Tuesday, February 28, 2012

PETA Killed a Near Record-Breaking 95 Percent of Adoptable Dogs and Cats in its Care During 2011, Consumer Group Says

Originally posted at Center for Consumer Freedom

Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online, obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed a staggering 95.9 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2011. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the notorious animal rights group has continued killing adoptable animals at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, at an average of 37 pets every week.

According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 1,911 cats and dogs last year while placing just 24 in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 27,751 pets have died at the hands of PETA workers.

Read the rest of article: New Documents: PETA Killed a Near Record-Breaking 95 Percent of Adoptable Dogs and Cats in its Care During 2011 - Center for Consumer Freedom

Friday, January 20, 2012

Why should people know where do medicines come from

Originally posted at Speaking of Research

In a recent poll conducted by Zogby, 2,100 adults in the U.S. were asked the following question.

Do you agree or disagree with medical and scientific research that requires lab animals?

The results showed a similar outcome to that of other recent polls.

About 52% of the population approve of animal research in various degrees, about 27% disapprove in various degrees, 15% are neutral and 6% are unsure about their position.

Despite the many polls done on the subject it remains unclear on what grounds do some people object to the use of animals in science.

Is it perhaps that they find the work morally wrong? Is it that they believe all living beings have the basic rights to liberty and freedom?

Some insight into these questions can be gained by asking the same group of people what would the do in the following scenario.

Suppose you suffer from a leaky heart valve, and that doctors say you have two years left. You could have a valve replacement surgery that might save your life. But, in order to obtain the replacement tissue necessary for a surgery, a pig must be killed.

Which of the following statements best reflects what you would do if faces with a similar situation?

  • I would have the surgery. I think it is ethical.
  • I would have the surgery, but I think it is unethical.
  • I would not have the surgery, but I think it is ethical.
  • I would not have the surgery because I think it is unethical.

See results of second poll and the rest of the story: A Proposal for the Labeling of Medicines - Speaking of Research