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Cats are routinely subjected to cruel and painful testing and experimentation in almost 300 laboratories across the United States. A majority of Americans oppose the use of cats in medical experiments, which is why the number of cats used is down over 48% since 1991. Here’s a look at 5 places in the U.S. where the number of cats being held for or used in cruel experiments is fast reducing…

Ever heard of “cervical dislocation”? In short, it’s having your neck broken. Here’s how experimenters are killing mice and rats with this method: “For mice and rats, the thumb and index finger are placed on either side of the neck at the base of the skull or , alternatively, a rod is pressed at the base of the skull.  With the other hand, the base of the tail or the…

Why most animal models are bound to failNote: This post is written by the authors of a paper published in the Journal of Translational Medicine in November 2018, entitled: “Is it possible to overcome issues of external validity in preclinical animal research? Why most animal models are bound to fail”. It outlines concerns with the animal model generally.   The pharmaceutical industry is in the midst of a productivity crisis,…

All kinds of dogs, from beagles to golden retrievers, are used for experiments at almost 400 facilities in the U.S. Regardless of the nature of the experiment, these dogs are kept in an unnatural environment, often isolated, and many times are intentionally caused pain with no pain relief. The good news is that the number of dogs used is down nearly 40% from 1991. A great way to illustrate this…

Animal testing is opposed by the general public and animal protection organizations have been working for years to eliminate this accepted form of cruelty. Many efforts have been successful, but animal testing still occurs and in some cases, is increasing. The bad news is that since 2015, some facilities have significantly increased the number of dogs used in cruel experiments. The following 5 facilities have increased the number of dogs…

How many animals is the government using in toxicology experiments? If you can believe it, no one in the federal government can say with any degree of certainty. The number may be as high as 100 million, but we can’t say for sure without this law passing. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) routinely and rightly chastises federal agencies for not keeping a basic inventory of their “property.” Sadly, that’s exactly…

The word chimera dates back to the 14th century, where it referenced a fire-breathing monster from Greek mythology. In modern times, it refers to a being with genetic material from two distinct species. No longer are these animals monsters. They are real-life animals trapped in research facilities. A chimera is a hybrid. And animal experimenters are increasingly engineering new creatures that are both human and non-human animal. In 2013, an…

If you think government shutdown is hard on federal workers (which it certainly is), consider how catastrophic it can be for animals trapped in facilities that have fallen out of compliance with Animal Welfare Act (AWA) standards. After all, this is a common enough problem that an entire group of federal employees has this difficult task. For background, federal law mandates USDA Animal Care inspectors to conduct inspections of all…

The suffering experienced by animals in labs is not limited to physical trauma. Even in the best of circumstances, intelligent, social animals like dogs, cats, and primates are kept in horrific conditions that lead to intense psychological trauma.  When stuck in cages, all animals break. Just this year, NEAVS has exposed multiple examples of primates suffering unbearable psychological trauma, in violation of even the very basic policies currently in place…

What a year! We kicked it off with the development of a new Strategic Plan and ended it targeting some of the worst abuses by animal experimenters including, the kitten slaughterhouse run by the USDA in Maryland, the removal of reproductive organs from female marmosets at the University of Massachusetts, and the psychological and physical trauma of macaques at the University of Texas in Galveston. USDA KITTENS: We were first…