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Last week we told you that somewhere between 25 and 100 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories after suffering through cruel and unnecessary experiments. But why did we give you such a huge range? Why couldn’t we give you a more precise figure? It’s because 95% of the animals used in research and testing are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act and the government is not required to…

To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service has been killing kittens in Beltsville, MD.      · First, USDA buys 50-100 kittens from a breeder in Iowa.       · Then USDA gives the kittens food poisoning and collects a stool sample.      · Two weeks later, they kill and incinerate the kittens. ​Since 1982, they’ve killed nearly 3,000 kittens this way. And despite USDA’s claims that they’re looking…

In 1944, the Draize test was invented as a way to measure skin and eye irritancy of chemicals and other products. Specifically, this test involves dropping concentrated amounts of a test substance into an animal’s eye (while their lids are clipped open) or placing a chemical onto an area where the animal’s skin has been shaved. The resulting irritation, which may include ulceration, inflamed/bleeding skin, swollen eyes, and blindness, is subsequently measured…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is protecting animal abusers. By supporting the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act, you ensure that the USDA will make available information about animal abusers found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. This information allows NEAVS and other organizations to expose and hold accountable those who abuse animals and the law. We’re grateful to Rep. Blumenauer and Sen. Wyden for sponsoring this…

Can you spare less than a minute to make a big difference in the lives of chimpanzees living in labs? In November 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would no longer support the use of chimpanzees in research. Almost three years later hundreds of chimps are still stuck in labs. Left in the place where they’ve endured unimaginable trauma. But there is a solution. And that's where you come…

California residents, your support is critical in ensuring a ban on animal testing for cosmetics! Earlier this month, the CA Senate Appropriations Committee suspended the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249). ***Now, it needs to get through the Senate by June 1st and it may be voted on right after Memorial Day (May 28th).*** In summary, SB 1249 prohibits the sale of any cosmetics newly tested on animals or containing ingredients tested on…

NEAVS is calling on the National Institutes of Health not to weaken laws meant to offer minimal protections to animals in labs.  The NIH has released a request for information (RPI) relating to new regulatory changes "to improve coordination of regulations and policies" for animals in labs in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2043(d).  However, some of the considerations provided by the NIH would compromise the welfare of animals in…

Update: The comment period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a public comment on the Federal Register.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new inspection standards to USDA-licensed facilities—including research laboratories. These possible changes come under the guise of decreased regulations—but at the cost of the thousands of animals held captive in labs.  As an animal advocacy organization, NEAVS strongly opposes changes that redirect inspections of USDA-licensed…

On June 6th, 2017 the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790) was reintroduced by Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 19 bipartisan co-sponsors. As a founding member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), and its Leaping Bunny program, NEAVS is dedicated to ending the needless suffering and death of millions of animals used in cosmetics testing.  Although the HCA was considered in the last two Congressional sessions with bi-partisan support…

Update: This petition is now closed! The HCA was reintroduced 6.6.17! As a founding member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), and its Leaping Bunny logo program, NEAVS is committed to ending the needless suffering and death of millions of rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and other animals used in testing. Help NEAVS in our efforts to urge members of Congress to reintroduce the Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA)…