Demand Feds Stop Funding Cruel Experiments

Target: Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

Goal: Stop the National Institutes of Health from supporting The Jackson Laboratory.

An animal rights organization has discovered some disturbing incidents at one of the largest breeders of mice used for experimentation. A whistle-blower claimed to have seen the workers at The Jackson Laboratory severely neglect and abuse the animals there. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave over $60 million to The Jackson Laboratory in 2015 and it is time the government stop supporting this cruel institution.

Allegedly, mice drowned due to a malfunctioning water system and moldy, dead bodies were left behind. Mice reportedly had their tails ripped from their bodies in order to test genomes even though this can be done with saliva or feces. Cages were so crowded that mice were fighting and were unable to reach food or water, and euthanasia cages were over-packed which lead to slow, painful deaths.

Sign this petition to demand the NIH, a federal agency, stop supporting an abusive laboratory and instead use that money to find better, animal-free testing techniques.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Collins,

In 2015, the NIH gave over $60 million to The Jackson Laboratory in support of its work in breeding mice used for experimentation. The Jackson Laboratory is one of the largest breeders of mice in the world and it may be one of the cruelest.

A whistle-blower from The Jackson Laboratory claimed to have seen employees abuse and neglect the mice, which often lead to serious injuries and even death. Allegedly, a malfunctioning water system drowned mice and moldy, dead bodies were left behind. Cages were reportedly so crowded that mice were fighting each other and unable to reach food and water, and euthanasia cages were over-packed which lead to slow, painful deaths. Some mice had their tails ripped from their bodies in order to test genomes even though that can be done with saliva or fecal matter.

Please consider no longer supporting this abusive lab. Mice are incredibly social animals who experience fear and pain just like you and me. They have displayed signs of empathy and signs of distress when other mice are being harmed. It is time to stop supporting this cruelty and start funding more effective research that uses today’s advance technology and is cruelty-free.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Aaron Logan

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6 Comments

  1. Beth Marie says:

    Disgusting waste of our money!! NIH is a BIG waste of money. People are sick of this cruelty, where is regulation? I want my wasted tax dollars back!

  2. Cynthia Gannon says:

    Why should tax payers fund sadism?

  3. I have heard that this is a part of a pattern of neglect and abuse at the Jackson Laboratory which breeds a culture of cruelty, staff using fingers to tear off the ends of mice’s tails, worker’s recording that they’ve changed pens, replenished enrichment items, etc., without having done so, records falsified, employees hiding violations from inspectors, workers spewing crap like “so someone’s gonna come here and look at the way we illegally euthanize mice (overcrowded) and threaten my job, I don’t think so”…and supervisors taking no action. Not surprising with respect to the track record of the general, overall industry, and this has been going on for some time. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire (and usually an elaborate “cover-up”). Who wants to subsidize such abuse and ignorance – and PLEASE, start funding research that uses TODAY’S much more advanced technology…which, as it happens, is cruelty-free.

  4. Todd Fletcher says:

    Jackson labs should be fined heavily. Otherwise these idiots just don’t get it.

  5. Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by telling themselves that these cruelties have a worthy aim.” Albert Schweitzer, physician/Nobel Laureate.

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠

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