LettersLetter From Darlene Kaiser About UW Proposed Animal Research Lab
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Letters Editor
The Seattle Times
P. O. Box 70
Seattle, WA.  98111
 
Dear Editor:
 
Re:  the UW’s proposed $123 million underground animal “research” lab (Sept. Times)
 
Would any of us go to a veterinarian if we were sick??  No?  Then why do these “researchers” claim that artificially creating human diseases in animals and then trying to use these treatments on humans is the answer?
 
The former Director of the National Institutes of Health, Elias Zerhouni said, “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans.  Researchers have over-relied on animal data.  The problem is that it hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem.  We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”  (NIH record June 21, 2013.
 
Dr. Charles Mayo said, “I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.”
 
These millions are your taxes for torture, folks.  No anti-cruelty to animal laws apply to NIH funded experiments.  The Animal Welfare Act doesn’t protect animals in these torture chambers.  Worse, experimenters are not required to give anesthetics.
 
This is money that could be better spent lowering the cost of tuition. 
 
Even better, use the money to cure HUMAN diseases.
 
This is simply “white coat welfare.”  Animal “researchers” torturing animals while we taxpayers foot the bill. 
 
Experimenters – and the UW—want those grant monies that the National Institutes of Health doles out.    Come on, UW.  Find better ways to get grant monies.
 
Sincerely,
 
Darlene Kaiser

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