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Photo of a test rabbit scared in its cage.

Editor's note: Shortly after this issue went to press, Mexico banned animal testing for cosmetics. We've updated the number of countries with such bans in the copy below. When Julia Fentem began her career in toxicology around 1990, there was one government-sanctioned way of proving cosmetics safety...

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Text by Karen E. Lange  Illustrations by Rachel Stern

Update 3/27/19: Dow AgroSciences (Corteva Agriscience) has officially agreed to release the beagles to our shelter partner, Michigan Humane Society. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who spoke up and took action to save these dogs. As we celebrate their freedom, our work is far from...

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By M. Carrie Allan

You can become a more compassionate consumer by making sure your cosmetics, personal care, household and pet care products aren't tested on animals. It's easier than you think. Support the Humane Cosmetics Act The Humane Cosmetics Act would prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics and ban the...

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WASHINGTON—Animal protection organizations are reacting to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report that evaluated methods of detecting horse soring and that underscores the urgent need to eliminate the current system of self-policing in the Tennessee walking horse industry...

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Because beauty should be kind.

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Band of wild horses

Editor's note: After this story was originally published, it was brought to our attention that some of the language could be interpreted differently than intended. The HSUS does not believe that wild horses are overpopulated and the story's subtitle has been revised to remove the word...

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Karen E. Lange

Contents What products are considered cosmetics? Where can I buy cruelty-free products? Is animal testing legally required for cosmetics sold in the United States? Where is cosmetics animal testing mandatory? Where is cosmetics animal testing banned? Why do some cosmetics companies still use animal...

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For more than half a century, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund have campaigned for the safety and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western rangelands. There is room for debate on how best to manage wild horses and burros on public lands...

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white rabbit with makeup illustrations

In the late 1960s, a shy teenager in Georgia read an article in her local newspaper about animals being used in laboratory testing. She was outraged. She imagined the agony these animals must have endured and was moved to write a letter to the paper. “I remember it was sort of a rebuttal to what had...

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By Michael Sharp
Horses eating in the street

The injured foal has tried to find some respite from the harsh glare of midday, wandering into a stranger’s backyard to seek the shade of two palm trees there. Now she lies on her side, barely moving, just off the main street out of Esperanza, a pretty little town on the island of Vieques, Puerto...

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M. Carrie Allan

For decades, animal welfare advocates have been working to end the testing of makeup and personal care products on animals. See how far we've come and how you can help support the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, our global effort to end cosmetic cruelty. Read the FAQ 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 |...

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Our troubled economy has a trickle-down effect onto animals. Horse owners who struggle financially often find it difficult to adequately care for their high-maintenance animals. The result is a record-high number of horses who suffer from neglect or starvation. Some are even being sent to slaughter...

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Contents How many animals are used in experiments? Which kinds of animals are used in experiments? What kinds of experiments are animals used in? What kinds of institutions use animals in experiments? Where do laboratories get the animals they use in experiments? What is life like for animals in...

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Woman applying makeup

Beauty products should do more than just help you look good—they should help you feel good, too. That comes from knowing your products and their ingredients haven’t been tested on animals. It’s never been easier to find animal-friendly products, with more than 600 cruelty-free cosmetics companies in...

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Tracy L. Scott

If you're like most parents planning a weekend outing for your family, you might take your children camping, to an amusement park, or a baseball game. Not so for many parents in rural Louisiana. Or Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and a handful of other states where feral pigs roam. A weekend...

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Danielle Ring

When mainstream America caught its first glimpse of the ugly world of hog-dog fighting, the depravity was obvious. Few among us could view without revulsion the footage of an Alabama television station showing trained attack dogs tearing into screaming, trapped pigs before an arena of cheering...

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Ariana Huemer

Be Cruelty-Free supporters The following companies support the Humane Society of the United States' and Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign, a global effort to end animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products. Join the Campaign More than 200 companies and stakeholders...

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Together, we can end the barbaric practice of animal fighting.

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WASHINGTON—The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud the reintroduction of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 5441, in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.; Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. and...

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Elaine Nash didn't know that the call she received in October 2016 would take her away from home for nearly a year, requiring all her professional skills and a healthy dose of fortitude. But even if she had known, she still would have taken it.

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Kelly L. Williams