Target: Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services Daniel R. Levinson
Goal: Investigate the CDC’s laboratories following multiple uncovered cases of unnecessary and horrific test animal death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been violating animal welfare laws and imprisoning animals for decades. However, since they are a government laboratory, they are often allowed to pass inspection despite being guilty of health, safety, and animal welfare violations. This lack of supervision has lead to countless deaths and years of torture.
In just a one-year period, 13 violations were uncovered. Some violations include the five mice that died of asphyxiation due to their ventilation pump being turned off, two prairie dogs that got caught in a drain pipe and later died, a calf that died of hypothermia because he was put in a barn with a faulty heater, a monkey who was not properly supervised and pulled her sutures out which caused her intestines to spill out of her own body, and 15 mice that died after being put in cages that were still excruciatingly hot from sterilization. These are just a few examples of the horrors implemented in these laboratories.
The animals are not the only ones at risk in these labs. The employees have faced dangerous encounters of their own. Just last year, live anthrax was mishandled and potentially exposed employees to the deadly disease. In addition, monkeys were injected with a strain of rabies that the handlers were not vaccinated against. There is no excuse for these various acts of carelessness.
The CDC has a yearly budget of over $6 billion, and $500 million of that is dedicated to “monitoring health and ensuring laboratory excellence.” Those funds are more than adequate to maintain proper safety regulations for humans and animals alike. There have been too many strikes against these laboratories to keep turning a blind eye. Sign to demand that the laboratories be investigated.
Dear Inspector General Levinson,
The laboratories belonging to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been putting animals and humans alike in grave danger. Many situations have resulted in death. However, the CDC does not feel the repercussions for these violations because federal inspectors often give them a pass. Their carelessness has caused too many issues and it cannot be allowed to continue.
Some of these deaths include a monkey who was not properly supervised and pulled out her sutures which caused her intestines to spill out, 15 mice who were put in cages that were still excruciatingly hot from sterilization, and a calf that died of hypothermia after being put in a barn with a broken heater. All of these deaths could have been avoided.
The CDC has over $500 million that is dedicated to “monitoring health and ensuring laboratory excellence.” This is more than enough money to practice proper safety techniques and protocols. There is no excuse for the numerous violations that have been uncovered over the years.
Please exercise your authority and hold the CDC responsible for their wrongdoings. If they are never held accountable then the carelessness will continue and more lives will be at risk.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals