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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.  

Author Unknown

 

When choosing a family pet, please consider adopting from your local animal shelter...it'll do your heart good!

"Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved"

 

See for yourself just how CRUEL Ringling Bros is. Then, please, do not pay to see these abused animals for entertainment. It only gives them incentive to continue their cruelty.

 

See Ringling Bros Circus Cruelty

 

 

Welcome to Animals Matter Too!

 

The purpose of Animals Matter Too is to gather & share information relating to the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals. Whether a dog, cat, horse, bird, farm or wild animal, it's  incomprehensible for us to do nothing while they are abused and tortured for the sake of money, research or entertainment. It is our obligation to help them. We do not ask for donations for Animals Matter Too, we simply share what we've learned and ask you to consider helping in your community. If you cannot afford to make a cash donation to your local non-profit animal welfare & rescue organization, then please volunteer your services.  Any form of assistance would be appreciated.  If you need help finding information or have questions on organizations in your area, please contact me and I will do whatever I can to assist you. If you would like to make a donation, we highly recommend any of the organizations in our Animal Welfare Groups list. If you have any information you'd like to pass along, please Contact Us. Thank you for visiting!

Janet Knight, AMT 

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All Whaling Must End by David McMillan

Public outcry by those opposed to whaling by Japan and a few other countries has increased dramatically over the past few years. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been working tirelessly in an effort to prevent Japanese whaling fleets from continuing their cruel & unending slaughter of these majestic creatures. The following article, by David McMillan, takes a deeper look into the whaling industry and what organizations like Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace are doing to bring an end to the carnage.

*Click here to read the article


Animal Shelter Shoots Dogs & Puppies

We received an email from Suzanne Marbert alerting us to a particularly gruesome event that took place in Chesterfield, South Carolina.

The local Animal Shelter in Chesterfield decided to get rid of their dogs and puppies by shooting them in the head and leaving their bodies in a public landfill. We are being told that the shelter has provided animal control officers with new vehicles while the animals went without food and heat. Earlier, the shelter was forced to get rid of their antiquated gas chamber due to pressure by local activist and, apparently, chose this atrocious alternative to rid themselves of the animals they are hired to protect. Please check out the following:

Watch a video here

Read more at WSOC TV


Justice for Baby

Please help Baby by visiting JusticeforBaby.org

I was contacted by a reader, Sheila Connelly, with a heart-breaking story about an 11-year old Samoyed named Baby. When she was picked up by the Brooklyn Animal Care & Control, she was unrecognizable as a dog, let alone a Samoyed. She was filthy, neglected and abused with huge, infected wounds. After witnessing the horrendous suffering Baby had endured at the hands of a monster...what did the facility do? They released her back to the person that abused her in the first place.

Justice for Baby is an organization that is determined to find and remove Baby from her abuser and find her a forever home to allow her to have some sort of happiness in her final years.

Please take a moment to read more about Baby and sign the petitions to assist this wonderful organization to get justice for Baby.

*Click here to read more about Justice for Baby


Please Help Sweet Little Regina

From: APAM

 

Late into last night we’ve received an information which left us sleepless because it was about the suffering of a female dog who’s been abandoned near a wood, 8 months ago, but not before being severely beaten. More than that it was told to us that she had puppies but they were killed by that murderer who abandoned her....... The most severe thing is that this little one, who we named REGINA, has severe deficiencies in feeding herself! When she’s eating she’s choking and a terrible cough begins. It is unimaginable how she could survive so many months. Probably only her will to live made her resist.

First thing in the morning we’ve got into the car and drove to that place, which is pretty far from us. We were with a small heart, praying to find her still alive, since her condition was deteriorating for a while now. We’ve reached very hard to that far away place but it worth the effort. REGINA was waiting for us and when she saw us she practically jumped into our arms begging us to take her, which of course we did.

We’ve reached in Arad where we urgently started medical investigations (X-rays, tests and many consultations). The first result is terrifying: in her mouth (in the hard palate) she has a hole communicating with her respiratory system, through which food leftovers reach into her air path which makes her suffocate herself.

We are waiting for more test results (because she’s extremely thin and full of ricinus and other parasites which might produced her also other serious diseases) and she’s about to bare, as urgently as possible, an extremely difficult surgical operation. We kindly ask you to be there for us so together we’ll be able to save REGINA! We thank you from our souls!

APAM Team

 

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Nation Spay Day

February 22, 2011:  Today is National Spay Day. Be part of the solution to pet overpopulation. Check for resources in your area - courtesy of the Millan Foundation!

Millan Foundation


A Cute Little Panda Named Po

The Atlanta Zoo has named their adorable 3-month-old panda cub, Po, after the animated star of the hit movie Kung Fu Panda. Jack Black, who is quite adorable in his own right, was on hand for the naming ceremony. Black, who supplies the voice for Po in the upcoming sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2, posed for pictures with Po who now weighs 10 pounds.

The studio Dreamworks will make a donation to the Zoo for its panda conservation program in return for using the name Po.

Kung Fu Panda 2 will hit theaters on May 27, 2011 starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude van Damme.

 

*Click here to see more pics of Po & Jack!


Lipton Tea Makers End Animal Testing!

Source: PETA

 

Ingrid Newkirk: "Victory! I'm thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 people worldwide took action against the makers of Lipton tea and after representatives from PETA and our affiliates in India and Europe flew to London to meet with Unilever—the world's largest tea maker including the Lipton and PG tips brands—the company has agreed to end all non-required animal testing for their teas and tea-based beverages worldwide."

*Click here to read the entire Lipton article


Do Lemmings Really Commit Suicide?

The notion that lemmings had suicidal tendencies was widely publicized in the Walt Disney documentary "White Wilderness".  It has also been alleged that since Disney could not a get any footage of this non-existent phenomenon, the crew actually murdered a bunch of lemmings by herding them off a cliff with the camera recording this from below.

 

 

*Click here to read an interesting essay, by David McMillan, refuting the claims made in the film.


Brent Jones is a Hero On & Off the Football Field!

January 25, 2011

Former San Francisco 49er, Brent Jones, was a hero and a huge favorite of fans on the football field. Now he's a hero off the field - especially to the family of Louis Navin. Louis suffers from epilepsy and his parents, who are raising six other children, could not afford to buy him a service dog. After a reading a news article about the situation, Jones donated $10,000 to the Navin family who will use the funds to purchase a Labrador service dog for Louis.

The Labrador will wear a magnetic collar on his neck and will circle Louis during an epileptic seizure. The magnetic force of the collar is said to calm seizures and will allow Louis to become more independent.

Hopefully, Mr. Jones' kind gesture will inspire other athletes & celebrities to make donations which would enrich the lives of children like Louis in the future.


All Dogs Go to Heaven!

These two churches face each other on a busy street. When one church posted that All Dog Go To Heaven, a public discussion begins with a hilarious ending. I'll definitely side with Our Lady of Martyrs Church on this one. Make sure you read them in order!

*Click here to see full-size images on one page


Animal Welfare Groups

Animal Welfare Organizations are reeling from the lack of donations due to the world's economic problems.  With families having trouble paying their rent and buying food, donations have fallen, dramatically, to an all-time low.  If at all possible, please try to donate a small amount to a shelter or rescue group - especially the smaller organizations who aren't as well-known and don't have the luxury of receiving large, corporate donations. Many of the volunteers and directors spend every spare moment working with and helping animals and donate what they can for food and necessities.  Your donation doesn't have to be large, a $5 donation is a welcomed sight for any shelter. If enough people would donate a dollar or two, it would make a big difference.  Thank you.


Rescuer's Creed

Rescuer's Creed - Author Unknown

I promise I will take your unwanted animals.

I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken bones.

I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve.

I will nurture their starvation and give them a warm place to sleep.

I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them.

I will treat them and honor them.

I will buy them toys, blankets, balls and teach them to play.

I will speak softly to them.

I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry and not to hate.

I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain and their scars away.

I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them.

I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity

I will hold their paws and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge....


The Ghoulish Celebrities Who Kill / Hurt Animals for Pleasure

Here are some of the names of celebrities who get pleasure from killing, hurting or fighting animals for entertainment. They certainly don't need to be supported by us, financially or otherwise, to continue their barbaric hunts. It is beyond my comprehension why something so sickening would be pleasurable but it is, apparently, to them:

David McCallum Kurt Russell Ted Nugent
Michael Vick Stephen Belafonte DMX
Lee Horsley Jameson Parker Bruce Boxleitner
Gerald McRaney Marshall Teague Gordon Ramsay
Joe Escalante        

*Thanks to Theresa M. for sending information and inspiring this new section. We'll add more names as we come across them. 


Jolie-Pitt Foundation Donates $2 Million to Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

Angelina's Favorite Cheetah: GoetersBrad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, two of the world's most famous and respected artists & humanitarians, donated $2 million to the Naankuse (N/a’an ku sê) Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. The donation was made through The Jolie-Pitt Foundation in their daughter Shiloh's name. Shiloh was born in Namibia in 2006.

In a press release regarding Shiloh: "We want her to be very involved and grow up with the understanding of her country of birth."

The Jolie-Pitts have long been friends with the couple who run the sanctuary, Dr. Rudie van Vuuren & his wife Marlice saying: "We have known Rudie and Marlice for many years and continue to be impressed by their hard work and dedication to the people and conservation of the land and wildlife of Namibia."

The Jolie-Pitt family spent Christmas at Naankuse and the six children helped feed and care for orphaned baby baboons & foxes and watched Dr. van Vuuren as he stitched the wounds of a wild dog. The sanctuary cares for orphaned and injured animals that cannot be released by into the wild.

Angelina first met the van Vuurens when during the filming of "Beyond Borders" in 2002. She "fell in love" with Goeters, a domesticated cheetah belonging to Marlice, and has since made several generous donations to help the van Vuurens continue their work.

The Naankuse also provides luxury accommodations to raise funds, the proceeds of which go towards conservation projects.


PETA Names Bill Clinton "Person of the Year"

Bill Clinton: PETA's Person of the Year 2010

Former President Bill Clinton, who is renowned for his charisma and eloquence, has worked to shed light on numerous global issues through his humanitarian efforts and his many public speaking engagements. Recently, he has taken time out of his busy schedule to promote vegan eating. Thanks to his new plant-based diet, he's shed some pounds, decreased his risk of future heart problems, and spared the lives of many animals.

Because he uses his influence to promote the benefits of following a vegan diet, PETA is pleased to name Bill Clinton its 2010 Person of the Year.

Studies have proved that vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters. One reason why President Clinton took a step toward going vegan is that he wanted to make sure that he would be around to enjoy his future grandchildren now that his daughter, Chelsea, is married. Since then, Clinton says that his metabolism has improved, and he now weighs as much as he did in high school—so he's definitely on the right track. "I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit," he said. "I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy."

By choosing a plant-based diet, President Clinton has spared the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and reduced his risk of cancer, strokes, and other diseases. Of course, the reasons for going vegan don't end there. The meat industry also contributes to world hunger, exploits workers, and devastates the environment.

Because he uses his influence to promote the benefits of following a vegan diet, PETA is pleased to name Bill Clinton its 2010 Person of the Year.

Source: PETA


Animal Abuse in The Adventures of Milo & Otis?

I recently received an email from Terri F., a concerned reader, objecting to Animals Matter Too advertising The Adventures of Milo & Otis, a movie in which there had been allegations of animal abuse. I had never heard these rumors, however, after doing some research, it's difficult to ignore the allegations and I certainly would not advertise or recommend this movie going forward.

We have published a highly informative article, by David McMillan of Silkstone, Australia, regarding the film. While it is painful and chilling to read, it is most certainly eye-opening and makes it impossible to brush aside the abuse allegations.

Click here to read the article


Out to Pasture Farm & Rescue

Out To Pasture Farm & Rescue Animal RescueOut To Pasture Farm & Rescue, Inc. is a family-run non-profit animal rescue / rehabilitation organization that cares for animals in need.  Their goal is to give these animals which are elderly, abused, terminally ill and /or physically challenged, a home where they can live out their natural lives with the physical and emotional support they deserve.

 

What could have been a sad ending for these animals - becomes a new beginning.

