In December 2011, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity declared that "most current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary." In response to this report, in January of this year, a Working Group (WG) of the Council of Councils—an advisory body to the NIH— issued its own report which expanded on the IOM report and included groundbreaking recommendations.
Imagine spending nearly your entire life confined in quarters so restrictive that you could not turn around or extend your limbs. This, unfortunately, is the fate of the vast majority of pregnant pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens in this country. They are treated not as living, sentient beings, but as units of production.
The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 (S. 1459), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), amends Title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another—more commonly known as double-deck trailers.
If you have ever petted a dog, ridden a horse, or had a purring cat asleep on your lap, you know the tremendous sense of well-being that accompanies such interactions. You also know what good social catalysts animals can be—try walking a dog around the block without someone wanting to stop and say hello and give her a pat.