Animal Writes
20 May 2001 Issue
Anytime You Think You're Not Making a Difference...

From: [email protected]
SOURCE: Fund for Animals

Recent Victories for Animals: Keep this list for inspiration!

* North Carolina grand jury handed down first ever felony animal abuse indictment against pig farmers.

* The Smithsonian canceled plans for a foie gras celebration due to pressure from many animal groups and celebrities.

* European government Farm Ministers signed an agreement banning battery cages for hens (taking effect in 2012).

* President Clinton signed HR1887, barring the Internet sale of "crush videos."

* New York passed a bill elevating intentional and extreme animal cruelty to a felony offense.

* New Mexico, Maryland, Maine, Virginia and Nevada enacted laws to allow courts to order psychological counseling for animal abusers.

* Tennessee, Louisiana and North Carolina enacted animal-friendly vehicle license plate programs to benefit spay/neuter efforts.

* National Institutes of Health banned the use of mice in monoclonal antibody production, saving the lives of up to one million mice each year, and admitted that animals feel "pain, distress or discomfort."

* Twenty-one chimps, formerly owned by the Air Force and then awarded to the Coulston Foundation for research, will instead be retired to a Florida sanctuary.

* Nationwide protests dramatically altered the Environmental Protection Agency's HPV industrial chemical testing program, reducing the number of animals used from 1.3 million to 500,000, saving the lives and torture of 800,000 animals.

* Colgate-Palmolive declared an "immediate and voluntary moratorium on all animal testing of its personal care products designed for adults and the ingredients used in those products." (Moderator's Note: And P&G is working with PETA, DDAL & other AR Groups to incorporate ICCVAM "Alternatives" wording into certain federal laws.)

* Mary Kay Cosmetics signed an agreement pledging not to use animals to test its products or to buy ingredients from companies that do, becoming the largest company to so pledge.

* The New Zealand Parliament banned the use of all great apes in research, testing or teaching "unless such use is in the best interests of the nonhuman hominid" or his/her species.

* The nation of Slovakia banned all cosmetic tests on animals after a three-year campaign by Slovakian animal protection groups.

* Pepsi withdrew its sponsorship of Mexican bullfighting events and ordered all its signs removed from bullfighting arenas.

* Oregon passed the strongest law in the country banning "canned hunts" of exotic mammals in any enclosed area, irrespective of the size of the enclosure.

* The Hegins (Pennsylvania) pigeon shoot was permanently canceled after a 15-year campaign by animal protection groups and a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

* Sears ended sponsorship of Ringling Bros. circus after a disastrous year of animal-related incidents, including the death of Kenny, a baby elephant.

* Redmond, Washington's City Council unanimously banned exotic animal acts.

* Alexandria, Virginia's City Council voted to deny permission for Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus to perform there (they will now consider a complete ban on all circuses and animal acts).

* A Sacramento jury convicted two cockfighters of felony animal cruelty, marking the first time the California cruelty to animal statute was used to prosecute cockfighting promoters.

* Another Sacramento jury sentenced a pit bull trainer/dogfighting promoter to seven years in prison, the longest dogfighting sentence ever in the nation.

* Bunny the elephant, after 45 years of living in solitary confinement in Indiana, and Sissy, the elephant, after public airing of a videotape involving her beating at the El Paso Zoo, were both transferred to an elephant sanctuary.

* The Arizona Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 on the side of animal protection advocates to ban the contest killing of coyotes, prairie dogs and other wildlife. The ban was overturned by the Governor's Regulatory Review Council but the Fish and Game Commission voted 4-1 to resubmit the rule for consideration.

* Southwest Airlines removed Outdoor Life magazine from its airplanes due to complaints from passengers about hunting articles.

* Hasbro and USAOPOLY agreed to stop manufacturing "Iditarod Monopoly."

* France became the final member of the European Union to ratify the Treaty of Amsterdam, recognizing animals as sentient beings capable of feeling fear and pain, and of enjoying themselves when well treated. (The EU must now "pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals" when formulating policies on agriculture, transport, research and internal trade.)

* San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado adopted new language referring to animal "guardians" rather than "owners," thus recognizing companion animals as more than objects.

* Montgomery, New Jersey Township passed an ordinance prohibiting electric prods at its annual benefit rodeo. Johnson & Johnson, the top supporter of the rodeo, dropped its sponsorship. Coca Cola has also dropped its sponsorship of rodeos and those who support rodeos.

* Estes Park, Colorado voters passed a ballot initiative banning the caging of animals for exhibition, thus defeating the proposed "plexiglass zoo" and also prohibiting zoos and most circus acts.

* Israel banned animal experiments in junior high and high schools, including dissection, after animal rights advocates worked for years and provided information to the Israeli Minister of Education.

* Harvard and Georgetown law schools began teaching classes on animal law. The first Animal Law casebook was published.

* Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine became the first veterinary school to eliminate dog labs.

* Congress substantially increased funding for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.

* San Diego and Houston banned "pound seizure" (stopped selling shelter animals to research laboratories).

* Major British supermarkets withdrew "exotic meat" from their shelves.

* Meat alternatives became increasingly more popular and more available at supermarkets and restaurants in the U.S. and worldwide.

* Congress directed the National Institutes of Health in its appropriations bill to stop using animals from random-source "B dealers."

* Congress took the first ever vote on trapping with the House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly to ban leghold traps in National Wildlife Refuges; the Senate defeated the measure.

* The Queen's Speech in the British Parliament vowed to abolish fur farms.

* The Food and Drug Administration approved Cenestin, a plant-based estrogen replacement that can be used instead of Premarin (the drug made from the urine of pregnant mares).

Thank you for each and every single thing you did towards to help achieve these victories for animals. Every small action we take becomes part of a larger breakthrough!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world...indeed, it is the only thing that ever has!"
-- Margaret Mead

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