 

Out To Pasture Farm & Rescue Animal RescueThe costs associated with the care of our special-needs animals is overwhelming.  Our organization's success in providing the animals with the necessary specialized care they deserve depends solely on the generosity of donors like yourself.

Click here to read more about Out to Pasture


Dogs Win Big with Historic Victory in Missouri

The folks in Missouri showed what they're made of on election day! They voted yes on Proposition B: The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act and voted no to being named the Puppy Mill Capital of America.

From ASPCA

Fed up with their state’s reputation as the Puppy Mill Capital of America, Missourians hit the polls on Election Day to declare that enough is enough! On Tuesday, November 2, voters in the Show Me State passed the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which appeared on their ballots as Proposition B. (Although policy reform is most often generated through state legislatures, Prop B was a citizen-supported initiative). It is an incredible victory, and one we hope will send a strong message to the governments of other states—namely, that the public wants better conditions for puppy mill dogs, and will take on the task of changing the law themselves if elected officials fail to act.

In the last three years, 15 states, including major puppy mill states such as Iowa, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, have passed laws to crack down on puppy mills. However, in no other state were the stakes higher for puppy mill dogs than Missouri.

Missouri’s weak laws regulating commercial kennels have made it a haven for substandard breeders. As home to one-third of all the commercial dog breeding facilities in the U.S.—as many as the next three largest dog breeding states combined—Missouri supplies more than 40 percent of all puppies sold in pet stores nationwide. No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that the puppies in the window of your local pet store came from a Missouri puppy mill. Implementation of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will provide welcome relief to tens of thousands of adult breeding dogs—not to mention the approximately one million puppies born in Missouri kennels every year.

The new Missouri law, which becomes effective in one year, requires that dogs at these large-scale facilities be provided with sufficient food and clean water, regular veterinary care, adequate housing and space, and access to regular exercise. And with passage of Proposition B, Missouri becomes the fifth state—joining Louisiana, Oregon, Virginia and Washington—to create a limit on the number of intact, adult breeder dogs a commercial dog breeder may keep.

“Tuesday’s passage of Proposition B reflects a landmark achievement in the ongoing fight against animal cruelty,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are proud to have worked diligently on this campaign, and we celebrate this victory alongside the caring citizens of Missouri. The ASPCA is committed to working with local animal welfare groups to help breeders transition to the new humane standards and find loving homes for any displaced Missouri breeding dogs.”

The ASPCA wishes to thank our supporters all over the country for helping us advocate for Proposition B to your friends and family in Missouri. This victory is the culmination of 18 months of work for the ASPCA and our partners in Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, and it is proof that when we join together to use our voices for animals, we will be heard!


Animal Sanctuary Information

Animal Sanctuary Info is a resource site that provides a wealth of information on the growing need to protect animals - both wild and domestic. You'll find in-depth articles on animal habitats, animal rights, bird migrations and the current state & future of sanctuaries for wildlife and farm animals.

From ASI:  It is our belief that we on Earth have been blessed with an incredible biological and ecological heritage. It is every generation’s responsibility, as honorable caretakers and knowledgeable ecological inhabitants, to do anything within our abilities to help preserve and foster this amazing gift: biodiversity in all its glory and the splendid fellowship of all other living beings.

*Click here to visit Animal Sanctuary Info


NASA Engineer Resigns to Protest Agency’s Monkey Radiation Experiments

Source: PCRM

Please Help Support PCRMIn today’s economy, it takes courage to walk away from a job. It takes conviction if it’s the job you dreamt of since childhood. Recently, April Evans left NASA when the agency refused to address her concerns—and those of a growing number of scientists—about its misguided plan to irradiate squirrel monkeys. Now, you can join Evans and ask NASA to stop the cruel experiments.

Evans was faced with the obvious concerns about animal research that has no applicability to human health when she learned of NASA’s plan in January. NASA’s proposal to expose monkeys to radiation to try to understand the effects of long-distance human spaceflight is a prime example of this futile and frustrating research.

Evans’ decision to quit NASA, where she was an engineer who worked on NASA’s International Space Station, has received extensive coverage, including a story in the Houston Chronicle.

