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Add Rats and Other Small Animals to Animal Welfare Act NOW!!!


Did you know that rats are intelligent animals who, like dogs, have a strong sense of smell? That they are very sociable animals and enjoy interaction with people? That they giggle when they're having fun? That they're actually very clean animals? That they're very playful? That mother rats will go out of their way to protect their young?

Many rats are forced to suffer under painful and life-threatening tests by corporations that refuse to find more reliable and humane ways of testing. Testing on animals is hardly reliable as animals and humans do not work the same way: In other words, if a dog can't eat chocolate, why can a human? If animals have separate pills than humans, how can an animal react well to a pill made for humans? It makes no sense.

Rats and mice as well as other animals are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act. It's not fair that these animals are treated as if they cannot feel when we know very well they can feel just as much as a dog or cat can. Please sign if you believe that rats, mice, rabbits and other such animals deserve to have their rights and end unnecessary and cruel testing on these charming creatures. 

Alternatives available include embryonic stem cell tests, human skin model tests, using leftover human skin from surgical procedures, microdosing and 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test.   

Other info available includes:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Testing 1, 2, 3...
Caring Consumer

Animal Testing Breaks Hearts
Stop Animal Tests

Humane Society of the United States

Pain and Distress in Research
Cosmetic Testing
Animal Friendly Shopping Tips

Questions About Cosmetic and Product Testing

This petition was delivered to:
  • USDA Legislative Affairs Team Leader
    Abbey Shaffer
  • USDA Legislative Affairs Specialist
    Christopher Needham
  • United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services

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