During the first quarter of 2022, the Greg Fund issued grants to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) for the 7th consecutive year.
Below are details of those outbound grants, followed by a heartfelt thank you to individuals who generously donated into the Fund during the quarter.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Greg Fund grants focused on the following three programs in Q1:
Ukraine Rescue and Relief
Beginning February 27, PETA Deutschland worked in three ways for Ukrainian cats and dogs — and their humans:
1) Petitioning countries receiving Ukrainian refugees to relax entry requirements for arrival with cats and dogs. While details varied by country, the response across Europe was almost universally favorable.
2) Working with animal rescue groups in and around Ukraine to transport cats and dogs out of the country — altogether, moving more than 1,000 animals to Germany, Poland and other countries to be reunited with their original human families or adopted by new families.
3) Delivering animal food to Ukrainian shelters — more than 260,000 pounds of dog and cat food were delivered by truck and train to Odessa, Lviv and other locations.
Protecting Virginia Animals Bred for Experiments
In 2021, PETA published findings from its undercover investigation of Envigo — a major Virginia supplier of dogs and other animals for government, academic, and corporate research — revealing numerous examples of abuse and neglect, including 300 puppies who died of “unknown causes.”
In Q1 2022, PETA worked with the Virginia Coalition for Beagle Protection and the state legislature to win unanimous passage of five bills to protect dogs and cats who are bred for experiments — bills that were signed into law by Governor Glenn Youngkin on April 4.
The journal Science described these new laws as providing “a road map to states who want to shut down the cruelest operators” in cases where the USDA, which should be responsible, does not act quickly enough.
Protecting New York Race Horses
PETA and fellow members of the Coalition to End Horse Racing Subsidies defeated the New York Racing Association’s bid for legislative approval of a $450 million bond issue to redevelop Belmont Park (where my own rescued horse Charlie was raced). The Coalition now continues working to prevent that bond from being amended to the state budget.
Two bills supported by PETA and the Coalition, to redirect racing subsidies to education and eliminate a sales tax exemption for buying racehorses, continued to gather support from New York legislators.
An Albany Times-Union’s investigative series revealed racing’s dark underside — from drugs to horse deaths to corruption — and how New York racing has been propped up by more than $2.9 billion in state taxpayer dollars and government-directed benefits since 2008.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
A Greg Fund grant sponsored the Physicians Committee’s Exam Room Podcast for the 4th consecutive year, to create a healthier world through plant-based nutrition. To date, the podcast has been downloaded more than 7 million times!
Q1 2022 sponsored episodes include these Live Q&A sessions with Physicians Committee founder and president Dr. Neal Barnard:
- Foods That Help Diabetes Naturally (3/31/22)
- Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally (3/17/22)
- Foods That Can Make You Happy and Fight Depression (3/10/22)
- Dairy is Unhealthy? Convince Me (3/1/22)
- Rethinking Olive Oil (Again) – Fatty but Healthy? (1/20/22)
Last but not least — THANK YOU! — to the following generous people who helped support the above initiatives by donating into the Greg Fund in Q1 2022:
- Malita Kim
- Susan Johnson
- Stephanie Jones in memory of Betty White
- Emily Perryman
- Keith Kemplin
- Andrea Dyar
- Lindsey Sanders