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Originally Posted: December 21, 2012
Take Action to Put Animals Back in the Animal Welfare Act!
FROM Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
Please contact your legislators today to ask them to
co-sponsor HR 6693 oo put animals back in the Animal Welfare Act.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Animal Welfare Act currently fails to protect 95% of all animals used
in research and testing. This undermines the purpose of the law: to provide
humane treatment for these animals. In 2002 a rider to the Farm Bill removed
protections for rats, mice, and birds, subjecting them to poorly conducted
animal research without sufficient review.
Working with ALDF, U.S. House Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA) has
introduced a bill (HR 6693) that restores coverage for rats, mice, and birds
under the AWA. Cosponsored by Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), the bill will:
- Fix the massive carve-out of 95 percent of animals in research. Rats,
mice, and birds compose 95 percent of the animals used in research.
Restoring their protections will help fulfill the purpose for which the AWA
- Fit the commonsense definition of animal. The AWA currently does not define
rats, mice, and birds as “animals.”
- Protect sentient beings from laboratory abuse. Without AWA oversight, many
rats, mice, and birds suffer unnecessarily from shoddy experiments and
research practices. For example, a USDA inspector discovered a rat dying in
a University of Hawaii freezer, yet could not enforce this “egregious lack
of humane care” because rats are not protected.
- Provide researchers and the country long-term economic benefit. By putting
researchers in a system of pre-experiment review, AWA coverage of rats,
mice, and birds will eliminate poorly conducted scientific experiments and
testing. Such review will improve science, bolster the economy in the
long-term, and stop taxpayers from funding wasteful research.
- Create minimal impact on the USDA and industry. Oversight from USDA will
provide sweeping animal welfare benefits at little cost. Regulatory
infrastructure has existed for years and will easily transition into
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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