Animal Testing and the European Parliament

Animal Voice received this important comunication from Uncaged, regarding vivisection and the European Parliament.
Please read the letter, watch the videos (warning = they may contain upsetting images for some of you) and check out all the related material.
If you care for the animals, i am sure you'll want to be active in reducing and stopping their pain.

"I'm writing to you at a critical point in a once-in-a-lifetime battle where the lives of millions of innocent animals are at stake. Those animals need you to stand up for them now by writing to Members of the European Parliament.
This battle is over a new law that will govern animal experiments across Europe. The fate of hundreds of millions of monkeys, pigs, dogs, sheep, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds and other animals over the next few decades is hanging in the balance.

Next Tuesday, 31st March, will see an absolutely crucial vote at the European Parliament. MEPs on the Agriculture Committee will be voting on a set of proposals produced by an English MEP for the South West England region called Neil Parish.
My colleagues and I across the European animal protection movement have been horrified by many of Parish's proposals, which actually severely weaken the original draft produced by the European Commission last November. It would mean that animals will be even more vulnerable to the kind of horrific abuse exposed by Uncaged in cross-species organ transplant experiments.

In 2003 we won a historic legal victory that allowed us to publish the ‘Diaries of Despair’ – daily records of dying monkeys who had been transplanted with pig organs. They provide unique, damning evidence of why it is imperative we act now on behalf of animals. This was the harrowing demise of just two of the monkeys who had already suffered a dangerous, agonising journey half way round the word and lengthy confinement in a bleak wire cage:

X536f was observed: "looking very weak with head in hands... vomiting profusely”

On X528f’s final day of life she was “Lying on floor, bruising on face and arms, weak, subdued, inactive, in a crouched position showing limited response to touch.”

These animals were suffering the devastating effects of vital organ failure and drug cocktails so toxic that they caused internal haemorrhaging. Their pain and suffering was unimaginable. We can’t stand by while such atrocities are inflicted on the innocent – we need your help to save them from this wretched fate.

Please send an email TODAY or ASAP to members of the Agriculture Committee from your country. Click HERE for a list of the members and links to their contact details.

These are some of the key points to mention:

(1) You are alarmed by attempts to weaken animal protection measures that the European Commission wishes to see introduced.

(2) The Commission wants to phase out the use of wild-caught primates. Amendments that conflict with this goal must be opposed. Despite scaremongering by pro-animal research industry groups, there is no evidence that such a phase-out would damage medical research.

(3) You oppose proposals that would allow any animal to be subjected to 'prolonged, severe' suffering.

(4) Reducing animal use will improve the quality of science, as well as preventing animal suffering. This will make European laboratories attractive to business and academic researchers rather than – as has been threatened – lead to an exodus to parts of the world where standards are lower.

(5) It is vital that all proposed 'projects' using animals are scrutinised rather than being given automatic approval. The Committee is faced with proposals that would allow most research projects to go through on the nod.

(6) You support measures that call for regular thematic reviews of specific areas of animal use and replacement by non-animal systems. Without such a systematic approach, the introduction of non-animal methods will be an unnecessarily protracted process.

(7) Increased accountability, transparency and access to information – as well as data sharing to avoid duplication of experiments – are all vital.

(8) You urge Committee members not to bow to the powerful, self-interested biomedical lobby. They should vote instead for measures that increase animal welfare and which tackle unjustified secrecy and concealment.



- Important Articles
- Very Important Links

Cast your vote for promoting the inclusion of animal protection into the European Constitution: Animals Constitution

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Under Cover Footage taken inside Huntingdon Life Sciences

Cruelty and sadism from people at Covance laboratory

Orangutans Survival Threatened by Palm Oil

Consumption of palm oil, a vegetable oil found in one in 10 products on supermarket shelves, is driving the orangutan towards extinction, new research shows.
The "Oil for Ape Scandal", a report published by Friends of the Earth and orangutan conservation groups, concludes that without urgent intervention the palm oil trade could cause the extinction of the orangutan, Asia's only great ape, within 12 years.
Palm oil is found in bread, crackers, chips, margarine and cereals as well as personal care and beauty products such as soap and lipstick.
Ninety percent of the world’s palm oil exports come from the oil palm plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia. Most of these plantations are on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The same lowland forest that the oil palm industry favors for conversion to palm plantations is the only remaining habitat of the orangutan.
Mother and baby orangutan are both at risk as oil palm plantations take over their habitat. The report finds that almost 90 percent of the orangutan's habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia has now been destroyed. Some experts estimate that 5,000 orangutan perish as a result every year.
(read more)

