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Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States respond to GAO report on animal use in research

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2019)—In response to the release of a Government Accountability Office report on animal use in research, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund express our strong support for the establishment of an interagency workgroup to develop metrics to monitor the development and promotion of non-animal test methods and strategies. These metrics will be a valuable tool to track the successful uptake of new approaches and the related decrease in animal use and also point to areas where more work needs to be done to hold federal agencies accountable to their collective goal of reducing, refining and replacing animal use. This report and the recent Environmental Protection Agency announcement to eliminate animal testing by 2035 should prompt all agencies to release similar forward-thinking plans to ultimately end animal use and reliance.

Media contact:
Emily Ehrhorn: 202-779-1814; eehrhorn@humanesociety.org

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at hslf.org, on our blog at animalsandpolitics.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.

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