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April 27, 2013

1. Please click HERE to to urge WUSTL to modernize its medical training program.
2. Please click HERE to urge Canada to cease seal slaughter

3. Please click HERE to tell the EPA that our oceans are not a toxic waste dump
4. Please click HERE to tell Justin Bieber to let go of his pet monkey
5. Please click HERE to demand an end to the dog/cat meat trade (see below for an Our Compass statement)
6. Please click HERE to help ensure protection for endangered wolves
7. Please click HERE to Urge U.S. Postal Service to Ban Live Animal Shipments!
8. Please click HERE to save millions of animals from painful testing
9. Please click HERE to help stop bullfighting

1. Background

PETA has obtained disturbing undercover video footage of cats being subjected to cruel medical training exercises in a course called Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) conducted at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in conjunction with St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Despite the availability of superior, lifelike infant simulators, which are used instead of animals at other medical facilities around the country, WUSTL continues to lock nine cats in its laboratories and have trainees repeatedly force hard plastic tubes down their delicate windpipes in a crude attempt to teach students how to intubate human infants. Of the more than 1,000 PALS training facilities, WUSTL appears to be the last facility in the country that is still abusing cats in the course, in defiance of modern science and ethics.

In the video, several unskilled trainees are seen struggling for several minutes to intubate two vulnerable cats named Elliott and Jessie as they repeatedly shove tubes down the cats’ windpipes and mishandle metal instruments in a manner that can break the cats’ teeth.

The cats are supposed to be anesthetized, but several participants in the video state that the cats they used began to wake up in the middle of the procedure.

The footage also shows a WUSTL veterinarian discussing how each cat is subjected to as many as 15 intubations each session. Yet, studies show that intubating animals more than five times in these trainings can cause them pain and trauma. WUSTL’s veterinarian and course leader also both admit that some cats’ windpipes are injured during the exercise, which can cause bleeding, swelling, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death. Each of the nine cats used by WUSTL is subjected to this painful procedure up to four times a year for three years.

WUSTL continues to torment these cats even though research has shown that lifelike infant simulators better teach trainees to intubate babies than practicing on animals.

The American Heart Association (AHA), which creates the curriculum for and sponsors the PALS course, also strongly opposes animal use in the program, previously stating that “the AHA recommends that any hands-on intubation training for the AHA PALS course be performed on lifelike human manikins.” In the video, WUSTL’s veterinarian shamefully tells trainees that the AHA has taken this position only because animal laboratories are too expensive for most facilities. However, when asked subsequently by PETA if this was the reason it did not support animal use, the AHA clearly stated, “We do not endorse or require the use of animals during the AHA-PALS training because of advances and availability of simulation mannequins.”

For years, PETA has been pushing WUSTL to end its use of animals for intubation training, including with protests and ad campaigns.

Please help us protect animals by urging WUSTL to modernize its medical training program.

2. Background

The end of Canada’s annual baby seal slaughter is near. Over the last few years, all major markets have banned seal-fur imports, including the U.S., the European Union, Mexico, Taiwan, and even Russia, which had been importing 95 percent of Canadian seal pelts. There are no remaining markets for seal fur—the only reason the Canadian government continues to defend this dead industry is because political parties crave Newfoundland’s swing seats in Parliament. But as this editorial shows, even local sentiment is turning, and lack of markets has led Canadian officials to seriously examine whether the slaughter should end.

We’ve reached a tipping point. The time is now to urge Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, and Minister of International Trade Ed Fast to help bring the commercial seal slaughter to an immediate end by supporting a government buyout.

3. Background

The U.S. Navy has been using our oceans as a staging ground for target practice for more than 30 years — leaching highly toxic and cancer-causing chemicals into the sea. This practice, known as SINKEX, is currently exempt from laws that protect marine life from dangerous substances.

But that could change this month because the Environmental Protection Agency is considering revoking this exemption.

Through SINKEX, the Navy uses old warships for torpedo and gunnery practice — sinking the old vessels at sea. In the past decade alone, the Navy has disposed of more than 100 vessels through this program.

Old ships contain toxic materials, including polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979 because they’re known to cause cancer. When the ships are sunk, these chemicals leak into the ocean and harm all levels of the food web, including fish, whales and dolphins.

Please use the form to take action now. Tell the EPA that our oceans are not a toxic waste dump and that the Navy should dispose of old war ships in a safe, responsible manner.

4. Background

Justin Bieber just can’t seem to stay out of the animal-exploitation spotlight. This time, for having his 14-week-old capuchin monkey confiscated in late March when he tried to bring her into Germany illegally on his private jet.

Mally had been with Bieber for at least a month; even now she is way too young to be without her mother. Such a traumatic uprooting has been shown to create serious life-long problems, sometimes even death.

