Breaking Barriers in 2021 From CAARE Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research
An Alternatives to Animal Testing, Experimentation and Dissection Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM CAARE Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research
December 2021

At CAARE we have dedicated our work to smash the myth of “lifesaving animal experiments” and we are breaking ground in this difficult territory.

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We’re all familiar with this scenario: Egregious animal abuse is exposed in a lab and the only response from the offender is the tired and hackneyed statement, “Animal experiments are essential to carry out our lifesaving work to find cures.”

At CAARE we have dedicated our work to smash the myth of “lifesaving animal experiments” and we are breaking ground in this difficult territory.

Here are just some of our accomplishments we were able to achieve this past year working together with you:

  • In March we kicked off the introduction of The Humane Research and Testing Act of 2021 with a congressional briefing featuring Dr. Jane Goodall as the keynote speaker. The HRTA will create the first-ever institute under NIH to promote and carry out animal free research, while requiring NIH to implement a plan to reduce animals.
  • CAARE launched a global petition in support of the Humane Research & Testing Act, amassing over 200,000 signatures and organized a call-in day to Congress, urging our thousands of supporters to call their representatives to support the HRTA.
  • In November, the House Appropriations Committee backed CAARE’s plans for a center by passing the 2022 budget to promote a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research under NIH, including language to require NIH to disclose numbers of animals used in federally funded experiments.
  • With your support, CAARE was successful at convincing Congress to oppose $30 million to expand primate research, funding that was driven by pressure from the National Primate Research Centers.
  • CAARE took action when we learned that The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) awarded funding to expose mice and sheep to painful chlorine gas. In addition to our action alert that generated thousands of letters, CAARE sent a detailed letter to BARDA demonstrating how these experiments are wholly unjustified.
  • Throughout the year, CAARE researched and distributed information about innovative non-animal research taking place right now with the power to surpass animal experiments. We published this information on our social media accounts and thanked each of the scientists whose research we featured.
  • CAARE investigated and exposed painful experiments on guinea pigs at University of Michigan that bombarded their sensitive ears with loud noises to wrongly study the human condition tinnitus. Thousands of supporters joined CAARE in contacting UM to ask for the experiments to be replaced with human based research.
  • CAARE launched an investigation – to be continued in 2022 – into experiments on conscious monkeys at Rockefeller University that involve invasive brain surgeries and lengthy testing trials to study the brain’s ability to recognize faces.

All of this has been possible because of people like you. Your generous donation enables CAARE to fight against animal abuse in laboratories and promote scientific advancement without animals.


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