Stop Injecting Lab Animals With Toxic Chemicals

Target: Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Grant mice, rats, birds, fish, and reptiles the same standard of care as other animals used in experimental testing facilities.

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is a federal law in the United States that seeks to uphold minimum standards of care and treatment for animals used in experimental settings, transported commercially, or kept or bred in zoos. This law pertains to the maintenance of proper housing, handling, sanitation, food, water, and veterinary care for all animals protected under its act and is the only federal law in place in the U.S. to regulate the treatment of animals used in research. Among the animals covered by the AWA are dogs, cats, rabbits, nonhuman primates, marine mammals, and captive wildlife used in nonagricultural research. While these aforementioned animals only receive minimal, loosely regulated federal protections, there are some animals, still, that receive no protections at all.

While there have been amendments made to the AWA since it was initially introduced in 1966, lawmakers have failed to extend the rights outlined in this legislation to all animals. Mice, rats, birds, fish, and reptiles make up an overwhelming 95% of the animals tested upon in experimental settings. However, these animals are explicitly excluded from the AWA and are, therefore, not afforded the same protection as others currently covered by this act. As a result, these animals are left without any standard for proper treatment, and are at the liberty of their handlers who view them as subjects for scientific discovery, rather than as sentient beings.

Animals in testing facilities are subjected to all kinds of horrors. They are forcibly exposed to or injected with toxic chemicals, drugs, or infectious diseases that can result in extremely painful deaths. In addition, they may be physically restrained for prolonged periods of time, genetically and physically manipulated, and intentionally wounded or inflicted with medical illnesses. For us to deny them of even a minimum standard of care is downright inhumane. Sign this petition to demand that the animals currently excluded from the Animal Welfare Act receive the same coverage as those that are protected under the act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

The Animal Welfare Act is designed to set a federal minimum standard of care for animals used in research and is the sole piece of legislation protecting the rights of testing animals throughout the entire U.S.. While protections afforded under this act are few and far between, many animals are intentionally excluded from coverage altogether.

Even though mice, rats, birds, fish, and reptiles make up the majority of animals tested upon–a mind-boggling 95%–there are no laws in place outlining the maintenance of proper housing, handling, sanitation, food, water, or veterinary care for them. As a result, these animals are subject to maltreatment even before they are ever tested on. No current legal mandates require a reduction or alleviation of the pain experienced by these animals and, so, they intensely feel the deliberate shocks, painful incisions, physical manipulations, intentionally inflicted wounds, and other terrors done unto them by heartless experimenters.

All animals are capable of suffering. We are asking you, Mr. Schumer, to please extend the Animal Welfare Act to protect all species of animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aaron Logan


37 Comments

  1. Therese Kutscheid says:

    How many more decades will take until animals testing will be obsolete?
    Those unfortunate animals have to suffer for crazy science. I can’t believe how many innocent animals and how much money is wasted on those tests.

    • Kapil Marwaha says:

      True

    • Lisa Allis says:

      That is just it! As long as people profit from this horrific animal abuse, it will continue. We can only push back and help to establish laws against it. It is an uphill battle, but hopefully more people are onboard especially after covid crisis and the more we learn about the horrors of animal testing.

  2. Wendy+Morrison says:

    STOP INJECTING ALL MICE AND ANY TYPE OF ANIMALS WITH TOXIC POISONOUS SUBSTANCES IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!! ALL ANIMAL CRUELTY TORTURE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND BANNED ALL OVER THE WORLD AND ALL CRUEL LABORATORIES TOO!!! THESE CRUEL PEOPLE WHOM INJECTING MICE WITH RPXIC SUBSTANCES SHOULD BE THE ONES INJECTED REPEATEDLY WITH ALL TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND NOT INNOCENT ANIMALS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!

  3. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    END TESTING ON ALL ANIMALS NOW. There is no need to subject sentient beings to these horrors when humane, non lethal alternatives exist. ENOUGH.

  4. Agree all comments inject chemicals in these animal cruelty cunts not innocent animals what’s wrong with this cruel fucken world. Makes me sick wit the laws worldwide inject these people who allow it too see have they feel. People nothing but cruel bastards.

  5. Makes more sense to test on animal abusers….. Plus the people who do the evil testing

  6. Monstrous monstrous evil, heartbreaking and horrific, karma is theirs – I feel you, poor lost innocent souls; their blood on your souls

    The abuse, torture & murder of the innocents

    Some heartbreaks can never be unseen, some horrors never unheard – PLEASE GOD

    And the universe weeps tears of blood

    Your life as theirs, as their death

  7. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    STOP THIS!!!!! YOU ARE SADISTIC MONSTERS!!!!!

  8. After all the years of testing, you’d think that we have enough cleaners, shampoos, lotions, fertilizers, etc. that we need. Stop the testing! Work on cultivating empathy instead.

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