Captive Primates Need YOU!
A bill that would put a stop to people owning pet monkeys was introduced in the House of Representatives last month. If enacted, the Captive Primate Safety Act would prohibit the import, export, sale, and transport of any non-human primate.
Although baby monkeys may look cute and cuddly, they soon grow strong and become more aggressive, as they start acting on their natural, wild instincts. Owners will then often confine the monkeys to small cages and have their teeth pulled. A few lucky ones make it to a sanctuary. But oftentimes, these facilities are also caring for primates who have been released from labs. This further strains valuable resources, making it more difficult for sanctuaries to provide refuge to animals released from labs.
This burden can be lessened, however, by supporting the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 1776) and ending the pet monkey trade.
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Last week was World Week for Animals in Laboratories and in recognition of this important event, AAVS launched a new Instagram account. Follow AAVS on Instagram to stay up-to-date on our campaigns and other issues, including cruelty-free shopping, pro-animal legislation, alternatives that can replace the harmful use of animals in research, testing, and education, and more. Help spread the word about animals in labs by sharing our Instagram posts with your family and friends! VISIT PAGE »
Although there have been some positive changes regarding cruelty-free cosmetics in China, there is still a long way to go. Erin Hill, President of Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), explains in an interview that the slow pace has a lot to do with a lack of infrastructure and experience. IIVS has conducted several workshops and trained hundreds of Chinese scientists on in vitro methods to help modernize cosmetic safety testing in China. READ MORE »
Recent news about the U.S. Department of Agriculture ending its use of cats in experiments prompted the BBC to examine how animal use in labs is reported in the UK. What is reported to the UK government is much more transparent and informative than what it is in the U.S. For example, UK labs report the numbers of all animals used, but here, labs are not required to report mice, rats, and fish, who we estimate make up to 95% of all animals in U.S. labs. READ MORE »