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Once you select a position, you’ll be directed to an online form where you’ll have an opportunity to explain a little bit more about your skills and why working for PETA or the PETA Foundation is so important to you. This section can take 30 minutes to complete, and there is no way to save your information during the process, so make sure you’ve set aside some time for this.

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Since we want to ensure the best fit, we always compare an applicant’s skill set against all open positions—because of this, duplicate or unsolicited résumés will not be considered for employment.

There are no closing dates on positions with either organization; they are open until the very best person is found.

Both PETA and the PETA Foundation are equal opportunity employers.

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For more information on working at PETA or the PETA Foundation, see our FAQ page. You will likely find your answer there.

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Cruel Envigo Facility To Close Permanently, But Dire Outlook For Remaining Dogs

A dog breeding facility for medical research with dozens of federal animal welfare violations has announced it’s permanently closing – a victory for animal advocates everywhere that’s dampened by a likely bleak outlook for the 3,000 remaining dogs, according to WRIC.

Envigo’s facility in Cumberland, Virginia, has been the subject of numerous federal complaints, news investigative reports, and an undercover investigation by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after inspectors documented malnourished, sick, and injured animals.  

Lady Freethinker also sent our petition, signed by more than 47,500 people, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging the agency to shut down the cruel breeding facility.

In May, a federal judge ordered a restraining order, then followed up in June with an order to Envigo to stop breeding dogs until coming into compliance. That same month, the company Inotiv announced the planned closure of the Cumberland facility.

The company’s statement makes no reference to the numerous, serious animal welfare violations, citing instead increasing costs for required improvements and an unwillingness to further invest in the location due to minimal profit margins.

“Cumberland comprises less than 1 percent of our total Inotiv revenue and has not contributed to profits in our research models and services segment since the acquisition,” the company said. “We will not be investing further in this facility.”

The company doesn’t detail what will happen to the estimated 3,000 dogs still at the facility – saying only that it will “implement an orderly closure plan.”

Sadly, the federal judge’s otherwise momentous order in June permits Envigo to sell at least 500 dogs to clients to fulfill its existing research contracts.

That allowance means those hundreds of dogs, who already have suffered in the documented atrocious conditions, likely are heading to additional misery at the hands of researchers, said PETA’s Vice President of Evidence Analysis Dan Paden.

Paden added that selling the animals — rather than allowing them to be put up for adoption and live out the rest of their lives in peace — is fueled by greed.

“To forgo a few thousand dollars they hope to make off these animals, given their $330 million company, they don’t need this money,” Paden told CBS 19. “This is pure greed they’re doing this for.”

Envigo has not responded to multiple media inquiries from Lady Freethinker.

In response to this horrific development, 29 lawmakers have sent a letter to Kevin Shea, the administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), asking for an immediate revocation of Envigo’s license for at least 21 days.

“Despite not having been compliant with the basic and minimal requirements of the Animal Welfare Act for almost a year now, Envigo has asked that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia allow it to continue engaging in regulated activity and sell these animals in commerce,” the letter says.

The letter’s signers – including Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County) and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax), key sponsors of the Beagle Bills recently passed into law by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to further protect dogs – encourage the USDA to “expedite enforcement actions to prevent this illegally operated facility from conducting any further regulated activity.”

Despite the Cumberland closure, Envigo still could face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per documented violation in further court proceedings.

We thank everyone who signed our petition, and we’ll keep doing all we can to advocate against the use of sentient animals in cruel experiments.

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Roxy Jacenko breaks her silence after being branded ‘cruel’ for elephant ride

Roxy Jacenko has broken her silence after being branded cruel for letting her daughter and son ride elephants at a beach in Thailand.

The celebrity publicist, 42, who is currently holidaying in Phuket with Pixie, 10, and Hunter, 8, was accused of supporting Thailand’s notoriously cruel elephant entertainment industry. 

But the star has claimed she had ‘no idea’ she had done anything wrong until the backlash – and has since removed the post.

Roxy Jacenko (pictured) has landed herself in hot water by uploading an Instagram video of her daughter Pixie, 10, and son Hunter, eight, riding elephants at a beach in Thailand

‘I am genuinely shocked – I had NO idea, if I did, I obviously wouldn’t have participated and educated the children on the topic as to why they couldn’t take part,’ she told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday evening. 

‘This is our first trip to Phuket, and it’s been a remarkable experience overall, when we saw the two elephants on the beach, adjacent to where we are staying, the kids were overjoyed – having never had an experience to get so close to such a remarkable animal and being genuine animal lovers.

Roxy went on to add that she saw the comments, read up on the subject and subsequently removed the images swiftly from her social media.

