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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. 1243 / S. 498) would end the military’s use of animals in these brutal and unnecessary training exercises.
Ask Congress to pass the BEST Practices Act!Act Now »
Random source Class B dealers have earned their notorious reputation. They acquire dogs and cats from pounds, auctions, or individuals like private breeders and hunters and then sell them to laboratories so they can be used in experiments. Many of these animals are former pets. And although these dealers have a sordid history of illegally acquiring animals and providing inadequate care for dogs and cats housed at their facilities, they have made enormous profits from this unscrupulous business. It’s time to finally end the dirty business of random source animal dealers!Act Now »
USDA is funded with taxpayer dollars, and we have the right to know how animals are being treated by the facilities it regulates. As of March 3, USDA still has not posted all inspection reports documenting animal welfare violations nor records for certain facilities. Its database also remains disabled. Congress needs to demand that USDA restore full access to all information previously housed on its website. The public has the right to know!Act Now »
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.Act Now »
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.Act Now »
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!Act Now »
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.Act Now »
Animal advocates have been successful in international efforts to convince every major passenger airline to stop its transport of primates for research, except for one: Air France.Act Now »