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Cruelty-Free International is the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

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Established by the BUAV, one of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, Cruelty Free International is head-quartered in London from where an international network of organisations are mobilised in a coordinated campaign.

Animal testing for cosmetics still happens. Over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests. People do not want animals to suffer and die for cosmetics and toiletries, and there are many safer and humane ways of testing products and ingredients.

Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organisations worldwide to achieve effective long-lasting change for animals.


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The Homes for Horses Coalition is supported by Animal Welfare Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States through the Jeannie Dodson Equine Protection Fund.

The Coalition is dedicated to ending horse slaughter and other forms of equine abuse, while promoting growth, collaboration, and professionalism in the equine rescue and protection community.  There is no cost for HHC membership.



This group of professionals is working together to actively promote the welfare and protection of horses and other equines. By working to end horse slaughter and other forms of equine cruelty, provide care and homes to horses in need, advance the highest operating standards for equine rescue and retirement homes, and promote responsible horse ownership, the Homes for Horses Coalition is actively engaged in improving the lives of America’s equines.

Many of the coalition’s members operate equine care facilities while others are involved in government policy affecting horses and other equines. The coalition also partners with professionals in the field, including breeders, trainers, and veterinarians. The cumulative expertise of the group puts the Homes for Horses Coalition in a unique position to advocate for equines from a highly informed perspective that, most importantly, always puts the welfare of equines above commercial interests.

The Homes for Horses Coalition believes that:

  • Every horse has intrinsic value and deserves humane treatment at all stages in life.
  • The horse industry, including the equine veterinary medical profession, has an obligation to promote responsible horse breeding, ownership and care.
  • Horse owners have a responsibility to provide high-quality, long-term care for their horses.
  • All horses deserve a humane end to life and that horse slaughter is neither humane nor acceptable.

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (Cle Elum, Washington 98922) is currently home to seven chimpanzees released from biomedical research. This group, the Cle Elum Seven, arrived at the sanctuary on June 13, 2008.

In May of 2002, Keith LaChappelle read an article in Discover magazine about the lives of chimpanzees in biomedical research and the need for sanctuaries to care for them once they were released. Keith had always cared deeply about all life on this planet, and learning about the plight of these chimpanzees was a life-changing experience for him. He wondered if he could apply his professional skills of managing major construction projects to build a sanctuary home for chimpanzees. Keith carefully researched the feasibility of starting such a project. He spoke to many people and traveled to several sanctuaries – learning everything from policies and procedures to the gauge of steel used for caging. On one of these trips, he met Billy Jo, a chimpanzee who had finally found sanctuary after a lifetime of abuse in entertainment and research. Looking into Billy’s eyes transformed Keith’s desire to “do something” into the realization that he had found his calling. Keith has worked diligently not only to build the physical structures for the sanctuary, but also to build a sustainable non-profit that will carry the organization into the future. He now serves on the Board of Directors.

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The mission of BADRAP (Oakland, California 94602) is to secure the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion.

BADRAP was formed in 1999 to tackle the difficult issues that had been bringing early death and suffering to San Francisco bay area pit bull type dogs. It soon developed into a nationally recognized resource for both dog owners and shelters, offering desirable pets for adopters, training classes for dog owners, and presentations and professional consultations to animal welfare leaders around the country.

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The Schenectady County SPCA (Niskayuna, New York 12309) is a non-profit law enforcement organization that works within the State of New York, specifically in Schenectady County, to investigate complaints of animal cruelty. The organization works very closely with the various police agencies within the county and works to educate the public regarding state animal cruelty laws.

Investigators employed by the Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Law Enforcement Division are designated New York State Peace Officers under New York State Criminal Procedure Law section 2.10 paragraph 7. Investigators carry firearms and have custodial arrest powers. When performing their duties they may issue appearance tickets for penal law, environmental conservation law, and recreation and historic preservation law violations. Investigators may also issue uniform navigation summons and simplified traffic informations (see NYS CPL 2.20).

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Gerber Animal Law Center (Raleigh, North Carolina 27609) is a North Carolina law firm dedicated to the protection of animals and their legal rights.

Gerber represents individual clients as well as animal welfare organizations in actions to protect and defend the interests and rights of animals and their guardians.

Contact Gerber Animal Law Center regarding these and/or other issues involving animals:

  • Cases against someone who has harmed your animal
  • Dangerous dog hearings
  • Advising rescue organizations with formation/contractual issues
  • Pet Trusts
  • Contractual issues involving your animal
  • Other cases involving the protection of animals or those who care for them


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Deep Roots Animal Sanctuary (Bloomington, Indiana 47402) is Indiana’s first comprehensive animal sanctuary and protection organization. Deep Roots is working to expose and stop animal cruelty through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness campaigns, youth education, direct action, and direct rescue and refuge efforts.

The sanctuary in Spencer, Indiana, provides lifelong care for rescued animals, who serve as ambassadors for at-risk animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of animal industries.

Deep Roots Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to animal and earth liberation.

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The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation (St. Louis, Missouri 63130) founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization working to bring positive change for animals through legislative means. It’s efforts are combined with the actions of concerned individuals, other groups, organizations, and agencies interested in the enactment and/or protection of animal welfare laws.

The Alliance’s goals include increasing public awareness regarding the plight of animals, addressing problems with appropriate legislation, and providing information to the proper authorities to ensure enforcement of the laws. As the only organized animal welfare lobbying group in Missouri, the Alliance is dedicated to furthering animal welfare issues by achieving these goals.

The Alliance concentrates its efforts on state legislation. It drafts and introduces legislation and track its progress through the Missouri General Assembly. The Alliance educates legislators regarding the issues surrounding legislation, and supports (or opposes) additional animal-related legislation proposed by other organizations. The Missouri Legislature is in session each year from January through May. During that time, the Alliance attends and testifies before committees, provides supporting documentation when needed, meets with legislators, and issues action alerts to its supporters for their help.

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Washingtonians for Humane Farms (Seattle, Washington 98115) is a coalition of animal welfare, family farming, food safety, and environmental groups working to place an important measure on this November’s statewide ballot to prevent the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny cages for nearly their entire lives.

About six million egg-laying hens in Washington are crammed into cages so small, they can barely move an inch for virtually their whole lives. This measure simply ensures that these animals have enough room to stretch their wings.

The measure is backed by The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, and a growing list of organizations.

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On Wings of Care (LaCanada, California 9101) is dedicated to promoting the welfare of domestic animals, wildlife and their habitats, and natural and human-dominated ecosystems by helping with searches, rescues, transports, rehabilitation, medical and veterinary treatment, and scientific research.

What On Wings of Care does:

  • Coordination of services by experienced pilots, scientists, veterinarians, photographers, and wildlife rehabbers and specialists.
  • Preparation and dissemination of information and education related to the rescue, rehabilitation, raising, conservation, and protection of animals and their habitats.
  • Low-cost flight operation services for transport of animals, equipment and supplies, and some personnel for missions related to the protection or preservation of animals and ecosystems.

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