Target: Qin Chuan, President of the Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences
Goal: Carry out the newly drafted national standard on laboratory animal welfare in China.
A new national standard for laboratory animal welfare and ethics has recently been drafted in China, and will make a huge difference in protecting laboratory animals if it is carried out. The new standard would minimize the use of animals for research and testing purposes while also reducing their pain.
It is vitally important that research facilities make use of the latest requirements for the ethical treatment of lab animals, as these animals are often horribly mistreated during the testing process. This new standard would hold the pharmaceutical and other industries that test their products on animals to a stricter ethical standard.
According to Sun Deming, chairman of the Welfare and Ethics Committee of the Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences, the welfare and ethics reviews currently conducted by users of laboratory animals are often too lax. While these reviews are required of all companies that use research animals, the results are variable and inconsistent as they all adopt different standards. The new draft outlines regulations that would hold all of these companies to a common standard, ensuring that laboratory animals receive the same degree of ethical treatment from each industry.
The draft draws on laboratory animal welfare legislation from other countries, such as the U.K., and has been recognized by leading experts both in China and abroad. It puts forward requirements for the production and transportation of laboratory animals as well as their use for testing purposes. This means that the employees who handle the animals would be held to certain qualifications, and animal-raising facilities would be monitored and held to ethical standards.
These new standards would mark a legislative breakthrough for laboratory animal welfare in China, and the draft needs to be carried out to ensure that these animals receive ethical treatment. Sign the petition below to urge China to adopt its first national standard on laboratory animal welfare and ethics by the end of the year and take a step toward the humane treatment of research animals.
Dear Mr. Chuan,
It is vitally important that the new national standard for laboratory animal welfare and ethics in China is carried out. This standard would minimize the use of animals for research and testing purposes and would reduce the amount of pain they experience. Laboratory animals are often treated unethically, and this new standard would hold the pharmaceutical and other industries to an ethical standard that would make a huge difference in protecting research animals.
The draft has been recognized by leading experts both in China and abroad, and would enforce stricter regulations for the production, transportation, and use of laboratory animals. While all laboratory users are currently required to conduct welfare and ethics reviews, these reviews are often too lax as there is no common standard that all companies must meet. The new standard would change that, and would mark a legislative breakthrough for laboratory animal welfare in China.
I am urging you to take a stand for animal welfare and support the draft. Please take every possible action to ensure that the new standard is carried out by the end of the year, and ensure that laboratory animals receive the protection they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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