Keep the Endangered Species Act Strong!
In the very near future, Congress will vote on the 2018 Farm Bill and, currently, there are sections in the House version that could weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Enacted to help protect endangered wildlife from various destructive industry practices,
the ESA was vital in helping to end invasive research on chimpanzees when captive chimps, such as those in labs, were reclassified as endangered, like their wild cousins have been for many years. The umbrella of protection that the ESA provides can extend to animals in laboratories, making it especially important to keep the Endangered Species Act strong.
Contact your Representative today to ask the any provisions to weaken the ESA be removed from the Farm Bill!
It’s important to note that the Farm Bill outlines the budget for the USDA for the next five years, so any provisions that weaken animal protection and oversight will have the potential to make a destructive, lasting impact.
The Endangered Species Act must be strong to be effective in protecting wildlife!
Please urge your Representative to remove any sections in the Farm Bill that would weaken the ESA.
On September 25, AAVS submitted comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT) urging it to dismiss a complaint from a lobbying organization representing animal researchers. The complaint asks the agency to prohibit four named passenger airlines from having policies that prevent them from transporting shipments of research animals. AAVS supports the airlines’ decisions not to transport animals intended for use in live animal research. To help DOT understand the scope of the problem, we submitted our painstakingly researched report, “Primates by the Numbers: The use and importation of nonhuman primates for research and testing in the United States.” READ MORE »
Scientists at the University of Texas are using human tissue to develop a model of the colon to study how probiotics alter normal gut bacteria to cause colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This project received funding from AAVS’s affiliate, the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, in August, because of its potential to replace the use of animals in IBD research. The hope is that this human colitis chip, as lead investigator Dr. Hyun Jung Kim calls it, will lead to more effective ways to treating IBD and related maladies. READ MORE »
Giving Day for Apes is an annual event created by the Arcus Foundation, and this year, AAVS was the sponsor for the North American sanctuaries leaderboard. We are thrilled to share that nearly $560,000 was raised to support 37 sanctuaries around the world that care for chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, and gorillas. AAVS is awarding additional prizes to the top three fundraisers: Save the Chimps, the Center for Great Apes, and Primarily Primates, Inc. Check out the final tallies for the day. READ MORE »