The celebrity publicist, who is currently holidaying in Phuket with her children (pictured here on the elephants) has been accused of supporting Thailand's notoriously cruel elephant entertainment industry

The celebrity publicist, who is currently holidaying in Phuket with her children (pictured here on the elephants) has been accused of supporting Thailand’s notoriously cruel elephant entertainment industry

'What an amazing experience', she captioned the clip, adding the Thai flag emoji

‘What an amazing experience’, she captioned the clip, adding the Thai flag emoji

Roxy was quickly slammed by users commenting on her post

Roxy was quickly slammed by users commenting on her post

‘I have removed the posts and am now very aware why it would have caused upset which was unintentional,’ Roxy closed her statement.

Earlier in the day, Roxy’s followers were left infuriated after she captioned the video of her kids riding elephants, ‘What an amazing experience’.

‘Amazing? This is cruel and should be banned!’ one commented.  

‘Please do not promote elephant tourism. They need to be protected, not used for our entertainment. The kids will gain much more by being educated about this’, another wrote. 

Only one user came to Roxy's defence, writing: 'Woah calm down everyone, she’s done nothing wrong!! 'I bet you all eat meat and wear leather so don’t be hypocrites!! @roxyjacenko enjoy your holidays never mind the [self] righteous haters'

Only one user came to Roxy’s defence, writing: ‘Woah calm down everyone, she’s done nothing wrong!! ‘I bet you all eat meat and wear leather so don’t be hypocrites!! @roxyjacenko enjoy your holidays never mind the [self] righteous haters’

One person  pointed out that the elephants looked to be ‘tied together’ in the video, before adding: ‘Oh dear lord wish I could unsee [this].’ 

Several critics threatened to unfollow Roxy’s account while others urged her to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary instead. 

A handful of users gave Roxy the benefit of the doubt however, politely asking her to reconsider riding elephants in future. 

Roxy is pictured with her two children - Pixie, 10, and Hunter, 8

Roxy is pictured with her two children – Pixie, 10, and Hunter, 8

‘I am sure your kids loved it and were very gentle but it is important to understand the unkind training behind this,’ someone advised. 

‘Maybe an error in judgment in participating in this experience. Please don’t be an advocate for breaking the souls of these innocent animals,’ another user begged. 

Only one user came to Roxy’s defence, writing: ‘Woah calm down everyone, she’s done nothing wrong!!

‘I bet you all eat meat and wear leather so don’t be hypocrites!! @roxyjacenko enjoy your holidays never mind the [self] righteous haters,’ they added. 

The cruelty of Thailand's elephant entertainment industry is well document. The country's elephants were once used to haul teak for the prosperous logging industry, but when machinery was developed to do this job instead, locals looked to put their animals to a different use. Elephants are pictured at a tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand's north

The cruelty of Thailand’s elephant entertainment industry is well document. The country’s elephants were once used to haul teak for the prosperous logging industry, but when machinery was developed to do this job instead, locals looked to put their animals to a different use. Elephants are pictured at a tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north 

The cruelty of Thailand’s elephant entertainment industry is well documented. 

The country’s elephants once hauled teak for the prosperous logging industry but when machinery was developed, locals put the animals to a different use.

Elephants became a major attraction and now over 12.8 million tourists a year travel to Thailand to ride, wash and take selfies with elephants.

The life of a ‘domesticated’ elephant begins with a process called ‘crushing’ that is every bit as unpleasant as it sounds.

Animals are tied to short chains, beaten with bull hooks and other sharp implements and underfed in order to make them behave. This continues for the rest of their lives in captivity.

The animals are often forced to perform circus tricks in front of tourists. Elephants are pictured performing with hoops and nooses around their necks at a tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand's north

The animals are often forced to perform circus tricks in front of tourists. Elephants are pictured performing with hoops and nooses around their necks at a tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north

INSIDE THAILAND’S ELEPHANT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY 

Every year 12.8 million tourists travel to Thailand with the specific intention of interacting with elephants as part of their trip, according to a survey from World Animal Protection. 

There are believed to be at least 3,000 elephants used in entertainment tourism throughout Asia for – with 77 per cent living in cruel and inadequate conditions, the organisation claims. 

Most tourists believe the elephants have been domesticated ethically, but in fact most are captured from their herds in the wild or seized from their mothers when they are only babies.

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Animal Cruelty Investigation Look Into Ceaser Emanuel



PETA is asking for cruelty-to-animals charges to be filed against former Black Ink Crew star Ceaser Emanuel after a video showing him apparently abusing dogs was posted online. The two-minute video, reportedly captured by a home security camera in his home, appears to show the reality star kicking one dog and hitting him twice with a folding chair and placing another dog in a cage before pushing him down a hill.

