Animal Rights Collective Blog


“Farm to Fridge” Pay-Per-View Reportback by christine

On April 8th, 2011 the Animal Rights Collective and Compassion for Animals hosted a Pay-Per-View of Mercy for Animal’s “Farm to Fridge” at GMU. Members of the Mason community were given $2 and a vegan cookie for watching a 4 minute video clip exposing the truth about factory farming. We had 58 viewers!! Woot, woot! Thanks Holly and Compassion for Animals! Also, thanks to Cece and Gabby from ARC who helped kiosk!

Host your own PPV Screening!

Upcoming Pay-Per-Views:

+ May 3rd: “Earthlings” PPV

Earn $5 to watch this 90 minute documentary about how animals are used for food, clothing, entertainment, and as pets. You must sign in and stay the entirety of the film. Free vegan snacks and discussion to follow. Limit 50 persons. With Compassion for Animals. 4:30-6:30pm, JC Meeting Room F.

+ May 5th: “Farm to Fridge” PPV

Earn $2 and a vegan cookie to watch a 4 minute video clip exposing common practices in the animal agriculture business. With Compassion for Animals. 11-3pm, JC kiosk B.

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Baby Ringling Elephant Has Deadly Virus, Pulled from Lineup by christine

Ringling Bros. Is Endangering Baby Elephants

by Laura Goldman · February 26, 2011, for Change.org

Ringling Bros. training a baby elephant with bullhooks and ropes

Barack, the first Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant conceived via artificial insemination, was born to Bonnie, also a circus performer, the night before Inauguration Day in 2009. He was named after the new president. Like his namesake, the last couple of years have been rocky for the elephant.

In February 2010, at barely a year old and the youngest elephant in the circus, Barack was pulled from the performing lineup. He had become infected with the deadly elephant herpes virus (endotheliotropic herpesvirus or EEHV) that has killed several young Asian elephants in U.S. zoos over the past 30 years, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The elephants are usually 7 years of age or younger, and unless treated, they can die within a week after they start showing symptoms of the virus, such as swelling of their heads and necks, their tongues turning blue, and lethargy. Some elephants survive after being given famciclovir, an anti–herpes drug, but the mortality rate is still a staggering 85 percent.

Barack was the second of the circus’ elephants to contract the virus. The first was his father, who survived. Circus officials told the Orlando Sentinel that the two cases were unrelated.

Like his father, Barack survived, and returned to performing last July. But a few weeks ago, exactly a year after he first contracted the virus, Ringling Bros. reported that Barack has become infected yet again.

While there is no cure for the disease, one of the principal causes is a weakened immune system due to factors such as stress. In his young life, Barack has been subjected to the rigors of training, performing and constantly being transported from one town to the next – none of which are natural for an elephant.

Back when Barack was born at Ringling Bros.’ Center for Elephant Conservation (sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?), the circus released a statement by Kenneth Feld, the center’s founder.

“The reality is that the worldwide elephant population is declining, which means the overall mortality rate is increasing and that is a heart-breaking fact,” Feld said. “That is why, at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, practical solutions that help to care for and to save these magnificent animals are critical.”

If Barack survives, the only practical solution to save this magnificent animal is to retire him to a sanctuary so he doesn’t become sick again and add to that increasing mortality rate.

In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, charging that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is endangering baby elephants. No elephant, particularly a very sick one, should have to endure the stress of performing.

Sign the petition telling the USDA to intervene with the circus and save the lives of Barack and all performing elephant calves.



Reportback: “Meat Your Meat” Pay-Per-View 9/16/2010 by christine
September 21, 2010, 12:12 pm
Filed under: AR Event, ARC Events, Local Events, Reportback, Video | Tags: , ,

ARC and Compassion for Animals (CfA) screened “Meat Your Meat” to GMU community members on September 16th, 2010. Students, staff, and

faculty could earn $1 for watching a 4 minute segment of the film which documents the suffering and exploitation of animals endured as standard practices at factory farming facilities and slaughterhouses. We encourage everyone that partakes in meat consumption and animal exploitation to educate themselves about what they are endorsing and to question if these choices are truly aligned with their morals. 36 people watched the full segment, and 5 people refused to take the dollar.