NASA’s current plans constitute a massive waste of taxpayer dollars to study the effects of a few minutes of radiation exposure on two-pound squirrel monkeys in a futile attempt to determine the effects of months or years of space travel on 180-pound human astronauts. That $1.75 million should be allocated toward modern non-animal alternatives, such as anthropomorphic phantoms, which are proven more accurate than animal experiments.

NASA has already conducted four decades of space radiation experiments on nonhuman primates. But the research was halted in 1990 because it failed to advance even the most basic safety aspects of space travel. The reason is simple: Data derived from radiation experiments in animals do not translate to humans.


Companies That DO Test on Animals

Why are these companies included on the 'Do Test' list?

The following companies manufacture products that ARE tested on animals. Those marked with a t are currently observing a moratorium (i.e., current suspension of) on animal testing. Please encourage them to announce a permanent ban. Listed in parentheses are examples of products manufactured by either the company listed or, if applicable, its parent company. For a complete listing of products manufactured by a company on this list, please visit the company's Web site or contact the company directly for more information. Companies on this list may manufacture individual lines of products without animal testing (e.g., Clairol claims that its Herbal Essences line is not animal-tested). They have not, however, eliminated animal testing from their entire line of cosmetics and household products.

Similarly, companies on this list may make some products, such as pharmaceuticals, that are required by law to be tested on animals. However, the reason for these companies' inclusion on the list is not the animal testing that they conduct that is required by law, but rather the animal testing (of personal-care and household products) that is not required by law.

What can be done about animal tests required by law?

Although animal testing of pharmaceuticals and certain chemicals is still mandated by law, the arguments against using animals in cosmetics testing are still valid when applied to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. These industries are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, respectively, and it is the responsibility of the companies that kill animals in order to bring their products to market to convince the regulatory agencies that there is a better way to determine product safety. PETA is actively working on this front by funding the development and validation of non-animal test methods and providing input through our involvement on government advisory committees at both the national and international levels. Companies often resist progress and, instead of using human-relevant non-animal tests, choose to use animal tests because their results can be manipulated. Let companies know how you feel about this.

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; www.armhammer.com

tBic Corporation, 1 Bic Way, Ste.1, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-783-2000; www.bicworld.com

Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Kaboom, Lady's Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Oxi Clean, Pearl Drops), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; www.churchdwight.com

Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble), 1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, CT 06922; 800-252-4765; www.clairol.com

Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex), 1221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-271-7000; 800-227-1860; www.clorox.com

Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri), 15101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 5028, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2199; 800-528-0849; www.dialcorp.com

Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC), 1 Johnson & Johnson Plz., New Brunswick, NJ 08933; 732-524-0400; 800-526-3967; www.jnj.com

L'Oréal (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy), 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; 212-818-1500; www.loreal.com

Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.maxfactor.com

Mead, 10 W. Second St., #1, Dayton, OH 45402; 937-495-6323; www.meadweb.com

Melaleuca, 3910 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, ID 83402-6003; 208-522-0700; www.melaleuca.com

New Dana Perfumes, 470 Oakhill Rd., Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop, PA 18707; 800-822-8547

Olay (Procter & Gamble), P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201; 800-543-1745; www.oilofolay.com

Pantene (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-945-7768; www.pantene.com

Physique (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-214-8957; www.physique.com

Ponds (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-909-9493; www.ponds.com

Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.pg.com

Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray 'N Wash, Veet, Woolite), 399 Interpace Pkwy., Parsippany, NJ 07054; 973-633-3600; 800-333-3899; www.reckittbenckiser.com

Shiseido Cosmetics, 5-5, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-k, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan; 212-805-2300; www.shiseido.com

Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl's), 2000 Galloping Hill Rd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033-0530; 800-842-4090; www.sch-plough.com

S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525 Howe St., Racine, WI 53403; 800-494-4855; www.scjohnson.com

Suave (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-782-8301; www.suave.com

Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lever Bros., Suave, Sunsilk), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223; www.unilever.com

Vicks (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.pg.com

Iams - A Sickening Example of a Company That Tests on Animals

 

Companion-Animal Food Manufacturers

What's wrong with pet food?

 

Caring consumers might never guess that thousands of dogs, cats and other sensitive animals are confined in laboratories for years on end and subjected to cruel experiments in order to test dog and cat food.

To expose this tragedy, PETA conducted a nine-month undercover investigation of a laboratory that performed cruel animal tests for Iams and other major companion-animal food companies. What our investigator uncovered, including the following, would outrage anyone with a heart:

  • Lonely dogs driven mad from confinement to barren steel and cement cells

  • Dogs dumped on cold concrete flooring after having chunks of muscle cut out of their thighs

  • Experimenters who severed dogs' vocal cords in order to keep them quiet

  • Sick dogs who were languishing in their cages without veterinary care

These animals suffered so that Iams and other companion-animal food companies could slap "new and improved" labels on their products. The following companies make top-quality food for dogs and cats—without harming animals in laboratories. Please help us drive animal abusers out of business by buying only from these companies. Companies not on this list either responded that they do conduct laboratory experiments on animals or they failed to respond to our numerous inquiries and are assumed to conduct laboratory experiments on animals.

For more information about how dog and cat food is contaminated with cruelty and to find the most up-to-date list of companies that don't test on animals, check out www.IamsCruelty.com.

Source: PETA.org

Click here for the Companies That Don't Test on Animals


Thank You to All Celebrity Activists

We would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to the following celebrities who have given generously and/or worked tirelessly to promote the compassionate and humane treatment of all animals. Their support has helped to increase awareness, educate countless individuals and raise millions of dollars for non-profit animal welfare organizations worldwide!

Paul McCartney   Linda McCartney R.I.P. Bob Barker
Pamela Anderson Brigitte Bardot Betty White
Ali MacGraw Katherine Heigl Angelina Jolie
Bea Arthur - R.I.P. Julie Christie Linda Blair
Doris Day Stella McCartney Brad Pitt  
David Duchovny James Cromwell Earl Holliman
Sarah McLachlan Pink Cloris Leachman
Mickey Rourke Dixie Carter - R.I.P. Daryl Hannah
Tito Ortiz Isabella Rossellini Bernadette Peters
JoAnne Worley Cesar Millan Kim Basinger
Heather Mills Noah Wylie Casey Kasem
Ellen DeGeneres Mary Tyler Moore Robert Culp - R.I.P.
Pierce Brosnan Edie Falco Moby
Charlize Theron Chrissie Hynde Shirley Jones
Casey Affleck Dan Ackroyd Rene Russo
Hilary Swank Persia White Jennie Garth
David Crosby Bebe Neuwirth Teri Austin
Laura Dern Wolfgang Petersen Lamon Brewster
Tippi Hedren Linda Hunt Ed Asner
Loretta Swit Alec Baldwin Elayne Boosler
Tom Scholz Daryl Hannah Sara Gilbert
Ed Begley, Jr. Hulk Hogan Anjelica Huston
Mike Farrell Shari Belafonte Dave Matthews
Anne Heche Whoopi Goldberg Kevin Nealon
Rue McClanahan -R.I.P. Cathy Guisewite Montel Williams
Bill Maher Kevin James Maura Tierney
Victoria Principal Diane Keaton Jerry Stiller
Alicia Silverstone Alexandra Paul Eva Mendes
Ally Sheedy Robin Williams Martha Stewart
Kara DioGuardi Tim Gunn "Sugar" Shane Mosely
Hayden Panettiere Simon Cowell Martin Sheen
Alicia Keys Holly Madison Christina Applegate
Tony Gonzalez Victoria Beckham Steve-O
Woody Harrelson Ron Artest Carre Otis
Christy Turlington Jason Taylor David Cross
Kathy Najimy Dennis Rodman Sadie Frost
Sheryl Lee Traci Bingham Joanna Krupa
Roselyn Sanchez Dennis Rodman Maggie Q
Karina Smirnoff Charlotte Ross Olivia Munn
Khloe Kardashian Sophie Monk Ke$ha
Kate Winslet Dave Navarro Brian May of Queen
           

Please Help Tonka and Luna from Ringling Bros Circus Abuse

This is a bullhook.  This is what Ringling Bros' trainers use to gouge and beat elephants into submission

The horrifying words of Tim Frisco,  a Carson & Barnes elephant trainer: “Sink that hook into ’em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention.” 

