Victories for Animals


  • The National Institutes of Health announced it would retire nearly 90% of its chimpanzees from biomedical research
  • The E.U., Israel, and India banned cosmetics testing on animals
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – whether free living in Africa or held in a U.S. lab or other captive situations; chimpanzees in captivity are currently only listed as "threatened"
  • Harvard announced it will close its New England Primate Research Center, plagued recently by Animal Welfare Act violations
  • Guizhentang Pharmaceutical, China’s biggest producer of bear bile extract, withdrew its application to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange after pressure from Chinese citizens; Guizhentang had wanted to triple to 1,200 the number of moon bears it uses
  • Using human skin and immune cells, researchers at U.K.'s Newcastle University developed a lab-grown, skin-testing model for chemicals, drugs, and cosmetics called Skimune


  • The NIH announced it will retire 113 chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center to Chimp Haven sanctuary; the decision is a major revision to the NIH's original plan to send only 10 to Chimp Haven and the rest to another lab
  • Washington, D.C. granted students the right to choose learning alternatives and not dissect
  • NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences awarded $70 million through 17 grants to create artificial organs known as "tissue chips" to provide an accurate and
    technologically-advanced alternative to drug testing on animals
  • Covance, a large contract animal testing company, closed its second lab in Chandler, AZ due to lack of demand for services
  • UPS, FedEx, Jet, and DHL airlines stopped shipping mammals for laboratories, and Air Canada and United stopped shipping primates
  • Bioqual, an independent research facility in Rockville, MD ended its 30-year run of chimpanzee use in drug testing


  • The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report concluding most research using chimpanzees is unnecessary
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suspended all new funding for biomedical or behavioral research with chimpanzees in response to the IOM report
  • The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act is reintroduced in the 112th Congress and continues to gain co-sponsors
  • 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility, scheduled to be transferred into invasive research, were granted a reprieve
  • FDA responds to MAP with commitment to new policy language to support use of non-animal alternatives
  • The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance is founded to establish standards of excellence for chimpanzee sanctuaries


  • NASA cancelled plans for space radiation experiments on monkeys
  • 16 more chimpanzees were retired from research and brought to sanctuary at Chimp Haven
  • The Ontario Veterinary College ended all animal terminal surgery labs
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University ended the use of dogs in surgery training
  • Scientists at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University created a “lung-on-a-chip,” a non-animal alternative for testing environmental toxins and drugs
  • Utah ends mandatory pound seizure, eliminating the requirement that shelters relinquish dogs and cats to research institutions
  • 10 Moon bears are rescued from bile farms and brought to sanctuary at Animals Asia in addition to 13 from 2009 and 28 in 2008
  • The Medical College of Wisconsin ended the use of pigs in its first-year physiology course


  • The University of California Irvine replaced the use of rats and frogs with computer simulators in their neuroscience course


  • Washington, DC ends mandatory pound seizure, eliminating the requirement that shelters relinquish dogs and cats to research institutions


  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establishes a committee to develop guidelines for using alternatives to animal testing in meeting FDA requirements