The next PPV at GMU is on Thursday, October 7, from 3-7pm at JC kiosk B!

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Watch “Meet Your Meat!”



Victory: EU Bans Testing on Great Apes! by christine
September 9, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: AR News, News, Video | Tags: , ,

From The PETA Files:

There’s great news from across the Atlantic, where the European Union has voted to ban the use of great apes in experiments. The new legislation also places significant restrictions on testing on other primates and requires that non-animal methods be used whenever possible.

This is an exciting development—but it also raises a question: In light of this humane advance, how can the U.S. government justify its plans to transfer more than 200 “retired” chimpanzees from a facility in New Mexico to a research laboratory in Texas, where they’ll probably be forced to endure cruel experiments?

There is no excuse for it, of course, so please help us persuade officials to permanently retire the chimpanzees to a sanctuary.

Posted by Jeff Mackey

New EU Rules on Animal Testing Ban Use of Apes

from AFP

STRASBOURG — Europe banned the use of great apes in animal testing Wednesday as part of drastically tightened rules to scale back the number of animals used in scientific research.

After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the new limits, updating regulations from 1986, were adopted by the European Parliament despite objections from Green MEPs.

Under the new legislations, experiments on great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are to be banned and “strict” restrictions set on the use of primates in general.

Members of the 27-nation bloc, who are given two years to comply with the rules, also need “to ensure that whenever an alternative method is available, this is used instead of animal testing.”

And they must work at “reducing levels of pain inflicted on animals.”

Proponents of the abolition of animal testing objected that the new rules failed to go far enough.

“Animals will still be used as guinea pigs,” said the Greens in a statement. “They will still suffer pain.”

“It is possible to reduce the number of animals used for science without hindering research,” added Belgian Green Isballe Durant.

But Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli dubbed it “a good compromise on a difficult topic.”

“Today we have the chance to bring the EU to the forefront by caring for animals and protecting science,” he said.

Other MEPs said the demands of scientific research came over and above animal welfare.

“An animal’s an animal and a human being’s a human being,” said Italian conservative Herbert Dorfmann.

“Medical progress is crucial to humanity and unfortunately, to achieve this progress there must be animal testing.”

The legislation notably allows the use of primates in testing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, cancer or Parkinson’s disease if there is scientific evidence that the research cannot be achieved without using these species.

To avoid repeated suffering by an animal, it lists different categories of pain that may be inflicted during a test (non-recovery, mild, moderate or severe) and proposes that the same animals be reused only if the pain is classed as “moderate,” and provided a vet is consulted.

At the moment some 12 million animals are used each year in scientific experiments in the EU.

The legislation calls for government inspections on a third of national laboratories that use animals, some of which must be unannounced.

Last year the European Union banned the testing of animals for developing cosmetics, except for long-running toxicology tests which will be banned altogether in 2013.



Beagles Rescued from Bankrupt Laboratory by christine

Operation: Agitate to Liberate

On June 1, 2010, Win Animal Rights launched Operation: Agitate to Liberate to free the 125 beagles and 55 monkeys endangered by the closure of Azopharma, owner of Oxford, NJ based Aniclin Preclinical Services.  We are please to announce that 30 days after the commencement of our campaign, and after having overcome all obstacles and objections, we are declaring victory.  On June 30, 2010, a Missouri court issued an order allowing the release of all the Azopharma/AniClin animals to sanctuaries and foster homes.

**Watch the video! It’s uplifting to see these animals set free and know that animal rights can be achieved, and yet, it is utterly heartbreaking to watch these beagles walk on grass for the first time.


120 Beagles Liberated on July 2, 2010
& 55 Monkeys will be Liberated because of you!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!

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The Great Beagle Escape

July 02, 2010, 1:31PM MT

By Denise LeBeau, Best Friends staff

From lab to lap, 120+ beagles feel freedom for the first time

A cold, lonely research laboratory is no place to call home. Especially if you’re a fun loving beagle like Liberty here, and thanks to Best Friends Animal Society and Pets Alive, she’s gone from lab to lap almost overnight! Just in time for Independence Day – these dogs have something wonderful to truly celebrate

While the 120-something odd beagles living at the facility were not used for invasive testing, their lives were far from idyllic. The beagles had a champion in Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights, who followed their plight from research subjects to refugees. The economic downturn took its toll on the research laboratory and these lives were left in limbo until the wheels of the beagle freedom train started spinning.

