LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS
HISTORY & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since its formation in 1984, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) has succeeded as one of the global pioneer animal advocacy organizations. Documentation from LCA’s undercover investigations is used by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to expose animal abusers and work with prosecutors to obtain criminal charges. LCA’s educational and public outreach programs on a variety of animal issues empower the public to make positive changes for animals and change to make cruelty-free lifestyle decisions.
- STOPPING THE CORMORANT SLAUGHTER - LCA teamed up with SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) to intercept the mass slaughter of cormorants by federal government agents on East Sand Island in northern Oregon. Equipped with multiple cameras and a drone capable of capturing aerial video, they followed USDA Wildlife Services and effectively blocked the cormorant cull as the hunters would not kill on camera.
- HELPING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - LCA is providing critical equipment to Virunga National Park's AirWing program, helping to protect endangered mountain gorillas as well as the safety of the rangers. Park rangers face the daily threat of death by rebel militias, and this aerial program helps them monitor the area and react quickly to threats. LCA has provided Virunga with airplane bush wheels, mobile LED airstrip lighting and tool chests, and continues to provide the rangers with more vital equipment.
- INVESTIGATION INTO MARINELAND, CANADA - LCA released a five-month undercover investigation into Marineland, Canada with a primary focus on the park’s beluga whale population. The investigation revealed disturbingly inadequate housing and treatment of the animals. LCA filed a complaint with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and is urging the Canadian government to pass bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which would protect whales by banning their capture, confinement, breeding and sale.
- RINGLING BROS CIRCUS ENDS ELEPHANT ACT - In January, Ringling Bros. announced they would end the elephant act on May 1, 2016 - 18 months ahead of schedule. LCA has investigated and campaigned against the cruel use of elephants and other animals in the circus for more than 35 years and helped lead the largest circus protest in history outside the Ringling Bros. show in Los Angeles. LCA was instrumental in helping to pass a law in Los Angeles that bans the use of bull hooks in traveling circuses. “Anti-elephant” ordinances such as this has made it increasingly difficult for Ringling to continue on with their elephant act.
- CLASS B DEALERS OUT OF BUSINESS! - As of January 1, 2016, Class B dealers who sell "random source" dogs and cats to medical research may not obtain licenses or renew existing licenses. As part of the 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill, Congress voted to block all USDA funding for such licenses, effectively putting B dealers out of business. This tremendous victory follows more than 35 years of intensive undercover investigations, prosecutions and campaigns by LCA, who was instrumental in the decline of this ruthless industry. LCA proved that many of the animals sold by Class B dealers to medical labs were family pets, stolen from their homes or fraudulently obtained from "free to good home" ads. With the end of B dealers, America's companion animals are safe from being stolen and sold into research facilities.
- CHINA DOG MEAT SLAUGHTERHOUSES - In December, LCA released an undercover investigation into dog meat slaughterhouses in China’s Jillin province. Investigators documented workers beating the dogs with clubs, slicing their throats and burning and boiling them — many of the dogs were stolen pets. The gruesome footage was shared with local authorities, who forced the closure of two major dog slaughterhouses. LCA continues to pressure Chinese lawmakers by urging the passage of animal cruelty laws.
- YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL - In October, LCA led a massive march of protest against the dog meat festival, coordinating with reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump. More than 1,000 protesters attended the event. In June, LCA launched StopDogMeat.com, campaigning against the bloody "celebration" during the summer solstice in Yulin, China. LCA’s Special Investigations Unit traveled to Yulin to document and expose the event, while LCA’s online petition against the festival gathered over 400,000 signatures in two weeks. LCA’s video about the festival went viral, garnering more than 11 million views on Facebook. Due to increased worldwide public outcry, an estimated 20% fewer dogs lost their lives compared to previous years.
- CHRISTENSEN FARMS - In August, LCA released footage from a four-month investigation into a Christensen Farms pig breeding facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The undercover investigation of the 4th largest pig producer in the U.S. revealed systematic cruelty to animals, including slapping, kicking and punching pigs, stabbing pigs with pens, improperly euthanizing pigs and piglets, and dragging sows by their snouts and ears. LCA filed a criminal complaint with the Rock County Sheriff's Office; who later declined to press charges. Christensen Farms fired five employees after reviewing LCA's video.