The video quickly went viral on social media, and VH1 (the network on which Black Ink Crew airs) terminated him soon thereafter. Emanuel evidently admitted to the video’s portrayed actions but inexplicably claimed that he was merely breaking up a fight between his dogs. Fulton County Animal Services, on the other hand, claims that the statute of limitations hasn’t expired and that he can still be charged.

“Animal abusers are often repeat offenders,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Communications Lisa Lange. “And this dangerous person must be held accountable and barred from owning any animal.”

Witnessing animal abuse can be very traumatic, especially if you aren’t sure what to do about it. The most important steps are to become familiar with your local anti-cruelty laws, find out which agency handles cruelty complaints, and learn how to follow up to make sure an investigation is conducted. For detailed information on filing an animal cruelty complaint, please see “What to Do If You Spot Animal Abuse.”

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Chained Dog’s Starvation Death Prompts Cruelty Charges Against Windsor Resident

For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2022

Contact:
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Windsor, N.C. – Following a complaint filed by PETA with the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, resident Cherelle M. Askew has just been charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals, stemming from her prolonged neglect of seven dogs she kept chained outdoors, at least one of whom, a young black pit bull named Minnie, died. On February 15, PETA fieldworkers found her skeletal remains—still chained—inside her doghouse. A necropsy revealed that she had died of “starvation and extreme neglect.”

Other dogs on the property—Duchess, Nala, Duke, Zeus, Sandy, and a Chihuahua named Buddy who was given to PETA in August 2021—were kept chained in filthy, deplorable conditions. PETA’s fieldworkers consistently found them and Minnie malnourished and neglected, even though they had repeatedly educated Askew about the dogs’ basic needs and provided her with free food, doghouses, flea and flystrike prevention, cable tie-outs and collars to replace heavy chains and painful choke collars, spay/neuter services, and more. After months of pleading and urging by PETA, the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office finally removed four surviving dogs: Zeus (whose ears are freshly injured and permanently disfigured from years of flystrike), Duke, Sandy, and Duchess. Nala’s status and whereabouts are unknown.

Photos of Minnie before and after her death—as well as of the other dogs chained on the property—are available here. (Warning: graphic images)

“Minnie and her yardmates languished, chained up like old bicycles in a backyard, and countless other dogs are in danger of suffering a similar fate,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is urging Bertie County officials to ban 24/7 tethering of dogs, which is the best way to help ensure that no other animals suffer as these dogs did.”

Every year, PETA receives reports of dead or dying dogs, many still imprisoned in pens or with heavy chains around their necks. These “outdoor dogs” often go without adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care and are confined to the same few square feet of space day in and day out. Dogs suffer and die from dehydration and heatstroke in the summer and from frostbite in the winter. That’s why PETA urges everyone to keep dogs indoors and lobbies for animal protection laws such as North Carolina’s HB 1116 (Fiona Mae Wagglebottom’s Act), which would prohibit keeping dogs tethered outside during extreme weather, including when temperatures are below 32 or above 85 degrees.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Petition: Wolverines Are Dying Out

299 Signatures Collected

PETITION TARGET: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and FWS Director Martha Williams

Wolverines – fascinating, elusive, and intelligent animals who raise their cubs in snow dens – could soon face extinction if the federal government continues to deny them protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Experts estimate that only 250 to 300 of the amazing wild animals remain in the United States, living out solitary lives in the outreaches of mountainous terrain in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. 

Human-caused threats, including habitat loss, decreasing snowpack, and trapping, already have all but destroyed their populations. 

Now, climate change is posing an ever-increasing danger, with experts saying that warming temperatures could force wolverines to stake out winter recreation areas favored by humans and thus lead to conflicts.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has listed wolverines as a “species of most concern,” a designation reserved for critically imperiled species. 

The federal government also acknowledged the plight of wolverines by listing them as “threatened” in 2013, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) agreed to re-evaluate their status.

But in 2020, the FWS backed away from that assessment — an action that sparked conservation groups to file a federal complaint and a judge to recently order a re-evaluation of whether they deserve to be classified under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Thanks to that ruling, wolverines are now listed as a “candidate species” while the FWS conducts their review, over the next 18 months. For the time being, federal agencies are now required to consider the impact of any proposed projects on wolverines’ habitats or livelihoods.

But it’s not enough. These endangered animals must be given federal protections before we lose them forever. 

Sign our petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expeditiously review wolverines’ status and afford them the federal protections that their dwindling numbers – and scientific evidence – show they deserve.

