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Urge USDA and Congress to Protect Pets!

AAVS has renewed its call for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to revoke the license of R&R Research, a random source Class B dealer that has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), legislation designed to protect lost or stolen pets from becoming research subjects. Random source Class B dealers are animal brokers that obtain dogs and cats from shelters and others, and then sell them to research and education facilities, and they are only permitted to obtain animals from licen

Dogs and Cats Need Our Help!

Past visitors to aavs.org may be familiar with Cruella, a shepherd mix from a small town in Michigan who was found wandering, wearing a purple collar and chain. Cruella was taken to a local pound and was later given to a random source Class B dealer, who, after holding her for six months, sold her to a university laboratory where she was killed after seven months. In reviewing her records, it was clear that Cruella had once been someone’s pet.

Urge USDA to Protect Pets from Class B Dealers

Random source Class B dealers have been repeatedly cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for both illegally obtaining animals and for the substandard care they give to those animals in their possession. Urge the USDA to support any regulatory and legislative changes that would help protect animals from random source Class B dealers.

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act will end the invasive use of chimpanzees in research
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The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act was recently introduced into the 112th Congress. Let's make this the year for the chimps!

Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
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There is new momentum propelling the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, a bill that would effectively end invasive research on an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees currently in government-sponsored labs and prohibit such experiments on all great apes (defined as chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons). Your Senators need to hear from you!

Speak out against genetically engineered fish.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to approving genetically engineered (GE) salmon for food, despite the fact that these fish often suffer serious health problems. GE salmon are only one of several GE animals in the pipeline, just steps away from reaching grocery store shelves. But Congress can act to stop the FDA, and we need your help.



Class B Animal Dealer Indicted
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Floyd and Susan Martin, owners of Chestnut Grove Kennel, a random source Class B animal dealer, have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with conspiracy, identity theft, mail fraud, and making false statements. If convicted, they face up to 50 years in jail and $1 million in fines. While AAVS applauds legal action against this dealer, there are five other random source Class B dealers currently under USDA investigation, some whose cases have been languishing for years.

Urge the Connecticut State Senate to Support Student Choice
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We need your help to make Connecticut the 11th state with a student choice law!

Urge Labeling for GE Fish

On Tuesday, April 26, the Assembly Health Committee will hold a hearing on legislation (AB 88) that would require labeling for genetically engineered (GE) fish and products containing GE fish that are sold in California. Your help is needed to ensure that this bill moves out of Committee, so it can be voted on by the State Assembly.

Urge Labeling for GE Fish 2

On May 3, the California Assembly Health Committee passed a bill (AB 88) that would require labeling for all genetically engineered (GE) fish sold in the state. Now the bill moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will hold a hearing on AB 88 on Wednesday, May 18. Your continued help is needed to ensure that this bill moves out of Committee, so it can be voted on by the State Assembly.

Let’s Ban Pigeon Shoots in PA
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Pennsylvania is the last state in the country that allows live pigeon shoots, cruel events that involve killing birds for fun. Dazed pigeons are launched from spring-loaded boxes and are shot for target practice or for prizes and money. Birds who are wounded are killed by having their necks snapped. Pigeon shoots take place nearly every weekend in Pennsylvania.

It is time for both Congress and the USDA to Protect our Pets!

On May 19, Wood TV 8, a local Grand Rapids, Michigan news station, ran an excellent investigative report entitled “Who is Policing Animal Safety?”, which focused on R&R Research, a random source Class B dealer selling dogs and cats to research facilities that has violated the Animal Welfare Act multiple times, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s failure to close it down.

Animals are counting on us
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In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan, the government is scrambling to save its people. But many animals were left behind as well, some tied up or locked in houses without food. Recently, the government has allowed residents and rescue groups access to the evacuation area in Fukushima, but they have only been able to rescue a small percentage of animals so far.

Urge Support for the Pet Safety and Protection Act
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On June 21, U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ) reintroduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 2256), and we need your help to pass it! This bill would prohibit random source Class B animal dealers from selling dogs and cats, many of whom are likely former pets, to research facilities.

Class B Dealer Animal Cruelty
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As AAVS supporters may know, R&R Research is a notorious Class B dealer that acquires dogs and cats from random sources and sells them to research labs for profit. On June 7, R&R was cited for illegally obtaining animals for the 8th time!

pets still need protection – your help is needed!
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Another random source animal dealer has shut down. Chestnut Grove Kennel, whose owners were charged with conspiracy and fraud, has closed its doors, and will no longer be selling dogs and cats to research. There are now only eight random source Class B dealers operating in the U.S. But we still need your help to ban all random source Class B dealers!

Keep GE Fish off the Menu

Recent reports indicate that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the final stages of approving AquaBounty’s genetically engineered (GE) salmon for food, despite the fact that these fish often suffer serious health problems. In an outrageous move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just gave $500,000 of tax-payer money to AquaBounty to develop its GE fish.

NIH will Limit Chimp Research

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that the agency will adopt new stringent criteria limiting research on chimpanzees. The criteria and other recommendations about instituting special conditions for use of chimpanzees were developed by an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee, which released a full report shortly before NIH’s response.

Thank Urban Decay
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Leaping Bunny Program has announced that it has re-certified Urban Decay as cruelty-free after the company made the decision to cancel plans to sell its products in China.

Urge Congress to Protect Our Pets

Thanks to the efforts of AAVS, our supporters, and many other advocates, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a formal complaint against random source Class B dealer R&R Research for illegally obtaining animals. While this is certainly welcome news, we must continue to push for an end to random source Class B dealers, animal brokers who obtain shelter dogs and cats, many of whom are former pets, to sell to research and education facilities. But we need your help!

Another Dealer Illegally Obtains Animals

As AAVS supporters may be aware, random source Class B dealers have a long history of violating animal welfare laws. One example is Robert Perry, a random source dealer who has been cited repeatedly, including three times for illegally acquiring animals

Urge USDA to Revoke Santa Cruz Biotechnology's License!

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 untreated broken legs to untrained animal caretakers to failure to consider alternatives.

Where will they go?

On September 21, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that 110 chimpanzees housed at the controversial New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana were declared “permanently ineligible for biomedical research.” While welcome news, it is concerning that only 10 of these chimpanzees are scheduled to be transferred to Chimp Haven, a sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from research.

Congress Must Say NO to Pets Sold for Research

Many of us who live with dogs and cats consider them part of our family. We could never imagine them being used in laboratory experiments, yet it is the alarming reality for some former companion animals. They are obtained by random source Class B dealers, who then sell them to research facilities. The dirty Class B dealers business can be stopped, but Congress needs to act!

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.

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 NIH to Retire ALL Chimpanzees

In December, AAVS announced its pledge of Total Lifetime of Care (TLC) for Chimps, to secure the future of seven baby chimpanzees⎯Arden, Diane, Jimmy, Mason, Onyx, Quilla, and Riley⎯who were released from a laboratory. These little ones now reside with their mothers at Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Louisiana.

2014--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.

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.

Urge USDA to take action

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.

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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. While the airline claims that nonhuman primates are vital for research into human disease, the fact remains that it has no expertise in this area, particularly concerning the care, treatment, and special needs of monkeys. We need your help in encouraging Air France to say NO to transporting animals for research!

 
Ending the Use of Animals in Science