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Please take action: anti-fur, anti-vivisection, and vegan lunches

April 6, 2011
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Please click on and sign the following four actions, thank you:

1. Get dog fur (and all fur) products out of Australia!

2. End the use of pigs at UTCOM

3. Help Us Tell It Like It Is: Animal Research Is Murder (US Friends)

4. Improve School Lunches and Save Farmed Animals’ Lives



1. Background | From Animals Australia

In 2004 Australia banned the import of fur from dogs and cats, but recent tests by Humane Society International have shown that dog fur items can still be bought in Australia.

Imported dog and cat fur products are often deliberately mislabeled as ‘rabbit’, ‘fox’ or ‘raccoon dog’ in an attempt to escape import bans in Australia, the EU and US. The bans are virtually impossible to police because of the difficulty of distinguishing between cat or dog fur and fur from other animals that can legally be imported.

Most fur comes from China where there are no animal welfare laws. An estimated 2 million dogs and cats are killed for their fur in China each year, but many millions more rabbits, mink, foxes and other animals are also victims of this industry; many are even skinned alive.

Every fur product causes unnecessary cruelty and suffering — no matter which type of animal it was stolen from. Please help us call on the Australian Government to extend the import ban on dog and cat fur to include all fur products.

Message Text

A recent investigation showed that dog fur garments are still available in Australia despite a ban on importing dog and cat fur.

Dog and cat fur is often falsely labelled as rabbit, fox or raccoon dog fur and the import ban which was imposed in 2004 is almost impossible to police.

The majority of fur products come from China where there are no animal welfare laws. Apart from an estimated 2 million dogs and cats, millions of rabbits, mink, foxes and other animal species suffer immensely in this industry and many are even skinned alive.

I am appalled that any animal should suffer the immense cruelties that are common in the fur industry. Fur is an unnecessary product that has no place in a civilised society. I therefore urge you to extend the current ban on the import of cat and dog fur to an import ban on all fur products to Australia. Such a move would be applauded by all caring Australians.



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2. Background | From PCRM

Please take a minute to let University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) executive dean Steve Schwab, M.D., know that you want him to end the school’s deadly pig lab on its Chattanooga campus. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  1. Please end the use of pigs to train medical students on the UTCOM Chattanooga campus.
  2. The use of live pigs in the surgery clerkship is unnecessary due to the availability of widely-used nonanimal alternatives.
  3. Neither the UTCOM campus in Memphis nor Knoxville uses animals for medical student surgery training.
  4. UTCOM Chattanooga is one of only seven medical schools (out of 176) in the United States and Canada to use live animals for training.
  5. The school already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this cruel animal use.

A Special Note for Non U.S. Residents: to send this alert, enter your postal code at the bottom of the form instead of the main portion of the contact form.

Message Text

I am writing to ask that you immediately end the use of live pigs in the surgery clerkship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) campus in Chattanooga. It is clear that the use of live pigs in this course is unnecessary due to the availability of widely used, nonanimal alternatives.

Neither the UTCOM campus in Memphis nor Knoxville uses animals for medical student surgery training. Further, UTCOM Chattanooga is one of only seven medical schools (out of 176) in the United States and Canada that continue to use live animals for medical student training. UTCOM Chattanooga already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this continued use of animals. Please stop this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.



3. Background | From PETA

In laboratories across the United States, millions of animals are suffering in horrible ways—and you’re paying for it. On the taxpayers’ dime, animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, burned, decompressed, electrocuted, irradiated, shot, drug-addicted, and psychologically tortured.

We recently placed these ads in Boston and in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park near universities that funnel public funds into animal suffering.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) received an estimated $150 million in public funds in 2010. Approximately $1.7 million have gone to experimenters who drilled into the skulls of monkeys and implanted electrodes into their brains. Metal coils were implanted in their eyes, and experimenters strapped the monkeys into restraint chairs for hours at a time, forcing them to stare at a monitor. The monkeys were kept thirsty in order to force them to cooperate.
  • Harvard University received an estimated $329 million in public money in 2010—much of it went to the school’s enormous New England Primate Research Center. More than $3.2 million has already been spent on just one experiment in which monkeys have tubes surgically implanted into their veins so that experimenters can inject cocaine and amphetamine into the monkeys, turning them into “tweakers.”
  • Duke University received an estimated $439 million in public money in 2010. More than $1.4 million has already been spent on pointless xenotransplantation experiments in which pigs are killed so that experimenters can try in vain to implant their hearts and lungs into baboons. Despite repeated failures, Duke University has wasted decades of time and tens of millions of dollars pursuing this road to nowhere.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received an estimated $382 million in public money in 2010. In one study, experimenters fractured baby rabbits’ noses and implanted plates and screws in four different places on their faces.

