Urging Stronger Protections for Animals Used in Research
Submitted Comments to APHIS
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requesting it close regulatory loopholes leading to laboratory animals' intense and unnecessary suffering.
Pushing for Stronger Protections for Animals in Research
In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting that the agency close regulatory loopholes leading to laboratory animals’ intense and unnecessary suffering. We asked the agency to require research facilities to more fully explore and exhaust alternatives to animal testing, in line with Congress’s intent.
These comments were solicited by APHIS in response to a petition for rule-making filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The petition asked the agency to clarify and strengthen regulations implementing federal “Animal protections for animals used in laboratory experiments.
In our comments, the Animal Legal Defense Fund noted the long and persuasive legislative history showing Congress’s intent for animals used in laboratory research to be better protected in these ways under the Animal Welfare Act.
APHIS has thus far failed to act. The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to push for stronger protection for animals used in laboratory experiments through regulatory and legislative change, public awareness campaigns, and lawsuits.
Laboratory animals are still subject to duplicative, unnecessary and painful experimental procedures.July 15, 2015 News
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Animal Legal Defense Fund v United States Department of Agriculture
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Submitted comments to the USDA