Animal protection groups sue National Institutes of Health for reneging on commitment to retire former laboratory chimpanzees to sanctuary

Animal protection groups sue National Institutes of Health for reneging on commitment to retire former laboratory chimpanzees to sanctuary

Animal protection groups sue National Institutes of Health for reneging on commitment to retire former laboratory chimpanzees to sanctuary

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2021)—A lawsuit filed today in the federal District Court in Maryland charges the National Institutes of Health with violating federal law when it decided not to send to sanctuary 44 federally owned chimpanzees held at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico.

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 00:04

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Thirty-seven chimpanzees languishing at a New Mexico primate laboratory are still waiting for the National Institutes of Health to fulfil a promise it made in 2015—to retire them to sanctuary after a lifetime spent in research.

Today, we’re giving these animals a helping hand by suing the federal agency, which has shamelessly reneged on this promise.

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 18:59

It is your support and engagement that makes it possible for the Humane Society Legislative Fund to carry the banner for animals in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures; secure passage of animal protection statutes at every level; mobilize a healthy grassroots movement to press for good laws, regulations, and enforcement; and do what’s needed to elect humane-minded candidates. That’s why, on behalf of my colleagues, and with the deepest gratitude, I want to assure you that this year—as always—we were at the center of every pro-animal fight there was. 

USDA directed to reconsider dormant rule requiring disaster plans for animals

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 23:07

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The appropriations bill and accompanying coronavirus relief/stimulus package for fiscal year 2021 now advancing through Congress will bring critical and much-needed support to millions of Americans. We are also pleased to report that the package, which funds federal agencies, includes a number of wins for animals, including horses, wildlife, companion animals and animals in research.

We’ve advocated for these and other items throughout 2020. Here, in brief, are key measures in the package that benefit animals:

MOM’s Organic Market supports federal ban on cosmetic animal testing

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 00:52

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 22:22

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris head to the White House, they bring with them a proven track record of protecting animals.

In past years, we have worked with both the president- and vice-president-elect to strengthen laws on wildlife, marine mammals, farm animals, and so much more, and we look forward to continue working with them in coming years.

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:27