It appears that abiding by even very minimal laws and regulations is too much for animal experimenters. Now, they’re griping over the „regulatory burden“ of doing so—even as they imprison, cut up, starve, and torment mice, dogs, rabbits, cats, and other animals.
There is only one law—the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA)—that provides animals in laboratories with legally enforceable protections. It’s focused mostly on husbandry concerns (cage size, room temperature, how frequently the animals are fed, etc.), and it’s so lenient that no experiment is prohibited, no matter how frivolous, pointless, or cruel.
Now, 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 ensure steady income to animal experimenters and unchecked cruelty to animals, and it wouldn’t help humans suffering from diseases and disorders. Ninety percent of experiments on animals fail to lead to any therapies for humans, and more than 95 percent of drugs that are successful in animals tests end up failing in humans.
The only reason that the AWA was enacted in the first place was the shocking revelation of the cruelty that was inflicted on dogs and other animals in laboratories. Amendments were added in 1985 to strengthen oversight following PETA’s exposés of the treatment of monkeys in Silver Spring, Maryland, who were crippled and tortured with pliers on their skin and testicles, and at the University of Pennsylvania, where experimenters bashed the heads of baboons, causing brain damage, and then laughed and made fun of the animals.
PETA won’t stand for it and neither should you—it’s your tax dollars that fund the torment of animals in laboratories.
Please let the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture know that protections for animals in laboratories shouldn’t be gutted and should, instead, be strengthened—and tell them that laboratories must be accountable and transparent to the public.
Eye on NIH exposes the useless, wasteful, and cruel experiments that NIH continues to fund with our tax dollars, despite overwhelming evidence that these experiments don’t benefit humans.
According to an article in The New York Times, after the World Health Organization started classifying diesel exhaust as a carcinogen, Volkswagen took a lead role in paying for a cruel inhalation experiment on macaque monkeys.
Monkeys imprisoned in laboratories are subjected to painful and traumatic procedures.
The animals were locked in chambers and forced to inhale diesel fumes from an old pickup truck and a Volkswagen Beetle for four hours. Then, a tube was thrust down the monkeys’ windpipe so that the experimenters could collect pieces of their lungs. According to the study report, the animals were stressed due to the frequent and violent examinations.
Primates in labs are usually confined to small, barren cages that are nothing like the vast wild habitats they would otherwise live in.
Not shockingly, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), where the experiment was carried out, is just as immoral as Volkswagen: The contract laboratory is known for violating the laws that are supposed to give the animals imprisoned there some sort of protection.
- A monkey at LRRI who „experienced adverse complications“ stopped eating, but the attending veterinarian was not consulted, and the monkey was eventually found dead in the enclosure.
- An anesthetized dog suffered respiratory arrest and died when his lungs overinflated because the equipment wasn’t used correctly.
- Six guinea pigs suffocated to death when they were tightly packed into a small enclosure for transport and left there for nearly an hour.
In 2011, LRRI was cited for six violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act—including the strangulation death of a monkey who got caught on an experimental jacket and for an infant monkey who escaped.
These highly intelligent and social animals are being deprived in barren laboratory enclosures for what? Biological and genetic differences between monkeys and humans mean the results of these experiments are USELESS when it comes to predicting human responses to something like inhaling diesel exhaust.
Monkeys trapped in labs suffer severe emotional deprivation, social isolation, and psychological stress.
Even if these tests weren’t useless—like if they actually were helping humans in some way—it wouldn’t matter. Animals are not ours to mutilate, imprison, abuse, or kill. It’s that simple.
Every year in the U.S., more than 105,000 primates are imprisoned in laboratories, where they are abused and killed in invasive, painful, and terrifying experiments.
Volkswagen has “apologized” for this experiment—but it has REFUSED to commit to never conducting tests on animals again.
Tell Volkswagen to pledge never to conduct experiments on animals again.
23. Okt. 2017 — Heute berichteten unter anderem die Welt, Frankenpost, Straubinger Tagblatt, Passauer Neue Presse, Bayerischer Rundfunk, t-online, Traunsteiner Tagblatt und die Süddeutsche über unsere Petition. Diese haben wir heute an die Verantwortlichen geschickt. Ihr könnt dennoch weiterhin felißig unterzeichnen.
22. Okt. 2017 — Rund 60 Tierfreunde protestierten gestern mit einer stummen Mahnwache im Rahmen der langen „Nacht der Wisschenschaften“ vor dem Nürnberger Nordklinikum. Auch die 84-jährige Margrit Vollersten-Diewerge von „Ärzte gegen Tierversuche AG Erlangen“ war gekommen. Seit rund 30 Jahren kämpft die ehemalige Journalistin für eine Forschung ohne Tiere.