- RABBIT MEAT - In May, LCA revealed an undercover investigation exposing shocking animal cruelty at the largest rabbit slaughterhouse in America, the Pel-Freez processing plant in Rogers, Arkansas. LCA pushed for criminal charges to be filed against Pel-Freez, and filed an FTC complaint against Pel-Freez buyer D’Artagnan, Inc. for falsely advertising their rabbit meat as humanely sourced. LCA also staged petitions and protests against two local "upscale" grocery chains in Los Angeles, Bristol Farms and Gelson’s, for selling rabbit meat from Pel-Freez. Following the protests, Gelson’s pulled all rabbit meat from the shelves.
- END AG GAG LAWS - In March, LCA launched the End Ag Gag Laws campaign to fight the agriculture industry's recent flood of censorship legislation. In an effort to stifle animal rights investigators, agriculture giants are attempting to pass laws that make it illegal to record the brutality at factory farms and other facilities. LCA successfully beat out an ag gag bill in Arkansas by bringing unexpected media attention from ABC news, as well as a citizen's petition. Ag gag bills in other states are monitored and targeted in this ongoing campaign.
- VICTORY FOR RINGLING BROS. ELEPHANTS! - In March, after decades of pressure from LCA and other animal rights organizations and concerned citizens, Ringling Bros. finally announced a plan to eliminate the elephant act in 2018. This is a step forward in the right direction, but the battle is not over. This is three years too long; LCA created the No Circus Cruelty campaign, with a petition urging Ringling Bros. to release the elephants asap to suitable sanctuaries.
- FACTORY FARM 360 - In January, LCA released the first-ever interactive, 360-degree footage from the inside of factory farms. Investigators placed high-tech 360 degree cameras in a pig farm, "broiler" chicken farm and a free-range egg farm to show the world how miserable conditions at these facilities are for the animals. The cutting-edge 360 degree videos can be seen at FactoryFarm360.com.
- HUGE BLOW TO B DEALERS - In October, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stopped funding all medical research on dogs obtained from USDA licensed Class B dealers, who sell "random" dogs that are often stolen from their families. As the largest funder of medical research in the U.S., the NIH effectively put many B dealers out of business with this decision. LCA's investigative work into B dealers was a key influencer in this historical action and was referenced in the NIH official report.
- MOUNTAIN GORILLA CONSERVATION IN UGANDA, AFRICA - LCA succeeded in purchasing and shipping a new Motorola Aerial Communication System to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA). This updated radio equipment has had a significant impact on the safety of the gorillas as the coverage and speed of radio communications has vastly improved for all park operations, especially patrols. The new Motorola Aerial system came complete with 11 VHF Aerial Outstations, 11 Motorola DP4400 VHF Desk Top Units and 50 Motorola DP2400 VHF Portable Digital Radios.
- AIR FRANCE PROTESTS - In October, LCA held two unique, dramatic protests to urge Air France to stop shipping monkeys to research labs, where they undergo invasive and barbaric experiments. Protestors dressed in black to mourn the lives of the primates – who are often kidnapped from their homes in the wild – and held large signs with the faces of some of the monkeys Air France has shipped to labs.
- RINGLING BROS., GET OUT OF TOWN! - In April, July and August, LCA protested outside Ringling Bros. circuses in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA to educate the public on the cruel methods used to train elephants, big cats and other animals, and also to urge Ringling Bros. to stop using animals in their shows. The protests were attended by thousands and garnered extensive media coverage.
- FUR-FREE WEHO BAN GOES INTO EFFECT - On September 21, 2013, Ordinance #11-877, which bans the sale of fur products in the City of West Hollywood (WeHo), CA went into effect. It makes WeHo the world’s first Fur-Free city. LCA was instrumental in the long, successful campaign for a “Fur-Free WeHo.” The ordinance first passed in November 2011. WeHo retailers can no longer sell apparel that is made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur. This ordinance sets a precedent for the rest of the world and is the first of its kind in the United States. LCA's Fur-Free campaign is aimed at encouraging consumers to shop cruelty free and to educate retailers that they do not have to sell products that promote the needless suffering of animals.
- DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE IN CHINA EXPOSED! SLAUGHTERHOUSE & 33 MARKETS CLOSED DOWN! A dog and cat meat slaughterhouse and 33 market stalls were closed down in Nanhai, China following a joint investigation with LCA, Animal Equality and Volunteer Centre of Guanzhou. This victory came after footage obtained in an undercover investigation was used to report the illegal trade to authorities. None of the stalls had official or legal certificates for the dogs and cats as most of the animals were stolen before being sold and brutally slaughtered for their meat. During the raid and closure, police seized more than 600 dogs and cats.
- INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE - In September, LCA sponsored and attended the annual International Animal Rights Conference held in Luxembourg. LCA’s President & Founder, Chris DeRose's presentation, "Animal Rights: 35 Years in the Making!" drew record numbers. The conference reached out via live streaming to over 100,000 people and was attended by news media, animal advocates and groups from 35 different countries.
• COSTA RICA PUPPY MILL - In January, LCA’s Chris DeRose, traveled to Costa Rica at the request of a coalition of Costa Rican animal protection and rescue groups to gather undercover documentation of the inhumane conditions at four separate puppy mills. The undercover footage was provided to major news outlets and delivered to SENASA, the animal law enforcement agency in Costa Rica. Because LCA was able to obtain video evidence of the deplorable conditions of one mill in particular, SENASA was forced to send officials to investigate the mill closing one of the worse mills in Costa Rica.
• BAN LIVE EXPORT - Following LCA's Chris DeRose speaking at the News Corps AGM in October 2011 and receiving confirmation from Rupert Murdoch that News Corps media outlets would provide a fair and impartial voice on the Ban Live Animal Export topic, several articles written by DeRose condemning Live Animal Export in Australia appeared in eight News Corps publications. DeRose also appeared on HLN Jane Velez-Mitchel show bringing exposure to the issue in the US. LCA continues to work with Animals Australia to educate the public on the issue and to put pressure on the Australian government to end live animal export.
• LCA’S MOST WANTED - In February, a 10-month-old Pitbull puppy was found with her face burned, muzzle bound with tape, skull fractured, and a severed right front paw and shattered left paw. Rescuers named her Valentine because she was found so close to Valentine's Day. LCA offered a $5,000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Valentine's torture. After seeing LCA’s reward poster, a woman came forward with information that helped lead authorities to a 17-year-old Lucerne Valley, CA resident. The teen was sentenced on May 29th to 1-year probation, 40 hours OF community service and an order prohibiting ownership of a dog for one year.
• HAWAII PUPPY MILL - In February Hawaii District Court Judge David Lo imposed the maximum financial penalties possible under Hawaiian law against Bradley International Inc., the corporate parent company of Bradley Hawaiian Puppies, the puppy mill LCA investigated and shut down in 2011. The fines totaled $685,116.27.
• DOG FIGHTING - In 2011 and 2012, LCA conducted investigations into dog fighting rings in Illinois and Tennessee. Information from the investigations was given to National Geographic for a documentary meant to raise awareness of the horrors of dog fighting and its dangerous effects on communities. The footage will be used to encourage the enforcement of dog fighting laws by providing police with footage they can use to prosecute perpetrators.
• LCA’S MOST WANTED - In May, LCA offered a $7,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of suspected animal abuser and murderer Luka Magnotta. Magnotta posted videos of animal abuse and torture back in 2010 but LCA’s repeated warnings to law enforcement were ignored and then in May, Magnotta posted a video of himself killing and dismembering his alleged ex-lover, a Chinese exchange student named Lin Jun. LCA’s Special Investigative Unit attempted to lure the killer out using covert tactics often reserved for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. LCA’s Chris DeRose appeared on CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell to talk about animal abuse being the first step to violent and fatal crimes towards humans.
• LCA's Special Investigative Unit traveled to Japan to assist with animal rescue after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes and many of them were forced to leave their companion animals behind. LCA's team made three separate trips to Japan, rescuing over 400 animals, moving them to safety and reuniting some animals with their grateful guardians.
• In March, NBC Miami broadcast a story exposing the multi-million dollar internet puppy business following LCA's undercover investigation. The online puppy brokers, Breeders Direct and Premium Breeders, knowingly lied to customers, shipping dirty, infested, infected, and sick puppies to its customers. The investigation and subsequent national media coverage exposed thousands of viewers to the horrific link between puppy mills and internet pet sales.
