When I was an undergraduate, I read about horrific maternal deprivation experiments that Harry Harlow conducted in the 1950s and 60s. It was hard to read about them, but they happened in the past–or so I thought.
Harlow died thirty years ago but his protégé, Stephen Suomi has picked up with Harlow left off. Suomi works at a taxpayer-funded, NIH (National Institutes of Health) lab in Maryland, where he continues to conduct similar experiments.
PETA recently released disturbing proof of psychological experiments on baby monkeys. You can learn more here.
PETA also ran a full-page newspaper ad in Washington, D.C., that condemned the studies. The ad prompted a CSPAN host to confront NIH Director Francis Collins on live TV about the ad and the experiments.
You can see the ad and TV clip here.
What to do?
Please contact NIH and ask them to stop this cruelty now! Together, we can make a difference.
Did you know that live animals are used and then killed in the University of Washington’s paramedic medicine program?
The training is substandard, compared to the superior human-based training methods used by the rest of paramedic training programs in the Pacific Northwest. Even more frustrating: The UW has its own simulation center and could immediately begin offering paramedics and flight nurses the best education possible.
If you’re a Washington State resident, please join the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and sign a petition asking the president of UW, Michael Young, to stop the live animal lab and to switch to human-based methods.
As you know, the University of Washington’s Board of Regents approved plans for a new Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) at the UW. It is now being considered by the UW’s Environmental and Land Use Compliance department, which can decide to NOT let the proposed lab plans go forward — and they are currently taking public comments. If they receive an AVALANCHE of letters, they cannot ignore them. So please, read the information below and then submit your comment to help prevent this lab from being built.
THE ARCF WOULD DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PRIMATES, PIGS, AND RABBITS THAT THE UW CAN TORTURE. It is SO important that it never be built.
Please submit your comments (and try to keep them polite, professional and focused) by this Wednesday, August 27, to Jan Arntz, Environmental and Land Use Compliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas for comments:
1. Follow comments with questions. Questions are more difficult for the UW to dismiss without addressing. Examples of such questions are: What has the UW done to ensure that XXX impacts are mitigated? Did the UW consider XXX and if so what did it find? If not, why not?
2. Raise public involvement issues. Has the UW really considered the concerns of the public, including pressure to consider alternatives to using animals in research? Members of the Board of Regents admitted to not doing outside research about the lab, animal testing, or alternatives to animal testing and did not consider much of the public comment submitted to them prior to voting for the ARCF.
3. Incorporate comments of others by reference, including anyone else opposed to the construction, possibly including members of a group you work with.
4. Comment on everything, even if it seems small. Comment on environmental impacts, consistency with broader UW plans (including reputation), UW’s history of violations in their labs, and compliance with all other laws. Animal Welfare Act regulations, environmental regulations, etc.
You may have heard about the plight of macaques raised for lab research on the island of Mauritius. These monkeys are caged, tormented and abused.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) found out about plans by American company Prelabs (under the pseudonym Primera) to create a similar breeding farm in Florida. The Dodo reported the findings recently.
The farm is meant to hold more than 3,000 macaques, who will be kept in confined cages and forced to breed continuously so they can be shipped around the world for scientific research.
Besides being extremely cruel to the primates, this plan is a risk to public health and compromises an ecosystem that already has problems with non-indigenous wildlife. ADI previously stated:
“Primera has not addressed the question of potential interaction between the different primate species or the potential for cross-species spread of disease. Florida has previously allowed, and documented regret regarding, the introduction of two different species of monkeys into the wild.”
You can read more in ADI president Jan Creamer’s statement.
How to help
Please write the County Commissioners and ask them politely to say “no” to the new primate lab.
Additionally, you can contact:
This just in from Action for Animals:
The University of Washington Board of Regents recently approved plans for a new animal lab that will allow the university to greatly increase the number of primates and smaller animals that it subjects to cruel experiments and neglectful care. However, in addition to imprisoning and torturing nonhuman animals, the proposed lab location has been identified as having the “potential to have a significant adverse impact on the environment” and the public is invited to submit their comments to the UW’s Environmental/Land Use Compliant Officer prior to a decision about whether the lab construction will go forward.
