AAVS Action Center

Welcome to the AAVS Action Center!

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:

Tell USDA It’s Not Enough

On February 17, USDA posted some of the thousands of animal welfare records that it had blocked access to earlier in the month. This batch of documents includes inspection reports for certain federal facilities and annual reports disclosing how many and what type of animals are used at registered laboratories. However, it does not include laboratory inspection reports that can document animal welfare violations.

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AWA Protection for All Animals

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was established to set minimal standards of care and treatment for animals used in laboratories, but it specifically excludes animals used in agriculture research, such as cows, pigs, and sheep. However, all animals have the capacity to suffer in research, and all should be protected under the AWA.

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Move Chimps Out of Labs

After years of life in labs, chimpanzees need and deserve the freedom that only a sanctuary can provide. Animal advocates are doing our part, now NIH needs to do what it can to expedite arrangements to move all government funded chimps from labs to Chimp Haven.

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Help Abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia

Over 60 chimpanzees were abandoned on islands off the coast of Liberia, without access to food or clean water. Contact the New York Blood Center and ask that it reinstate funding for the care of these animals!

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WANTED: Safe AND Cruelty-Free Products

Consumers want—and deserve—safe products, but they also want them to be cruelty-free. Unfortunately, a bill has been introduced in the Senate that touts safe products, but does so at the animals’ expense. The Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014) would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review extensive safety test data of at least five ingredients used in personal care products every year to determine whether they are harmful. The bill allows animal testing to be used, and some fear it could even lead to an increase in animal testing, and there is no requirement or incentive to use non-animal alternatives.

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Military Should Use BEST Practices, Not Animals

The Department of Defense (DOD) “uses more than 8,500 live animals each year” in its combat trauma training exercises, according to a bill developed to end this practice. These animals, typically anesthetized pigs and goats, suffer severe injuries as they are shot, stabbed, burned, and have their limbs amputated and are eventually killed.

However, the Battlefield Excellence Through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1095 / S. 587) would end the military’s use of animals in these brutal and unnecessary training exercises.

Ask Congress to pass the BEST Practices Act!

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Help End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

For decades, animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice have been used to test cosmetics and their ingredients. Even with greater acceptance of alternative methods, animal testing is still done on cosmetics ingredients in the U.S.; but this could change with the passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA), a bill banning the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients, as well as the sale of animal tested cosmetics.

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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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Ask President Obama to Keep GE Salmon Off the Menu

Despite a mountain of opposition, on November 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of GE salmon as food in the U.S. The agency claims that the fish are safe to eat, pose little environmental risk, and that the genetic modification is “safe for the fish.” However, FDA’s findings are based on data, supplied by AquaBounty (the developer of the GE salmon), which have been greatly criticized for lack of scientific vigor. Furthermore, concerns about the animals’ health and safety evidently have been ignored.

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Stop Exports of Monkeys Destined for Labs

Last year, Mauritius exported over 4,000 macaques to the U.S., over 50 percent more than in 2013. By far, the majority of monkeys were shipped to laboratories like Primate Products, which imported 1,000 macaques alone. Additionally, two shipments of macaques coming from Mauritius last year were named in violations involving charges of inhumane shipment under the Lacey Act and violations of endangered species law.

Please help stop the exportation of primates from Mauritius!

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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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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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Thank Your Legislators for Passing Legislation that Helps Animals

On June 22, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law by President Obama. This law will put U.S. safety testing requirements in line with recommendations outlined in the landmark 2007 report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and A Strategy.” Chemical testing reform will modernize safety testing in the U.S. and promote the use of alternatives, while at the same time saving hundreds of thousands of animal lives. Act Now »

Tell MetLife: Support Chimps in Liberia, Stop Funding NYBC

MetLife is a billion dollar global company that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to the New York Blood Center (NYBC), which abandoned over 60 chimpanzees in Liberia after using them in experiments for decades. Contact CEO Steven Kandarian and ask MetLife to support the chimpanzees in Liberia by ending its funding to NYBC. Act Now »

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' failure to consider alternatives. Act Now »