Day: January 23, 2021

Taiwan: Be A Voice for Animals – The TFDA is Now Accepting Public Comments on a Regulation Through Till March 1.

photo of forced swim test

As we told you earlier, after hearing from PETA, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) took the historic step of deleting outrageous animal tests—including drowning mice and rats and making them run to exhaustion on an electrified treadmill—from its draft regulation for marketing foods and beverages using dubious anti-fatigue health claims.

The TFDA is now accepting public comments on the regulation through March 1, before finalizing its decision. Please contact the agency to help ensure that it deletes these animal tests in the final version of the regulation.

ACT NOW to speak up for animals suffering in these experiments before the MARCH 1 deadline.


URGENT: Help Finalize Taiwan Ban on Drowning, Shock Tests on Animals | PETA

URGENT: Help Finalize Taiwan Ban on Drowning, Shock Tests on Animals

Following years of pressure from PETA, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has announced a groundbreaking decision to delete all animal tests—including drowning mice and rats and making them run to exhaustion on an electrified treadmill—from its draft regulation for marketing foods and beverages using dubious anti-fatigue health claims.

The agency is now accepting public comments through March 1 before finalizing its decision, and it needs to hear from you.

Prior to the TFDA’s announcement of its decision to remove the animal tests from its draft regulation, the agency had endorsed these horrific experiments, which are irrelevant to human health, and PETA sent the TFDA a detailed scientific critique of these tests at the agency’s request.

If the final draft regulation is approved as is after the public comment period ends, for companies that want to make anti-fatigue health claims for marketing food and beverage products, only safe and effective human tests would be required and allowed.

Permanently removing animal testing from the draft regulation would save countless animals’ lives.

During the notorious forced swim test, experimenters fed mice or rats large quantities of the test foods and then starved them for up to 24 hours. Afterward, experimenters dropped them into beakers filled with water and observed how long they struggled before they drowned or remained underwater for eight consecutive seconds. If the animals learned to float and conserve energy, experimenters would stir the water to force them to struggle. To speed up the drowning process, experimenters tied lead wires to animals in order to make it harder for them to swim.

photo of rat in a cage

During the treadmill-running test, experimenters also fed rats large quantities of the test foods and then put the animals on treadmills equipped with electrified plates. Experimenters forced them to run at increasing speeds and on steepening inclines and observed how long it took for them to choose repeated electrocution over continuing to run. At the trials’ end, experimenters killed and dissected them.

Not only is animal experimentation cruel, it’s also a colossal failure. Specifically, 90% of animal tests fail to lead to treatments for humans and more than 95% of new pharmaceutical drugs that test safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials.

Rats, a preferred target of experimenters worldwide, are highly intelligent. They are natural students who excel at learning and understanding concepts and are at least as capable of thinking about problems and figuring them out as dogs. They have excellent memories, and once they learn a navigation route, they never forget it.

Please TAKE ACTION (link above) and let the TFDA know that you support its deletion of animal testing from the draft regulation for anti-fatigue health claims and that you support keeping such testing banned in the final version of the regulation.

Berlin: Coral World is cruel world!

A marine aquarium is to be built by an Israeli investor in Berlin Lichtenberg the Rummelsburger Bucht: Coral World.

According to media reports, the exhibition of marine animals, corals, and tropical fish – including probable sharks – is planned. Together with other organizations, we at PETA Germany call on the responsible politicians to remove the project from the development plan.
Environmental destruction, overfishing and animal suffering:

In addition to office and administrative buildings and luxury apartments, a giant aquarium called Coral World is also to be built in Rummelsburger Bucht in Berlin.
Instead of native fish, tropical fish and probably also sharks are said to swim in an aquarium in the bay.

7 reasons against building the marine aquarium in Rummelsburg Bay:

1) The construction of Coral World is driving coral reef destruction. Around 99 percent of the marine ornamental fish in large European aquariums are caught in the wild.

Numerous sea creatures die while being caught and transported: around four out of five coral fish caught in the reef die before they reach the aquarium. Dead animals are then promptly replaced by further wild-caught animals – every new large aquarium built thus contributes massively to the looting of the oceans.

2) In addition, species-appropriate keeping in the aquarium is not possible: Many marine animals cover great distances in the ocean and dive into the depths of the sea. Many ocean dwellers live in symbioses with one another, avoid each other or live in shoals.

All of these natural behaviors cannot be performed in captivity; In the aquarium, these animals therefore often develop behavior disorders, depression, and aggression.

3) In addition, the construction of a new marine aquarium is extremely harmful to the climate: the operation of such an aquarium alone wastes as much energy as hundreds of private households. In times when climate and environmental protection are increasingly in the public eye, building a tropical aquarium is provocatively damaging to the environment.

4) Visitors and especially children learn nothing about the natural behavior of these animals or about marine and nature conservation through the display of animals in captivity. Visitors are falsely conveyed that it is natural to wrest living beings from their homes and imprison them for human entertainment.

5) In the area in which the aquarium is to be built, there are strictly protected animal species that are endangered if the planned construction project is carried out. In addition, the area is important for the urban climate. The planned, legally permissible compensatory measures are questionable from the point of view of nature conservation.

6) Aquariums are being phased out: This is not only shown by falling visitor numbers, for example in the Haus des Meeres in Vienna or in Sea Life in Munich but also the vote against the large Basel project Ozeanium.

7) The implementation of the project would be a waste of taxpayers’ money. In Lichtenberg, there are more important climate protection projects or social projects in which investing tax money would be much more sensible.

Together with the organization ElasmOcean e.V. and the Fondation Franz Weber, we turned to the district mayor of Berlin Lichtenberg, his deputy, and the head of the Berlin district administration in December 2020 and demanded that they distance themselves from the planned construction of the Coral World marine aquarium.

As early as 2017, we asked the politicians in charge to designate the Rummelsburger Bucht as a water protection area.

And I mean…Water zoos are an outdated concept and isolation torture on the captive animals. Here, too, is a kind of mass animal husbandry
Animals that naturally have thousands of kilometers to choose from (even if they are perhaps more territorial) is criminal to keep this way.

In addition, 80 percent of marine animals die on the way to the aquarium, the stocks of wild-caught fish are damaged and this leads to the destruction of coral reefs.

The behavior of animals in captivity does not help anyone to develop a real ecological awareness, and at most, it gives the children the wrong idea that it is okay to cage an animal or to keep an exotic animal in the water basin.
Exotic fish, and actually all animals, can now be observed better in excellent documentation.

No creature has to be locked up for this!

My best regards to all, Venus