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 10, 2014
Look for the Leaping Bunny logo on cosmetics and personal care products to make sure no animals were harmed.
February 10, 2014
A global campaign is leading the charge to end animal testing for cosmetics.
March 12, 2013
The HSUS will bestow the inaugural Genesis Corporate Award on the global cosmetics company LUSH for raising awareness of animal protection issues through its ongoing commitment to creating cruelty-free products and for strenuously campaigning for animal-free testing in Europe and around the world
October 24, 2012
Ishan spent his entire life in a campus laboratory.
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.
June 11, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act.
June 7, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formalized several policy recommendations designed to reduce animal tests in pesticide safety.