Animal testing violations have been recently uncovered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to AFP, PETA received the data with a freedom of information request. A total of 31 accidents were revealed between January 2018 to October 2019.
Among the terrible conditions and incidents, mice were baked to death from heating system problems, primates were kept in rooms that were lit for 5 months straight. A female owl monkey didn’t receive veterinary care and died.
The NIH released a statement saying that it took these incidents seriously and was investigating the failures, “The incidents you have cited were thoroughly investigated by OLAW. The NIH intramural facilities have implemented numerous changes to prevent a recurrence.”
Animal rights groups called out the NIH for failing to care for animals. Eric Kleiman, a researcher at the Animal Welfare Insitute called the reports “shocking,” and said, “The laws and regulations exist to minimize animal suffering, pain, stress, and when even those minimal standards are not being addressed or not being followed, then you have significant suffering. Training, veterinary care, food, water: this is the most basic of basics. If you can’t do this kind of thing right you have no business doing anything with animals, it’s as simple as that. ”
Animal testing is unethical scientific research. Much of the testing is found to be ineffective, as 95% of drugs that pass animal tests fail on humans. The world is moving in the right direction as Companies stand up for animals. The USDA made a decision to eliminate some mammalian testing by 2025.
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