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Originally Posted: 27 January 2009
Remove Link to "The Lucky Puppy" Coloring Book from NIH Web Site
Sign this petition asking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to remove The Lucky Puppy, a coloring book for children, from their web site. The coloring book claims animals in laboratories are treated kindly and wonderfully and gives a skewed view of animal experiments.
Christine Bruske Flowers
Director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Phone (919) 541-3665
Fax (919) 541-2260
The coloring book implies that researchers are trying to cure animals that are already sickórather than purposely infecting them with diseasesóand ignores the fact that animals suffer and die in the process. The coloring book was produced by an industry trade group, the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, whose members have a financial interest in the continuation of animal research.
The coloring book is available online.
The book erroneously portrays the lives of animals in laboratories as pleasant and carefree. Published scientific research and numerous undercover investigations clearly demonstrate that animals in laboratories suffer pain and distress from experimental procedures and routine laboratory practices. The coloring book also makes misleading claims about the benefits of animal experiments, implying that research findings from experiments on animals are directly applicable to both the animals used in research and to humans.
Please call or e-mail Christine Bruske Flowers, director of the office of communications and public liaison for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to politely ask her to remove the link to the coloring book from the Web site.
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