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UPDATE (Jan. 24, 2015): U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff via an internal memo to take immediate action in creating an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days. This directive comes in response to the recent New York Times investigative article highlighting the appalling activities taking place at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center located in Nebraska. The memo also specifies that an independent panel…

The relaunch of appalling anxiety experiments on baby monkeys has been approved at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for relaunch in June, despite their cruelty, the lack of any benefit to humans they yield, and decades of opposition.  The study, in which newborn monkeys will be subjected to various terrifying stressors to record the effects and then summarily euthanized, will never lead to relevant data that can be extrapolated to aid in the treatment…

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a second complaint against the Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT) animal research facility. Filed on Nov. 4, 2014, it calls for a suspension or revocation of SCBT’s dealer license. SCBT has a lengthy history of alleged and actual Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, resulting in needless additional pain for animals already suffering in labs. For years, NEAVS has called on the USDA,…

UPDATE: The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858) has been reintroduced. Send an automated letter asking your representative to support the bill. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), now retired, introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act in 2014, a bill to end cosmetics testing on animals. If passed, the U.S. would join the E.U., Israel, Norway, and India where this inhumane and unscientific practice has already been banned. Unfortunately, the bill died when the Congressional…

The Mandatory Alternatives Petition, submitted by NEAVS and others, seeks to change the way drug testing is done in laboratories before drugs are tested on people. The MAP asks the FDA to mandate, when available, scientifically proven drug testing methods that replace animal use. In 2010, the FDA stated it intends to issue guidance on the use of non-animal testing methods. However, despite repeated meetings and MAP supplemental submissions from NEAVS…

UPDATE: NEAVS is excited to report the USDA responded within weeks after submitting that the issue is "important" and it will be seeking public comment. This is the response we were looking for and it pushes our campaign forward. Learn how you can offically add your voice and take action. A coalition of animal protection groups including the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, the Laboratory Primate…

Physicians have the authority, responsibility, and ability to help patients make informed decisions regarding medications. People view their physician as the most influential factor in seeking health information.1 And when it comes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), many options are available. Many HRTs like Premarin, Duavee, Prempro, and Premphase are made from the urine of pregnant horses. In order to harvest pregnant mare urine (PMU), mares are forced to become…

Many women are shocked to learn their hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication is made from pregnant horse urine. This is the case for many popular HRT drugs from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer such as Premarin, Duavee, Prempro, and Premphase – but their labeling isn’t telling you! The urine from pregnant mares, due to its high estrogen concentration, is a key ingredient. Learn more here ...       These prescriptions are labelled…

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) contains a loophole that allows dealers to purchase cats and dogs from “random sources” (such as auctions or flea markets), acquire them from “Free to a good home” ads – or even pick them up off the street – and sell them to laboratories. The Pet Safety and Protection Act (H.R. 2224), co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Doyle (PA) and Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), would make…

Each year approximately 8,500 goats and pigs are wounded or killed in U.S. military trauma training. They endure cruel and unnecessary procedures that often involve amputations, stab wounds, and severe burns. The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act of 2013 (H.R. 3172/S. 1550), a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), would prohibit the use of animals in live military combat trauma…