April 20, 2012
of millions of animals are prisoners in research labs where scientists
conduct experiments on them. Some experiments are lethal; the subjects of
others live to see another day -- and another experiment. Much of this
research is not only cruel, it is useless and even silly.
National Institutes of Health likely spends well
over a billion dollars on vivisection every year. It is supposed to fund
research that will help extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of
illness and disability (for humans). But a significant portion of its grant
money goes towards research that doesn't serve NIH's mission at all.
Many people resign themselves to or even champion animal research as an
indispensable tool for saving human lives, but alternatives exist, and there
would be more of them if the federal administration did what Congress told
it to do.
NIH has turned its back on a
Congressional mandate that it
reduce the number of animals labs use and fund the development of
experimental methods that don't involve animals. Instead it continues to
fund the confinement, torture, and killing of animals for no good reason,
uses taxpayer dollars to do it, and ignores its own mission.
the judge: here is In Defense of Animals''
of last year�s most ludicrous experiments.
Top 10 Most Ridiculous
Research on Animals for 2011
10. DRUG-INDUCED ARTHRITIS IN RATS MAKES
9. RATS WHO RUN AROUND MORE APPEAR TO BE MORE ANXIOUS
8. PRAIRIE VOLES STUDY SUGGESTS SINGLE MOMS RAISE LESS LOVING CHILDREN
7. DIETING HAMSTERS CHOOSE FOOD OVER SEX
6. RAT BITTER-TASTE
NERVES APPEAR TO WORK
5. CONTAGIOUS YAWNING IN CHIMPANZEES IS
4. ALLIGATORS' SOUNDS AND ANATOMY DIFFER FROM HUMANS'
3. LEMON-FRESH SCENT CAN INDUCE ERECTIONS IN MONKEYS
2. RATS FIND
MILES DAVIS IS BETTER WITH COCAINE
1. LABS ARE STRESSFUL PLACES FOR
Wow -- arthritis makes exercise harder. Who knew? Well, at
last count, pretty much everyone. And how about that groundbreaking insight
that alligators are different from humans!
This list made it even
harder than usual to write that check to the IRS this year.