Target: Janet Woodcock, FDA Director
Goal: Stop testing pharmaceutical drugs on animals
Every year thousands of animals die in laboratories so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can approve questionable drugs for our consumption. Dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other animals are subjected to horrors like opiate poisoning, often for the majority of their lives until they are hastily euthanized. No one knows what they suffer and no one provides pain medicine or treatment to these animals.
Drug companies are required to complete extensive research and tests before a product is approved for release. One would think that this makes all of the drugs on the market safe, yet news reports suggest otherwise. Humans regularly develop liver damage and other grave ailments through the use of supposedly safe medications; medications that were tested on animals.
Veterinary surgeon and zoologist Andre Menache describes animal testing as “less reliable than flipping a coin.” Trying to predict a human’s reaction to a drug will never be entirely possible using animals.
The FDA has approved numerous drugs that have “passed testing” only to discover that they drastically increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Innovative alternatives to animal testing include human cultures, surgical specimens, and physiological chips, all of which require no animal or human harm.
Sign this petition demanding that the FDA stop wasting innocent lives for the sake of profit.
Dear Janet Woodcock,
While brilliant technological advances for pharmaceutical research go ignored, animals continue to be experimented upon and thrown out like garbage. Testing drugs on animals in order to ensure human safety is known to be unreliable. Fatal reactions to legal drugs and the steady flow of drug recalls each month confirm the inefficiency of current testing methods.
Various advanced alternatives to animal testing are already being developed and used. Pharmaceutical companies, with access to millions of dollars and the most capable scientists, should have no problem affording and implementing these alternatives. There is no excuse to continue to use a system that is unnecessary, notoriously unreliable, and overtly inhumane.
The FDA has the power to alter requirements and influence current practices. Both humans and animals in the US deserve better than rudimentary pharmaceutical testing.
This system leads not only to the death and torture of animals, but also to unreliable medicine being placed on the market for human consumption. Please phase out pharmaceutical testing on animals and make room for better methods.
[Your Name Here]
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