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Just when we thought Jane Velez-Mitchell couldn’t get any cooler…

Tonight, the host of HLN’s ISSUES will devote an entire hour-long episode to animals and how they are treated in society. Entitled, “Jane’s Fight for Animal Rights,” the show will spotlight the work of animal organizations and feature conversations about important animal-related topics, including:

Of course, we’re also excited to hear that Velez-Mitchell will be joined by a myriad of celebrity guests, including Bob Barker, Pierce Brosnan and vegan actress Jorja Fox.

Sound like something you’d like to check out? Tune into ISSUES tonight at 7 p.m. (ET) on HLN!

  • http://www.animalfreedomday.com Animal Freedom Day

    Woody Harrelson, Nigel Barker and David Suzuki support an 18 year old’s dream for Animal Freedom Day

    International — On July 24th 2010 the world will unite to free animals from abuse, torture and neglect.

    Nadia Masoudi an 18 year old film-maker / animal activist from Hamilton, Ontario Canada has organized the world’s first online Animal Freedom Day. To find out more about Animal Freedom Day please visit: http://www.animalfreedomday.com

    This event has brought global attention to some of the most influential celebrities of our time. Some of whom who show support include; Woody Harrelson, Nigel Barker, David Suzuki, Georges Laraque and more.

  • Vonnie Bejot Chinn

    I have joined PETA and written letters to Ohio University against the use of Animals in Research. I received This letter and here is my responses to them. If you would like mt to forward the email I can do so just need an email address to forward to. Here is the email. And Thank You for taking the time to Save the Animals
    Sincerely
    Vonnie Chinn

    Ms. Chinn:

    You certainly do have the right to hold this position. You do not have the right to impose that opinion on others who disagree. The use of animals in research at Ohio State is done in accordance of all federal, state, local and institutional guidelines and regulations. You may not believe that to be significant but we certainly do. Any single individual certainly has the right to refuse any medication or treatment derived from the use of animals, but that is a personal decision and one that cannot be mandated onto others who do not agree with that stance.

    Earle

    At 01:02 PM 9/13/2010, you wrote:

    Dear Mr. Holland
    I don’t Think you understand me. I am a cardiac person. Have had 4 major heart surgeries and I STILL do not want animals used for ANY reason or any excuse in ANY experimentation good or bad. It’s not right and it’s not fair to them. Believe You me I probably know more about the heart then you ever will since I’m the one being cut open and am an experiment myself. You are way off base if you think Animals can and should be used in Inhumane and non inhumane research. In my book if you think God put animals here for us to experiment you are way off base too. I will make sure any Doctor (of which I see many) and any pharmaceutical vendor ( I take many medicines) will no longer use your facility. I do believe PETA and the ASPCA know what they are talking about. And I do know that animals are abused as a result of experimentation. You are just writing it off because you are unwilling to use other methods of research. More humane ways are available. I will if I have to go off any and all medications that are associated in any way with the research of animals. AND I MIGHT DIE but at least it is something I can do to voice how I feel and to demonstrate my respect for animals of which you obviously have none. You are cold an unfeeling. So give me a break I’m not stupid and I do know quite a bit about heart, health and other issues.
    Sincerely
    Vonnie Chinn
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    From: Earle Holland
    Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 6:57 AM
    To: Vonnie Chinn
    Subject: Re: use and abuse of Animals in the name of research

    An Open Letter from Ohio State University

    Recent efforts by animal rights groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have generated a cascade of emails, phone calls and other complaints opposing a long-running research study into the causes of sudden cardiac death.

    At the root of the opposition is the fact that dogs are, and have been, used as the animal model in this research and that some individuals perceive such use of these animals as cruel and inhumane. Ohio State has responded to each and every message concerning this research, providing factual information to better explain the value and importance of this work to both human and animal health.

    A key to the passion fueling opposition to this work is the misrepresentation that PETA has made of the substance of the research. By inaccurately defining the work as showing that “exercise strengthens the heart,” PETA and others are misleading well-meaning and concerned individuals into thinking the research is stating the obvious. Sadly, hundreds of conscientious citizens have unquestioningly accepted this explanation of the research, seeing the studies as having little value.

