AAVS Action Center

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Send messages directly to decision makers – find your elected officials by clicking here. The AAVS Action Center facilitates communication with government and corporate representatives that have power to effect change. Use your voice to influence today’s urgent issues:

USDA missing the MARC. Tell Congress to Hold USDA Accountable.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is under fire, again. This time, it’s for a report that fails to acknowledge the agency’s gross inadequacy in overseeing the care and treatment of animals at one of its own labs. The report was compiled in response to a New York Times investigation that detailed extensive animal cruelty and questionable oversight at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC).

USDA’s continued failure to protect animals is inexcusable, and Congress needs to hold the agency accountable.

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Animals in Harm’s Way


USDA is charged by Congress to enforce the AWA and protect animals used in research. Its repeated failure to do this is unacceptable!

Please contact APHIS and urge the agency to give animal welfare violators the stiffest penalties possible. Remind APHIS that it has a mandate to protect animals, and it cannot do that while being soft on those who break the law.

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House of Horrors: UW-Madison Resurrects Infant Isolation Studies


During the 1950s and 1960s, University of Wisconsin researcher Harry Harlow conducted his maternal deprivation experiments, in which newborn monkeys were taken from their mothers and forced to live in total isolation, causing severe psychosis. Earlier this year, an experiment that recalls those dark days was approved by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as a way to study anxiety in humans.

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Tell Congress to say YES to the Humane Cosmetics Act


Originally introduced to Congress in 2014, the Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA) would prohibit the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients, as well as the sale of cosmetic products containing animal tested ingredients. But with the swearing in of a new Congress, the bill must be reintroduced.

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Ban Random Source Animal Dealers


For years, Congress has considered legislation that would eliminate random source Class B dealers. These dealers, which sell animals from pounds, shelters, and individuals to research facilities, have a sordid history of illegal acquisition of animals and improper treatment of dogs and cats housed at their facilities.

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Stand Up for Goats Who Can’t


Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of goat antibodies, has been cited for several egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, ranging from goats with untreated broken legs to untrained animal caretakers to failure to consider alternatives.

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Tell Congress You Don’t Want GE Salmon on the Menu


In the past, we have asked supporters to contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to voice opposition of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. We are pleased to report that with a combined effort of a coalition of 30 organizations, including AAVS and Farm Sanctuary, nearly 2 million people told the FDA that they do not want GE salmon to be sold as food. Considering FDA has a history of ignoring the problems associated with GE animals, so we must ask Congress to stop the sale of GE salmon.

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Urge USDA to Take Action against China Cargo for violations of the Animal Welfare Act


In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a complaint against the airline China Cargo for several alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which led to the deaths of 435 guinea pigs. Reportedly, China Cargo transported 566 guinea pigs from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles in March, 2010, but only 178 animals arrived in the U.S. alive, and 47 of those died soon after. In total, less than 25% of the guinea pigs transported by China Cargo survived.

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Urge NIH to Retire ALL Chimpanzees


Contact NIH and ask that all the Alamogordo chimps, including those sent to the lab in Texas, be permanently retired and placed in the care of a sanctuary as soon as possible.

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