Pregnant sheep are injected with alcohol to "simulate" the effects of binge drinking. When their fetuses are near-term, the sheep are killed and the lambs are removed and killed so that their brains can be studied.
Tell Mark Hussey, PhD., President of Texas A&M. to immediately halt these experiments.
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President of Texas A&M
Agriculture and Life Sciences Building
600 John Kimbrough Boulevard, Suite 510
College Station, TX 77843
We all know that fetal alcohol syndrome is a serious public health issue and that it should be addressed. But the experiments at Texas A&M, which have been going on for more than 17 years and received more than $4 million in federal funding, are not helping a single mother or child.
Instead of wasting money and harming animals Texas A&M and the experimentsí funder, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, should redirect research to programs that could help reduce the rate of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
I urge you to use your authority to halt the wasteful, scientifically unnecessary experiments at Texas A&M University in which pregnant sheep are injected with large amounts of alcohol. The animals are killed and their fetuses removed near-term so that their brains can be studied. But after 17 years and more than $4 million in federal funding, it is far past time for Texas A&M to redirect its research program toward improving the health of expectant mothers and their future children.
What mothers and their future children in Texas and across the United States need is the implementation and careful testing of interventions to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy, biomarkers and imaging techniques to aid in the detection of fetal alcohol syndrome as early as possible, and treatment and support measures for individuals and families affected by the disease. I urge Texas A&M to focus on these human-relevant areas rather than cruel, wasteful sheep experiments.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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