Day: June 16, 2021

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good.

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good

By Aysha Akhtar , Barbara Stagno

June 14, 2021

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good (

Recently, Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R- FL), following efforts by Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation (CAARE), introduced a bill that would provide a needed boost to medical research. 

If passed, the Humane Research and Testing Act of 2021 (H.R. 1744) will establish the National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research (Center) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bill follows nearly 30 years after Congress passed the NIH Revitalization Act to modernize many of the outdated policies and regulations carried out under the world’s largest biomedical institution. The 1993 law included a substantial section [Section 205] to address the growing need and opportunities to replace animals in research. In robust language, the Act called upon NIH “to conduct or support research into methods of biomedical research and experimentation that do not require the use of animals.” It also included language “for training scientists in the use of such [non-animal] methods that have been found to be valid and reliable,” as well as “encouraging the acceptance by the scientific community of such methods that have been found to be valid and reliable.”

Unfortunately, even though this legislation passed nearly 30 years ago, NIH has made little effort in replacing animal testing, even with a revolution that has unfolded in biotechnology allowing for superior human-specific research without animals. According to a 2012 National Research Council report, almost half of NIH’s funding is for testing that involves animal use, and this amount has remained stable over the years. 

The Humane Research and Testing Act will mandate that NIH follow the law. Fundamental to reducing animal experimentation is the ability to track the number of animals used, yet precise numbers of animals used in U.S. research are unknown.  This lack of transparency in what animals are used, how many are used, and how they are used makes it impossible for the public to know whether NIH is making any true effort in replacing animal tests.  That is why, in addition to the creation of the Center, the Humane Research and Testing Act (HRTA) will require NIH to track and disclose the numbers of all animals used and document its progress at reducing them through mandatory bi-annual reports.

Importantly, the establishment of a Center will be an important step in ensuring scientific progress for human health. It is becoming increasingly recognized by scientific bodies that there is an urgent need for a sea change away from animal testing. Whatever role animals may have played in medical research in the past, today’s research deals with the subtle nuances of molecular biology and genetics. Interspecies differences in physiology, pharmacokinetics, and genetics significantly limit the reliability of animal testing. 

And the proof is in the pudding. More than 90 percent of drugs and vaccines fail during human clinical trials, after passing animal tests. People enrolled in clinical trials put their lives at risk based on misleading safety tests on animals.  Equally troubling is the very likely fact that many drugs that were abandoned based on animal tests may have worked wonderfully in humans. Most diseases have little or no treatment available. But how many missed opportunities were there because of the unreliability of animal testing? 

New testing methods offer a way out of the quagmire that animal testing has caused. Human organs grown in the lab, human chip models, cognitive computing technologies, 3D printing of human living tissues, and the Human Toxome Project offer great promise in helping scientists understand the diseases that afflict us and find treatments.  Much of their promise lies in the fact that these testing methods are based on human biology. 

But more change is needed and needed faster. As long as NIH prioritizes funding of animal research, the development of innovative testing methods will be impeded. The Center will be tasked with developing, funding, and incentivizing innovative, human-based methods.   The Center will also educate and train scientists to utilize these methods. 

The HRTA was introduced one month before Congressman Hastings died from pancreatic cancer. His words drove home his strong belief that the HRTA will be transformative: “This legislation will not just reduce animal testing and research,” said Hastings, “but will ultimately improve medical treatments for humans as they are developed from beginning to end primarily with test subjects that replicate human biology and physiology.” 

Will Congress honor Hastings’s legacy? Lives remain in the balance as long as the biomedical system is based on ineffective animal testing. A new center within NIH will help ensure that our tax dollars are used to fund the best and kindest medical science possible and pave the way for innovation.

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Aysha Akhtar

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist. She is the CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, pioneering the transition to replace the use of animals in experimentation with effective human-based technologies. Dr. Akhtar is the author of the recent book, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies.

Barbara Stagno

Barbara Stagno is the President and Founder of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation.

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Regards to all;


Ethical Elephant – Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics Certifications & Claims Explained.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics Certifications & Claims Explained

WAV Comment – we are reproducing the introduction and link to the site in order that you can review and make your own choices.  There is a lot of information, complete with logos to watch out for when you purchase or decide not to purchase.

Intro copied from Ethical Elephant site –  :

Did you know there’s a difference between cosmetics labeled Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan? And Vegetarian vs. Vegan? And that not all Certified Cruelty-Free Bunny Logos have the same standards and criteria?

In this post, I’m sharing some of the most common cruelty-free and vegan claims, labels, and logos that we often see on cosmetics and household cleaning products. As well as, providing an overview of which ones are regulated, the organizations issuing these certifications, their requirements, and the cost associated with licensing their logos.

And because no certification or standard is perfect or all-inclusive, I’ll also be sharing some things to look out for. That way, we can set some realistic expectations when we shop for cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what each cruelty-free and vegan claim actually means, and hopefully, it’ll help you make better and informed consumer choices.

Check out all the info by clicking on this link:

Cruelty-Free + Vegan Certifications, Claims, Logos Explained (

I have shown this with the hope it will help, not hinder;

Regards Mark

Spain, Madrid: – big demonstration against bullfighting on September 18th – be there!

“The bulls in the sea” suspended for one more year in DÉNIA, Spain.

Every year, in this Alicante town, this horrible and cruel tradition takes place, which consists of deceiving and harassing the bulls until they jump or fall into the sea.

Once in the water, people, in boats or swimming, harass, mistreat, cheer and humiliate the animals. They catch them and thwart their attempts to get back to land. The images are of a creepy anguish.
Many of these animals end up drowning.

