Animal Research and Testing

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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A Trump administration and animal protection

A Trump administration and animal protection

In the United States, we fight like cats and dogs during elections. But in their aftermath, we’re not nearly as forgiving as creatures who get into a scrape and then put the tussle behind them. The nation has just gone through a tough battle, with half the country supporting one candidate and half backing the . . . 

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Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Taiwan has become the second major market in Southeast Asia to take a stand against cosmetics cruelty with a vote last week to ban animal testing in the beauty industry. With this new policy, more than 1.7 billion consumers in 34 global markets have directly felt the effects of Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign. The . . . 

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Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joins fight to save New York Blood Center chimps

Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joins fight to save New York Blood Center chimps

I was so pleased to be joined by former New Mexico governor and United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson today in a mid-morning press conference to announce a collaborative campaign to secure a safe future for dozens of laboratory chimpanzees abandoned by the New York Blood Center on a set of islands in Liberia. The Richardson . . . 

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Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Blinding, poisoning, and killing animals in the name of beauty has never stood a chance in the court of public opinion. But it’s survived for too long as a legal enterprise because industry has thwarted reform with pretenses about the lack of alternatives, and politicians have sidestepped our moral duty to innocent creatures. However, the . . . 

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Nine lab chimps win lottery, move into new digs in Georgia

Nine lab chimps win lottery, move into new digs in Georgia

I am so pleased to share the latest news in a series of actions taken over the last seven years to help chimps in laboratories – nine chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana have safely arrived at the nation’s newest chimp sanctuary, Project Chimps. I want to congratulate Project Chimps on welcoming . . . 

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New York sends lifeline to lab animals

New York sends lifeline to lab animals

In The Humane Economy, I muse about the life of my dog Lily—a mixed breed whose beagle background yowls most prominently—before a rescue group pulled her from a rural shelter that had her on a euthanasia list. A veterinarian with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue said she was four or five when she came into . . . 

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NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released an official plan for the retirement to permanent sanctuary of the hundreds of government-owned and -supported chimpanzees, paving the way for the movement of these chimpanzees to commence in earnest. Back in November, after prior announcements that it was getting out of the business of using . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Today, it was my great honor to attend the presidential signing ceremony at the White House for a revision of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, with my colleague Sara Amundson from the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Today’s final action upgrades a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals, and contains – for the . . . 

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Congress sends landmark bill to reduce animal use in chemical testing to Obama

Congress sends landmark bill to reduce animal use in chemical testing to Obama

Last night, the Senate gave final approval to a bill that revamps a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals. The bill contains – for the first time in any broader environmental and health protection statute – an explicit decree from Congress to minimize animal testing and to create a clear preference for the . . . 

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