‘Tis the Season to Shop Cruelty-Free
AAVS is excited to share the Leaping Bunny Program’s cruelty-free holiday shopping bonanza. With this special link, you will have exclusive access to special discounts and promotions from over 250 Leaping Bunny certified companies. And, you can follow Leaping Bunny’s Instagram to win some spectacular gift baskets!
As the Chair of the Leaping Bunny Program, AAVS has been able to connect thousands of compassionate consumers to hundreds of cruelty-free companies that have taken an ethical stand for animals. It’s what we do.
We are grateful for everything you do to support AAVS and to help animals used in biomedical research, testing, and education. For responding to action alerts, making donations, and sharing important information about animals in labs, we thank you!
Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!
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Following months of criticism for using dogs in lethal experiments, the U.S. department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has requested that the National Academies of Sciences to examine this issue. Intended to provide an objective assessment of whether dogs are actually needed in VA research, this study will first explore potential alternative methods. Further, the NAS committee will identify ethical standards regarding the use of dogs, and review the VA’s ability to provide oversight of its research facilities. AAVS will keep you posted on public comment opportunities. READ MORE »
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, a beneficiary of AAVS’s annual sanctuary grants since 2008, will be expanding its facilities so it can care for up to 15 more former research chimps. Currently home to seven older chimps who’ve been retired from research, the Washington state sanctuary expects to break ground in the spring. A feature article in the Seattle Times shares what a typical day at the sanctuary is like, and includes frank comments from primate researchers about the future possibility of retiring monkeys. READ MORE »
According to USDA’s 2017 annual report on the numbers of animals used in research and testing, a total of 932,954 animals were held and used in labs last year, down less than three percent from 2016. This number does not include fish and birds, mice, and rats, bred for research, who make up about 93 percent of all animals used in labs. AAVS estimates that approximately 15,000,000 animals are held and used in research and testing in the U.S. For more info, including numbers for other animals in labs, visit aavs.org/AnimalNumbers. READ MORE »
We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who donated to AAVS’s recent online campaigns for Build It! and Giving Tuesday. Together, we are changing animals’ lives for the better. Thank you so very much!