Contact your representatives and senators!
Cruelty is cruelty.
There is no such thing as an “enriched” battery cage.
No humane organization should ever endorse these abusive confinement systems.
Our state laws and voting rights must not be given away.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is considering taking the eastern portion of the Steller sea lion species off the Endangered Species List, where they are listed as “threatened.” NMFS is under pressure from the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, who would likely use the delisting to begin killing Steller sea lions – for eating fish – at the Bonneville Dam, where they already “lethally remove” California sea lions.
Please take a moment to submit a public comment to NMFS telling them not to delist the eastern Steller sea lions, which could jeopardize them as well as the endangered western Stellers who share their territory.
To submit a comment directly at the government’s web site, use the form at this link. Please personalize your comment by telling NMFS why you care about this issue. If you have had personal experience viewing Steller sea lions, please discuss that in your comment.
We must work together to prevent the return of the infamous Harry Harlow maternal deprivation studies that included rearing infant macaques in isolation chambers for up to 24 months, from which they emerged severely disturbed.
Unfortunately, members of the public have little to no power individually to affect the way animals are used in scientific experimentation in Wisconsin. Last year after we discovered and exposed the fact that the university was violating Wisconsin’s anticruelty laws, the university snapped its fingers and the Wisconsin State Legislature exempted them from those laws.
We are encouraging people to call and to write to Robert Streiffer. Tell him that bringing maternal deprivation back to the UW-Madison is a giant ethical step backwards. Ask him to do everything in his power to stop this and to bring the matter to the attention of the entire campus community. Many people will be shocked to learn that the university has knowingly and willingly chosen to return to its very dark past by reviving and embracing the cruel methods pioneered by Harry Harlow.
The Chair of the oversight committee ultimately responsible for approving Kalin’s and Bennett’s methods is Dr. Robert Streiffer. He is the Chair of the College of Letter and Sciences Animal Care and Use Committee. He teaches philosophy and bio”ethics”. It isn’t outside the realm of possibility that by focussing our attention on him that something might be done to stop Bennett or even send her packing. With enough pressure, maybe Kalin wouldn’t be allowed to begin ripping babies from their mothers’ arms.
1300 University Avenue, Room 1411
Madison, WI 53706-1532
Online contact information:
Department of Medical History and Bioethics (608) 262-7490
Philosophy Department (608) 265-0486 and (608) 263-9479
Please tell the NIH to give chimpanzees like Flo the permanent retirement they deserve at suitable, cost-effective sanctuaries and re-focus their efforts on the development of more efficient, economical, and ethical research methods that will drive scientific innovation.
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
I understand that the National Institutes of Health is in the process of implementing the findings of the December 2011 Institute of Medicine report on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. As a U.S. taxpayer and concerned citizen, I urge NIH to discontinue the financial support of projects involving invasive chimpanzee use and chimpanzee breeding, send all government-owned chimpanzees to appropriate sanctuaries, and support the further development of alternative research methods.
The results of the Institute of Medicine report along with the financial and ethical issues surrounding the use of chimpanzees in invasive research signal that the time has come to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive and harmful research. It is simply unwise to use limited research dollars on maintaining a population of chimpanzees, an endeavor that has proven to be unnecessary and ethically problematic.
Instead, federally-owned chimpanzees should be sent to a suitable sanctuary, like Chimp Haven in Louisiana, where their daily cost of care will be less than that at a laboratory.
Finally, NIH should be investing further in the development of alternative research methods, which will not only serve to ensure that these highly sentient animals are not used in harmful research, but will also help drive scientific innovation.