“At our Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary we have witnessed firsthand the amazing transformation monkeys can make given a supportive and nurturing environment,” says our sanctuary’s director, Tim Ajax.

Bieber has a chance to right this wrong and relinquish Mally so that she can immediately go to a sanctuary and live with her peers. If he decides to fight for custody, it could mean months — even years — before Mally gets that second, better chance at life.

Please tell the pop megastar to do the right thing and make a “belieber” out of us all!

5. Background

***Please note that Our Compass does not believe that dogs are more important than cattle, fish, or lizards.  All animals are equal and deserve compassion and respect.  This is an important alert that demands protection to one population of animals, yet any alert that spotlights a specific species, in order to implement protections, would be published as well.

Dogs (and cats) are suffering horrific cruelty because of the dog meat trade in South East Asia. Dogs piled on top of each other in tiny cages for days, and then boiled alive, electrocuted or beaten to death.

How can we stop this horrific cruelty? One answer is to slow the demand for meat by convincing local restaurants to stop buying and serving dog (and cat) meat. Please help us support local organizations in South East Asia employing this critical tactic. Sign your name below and we’ll provide this list of thousands of names to organizations trying to convince local restaurants to stop buying and serving dog meat. If we use our voices collectively the impact will be so much greater and this shocking cruelty will cease.

Sign this petition and tell all restaurants with dog meat on their menu to “STOP serving dog (and cat) meat!

6. Background

Help ensure continued protections for wolves across the lower-48 states! You can make a difference by writing to Obama administration officials to urge them not to drop federal protections for wolves across much of the United States.

In the next 2-3 months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly the entire lower-48 states. This would be a disastrous setback for gray wolf recovery in the United States.

The recovery of gray wolves is an American success story, from their reintroduction in the northern Rocky Mountains to their comeback in the western Great Lakes states. But there are few, if any, gray wolves in the vast majority of their former range. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes gray wolf federal protections, wolves in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains, and the Northeast will face even more difficult odds than they do already.

It is critical that the administration not proceed with a blanket national delisting of the gray wolf, when wolves are still missing across so much of the U.S. landscape.

Urge President Obama, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to maintain protections for gray wolves in the lower-48 states.

7. Background

Each year, countless fragile chicks, ducklings, and even reptiles are shipped nationwide by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Many of these animals are injured or killed when packages are delayed, roughly handled, dropped, crushed, or left in extreme temperatures. Last summer, 1,000 baby chicks were found dead during 105-degree weather at a mail-processing plant in Louisville, Kentucky. While the USPS currently prohibits the shipment of most live birds (excluding day-old poultry), the agency is now considering relaxing this restriction and allowing the shipment of any adult bird weighing up to 25 pounds! This means that countless more animals would suffer and die in transit. The USPS is currently seeking public comment, and your voice is needed!

Please use the form to urge the USPS to ban ALL live shipments of animals. Be sure to include your mailing address in the letter, and do not change the “Live Animals “subject line (otherwise, your comment may go unread). Please also share this alert widely!
8. Background

In 2007, the European Union introduced the “REACH” regulation to provide for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals — more than 30,000 of them.

REACH requires a long list of animal tests, which means horrific suffering from chemical poisoning and death for millions of rabbits, mice and other creatures. But REACH also requires the use of animal testing alternatives where available, including measures to revise the regulation itself to reflect scientific progress on alternatives.

In April 2012, HSI submitted a comprehensive proposal to the European Commission calling for major changes to REACH testing requirements to spare millions of animals while providing the same level of regulatory scrutiny of chemicals.

We’re still waiting… and every day the Commission delays, more animals suffer and die needlessly.

9. Background

A citizens’ initiative that aims to protect bullfighting is due to be discussed by the Spanish Congress in the coming weeks.

The threat of this new law passing could result in:

  • more public money being spent to promote bullfighting
  • changes in education that portray bullfighting in a positive way to children
  • potentially even overturning the current bullfighting bans in autonomous regions such as Catalonia

Send a letter to the Spanish Ambassador to Canada and let them know the international community will not accept this proposal.

Please help us now:

The torment and death of animals for amusement, or for cultural reasons, should never be acceptable. Email the Spanish government today to let them know the international community will not accept this proposal.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

how lovely a place this world
could be,
if humans had a sense of

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 27, 2013 2:30 pm

    how lovely a place this world
    could be,
    if humans had a sense of


  2. Zephr permalink
    April 28, 2013 10:38 am

    Reblogged this on Loki’s Gift.


  3. April 28, 2013 3:03 pm

    signed all petitions and shared in several places! Thanks Stacey and Karen great poam


  4. April 29, 2013 5:13 pm

    Bieber has no monkey any more.


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