Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Pass reform bill that gives more rights to rats, mice, and birds living in labs
According to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), America’s federal anti-cruelty law, research labs that use animals for testing are legally required to follow certain rules to ensure those animals are safe. Test subjects must be provided with adequate living space and good veterinary care, and the lab technicians cannot cause them any undue harm. These requirements minimize the suffering endured by these animals and certify that labs treat their creatures humanely.
While the AWA requirements are very beneficial to many lab animals, three species are not covered under the law’s protections: rats, mice, and birds. These three make up 95% of all creatures that are used for scientific testing and endure terrible hardships while living in the labs. Each year, rats, mice, and birds are electrocuted, injected and sprayed with chemicals, fed strange and dangerous food, and blasted with radiation. Many are even deliberately given deadly diseases just so scientists can observe their reactions. With all of this suffering, the least the labs could do is provide the animals with proper housing and care. But the AWA does not legally require the labs to do so, and these poor animals are rarely given the attention they need.
Thankfully, there is hope. Currently, the U.S. Congress is considering a bill that would extend AWA rights to these three species. The bill would require labs to give rats, mice, and birds the same attention they give beagles, chimps, and other lab animals. These creatures would be provided with nice living areas, good veterinary care, and no one could do them unjust harm.
For the sake of all the small, defenseless animal test subjects, please urge Congress to pass the AWA reform bill.
Dear U.S. Congress,
As you know, a reform bill for the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is currently under your consideration. The bill would extend rights for rats, mice, and birds living in laboratories. I urge you to vote yes on this bill.
Rats, mice, and birds consist of 95% of all animals used for testing and consequently live through terrible hardships. Each year, these animals are electrocuted, injected and sprayed with chemicals, fed strange and dangerous food, and blasted with radiation. Many are even deliberately given deadly diseases just so scientists can observe their reactions.
With the AWA reform bill, these small, defenseless creatures would be given more rights. They would be provided with adequate living space and good veterinary care, and the lab technicians could not cause them any undue harm. With all of the suffering endured by the animals, this is the least the labs can do.
For the sake of all the small creatures living in labs, please pass the AWA reform bill. Thank you.
[You Name Here]
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