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This year, like last, this horror will not take place due to the health crisis.

From PACMA, Animal Welfare Party of Spain (Partido Animalista) we continue working so that cruelties like this are never celebrated again.
For this reason, on September 18 we need you in Madrid to demand the end of bullfighting.
You cannot be absent!

And I mean…Bullfighting and bull festivals violate all ethics of modern civilized countries and societies.

Unfortunately for this “tradition” the primitives are wasted Millions that are urgently needed for the school or health system.

It is finally time to abolish these “traditions”, which were invented from the darkest time on earth – namely during the time of the Inquisition, and to stop proudly cherishing a culture of prehistoric men.

We support PACMA activists and all anti-corrida organizations in their fight, we will never be tired of fighting on their side against this torture.

So … everyone to Madrid on September 18th.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey – Opinion.

WAV Comment – Excellent article Raj and Vin – every bit the truth.  Best wishes with yur work.

Trader Joe's to Phase Out Gestation Crates for Some Pork Products | Chicago  News | WTTW

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion –

By Raj Mukherji and Vin Gopal

New Jerseyans believe strongly in the humane treatment of animals. For years, voters have told lawmakers that they want us to take a stand against a particularly cruel practice used by some pork and veal producers. We have heard their voice via polls, phone calls and letters in the opinion pages. This issue has hung over Trenton for long enough, and it is time to finally pass commonsense reform into law.

At the center of this storm are “gestation crates,” metal cages used to confine mother pigs. Simply type the term into Google Images and you will understand why gestation crates raise such strong concern. Made of metal bars, these crates are so small the pigs cannot walk more than a step forward or backward, nor can they turn around.

Similarly, “veal crates” are used to confine calves fated to become cutlets. These newborns are taken from their mothers shortly after birth. Both gestation and veal crates have been denounced by animal welfare experts as unnecessarily cruel and archaic.

That’s why we’ve introduced Assembly bill A-5236 and Senate bill S-3401 to put an end to these terrible practices in New Jersey once and for all.

What Is a Gestation Crate? | World Animal Protection
Photo WAP


In a time of a global pandemic, most conversations around the dinner table are now about disease and living a new lifestyle because of it. This issue of gestation crates and veal crates brings an added level to this issue, as cramming animals side-by-side in tiny cages presents ideal conditions for dangerous pathogens to breed, multiply and mutate.

The United Nations cites intensive animal agriculture as a likely cause of future zoonotic disease. Prohibiting cruel crates helps tip the balance away from reckless industrial agriculture and toward more sustainable, ethical farming. Simply banning these extreme confinement methods greatly benefits public health, the environment and the animals.

Fortunately, the tide is turning away from these cruel practices. Both pigs and calves can be raised more humanely in larger pens alongside other animals of their own kind.

Under consumer pressure, Smithfield Foods, the nation’s largest pork producer, and Hormel Foods, producer of SPAM, are dramatically reducing their use of gestation crates. A long list of mainstream fast food, restaurant and grocery chains are purging gestation crates from their supply chains — and top veal producers are following suit.

Change is happening but ultimately it is not happening fast enough for the animals still suffering in these crates.

We can support and hasten positive changes like those made by the aforementioned businesses by passing corresponding laws. Ten U.S. states and the European Union have already outlawed gestation crates while nine U.S. states have banned veal crates.

Many of the states acting on this matter are major agricultural producers. For example, Kentucky has banned veal crates and Ohio has outlawed gestation crates. New Jersey has less to lose than these states and would hardly be sticking our neck out by following suit.

We would, however, be sending a message that this type of cruelty has no place in our state and that it is time for the “cage age” to come to an end.

We are grateful to our legislative colleagues for their previous support on this issue. The time is right to finish the job by sending this bill to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for a signature.

It is long past time we give these suffering animals the relief they deserve and have our state join the many others moving in the responsible, right direction.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji represents the 33rd Legislative District and state Senator Vin Gopal represents the 11th Legislative District.

Regards Mark

16/6: The WAV Team Response To A Message Left Today.


Now and again; as with any site relating to just about any issue or subject; you expect, and sometimes get, negative comments, even abuse.

We can handle that no problem; part of running a site we guess; if people have something negative to say, then fine, we review it and if necessary attempt to respond, giving our perspective; our views, justifications etc.

A message ‘greeted us’ this morning; and in unison; we immediately had no argument with deleting the comment; as it was more than pitiful and we do not feel it is even worth showing – why give an asshole publicity we ask ? – but we shall say it was nasty and vindictive towards the death of Regan.  From someone in the business we ask ? – and do they want to start an abusive series of ‘ping pong’ between us and them ? – we the answer from us is ‘No’; and for the turd from the gutter that wrote it, there is now only one place to archive it –  in the TRASH, as both they and their comment both should be.


So in response to Mr Primary Jerk; from us, and by clicking on the following link, you can gain access to all of our past posts relating to Regan and her work to save animals:

Search Results for “regan russell” – World Animals Voice

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Regan died taking action to help suffering animals, she did not hide in saying what she was involved with – campaigning for and saving lives, and where she came from.  Now the world knows her story and her name, unlike the psycho jerk that sent this mail to us and who boasts about killing animals.  We suggest firstly, he slithers back down the crack he originated from, secondly, he attempts to get some kind of a life, and thirdly, that taskes up a hobby that does not involve killing animals, as he proudly boasts he does in his comment.  What next – children ?

We will not even publish his reply, because, like him, IT IS UTTER PREMIUM SHIT.

We, like all fellow activists out there, continue with our respect to Regan again for paying the ultimate in her actions to be a voice for suffering animals.  Her name will never be forgotten.

The crew at WAV.

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