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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Group should stop testing on animals

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS May 6, 2006:

(Original publication: May 6, 2006)

We wish to thank the public for stopping to talk to us during the March of Dimes Walkathon festivities in White Plains on April 30, to learn about some changes we are urging them to make.

The MOD tells the press they follow "strict guidelines" regarding animal testing but the fact is there are essentially no guidelines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given animal testers almost complete free rein; what precious little guidelines must be followed transport, cage size becomes irrelevant: When you're lying alone in agony without anesthesia (which can legally be withheld) or any other means of comfort, food becomes secondary.

Due to minimal USDA standards of care, primates in experiments funded by the March of Dimes have died due to the absence of an anesthesiologist during surgery, lack of adequate monitoring after surgery, and from "technical problems." March of Dimes funded experimenters have also restrained monkeys in chairs for many days at a time, sewn cats' eyes shut, and damaged the brains of ferrets and other animals .

A MOD walker reported her twins were "saved" by MOD-related drugs; but thalidomide was also hailed as a "savior" drug for babies, until years later it was revealed to cause horrifying birth defects itself. Researchers had deemed this drug "safe" after multiple animal tests. And while MOD displays these "success" stories, thousands of others could be helped and are not, due to what we believe are wasteful practices.

Kiley Blackman, Yonkers
The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

Letters to the editor: [email protected] , 250 wds or less, incl contact info for verification.  They might print follow-up letters to this one (refer to all facilities that test on animals as well; add websites, etc).

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