IDA Monkey Rescue Featured On CNN, As We Renew Call For Non-animal Testing
CNN Headline News’ award-winning Issues with Jane Valez Mitchell, a tireless campaigner for animals, interviewed IDA’s Scotlund Haisley about our recent rescue of 55 monkeys who had been used in a pharmaceutical testing laboratory. You can watch the interview here. Scotlund expressed IDA’s outrage that the use of primates in experiments in the U.S. is increasing, not decreasing.
The U.S. government is taking a giant leap backwards. NASA is funding 1950s-style radiation experiments on primates, while the USDA reports that the use of nonhuman primates in experiments has exploded 81 percent since 2007, now over 120,000 annually.
IDA also extends our most sincere thanks to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, for speaking on behalf of 202 chimpanzees held by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in his state. The NIH plans to transfer the chimpanzees to a Texas laboratory. IDA has been advocating for these same chimpanzees since 1993. Last week, Gov. Richardson sent a letter to NIH Director Francis Collins, urging him to permanently retire these chimpanzees. Bravo, Governor!
IDA Partners With Veg Climate Alliance To Address Catastrophic Climate Change
IDA is collaborating with the environmental organization Veg Climate Alliance (VCA) to mount a major campaign encouraging a global shift to a plant-based diet to avoid an unprecedented catastrophe from global warming and other environmental threats.
IDA and VCA will support activities in Cancun during the upcoming UN climate conference, including demonstrations, talks, posters, artistic performances and advertisements in the Cancun newspaper and conference publications.
The Sacramento, Calif. City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment to provide greater protection for animals used in traveling exhibitions. The amendment establishes an application and permit process for traveling animal exhibitors and empowers animal control officers to perform unannounced inspections to insure relatively humane care and treatment.
Greatest Circus Demo On Earth Draws 300 Protesters in Los Angeles
History was made in Los Angeles on July 14. In the biggest circus demo the city has ever seen, 300 activists holding graphic signs and colorful banners, and wearing elephant costumes and symbolic chains, encircled the Staples Center to protest the opening night of Ringling. Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Customers approaching from any direction had to walk a gauntlet of protesters passing out flyers and telling them of the horrors animals endure for “entertainment.” At least two families decided not to attend after learning the truth about the animals’ miserable lives with Ringling.
IDA and a variety of animal protection organizations were represented at the peaceful protest, and our message was united: It’s time to end the use of animals in circuses.
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