Research Labs

Inside the Animal Labs | Gateway to Hell

Understanding Animal Research
"Understanding Animal Research aims to achieve broad understanding and acceptance of the
humane use of animals in biomedical research in the UK, to advance science and medicine.
The information provided by Understanding Animal Research is based on thorough
research and understanding of the facts, historical and scientific."

Animal Cruelty - Animal Testing | Vegan Peace

Animal Testing |

Aid Animals
Animal Experimentation

Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Revolution in Drug Testing Infographic | PCRM

Performing a GOOGLE Search on animal cruelty animal testing
will return countless website links on the subject.

    Hartford Hospital Ends Animal Trauma Lab
    "Today (August 4, 2015), the only three facilities in the United States and Canada that continue using animals for ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) training are Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.), North Dakota State University-Sanford Health Center (Fargo, N.D.), and the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, Texas). These medical centers use pigs or goats to teach procedures that include inserting a tube into the chest cavity and draining fluid from the sac surrounding the heart. After the training sessions, the animals are killed."

PETA's Milestones | Pictures

Experiments on Animals Fail 90% of the Time. Why Are They Still Done?

In a Win for Animals, Federal Judge Declares Utah ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Unconstitutional | September 8, 2017

Geese Crushed, Suffocated at Canada Goose Down Supplier
A PETA eyewitness exposé reveals that Canada Goose’s down assurances are all wet.

Donkeys' Heads Bashed in With Sledgehammers, Throats Cut in China for Gelatin in Their Skin | Sign Petition

    Bear Baiting
    We have laws on the books against cruelty to animals, and yet 100 million animals per year are used for experimentation worldwide. Beyond that, dog fighting and bear baiting (tormenting) continue as entertainment pursuits of the cruel and sadistic, those whose empathy mechanism is broken. In rural Pakistan, up to 2,000 spectators will assemble to watch a toothless and clawless bear set upon by trained fighting dogs [as many as 300 in rapid succession at some events] bite and tear at a helpless bear tethered to the ground. I've seen pictures of people in the stands, they're smiling, obviously enjoying themselves. What the hell is wrong with these people?

Bear Baiting Competitions: Fact Sheet | Humane Society of the United States
Expert Statements on the Cruelty of Bear Baiting Competitions
Investigation Documents Cruelty of Bear Baiting | Only In South Carolina - Video

South Carolina’s “Bear Baying”... | August 24, 2010 - WSPA

Bear Baiting | World Animal Protection

Bear Sanctuaries Around the World

    Horse Fighting
    The Horse Fund | Slidshow of pictures of horses fighting

    "These type events are conducted before cheering crowds who are excited by the blood, gore, fury and intensity of the contest, and are heavily bet on. Horse fighting takes place in Asian countries around the world. Although considered a cultural event, gambling is a key motivation for its continuation."

    Stallions fight to the death in illegal horse-fighting bout
    as Philippine villagers refuse to abandon tradition that was banned in 1998

    By Emily Kent Smith - March 11, 2014 - The Daily Mail

    "Stallion fighting has been illegal in the Philippines since 1998 but these horses were pictured yesterday, brutally fighting as hundreds of local onlookers cheered the animals on and enjoyed the show. The pictures were taken in T'boli, in the south of the Philippines where the villagers were watching a blood bath in honour of the annual Seslong Festival which celebrates local culture."

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5 Worst States to be an Animal: Abuse Laws Lax
By Kim Thornton - 2/3/10 - NBC News

How can this be legal?

In live baiting, trainers trap piglets, kittens, bunnies and possums by the neck and get the greyhounds
to chase and eviscerate them. They call it "blooding" the dogs. Basically, they give the greyhounds
a taste of what it's like to kill and eat an animal so they will run faster during the race.

End Live Baiting in Greyhound Training - Sign Petition

Outlook is grim for mammals and birds as human population grows | June 19, 2013 - Science Daily
"There are an estimated 12 million species of plants and animals on earth, and the human
population exceeds 7 billion, with a gain of an estimated 214,000 people each day."

    A basic attitude, a fundamental assumption, needs to change in the human psyche, an evolutionary leap of consciousness has to occur in each one of us, a realization that we humans and the rest of nature are in this together, whatever this is, what it all means, our collective purpose. Elsewise, living for ourselves alone will become not only a very lonely business indeed, but also a life where we'll have learned the ultimate function and supreme significance of ecology's role in maintaining and sustaining life on a global scale by the sense of all connections with nature gone, by the loss of real physical meaning in the world, and by a strange, discordant emptiness.

    An attitude of contempt to the point of sadism towards other animals can only come back to bite us, eventually, if not immediately. That's an evolutionary path I don't want to see humanity go down. It's a direction, an offshoot, a way of seeing the world that, from its inception, has indelibly remained imprinted in Man's mind through history--responsible for many extinctions--while gaining strength in intensity of late, and, because of its human nature, resonates wider repercussions through society, informing expressions that, on the surface, may not be perceivable as having a direct connection. The ripples fan out and permeate, by osmosis, if nothing else.

    In spite of what we know, we accept things as they are--humankind's interacting relationships with the natural world--because, even at its worst, we can dismiss it with it's the nature of the beast, and focus on our own personal lives. Even as we may find cruelty to animals repugnant and immoral--cruelty in general, for that matter--somewhere in our reptilian brain we feel obligated and honor-bound to validate this mode of being, a natural, deeply-ingrained way that kept Mankind going through the ice-age and before. But is that true? How much did cooperation with the natural order and empathy with the other inhabitants of planet Earth play a part in Man's survival?

    The root of cruelty stems from somewhere. Perhaps in former times and among certain cultures--prehistory--it manifested as justifiable cold-hearted ruthlessness when it came to hunting, an 'us' verses 'them' mentality. But there are cultures where just the opposite is true; Native Americans, for instance; the tribes of Eastern Siberia, all guided by shamans, people in touch with nature. But, in either case, if we peel the cultural skin back, when the precursors of humanity first stood to walk through the high grass, they probably did not receive predators with kindness. However, that inner willfulness and unconditioned aggression, always potentially present as our legacy, have taken on an ugly twist in our current [last 10,000 years] relations with other animals, and seems to be accelerating in that direction more recently. On the one hand, pleasure is associated with it, the crueler forms of what passes for entertainment especially, and on the other, a rational acceptance of its need, distancing us from any moral-bound inference.

    On a deeper level still, however, we mustn't overlook the possibility that Earth has its own agenda, and there may come a time--if it's not already in the works--when we humans are seen and judged as a destructive virus that needs to be eliminated, for the health of the whole.

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