Imagine recovering from abdominal surgery with little or no pain medication. If you were an animal in a laboratory, you wouldn’t need to imagine. Stressful laboratory environments and harmful experiments can make life miserable. As long as animals are being used in experimentation, we will work—with your help—to eliminate their pain and distress.
Shocking as it may seem, researchers are allowed to perform experiments that cause unrelieved pain and distress to animals. They can claim that providing relief would interfere with the scientific goals of their experiment. But their justifications are often questionable. The result is that millions of animals suffer in U.S. laboratories every year.
Yet much of that suffering could be prevented by using pain medications, euthanizing animals before their suffering becomes prolonged, training an animal to cooperate with a procedure, or simply choosing a less harmful way to perform an experiment. Until the day that animals are no longer used in research, it’s crucial that we work to eliminate all pain and distress from their daily lives.
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News & Events
February 16, 2017
Former research chimps and their caregivers in Liberia have survived civil wars, massacres, hunger and sickness. They even survived abandonment after the New York Blood Center stopped providing access to food and fresh water.
October 2, 2015
Federal Agency’s Report on USMARC Disappointing
August 5, 2015
The New York Blood Center abandoned its retired research chimpanzees in Liberia. We stepped in to provide lifesaving care for the chimps—and are working to hold the blood center accountable.
June 12, 2015
New Protections for Captive Chimpanzees: Government Restricts Use In Biomedical Research, Entertainment and The Pet Trade
Captive chimps in the U.S. will have increased protections under a new regulation that recognizes their declining numbers in the wild and the conservation impacts of exploiting captive chimps.
December 17, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund commend the U.S. Senate for passing S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, by voice vote.
May 29, 2015
The Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center is scheduled to close on May 31.
July 26, 2013
An official ceremonial signing was held by Gov. Dannel Malloy for the passage of “An Act Concerning Dissection Choice,” a new law requiring schools to excuse any student from participating or observing the dissection of any animal as part of classroom instruction.
June 26, 2013
The National Institutes of Health announced its intention to retire the majority of the more than 350 government-owned chimpanzees currently in laboratories to sanctuary.