    In truth, the study is an attempt to understand the biochemical and cellular mechanisms which lead to sudden cardiac death, and to suggest possible methods of curtailing such damage. PETA’s decision to define the research as they have either shows a profound ignorance of the science involved, or a cold, calculated effort to mislead and confuse the public for its own gains.

    A lay explanation of this work – a copy of which PETA has long had in its possession – explains the work fully:

    Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death in Western Countries. In the United States alone, nearly 400,000 people die each year due to this heart disease. The sudden death in these people results from a change in the normal rhythmic beating of the heart known as ventricular fibrillation. During ventricular fibrillation, the heart cells do not act together and, as a result, the heart no longer pumps blood. If the normal heartbeat is not rapidly restored, death will result in a few minutes. It is, therefore, very important to understand what causes these life-threatening changes in the beating of the heart so that new drugs or other techniques can be used to prevent the ventricular fibrillation from occurring in the first place.

    It is known that sudden death is much lower in individuals that eat meals that have high amounts of fish or other foods that contain a group of fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. However, how these fats prevent the changes in cardiac rhythm that lead to sudden death are not known. It is likely that these fats alter the electrical activity of the heart by regulating the movement of potassium and/or calcium into and out of the heart muscle cells. Therefore, it is the purpose of this study to investigate first, the effects of a diet that contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids on ventricular fibrillation and then, to determine how these diets alter the heart cell chemistry to prevent this life-threatening change in the rhythmic beating of the heart. By understanding how changes in diet can protect the heart, it may be possible to develop better drugs to prevent the development of these fatal changes in the rhythmic beating of the heart. These new drugs could reduce premature deaths in heart patients.

    Uncovering the actual mechanism whereby omega-3 fatty acids provide protection for heart muscle tissue could have substantive health benefits to the thousands of Americans at risk for heart attacks.

    PETA, and those who have believed their misinformation, have argued that the use of animals in such research is unnecessary since there are alternatives available. However, as a matter of routine, researchers are required to search the existing medical literature, prior to their projects gaining approval, looking for previous work which successfully used alternatives to animals. In the case of this project, researchers searched more than 50 years of references in MEDLINE, PUBMED and the SCIENCE CITATION Index seeking such alternatives and found none.

    No alternatives – computer simulations or other techniques – are currently available to replace the use of animals in this work.

    Some opponents to this work have argued in favor of the use of humans, in lieu of animals, in such studies but both important ethical concerns and stringent regulatory constraints would prohibit human participation in such studies at this stage.

    This work — as does all research involving animals at Ohio State University — meets the standards required by federal, state, local and institutional regulations, and operates under the oversight of a federally mandated Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

    Ohio State’s animal programs are also fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). The University voluntarily submits to this oversight.

    Lastly, in 2009, both the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare(OLAW), a part of the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated the research in question and found that allegations by PETA and others alleging wrongdoing were baseless.

    We at Ohio State University understand that reasonable people can hold different points of view and we assume that those opposing this research do so with what they believe are the best interests of society at heart. However, as a major national research university dedicated to the use of science for the betterment of humanity, we will continue to make appropriate use of animals in our research, at the same time, adhering to all regulations governing the care and welfare of those creatures in our charge.

    At 09:03 AM 9/13/2010, you wrote:

    I am a very disabled lady who is in need of medical care. BUT I do NOT want it to be at an animal’s expense. I would rather DIE than to have an animal abused and tortured at my expense. We are nothing if we treat animals in such a way as this. Please Put a stop to ANY animal being used and abused from this horrible epidemic of ANIMAL CRUELTY in the name of research of any kind. It is by far more stressful for me to see the abuse and torment of animals than for anything else with one exception and that is abortion. Do not do this in the NAME of research. It’s just outright cruelty. I encourage you to find better methods of research than the use of animals. If you really care about people you will cease this practice.
    Sincerely
    Vonnie Chinn

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    Columbus, OH 43212-1153
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