Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture
Goal: Thank the USDA for fining the University of Connecticut for animal welfare violations
Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture has released information citing that the University of Connecticut has been fined several thousand dollars for animal welfare violations. While the fines were given a month before the release of the statement, the USDA has confirmed that there was a grand total of ten violations, all occurring between 2008 and 2010.
These fines revolved around the university’s research facilities. According to the USDA, the university failed to follow protocol when doing certain tests and studies based on animals, such as sticking a dozen needles in one test rabbit without following set out guidelines. The university has completely paid the fine assessed by the USDA.
Testing on animals is deplorable enough but doing so without regard to protocol is outright torture. Universities like the University of Connecticut need to be reminded that their research does not take precedent to animal welfare. That is why it is so important to thank the USDA for making sure these universities follow protocol when carrying out their research.
Please sign the petition letter below. By lending your voice, you are giving support to those in power to ensure that these animals do not suffer cruel treatment. The more voices that join in support, the more the USDA will know it has support and will continue its work in bringing these researchers to justice.
Dear Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture,
Animal welfare is an issue many Americans hold very dearly. While it may not be getting a lot of attention this election cycle, I, and many others, would like you to know that your work to protect these innocent creatures does not go unnoticed.
Thank you for standing up to research universities such as the University of Connecticut and letting them know that animals are not just test subjects but living beings that can feel pain. There is nothing that takes a precedent over life, not even research. Thank you for standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
[Your Name Here]
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