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US voters urged to #MakeTheirVoiceCount in upcoming elections

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Animals speak out in our US election-themed campaign calling for an end to animal testing in the US

Last week saw the launch of our new US campaign aimed at raising awareness of animal testing in the US by asking voters to pledge to help make the voices of animals in laboratories heard in the upcoming elections by “translating” animal language to English and laying out a platform of animal testing issues ready for reform in the next four years.

The 2020 United States elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd.  All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate, and the office of President of the United States will be contested.

Social media ads across Facebook and Twitter feature a dog, kitten, hamster, or bird speaking in woofs meows, squeaks, and tweets, leading to the message:

“Animals don’t speak our language, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say."

2020 is a big election and we need to speak up for many urgent and important issues. Ending animal testing in the US is one of these issues

Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds are all experimented on right here in the US. Over the next four years, we can take big steps toward ending the use of animals in painful and outdated experiments.”

We want politicians elected in November to focus on six key things where we believe there is potential for significant change within the next four years.

  • End Animal Testing for Cosmetics – our SurveyUSA poll reveals that nearly 80% of US adults support a federal law to end animal testing for cosmetics. #HumaneCosmeticsActNow
  • End Painful Outdated Tests – dogs and monkeys are often used in “second species toxicity tests” that do not help determine if chemicals and drugs are safe for people.
  • Prioritize Humane Science - our SurveyUSA poll shows that an amazing 88% of Americans support a federal law requiring scientists to use non-animal methods wherever possible. #Hearts4HumaneScience
  • Increase Investment in Non-Animal Methods - new human-relevant alternatives to animal tests promise to deliver safer and more effective medicines, more quickly and at less cost, but are dramatically underfunded.
  • Send Survivors Home – ensure that taxpayer-funded laboratories allow animals such as dogs and cats to be sent to loving homes rather than killed when no longer wanted for experiments. #SendSurvivorsHome  

If you live in the US, you can help by taking the #MakeTheirVoiceCount pledge and as you communicate with your elected officials or candidates on all the issues that are important to you, remind them that ending animal testing is one of those issues. Use the hashtags #MakeTheirVoiceCount and #EndAnimalTesting

Also make sure you’ve asked your US Representatives to become a cosponsor of the following three bills using our simple action tools.

Humane Cosmetics Act
Companion Animal Release from Experiments [CARE] Act
Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences [HEARTS] Act