At The HSUS, we are delivering sweeping changes for many species across many sectors of the economy and around the globe. Here are just a few examples of areas in which we delivered victories in 2015.
THE HSUS DELIVERED ON A LONG-TERM PLEDGE to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments. Over 20 years, we worked with Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make this happen. This year, after a series of major announcements over the last decade, the final blows were struck when the USFWS classified all chimps, including captives, as protected under the highest standards of the Endangered Species Act and NIH said it will no long fund invasive chimpanzee research. We also took on a new animal care facility in Liberia, stepping in and providing care for a colony of more than 60 chimpanzees abandoned there by the New York Blood Center, which profited from experiments it conducted on them for decades.
WE BROUGHT THE NATION SO MUCH CLOSER TO ENDING theextreme confinement of pigs and chickens on factory farms. This was a breakout year for chickens. In addition to seeing California finally implement new laws banning the sale of eggs from battery-caged hens, The HSUS persuaded the biggest buyers of eggs to demand that their egg suppliers stop locking their birds in cages. This year alone, we helped McDonald's, Costco, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Qdoba, TGI Fridays, Panera Bread, Aramark, Sodexo, Compass Group, General Mills, Kellogg's, Dunkin Donuts, and others to declare cage-free egg policies. Our work with Walmart, America's largest grocery chain, led the company to announce a policy supporting the "Five Freedoms" of animal welfare, which include giving animals the freedom to express natural behaviors-which they cannot do within the confines of gestation crates and battery cages.