 

Tonka & Luna

Tonka and Luna are two elephants bred by a circus to be trained to perform tricks for paying customers by whatever means they deemed necessary.  Unfortunately for the elephants, this meant being beaten and gouged with bullhooks, hit with whatever was handy, kicked and screamed at and left with bloody, painful injuries.  Then, after years of  torturing and abusing them, Ringling Bros decided they were too unpredictable and dangerous to be allowed to walk from the train to the arena with the other elephants.  This is one of the few opportunities they have to stretch and exercise their legs after spending many days in filthy, confined boxcars. They are put into trucks and driven to the arena. 

Tonka and Luna are not domesticated animals and do not enjoy performing tricks for humans.  The abuse they endure on a daily basis should not be tolerated any longer. Luna is 25 and Tonka is 23 and they have spent their entire lives being savagely beaten to perform for those who pay to see it. Isn't that enough? Please help us save these two magnificent creatures.  If they could speak, they would be begging for mercy.  But they cannot so it is our responsibility to speak for them.  No animals should be treated the way Ringling Bros treats theirs and they should be held accountable for their actions.

Below is a petition to remove Tonka and Luna from travel.  It will be sent to the USDA when enough signatures are gathered.  Please take a moment to sign it, Tonka and Luna will be eternally grateful.

*Help Tonka & Luna - Petition

*Read more about Tonka & Luna and other circus animals

*Click here to see Ringling Bros Circus Cruelty

Animals are Not Ours for Entertainment!

Behind the scenes, elephant trainer Tim Frisco instructs would-be trainers how to dominate elephants and make them perform circus tricks. “Sink that hook into ’em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention.” An elephant trumpets in agony as Frisco’s bullhook, with its sharp metal hook and spiked end, tears through her sensitive skin. Frisco, a Carson & Barnes elephant trainer, learned the trade from his father, a former trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Click here to watch the video.

The fact is, animals do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls or jump through rings of fire. To force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools of the trade.

We applaud trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, tightrope walkers, and acrobats, but let’s leave animals in peace. Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica, India, Finland, and Singapore have all banned or restricted the use of animals in entertainment—it’s time for the U.S. to do the same.

Source: Circuses.com

 


The Ghoulish Celebrities Who Wear Fur

Here are some of the names of celebrities who choose to wear the skins of tortured animals as body decor. If at all possible, please try to boycott any of their projects - let's not help them finance their bloody taste in clothing.

Mary J. Blige Ashton Kutcher Demi Moore
Star Jones Mandy Moore Axel Rose
Will Smith Lenny Kravitz Elle McPherson
Pete Burns Emma Bunton Timbaland
Kid Rock Patti LaBelle Kate Bosworth
Sofia Coppola Heidi Klum Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Hudson Celine Dion Ziyi Zhang
Dita Von Tease Naomi Campbell Jennifer Lopez
Adriana Lima Maria Sharapova Serena Williams
Madonna Maggie Gyllenhaal Kanye West
Mary-Kate Olsen Ashley Olsen Elizabeth Hurley
Kate Moss Lindsay Lohan Jessica Simpson
Kate Hudson Eve Beyonce
Eva Longoria Sharon Stone Nicole Richie
Britney Spears Kimberly Stewart Tara Reid
Victoria Gotti Susan Sarandon Cate Blanchett
Jamie Foxx Goldie Hawn Rihanna
Aretha Franklin Kelly Rowland Viveca Fox
Katie Price Jerry Hall Sarah Michelle Gellar
Kelis Pixie Lott    

Now here's a picture of, the always lovely, Angelina Jolie in costume for a scene from her movie, "Salt". While she is wearing what looks to be fur, it is actually synthetic but very realistic looking. So it is possible for any one of these celebrities to buy fake fur that looks real if they feel they MUST be seen in fur.  They do have a choice...they don't HAVE to wear tortured animals.

Angelina Jolie wearing a fake fur costume for the movie "Salt"


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