Activate for Animals – January 2017

AWA for All Animals

Not all animals used in research are protected by the law. While the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was created to set minimal standards of care and treatment for animals used in experiments, it specifically excludes those in agriculture research, like cows, pigs, and sheep. In fact, they are not even considered ‘animals,’ under the AWA definition!

All animals have the capacity to suffer, and all should be protected under the AWA.

In 2015, revelations from a whistleblower showed shocking animal cruelty and neglect at a USDA facility that conducts research for the meat industry. An agency investigation dismissed many of the accusations, saying that USDA uses “industry norms” as a measure for the welfare of farmed animals in its research.

Cows, pigs, sheep in agriculture experiments need and deserve the same AWA protection provided to other animals in research, like dogs, rabbits, and primates, and AAVS is committed to advancing their status.

Do you support the inclusion of animals used in agriculture research under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act?


In the News

Animalearn Honors Humane Educator, Student

Teachers like Animalearn’s Humane Educator of the Year, Brian Ogle, are key in advancing humane science education. Brian’s classroom is proof that “you can provide students with authentic learning experiences while increasing learning gains and confidence in science.” The Humane Student of the Year, 13-year-old Jenna Ward, is working to end frog dissections at her school. “Frogs are really important to the ecosystem,” she says, and it’s “important…to take care of them.”
AAVS congratulates these winners!


Primates, NIH, and Ethics?

Following harsh criticism of the NIH’s maternal deprivation studies, public attention has been drawn to the ethics of using primates in labs. Because primates have complex social, emotional, and cognitive needs, many believe they should not be used in research. At the request of Congress, NIH held a workshop to address ethical concerns of conducting primate research; however, there was little discussion on ethics. This piece calls out NIH, workshop organizers, and researchers, and makes the case as to why a real discussion on bioethics is necessary.


Saving Animals with Synthetic Human Skin

How are alternatives made for commercial use? What do they look like? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one type of alternative that can be used to test any of a number of substances, including cosmetics, household cleaning products, and detergent, and that can spare thousands of animals like rabbits and guinea pigs from excruciating pain and suffering.