Target: Edinburgh University
Goal: Stop cruel and repetitive research practices on mice
Edinburgh University has been conducting research on laboratory mice for the purpose of investigating how certain symptoms like a lack of oxygen to the brain can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. In theory, this research would seem to be very useful in understanding the disease, but that’s the problem that many are arguing over. It would seem that this research is utterly useless and repetitive, as similar investigations have already been conducted. Not to mention, the practices being used on the mice test subjects are very severe and traumatic.
Laboratory mice are subjected to experiments that inflict strokes and brain damage on them to simulate Alzheimer’s disease. Brain damage is usually induced by a ‘fluid percussion injury’ which essentially delivers high-pressure blasts to the animals through holes drilled in their skulls. Another method is to induce strokes by blocking arteries to the brain, thus reducing blood flow, or simply by injecting poison directly into the brain. If they aren’t killed from these methods, which many are, then they are subjected to numerous tests.
Some scientists argue that these experiments are clinically unwarranted because they only serve to reproduce findings that have already been discovered. Another argument is the lack of scientific merit in furthering Alzheimer’s research. Due to the large amount of species differences between mice and humans, it is useless and inaccurate to use animal models to replicate the disease. It is also widely known that a lack of oxygen to the brain causes Alzheimer’s and many other brain diseases. This repetitive research is only contributing futher to what is called the ‘innovation gap’ which results from more funding for scientific research, but with no increase in approved drugs.
Often, the people donating to major supporters of this research such as the Alzheimer’s Society are not told where their donations are being spent. It is unfair to spend the public’s money on repetitive research projects. Stop mice from being used in these experiments which don’t seek to gain any new scientific advancements for what they claim to be investigating. Sign the petition today to urge Edinburgh University to stop these cruel practices and useless experiments.
Dear Edinburgh University,
Please stop the cruel research experiments being used on laboratory mice for the purpose of investigating Alzheimer’s disease. Many scientists argue that these repetitive studies have no scientific merit, because they only serve to reproduce previous findings that are already well-known.
At the same time, these mice are forced to endure induced brain trauma, and then undergo rigorous tests and experiments that are cruel and not in the best interests of these animals. Mice and humans are such different species, we cannot accurately compare the two as models for their respective illnesses.
I urge you today to reconsider these research programs and find better, more humane ways of using these animals for actual scientific purposes.
[Your Name Here]
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