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     UW-Madison Resurrects Infant Isolation Studies
During the 1950s and 1960s, University of Wisconsin researcher Harry Harlow conducted his maternal deprivation experiments, in which newborn monkeys were taken from their mothers and forced to live in total isolation, causing severe psychosis. Earlier this year, an experiment that recalls those dark days was approved by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as a way to study anxiety in humans.

     Tell Congress to say YES to Humane Cosmetics
In March, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), legislation prohibiting the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients, as well as the sale of cosmetic products containing animal tested ingredients. Most recently, 133 companies demonstrated strong cosmetic industry support for the Humane Cosmetics Act by publicly endorsing the bill.

     Congress must end use of pets in labs
On January 15, random source Class B dealer Kenneth Schroeder had his license revoked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and can no longer sell dogs and cats to laboratories. USDA filed a complaint in September 2013 alleging that Schroeder "willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act" when he illegally obtained seven dogs, failed to maintain proper housing for animals, and did not give USDA inspectors access to his records and facilities, as required by law. Although welcome news, five other random source Class B dealers still operate, collecting dogs and cats from shelters, breeders, and hunters and selling them to labs.

goat      Stand Up for Goats Who Can't
Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of goat antibodies, has been cited for several egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act, ranging from goats with untreated broken legs to untrained animal caretakers to failure to consider alternatives.

goat      Air France, Stop Transporting Primates!
Animal advocates have been successful in international efforts to convince every major passenger airline to stop its transport of primates for research, except for one: Air France.

     Over 400 Guinea Pigs Dead
In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a complaint against the airline China Cargo for several alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which led to the deaths of 435 guinea pigs. Reportedly, China Cargo transported 566 guinea pigs from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles in March, 2010, but only 178 animals arrived in the U.S. alive, and 47 of those died soon after. In total, less than 25% of the guinea pigs transported by China Cargo survived. TAKE ACTION »

     Retire ALL Chimpanzees
Please contact NIH and ask that all the Alamogordo chimps, including those sent to the lab in Texas, be permanently retired and placed in the care of a sanctuary as soon as possible.

     Will Animal Testing Be Required for Cosmetics?
There is currently no law in U.S. requiring cosmetic companies to test their finished products and ingredients on animals. However, with the introduction of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, there is concern that this may change.

Urge Congress to say no to ge fish      Urge Congress to Say No to GE Fish
Earlier this year, we asked supporters to contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to voice opposition of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. We are pleased to report that with a combined effort of a coalition of 30 organizations, including AAVS and Farm Sanctuary, nearly 2 million people told the FDA that they do not want GE salmon to be sold as food. Considering FDA has a history of ignoring the problems associated with GE animals, so we must ask Congress to stop the sale of GE salmon.

     No More Monkeying Around
AAVS supports sanctuaries that provide caring environments for animals formerly used in laboratories. These same sanctuaries also rescue animals from the entertainment industry, pet trade, and other abusive situations, straining valuable resources and making it more difficult to help animals released from research. This burden can be lessened, however, by supporting the Captive Primate Safety Act, legislation that would prohibit the interstate commerce of monkeys, apes, and other primates in the exotic pet trade.

     VICTORY! Urge United Airlines to say NO to Animal Research
Most passenger airlines have acknowledged that they are ill-equipped to handle animals heading for labs, and have decided to get out of the business. However, United has recently been forced to reconsider this policy due to its merger with Continental Airlines, which has shipped animals destined for laboratories.

     VICTORY! Where will they go?
National Institutes of Health announced that 110 chimpanzees housed at the controversial New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana were declared "permanently ineligible for biomedical research."

Ending the Use of Animals in Science