• LCA and a coalition of animal advocates came together to ban the sale of fur in West Hollywood, CA. An ordinance to ban the sale of fur apparel in West Hollywood was drafted in May 2011, and on September 20, 2011, the City Council voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance, making West Hollywood the first fur-free city in the nation. LCA now hopes to roll this ban out across the nation!
• LCA held the largest circus demo in world history on July 20th, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles against Ringling Brothers. Over 500 people advocating on behalf of the circus animals turned up to protest The Cruelest Show on Earth.
• Following LCA's undercover investigation into the illegal sale of animals in the Santee Alley fashion district of downtown Los Angeles, an ordinance was proposed that will prohibit the purchase of live animals on public streets and sidewalks. The LA City Council voted to adopt the ordinance on August 10, 2011 and L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa signed the ordinance which then took effect on September 25th, 2011. The new ordinance makes it illegal for any person to purchase, offer to purchase, barter, or receive without cost, live animals on public streets and sidewalks.
• LCA’s Chris DeRose was the only invited guest at News Corporation's AGM in October 2011. During the meeting DeRose persuaded News Corps founder, chairman, and CEO, Rupert Murdoch, to condemn Australia’s live animal export and promise to provide a forum for a fair and impartial voice through News Corps media outlets. On February 25, 2012 the first Op Ed, written by DeRose and condemning live export, appeared in The Australian, Australia’s “most influential and prestigious,” and only daily newspaper.
• LCA conducted an undercover investigation into a puppy mill in Hawaii, resulting in 152 dogs being rescued from the mill, and evidence against the people running the mill being handed over to prosecutors to press charges.
• After LCA’s undercover investigation into the illegal sale of whale meat at The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica, CA, Federal law enforcement officials brought charges against the owners and the chef for illegally selling the meat of an endangered animal (the Sei whale), and the restaurant shut down.
• LCA held the largest circus demo in Los Angeles history on July 14th, 2010 at Staples Center against Ringling Brothers. Over 300 people advocating on behalf of the circus animals turned up to protest The Cruelest Show on Earth. Undercover video taken by an LCA investigator of circus elephants being beaten during training sessions was shown. Numerous families turned in their tickets and left the arena when shown the footage. Anti-circus literature was handed out and many families declined to attend the circus.
• LCA led the rescue of over 230 dogs and 25 cats from one of the worst cases of animal abuse in California's Mojave Desert. LCA's SIU was asked to investigate a horrific hoarding situation by the producers of National Geographic's, The Dog Whisperer. After LCA investigated and spoke with the owners of the property, Bemis and Trapani, sole permission was given to LCA to rescue the neglected and abused animals, which was accomplished after two hot and difficult months. Bemis and Trapani were convicted and sentenced of 20 combined counts of animal cruelty.
• LCA takes The Dog Whisperer's Cesar Millan undercover inside a Lancaster County, CA puppy mill. A special episode of "The Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills" shows LCA and Cesar teaming up to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from puppy mills.
• LCA helped in the conservation of the endangered Mountain Gorillas by providing 120 very specialized GPS units, the eTrex Legend HCx, to the Ugandan and Rwandan Wildlife Authorities who protect the last remaining gorillas. These GPS units help the rangers pinpoint the gorilla's locations in the extremely rugged and dangerous conditions they work in.
• LCA busts some of the largest cockfighting rings across the country. The Van Buren, AR cockfighting bust led to over 80 people faced with animal cruelty charges. This trial is precedent setting, with the highest number of animal cruelty charges ever at one time for cockfighting.
• LCA rescues the "Lucky Eleven" from a Midwest research facility. Eleven Class B dogs, in an unprecedented move, were released from a research facility to LCA. Ranging from 2–6 years old, eight of the dogs had spent their entire lives in and out of research facilities. Three of the rescued dogs were previous companion animals.
