November 13, 2013
Dear University of Washington Board of Regents:
How in the world can you consider doing something so horrendous?! PLEASE go visit the animal labs the U already has. But PLEASE do it unannounced, and make them show you ALL the labs. If you let them know you're coming ahead of time, experimenters will get the animals out of any torturous head clamps and other devices, remove the eye coils (remember the horribly cruel eye coil experiments on monkeys, exposed in the media a few years ago?), and make it appear as if the animals are treated well. Remember, the Animal Welfare Act does NOT apply to animals in NIH funded experiments. And "researchers are NOT required to give anesthetics!!!!
Yes, we know the U wants grant monies from NIH and other agencies. But it's time to do REAL research to help humans.
Even the ex-Director of NIH, Elias Zerhouni, said, "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).
PLEASE put an end to using our taxes for torturing animals.
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