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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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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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Victories!

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 »