Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Animal Testing Weekly Updates

Tell Hennepin County Medical Center: Stop Harming Rabbits And Sheep. Save innocent animals from dying!
Sponsored by: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Rabbits and sheep are suffering and dying in emergency medicine training at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. They need your help!

Emergency medicine residents practice on live animals — they are instructed to make incisions into the throats, chests, and even skulls of rabbits and sheep. The procedures continue even if the animal dies while on the operating table. If they survive the procedures, at the end, each innocent animal is killed one by one.

This is Animal Cruelty 101! And, it's ineffective!

Cutting up and killing innocent animals to train future emergency medicine physicians is an outrage — there are superior, nonanimal methods! In fact, HCMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could provide the resources to replace the use of animals.

Please help stop this cruelty by taking action. Sign PCRM's petition to the CEO of HCMC — urge them to stop killing rabbits and sheep and switch to simulation now!

These Mice Used to Live in a Lab. Now They Live the Life of Luxury Thanks to Their Awesome Rescuer. Mice do not have easy lives. When found in homes, they’re chased by brooms and sometimes exterminated. They’re met with disgusted glances when they try to scurry from point A to point B. And of course, they are used frequently for animal testing in the research space, with 95 percent of lab animals actually being mice or rats.

There are many reasons scientists choose mice for lab tests. They are small and easy to handle, inexpensive and readily available, and they adapt to new surroundings seamlessly. They also reproduce very quickly, meaning that researchers can use several generations of mice within a short span of time.

While many of the tests performed on lab mice have helped propel medical advancements, at the end of the day we are exploiting these animals. Yes, we’ve been accustomed to treating rats and mice on the streets as if they carry the plague, but born in a sanitary lab, these mice are just as clean and affectionate as a gerbil, a cat, or even a dog. They can even learn how to play fetch! People have found mice on the streets and have kept them as pets and have proven that mice love to be pampered just as much as any other creature.

Just check out these lab mice who were recently rescued by the Beagle Freedom Project. With plenty of warm baths, an indoor play space, and an outdoor playground these guys are living it up! 
Lab Mice in text
Mice may not be as beloved as dogs and cats in our society but at the end of the day, they are living beings just like everyone else. They don’t want to be tortured, tested on, or killed. They’re simply trying to get enough food to survive, live in peace, and if possible, find a bit of companionship. When we subject these sweet creatures to lab testing, we are robbing them of their lives. And that’s not okay, no matter what animal it is. To learn more about the Beagle Freedom Project and the wonderful work they’re doing to rescue lab animals, click here.Image source: Beagle Freedom Project/Instagram 

Stop Testing Tobacco Products on Animals
Rat Janet Stephens
Target: Mitch Zeller, Director of Center for Tobacco Products, FDA - Click To Help!

Goal: End the use of animals in tobacco product tests.

Due to the new tobacco products being released, including the e-cigarette, more animals will be subjected to harmful testing. Numerous cigarette companies already test on animals, however the growing market means more animals will be tested on.

Humans already know that smoking tobacco is harmful. Testing on these animals is completely unnecessary. Typically, rats are confined to inhalation tubes so small they cannot move a single limb, and they breathe in the smoke for hours. The rats are exposed to tobacco smoke in very different circumstances than humans are, which can drastically alter results.

These tests are unnecessary, painful, deadly, and do not provide accurate results. It is time that the use of animals for testing tobacco products be put to an end. Humans must accept and acknowledge the risks of using tobacco products. SIGN THE PETITION LETTER