June 4, 1986
The animal-rights community must now contend with the Reagan administration's allocation of zero funding for the enforcement of the "improved" Animal Welfare Act of 1985. After years of battling over the needed changes concerning the pathetic conditions and lack of humane procedures forced upon laboratory animals, we must now beg President Reagan to fund this piece of legislation. Evidence for need of such funding and better enforcement of the act continues to be exposed, e.g., Columbia University, University of California at Riverside, University of Pennsylvania, etc. It was not tax funded agencies that exposed these abuses, it was private individuals.
February 12, 1995 |
When a group of animal-welfare activists showed up for a demonstration outside the Buckshire Corp. facility Monday complaining of conditions there, it was the second such protest in six months. The last protest, in August, was followed by an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that found enough alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act to fill 13 pages. Although that report may have been the most critical Buckshire has received, it was not the first time the company, which supplies animals to laboratories for research purposes, had been faulted for treatment of animals.
December 10, 1993 |
A Bucks County petting zoo and farm that was briefly shut down last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for mistreating its animals has closed its pens for good. Quarry Valley Farm, which offered close contact with 200 traditional and nontraditional farm animals to an estimated 40,000 visitors a year, went out of business Dec. 1. The 48-acre farm in Lahaska, which also offered hayrides, reopened in April after making USDA-mandated improvements. "The USDA is absolutely ridiculous with its animal regulations," owner Sherry Jamison said.
March 20, 1986 |
The National Institutes of Health yesterday lifted funding restrictions it imposed last November on new animal research projects at the University of Pennsylvania. Funding restrictions remain, however, on research involving baboons at Penn's controversial Head Injury Clinical Research Project. Penn indefinitely suspended that research last July, and university researchers have not sought NIH funds for it since. The NIH, which gets its money from federal tax dollars, suspended funding to the head-injury clinic last summer, citing poor care and unsanitary conditions.
September 26, 2011 |
PENN BIOMEDICAL researchers are sick puppies. Or so say at least 10 animal-rights activists who were on the University of Pennsylvania campus yesterday protesting animal research there, after the school received a federal warning about conditions that led to the deaths of a puppy and three gerbils. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, issued the warning last month, after inspectors found that a newborn puppy died after getting trapped beneath a kennel floor grate and that three gerbils died apparently because of dehydration from "unsuitable sipper tubes.
December 15, 1992 |
If this was a typical holiday season, the staff at the Quarry Valley Farm in Lahaska, Bucks County, would be in high gear - stringing lights and setting up a live Nativity scene for the scores of visitors expected in the next few weeks. But this is not a typical season for the 48-acre farm. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed Quarry Valley for operating an unlicensed petting zoo, citing several violations of the Animal Welfare Act, such as inadequate shelter for some animals.
January 24, 1986 |
Animal-rights activists have charged that University of Pennsylvania officials are planning a "cosmetic fixup" of animal laboratory facilities - all for the benefit of a federal inspection team set to arrive on campus Monday. Ten inspectors from the National Institutes of Health will make an unprecedented weeklong visit to ensure that federal guidelines are being met. Last year, NIH suspended funding to the Head Injury Clinical Research Center, citing poor care of animals and unsanitary conditions.
August 13, 2001
Even zoo's supporters bristle at what it did with two giraffes For my money (of which it will get no more), patronizing the Cape May County Zoo is akin to condoning cruelty to animals. The Aug. 5 article "What kind of life do giraffes prefer?" - which detailed the fate of two male giraffes sold by zoo management to a New York animal broker - left me sickened. Jeffrey and Twiggs, now part of a "petting" exhibit that accompanies a traveling circus, were pronounced "jolly" by the zoo's director.
July 27, 1995 |
Though he has fought vigorously to lift government regulations on other businesses, Sen. Rick Santorum has found an industry that he believes needs a tighter leash: commercial pet breeding. Inspired by complaints from constituents, the Pennsylvania Republican is urging stricter standards for mass breeding facilities, commonly known as puppy mills. What made Santorum, who likes to cultivate a ferocious image, go warm and furry? He doesn't even own a dog. "It's not just animal welfare," he said of his rare pro-regulatory stance.
September 21, 1989 |
Ask an experimenter about the animals in his laboratory. Nine times out of 10 he will tell you that they are well cared for and that he abides by the Animal Welfare Act passed by Congress in 1966. What he will not say is that both he and his colleagues fought the act and the amendments to it every step of the way; that, under the act, his laboratory is inspected at most (if at all) once a year; that when his animals are under experimentation, the act doesn't apply. Nor will he say that many laboratories ignore the act's most important amendment, passed in 1986, which mandates that at least one member of the public vote on the laboratory's animal care committee.