Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Animal Testing Weekly Updates

Secret Student Video Shows Dissection of Pregnant Cats
Support Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
It's time to end cosmetics cruelty - forever.

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Animals in the U.S. are still enduring painful and often deadly experiments to test cosmetics like lipstick, deodorant and cologne. The Humane Cosmetics Act will make this a thing of the past by prohibiting animal testing for all cosmetic products manufactured or sold in the U.S.

Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives are often cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable predictors of safety.

Help end testing cosmetics on animals in the U.S. — just like in more than 30 countries where this outdated practice has been phased out, including Norway, Israel, India and every country in the European Union. Sign our Be Cruelty-Free pledge today and say no to cosmetics animal testing in the United States and worldwide.


You have done a great job pressuring the cosmetics industry to move away from animal testing. Unfortunately, the Personal Care Products Safety Act (PCPSA) proposes to introduce a NEW regulatory testing scheme that threatens to harm animals.

The PSPCA makes sweeping changes in the current law regulating cosmetics. It directs the Food and Drug Administration to demand toxicity testing data from every cosmetics company and to perform in-depth reviews of certain ingredients.
While the intent of this law is to ensure safe products, it will fail to do so if data is collected from tests using animals. Animal testing is unreliable, inefficient, costly, and can produce misleading results. With the availability of alternatives, it is also unnecessary and cruel!

Please help prevent needless animal suffering and urge your Senators to oppose the Personal Care Products Safety Act!


The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is the only law protecting animals in laboratories. Following Life magazine’s series of shocking photos documenting severe neglect and abuse at an animal dealer facility, the AWA was originally enacted to protect dogs from being stolen and sold for research. Over time, the AWA has been amended several times to extend its umbrella of protection to include animals bred for commercial sale, transported, and/or exhibited to the public. AAVS has worked to strengthen the AWA through our Project Animal Welfare Act: an Act for All.


The chimpanzees who were used in experiments by the New York Blood Center and then abandoned in Liberia, continue to improve. A recent article gives an update on their care and introduces readers to babies Lucy and Rudy. Also, Dr. Jim and Jenny Desmond, who oversee the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue project, talk about their important work and the transformation they’ve seen in the chimps, from scared and desperate to healthy, happy, confident animals.


In August AAVS President Sue Leary and Animalearn Director Nicole Green visited the Peaceable Primate Sanctuary in Indiana. Thousands of baboons are used in research investigating neurological and psychological disorders, vaccine development, and xenotransplantation. The first sanctuary in North America to specialize in baboons, Peaceable Primate Sanctuary has welcomed girls Violet, Periwinkle, and Juniper and boys AJ, Jerry, and Timmy.


Earlier this month, the USDA fined Covance Research Products $31,500 for the deaths of 13 crab-eating macaques that occurred when a thermostat malfunctioned, exposing the animals to extremely high temperatures. A billion dollar company profiting from the use of animals in research, Covance’s facilities should be state-of-the-art and fail-safe, but instead a small fine like this is considered just a part of the cost of doing business. In order for USDA to better protect animals, it needs to levy heavier fines for serious AWA violations.