Recently, we let you know that a vocal minority from the animal-experimentation community has proposed dismantling the meager protections that animals trapped in laboratories currently have.
Please help us stop this from happening.
The federal government is accepting comments on these proposals only through tomorrow, June 12, and we need your help to spread the word.
|When laboratories are allowed to police themselves, the waking nightmare of the animals who are imprisoned in them becomes even worse.
Exhibit A: The Case of the Silver Spring Monkeys
In a Maryland laboratory, monkeys were living inside tiny wire cages that were caked with years of accumulated feces in a cramped, dungeon-like room in which urine and rust encrusted every surface. Workers often neglected to feed the monkeys, and the animals would desperately pick through the waste beneath their cages to find something to eat. Those who became sick or injured from the horrific conditions were denied veterinary care.
Exhibit B: The University of Pennsylvania’s Violent Head-Injury Experiments on Baboons
Video footage shot by university experimenters shows staff making fun of brain-damaged baboons whose heads were cemented into metal helmets before the animals were propelled forward with great force to inflict severe head injuries.
Following PETA’s exposés of the abysmal treatment of animals in Silver Spring, Maryland, and at the University of Pennsylvania, lawmakers strengthened oversight of animal laboratories to help ensure minimum protections for animals in laboratories.
But now, experimenters want to strip back these protections—they call it “reducing regulatory burden.” A coalition of pro–animal experimentation groups—a vocal minority that has long fought against any oversight—has issued a report calling on Congress to gut the meager protections for animals in laboratories, remove essential oversight, and let them run the entire show themselves, with almost no accountability or transparency to the public that funds them.
This would mean a steady income for animal experimenters—and unchecked cruelty to animals.
PETA won’t stand for it, and neither should you!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is asking for public comments on reducing so-called “administrative burden” on experimenters. Just enter your information here to leave a short, polite message for the agency. There are 11 text boxes in which you can enter comments, but you are not required to respond to all the questions. Just be sure to fill in the specified number in the final box so that NIH knows you’re not a robot.
And if you haven’t already left a comment, please do so immediately.
Thank you for everything that you do to make ours a kinder world.
Alka Chandna, Ph.D.
Laboratory Investigations Cases
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals