Animal Research and Testing

Breaking News: Government Slams Door on Invasive Experiments on Chimps

Breaking News: Government Slams Door on Invasive Experiments on Chimps

I’ve made a series of announcements in the last three years about ongoing progress in the effort to end the era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees. Here’s another, and it’s a great one. Today, the National Institutes of Health announced it has scuttled plans to maintain a colony of 50 chimpanzees for research—reversing a decision . . . 

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Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

With the end of an era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees at hand, and the National Institutes of Health aiming to retire the vast majority of its government owned chimpanzees to the national chimpanzee sanctuary, the three laboratories that house privately owned chimpanzees are no doubt considering their options for the 400 or so animals . . . 

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Evangelical Leaders Recognize ‘Every Living Thing’

Evangelical Leaders Recognize ‘Every Living Thing’

Today, I was so pleased to participate in a press conference to announce the launch of “Every Living Thing,” a national campaign to engage the Evangelical community on animal protection issues. “Every Living Thing” is built around a statement of principles about animal protection from major Evangelical leaders. The plan is to appeal to Evangelical leaders . . . 

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Welcome, Pope Francis, Champion of Animals

Welcome, Pope Francis, Champion of Animals

Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States – his first-ever visit – has created extraordinary excitement and drawn enormous crowds and round-the-clock coverage. This Pope and his ideas are of enormous interest to the American public, whether Catholic or non-Catholic. The Pope is of special interest to us at The HSUS because of the ideas he’s . . . 

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California to Impose Prohibitions Against Trade in Kangaroo, Elephant, and Rhino Parts

California to Impose Prohibitions Against Trade in Kangaroo, Elephant, and Rhino Parts

California lawmakers adjourned for the year with a bang when it comes to animal welfare, sending a raft of major pro-animal bills to Governor Jerry Brown and blocking several maneuvers to backtrack on animal welfare issues. The state cemented its place as the friendliest one for animals, setting a high bar for other states to . . . 

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Chimps Deserve Better – and Things Are Getting Better for Them

Chimps Deserve Better – and Things Are Getting Better for Them

As of today, September 14th, all chimps are listed as endangered under U.S. law – both wild and captive chimps. This day marks the official end of unrestricted invasive experiments on chimpanzees in this country – a milestone in our long-running Chimps Deserve Better campaign. Our campaign has been multifaceted, pushing for the enactment of . . . 

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At Long Last, Testing on Chimps to End in the United States – and the World

At Long Last, Testing on Chimps to End in the United States – and the World

A century of invasive experiments on chimpanzees in the United States will come to a halt in about 10 days. Science writer David Grimm recently reported that no researcher has applied for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct additional invasive experiments on chimpanzees in the United States – and obtaining such . . . 

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Time for U.S. Military to Launch a Surge – for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Time for U.S. Military to Launch a Surge – for Alternatives to Animal Testing

In recent years, the Department of Defense has been improving in its efforts to reduce and replace the use of animals in laboratory and field testing. Here are some of the major areas of progress: Investments made by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2004 to 2009 have led to the development of . . . 

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New York Blood Center Offers More Lame Excuses for Abandoning Chimps

New York Blood Center Offers More Lame Excuses for Abandoning Chimps

The New York Blood Center has posted a dreadful Q and A justification on its website, defending its abandonment of 66 chimpanzees in Liberia – animals it used in invasive experiments for three decades, and pledged to provide lifetime care for. In March, the NYBC ceased paying $30,000 a month to care for the colony, giving . . . 

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MARC’ed Progress

MARC’ed Progress

In January, with an inside view from a long-serving, whistleblowing veterinarian, The New York Times exposed appallingly cruel and unnecessary experimentation on farm animals at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), a government-run laboratory in Nebraska. Reporter Michael Moss documented scientists at the Center locking pigs in steam chambers until they died, breeding calves . . . 

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