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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

I like this letter which appeared in the Brandenton Herald (FL)...
President Obama promised to eliminate wasteful government spending; funding for animal research is one area that is overdue for reform. As billions flow into this waste, 44 million Americans lack adequate health care coverage.

Each year, millions of cats, dogs, non-human primates and other animals suffer and die in research laboratories. Please do not advertise to sell your pets.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories (April 17-24) exposes their plight and the broken federal research funding system that perpetuates outdated animal experiments at the expense of modern and more humane technologies. Animal research is not necessary to promote human health despite claims from vested interests.

Recent published studies document that an old boys network in the federal grant award process keeps “aging cash cows” afloat while leaving younger, innovative investigators struggling.

The result: antiquated, unnecessary and ridiculous experiments like those identified recently by In Defense of Animals, including studies of cocaine-addicted quail, nipple preference in nursing infant monkeys, toy preference in young monkeys, and effect of high-fat diets on mice (it made them fat and sleepy).

As billions flow into this waste, 44 million Americans lack adequate health care coverage.

Gundl Bhutani

Sarasota

2 comments:

jungleroar said...

people should read this article.

Bea Elliott said...

I like it too! Excellent points!