Praise Medical Researcher for Protecting Animals

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Target: Dr. Thomas Korff

Goal: Thank Doctor Thomas Korff for developing methods to protect animals within medical research and testing

German vascular researcher and professor Dr. Thomas Korff recently received the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize for his effort to minimize the suffering and involvement of animals used within his research. What sets Dr. Korff’s research apart is that all stakeholders in his studies benefit. For improving both the lives of humans and animals, Dr. Korff deserves our gratitude.

The Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize is presented annually by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and recognizes scientists who have improved the welfare of animals used within research. Korff researches vascular diseases at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology where he developed several ways to reduce the suffering experienced by animals during experiments, reduce the overall number of animals required for effective tests, and use alternative methods that don’t require the use of animals.

Dr. Korff received the award, specifically, “for his exemplary application of the principles of the 3Rs (replacement, refinement and reduction).” That is, for substituting conscious living animals with insentient material, decreasing the incidence or severity of inhumane procedures applied to those animals that still have to be used, creating strategies to eliminate or minimize that impact, and reducing the number of animals used in experimentation through carefully designed scientific, statistically valid studies. Korff’s methodologies range from cardiovascular physiology to tumor research and are already being adopted by the pharmaceutical industry. “The question for the DFG is to consider how science, which will not be able to do without animal testing entirely, can contribute to reducing the number of such experiments and to improve testing conditions to minimise animal distress,” said DFG President Professor Peter Strohschneider.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Dr. Thomas Korff for his incredible contributions to animal welfare and for helping us get even closer to a world free of animal testing.


Dear Dr. Korff,

You are the recent recipient of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize for your pioneering work in replacing, refining, and reducing animal testing methodologies within the medical industry. Throughout your research you have not only found ways to minimize the suffering animals experience during experiments, but have also found effective and improved alternatives to animal testing.

Thank you for your incredible effort to improve the lives of both humans and animals. I wish you nothing but success and I hope that the medical and pharmaceutical industries continue to adopt your research methods.


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  1. Mary fletcher says:

    Thanks you for helping animals!!:)

    Please sign this to help change our laws and protect Americas dogs and cats!!

    Here’s an official petition to the Whitehouse on the governments petition site:

    It’s asking Obama to ban euthanasia and save the 2 billion dollars we spend annually killing 5,500 dogs daily in Favor of tax breaks for vets to give free spay and neuters and cash voucher incentives to people who spay and neuter. This will quickly get our pet population under control and end the suffering of all these pets and Americans who love them. America must be proactive in solving our problems. More of the same isn’t working. Thank you! Please share.. Every signature is needed:)

  2. Tim Layman says:

    If you wouldn’t want it done to your own child, how the Hell can you think it’s OK to do it to any other living being. No unconsenting living being should ever be used in any form of research.

  3. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  4. I had to think long and hard before signing a petition thanking a researcher for using less animals. Dr. Korff is using fewer animals but those being used are still subjected to unjustifiable abuses, and if you were one of those being experimented on knowing that there were fewer of you being experimented on would be no consolation.


  6. Thank you but it would make me so much happier if no animals were subjected to experimental research of any kind. It’s NOT necessary at all!

  7. These poor animals are subjected to the worst type of imaginable torture so thanks for helping them.

  8. It is nice to reduce the suffering of laboratory animals. But scientists for decades have been showing that medical research on animals has minimal or no relation to human medical conditions. In other words, it’s useless. Let’s leave the poor animals alone, and test on human volunteers, possibly offering incentives, such as reduced prison sentences, or cash payments. If it’s so disgusting and painful that no human will volunteer, I doubt that any animal would “volunteer” either.

  9. maria rosaria says:

    Grazie lo dirò solamente quando avrò notizia che gli esperimenti non sono fatti sugli animali. Per ora sono solo disgustata nell’apprendere che si possa dare un premio perché si è ridotto il numero, e si è cercato di farlo in maniera meno cruenta. Rendiamoci conto che qualsiasi modo venga fatta porta solo inutile dolore e sofferenza Per questo non firmo.

  10. Why is this petition on a site that claims “Humans Defending Animals From Other Humans.”This is a ludicrous petition. I am sure if the victims were human, this doctor would be receiving condemnation as many of the Nazi doctors did. That you are thanking him shows your speciesist approach that does not help nonhuman animal slaves at all.

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