Target: The U.S. National Institutes of Health
Goal: Stop vivisection on live animals for research purposes
Vivisection is the practice of cutting into or using invasive techniques on live animals. Vivisection is commonly called animal experimentation. It includes the use of animals for research, product testing, and in education. Animal experimentation is conducted in many situations, including at universities, hospitals, research institutes, independent laboratories that conduct research for corporations, military bases, and agricultural facilities.
The U.S. spends approximately $18 billion per year on animal experiments. The U.S. National Institutes of Health is the world’s greatest source that funds animal experimentation, with an annual budget of more than $13 billion. Much of this is funded by taxpayers. Alternatives are less expensive and can be used repeatedly, but they have not been implemented. Many companies make consumers feel that animal testing is necessary by saying “your child or your dog,” making the consumer feel that in order for their child to be treated with a drug that works if they are ill, animal testing must occur. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2010 annual report about 2009, “1.13 million animals were used in experiments (excluding rats, mice, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and agricultural animals used in agricultural experiments), plus an estimated 100 million mice and rats.”
There are three types of animals used for research. Purpose bred animals are bred specifically for research and obtained from Class “A” dealers. Those dealers raise all their animals in a closed colony on their own premises. Random source animals are not specifically bred for research and come from pounds, Class “B” dealers or are donated to research. Random source animals come from a random genetic pool, meaning they have not come from controlled in-breeding. Pound seizure, in which animals who arrive at the pound are required by law to be turned over to laboratories for experimentation on demand if they are not reclaimed or adopted out, is still in effect in some animal shelters. Conditioned animals are purpose bred and random source animals that have been quarantined, vaccinated, and are determined to be free of parasites and any other anomalies.
Many medical advancements have been made not testing on animals, like the discovery of penicillin or the identification of AIDS. This shows it is not necessary to test on animals to make a scientific breakthrough. Stop vivisection and save millions of animals from being tortured.
Dear U.S. National Institute of Health,
Vivisection is cruel and unnecessary. Many scientific advancements have been made without the use of vivisection. It is also unethical to test on animals, since you argue that experimentation benefits humans because animals are like us. It is only ethical to experiment on animals if they are fundamentally not like us, in which case animal experimentation is not necessary or useful.
You also spend billions of dollars per year on vivisection, money that could benefit the people you are supposedly trying to save with animal experimentation in many other ways, like feeding, clothing, and educating them. Taxpayers are also funding many of your experiments, which is wrong when many taxpayers do not support animal research and testing.
Hippocrates instructed, “First, do no harm.” By continuing to do vivisection, you are causing harm and going against the Hippocratic oath. Stop experimentation and vivisection on animals.
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