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Monday, June 27, 2022 | California Healthline

California Taking Swift Action To Protect Abortion Rights: State lawmakers are expected as soon as today to put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot that would explicitly protect reproductive rights. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to shield California abortion providers from prosecution related to out-of-state bans. He also announced an agreement with Oregon and Washington to establish a West Coast abortion firewall that would protect providers and patients from the legal reach of other states. Read more from The New York Times.

Abortion Access Is Uneven in California: California is already home to nearly 20% of U.S. abortion clinics. But more than half of California’s abortion clinics are concentrated in five counties, and 22 counties have no abortion clinics at all. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle. Keep scrolling for complete abortion coverage. 

Below, check out the roundup of California Healthline’s coverage. For today’s national health news, read KHN’s Morning Briefing.


San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego’s Lawmakers Urge Constitutional Amendment In Wake Of Roe V. Wade Reversal 


San Diego County lawmakers on Friday called for action to guarantee abortion rights and reform the U.S. Supreme Court, after the court announced its decision to overturn the landmark 1973 abortion-rights ruling Roe v. Wade. The court decision, hinted at in a leaked draft ruling last month, upends federal protections for abortion rights and sends the matter back to states, about half of which have existing or prepared laws ready to restrict or ban abortions. (Brennan, 6/24)


Bay Area News Group:
The Supreme Court’s Roe Decision Affects California’s Politics


While the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years does not alter Californians’ access to services, it has quickly become a rallying cry for Democratic leaders and progressive activists across the Bay Area looking to energize voters in the months ahead. Standing in a sea of thousands of residents who gathered in front of San Jose City Hall on Saturday morning to protest the previous day’s decision, Milpitas councilwoman Karina Dominguez called on disheartened residents to make their voices heard. (Angst, Mukherjee and Jimenez, 6/26)


San Francisco Chronicle:
Abortion Access In California Isn’t Equal Statewide. These Maps Show Where Clinics Are Concentrated


California is already home to nearly 20% of U.S. abortion clinics. Now that the Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, it’s likely that ensuing closures across the nation will mean the state becomes host to a third of U.S. clinics within months. But within California, abortion access is uneven. More than half of the state’s abortion clinics are concentrated in five counties, and 22 counties have no abortion clinics at all. These 22 counties are concentrated along the state’s eastern flank, spanning Modoc in the north to Inyo in the south. (Neilson, 6/25)


CalMatters:
Abortion Data: Why California Fails To Collect It


With federal abortion protections eliminated in a watershed U.S. Supreme Court decision, California is preparing for a flood of out-of-state women seeking abortions as it positions itself as a stronghold for reproductive rights. Most lawmakers are even willing to foot the multi-million-dollar bill. But amid all the politicking one crucial question remains unanswered: How does California plan for a significant increase when it doesn’t know how many abortions are currently performed in the state? (Hwang, 6/27)


Arizona Republic:
Many Arizona Women May Go To California For An Abortion


It’s a 250-mile drive from metro Phoenix, home to nearly five million people, to the Imperial County city of El Centro, population about 44,000. It’s there that Planned Parenthood operates the Imperial Valley Health Center, for most Arizonans the closest out-of-state clinic offering abortions. It sits in an ordinary-looking strip mall not far from the freeway, a few beige storefronts down from a Thai bistro. (Sainty, 6/25)


The Mercury News:
Here Are The States Impacted The Most By The Overturning Of Roe Vs. Wade


On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion that had stood in America for nearly a half-century. It comes as no surprise since there was a breach of Supreme Court confidentiality and secrecy when Politico obtained a draft of a majority opinion on May 2. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. (Snibbe, 6/27)


Los Angeles Times:
A California Woman’s Illegal Abortion Paved The Way For Roe


 The college student lay down on an operating table, her legs trembling in the stirrups. The doctor warned her to remain absolutely silent. She was 22, terrified of needles but prepared to go through with the medical procedure no matter what. Her future depended on it. “I don’t think I was particularly afraid,” she said. “I had that strong determination. This was the right thing for me to do.” (Mejia, 6/24)


Los Angeles Times:
Abortion Rights Activists Protest Across Los Angeles Sunday


For the third day in a row, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to express their grief and anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to end a constitutional right to abortion. Peaceful protesters assembled in the afternoon outside Los Angeles City Hall and then marched through downtown streets, waving signs lambasting the Supreme Court and listening to speakers from local reproductive rights groups. The crowd peaked at 450 people. (Sheets and Newberry, 6/26)


The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat:
‘Everyone Needs This Right’: Hundreds March In Petaluma For Reproductive Rights