• LCA launched the "Puppy Mill Free Stores" campaign, aimed at educating the public that "designer dogs" for sale in pet shops come from puppy mills, and buying puppy mill dogs supports the despicable puppy mill industry. Through a combination of non-stop peaceful protests and information gathered from LCA's investigations, LCA shut down four pet stores in Los Angeles during 2008 that sold dogs originating from puppy mills. Two Los Angeles based pet stores, OrangeBone and Pet's Delight have stopped selling animals from puppy mills and instead, are working with LCA and exclusively carrying only rescue dogs in the fight to put an end to puppy mills and to save the thousands of dogs in Los Angeles area shelters. These stores are a model for other pet stores nationwide to "GO HUMANE!" ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!
• A Los Angeles County puppy mill releases over 100 dogs because of LCA's investigation. The puppy mill was ordered to reduce their numbers to comply with county law. LCA is using this victory as an example for stricter laws concerning puppy mills in California.
• LCA hosted the 5th Annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day in September in Lancaster County, PA, "The Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast." With LCA leading the charge, more than 20 animal groups and supporters joined in. Lancaster County harbors the greatest concentrations of dog breeders in the nation with more than 275 puppy mills.
• The national largest cockfighting bust took place in May, with information supplied from LCA's SIU. 150 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel raided a crowded and popular cockfighting arena near Van Buren, AR. LCA's SIU was also responsible for the closure of a large cockfighting pit, with attendance at over 250 people, in Carroll County, VA.
• In December, Michael Vick, pro-football player, was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years’ probation for his role in the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting operation and his participation in the brutal killing of several dogs that did not "perform well." LCA's SIU served as a special advisor to Federal Agents who worked on the Michael Vick federal investigation.
• Chris DeRose and LCA served as script consultants on "Lying Down with Dogs," a special dogfighting episode of CSI: Las Vegas that aired December 13th. Chris DeRose had a guest spot in this important episode.
• C.C. Baird, the largest and most notorious Class B dealer, is convicted and sentenced and set case law! Baird is the first Class B dealer to be convicted of money laundering due to his Class "B" dealer activities. This means that future animal abusers can expect to face prison time for their offenses. Violators of the Animal Welfare Act will be prosecuted. This was a landmark decision for companion animals.
• HBO America Undercover aired "Dealing Dogs," which profiled LCA's ground-breaking investigation of Baird. HBO followed LCA's investigator for over three years after LCA finally succeeding in planting the investigator in Baird's Martin Creek Kennels in Arkansas. Wearing a hidden camera while working a low-level job, "Pete" secretly filmed the overwhelming amounts of horrific abuse and neglect committed against the dogs that ultimately led to Baird's conviction.
• LCA's "Save the Mountain Gorillas Campaign" supplied the Ugandan Wildlife Authority with 60 Motorola GP340 handheld radios to help in their day-to-day protection of the gorillas in Bwindi's Impenetrable Forest.
• "Elephant Sanctuaries-Not Captivity!" campaign educates the public on the sad plight of elephants in captivity. LCA's Chris DeRose, confronted Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on his campaign promise "to move the elephants out" and urged him to permanently close down the elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo and relocate the elephants to a sanctuary. LCA's campaign for the LA Zoo elephants included a city wide bus shelter ad campaign on the streets of Los Angeles and a presentation entitled "African Safari" showing an interactive elephant-free exhibit for the L.A. Zoo.
• In September, LCA led the first annual protest at the Los Angeles Japanese Embassy demanding that Japan stop the yearly traditional brutal and inhumane slaughter of innocent dolphins in Taiji.
• LCA became part of the California Animal Association (CAA), a coalition of animal rights and animal welfare groups working to bring important animal legislation to the forefront of California politics. The first successful bill carried by CAA, CA Dog Chaining Bill, SB 1578, became law in California in 2006.
• LCA's fifteen-year investigation into Class B animal dealers hit a high point in January 2005 when the civil case against C.C. Baird, the largest and most notorious "B" dealer in the U.S. resulted in the permanent abolishment of his Class B license and slapped him with a $262,700 fine – the largest ever imposed by the USDA. Acting on evidence gathered by LCA that was handed over to local, state and federal officials in 2003, a raid on Martin Creek Kennels led to charges against Baird for hundreds of violations of the Animal Welfare Act. In a criminal case in August, Baird pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to launder money and consented to criminal forfeiture of $200,000 and approximately 700 acres of land. Baird's sentencing will be in 2006.
