Stop the Taxpayer-funded Torture of Mice, Kittens, and Other Innocent Animals

Target: Pat Roberts, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman

Goal: End the government-sanctioned torture and execution  of lab animals.

Outrageous taxpayer-funded slaughtering has taken place for decades. Worse yet, these executions are performed yearly in the name of science by some of the nation’s top departments. Without intervention, these egregious acts of animal cruelty will continually be approved and renewed.

The latest outrage took place when the USDA was exposed by a congressman for allegedly poisoning and killing up to a hundred kittens every year. This is just one high-profile example, however. Certain animals currently used for laboratory experiments, such as rats and mice, receive no protections under America’s only federal law regarding animal welfare. Additional animals that might be exploited in laboratories, such as birds, also receive no shield from cruelty and abuse. Due to lacking federal oversight for laboratory animals in particular, atrocities such as the USDA experiments can continue unrestrained.

Sign this petition to provide greater protections for innocent animals vulnerable to inhumane, murderous experiments paid for with our tax dollars.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Roberts,

The Animal Welfare Act is designed to provide a common standard of humanity and protection in our country’s treatment of animals. Yet this decades-long shield against animal cruelty has denied its duty in a very fundamental way. Although the law originally had laboratory animals enshrined in its name, these animals remain among the most vulnerable to inhumane acts.

Just recently, we learned of countless kittens forced to spend their entire lives as poison-filled test subjects before being “disposed of” in the cruelest manner possible…all at the hands of the USDA, one of the agencies charged with enforcing this act. And for almost its entire inception, the Animal Welfare Act has excluded from protected status so many animals exploited in laboratories, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and the rodents most commonly used for research purposes.

We refuse to fund mass murder. We do not implore or urge you to stop. We demand you put an immediate, final end to these horrendous practices in the name of science, in the name of these innocent animals, and in the name of common human decency. Make concrete protections for laboratory animals and stronger enforcement of punishments for abuses against these living beings a top priority. Amend the Animal Welfare Act today.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Karsten Paulick

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    KILL, KILL, KILL…it’s got to STOP, NOW!!!

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    The government has no right taking tax payers money to fund this barbaric abuse. This is 2018 isn’t it? Clearly there is a better way to perform your senseless cruel experiments. Oh!! I know STOP using precious animals and OUR MONEY NOW.

  3. It’s a stain on humanity that we test on animals. Animals having a nervous system such as ours, they have similar desires and one is them is to free from pain. As written by Mark Twain, “I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” Scientist’s should KNOW better and that what occurs in a lab doesn’t always apply to clinical practice. For example, for some time the protocols for treating sepsis ( “a life-threatening complication of an infection”) which affects 1.1 million people per year of all age ranges (CDC) were based on research done on rats. Eventually, those protocols were found to be quite wrong… Another famous example is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in which 5 M per year are affected by the disease and another 500,000 die per year. The drug most used to treat CHF back then was digoxin which was based on animal studies. Then the DIG trial used human research participants and proved how much we had yet to learn, digoxin is now rarely used (consider reading the DIG trial). This also demonstrates an important point that most clinical practice is the result from human based cases and participants.. More and more Nobel Awards in Medicine are going to scientists that did not use animal studies, now over 2/3. Even the National Institute of Health director (Dr. Elias Zerhoni) once said, “We have moved away from studying human diseases in humans. We all drink the kool-aid on that one. Me included. The problem is that animal testing hasn’t worked and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem. We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.” So yes, to solve real problems and make real progress for both humans and animals, it’s time we end the use of animal experimentation. We must serious consider alternatives such as cell/tissue cultures, organ on chips and computer models. Let’s end this and all other forms of animal abuse such as factory farming,fur/leather farms, animal experimentation, glue traps, animal circuses… It’s time we make it a better world for ALL!

  4. END THE FUNDS TO BE USED TO HURT ANIMALS LIKE THIS NOW.

  5. USDA must be in the Dark Ages. Same people that would probably experiment and kill human beings if they have the chance. Sick people in this world.

  6. Kat Wrangler Welch says:

    Where does the USDA find ANYONE who would poison, and then throw, live kittens into an incinerator? Who the f! does shit like that? AND – why are WE paying for this?

    I can’t believe the USDA, and other testing facilities, do not know that in any other situation, this would be considered animal torture and abuse. And punishable. W.T.F!

    Stop this horror and throw the people doing this in the incinerator. They’re obviously psychopaths.

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