Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Support animal testing transparency laws in the United States
The Beagle Freedom Project is a rescue organization that saves beagles from animal experimentation and gives them new homes. The organization’s work is one of many rescue operations in the United States trying to re-home laboratory animals. However, in the Beagle Freedom Project, many of these rescuers and new owners don’t know what sort of experiments their beagles were put through. There is a lack of transparency in the United States, and the public should have a right to know what our animals are being put through in these labs.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fun, animal testing “amounts to legally-sanctioned animal abuse.” Whether these animals are tested with new vaccines or a new mascara that’s hitting the stores, these animals suffer tremendously for human benefit. It’s estimated that 100 million are “exploited in biomedical, aeronautic, automotive, agricultural, and cognitive research and in consumer product testing.” A gross 95% of these animals are not protected by law, leaving animals such as mice, fish, birds, and reptiles to suffer. The regulatory bodies that are also in charge of inspecting labs are self-chosen and self policing. With not enough inspectors to handle the job – there are 120 FDA (Food and Drug Administration) inspectors for the 12,000 facilities run in the United States – how can we guarantee that our laboratory animals are being cared for?
Many labs pass their inspections with gross violations occurring. There are humane alternatives being used for animal testing, but until laws requiring these alternatives are passed, we need to demand transparency for our animals. The public has a right to know what our wildlife is being subjected to in these labs. Sign this petition and tell the Speaker of the House to draft animal testing transparency laws.
Dear John Boehner,
Animal activists in the United Kingdom are pushing for animal testing transparency laws, as the public has grown concerned and outraged over the kinds of testing to which our animals are subjected. The United States should do the same, as we are not alone in these kinds of heinous testing. There are humane alternatives to these kinds of experiments, but while these laws are waiting to be approved, I am writing to urge you to draft another law.
The public has a right to know what tests are being conducted on our wildlife. I am demanding a transparency law to be created that will give the public access to this information. These labs are essentially facilities that legally sanction animal abuse. This knowledge does not sit well with me, and I hope it makes you uncomfortable too. Again, I implore you to make this into law.
[Your Name Here]
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