Congress is considering legislation that targets important canine studies at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). AALAS President, Paige Ebert has submitted a letter to ranking members on the Senate Appropriations Committee to voice our concern for this amendment.
The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR ) has an easy to use comment portal. Click below to learn more and let your voice be heard!
AALAS has emailed the entire membership with a request to use the NABR Capwiz system to support HR 3136. This legislation will help improve transparency at the USDA. AALAS has already signed onto the coalition letter. Please send a pre-written message to their representatives. According to NABR, AALAS members have generated approximately 100 emails to the Hill already. Hopefully that number can grow once we reach out to branch members as well!
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The AALAS Government Relations Committee (GRC) is working on a response to the "Petition to Amend the Reporting Requirements for Research Facilities Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations." The deadline for comment is 8/24/2015. We will share our response as soon as it is approved by the AALAS Executive Committee.
Read more at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033-0001
The New York court has dismissed the petition for a writ of habeas corpus in regards to the two chimpanzees held at a state university on Long Island, NY. Read the AP coverage.
Please read the information on the petition as well as AALAS’ response. If you follow the link on the button below, you will be directed to a page where there is a “comment now” button. The deadline to comment is 8/31/2015.
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Please share AALAS’ response with your branch members and encourage them to comment on behalf of AALAS.
This petition commends Air France for its commitment to transporting laboratory animals for biomedical research.
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Maryland HB 443, Crimes Relating to Animals - Unauthorized Use of Dogs and Cats in Research Facilities - Penalties has been deemed unfavorable and will not move forward in the legislative process.
Maryland HB 567, Crimes Relating to Animals, Failure to Offer Dogs and Cats Used in Research Facilities for Adoption – Penalties has been deemed unfavorable and will not move forward in the legislative process.
From NABR: Another Federal Court Upholds the AETA
AVMA published the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition.