Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Animal Testing Weekly

March Against Animal Experimentation
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There is a Better Way. YOU wouldn't want to be used as a 'guinea pig' for painful, invasive research. Neither does an actual, live guinea pig. 

Animals don't volunteer to be test subjects—they don't have a choice. But we do. 

Thanks to you, AAVS's affiliate, the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) funds projects to develop humane, non-animal research models that are not only more ethical, but that also advance research and testing for human health. That's our choice. 

With funding from ARDF and other sources, researchers created "mini-brains" made of human neurons and cells, which could revolutionize drug testing, and spare countless numbers of animals sacrificed for neurological research. These 3D human brain models can be used to find treatments for diseases like Parkinson's. 

Federal budget reductions can seriously impact the advancement of research, leaving scientists in search of new approaches. ARDF is working to direct their energies toward alternatives and away from animal usage. Ensuring rapid adoption of new, non-animal methods is our top priority. 

Grant proposals for new alternatives projects will be considered in May, and it would be incredible if ARDF were able to fund all those that our scientific reviewers recommend. I hope you will consider a special contribution to help make that happen. 
Rabbits Mutilated, Monkeys Driven Mad in University Labs. Deep inside the laboratories of the University of Pittsburgh, thousands of animals—including mice, monkeys, dogs, cats, rats, and rabbits—are cut open, injected with chemicals, and killed for a wide variety of experiments. Unfortunately, this abuse is far from unusual. PETA has exposed dozens of animal laboratories over the years just like this one, and the misery that you see here isn’t the exception—it’s the rule. Time and again, we’ve seen experimenters treat animals like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment.
Jack's Story

Every year, the U.S. military shoots, stabs, and dismembers more than 8,500 animals in combat trauma training courses. But there is no need for this practice to continue, which is why Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) introduced the newest version of the BEST Practices Act earlier this week. Please ask your representative to co-sponsor the bill by calling and e-mailing today.

Simply call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell the operator where you live. Ask to contact your representative's office. Please be polite and encouraging when you call and be sure to say: "I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to ask that Rep. [last name] please co-sponsor H.R. 1243, the BEST Practices Act."

After you call, please send your representative an e-mail.

You have probably heard of the BEST Practices Act, but this is a new Congress, so we need you to take action again. Momentum to replace the military's animal use is stronger than ever before. In the last Congress, the House and Senate versions of the bill gathered almost 100 co-sponsors. And the Editorial Board of The New York Times urged an end to this animal use last summer.

State-of-the-art human-relevant training methods like the Cut Suit (pictured above) can provide better training than the military’s current use of goats and pigs.

Please call and e-mail your representative today. With your help, we will modernize military medical training and end this cruel animal use.

We will keep you posted as this legislation moves through Congress and let you know what further actions you can take. Thank you for your help.