End Animal Research at the University of Kansas

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When I first came to the University of Kansas, I was shocked to discover that the University allowed the use of animals in research labs. I then discovered that this is common practice for all colleges and universities.

Animal research is an unethical and outdated method of research. In the 21st century, there is no need for a leading research institution to continue using animals. It is an unreliable and unnecessary practice; 95% of treatments successful in animals fail in human trials. Instead the university should consider implementing more progressive technologies like: Harvard's Wyss Institute's organ chips, computer models, human cell and tissue cultures, micro-dosing, and human clinical studies. If KU wants to be a leader in the field of research, then it is time to change the way they conduct research.

Aside from the animal rights and the fact that more than 100 million animals die each year, research involving animals is a very energy intensive practice, and it generates large amounts of waste. The University of Kansas purchases genetically modified (GM) mice from an online supplier. What most people don't consider is that for every one GM mouse deemed usable, anywhere from 2 to 5 mice are deemed mutants unfit for research and are destroyed (GM mice).

The use of animals for research generates pollution as well. It is very energy intensive to keep live animals in research labs; oxygen must be circulated through cages, cages must be cleaned with corrosive chemicals, and all these materials must be incinerated at the end of experiments. When experiments are complete, the "radioactive" bodies of the animals used must be incinerated. This means that any heavy metals or cancerous chemicals pumped into the animals during testing will now enter the atmosphere through burning. Once in the air, this can lead to water and soil contamination as well. There is also the question of where these incinerators are located (typically located in minority communities).

The University of Kansas is very closed-off about what kind of animal research goes on behind its doors. In the past, researchers were told to keep quiet about the use of beagles in research. It has also been reported that the University's Med Center has failed to report at least 23 incidents of federal non-compliance concerning animal care, including one instance where a mouse was set on fire. If KU wants to keep boasting about its standing in the field of research, then they should start addressing the fact that their research techniques are outdated, barbaric and harmful to the planet.

Please sign this petition to end the use of animals in all research labs at KU (this includes all micro and macro-organisms, cold and warm blooded, used by the Biodiversity Institute and KU Med center). Sign for the animals, for the environment, for the betterment of human lives or for the progression of science.