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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

Pet food and other necessities To locate a pet food pantry or other pet-related community service, explore an interactive resource map provided by Feeding Pets of the Homeless; just choose which resource you’re seeking under the “Get Help” listing on the right. Or contact your local shelter and...

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Because beauty should be kind.

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REMEMBER: If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets (or any other animals in your care). Please closely follow evacuation orders from authorities and always be prepared. There are plenty of ways you, too, can help people and pets during disasters! Learn More

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Contents How many animals are used in experiments each year? Which 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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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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Giraffes are gentle giants.

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Sensitive, intelligent elephants are the world’s largest land mammal (by weight) and a living link to long-extinct species like the woolly mammoth.

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Mom and baby elephant walking together in the wild

Seven years ago, Minnesota attorney Jack Fay went to Kenya to meet the orphaned baby elephant he had been “fostering” through online donations. The HSUS state council member waited at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, on the edge of Nairobi, as Naipoki’s keepers brought her back from a day in the forest...

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by Karen E. Lange

Contents What products are considered cosmetics? Is animal testing legally required for cosmetics sold in the United States? Where is cosmetics testing on animals mandatory? Where is cosmetics testing on animals banned? Why do some cosmetics companies still use animal testing? What cosmetics tests...

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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
White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange
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
Beauty shot of a fox

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. The pictures posted on social media did it: dozens or even hundreds of dead coyotes and foxes filling the backs of trucks, or laid out in rows on bloodied ground or hung by their hind legs in a celebratory display above piles of other dead animals...

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By Karen E. Lange

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 Our Cosmetics Testing FAQ 2022 | 2021 | 2020 |...

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Fertility control: Essential to American wild burros and mustangs While wild burros are legally viewed in the same light as the American mustang, protected as a living symbol of the American West, the wild horses often seem to receive most of the public's attention. But burros have played a critical...

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Bears are powerful, majestic animals who were once nearly wiped out, but are now reclaiming their wild homes.

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Help keep wild animals where they belong—in the wild—and out of zoos and circuses.

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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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