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KinshipCircle's 2012 Updates/Victories for Animals

[Ed. Note: Also see Some Good News and Some Victories for Animals in 2012.]

From Kinship Circle
January 2013

For background information and further details on these, visit http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/2012/2012.html

WIN! Freed From Research - Over 100 Chimps At New Iberia Center
DEC 18, 2012 - New Iberia Primate Center is among labs Kinship Circle targeted for use of chimpanzees as disease models to generate data for prevention, vaccines or drugs related to humans. Some 100 chimps now classified as ineligible for research, on the heels of a landmark study that deemed chimp experiments unwarranted in most cases, will retire to Chimp Haven Sanctuary in Keithville, LA. Months earlier, only 10 were slated for sanctuary… 

WIN! Israel Passes First Nationwide Ban On Cruel Horse-Drawn Carts
NOV 29, 2012 - Kinship Circle followed CHAI’s (Concern For Helping Animals In Israel) lead to rally support for a ban on horse-drawn carts. Now an entire nation will clear its streets of the merciless practice. If Israel’s ban on horse-drawn carts is enforced, people will no longer see battered horses and donkeys who suffer from fatigue, dehydration, chronic hoof problems and lameness as they lug carts laden with furniture, produce, supplies…

WIN! Ann Taylor Sheds Exotic Skins From Already Fur-Free Lines
NOV 6, 2012 - Kinship Circle creates alerts targeting outlets with fur, skin or wool on their shelves. Upscale retailer Ann Taylor, a one-time target that deleted fur goods in 2006, makes extraordinary strides in cruelty-free couture with the removal of exotic skins as well. Alligators and crocodiles die horribly, knifed in the neck or bashed with metal bats. Live snakes have been observed nailed to trees so their skin can be ripped from their bodies…

WIN! In Triumph For Wild Animals, Roadless Rule Is Upheld
OCT 8, 2012 - A collective voice of animal and environmental groups has paid off! Kinship Circle registered firm opposition to efforts to overturn President Clinton’s Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Supreme Court decided to NOT hear an appeal to a prior 10th Circuit Court ruling that upheld the Roadless Rule. This is a big win for wild animals, especially threatened or endangered animals who inhabit 58.5 million acres of U.S. woodlands without roads…

UPDATE: Israel Vetoes Mazor Farm Primate Export For Research
JUL 20, 2012 - Israel nixed consent for Mazor Farm to ship monkeys to a Texas laboratory for experimentation. At least 40 monkeys were spared from brutal experiments when Mazor lost its last overseas client. The commercial breeder sells primates in Israel and abroad and has long been targeted by activists, including Kinship Circle…

WIN! Monkeys Gain Salvation When Experimenter Loses Permit
JUL 5, 2012 - Wide-eyed and cute, they’re annually stolen from Colombia’s Amazon jungle and sold to malaria researchers. But Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo just lost permits to snatch some 4,000 night monkeys for his jungle lab, FIDIC. Night monkeys are snared in trees rigged with nets. The tiny creatures are shoved into mesh sacks and scream as boats take them from native forests to dingy metal cages. A Colombian court said "no more" to Patarroyo…

WIN! Animal Labs Gone From Wisconsin Medical College, For Now
JUN 5, 2012 - Medical College of Wisconsin’s 2012-2013 physiology curriculum will contain no live animals! Kinship Circle, together with key organization PCRM and others, logged lots of objections to MCW animal labs. In one drill, students observed pulse fluctuations in a dog connected to a computer. They exposed the dog’s heart with scalpels and bone saws, injected chemicals, and shocked the heart with electrical paddles…

UPDATE: Vick Dogfight Bust 5 Years Later, More Victims Saved?
APR 30, 2012 - Five years ago this spring, a label emerged from the edge of horror: Vick Dogs. They were seized from Michael Vick’s dogfight enterprise, Bad Newz Kennels, where the NFL quarterback helped electrocute, drown and hang dogs who underperformed. Pre-Vick, nearly all fight victims were killed. A landmark court decision sent Vick Dogs to no-kill rescue. On the anniversary of history’s most infamous dogfight bust, these dogs reflect the worst in human greed and cruelty. They also signify a doorway to hope for more like them.…

UPDATE: Puppy Mill Capital, USA - 1 Year Anniversary Of New Law
APR 29, 2012 - Voters passed Prop B, Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, to crack down on Missouri dog factories. It was repealed against their will, then rewritten. The softer law has been in effect 1 year. Do dogs suffer as much? Missouri supplies 40% of all pups sold in the USA, from an estimated 3,000 mills…

UPDATE: Biology Instructors Say Yes To Virtual Dissection
MAR 29, 2012 - The National Association of Biology Teachers and virual-lab leader Froguts have teamed up, a move that steps up use of humane classroom tools across the U.S. The promising alliance is good news for animals and students. Dead animals often come from shelters that gas animals, like the cats dissected in some 13 Miami-Dade high schools whom Kinship Circle highlighted in its original alert. In an earlier leap forward, the National Science Teachers Association revised its stance on dissection to advocate humane options…

WIN! Class B Dealers Won’t Profit From Cats Sold To Research
FEB 8, 2012 - National Institutes of Health, the main funding arm of U.S. biomedical research, plans to "transition from use of Class B cats." As of October 2012, a ban on cats from random source dealers (B dealers) takes effects. Each year animals in shelters are purchased by dealers and sold for use in excruciating procedures. Class B dealers also amass dogs and cats from free-to-good home ads or employ bunchers to steal them from yards and cars…

WIN! Final Adios To Bioculture Monkey Farm-For-Research
JAN 18, 2012 - In an ultimate adios to Bioculture’s monkey breeding farm, a Puerto Rico Supreme Court upheld prior rulings and agreed that Bioculture cannot legally operate in Guayama. The high court decision marks a final blow for Bioculture’s plan to capture more than 4,000 monkeys and sell their offspring for painful experiments at labs abroad such as Shin Nippon Biomedical, Charles River, Pfizer, Covance…

WIN! A Michigan County Ends Pound Seizure, The Ultimate Betrayal
JAN, 2012 - Mecosta County Animal Shelter in Michigan will no longer hand over dogs to Class B "random source" dealers, notorious for selling one-time companions to research labs. Kinship Circle"s original alert asked Mesta County Commissioners to ban the practice of selling pound dogs and cats to dealers for abbreviated lives of misery as experiment subjects…

BE A VOICE FOR ANIMALS IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
ONGOING - Start a local Kinship Circle chapter… To educate, protest, leaflet, speak to media, host awareness-fundraising events…As a Kinship Circle rep, you have support from an internationally known group. Your activities are publicized on our site, social media pages, in press releases. We want to hear from interested volunteers now…