Ensure Stronger Protections for Lab Animals

Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: Pass reform bill that gives more rights to rats, mice, and birds living in labs

According to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), America’s federal anti-cruelty law, research labs that use animals for testing are legally required to follow certain rules to ensure those animals are safe. Test subjects must be provided with adequate living space and good veterinary care, and the lab technicians cannot cause them any undue harm. These requirements minimize the suffering endured by these animals and certify that labs treat their creatures humanely.

While the AWA requirements are very beneficial to many lab animals, three species are not covered under the law’s protections: rats, mice, and birds. These three make up 95% of all creatures that are used for scientific testing and endure terrible hardships while living in the labs. Each year, rats, mice, and birds are electrocuted, injected and sprayed with chemicals, fed strange and dangerous food, and blasted with radiation. Many are even deliberately given deadly diseases just so scientists can observe their reactions. With all of this suffering, the least the labs could do is provide the animals with proper housing and care. But the AWA does not legally require the labs to do so, and these poor animals are rarely given the attention they need.

Thankfully, there is hope. Currently, the U.S. Congress is considering a bill that would extend AWA rights to these three species. The bill would require labs to give rats, mice, and birds the same attention they give beagles, chimps, and other lab animals. These creatures would be provided with nice living areas, good veterinary care, and no one could do them unjust harm.

For the sake of all the small, defenseless animal test subjects, please urge Congress to pass the AWA reform bill.

PETITION LETTER

Dear U.S. Congress,

As you know, a reform bill for the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is currently under your consideration. The bill would extend rights for rats, mice, and birds living in laboratories. I urge you to vote yes on this bill.

Rats, mice, and birds consist of 95% of all animals used for testing and consequently live through terrible hardships. Each year, these animals are electrocuted, injected and sprayed with chemicals, fed strange and dangerous food, and blasted with radiation. Many are even deliberately given deadly diseases just so scientists can observe their reactions.

With the AWA reform bill, these small, defenseless creatures would be given more rights. They would be provided with adequate living space and good veterinary care, and the lab technicians could not cause them any undue harm. With all of the suffering endured by the animals, this is the least the labs can do.

For the sake of all the small creatures living in labs, please pass the AWA reform bill. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[You Name Here]

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  1. All species have sensors, pain receptors, feelings and emotions to protect themselves in their environments. If they did not, they would not survive.
    Furthermore, they do not give their consent for use in labs and research, and it is hard to imagine what would transpire if they could speak and defend themselves.

  2. Oh please, these researches are nothing but a huge lie to suggest safety to consumers and patients in order to push the multi-billion dollar industries.

    Man is able to fly to the moon and after more than fifty years of cancer research?
    Expensive equipment, expensive treatments, intolerable side effects and high mortality rates.

    How long may an idealistic scientist live after he told the wrong person that he has discovered a substance that cures any kind of cancer by taking only one pill a day, no considerable side effects and no destruction of healthy parts of organism?
    I could imagine that the brakes of his car would fail “randomly” !

    There’s no need for just one single animal suffering and dying during any kind of testing – no chemicals in our nutrition, clothes, toys, etc. – no air pollution – no toxins in our groundwater, drinking water, lakes, rivers and oceans – no acidification of our fields – no irresponsible deforestation of vital forests – in short:
    IF WE DON’T DESTROY OUR OWN HABITAT AND DON’T POISON OUR OWN LIVES – WE DON’T NEED NEW MEDICINE AND COMPATIBILITY TESTS !!!

    Stop these atrocities and let’s start to behave as if we were civilized, intelligent and compassionate beings who are able to live and survive without the help of innocent souls suffering for our idleness, hypocrisy, vanity, nutrition, religion, entertainment, greed, shoes, etc.!

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