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AAVS Action Center

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Send messages directly to decision makers. 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:

House of Horrors: UW-Madison Resurrects Infant Isolation Studies

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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

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In March, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), legislation prohibiting the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients, as well as the sale of cosmetic products containing animal tested ingredients. Most recently, 133 companies demonstrated strong cosmetic industry support for the Humane Cosmetics Act by publicly endorsing the bill.

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Support the Pet Safety and Protection Act and End the Use of Pets in Labs

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On January 15, random source Class B dealer Kenneth Schroeder had his license revoked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and can no longer sell dogs and cats to laboratories. USDA filed a complaint in September 2013 alleging that Schroeder “willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act” when he illegally obtained seven dogs, failed to maintain proper housing for animals, and did not give USDA inspectors access to his records and facilities, as required by law. Although welcome news, five other random source Class B dealers still operate, collecting dogs and cats from shelters, breeders, and hunters and selling them to labs.

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Stand Up for Goats Who Can’t

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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

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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

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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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Urge Congress to Say NO to GE Fish

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Earlier this year, we 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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No More Monkeying Around – Support the Primate Safety Act!

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AAVS supports sanctuaries that provide caring environments for animals formerly used in laboratories. These same sanctuaries also rescue animals from the entertainment industry, pet trade, and other abusive situations, straining valuable resources and making it more difficult to help animals released from research. This burden can be lessened, however, by supporting the Captive Primate Safety Act, legislation that would prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates in the exotic pet trade.

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