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:

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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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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Support Legislation for Modern, Non-Animal Testing


Animals should not have to suffer and die to test chemicals, especially when reliable, alternative methods exist. Ask your Senator to help reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing by cosponsoring the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

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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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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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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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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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