Condemn Repeated Laboratory Animal Abuse

Target: Dr. Rathindra Bose, Vice President of Research at the University of Houston

Goal: Condemn the University of Houston for mistreatment of laboratory animals and demand increased oversight and training

The University of Houston has been cited by the government for multiple incidents of animal abuse and neglect in its laboratories. Just recently, a rabbit undergoing anesthesia died due to poor monitoring and monkeys in the lab were deprived of water. The laboratory has also been accused, by the research watchdog group Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, of providing inadequate veterinary care for the animals. Condemn the University of Houston and demand that Dr. Rathindra Bose increase oversight of the animals in his care and require additional laboratory staff training to prevent future abuse.

While animal testing is still an unfortunate requirement in the advancement of medicine, every care should be taken to ensure the animals are treated with dignity as living beings, do not suffer unduly, and are handled and cared for properly. These animals are completely defenseless and dependent on the university and the laboratory staff. It is inexcusable to have animals die from poor oversight, be deprived of water, or lack veterinary care at the University of Houston. It is the responsibly of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to prevent mistreatment, but the members appointed by Dr. Bose have fallen down on the job.

These animals deserve better. Tell Dr. Bose and the University of Houston that you will not tolerate the abuse of animals in their care and demand increased oversight and staff training to prevent future abuse and neglect.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Rathindra Bose,

Animals are being neglected and abused at the University of Houston laboratories under your care. A laboratory was recently cited by the USDA for the death of a rabbit due to poor monitoring while undergoing anesthesia and for depriving monkeys of water. In addition the research watchdog group Stop Animal Exploitation Now! has accused the laboratory of inadequate veterinary care.

Until alternatives can completely replace animal research, it is our duty to ensure the animals used in laboratories are treated with dignity, receive quality care, do not suffer unduly, and have the best quality of life possible in those conditions. You are the steward for those animals and ultimate responsibility for their mistreatment stops with you.

As the Vice President for Research, we expect you to increase oversight of laboratory animal treatment and to require additional training for laboratory staff to ensure these types of abuses do not happen again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joint via Understanding Animal Research

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6 Comments

  1. No animal should suffer the agony of vivisection.

  2. Lizelle Pretorius says:

    Stop all animal abuse now!

  3. Breaks my heart to be part of a world that brings such suffering to the precious gifts of animals who can’t fight against humans :(

  4. Vivisection is never ethically viable!

  5. Daniela Bress says:

    All those testings are just for commercial interests in these days.

    Any idiot knows that it’s all about profit. As long as it’s legal to poison waters for mining, drilling, fracking and even clothes – contaminate soils, breed multi-resistant pathogens by factory farming – cut down vital rainforests for palmoil – build new nuclear power plants although wind and solar energy wouldn’t leave our descendants such dangerous waste behind – etc., we don’t need to pretend that “scientists” test on animals for the benefit of mankind.

    That’s too hypocritical to be taken seriously any longer!!!

  6. Helene Beck says:

    I wrote directly to the university about this matter, and I want to share their reply with everybody:
    “The University of Houston follows strict U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations regarding animal research. This requires that every protocol involving animal research is approved by the University of Houston Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. This committee consist of 14 members appointed by the Vice President for Research, including 2 veterinarians, 11 scientists, 3 non-scientists – of which one non-scientist is a non-affiliated member that represents the community. The primary function of the IACUC is to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and standards established using animals in research. The IACUC conducts inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, reviews the institutional program for animal use, and reports its findings to the UH Institutional Official. Another responsibility of the IACUC is to assist students and staff in upholding the finest care and most humane use of our laboratory animals. The IACUC, therefore, shares with the investigator the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals.

    The University is also accredited by the AAALAC International. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC stands for the “Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.”
    More than 870 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 36 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in AAALAC’s program, in addition to complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research. Some of the institutions that have earned AAALAC accreditation include the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Red Cross, and the National Institutes of Health.”

    Sincerely,

    Rathindra N Bose
    Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
    University of University System and University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204″

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