It is encouraging if we can start our day with good news. Today there are even two and both come from the USA!!
Great news: The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has given a life-saving commitment following talks with PETA USA. In the future, the company will neither conduct the cruel forced swim test itself, nor will it finance appropriate animal testing.
In the forced swimming test, mice or other small animals are placed in a water tank and must swim to despair if they do not want to drown. On March 5, 2019, we reported about it (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/05/hopelessness-from-the-lab/).
Both Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen have published in recent years documents about the implementation of this completely pointless animal cruelty. The announcement made now signals the end of animal suffering in these nonsensical tests.
Johnson & Johnson made the right decision with the end of the forced swim test, because the experiment is not only scientifically useless, but also incredibly cruel.
In December 2018, AbbVie was the first pharmaceutical company publicly against the attempt. After PETA USA had asked the company to do so, they agreed not to carry out or finance the test in the future. On the company’s website it can be read that the Forced Swim Test is currently not carried out, an implementation is not planned in the future and corresponding attempts are not financed.
My comment: is nothing else but boundless joy!!
And now the second good news, also from USA!
In a resounding victory for animals, PETA has learned that the notorious Garden Bros. Circus will be allowed to carry out its scheduled performances in Washington, D.C., this weekend with willing human participants only—no animals can be forced to perform. DC Health denied the circus an Exotic Animal Permit. Garden Bros. has an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau, and its workers have been caught striking an elephant in the face with a bullhook, whipping a llama onstage, forcing lame elephants to give rides and perform tricks, denying veterinary care to wounded and injured animals, and more.
The owners of the circus are having a rocky start to the tour season:
- After learning that Garden Bros. was headed to the Greenville Convention Center in South Carolina, PETA worked with the venue which committed to banning Garden Bros. and all other circuses from performing there with animals in the future.
- The Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center in Lancaster, California, decided to skip Garden Bros. performances scheduled there.
- The Board of Selectmen in Walpole, Massachusetts, denied Garden Bros. a permit to put on a show there after learning about the circus from caring local advocates and the Massachusetts SPCA, which used information supplied by PETA.
- With “Nosey’s Law” newly in effect in New Jersey, Garden Bros. won’t be able to force elephants and camels to perform in the Garden State. Authorities notified Garden Bros. that its advertising in the state depicts prohibited animals and rides and appears to violate the law. The letter goes on to tell the circus to update its materials immediately and inform consumers who have already bought tickets that the show will not have wild and exotic animals.
We’re glad the venues and localities above have joined the long list of ones that have already canceled Garden Bros. shows, barred it from performing with animals, or banned all animal acts. Now, more than 650 retail venues prohibit or restrict circuses with animals, and that number will continue to grow.
My comment: In Europe, there are 22 countries that have introduced wildlife prohibition or even general prohibition of animals in the circus. Germany is NOT included.
There are 17 countries worldwide, which also have wildlife prohibition in the circus.
Bolivia, for example, has general animal prohibition in circus!
But not Germany.
And Bolivia is a poor country. Bolivia is not Europe. And Bolivia has never said it has one of the best animal welfare laws in the world.
We can not name it other than that corrupt politicians has made Germany a circus number worldwide.
My best regards to all, Venus