• LCA rescued animals after Hurricane Katrina. LCA's Chris DeRose organized and led one of the first rescue teams admitted into the devastated "hot zone" area of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. LCA's rescue team joined forces with Best Friends Animal Society's triage operation situated at the St. Francis of Assisi animal sanctuary in Tylertown, MS.
• Due to an intensive letter writing campaign from LCA and its supporters, LCA's "Most Wanted," Thomas Spencer, was sentenced to 20 years -- five of which are to be served in prison -- for the beating of a four-month-old puppy and additional cruelty charges; he pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threats, arson, threatening a witness in an official proceeding, driving w/ a suspended license and possession of cocaine. Spencer must also undergo psychiatric treatment, maintain his drug therapy, and refrain from ownership of any animals for the length of his sentence.
• Together with Grey2K USA, LCA helped defeat proposed legislation that would legalize slot machines at greyhound racetracks in Miami-Dade County by distributing alerts and mailings to voters in Florida. This victory saved thousands of greyhounds from abuse, neglect, and death, as slot machines would have drawn more people to the tracks, and given the dying racing industry the boost it needed to stay alive.
• LCA's elephant campaign, "Elephant Sanctuaries - Not Captivity" continued to educate, protest and fight for the freedom of all elephants from a life in captivity. LCA commissioned a moving billboard on the streets of Los Angeles to specifically raise awareness for the plight of the three Los Angeles Zoo elephants. Zoos across the country are beginning to understand they are incapable of caring properly for these majestic creatures and are phasing out and/or closing down their elephant exhibits.
• LCA's lobbying efforts were instrumental in the passage of an ordinance in West Hollywood, CA, making the selling of live animals on the street a misdemeanor crime. Due to LCA's urging, the ordinance was expedited and implemented within two weeks. This new law has saved numerous puppies from suffering the cruelty associated with "puppy peddling".
• Due to LCA's undercover investigation, Class "B" animal dealer, C.C. Baird was officially charged with hundreds of violations of the Animal Welfare Act including mistreatment of animals, inadequate veterinary care and improper housing. These violations would lead to the largest penalty ever assessed and paid in an Animal Welfare Act case.
• After learning about one Connecticut animal control officer's decision that resulted in a golden retriever, "Max", to remain in an animal shelter for an undetermined amount of time, LCA got involved and campaigned to have this cruel practice changed. As of May 21, 2004, "Max's Law" was implemented and Connecticut is now required to determine within 60 days the fate of an animal. As a result, the decision of whether or not an animal is destroyed in Connecticut has to go before a panel of at least three people--preferably experts in animal behavior.
• LCA, along with supporters, initiated a massive campaign that urged California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign Foie Gras Bill SB 1520, a bill that will ban the force feeding of ducks and geese in the production of foie gras. The bill will also ban the sale of the product when made from force-fed birds; both provisions taking effect in California in the year 2012.
• Due to pressure from concerned LCA supporters, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a unanimous ruling canceling the state's bear hunt four days before it was scheduled to begin on December 6th, 2004.
• LCA's 15-year investigation into Class "B" animal dealers was handed over to the U.S. Attorney's Office, who brought in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Postal Systems, Arkansas State Police, and the local Sheriff's Department. As a result, law enforcement officers raided Martin Creek Kennels, search warrant in hand, in a dawn raid on August 26, 2003 and took over the animal facilities on the property. This led the way to the 2005 Civil Trial, Baird's revoked license and the largest fine ever imposed by the USDA The bust of America's largest and most notorious USDA-licensed Class "B" dealer, C.C. Baird, helped end Baird's reign of terror on the thousands of animals that languished on his property each year.
• LCA's investigation of Premarin, the country's most prescribed hormone replacement therapy drug, led to national media coverage. Premarin is created through a horrible process that involves the gruesome harvesting of a pregnant mare's urine to produce a drug that not only brutalizes the mares, but was also proven in a NIH (National Institutes of Health) study to be harmful to women's health.
• As a result of the Premarin investigation and the decrease in demand for the drug, Wyeth Ayerst, the manufacturer of the brand Premarin, cut its production by 50%. An estimated 40,000 mares and foals per year are now spared from the suffering they would have endured at the hands of the pharmaceutical giant.
