Addition to Ethical Treatment Of Animals: CA

Regarding animal research in the section under Ecological Sustainability and Ethical Treatment of Animals:

CURRENT
III. Ecological Sustainability
plank K.1. “Redirect the funds that are disbursed annually by the National Institutes of Health away from animal experiments and more towards direct health care, preventive medicine, and biomedical research using non-animal procedures such as clinical, epidemiological, and cell culture research.”

Additional sentence SUGGESTED:  
Expand the Animal Welfare Act to include rats, mice, and birds.”

10 thoughts on “Addition to Ethical Treatment Of Animals: CA”

  1. I don’t really see the need for this.

    “Non-animal” covers everything, including rats, mice, and birds.

    1. Alex, I really do appreciate you taking a look at this revision.
      This additional sentence is necessary. The “non-animal” refers to redirecting funding. In the mean time, while vivisection is occurring, rats, mice, birds are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act (rather chimps, dogs, cats, and numerous other animals are covered), and thus we need to make it clear that all animals need to be covered, for what it’s worth. I’ve served at my local state university on an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and there are minimal regulations for what universities can do to animals who are covered.

  2. The reason this amendment is necessary is due to a 2002 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act introduced as part of an Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The amendment excluded specific animals – rats, mice and birds – from the protections provided by the Animal Welfare Act. Yet these are the most commonly used animals in laboratory research.

    1. The plank would read as shown below. Just an additional sentence-

      plank K.1. “Redirect the funds that are disbursed annually by the National Institutes of Health away from animal experiments and more towards direct health care, preventive medicine, and biomedical research using non-animal procedures such as clinical, epidemiological, and cell culture research. Expand the Animal Welfare Act to include rats, mice, and birds.”

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