Stop Washington National Primate Research Center Expansion
The Washington primate center is asking for $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities, even though its affiliated institution, the University of Washington, was recently reported to receive more public health funds than any institution except Harvard. The requested $15 million would be used to build a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab at their Western Building for the study of deadly, infectious diseases in non-human primates, even though the Seattle area currently houses about 30 BSL-3 labs (according to UW representatives during 2005 public hearings).
Please send a letter immediately to Barbara Alving, M.D., the director of NCRR, and politely request that NCRR not fund the WaNPRC expansion project. The NCRR Advisory Council is reviewing grant applications on an ongoing basis, so there is still time to stop the expansion!
Urge Canada to Support Increased Polar Bear Protections
Tell Canada’s Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment to reverse their decision to allow trophy hunting of polar bears at the upcoming CITES meeting that will be held 13-25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. declared the polar bear as a “threatened” species in 2008. The 175 member states will be voting on the U.S. proposal at that time.
The Honourable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
For more information or talking points see here
End EPA Animal Testing Requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency is spearheading a new approach to evaluating chemicals that could end the use of animals and we applaud them. Yet EPA still requires vast amounts of animal testing for pesticides, water pollutants, and other substances.
Common types of EPA-required tests include widely condemned “lethal dose” methods, and other force-feeding or inhalation tests developed decades ago. So while science has progressed in every other discipline, animals are still being poisoned to assess the risks of chemicals.
Tell Lisa Jackson, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it’s time to replace animals in pesticide and endocrine testing. Urge the EPA to include the minimization of animal testing among EPA’s core principles for the regulation of industrial chemicals under any version of chemical regulation reform, including the Toxic Substances Control Act.
US EPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460
phone (202) 564-4700