Please help PETA end this cruelty by using the form HERE to contact your representative and senators in Congress. Respectfully urge them to divert public money from cruel animal experiments into promising, lifesaving, and relevant clinical and non-animal research.

Message Text

I was shocked to learn that billions of tax dollars are funneled into cruel, deadly experiments on animals every year. With these public funds, countless animals are burned, shocked, starved, poisoned, mutilated, psychologically tormented, and killed in laboratories across the U.S. What happens to animals in laboratories would be considered criminal cruelty to animals if it occurred elsewhere. To waste public money on outdated and unethical animal experiments when superior methods are available is unjustifiable.

I urge you to earmark research funds for progressive and relevant clinical and non-animal studies rather than for experiments that harm and kill animals.

Thank you.



4. Background | From ALDF

***To skip details, please see Steps, Sample Letter

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comments on changes to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) by April 13, 2011.

This is a chance to support a win-win approach to providing children with nutritious, wholesome food choices while simultaneously reducing the number of animals used in the food industry. Current standards and their reliance on meat and dairy products have contributed to rising rates of childhood obesity and chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, with taxpayers footing the bill in the form of rising health care costs and huge subsidies to animal agriculture.

Submit your comment today! (see below for Steps and Sample Letter)

The FNS recently published a proposed rule (PDF) and the stated purpose is to “increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium and saturated fat in meals; and help meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements.”

The number of children affected by the programs is immense. According to the proposed rule:

  • “The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is available to over 50 million children each school day; an average of 31.6 million children per day ate a reimbursable lunch in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) served an average of 11.6 million children daily.
  • In FY 2010, schools served 2.9 billion free NSLP lunches, 0.5 billion reduced price lunches, and 1.8 billion full price or ‘paid’ lunches. Schools served 1.5 billion free breakfasts, 0.2 billion reduced price breakfasts, and 0.3 billion paid breakfasts.”

Children should have wholesome meal options based primarily on nutrition content, not based on the availability of cheap surplus agricultural products.

Furthermore, the NSLP and SBP should facilitate the availability of healthful milk alternatives, particularly fortified ones that provide protein, calcium, and Vitamin D without the cholesterol or saturated fats in dairy milk. Cow milk is naturally formulated to nourish baby cows, so it is not surprising that frequent consumption of dairy products by humans has negative health effects.

Many children have milk allergies or lactose intolerance, particularly in populations that are not of Northern European descent. According to a report published in 2002 by the American Academy of Family Physicians, “Lactase deficiency is present in up to 15 percent of persons of northern European descent, up to 80 percent of blacks and Latinos, and up to 100 percent of American Indians and Asians.” These statistics should be taken into account in the “Civil Rights Impact Analysis” section of the proposed rule in light of allowing schools to offer healthful beverage alternatives to milk as part of the reimbursable meal.

To ameliorate these problems, the USDA should make the following important modifications to the proposed rule:

  • Require healthful beverage alternatives to dairy milk — such as soy milk or rice milk — be available at every meal;
  • Require at least one vegan meal choice be available at every meal based on naturally nutrient-dense whole grains, legumes, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits.



Submit comments through one of the following methods:

Preferred method

Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments (or see below for Steps and Sample Letter).

Mail

Comments should be addressed to:

Julie Brewer, Chief
Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division,
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640
Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1594

Please be aware that your comments are public record. All comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. FNS will make the comments publicly available on the Internet via http://www.regulations.gov.



Steps

a. Click HERE for Regulations.Gov

b. Select Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (under Title)

c. Click Submit a Comment (Use Sample Letter below or provide your own words; only your name is required.)


Sample Letter (Courtesy ALDF)

The proposed rule for nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) needs to put a higher priority on providing children with nutritious, plant-based foods in order to combat the rising rates of childhood obesity and its related health conditions. The NSLP and SBP have maintained an over-reliance on “cheap” surplus meat and dairy products, with taxpayers footing the bill in the form of rising health care costs and huge subsidies to animal agriculture.

To ameliorate these problems, the USDA should make the following important modifications to the proposed rule:

  • Require healthful beverage alternatives to dairy milk — such as soy milk or rice milk — be available at every meal;
  • Require at least one vegan meal choice be available at every meal based on naturally nutrient-dense whole grains, legumes, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits.

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:46 am

    ARRANCAR LA PIEL A UN ANIMAL ES EL ACTO MAS CRUEL E INMORAL QUE PUEDE COMETER UN SER HUMANO

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