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2 December 2001 Issue
Educational Materials

From Cheryl Ross - CRoss@hsus.org 

The Humane Society of the United States is involved in a number of projects, and produces materials that may interest you. The following list refers mostly to issues concerning the use of animals in education or research, but please feel free to contact the HSUS for additional information on any topic.

1. A new book by Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, titled "The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations," is available in a printed version and on our web site:

<http://www.hsus.org/programs/research/monograph.html>. 

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the issue, including a detailed critique of traditional animal-consumptive methods, a synthesis of the evidence supporting humane alternatives, and recommendations for reform. Containing over 350 citations from the published literature, it will be a must-have resource for those involved in life-science education, especially anyone wanting to challenge the status quo on dissection and other harmful uses of animals in education.

2. Our 44-page, illustrated booklet titled "42 Ways to Help Animals in Laboratories," released in 1999, is available for FREE!!! The booklet guides the reader through helpful and pro-active steps designed to help you help animals who are the unfortunate subjects of laboratory use. We will send promotion cards for this booklet to any student group who requests them for use at a tabling event.

3. The Humane Education Loan Program (formerly the Alternatives Loan Program) which is located at: <http://www.hsus.org/programs/research/animals_education.html>, provides students and educators with up-to-date alternatives to classroom animal dissection and live animal experimentation. The HELP inventory currently contains over 100 items for loan.

4. Our new Dissection Lobbying Packet is for students who are committed to getting a dissection choice bill introduced into their school (maybe even enacted in their state!). The lobbying packet includes: The Basics of Lobbying for Animal Protection Legislation (a step-by-step list), "42 Ways to help animals in laboratories" booklet, a campaign flowchart, a list of states that have dissection laws, examples of dissection laws, and background information concerning animal dissection and alternatives. Check out the ARI website which includes a list of states with dissection choice laws at: www.hsus.org/programs/research/dissection_laws.html  <http://www.hsus.org/programs/research/dissection_laws.html> . 

5. The Animal Research Issues web page is located at: <http://www.hsus.org/programs/research/>. Our web site carries information on Animal Research, Animal Testing, and Animal Dissection in the classroom. It also includes, regularly updated news briefs of current events.

6. One of The Humane Society of the United States' keystone projects is the Pain and Distress Initiative. The initiative's objective is to work with scientific experts, research institutions, oversight agencies, funding institutions, and animal advocates to eliminate pain and distress in animal research and testing by the year 2020. For more information please go to: <http://www.hsus.org/programs/research/pain_distress.html>. 

7. Animal Channel is a HSUS web site that offers continuous news reports on animal related issues and events. One can view Animal channel at: <http://www.hsus.org/channel/.

Cheryl Ross
Research Assistant
Animal Research Issues
The Humane Society of the United States
Phone: (301)-258-3042
Fax: (301)-258-7760
http://www.hsus.org/programs/research 

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