Sky World News - Report on Palm Oil and Orangutans

The demand for palm oil is rising in the U.S. and Europe because it is touted as a "clean" alternative to fuel. Indonesia is the world's top producer of palm oil, and prices have jumped by almost 70 percent in the last year.
But palm oil plantations devastate the forest and create a monoculture on the land, in which orangutans cannot survive.
(ABC News "Palm Oil Frenzy Threatens to Wipe Out Orangutans" )

Indonesian and Malayan Wildlife Affected

100 years ago nearly 90% of Indonesia was rainforest. Even 50 years ago, it was still around 77% forested. Today forests have been reduced to less than half largely due to logging and palm oil plantations. Tropical rainforests provide a home for 70% of the world’s plant and animal species. In Indonesia and Malaysia, they are the only home for endemic tigers, rhinos, elephants and orangutan. Because these species require large amounts of un-fragmented rainforest to survive, it will be critical to explore ways of preventing further palm oil plantation development which would further fragment the remaining forests on these islands.
(read more)

But palm oil is not the only danger for the orangutans.

Orangutan babies are cute and social, making them tempting as pets. To get young orangutans for this market, the mother is shot. It is estimated that for every orangutan that makes it into the pet trade 4 or 5 die. Some fall to the forest floor when their mother is killed, others succumb to human disease, malnourishment or maltreatment in the hands of traders.
That number does not take into account the adult females lost to the breeding population, often in their prime reproductive years. As forest is logged for development, other adult orangutans end up near villages, often drawn by cultivated fruit. They are shot as pests or taken for food, especially in years when the rice crops fail.
(read more)

Orangutans are beautiful and kind animals, we all should be aware of the dangers that are threatening their existence and act to preserve it.
Information, action and a more conscious choice of shopping is the least we can do to help save their lives.
Please go through the material offered in this entry, i'm sure you'll be able to find a good starter kit to get to know more about palm oil and what it represents for the lives of thousands of orangutans.


- Action 1 & 2
- Action 3
- Buy Palm Oil Free Alternatives
- Australia Palm Oil Campaign
- Adopt an Orangutan
- Learn About the Palm Oil Threat


- Borneo Orangutan Survival International
- Borneo Orangutan Survival UK
- Organic Consumers Association on Palm Oil
- Orangutan Outreach
- Orangutan Foundation International
- Orangutan Foundation
- FOE - Orangutan Report
- Palm Oil Frenzy Threatens to Wipe Out Orangutans - ABC News
- Palm Oil Risks Orangutans Existence
- Ape Alliance - Action for Apes
- Palm Oil Crisis
- Palm Oil Workers Kill Orangutans
- WildLife @ Animal Voice - Links Archive


- Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
- Sky World News - Report on Palm Oil and Orangutans
- ONE - Please Save Our Orangutans
- BOS "People of the Forest"
- Friends of the Earth - Orangutans Clip

Thai elephant Mosha got a new leg!

"Mosha, now three, was only seven-months-old when she lost her right front leg after stepping on a landmine.
Close to death, she was rescued and brought to the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, where she got her first prosthetic leg in 2007.
Her home in a tropical jungle in the north of the country, near the Cambodian border, is an orphanage for elephants.
Her keeper said that before the first leg was fitted she was "depressed, self-conscious and wouldn't socialise". But now the animal is getting more confident and likes to play with the other elephants

Her keeper Soraida Salwala said: "When Mosha first saw her artificial leg she was scared of it.
"But as soon as the doctors put it on and she felt she could put some weight on it she didn't want to let them take it off."
The prosthesis, made out of plastic, sawdust and metal, helps her keep her balance and is only removed when she sleeps.
"Mosha should live many long, happy elephant years," Ms Soraida added."

... and i certainly hope to read more and more positive stories like this one!

Please read the full story HERE and check out the clip below - Mosha getting ready to walk with her new leg:


- Landmine victim Mosha is back!
- Thai Elephant Conservation Center (Lampang, Thailand)
- The Elephants Umbrella Fund
- Torture in Thailand
- Free Lucky @ Animal Voice