Animal Research and Testing

EPA issues recommendation to reduce animal testing for pesticides

EPA issues recommendation to reduce animal testing for pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft interim policy recommending a move away from animal testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals. Specifically, the draft policy encourages the use of non-animal test methods to determine the likelihood of these chemicals to cause allergic skin reactions in humans. The traditional animal test for skin allergy involves . . . 

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HSUS 2017 annual report: Driving change for all animals around the globe

HSUS 2017 annual report: Driving change for all animals around the globe

This week we release our 2017 annual report, an account of recent achievements in our broad-ranging mission to help all animals. The report is teeming with encouraging news about the advances we made on issues ranging from negotiating with corporations, to producing large-scale animal welfare reforms, to pressing for major legislative goals, to educating and . . . 

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Hercules, Leo, and seven other retirees arrive at Project Chimps

Hercules, Leo, and seven other retirees arrive at Project Chimps

On March 21, the world changed dramatically for two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, who arrived at Project Chimps, a 236-acre HSUS-supported sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, along with seven other young male chimps who are a part of their bonded social group. Hercules and Leo, both 11, did not grow up with . . . 

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The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

In February 2017, shortly after the new administration took office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, without prior notice, removed from its website thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection and enforcement records. These were public records, many containing descriptions of animal neglect and suffering at puppy mills, roadside zoos, research laboratories, and . . . 

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Breaking news: Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

Breaking news: Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

In a huge victory in our ongoing fight against commercial breeders who neglect and mistreat the animals in their care, a New Hampshire jury today found a woman who kept 84 Great Danes in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion guilty on 17 counts of animal cruelty. This is a fitting end to a . . . 

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Help us keep the pressure on USDA to prevent outsourcing of animal welfare inspections

Help us keep the pressure on USDA to prevent outsourcing of animal welfare inspections

Last month, we told you about a disastrous plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider allowing some third-party inspections of certain regulated businesses, such as puppy mills, zoos, aquariums, and animal research labs, to determine which facilities warrant agency oversight. The plan could essentially allow these industries to police themselves when it comes . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and . . . 

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A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

In 2017, there were some mean-spirited, aggressive attacks on animal welfare that stirred the conscience and passions of tens of millions of Americans – particularly the readers of A Humane Nation. These maneuvers made so many of us question the wisdom and judgment of some elected officials at the federal level. In one of the . . . 

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Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

The HSUS pursues multi-channel reform efforts, and in 2017 we made extraordinary progress by pushing forward on a hundred fronts – in the federal courts, in protecting wolves, farm animals, and other creatures at risk of suffering or under threat; in legislatures throughout the world in passing anti-cruelty laws; in corporate board rooms, whether in . . . 

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Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules adopted in 2016 and in January 2017 to protect grizzly . . . 

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