Animal testing is an extremely cruel part of scientific research. Animals are forced to live in small, barren cages without enrichment or social contact. They undergo a variety of painful and traumatizing tests, such as being poisoned, asphyxiated, bred to have various diseases, and more. Researchers even amputate limbs and drill holes in the skulls of animals for their experiments. In addition to the inherent cruelties of testing on animals, reports have also found that many government labs have violated basic animal welfare policies.
Animal testing isn’t just cruel, it’s also wasteful and ineffective as many of the results don’t carry over in human trials and 95% of drugs that pass animal tests fail on humans. Fortunately, scientists have been developing effective alternatives that don’t involve animals, such as using human cells to study wound healing and breast cancer. More states are also passing their own laws to phase out animal testing.
Fortunately, The Humane Research & Testing Act has been reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). If passed, the act would “enable NIH to effectively replace animal experimentation by developing, funding and incentivizing non-animal methods of research.” It would also establish the National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ensure that NIH reduces the total number of animals used. Sign this petition and ask Congress to pass the Humane Research and Testing Act of 2021 without delay!
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