Together, we can reduce⁠—and eventually end⁠—harmful animal testing.

Each year, it is estimated that more than 50 million dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, rats and other animals are forced to endure painful experiments in the U.S. Animals are deliberately sickened with toxic chemicals or infected with diseases, live in barren cages and are typically killed when the experiment ends. Humans and animals are very different, so outdated animal experiments often don’t accurately mimic how the human body will respond to drugs, chemicals or treatments.

Beagle running through his yard with a tennis ball in his mouth.

Imagine being locked in a barren cage and force-fed pesticides every day. That was Teddy’s life before he was rescued from a Michigan lab and adopted. Today, thanks to supporters like you, he loves long naps, cuddles and tennis balls. On average, 60,000 dogs just like Teddy are used in experiments each year in U.S. laboratories and many are killed at the end. No animal deserves this fate. Learn more about Teddy and find out how you can help other dogs suffering in labs.

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Non-animal methods

The world is moving toward a future dominated by sophisticated methods that use human cells, tissues and organs, 3D printing, robotics, computer models and other technologies to create experiments that don't rely on animal testing. These technologies are better for both animals and humans because they are typically faster, less expensive and more accurate than the outdated animal experiments currently in use. With your help, we can make sure that the transition to advanced non-animal methods happens more quickly.

Animal research by the numbers
Portrait of a kitten in a cage

Tested on animals ultimately fail in human trials, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Bred to be used in experiments are protected under the Animal Welfare Act or counted in the annual statistics collected by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Chimpanzee retired from a life in research, relaxing in a tree at Project Chimps in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Are still waiting to be moved out of labs and into sanctuaries even though invasive experiments on chimpanzees in the United States ended in 2015.

Scared yellow dog left out in the rain and mud

For every animal saved, countless others are still suffering. By stepping up for them, you can create a future where animals no longer have to suffer in puppy mills, factory farms, testing labs or other heartbreaking situations. Start saving lives today!

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