HELP STOP THE ABUSE OF CATS IN LABRATORIES
Between 20,000-25,000 cats are abused in U.S. laboratories each year. These cats end up in shelters, or come from Class B dealers, who then sell them to universities for use in painful, torturous, and often deadly experiments. Universities are one of the biggest perpetrators of these cruel acts; cats are frequently used in neurology research to study spinal cord injuries, as well as problems related to vision, sleep, and hearing. This is because experimenters know so much about their neurological functions. This type of research is particularly cruel and invasive, and nearly always results in the euthanasia of the cats.
Now is the time to take action to protect these cats from cruel and inhumane treatment. The Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act, introduced in February 2019, will help “ensure that non-animal methods are prioritized, where applicable and feasible, in proposals for all research to be conducted or supported by the National Institutes of Health.” The bill goes on to state that animal welfare oversight “is generally weak and little heed is paid to the use of non-animal methods or the avoidance of duplication, thereby unnecessarily subjecting animals to pain, suffering, and death.”
Now it’s up to you to contact your federal Representative and ask that s/he support the HEARTS Act (H.R. 1209). Tell him/her that there are alternatives to animal testing!
Alley Cat Rescue is leading in the way in promoting humane and compassionate care for ALL cats.