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The Silver Spring Monkeys

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Pacheco is internationally known for spearheading The Silver Spring Monkeys case - part of a landmark 15 year battle to rescue a band of high profile primates who had been crippled in laboratory experiments.

Pacheco recruited Republican Congressman Robert Smith of New Hampshire who introduced federal legislation designed to force the federal government to release these mutilated animals; legislation which was co-sponsored by over 200 Members of Congress, though 'killed' each year by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman of California.

At the same time Pacheco was the central plaintiff in civil litigation against the federal government over custody of the animals, litigation which received hearings before the U.S. Supreme Court - twice - winning one and losing one.

Laboratory experiments on animals began in earnest in the 1950's with thousands upon thousands of laboratories in operation today, employing hundreds of thousands of individual experimenters, using in excess of an estimated 100 million animals annually in experiments that involve killing the animals after they have been experimented upon.  

Pacheco worked undercover in the federally funded Institute for Behavioral Research and for the first time in history, a laboratory was shut down because of cruelty to animals.

Pacheco performed grisly undercover work posing as a research assistant and covertly documenting the suffering of the animals after they had been intentionally crippled.  

He clandestinely brought in medical experts, produced sworn affidavits from those experts, and lobbied Congress to pressure law enforcement officials (over the vehement objections of federal agencies, universities and biomedical associations) to carry out the world's first police raid on a research laboratory because of cruelty, and executing a search and seizure warrant.  

This produced the world's first and only police confiscation of laboratory animals. Followed by the first arrest warrant, criminal trial, and conviction of a research scientist on cruelty charges, spawning a series of front page political and legal events that is credited by many with launching the U.S. animal rights movement.

In the process producing many landmarks such as:
    •    The 1st time an experimenter had ever been arrested for cruelty.
    •    The 1st time an experimenter had ever been prosecuted and convicted of cruelty.
    •    The 1st time a federally funded research grant had ever been terminated because of cruelty.
    •    The 1st time an entire laboratory had been forced to shut down because of cruelty.
    •    The 1st time the rights of laboratory animals were ever argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The undercover work, damning photographs and evidence, arrests, confiscation, and multiple criminal and civil trials shook the mammoth multi-billion dollar international biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as never before.

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Corporate Campaigns

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Some of his most notable accomplishments have been by defying the conventional wisdom by picking fights with multi-billion dollar corporations, and then winning. 
 
The fights (campaigns) are hard fought, highly publicized, high profile, multi-year, multi-faceted, aggressive, and highly organized efforts to compel the targeted corporations to stop maiming and killing animals, or in some cases, to dramatically improve the living and dying policies in place. 

Typical campaigns require the skillful, carefully choreographed and strategic use of  top flight representatives of approximately 9 fields: 
  • Undercover Investigators
    To catch the targets abusing animals, on film and red handed 
  • The Scientific Community
    To provide scientific evidence and ammunition for Congress to use against the targets
  • The Celebrity Community
    To attract and bring in the Congress and the media4. The national media to attract and bring in the celebrities, the Congress, and the public
  • Members of Congress
    To bring critical pressure on the targets
  • Many loyal, dedicated members and protestors
    To create and apply pressure on Congress
  • Civil Attorneys
    To file high profile law suits against the targets and to defend us against suits by the targets 
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys
    To fight off counter charges filed against our team as a result of pressure from our targets
  • Wealthy Donors
    To donate the funds to pay for it all

Corporations successfully fought in this manner include companies such as:

General Motors..........at the time, the largest corporation in the world with over $100 billion in annual sales.
Mobil Oil.....................oil production equipment killing wildlife worldwide.
Exxon ........................oil production equipment killing wildlife worldwide.
Phillips Petroleum ......oil production equipment killing wildlife worldwide.
Shell Oil .....................oil production equipment killing wildlife worldwide.
Gillette........................$16 billion in annual sales.....killing animals in painful experiments.
Revlon.........................$7 billion in annual sales.......killing animals in painful experiments.
Avon ...........................$5 billion in annual sales.......killing animals in painful experiments.
Benneton.....................killing animals in painful experiments.
L'Oreal ........................killing animals in painful experiments.
Tonka ..........................maiming and killing animals in tests.
Mattel ..........................maiming and killing animals in tests.
Hasbro.........................maiming and killing animals in tests.
Amway.........................maiming and killing animals in tests.
Kenner.........................maiming and killing animals in product tests.
Mary Kay......................maiming and killing animals in product tests.
Versus:  PETA..............$16 million in annual donations
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Fashion

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Played an active role in the very successful, very high profile campaigns compelling most of the world's major fashion designers to publicly end their use of inhumanely obtained fur on their runways and in their designs:

  • DKNY
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Calvin Klein
  • J. Crew
  • Ann Taylor
  • . . . and many more.
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Oil Companies Killing Millions of Birds

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Pacheco worked undercover in lengthy, dangerous investigations in the oil fields of Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Pacheco produced a campaign against the companies oil giants such as Exxon, Mobil, Phillips Petroleum, and Texaco with the objective of forcing the oil industry into changing their equipment and practices.
 
Before this, unknown to the rest of the world, these oil giants were using equipment and oil extraction practices which were causing the prolonged and painful deaths of hundreds of thousands if not millions of wild animals not only in Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Texas, but literally world-wide.

Pacheco documented the prolonged deaths of virtually every bird species found in the Midwest, from endangered hawk and owl species to many migrating species.

Mission accomplished.

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GM - General Motors

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A three year high profile international campaign against General Motors, then the largest corporation in the world, to force GM to stop using live animals in car crash tests.
Organizing and holding standing-room-only news conferences in Detroit, D.C., N.Y.C., L.A., London, Paris, and other cities, often a few times in each city, aggressively attacking GM on scientific and humane grounds for their live-animal-car-crash-testing practices.  

Peaceful Civil Disobedience

Training staff and volunteers in effective civil disobedience, carrying out peaceful civil disobedience, as well as high profile demonstrations against GM in many cities many times, as a method of generating public attention on GM's testing practices.

Lawyers: 

Retaining and directing defense counsel in each jurisdiction as needed.
Extensive strategizing month after month, year after year on how to continue pressuring GM into giving up.
Lobbying Congress to put political pressure on GM.
Constantly strategizing on how to get the national media to produce anti-GM news articles and editorials, not an easy thing to do because of GM's unparalleled advertising budget. 
Organizing the safe burning our own GM cars, in public, to keep the reporters coming and to keep the fight in the news, without injuries or trouble.
Researching U.S. Department of Transportation data, which enabled us to state as a fact that 3 out of the top 5 most deadly cars are all GM cars, while other major car manufacturers no longer used animals at all. GM argued that using live animals in violent crash tests was justified for safety reasons.  

Car Shows: 

Publicly and effectively pressuring GM in front of many VIP's  and reporters during international car shows by planning the careful and diplomatic disruption of the car shows, using a variety of innovative tactics.  

Winning

Forcing General Motors to end their practice of violently killing live animals in car crash tests.

Today, not a single car manufacturer in the world uses any animals in crash tests.
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Strangling Wildlife in Hawaii

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Pacheco worked undercover during an investigation in the rainforests of uninhabited mountain ranges next to the infamous leper colony on the island of Molokai (and Maui), Hawaii fighting the State of Hawaii and a billion dollar non-profit organization who were using inhumane wire neck snares in attempt to kill all of the wild boars and wild deer inhabiting the islands.

Mission accomplished.

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30,000 Horses Slaughtered until...

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Pacheco worked undercover risking life and limb in a lengthy, complicated, and dangerous investigation outside of Waco, Texas; physically pitting himself against scores of cattle ranchers, and the Falls County Sheriff and all his Deputies.  
In the end successfully closing down the largest horse slaughter operation in the world where over 30,000 horses a year were slaughtered, many of them suffering from abuse and inhumane treatment before being slaughtered.

Mission accomplished.