Please take advantage of this significant opportunity to tell the UW to halt plans to construct a new animal research facility!
Submit written comments to:
Jan Arntz, Environmental/Land Use Compliant Officer
Capital Projects Office
Seattle, WA 98195
**All written comments must be received by May 14, 2014. Please keep all comments polite and focused on the adverse impact that the lab will have on the environment and the importance of the UW adopting advanced alternatives to using animals in labs and not building this facility.**
Points to address:
- The detrimental impact on the environment of constructing a large underground facility.
- The expense and harmful impact of building a facility that is only expected to accommodate the UW’s animal experimentation plans for the next 10 years.
- The traffic increase in the area that the construction and operation of the lab will cause.
- The potential harm to the environment of operating a facility that will produce hazardous waste, including chemicals as well as the bodies of dead animals.
- Alternatives to building the new facility, including pursuing alternatives to animal experimentation, and the scientific and publicity benefits to the UW that would come from adopting alternatives to using animals in research.
- The negative public view of the UW for building a new facility that harms the environment, facilitates the UW’s continued use of animals even after several citations by the USDA, and demonstrates a lack of commitment to exploring innovative non-animal research methods.
Thank you for caring about the animals and environment that would be harmed by the construction of this lab. Please write and encourage your friends and family to do so as well; and pass on this message to others via email and social media. The UW needs to know that this lab should not be built!
If you have any questions about writing or the approval process, contact Action for Animals at email@example.com.
If you’re a UW student or faculty member, you’re in luck. Tomorrow, UW CARE is hosting a free screening of the documentary Maximum Tolerated Dose. The film chronicles humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand.
Note: The screening is not open to the public; you have to be a UW student of staff member to go.
For questions, please contact Maria Travaille at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Campus Animal Rights Educators (CARE) at email@example.com
When: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6pm – 8pm
Where: University of Washington Gowen Hall, Room 201
Hello animal advocates and liberators of all kinds! World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2014 is officially April 19-27, just around the corner. Here are the local events that we are aware of and we hope you can join us, NARN members, individual activists, and other organizations as we work to inform the public and protest against the exploitation of non-human animals in laboratories. Your voice matters. This is the time to speak up.
Not all of these are NARN events. If you have questions, please contact the organization via their Facebook event page. Thank you everyone for giving up just a few hours of your time to work for animal liberation. Follow NARN on twitter at @NARNtweet.
All Creatures recently posted an action alert about the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). Here are the details:
This Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a complaint with the USDA because the UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. For more info, here’s PCRM’s complaint to the USDA: Use of Live Pigs for Paramedic Training at the University of Washington.
Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing the president of the university. Be polite and encouraging.
In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.
I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW’s paramedic training program.
- UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.
- UW’s paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use non-animal methods such as human-based medical simulation.
Michael Young, President
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
phone (206) 543-5010
You can also sign the online petition.
In less than a week, the Seattle premier of Speciesism: The Movie will be showing at The Varsity Theater.
I bought a copy if the documentary a couple of months ago and I loved it! I’ll be at the movie theater to see it again. The film follows Mark Devries across the country, as he sets out to figure out why humans see ourselves as the most important species and how we decide which animals are “food” and which are “pets.”
Devries learns a lot on his journey, and you’ll get see his awakening as he talks to animal rights experts, people on the street, and people in the “food animal” industries.
Lucky for us, Mark Devries will be in Seattle for the showing of Speciesism, and will be leading a Q&A session afterwards. You won’t want to miss it! Hear first-hand how making this movie shaped and changed his ideas. Maybe it will change yours too!
When: Thursday, April 3rd at 7 pm
Where: Varsity Theatre, 4329 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
You can RSVP on Facebook, but be sure to get tickets as well.