Wausau dog torture sparks national outrage | Green Bay Press Gazette

WAUSAU — The story of a Wausau woman accused of torturing and killing her boyfriend’s dog has sparked local and national outrage, inspired the creation of a Facebook page in the animal’s memory and prompted a petition calling for harsh penalties in the case.

Sean Janas, 20, is accused of causing the death of 4-year-old Mary, a shepherd-Labrador mix police say belonged to her boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, Janas was charged Monday with felony mistreatment and poisoning of an animal after police were given a copy of a diary that contained detailed entries Janas wrote about poisoning Mary with Drano, bleach and pills. She faces more than five years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of all the charges against her.

There will be a preliminary hearing held at the Marathon County Courthouse (Branch 5 Courtroom, First Floor) at 500 Forest Street Wausau, WI on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

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The Badger Herald: Mehre misinformed on PETA

In his column “PETA slanders UW scientists,” passionate but woefully misinformed student Jared Mehre made a series of sweeping, untruthful claims in defense of cruel and deadly experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin. The record should be set straight.

An orange tabby cat named Double Trouble — who was named by UW faculty and staff, not by PETA — had her head cut open, a restraint device screwed to her skull and cochlear devices implanted in her ears. She was intentionally deafened with injections of toxic chemicals and was starved for up to six days at a time in order to force her to cooperate in experiments. The horrible photos UW staff took of Double Trouble — and fought for more than three years to keep secret — show her with a steel rod and wires protruding from her head with one of her eyes half-closed because her face was partially paralyzed by a sloppy surgery. During one invasive surgery on her head, records note her anesthetic mask came off and she “showed signs of waking.” These are sad facts UW provided through its own records.

Double Trouble’s treatment and progress records clearly show experimenters killed and decapitated her because she became too sick to continue and because the cochlear implants didn’t work — not because the experiment was completed or deemed a success. On the contrary, it was actually a failure. The experiment has never been published in any peer-reviewed scientific journal nor has any UW experiment involving cochlear implants on cats. The university’s suggestion Double Trouble’s suffering has benefited the field of human hearing research is a self-serving revision of history.

The USDA has not determined that UW’s cruel experiments on cats are cruel or unethical — that isn’t the agency’s job. They simply found that UW didn’t violate the law — a law that allows animals to be burned, crippled and poisoned to death, a law which permits animals to be electrocuted and addicted to drugs like cocaine and heroin as long as the right paperwork is filled out. Both PETA and a former veterinarian who worked in the laboratory dispute the USDA’s findings and have provided them with additional information to assist in their potential reevaluation of the case.

Cats have the capacity to feel pleasure, pain and suffering whether they are adopted from shelters into loving families or have the misfortune to be born into a life of misery in a laboratory. To suggest the latter do not deserve the same protection as the feline companions in our homes is nonsensical. It is analogous to saying dogs bred and abused by horrendous dogfighting operations should not elicit our defense, compassion or support because they were “born to do this.”

Outside of a laboratory, what UW did to Double Trouble and dozens of other cats would likely be considered a felony. The school knows this, and that’s precisely why last year they sneakily helped push through a law that prevents any abuse they commit against animals in their laboratories from being punished under state cruelty statutes even if it violates federal law.

Thankfully, despite the fear-mongering, obfuscation and propaganda from UW and its desperate experimenters, the public increasingly recognizes experimentation on animals for the cruelty and wastefulness that it is. Outraged by the disturbing photos of Double Trouble, more than 170,000 people have written to the National Institutes of Health asking for taxpayer funding for the experiments to be cut. They are not anomalies. Independent Gallup polls show that more than half of college-aged students are now morally opposed to experiments on animals for any reason and this number has dramatically increased over the last decade. More than half of women oppose the practice, as do more than 40 percent of adults overall.

The tide is quickly turning against animal experimentation for ethical, scientific and economic reasons. Nothing will change the horrible fate Double Trouble met at UW, but Americans are already demanding public policy be modernized to reflect their growing objection to the practice. It’s only a matter of time before UW faculty and staff who make their living tormenting animals in laboratories find themselves without government or private funders willing to defend and bankroll their cruel trade.

Justin Goodman is the associate director of laboratory investigations at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The Badger Herald: Mehre misinformed on PETA.

More hunting, trapping in state parks starts Jan. 1

A greatly expanded hunting and trapping plan in state parks will be legal starting New Year’s Day, so officials want your input on how to implement the new regulations.

The Natural Resources Board, governing body of the Department of Natural Resources, will hold five listening sessions in October and November, gauging public opinion on Act 168, commonly called the Sporting Heritage Bill, which takes effect Jan.1, 2013.

The law, passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in April, will essentially expand hunting and trapping in state parks from beyond the current hunt for deer and turkey to include virtually all major hunting seasons, from fall up to Memorial Day weekend.

The listening sessions will all begin at 6:30 p.m. and attendees that would like to speak or submit written comments should sign up at the door on arriving at the session. Locations are:

Oct. 29, Fitchburg – Quality Inn and Suites, 2969 Cahill Main.

Oct. 30, Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

Nov. 5, Merrill – Merrill High School, 1201 N. Sales St.

Nov. 8, Appleton – The Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College Campus, 5 Systems Drive

Nov. 13, West Allis – Tommy Thompson Youth Center (State Fair Park), 640 S. 84th St

Please attend one of these sessions and let the DNR know that the majority of Wisconsinites are not in favor of hunting or trapping in Wisconsin state parks.

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More hunting, trapping in state parks starts Jan. 1.

Health Officials: Keep Your Pets Safe During Halloween

Good Halloween advice from Dr. Yvonne Bellay, Dr. Yvonne Bellay, the State Humane Officer and staff epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

If you’re planning to dress up your pet for Halloween, animal-health officials ask that you keep safety in mind.

Yvonne Bellay is with Wisconsin’s consumer-protection agency. She says costumes that look cute on dogs and cats could actually endanger their health.

She says some animals get stressed or have allergic reactions to costumes. She suggests that pet owners try the costumes on their animals before Halloween to see whether the experience distresses them.

She also recommends avoiding masks on pets, or at least using masks with large enough holes not to restrict their vision or breathing.

Other possible Halloween dangers include:

– Dangling costume pieces that can be choking hazards

– Access to chocolate, which is toxic to some pets

– Lit jack-o’-lanterns, which can be fire hazards.

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Health Officials: Keep Your Pets Safe During Halloween | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Virtual Gestation Crate

From the people who brought you The Virtual Battery Cage and the Slaughter Rate of Chickens, Pigs, and Cows in the US comes the Virtual Gestation Crate, intensive confinement through the eyes of a pig.

Click the image above for a virtual experience. Then read what you can do next.

The Virtual Gestation Crate :: AnimalVisuals.org :: Visual Resources For Animals.

Karen Carlson: Animal rights activists using democratic process to change minds

Dear Editor: Thanks for the Oct. 10 Cap Times cover story on animals used in research.

University of California-San Diego professor of neuroscience and pathology Lawrence Hansen said it best: Where’s the line and who gets to set it? Obviously there are some lines — we don’t use human subjects anymore for invasive research methods. But unfortunately, those who get to set the line are deeply invested in animal research. To UW researcher Peter Lipton: Yes, it’s hard to have your research criticized when it’s within the law. You say use the democratic process.

But guess what — we are! All great social changes are preceded by citizen action before the changes in the law. Think about the marches (and jails and forced feeding) that preceded women’s suffrage, the underground railroad before slavery laws were changed. For those of us who oppose using animals, we use citizen action to inform and persuade the public in anticipation that the laws will eventually change.

Karen Carlson

Karen Carlson: Animal rights activists using democratic process to change minds.

Broom Street Theater

Seeking Flight

Written by Joan Broadman, directed by Malissa Lamont and Heather Renken
October 19th-November 10th

Confined to a lab, Monty and Enzi are African gray parrots being used in experiments that test their ability to speak English and form concepts. Monty was born in captivity, but Enzi once lived free, in the Congolese rainforest. Seeking the freedom that would allow them to fulfill their parrot nature, Enzi urges Monty to join him in rebellion. A whimsical play with song and poetry, Broadman’s delightful comedy will enchant while exploring animal rights and how we learn.

