In 2002 and early 2003, a PETA undercover investigation at Sinclair Research Center, a laboratory hired by Iams, uncovered a dark secret: The dog and cat food manufacturer funds animal testing. Dogs were left piled on a filthy floor after chunks of muscle had been hacked from their thighs, and extremely sick dogs and cats were left in cages to suffer without any veterinary care. Watch the complete undercover footage from this investigation below.
After intense pressure from PETA and its supporters, Iams severed its ties with Sinclair and agreed to end invasive experiments on dogs and cats. Iams also conducts in-home nutritional studies with companion animals who live with their families in homes. But Iams still keeps up to 700 dogs and cats in its Dayton, Ohio, laboratory for nutritional studies.
Iams also continues to perform invasive and deadly experiments on species other than cats and dogs. On one occasion, Iams gave Purdue University nearly $200,000 to conduct a two-year study in which experimenters taped the tails of mice and then raised their hind legs off the floor to cause the animals’ muscles to deteriorate.
Even though Iams has made some progress, we must continue to send the message that safe, healthy dog and cat food does not require harming any animals. Until Iams agrees to implement 100 percent in-home testing, to stop imprisoning dogs and cats in its laboratory, and to stop paying others to conduct deadly experiments on animals, we encourage consumers to purchase companion animal food from companies that do not conduct laboratory tests on animals.
Please send a polite e-mail to Proctor & Gamble’s CEO, Robert McDonald, urging him to stop allowing Iams to conduct and fund cruel laboratory experiments on animals and to switch entirely to a humane in-home testing program.
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Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation is thought to be the absolute best vegan book of the animal rights movement, and a trendsetter. Though people discussed animal rights for thousands of years, he put the concept to a philosophical test.
He proves (to a point where no one has found a hole in the validity of his argument) that our society’s choice to eat animals is speciesism, meaning that we are discriminating against other species of animals. He says that our argument that animals are there for us to eat is alarmingly similar to the argument that slaves are there to do our labour in the fields.
One of his main points is that pigs (as an example) are certainly more aware and conscious of their surroundings than a human baby, and more than a mentally challenged child. But it is considered wrong to eat, or experiment on, one this child.
Therefore, shouldn’t it be wrong to do so to a pig? Why not? Because a pig is a pig and a human is a human? Well, that is speciesism.
I can’t list all the reasons for this argument here (it’s a long book), but if you are looking to learn more about why people think it just isn’t right to eat animals, this vegan book is a must read. See if you can find a hole in his rationale.
Somebody has uploaded this powerful documentary onto YouTube in 6 parts. See below to links to all parts.
Howard F. Lyman has brought the issue of the dangers of eating beef to light like never before. A former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safety activist, in 1996, Lyman revealed, to a national television audience, how the cattle industry potentially exposed Americans to Mad Cow Disease by feeding cows the remains of live animals – including other cows. As a result of his remarks, Lyman was named a co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “veggie libel” case brought by Texas ranchers in Amarillo.
Earthlings – Trailer
EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.
The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”
In 1999, writer/producer/director Shaun Monson began work on a series of PSAs about spaying and neutering pets. The footage he shot at animal shelters around Los Angeles affected him so profoundly that the project soon evolved into EARTHLINGS. The film would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable industries. Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.
Nation Earth was established to produce documentary films on socially urgent issues. EARTHLINGS, released in 2005, was the company’s first feature film and is the first of a documentary trilogy. The company is currently at work on the second installment, UNITY, which will explore the unifying force of consciousness found in nature, animals and humankind. UNITY is scheduled to be completed in 2010. For more information please see www.unitythemovie.com.
Earthlings – Full length documentary