Target: Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., President of Stony Brook University
Goal: End the use of rabbits in Stony Brook University laboratories
In February 2013, the Stony Brook University biology laboratory ordered more rabbits than needed for its research. The laboratory proceeded to offer the surplus rabbits to random students and students-hangers-on, under the threat of euthanizing any animals that remained.
Rabbits are very delicate animals with very specific dietary and medical needs. Their care falls under the category of “exotic pets,” because even veteran dog or cat owners would not know how to care for a rabbit without proper research. They should never be handed out without regulation or preparation on the part of the future owner.
The laboratory created an atmosphere of impulse adopters, including young students without the proper environment or finances to care for these animals, under the looming threat of the rabbits being euthanized. This is the sort of atmosphere wherein well-wishers will release captive rabbits into the wild to be immediately killed by passing vehicles or predators because they are unaccustomed to caring for themselves in the wilderness.
Animal testing and research is already a gruesome and under-regulated business, and this incident is just one more example of the callousness with which the animals are treated in these laboratories. If the facility cannot be trusted to keep its order of rabbits to a bare minimum to decrease the amount of suffering the animals must endure and will instead order bulk amounts of whatever animal it needs (fueling the mills that produce these animals) and then hand them off to random passersby, they cannot be trusted to continue their research on these animals.
Please sign this petition to stop the use of rabbits in the Stony Brook University laboratories.
Dear Samuel L. Stanley,
In February 2013, the biology department at Stony Brook University ordered more rabbits than needed and proceeded to offer the extra animals up to students and strangers to take home under threat of the rabbits being euthanized. This is a highly irresponsible practice, as rabbits are delicate creatures with very specific dietary and medical needs.
The carelessness involved in ordering more rabbits than the department can handle and then handing those animals out to anyone under the impulse of saving animals from immediate danger shows an obscene level of irresponsibility and callousness. This incident makes it very clear that your university should not be using rabbits for any kind of teaching or medical purposes.
Please end your use of rabbits in any and all facilities at Stony Brook University.
[Your Name Here]
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