Action Alerts

Ask the USDA to Hold Convance Accountable for Animal Abuse
Covance Research Products, headquartered in Princeton (NJ), is the target of multiple Official Complaints filed with the USDA by Research Watchdog Group SAEN, (Stop Animal Exploitation Now).
The complaints allege that multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act in Covance facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas led directly to the deaths and injuries of primates and rabbits.
Recently obtained federal reports reveal that the Covance facility in Denver (PA) boiled a rabbit alive in a cage washer.  According to a USDA inspection report dated 7-21-11 a rabbit was found dead inside the cage washing apparatus, which sterilizes cages with hot water.
Records obtained from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), reveal that several primates shipped by Covance had to be euthanized upon arrival or shortly thereafter, while others had a history of traumatic injuries.

Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand that Covance Research receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which boiled a rabbit alive.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

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Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the Covance Research Products facility of Alice Texas for the deaths and traumatic injuries of multiple primates.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

Reid Park Zoo Elephant Friends Need Your Help More Than Ever
Connie and Shaba have been together at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson since 1982 when Connie was 15 and Shaba was just 2. They have been deeply bonded since the day they were first brought together.
The zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo. It will bring a group of African elephants (a bull and two females with calves) to the Reid Park Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and try to integrate Shaba with them. There is no guarantee that she will integrate with the group; if not, Shaba would be moved to another zoo. There is also a chance that she could be injured during the introduction process; just last week one elephant attacked and killed another elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Keep these elephants together!

Contact:

Mayor Bob Walkup
City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
phone (520) 791-4201
E-Mail: mayor1@tucsonaz.gov

Tucson City Council Members
c/o City Clerk
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210
email: cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov
phone (520) 791-4213

Urge Congressional Representatives and Senators to SPONSOR and SUPPORT passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359.

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The bill will effectively end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses in the United States. This is tightly targeted to exotic and non-domesticated species in traveling circuses – it does not affect zoos, rodeos, or static shows, or facilities where the animals live in permanent accommodation and travel out for film or television – these are exempt provided there is no live public exhibition involved. When animals are transported, they cannot be traveled for more than 12 hours at a time, and if they are to be taken to be used in a show, they must not have been used for the previous 15 day period. This removes the option to keep these animals constantly traveling around the US for months at a time. This has been carefully constructed to deal with the most egregious cases and is intended to be a progressive step.