Hundreds of people showed up in Petaluma’s Penry Park Sunday to take part in a march supporting reproductive rights. At least 500 people, many of whom appeared to be members of families who brought along their children, joined in as the march began at about 10:30 a.m. Carrying signs that read, “Mind Your Own Uterus,” and “One Pissed Grandma, Watch Out,” along with “Men Not Supporting Reproductive Rights is Small *ick energy,” marchers chanted slogans as they made their way to Petaluma City Hall, in anticipation of a planned rally. (Constantino, 6/26)


KQED:
‘I Knew It Was Coming, But I Still Can’t Believe It’


Here in California, abortion is still legal. And an overwhelming majority of Bay Area residents support the right to have one. Which is why, over the weekend, many people marched in protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to end federal abortion rights. In today’s episode, KQED reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi takes us to one protest in San Francisco. (Montecillo, Bandlamudi and Esquinca)


Voice of OC:
Orange County Sounds Off On Supreme Court Overturn: Roe V Wade


Americans woke to the news Friday morning that a 50 year old landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, had been reversed by a Supreme Court ruling. By that night, hundreds had taken to the streets to sound off. Residents gathered in the streets of Irvine, Fullerton and Laguna Beach to protest and advocate for abortion rights. (Leopo, 6/25)


Los Angeles Times:
Police Shove ‘Full House’ Star Jodie Sweetin At Roe Protest


“Full House” star Jodie Sweetin spoke out Sunday after police officers pushed her to the ground this weekend at an abortion rights demonstration in Los Angeles. On Saturday, L.A. photographer Michael Ade uploaded an Instagram video of LAPD officers shoving Sweetin, who was protesting the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. (Carras, 6/26)


KVPR:
As States Ban Abortion, Californians Open Their Arms And Wallets


As numerous states have started to ban abortion in wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, volunteers in California are mobilizing to help people who want to travel to their state for care. Californian Lee Mitchell posted a message on Facebook, written in code: “If you are a person who suddenly finds yourself with a need to go camping in another state friendly towards camping, just know that I will happily drive you, support you, and not talk about the camping trip to anyone ever.” (Dembosky, 6/27)


The Hill:
Most In New Poll Say Overturning Roe Is ‘Step Backward’


Over half of the Americans questioned in a new poll say the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a “step backward” for the U.S. In the CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday, 52 percent of voters said the decision was a “step backward,” while 31 percent said it was a “step forward.” Seventeen percent said it was neither. (Scully, 6/26)


Los Angeles Times:
Churches Across Los Angeles React To The End Of Roe Vs. Wade 


For Pastor Netz Gómez and the 1,500 members of his Houses of Light church in Northridge, the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe vs. Wade was an answer to their prayers and decades of hard work. “We are thanking God that this injustice has finally been rectified, and that states have the right to decide how they want to proceed with abortion rights,” said the pastor, a Mexico native who started the church in his living room 22 years ago and has steadily immersed himself deeper into U.S. politics. “But we are really thanking God because we have prayed so much for the end of abortion. Abortion is injustice. Killing babies is injustice.” (Moreno, Reyes, Shalby and Netburn, 6/26)


Reuters:
Pro-Life Is Not Just Opposing Abortion, Vatican Says After U.S. Ruling 


Anti-abortion activists should be concerned with other issues that can threaten life, such as easy access to guns, poverty and rising maternity mortality rates, the Vatican’s editorial director said on Saturday. In a media editorial on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling to end the constitutional right to abortion, Andrea Tornielli said those who oppose abortion could not pick and choose pro-life issues. (Pullella, 6/25)


The Washington Post:
U.S. Abortion Decision ‘Horrific’ And ‘Appalling,’ World Leaders Say


World leaders and abortion rights advocates described the ruling as “horrific” and “appalling.” Crowds protested in cities including London, Paris and Ottawa. “One of the darkest days for women’s rights in my lifetime,” Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decision “clearly has massive impacts on people’s thinking around the world.” He called it “big step backwards.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as “horrific.” “No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body,” he tweeted. (Taylor, Cunningham, Tsui and Parker, 6/25)


CNBC:
Anti-Abortion States Split On How To Enforce Ban, Whether To Prosecute Or Surveil Doctors


The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade is not only splitting the country into states where abortion is legal and illegal. It is also illustrating sharp divisions between anti-abortion states on whether to allow exceptions and how to enforce the law. Nearly half of the states had “trigger laws” or constitutional amendments in place to quickly ban abortion in the wake of a Roe v. Wade ruling. Yet lawmakers and governors on Sunday illustrated how differently that may play out. (Repko, 6/26)


