Animal Research and Testing

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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Lush steps up fight to end animal testing

By on November 10, 2017 in Animal Research and Testing, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lush steps up fight to end animal testing

The HSUS and its affiliates have long worked to phase out cosmetic, chemical, and pesticide tests on animals. That work is grounded on a value system focused on preventing needless suffering of animals, but also on the principle that science and innovation can provide us . . . 

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Threats to Endangered Species Act gain speed in Congress

By on October 23, 2017 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 24 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Threats to Endangered Species Act gain speed in Congress

There are radical maneuvers among some Republicans in the House to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to cherry-pick species from the list to enable trophy hunting or wildlife trafficking targeting the rarest of species. If any or all of these anti-wildlife provisions were . . . 

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50 ways you can help animals

50 ways you can help animals

One of the questions I often get asked by supporters is, how can they get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection? I want to offer some broad strokes on how advocates, including you, can help advance our cause. There . . . 

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HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

By on September 19, 2017 in Animal Research and Testing, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Some years ago, a handful of companies rejected animal testing as a research and development practice and chose to only market products known to be safe to consumers. As a nod to the growing ranks of consumers concerned about animal cruelty, they affixed a symbol . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. . . . 

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U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

Puppies and adult dogs are subjected to botched surgeries, induced heart attacks, and other invasive procedures, and then euthanized, as part of experiments carried out at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals – and you and other American taxpayers are funding it. This disturbing fact was recently . . . 

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Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

We are in the midst of a global revolution to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing. In recent months, key countries have either banned this unnecessary and inhumane practice, or put in motion plans to do the same. More than a fourth of . . . 

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