Target: Axel Wolff, Director of Compliance Oversight at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Goal: Demand more lab policies and stricter regulations to ensure the welfare of university lab animals
At least six bats died after being left in cages with no water at a University of Maryland lab. Records sent to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare revealed that their deaths were the result of an animal caretaker’s mistake. These bats died from dehydration, an entirely preventable condition. This incident is just one of many recent cases of mistreatment at university labs. Demand that the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare create and enforce stricter guidelines for animal welfare.
Before the incident at the University of Maryland, the lab staff at Princeton University abused lab monkeys by rolling marmoset monkeys in hamster balls for their own entertainment without regard for the monkeys’ safety. These are just a few of the many recent animal deaths in university laboratories that could have easily been prevented by stricter rules and regulation.
This type of behavior is careless and cruel. The lab staff at these prestigious schools should be acting responsibility, not recklessly. To ensure that all university lab animals be treated with respect in the future, labs require more policies, stricter regulations, and additional staff training about how to properly handle the animals. Sign this petition to demand that the Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare’s Division of Compliance Oversight implement new tactics to ensure that lab animals are treated well.
Dear Director Axel Wolff,
I am very disturbed by the many recent incidents of mistreatment or deaths of lab animals at universities. The deaths of these animals were due to the carelessness and cruel behavior of the lab staff at these universities. At Princeton University, marmoset monkeys were being rolled up and down hallways in hamster balls for the entertainment of the lab staff. This needlessly traumatized the monkeys. More recently at the University of Maryland, six bats died of dehydration after they were carelessly left in cages without any source of water.
As the Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare’s Division of Compliance Oversight, I urge you to implement more policies, stricter regulations, and additional staff training about how to properly handle lab animals. With your help, we can ensure the welfare of lab animals in all university laboratories.
[Your Name Here]
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