The Hill:
Next Big Fight Looms Over Abortion Pills


Immediately following the ruling, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will protect the right to an abortion, including medication abortion. “We stand ready to work with other arms of the federal government that seek to use their lawful authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care,” Garland said in a statement. “In particular, the [Food and Drug Administration] FDA has approved the use of the medication Mifepristone. States may not ban Mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy,” Garland said. (Weixel, 6/24)


Stat:
Biden’s DOJ Could Fight States’ Abortion Pill Restrictions, But It Won’t Be Easy


Attorney General Merrick Garland is hinting he’s ready to get tough on states that block access to an FDA-approved pill used to terminate pregnancies.
He’s got a lot of work ahead of him. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion, overruling the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In response, the Justice Department declared that it will “work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom.” Namely, it warned that states can’t restrict access to mifepristone, a drug approved by the FDA in 2000 to terminate pregnancies. (Florko, 6/24)


Stat:
Supreme Court Decision Suggests Right To Contraception Is Under Threat


Over the past half century, Roe v. Wade has been a bedrock of constitutional rights extending beyond abortion. The Supreme Court decision overturning this ruling, issued Friday, makes clear that those other rights founded on the same principle of privacy, including gay sex, same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, and the freedom to use contraception, are now also called into question. Writing for the majority in Dobbs v. Jackson, Justice Samuel Alito states that “​​nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.” ​​But, in a solo concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas explicitly calls on the Court to overturn other such constitutional rights. (Goldhill, 6/24)


The Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Opponents Consider How Far To Press After End Of Roe V. Wade


Now, having achieved a Supreme Court victory that overruled Roe and ended the constitutional right to an abortion, antiabortion advocates are considering what to do next. Some powerful voices in the movement urge a measured approach guided by political realities post-Roe, seeking to ban the procedure after the first trimester in more moderate states and maintaining meaningful exceptions for rape and incest. Others view this as a once-in-a-generation moment and moral imperative to push for a complete end to abortion, especially in states where conservatives hold political power. The staunchest opponents want states to treat it as murder. (Kusisto, 6/26)


The Hill:
Graham: Alito ‘Set The Right Tone’ In Roe Ruling By Arguing Same-Sex Marriage, Contraception Not In Jeopardy


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Justice Samuel Alito “set the right tone” by writing in an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade that Supreme Court decisions protecting contraception and same-sex marriage are not in jeopardy. Graham made the remarks during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” while noting that he respects Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote that he wanted to take a look at contraception and same-sex marriage after overturning Roe and abortion protections. (Dress, 6/26)


ABC News:
Overturning Roe V. Wade Raises Stakes For Patients Who Need IVF, Experts Say 


Cara Skowronski and her husband are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter who was born through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and a gestational surrogate, who carried their daughter. … Skowronski and her husband recently moved from Nebraska to Texas, where abortion will be banned under a trigger law that goes into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court’s decision. The couple’s remaining frozen embryos are in Nebraska, where Gov. Pete Ricketts has said he will push for the state legislature to pass a total abortion ban in the wake of Roe being overturned. (Kindelan, 6/27)


Stat:
HIPAA Doesn’t Protect Reproductive Records From Prosecutors


With Roe v. Wade now overturned, patients are wondering whether federal laws will shield their reproductive health data from state law enforcement, or legal action more broadly. The answer, currently, is no. If there’s a warrant, court order, or subpoena for the release of those medical records, then a clinic is required to hand them over. And patients and providers may be made legally vulnerable by the enormous trail of health-related data we all generate through their devices every day. (Boodman, Bannow, Herman and Ross, 6/24)


The Wall Street Journal:
Period-Tracker Apps Aim For Anonymity Following Roe V. Wade Decision


Developers of period trackers and fertility apps are working on ways to anonymize user data in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the constitutional right to an abortion. Millions of women use services such as Flo, Clue and Apple’s Health app to help them become pregnant, avoid pregnancy or know when their next period is due. The court’s decision brought more attention to the services, which hold sensitive data that could be used against people in states where abortion may be criminalized.  (James and Tibken, 6/26)


Bay Area News Group:
Alameda County Lifts Indoor Masking Requirement — Again


Alameda County is once again lifting a requirement for people to wear face masks in most indoor settings. The change was scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The county on June 3 became the first in the Bay Area – and perhaps the state – to reimpose the face mask requirement. At the time, COVID-19 cases from new omicron variants were pushing hospitalizations to levels that alarmed local health officials. (Green, 6/24)


San Francisco Chronicle:
COVID Death Rates For Latinos Have Declined, But Advocates Say More Help Is Needed


