The AAVS reports that the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee has approved an experiment involving 40 baby macaques who will be removed from their mothers at birth. They will be placed in an incubator with a surrogate stuffed animal, towels, and/or blankets. According to the AAVS, when the monkeys are about one year old, they will be exposed to situations to provoke anxiety and fear. At the end of the experiment, the monkeys will be killed and their brains analyzed. (AAVS, "Activate for Animals," August 2014 issue).
WISAPS circulated a petion that was submitted to the University Chancellor. Other groups have been involved as well.
The chief researcher has
announced that monkeys will no longer be separated at birth. But the research will otherwise continue.
WISAPS has requested the amended protocol.
Genetically engineered salmon likely to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It would be the first genetically modified animal cleared for human consumption. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Target have agreed not to sell the fish. AquaBounty Technologies, based in Massachusetts, applied for permission to sell the genetically altered salmon, which grows to market size in half the time as regular salmon. It consists of an Atlantic salmon containing a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean-pout, an eel-like fish. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10-20-2013).
According to abc News, on November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved the first genetically engineered animal intended for food: AquAdvantage salmon. The GMO salmon will NOT be labeled as genetically engineered.
We are a Wisconsin organization encouraging a humane attitude towards all living creatures through direct action and education. One of our major accomplishments was the transfer of two elephants from the Milwaukee County Zoo to a sanctuary in California. The Wisconsin Animal Protection Society (WISAPS) opposes animal exploitation in any form.
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Alternatives to Animal Dissection
Letters were sent to approximately twenty Milwaukee area high schools requesting that they consider alternatives to the disssection of animals in their science classes. High school principals were informed of computer simulations, CD-Roms, plastic models and the availability of free lending libraries.
Sanctuary Woods, in Wauwatosa, is at risk. Letters were sent to members of the Wauwatosa Common Counsel, urging them to preserve the Sanctuary Woods.
February 18, 2017
City of Wauwatosa
7725 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Re: Preservation of Sanctuary Woods. Opposition to Life Sciences District Master Plan proposals.
Please oppose the proposed “Scenic Parkway” road, other proposed roads and plans for high-density development in the northeast quadrant of the County Grounds, affecting the natural area known as the Sanctuary Woods. As you may know, Sanctuary Woods provides habitat for a variety of species, including the Long-eared Owl, monarch butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The proposed roads and development would fragment the natural area and diminish the quality of the remaining habitat. Push for re-zoning of these natural areas, to ensure their preservation.
Recent articles in Milwaukee Magazine (online) provide a history of the area known as the County Grounds. (January 9th and 19th issues). The County Grounds is the largest remaining open space in Milwaukee County. It was prairie and oak savanna and a critical habitat for wildlife.
The natural areas north of Watertown Plank Road should be re-zoned in order to protect wildlife habitat, not developed with roads and high density buildings, in order to destroy it. Monarch butterflies, squirrels and owls have no place to go. They do not live in condos. They will disappear.
And a walk through the woods will never be the same.
Should you have any questions please contact me at the above address or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark A. Silverman
Alcohol experiments on monkeys, sheep and other animals are taking place in more than 150 major institutions, including the University of Wisconsin, Madison, according ot he Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). PCRM reports that the animals are often forced to ingest alcohol - because animals do not willingly consume alcohol, and then are subjected to surgical biopsies, brain surgeries, or electric shocks. When the experiments end, the animals are usually killed. New animals take their place. (PCRM Campaign to End Alcohol Experiments on Animals, 2013).
Great Lakes Wolf Summit
Two Wisconsin state legislators, senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and
rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) called for a "wolf summit" to discuss what they say are issues posed by wolves in Wisconsin. They want Congress to de-list the gray wolf, once again, from the Endangered Species List. (Wis. Radio Network 5-10-16).
Tiffany wants state management "similar to the wolf hunt we had for two years...." (WXPR 91.7 FM 5-9-16). A federal judge in Wash. D.C., in 2014, struck down the federal government's 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, from the federal list of endangered species. The suit was brought by HSUS. The court decision ended Wisconsin's wolf hunting season.
The state DNR carnivore specialist, David MacFarland, said that the agency had relied primarily on nonlethal means to control nuisance wolves, including the construction of 19 miles of fencing and the use of electric fences, sound and lights and posting guard animals. "We are doing quite a bit." (Journal-Sentinel 5-9-16).
Update: The "summit" was held September 15, 2016, in Cumberland, Wis, at the Das Lach Haus. Tiffany and Jarchow,said in a statement: "Our goal remains to have a policy driven discussion about the situation at hand." (WAOW.COM abc 9 posted 6-28-16).
Help the Grey Wolf!
Please ask your Congressperson to oppose Senate Bill 2281, Senate Bill 659 and House Bill HR 884, which call for the de-listing of the grey wolf from protected status under the ESA. (10-30-16).
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