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animal testing

41 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animals are living things, not laboratory specimens

The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to regulate treatment of animals in research. It was designed to offer protection to warm blooded animals used in laboratory experimentation; it sets minimal care standards that must be adhered to by every registered and licensed scientist and laboratory. These care standards include consideration of an alternative, such as in vitro systems and computer simulations; design and performance of experiments with consideration to animal health; use of appropriate quantities and species; avoidance and minimization of pain and discomfort; appropriate anesthesia and sedation; creating humane limits as to how far the experiment can go; adequate veterinary care; appropriate transportation conducted by qualified and trained personnel; and in carrying out the experiment, a trained professional must be monitoring nearby. While these are all important, these regulations are only in place for 5% of all animals used in laboratory testing; of the 95% of animals not included are mice, birds, and rats of the genus Rattus. The USDA is the organization that enforces the AWA and enacts the rules and regulations. We are petitioning the United States Department of Agriculture to amend this act to include ALL animals used in testing because you cannot just pick and choose which species you want to consider animals. 

Jessica Raskauskas
1,851 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary David Shulkin, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop Abusive Dog Experiments

As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) is using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services.   According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) Most of the beagles, hounds and other dogs in these laboratories won’t even be given a name, just a number that’s tattooed inside of their ears.  Like female beagles DM163618 and DM163625 who were born in June 2016 and will be spending their first birthday imprisoned inside a Milwaukee V.A. laboratory, if they haven’t already been killed for invasive brain experiments. Most Americans agree—75% of voters want to end dog experimentation and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are speaking out against the V.A.’s cruelty.  The Los Angeles V.A. has announced it is ending its painful and deadly dog experiments, and the last three V.A. laboratories using dogs can and should follow suit. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to cut funding next year for the V.A.'s painful dog experiments, and the Senate will consider the measure later this year.  Please join us in urging VA Secretary David Shulkin to end this abuse immediately as he works to reform the V.A.   Dylan Miller, US Army Ret.William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.

SGT Dylan Miller (Ret.) & White Coat Waste Project
92,473 supporters