Please note that the following information contains facts and figures from primary source
documents, such as reports released by the United States government, as well as domestic and international legislature. It is our wish to share the plight of animals in laboratories using only verifiable facts so that the public may understand the objective reality of the situation.

ANIMAL USE IN LABORATORIES

Overall numbers
Every year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Animal Health Inspection
Services (APHIS) releases a report detailing the use of animals in experiments.


Many people have an image of easily-dismissed (for some) “pest” animals like mice and rats
doing the bulk of the suffering in laboratories, without ever knowing how many “beloved” species
are enduring the same treatment. According to the 2019 report (the one most recently released
as of spring 2021)
, the breakdowns of reported animal usage in USDA-registered and federal
facilities for that year was as follows:


DOGS: 58,511
CATS: 18,270
GUINEA PIGS: 181,993
HAMSTERS: 98,296
NONHUMAN PRIMATES: 68,257
PIGS: 50,777
RABBITS: 142,472
SHEEP: 13,953
OTHER COVERED SPECIES: 165,017*

 

TOTAL: 797,546

Note the asterisk next to “covered species” – the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) intentionally
excludes “rats of the genus rattus, mice of the genus mus, and birds bred for use in research”
from being under its protection. That means that animals we perhaps most associate with
animal testing are being used in quite literally untold numbers. With guinea pigs and hamsters
making up a combined total of 280,289 of the animals on which testing was reported, it is safe
to assume that at least as many rats and mice meet the same fate, easily putting the number of

total animals in laboratories in the United States at well over a million creatures. Take into
consideration the fact that reptiles and fish are also not covered under the AWA and the number
grows even larger.


Animal testing for cosmetics
Many countries – including the whole European Union, Israel, India, Norway, Taiwan, and New
Zealand – have outlawed the testing of cosmetics on living animals.

 

Unfortunately, the United States of America is not among these countries.


We hope the world will continue to follow the lead of the countries having already banned
cosmetics testing on animals, and even in the United States our legislation is trending in that
direction, with Illinois, California, and Nevada all passing laws banning animal testing for the
purpose of cosmetics.


Until then, we will continue to provide healthcare and emotional rehabilitation to animals who
have survived the cosmetic testing process (among others).

OUR WORK

Although some laboratories euthanize animals at the end of experiments because their deaths
are part of the experiment or else they’re in too much permanent pain, other laboratories simply
“terminate” animals at the end of the study because that is standard protocol. It often isn’t even
considered that these animals should be allowed to live out the rest of their lives in comfortable
and compassionate conditions allowing for natural behavior. The slogan “Life After Labs®” is
meant to emphasize the idea of that possibility – that an animal’s life does not have to end when
the laboratory study does.


If anything, this is when those animals’ lives can finally begin.

 

At the New Life Animal Sanctuary, we put our slogan into action by taking in as many animals
previously used in laboratories as possible and adopting them out to suitable homes, or else
allowing them to permanently retire happily and healthily at our sanctuary.

 

Often animals come to us with physical injuries and emotional trauma, and we provide them
with top-notch veterinary care from qualified professionals of the appropriate specialty, and tons
of love and patience from our compassionate volunteers. Our goal is to ensure that each animal
we rescue from a life of suffering, primarily from laboratories, receives the level of care they
deserve to spend their remaining lifetime free from pain and stress, with all the treats they can
eat and snuggles they desire.

 

It is not an inexpensive undertaking to provide these hundreds of animals with medical care and
specialized diets, but it’s one we firmly believe is immensely important. With over a million
animals in USDA-licensed labs each year, spreading the word about the automatic “disposal” of
so many animals in laboratories and providing as many as possible with a loving and safe new
home is imperative. If you are able to, please consider donating to our wonderful animals to help
each one truly thrive in their new Life After Labs®.

 

References

 

USDA/APHIS
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/sa_obtain_research_facility_annual_r
eport/ct_research_facility_annual_summary_reports

 

USDA/APHIS 2019 https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/annual-reports/2019/fy19-
summary-report-column-F.pdf

 

HSUS = https://www.humanesociety.org/all-our-fights/ending-cosmetics-animal-testing

 

HSUS FAQ = https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cosmetics-testing-faq

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