Action Alerts

i Mar 26th by



Ask the University of Virginia to End the Use of Cats in Its Pediatrics Residency
Please take a minute to ask University of Virginia (UVA) president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D., to replace the use of cats in UVA’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods.


Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D.,
President, University of Virginia
PO Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4226
phone (434) 924-3337
fax (434) 924-3792


Please replace the use of cats in UVA’s pediatrics residency program.

– Anatomical differences between cats and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
– UVA is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (six percent) that still use live animals for training.
– High-fidelity simulators such as Laerdal’s SimNewB, Gaumard’s Premie HAL and PREMIE Blue, and METI’s SimBaby accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn, optimizing training and feedback.
– UVA already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.



Tell Canada to End Its Shameful Seal Slaughter
The annual seal slaughter will continue unless people like you speak out and take action to stop it, so please add your voice to the global outcry against Canada’s shameful seal massacre. Please write to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian ambassadors around the world and demand that they bring the massacre to an immediate end.


End The Brutal Treatment Of Sri Lankan Elephant Mihiri
Send a message to Sri Lankan officials, urging them to put an immediate end to the brutal treatment of Mihiri, and to ensure that no other elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is treated with such cruelty.


Embassy of Sri Lanka
2148 Wyoming Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
phone (202) 483-4025
fax (202) 232 7181


IDA often learns of dire situations for elephants around the world, and with your help we have been able to make a difference for them. We’re now asking you to speak up for Mihiri, a seven-year-old elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, who suffers multiple wounds believed to be the result of brutal training. Recent photos show gaping gashes on her feet and painful lesions on her face and head, likely caused by chaining and use of the bullhook.
Mihiri was born at Pinnewala, which cares for orphaned elephant calves from the wild and also breeds elephants. The elephants are habituated to humans and receive enough training so they can be managed. However, Mihiri’s training appears to be more intense and may indicate that she will be transferred to another site or even out of the country.
The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is owned and run by the Government of Sri Lanka, under the same management as the national zoo. Though popular with local and foreign tourists, the orphanage has come under fire from Sri Lankan environmentalists and animal welfare groups concerned with the transfer of elephants to private parties at whose hands they have suffered horrible deaths due to beatings, malnutrition and being overworked.