Target: Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
Goal: Stop the National Institutes of Health from supporting The Jackson Laboratory.
An animal rights organization has discovered some disturbing incidents at one of the largest breeders of mice used for experimentation. A whistle-blower claimed to have seen the workers at The Jackson Laboratory severely neglect and abuse the animals there. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave over $60 million to The Jackson Laboratory in 2015 and it is time the government stop supporting this cruel institution.
Allegedly, mice drowned due to a malfunctioning water system and moldy, dead bodies were left behind. Mice reportedly had their tails ripped from their bodies in order to test genomes even though this can be done with saliva or feces. Cages were so crowded that mice were fighting and were unable to reach food or water, and euthanasia cages were over-packed which lead to slow, painful deaths.
Sign this petition to demand the NIH, a federal agency, stop supporting an abusive laboratory and instead use that money to find better, animal-free testing techniques.
Dear Mr. Collins,
In 2015, the NIH gave over $60 million to The Jackson Laboratory in support of its work in breeding mice used for experimentation. The Jackson Laboratory is one of the largest breeders of mice in the world and it may be one of the cruelest.
A whistle-blower from The Jackson Laboratory claimed to have seen employees abuse and neglect the mice, which often lead to serious injuries and even death. Allegedly, a malfunctioning water system drowned mice and moldy, dead bodies were left behind. Cages were reportedly so crowded that mice were fighting each other and unable to reach food and water, and euthanasia cages were over-packed which lead to slow, painful deaths. Some mice had their tails ripped from their bodies in order to test genomes even though that can be done with saliva or fecal matter.
Please consider no longer supporting this abusive lab. Mice are incredibly social animals who experience fear and pain just like you and me. They have displayed signs of empathy and signs of distress when other mice are being harmed. It is time to stop supporting this cruelty and start funding more effective research that uses today’s advance technology and is cruelty-free.
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