29 Dec '12, 4pm

"@A_W_Global: 95% of Lab Animals Have No Legal Protection From Cruelty

A federal anti-cruelty law called the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) gives some protections to warm-blooded animals used in research laboratories. That is, to 5 percent of them. It leaves the rest — rats, mice, and birds — out in the cold. For the animals it does cover, the “AWA requires researchers to minimize animal pain, use pain relief, set appropriate housing for species, and provide appropriate veterinary care,” according to an Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) white paper . The other side of that looking glass is that for 95% of animals in labs, researchers aren’t legally required to provide decent housing or any anesthetic or veterinary care at all. There is now a bill in Congress to extend the AWA to protect rats, birds, and mice. Please sign the petition at the bottom to support it. Right now, experiments using rats, mice, and birds are not subject to the “3 R’s”, which...

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