PETA’s 2009 investigation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus found that workers were beating, whipping, and hooking elephants and striking tigers. Watch the shocking footage now.
Now is a great time to spay/neuter the outdoor cats in your neighborhood.
Face Neighborhood Cat program offers spay/neuter and vaccines for outdoor and stray, neighborhood cats at the low cost of $20.
All cats are ear-tipped which is a universal indicator that the cat is neutered. Cats who are ear-tipped are much more likely to get out of Animal Care and Control and not be euthanized than the non-ear-tipped cats taken there.
PETA has fired off a letter to Michelin CEO Michel Rollier urging his company’s renowned publication, theMichelin Guide, to stop awarding stars to restaurants that serve foie gras or shark fin soup. In its letter, PETA states that foie gras production is so cruel—it’s the result of force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers are diseased and enlarged—that its production is banned in many countries. The letter also describes how commercial fishers hack the fins off live sharks and throw the animals back into the water to suffocate or bleed to death.
“Eating the body parts of animals who were tortured can hardly be considered fine dining,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Instead of rewarding restaurants that serve these hideous products, Michelin should disqualify them from its ratings.”
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA’s letter to Michelin CEO Michel Rollier follows.
February 8, 2012
Michel Rollier CEO Michelin
Dear Mr. Rollier:
I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide concerning Michelin’s awarding stars to restaurants that still serve foie gras or shark fin soup. We hope that after considering the following information, you will be moved to disqualify restaurants from being rated if either item is on the menu.
Foie gras is made by force-feeding ducks and geese such enormous amounts of grain and fat that their livers become diseased and engorged. People around the world are increasingly associating foie gras with extreme cruelty to animals. California has banned the sale and production of foie gras (effective this summer), and force-feeding has been outlawed in more than a dozen countries, including the U.K., Germany, and Israel. World-renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Charlie Trotter have removed foie gras from their menus because of the cruelty inherent in its production. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI denounced foie gras production as a violation of biblical principles, HRH Prince Charles has forbidden it at Royal events, and numerous companies worldwide have stopped selling this “delicacy of despair.” Please take a moment to watch this videonarrated by Kate Winslet, which depicts foie gras production at several major facilities.
To meet demand for shark fin soup, fishers often cut the animals’ fins off while they are still alive and dump them back into the water to slowly bleed or suffocate to death. In October, California’s governor signed a bill banning the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins to protect the world’s dwindling shark population. California is the fourth state in the U.S. to ban shark fin imports—Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington have already done so.
I hope you will decide not to give the Michelin star rating to restaurants that still serve foie gras, such as Cyrus and L2O, or to those that serve shark fin soup, such as Sun Tung Lok. Please contact me at so that I can let our members and activists know of your decision.
Thank you for your consideration.
Lindsay Rajt Associate Director of Campaigns
Petition Filed to Stop Abuse of Turtles at “Snapperfest” Following Undercover Investigation of Cruelty
Animal Groups Urge Indiana to Correct Legal Snafu that Has Allowed Abuse of Turtles at Annual Event as Appalling Footage from Indiana’s Snapperfest 2011 Is Released
Indianapolis – This morning, the national non-profits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Best Friends Animal Society submitted a petition for rulemaking to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, arguing that the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) misinterpretation of state law has allowed for illegal cruelty at Ohio County’s annual “Snapperfest.” Never before seen undercover footage provided by the World Animal Awareness Society – WA2S.org at last summer’s Snapperfest—an event where “contestants” demonstrate their prowess by pulling the heads of live turtles far outside of their shells—reveals numerous acts of cruelty that are in violation of state law. However, the DNR has condoned these actions by stating that Snapperfest participants are exempt from anti-cruelty law under an exception for activities including hunting and trapping, because, so they say, the turtles were trapped prior to their mistreatment at Snapperfest. ALDF and Best Friends Animal Society’s petition asks the Commission to clarify that this exception does not and should not apply to the turtles at Snapperfest—which would render the appalling conduct at the annual event illegal. The petition was filed locally by the Law Offices of Lawrence M. Reuben.
Why are animal advocates and attorneys sticking their necks out for snapping turtles? The undercover video shot at Snapperfest in August 2011 and released today reveals:
- Turtles held by their tails, which can cause severe damage to their vertebra and internal organs.
- Turtles repeatedly dropped and thrown to the ground during relays in which contestants run while carrying them.
- Turtles’ heads pulled out of their shells and turtles held up by their heads during the “main event.” Footage shows contestants violently wrestling on the ground with terrified turtles in an effort to pull their necks out of their shells.
Recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally neglecting a vertebrate animal, as is done during Snapperfest, is a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana.
“While an exception to Indiana’s cruelty statute states that it does not apply to fishing, hunting, or trapping, it does not allow for wanton abuse of any animal after that animal has been trapped,” explains ALDF’s director of litigation Carter Dillard. “The Department of Natural Resources’ misinterpretation of this law has allowed the shameful abuse of turtles at Snapperfest for the past fifteen years—and would literally allow someone to torture a turtle, a deer, a coyote, or any animal to death, so long as that animal had been trapped first. It is time for this legal misinterpretation to be corrected and for the state to put an end to this pathetic event once and for all.”
Copies of the petition to the Natural Resources Commission and footage of the 2011 Snapperfest investigation are available upon request. Spokespeople in Indianapolis are available for interviews.
ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit www.aldf.org.
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization that strives to create a better world through kindness to animals while building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. For more information, please visit www.bestfriends.org.
World Animal Awareness Society – WA2S.org is a domestic 501(c)3 non-profit public charity, incorporated for the purpose of filming contemporary human-animal interactions and collecting non-biased visual data to share with the world. For more information, visit the World Animal Awareness Society here: www.WA2S.org
Group Cites Record Accomplishments in Distributed Aid & Support in 2011
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPCA International (www.spcai.org) announces a renewed focus on refugee animals in crisis due to natural disasters, famine, political turmoil or war in 2012. The animal rights group expects to send millions more in supply aid to struggling shelters worldwide. SPCA International distributed over $7 million in medical aid and supplies to shelters in Panama, Kuwait, Tanzania, Guatemala and Hong Kong. Thanks to donors and achieving program growth goals, SPCA International distributed more financial grants to shelters domestically and globally than ever before.
“2011 was our most successful year of operations to date and we look forward to supporting and collaborating with even more animal shelters and rescue groups in 2012”
“2011 was our most successful year of operations to date and we look forward to supporting and collaborating with even more animal shelters and rescue groups in 2012,” said Stephanie Scott of the SPCA International. “Our mission is truly a global effort and we are determined to see that this year we reach even more areas in need of attention domestically and around the world. In Panama alone, we were able to spay and neuter more than 1,100 dogs and cats in just one weekend last September.”
SPCA International completed and surpassed its 100th‘Operation Baghdad Pups’ mission to the Middle East in 2011 and the famous program is back at work this week with teams traveling to Iraq to save more desperate animals who U.S. troops were forced to leave behind during the withdrawal. Through ongoing efforts these true military heroes will be reunited with the soldiers that love them very soon.
“In 2012 we hope to distribute more than $9 million in medical supply aid worldwide. Our team is also poised to respond to more international crises than ever before, which will allow us to increase the numbers of animals we reach significantly. We encourage supporters to watch for fun changes coming to our website, spcai.org, early in the year. The redesigned site will engage, educate and activate people like never before,” said Scott.
For more information on SPCA International’s life-saving work or to make a donation in support of this cause, please visit www.spcai.org.