Joan Broadman has written 14 plays, 10 of which have been produced. Her plays have been performed in 11 states and Australia. Her awards include “Excellence in Playwriting” from the Theatre Association of New York State, second prize in the International Jewish Short Play Competition, first prize in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, and first prize in the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest. Broadman is a student in UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Seeking Flight stars Broom Street veterans Joe Lutz, Luke Kokinos, Jan Levine Thal and introduces Lindsey Hoel Neds to the BST Boards.

Opening weekend is October 19th and 20th at 8:00pm and runs Thursdays-Saturday nights at 8:00pm thru November 10th. Tickets are $9.00 at the door. Air conditioning. Wheelchair accessible. Comfortable Seating. (608) 244-8338 for reservations.

Broom Street Theater.

Debate over cat testing | HLNtv.com

Eric Sandgren says PETA’s claims were misleading. The pictures say it all.

PETA is taking on the University of Wisconsin-Madison over cat testing that they say is cruel. Tonight, Jane Velez-Mitchell moderates a heated debate between both sides.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals battled to release photos of a cat they say was named “Double Trouble” undergoing what they call useless and cruel experiments. And on the other side, the university defends their cat testing saying it’s necessary for the progression of science and that PETA’s claims are unsubstantiated and flawed. Watch as Jane moderates the heated debate.

Debate over cat testing | HLNtv.com.

Can animal rights advocates, researchers ever find middle ground?

When it comes to debating the merits of animal research taking place on the UW-Madison campus, there may well be middle ground on which the masses can agree.

But like so many political issues these days, it’s the folks who are most heavily invested in a topic that tend to dominate the discussion.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals garnered headlines last month by accusing UW-Madison researchers of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act in a study that uses cats to examine the link between hearing and eye movements. Among the allegations leveled: Proper procedures weren’t taken to prevent distress and pain for the animals; the university didn’t consider alternatives to procedures that may cause pain; and no appropriate rationale was given for using animals.

According to the university protocol describing the research, auditory studies at UW-Madison date back three decades, with an average of 30 cats per year being used. PETA highlighted the plight of an orange tabby named Double Trouble, who underwent surgeries in 2008. The animal rights group said a steel post was implanted in the cat’s head, steel coils put in its eyes and cochlear implants in its ears. The cat was later euthanized after getting an infection following one of the surgeries. And if this information alone doesn’t play on your emotions, PETA also released photos of the cat that are sure to elicit a reflexive response.

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Table Talk: Eldorado wins big at the vegan chili cook-off : 77-square

The ninth annual Alliance for Animals’ Vegan Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction drew a crowd of some 160 people to the East Side Club this past weekend.

Attendees sampled chilis from seven local restaurants, and I was lucky enough to be one of the judges.

Most of the entrants made traditional chilis, some of which employed seitan for extra protein. The Green Owl made the mildest chili, full of red and green peppers, kidney beans and crunchy celery. A hearty chili from the vegetarian Dandelion Food Cart added chard into the mix.

Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace and Weary Traveler Free House made classic versions, the former with lots of onion and the latter topped with a sweet, dense cornbread.

Some competitors stacked the deck with elaborate toppings. Monty’s Blue Plate Diner offered a pureed green chili with visible hot pepper seeds, piling it with a tropical salsa of mango, red onion, jalapeño and cilantro.

Two years in a row, my favorite chili was made by Bunky’s Cafe. At the 2011 event, one of the owners made a Moroccan-style chili with garbanzo beans, topped with lemon and cilantro. It was different and delicious.

This year, Bunky’s chef Jesse Matz got carte blanche from his bosses, so he made a Thai chili. Bright red with a swirl of “cream” and what looked like a sprig of lemongrass, this chili had a lively heat and chewy wild mushrooms. I absolutely loved it.

But this year’s big winner was Eldorado Grill, which took home both the Judges’ and People’s Choice awards. Their version had tons of tomatoes, a gorgeous avocado topping and a pronounced smoky heat — if I hadn’t been surrounded by vegans, I would have sworn that creator Taylor Anderson had put bacon in it, it was that meaty.

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Table Talk: Eldorado wins big at the vegan chili cook-off : 77-square.