• Pressure from concerned LCA supporters helped urge the West Hollywood City Council to unanimously vote to abolish the inhumane practice of onychectomy (declaw surgery).
• Due to the ongoing efforts of LCA, the county board in Lancaster County, PA denied Daniel Esh, one of the state's largest puppy mill owners, from expanding his breeding facilities.
• Due to several years of tireless campaigning by LCA and Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, the Colorado University Health Sciences Center in Denver announced that it will cease using dogs in the remaining physiology labs that utilize live animals for training medical students
• The persistence of LCA's Katie Woodward of Ontario, Canada, led to the arrest of Matthew Kaczorowski for the brutal, heinous mutilation and death of a young female housecat.
• The notorious Coulston Foundation--a primate testing facility with a terrible record of animal abuse and death-- closed its doors forever. LCA's campaign to save the Coulston primates included lawsuits, educational websites and an aggressive billboard campaign.
• LCA special undercover investigator "Pete," infiltrated C. C. Baird's Martin Creek Kennels and acquired over 70 hours of undercover footage detailing an overwhelming amount of animal cruelty, abuse, neglect and unsanitary conditions. The documentation was handed over to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which resulted in the largest multi-agency (federal, state and local) investigation of animal abuse in U.S. history.
• LCA's San Diego chapter campaigned heavily and helped pass a ban on animal acts in Encinitas, CA.
• LCA successfully partnered with Grey2K USA to stop a Florida bill that would have further subsidized greyhound racing through the expansion of gambling at greyhound racing tracks.
• LCA helped to pass a ban on the use and promotion of wild and exotic animals as entertainment in Huntington Beach, CA.
• As part of the Arizona Greyhound Protection Alliance, LCA helped to defeat a measure that would have legalized slot machines at greyhound racing tracks, thereby subsidizing and perpetuating this cruel business.
• LCA's Chris DeRose completed a documentary in India entitled, "The Animals of the Pink City." Chris was invited as a special guest of Maneka Gandhi to produce this film about a shelter committed to helping India's population of draft (working) animals.
• LCA helped the greyhound advocacy group, Grey2K, defend itself against a $10 million lawsuit filed by Massachusetts' track owners. The suit was ultimately dismissed.
• After discussions with LCA, the cable station Showtime decided not to accept or pay for an episode of the series Chromium Blue, which used footage from a staged bullfight. LCA had anonymously received unedited footage showing bulls being savagely stabbed by a picador and matador.
• Trader Joe's stores declared a moratorium on the sale of duck meat after LCA members wrote letters of protest as part of a campaign to stop the sales.
• Working with the Houston Animal Rights Team, LCA Houston put an end to pound seizure in Harris County, Texas.
• LCA assisted in putting two USDA-licensed Class B Dealers from Oregon into federal prison.
• Together, LCA and SHARK convinced Pepsi to remove its signage from hundreds of bull fighting rings in Mexico.
• As a coalition member, LCA helped pass groundbreaking spay/neuter legislation in Los Angeles.
• LCA produced a one-hour television special focused on our investigations and the rights of animals. Hollywood Animal Crusaders aired eight times on the national cable network Animal Planet.
• In recognition of his work to help animals, LCA President and Founder Chris DeRose received the International Courage of Conscience Award given by the Peace Abbey. Previous award recipients include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, and Nelson Mandela.
• LCA conducted an investigation and gathered co-plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the National Parks Service to stop the illegal slaughter of over 800 deer.
• LCA helped introduce federal legislation called The Pet Safety and Protection Act. This bill, when passed, will stop USDA-licensed Class B Dealers from selling dogs and cats to research laboratories.
• LCA investigated and gathered evidence against a USDA-licensed Class B Dealer who butchered and sold dogs and cats for food, which resulted in a rare, permanent revocation of a USDA Class B license.
• LCA gathered enough evidence to convict a USDA-licensed Class B Dealer and co-conspirators for their involvement in a massive pet theft ring for research labs. They were the first Class B Dealers sent to state prison for pet theft.
• To end the accusation that animal rights groups fabricate stories about animal research laboratories, LCA took a camera crew into UCLA's Brain Research Institute, where cats were being used as research subjects. The horror of animal research was exposed on the national television show 48 Hours and on CNN, turning the tide in media and public perception of vivisection.