Ask Congress to ban breeding while labs are closed due to COVID-19
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FROM CAARE Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research and Experimentation
June 2020


Ban breeding while universities massacre animals



Research laboratories across the country have been killing off large populations of animals because of staff shortages and closures relating to COVID-19. At the same time, the National Institutes of Healthís Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) is allowing laboratories to continue to breed animals despite these mass killings.

Iím calling upon you as my elected member of Congress to intervene by demanding that NIH implement an immediate ban on the breeding of animals for research while COVID-19 closures remain in effect.

As reported by the media, many facilities have already killed large percentages of their animal populations amounting to tens of thousands of animals, mostly mice and rats who are killed through cruel methods like carbon dioxide suffocation and neck-breaking.

OLAW has ignored requests by animal advocacy organizations and the public to temporarily halt breeding despite the mass killings taking place. This waste of taxpayer dollars and complete disregard for sentient animals is appalling and must be stopped.

I respectfully request that Congress compel NIH to ban the breeding of animals used in research during the pandemic.



Also read When life becomes worthless:

When animals are placed in the carbon dioxide gas chamber, they immediately experience a strong burning sensation in their eyes and throat, because CO2 exposure leads to the formation of carbonic acid on contact with these sensitive membranes. This is followed by shortness of breath and accompanying feelings of panic.

Animals clamor to be released from the chamber as they urinate and defecate from pain and fear. As the exposure continues, animals experience seizures, convulsive chewing, nasal hemorrhage, and excessive salivation. Death can take 30 minutes or longer (50 minutes is typical for newborn animals) while post-mortem analysis reveals that edema and hemorrhage of the heart, lungs and other organs occur as animals are still conscious.

For more, please read Understanding Euthanasia: When Life and Words Become Worthless

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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