The Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund marked these ten milestones and more in 2018, working in collaboration with partner organizations to make the world a better place for animals — including the human sort :-). Please help to keep the momentum going in 2019 with a year-end contribution of $5 or more.
We rescued Christopher from years as a backyard dog through the teamwork of PETA’s Community Animal Project, primary recipient of Greg Fund grants; and the Virginia Beach SPCA, recipient of PETA’s 2017 Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award. Christopher came home to live with me in May.
The Greg Fund supported White Coat Waste Project’s Freedom of Information Act work to uncover an FDA nicotine addiction experiment on Gregory and 29 other monkeys, four of whom died. In January, thanks to Dr. Jane Goodall and a bipartisan U.S. Congressional coalition, the experiments were halted. In November, Gregory and his 25 surviving companions went to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary.
In June, the 2018 3rd annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award went to Stacey Vaughn Norris and The HOWS (Houses of Wood & Straw) Project – which has worked in many ways to improve life for backyard dogs in Central Virginia, most notably by building and delivering over 1,000 dog houses.
In July, based on an investigation by PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty, the New York State Gaming Commission introduced sweeping new anti-doping rules. That same investigation had led to my rescuing Charlie from the racetrack in 2016.
Animal Place’s Food for Thought program began presenting Event Grants for organizations piloting all-vegan events–the latest development with a program the Greg Fund helped expand to wildlife and environmental organizations beginning in 2016. The first grantees, in November, included an international young climate journalists workshop in Poland, and a wildlife appreciation day in New York State.
When Animal Place began performing relief work for victims of this November’s Camp Fire–the deadliest and most destructive in California history–the Greg Fund made an extra contribution in support. Animal Place has been delivering supplies to evacuation centers for both large animals and companion animals, and providing temporary shelter for some of the people and animals left homeless by the disaster.
#7 – Rescuing lab hens
This April, the Greg Fund covered costs for dozens of “broiler” hens to be moved from a fertility research lab to sanctuary, instead of being euthanized when the experiments ended. The hens went to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland, and other eastern U.S. farm sanctuaries.
This September, the PETA Emergency Rescue Team, which the Greg Fund supports, worked with local agencies in hard-hit North Carolina locations to take dogs, cats, chickens and other animals to safety.
The Greg Fund has been part of a coalition backing White Coat Waste Project in its successful multi-pronged campaign to end painful taxpayer-funded dog experimentation at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Greg Fund was just one member of a broad coalition that backed the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in co-sponsoring this bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, prohibiting the sale in California of animal-tested cosmetics.
Happy new year to all!