PETA's undercover investigation of Envigo — a major Cumberland, Virginia supplier of dogs and other animals for government, academic, and corporate research — revealed numerous examples of abuse and neglect, including 300 puppies who died of “unknown causes.”
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 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.
Then, a U.S. District Court permanently barred Envigo from breeding and raising dogs for sale and experimenting on animals -- and Envigo’s parent company, Inotiv, announced that it would close the Cumberland, Virginia facility. Under a US Department of Justice plan, approximately 4,000 surviving dogs were released for adoption.
The Fund marked its half-million milestone in 2021: altogether $514,476 in grants have been issued since its founding on Earth Day 2016!
2021 grantees were: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, White Coat Waste Project, Faunalytics, and Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Previous grantees also included: Animal Place, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, Compassion Over Killing (now Animal Outlook), Good Food Institute, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, HOWS Project, Virginia Beach SPCA, Beagle Freedom Project, Vegan Outreach, Lost Dog & Cat Foundation, and Have a Heart Farm.
PETA‘s campaign to end cruelty toward race horses — a major grantee of this Fund since 2016 — joined a coalition working to redirect New York State subsidies away from the horse racing industry and toward vital public education and social services. After a PETA-funded survey found 83% public support, New York State legislators introduced a new bill targeting $230 million in annual New York State horse racing subsidies, the highest in the United States.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (S. 4547/H.R. 1754) was signed into law on December 27, as part of an omnibus government funding and pandemic aid package. An early impetus for this legislation was PETA‘s 2013 investigation into treatment of racehorses including Charlie’s Quest, who we jointly rescued. The bill then advanced all the way through Congress — rare for an animal protection bill. PETA’s multi-pronged campaign to end drugging and other cruel racehorse treatment — which this Fund has long supported — was cited by The Washington Post editorial board among others, as the bill advanced to passage.
PETA's Community Animal Project successfully worked during Virginia's 2020 legislative session to pass SB 272 in the House and Senate, mandating shelter in temperatures of 32° F or lower or 85° F or higher, or during a severe weather warning. The bill, which also increases the minimum tether length from 10 to 15 feet, builds on 2019 SB 1025 which PETA also championed. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law on April 9, and it went into effect on July 1, 2020.
In a first-of-its kind lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey and financed by PETA, a harness-racing bettor received $20,000 to settle his claim that he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016. This sets an important precedent for more bettor litigation, putting trainers and owners on notice that there is a price to pay for drugging horses. The bettor has also agreed to donate more than 1/3 of his settlement proceeds to a racehorse adoption program - a double win for racehorses!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an historic decision to eliminate all chemical testing on mammals by 2035, and to immediately begin the transition to more modern and effective methods.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been working toward this outcome for decades, and White Coat Waste Project has also been campaigning for this result in recent years. All three organizations were represented at the news conference where EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the plan.
Thanks to the White Coat Waste Project, a bipartisan coalition of over 50 US Congresspeople, and a nationwide network of animal welfare and taxpayer advocates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture halted kitten experiments that had killed over 3,000 animals since 1982, and agreed to adopt out 14 surviving cats.
PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty successfully advocated for a ban on whips and race-day medications at Stronach Group California racetracks, and an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, after dozens of horses died in one season at Santa Anita Park.
Through collaboration with another private donor, Food for Thought--A Program of Animal Place began offering Event Grants to animal and environmental organizations for piloting all-vegan events. Greg Fund outreach prompted many wildlife and environmental groups to plan 100% plant-based events; the first Event Grant in this category was awarded for an international gathering of young climate journalists.
PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty introduced a new technology that allows bettors to donate for racehorse aftercare, to prevent these horses being sent to slaughter in Canada or Mexico.
The Greg Fund partnered with Animal Place to publish a new Food for Thought wildlife/environmental brochure, and then issued Policy Grants to ten organizations that newly formalized vegan or vegetarian menu policies.
The Greg Fund worked with PETA's Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty, rescuing racehorse Charlie’s Quest when he was at imminent risk of breaking down on the track, and then providing two months of rehabilitative care prior to Greg's widow Alysoun adopting Charlie in September.
The Greg Fund partnered with Food for Thought – A Program of Animal Place to establish a new program arm focused on wildlife and environmental organizations. The partnership produced endorsements from 31 organizations with existing vegan or vegetarian menu policies and guided three new organizations to adopt vegan menu policies.