Animals In Print
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From 26 December 2003 Issue
PETA Investigation Has Revealed Grotesque Abuses to Animals
A PETA investigation has revealed grotesque abuses to animals in laboratories at Columbia University, including baboons who were subjected to invasive surgeries and left to suffer and die in their cages without any painkillers. Please ask the NIH to look into the millions of dollars given to Columbia for cruel experiments that do not hold any promise for improvements to human health. Be sure to mention the fact that Columbia does not, with all the money that it gets, give these imprisoned primates any socialization or environmental enrichment at all, which it is required to do by law. Take a few minutes to review this Web site ( http://www.columbiacruelty.com/ )and you will understand the horrors that the animals at Columbia face every day.
How can cruel and useless animal experiments be stopped? How much proof, how many scandalous cases have to be brought to the government's attention before it takes action against laboratories that believe they're above the laws of the government and the laws of ethics? It's up to us to get angry and active. If this story about animal suffering at prestigious Columbia University in New York City doesn't make you angry, nothing will. We would have known nothing about the sloppy, cruel goings-on at Columbia had it not been for the courage of one disillusioned veterinarian who grew weary of seeing animals dying in their cages. She dared to report the abuse to Columbia's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), but when she began to suffer repercussions for having done so and didn't see any noticeable improvement in animal care, she blew the whistle by contacting PETA.
Don't Let Columbia Get Away With Murder!
First, write to:
The Honorable James C. Greenwood
Chair of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
2125 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515-3808
In March 2003, Representatives Greenwood and Tauzin wrote to NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni about a probe into NIH spending that they intended to undertake: "Given these significant budget increases over the last five years, the NIH-admitted need for confidence building, and the public interest in wise management of government resources, the Committee is conducting an examination of NIH management and oversight of its federally funded research." For more information on this probe, please see http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Letters/03132003_834.htm .
Tell Representative Greenwood that you appreciate his efforts to make the NIH accountable for the way in which our tax dollars are spent and that you would like the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee to look into the millions of dollars given to Columbia for cruel experiments that do not hold any promise for improvements to human health. Tell him that Columbia should not be rewarded for sloppy science and poor animal care when the standards for animal care set by the government could be followed by a 2-year-old, so minimal are they. Be sure to mention the fact that Columbia does not, with all the money it gets, give these imprisoned primates any socialization or enrichment at all, which they are required to do by law.
Please copy your letter to Secretary Tommy Thompson, the person who oversees the NIH. Ask him to order NIH Director Elias Zerhouni to close Columbia's animal laboratories until a thorough investigation and housecleaning can be completed.
The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Bldg. 200 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, DC 20201
And don't leave out the person who is most concerned with raising funds for Columbia:
Commissioner of the NBA
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Columbia University, Olympic Tower, New York, NY 10022
And finally, please e-mail your own senators and representative. You can find their contact information at www.vote-smart.org.
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