The success of vaccination campaigns has narrowed disparities in COVID death rates in California, especially for the Latino community, which has been disproportionately affected with coronavirus infection during the pandemic. Since the state began tracking deaths in April 2020, more than 91,000 Californians have died from COVID-19 — approximately 230 deaths per 100,000 people — according to the Public Policy Institute of California, a policy research nonprofit with offices in San Francisco and Sacramento. (Narayan, 6/27)


The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat:
Grand Jury Report Hammers Sonoma County Department Of Health Services


For the third time in six years, a Sonoma County Civil grand jury blasted the county’s Department of Health Services. This time, the subject was the department’s pandemic response. In a section titled “Dedication Overcame Dysfunction,” the report, published in May, describes what jury members called “a long-term pattern of poor communication, lack of collaboration, staffing challenges, and low employee morale that predated COVID” at the department. (Barber and Espinoza, 6/25)


The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat:
Sonoma County Health Department Outlines New, Diminished Response To COVID


They were the proverbial boots on the ground during Sonoma County’s never-ending battles against COVID-19, temporary county health workers whose ranks fluctuated almost in concert with each pandemic surge over the past two years. They’ve been celebrated as heroes, essential troops in a now historic public health campaign that no one wants or expects to go on forever. (Espinoza and Barber, 6/25)


Stat:
Pfizer: Omicron-Containing Boosters Outperform Current Vaccine 


Pfizer said Saturday that using new versions of its Covid-19 vaccine as boosters led to a superior antibody response against the Omicron variant compared to its current shot. The results in some ways mirror those released by Moderna earlier this month. Data from both companies will be evaluated on Tuesday by a panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration in the hopes of deciding what strains of the SARS-Cov-2 virus should be included in booster shots for the fall. Companies will need lead time to manufacture doses of new vaccines if it is decided they are needed. (Herper, 6/25)


AP:
Army Guard Troops Risk Dismissal As Vaccine Deadline Looms


Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service. Guard soldiers have until Thursday to get the vaccine. According to data obtained by The Associated Press, between 20% to 30% of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10% in 43 other states still need shots. (Baldor, 6/25)


San Francisco Chronicle:
Monkeypox At ‘Critical Stage’ In The Bay Area: Here’s What You Need To Know


There are only a handful of confirmed monkeypox cases in the Bay Area, but following the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, local health officials are scrambling to control the rapidly growing global outbreak. With 48 cases counted in California since early May, the state represents almost 28% of the total to date in the United States. Local health officials are advising Bay Area residents and their health care providers to look out for symptoms of monkeypox ahead of summer travel and other festivities, given that most of the cases identified so far are associated with possible sexual transmission. (Vaziri, 6/24)


Live Science:
Monkeypox May Have Undergone ‘Accelerated Evolution,’ Scientists Say


The monkeypox virus has mutated at a far faster rate than would normally be expected and likely underwent a period of “accelerated evolution,” a new study suggests. The virus, which has infected more than 3,500 people in 48 countries since its detection outside Africa in May, may be more infectious due to dozens of new mutations. In all, the virus carries 50 new mutations not seen in previous strains detected from 2018 to 2019, according to a new study published June 24 in the journal Nature Medicine(opens in new tab). Scientists usually don’t expect viruses like monkeypox to gain more than one or two mutations each year, the study authors noted. (Turner, 6/25)


CIDRAP:
Virus Causing Monkeypox Outbreak Has Mutated To Spread Easier


The authors said the outbreak was likely not caused by undetected silent spread, or from an animal-to-human crossover event. Instead, “Current data points for a scenario of more than one introduction from a single origin, with superspreader event(s) (e.g., saunas used for sexual encounters) and travel abroad likely triggering the rapid worldwide dissemination.” (Soucheray, 6/24)


Stat:
WHO: Monkeypox Outbreak Not Yet A Global Health Emergency


The World Health Organization on Saturday declined to declare the unprecedented monkeypox outbreak that has spread around the world a public health emergency as of now. A public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, grants the WHO director-general certain powers, such as the ability to recommend how countries should respond. While it’s a legal lever the agency can use, it’s also a tool that can grab public attention and steer it to try to address burgeoning health threats. Such a declaration could further rally donors and member countries to increase funding. (Joseph, 6/25)


KVPR:
After KVPR Investigation Of Deaths, Coalinga State Hospital Patient Says Medical Care Still Flawed


Last July, a KVPR investigation revealed that an alarmingly high number of patients had died at Coalinga State Hospital (CSH), a state-run psychiatric hospital in western Fresno County. In 2020, the facility had the highest death rate of any state hospital or state prison, with the exception of a medical facility that takes on the state’s sickest prison inmates. Many at CSH pointed to inadequate medical care as a major culprit, which was confirmed by medical records and state documents. Now, state data reveal that although fewer CSH patients died in 2021 than in 2020, the death rate still remains the highest of almost any state-run facility in California. In this interview, KVPR’s Kerry Klein spoke about the hospital’s medical and psychiatric care with Michael St. Martin, a patient there who argues not much has changed in the last year. (Klein, 6/24)


