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Before I share the grueling animal testing segment from CTV’s W5, let me note that I have been offline since Friday, at a natural products expo, and would like to apologize to those of you who had letters bounce after being sent to the National Post address I offered. I am glad quite a few people seem to have worked out that the address was missing the “s” at the end of the word “letters.” Thank you!

And I would have liked to have sent Saturday’s front page Toronto Star article out to you (particularly to my Canadians) more quickly, but letters are still appropriate. The article is about that stunning animal testing story, which aired on CTV’s W5 on Saturday. As that is a weekly show, the episode is currently featured on the website and we are not at all late for feedback. 
I wonder how most Canadians watching CTV’s popular news magazine show, W5, on Saturday March 11, responded to the half hour segment, “Undercover investigation reveals what goes on inside Montreal animal research lab.” I warn you that it is hard to watch — beagles being repeatedly slapped in the face, or frothing at the mouth and vomiting after having ingested poisons, and monkeys wallowing in cages or struggling in restraints. And it is hard to listen to, as pigs have their backs burned with chemicals. But it is important to watch and to especially to share, and so important to thank W5 for the coverage. You’ll find it on line at 

http://tinyurl.com/hrvgcx8 

And W5 says:

“You can e-mail your comments or questions to W5@ctv.ca Every e-mail is read and acknowledged by W5’s producers. Due to the volume of mail received if you have a specific question or story proposal please be patient.”

Please take just a moment to thank the producers: W5@ctv.ca

And Canadians (and others who are moved) please respond to Kevin Newman’s story about the segment, which was on the front page of Saturday’s Toronto Star. Here is just a small section of the lengthy article, titled, “Undercover at the animal test lab; Hidden cameras capture scenes of apparent abuse of dogs, pigs, monkeys in Montreal-based lab”:

“Last Chance for Animals’ undercover footage provides what is believed to be the first inside look at a Canadian testing facility and focuses attention on an industry, largely unregulated, that makes animals sick so humans won’t be.

“The public rarely gets to see what the animals endure. While animal testing is legal, it is nevertheless very upsetting to watch.

“Every year in Canada, an estimated three and a half million animals are used by science, some of them exposed to experimental drugs, household products and even cosmetics to test their tolerance to them.

“The vast majority are mice, fish and birds, but 12,000 dogs and 5,000 monkeys are also involved in more advanced testing. The animals are bred for the purpose, sold to the labs, and live very short and often painful lives.”

You’ll find the full article on line at http://tinyurl.com/zf9fy8d 

Letters to the Editor go to lettertoed@thestar.ca The Star notes: “Letters must include full name, address and all phone numbers of sender (daytime, evening and cellphone). Street names and phone numbers will not be published. We reserve the right to edit letters, which typically run 50-150 words.”

While I noted above that the story is hard to watch, its having appeared on a popular half hour news show, and on the front page of one of the world’s leading papers, is truly encouraging. We have a long way to go as we strive for animal liberation, but we are making great strides, and the pace at which we are making them is heating up. Thank you for being part of the good fight. 

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