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Ohio Dairy Farm Cruelty by christine

Mercy for Animals recently released footage from their undercover investigation of a dairy farm in Ohio. From April to May, they documented the cruel and sadistic abuse of dairy cows by farm workers at Conklin Farms in Plain City.

Documented abuses during the 4-week period:

  • Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
  • Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
  • Kicking “downed” cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm’s owner
  • Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
  • Twisting cows’ tails until the bones snapped
  • Punching cows’ udders
  • Bragging about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows and calves to death

Geoff Ball, DVM

“This has to be the most shocking and malicious video of animal cruelty that I have seen … There is no need to explain how the actions shown are unusually cruel and [show] amazing levels of stress and neglect unto these animals.

“In many cases the attacks seem to be made just for the sake of causing pain. The [workers] shown should be viewed as a threat to all species of animals and should be investigated as far as [their] potential to strike the same sort of suffering on humans as well. This footage should be seen as a red flag for child, spousal and other forms of violence.”

Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary

“This video should be an eye-opener to anyone still unsure of what all the fuss is about concerning the treatment of farm animals in Ohio. The cruel and violent behavior depicted in the video is indicative of an attitude that sees farm animals as mere production units, rather than as living, feeling animals. Undercover investigations at farms in Ohio and elsewhere routinely turn up instances of systemic cruelty.

Bad has become normal on today’s farms … The cruelty and violent behavior that is now common on farms where animals are seen as commodities is outside the boundaries of acceptable conduct in our society.”

Sign the petition to shut down Conklin Dairy Farms and to charge Gary Conklin!

Learn More:

Although many of the abuses documented at Conklin Dairy Farms are sadistic in nature, numerous undercover investigations at dairy farmspig farmsegg farmshatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – runs rampant nationwide. Compassionate consumers can end their direct financial support of farmed animal abuse by rejecting dairy, and other animal products, and adopting a vegan diet.

Mercy for Animals: Ohio Dairy Farm Investigation

How Does Drinking Milk Hurt Cows?



Whale Wars! Tonight at 9pm by christine
June 4, 2010, 3:37 pm
Filed under: AR News, Video | Tags: , ,

Season 3 of “Whale Wars” starts tonight at 9pm on Animal Planet! Watch members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society fearlessly put their lives on the line as they struggle to end Japanese whaling.

This year, the Japanese whaling fleet is targeting 935 piked (Minke) whales and another 50 fin whales, and has threatened to add humpbacks to their quota as well. The hunt is carried out in contravention to the 1986 international moratorium against whaling. Japan claims to be conducting lethal research but they openly sell the whale meat on the commercial market.

Click the logo above to learn more about Sea Shepherd.

Australia to sue Japan over whaling

Published: Friday May 28, 2010

Australia said Friday it would begin legal action next week to stop Japan killing hundreds of whales a year in the name of scientific research, prompting immediate condemnation from Tokyo.

Officials said they would lodge documents with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague “early next week”, abandoning diplomacy after repeated threats to sue.

“We want to see an end to whales being killed in the name of science in the Southern Ocean,” said Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett.

“Today’s announcement of legal action shows the government is taking steps to bring a permanent end to whaling in the Southern Ocean.”

Japanese Fisheries Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu called the announcement “very disappointing”, adding that Japan’s “research” was approved under the rules of an international moratorium on commercial whaling.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said the government had been unable to find a diplomatic solution to the problem, despite protracted talks and debate within the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

“The Australian government has not taken this decision lightly,” said Smith.

“But recent statements by whaling countries in the commission have provided Australia with little cause for hope that our serious commitment to conservation of the world’s whales will be reflected in any potential IWC compromise agreement,” he added.

Smith denied the action would affect relations with Japan, one of Australia’s top two export markets, describing it as “a disagreement in one element of a relationship that is deep, broad and multi-dimensional”.

New Zealand said it was also considering a case against Japan in the ICJ, with Foreign Minister Murray McCully promising a decision “in the next few weeks”.

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