The Mercury News:
Child Abuse: Hayward Girl Died Despite Multiple Reports To Alameda County


Inside the bathroom of the modest two-story home in north Merced, a tiny, 55-pound body lay decomposing in a tub. The roaring exhaust fan and burned incense failed to mask the putrid smell. In the backyard, soiled sheets, candy wrappers, and other food packaging littered a locked metal shed – used for punishment, police were later told. The outline of a small handprint blemished a dusty brown nightstand inside. (Angst, 6/26)


Sacramento Bee:
Farmworkers Lack Health Care As Population Gets Older


Many farmworkers in the state lack access to health care at a time when this group as a whole is aging, a new report says. The Public Policy Institute of California held an online forum on the topic Thursday, June 23. It included a grower representative based in Modesto and a labor attorney and a lawmaker from Fresno. (Holland, 6/27)


The Bakersfield Californian:
Training Provided To Downtown Businesses To Save Lives Of Opiate Overdose Victims 


If you knew there was a good chance you could save the life of an unresponsive person with the push of a button, would you try? What if the person was a stranger, or homeless or a drug addict? The answer to these questions appeared to be a resounding yes for about 20 downtown Bakersfield business owners who attended a training session Friday on the proper use of Narcan nasal spray to potentially save the lives of individuals who have overdosed on fentanyl or other opioids. (Mayer, 6/26)


EdSource:
California Colleges Are Leaping Onto The Cannabis Bandwagon


Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research was formed in 2012 at Cal Poly Humboldt, making it the first academic institute devoted to cannabinoid research and analysis pertaining to information and issues surrounding the cannabis plant. Since then there has been a green rush at other colleges across California that have added their own courses dedicated to marijuana research, politics and policy. (California Student Journalism Corps, 6/27)


Stat:
Court Rules Juul Can Still Sell E-Cigs While It Prepares Challenge To FDA Ban


Juul’s e-cigarettes won’t be pulled off the shelves just yet. A federal court ruled late Friday that the company’s vaping products can stay on the market while the company prepares its full legal challenge to this week’s Food and Drug Administration ban. The move is the latest in a whirlwind 24 hours for the vaping company, which was ordered to shut down all U.S. sales Thursday afternoon. The company sued the FDA over that decision Thursday evening. The company is also now considering bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported. It remains unclear how long Juul will be able to stay on the market pursuant to the judge’s order, though it appears the company will gain at least another two weeks. (Florko, 6/24)


The Bakersfield Californian:
Air District OK’s Free In-Home Air Purifiers 


The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board has approved a Clean Air Rooms pilot program, giving people free in-home air purifiers to improve indoor air quality during wildfires. The pilot program will give about 1,500 free residential air purifier units with one additional replacement filter to residents throughout valley disadvantaged communities, according to an air district news release. (6/25)


Voice of OC:
Grand Jury: OC Falls Short On Housing And Shelter For Homeless People And Former Foster Youth


Orange County continues coming up short in housing and shelter for homeless people and foster youth once they become adults, according to a new grand jury investigation that is getting widespread support among local leaders. A host of local elected officials agreed with the findings from the Orange County Grand Jury, saying it’s time to step up and build a range of new housing and service centers aimed at getting people off the streets. (Gerda, 6/27)

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Ceaser Emanuel Investigated by Animal Services and Cops for Dog Abuse Video

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Rescued Kitten Finnegan Awaits His Permanent Home




After PETA’s fieldworkers urgently rescued him from under a mobile home, 12-week-old kitten Finnegan is ready to begin again.

Our fieldworkers found Finnegan during a visit to help other animals at the mobile home park.

Loud screams and meows led the team to the source of the desperate cries: a shaking, terrified kitten hopelessly entangled in wire and mesh.

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The rescuers leaped into action, freed Finnegan, removed the mesh that was painfully wrapped around his neck, and gave him some much-needed care and attention. After persuading his owner to surrender him, they quickly transported him to safety.

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It didn’t take long for the rescued kitten, in the care of a compassionate foster family, to learn how to live indoors.

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Playful, affectionate, and as fiery as his bright orange fur, young Finnegan is ready to find his permanent home.

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Will Finnegan the Rescued Kitten Be Your Best Feline Friend?

If you’ve fallen for Finnegan like we have—and have the resources and endless respect a kitten companion needs—send an e-mail to [email protected].