To: The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate and The U.S. House
Started by: L. Swa_
DEAR ANIMAL WELFARIST: Animal welfare is important to our culture. This proposal is a partial ban on animal research. It's a start. It is unrealistic to expect law makers to totally ban animals for medical research-let's aim toward something we CAN achieve. Let's ban the use of dogs and cats in labs. And for good reason: They are dangerous to use to assess safety for human medications and procedures-the physiology and anatomy differs too much! Also the"Class B" dealers who steal people's pets or use "free to good home" ads to sell to labs would be no more.
Synopsis: Animal experiments are needed for procedural and medication safety and effectiveness analysis however the anatomy and physiology of dogs and cats are too dissimilar to humans, thus should be banned with exception to veterinarian medicine research. Rodents, rabbits, pigs, primates, and amphibians only should be used for human research and classroom use (i.e., animals other than dogs and cats).
Animal experimentation and safety analysis-the use of dogs and cats ENDANGERS HUMAN LIFE because the physiologies are too different, must not be used for animal experimentation applied to human medicine and procedures. Physiologically are too dissimilar: For example, chocolate cannot and must never be given to dogs-it will poison them. Many spices safe for humans such as onions are deadly to dogs and cats, illustrates such differences. Multitudes of drugs were recalled due to experiments using dogs and cats to base safety on humans. You cannot possibly safely experiment on dogs and cats for medication and medical procedural safety protocols.
SUITABLE TEST ANIMAL SUBJECTS allowed to be experimented on: Rodents, pigs, and primates (due to genetic and protein similarities; pigs make excellent test subjects and use of pig tissues and organs for human transplantation such as heart valves and xenograph experiments); also amphibians for classrooms.
Exceptions are experimental procedures for veterinarian medicine-using dogs and cats applied for advancing medicine for the welfare of their own kind.
Banning the use of dogs and cats (to the exception for veterinarian medicine) also promotes SAFETY-will also reduce the need to invoke the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act since the experimentation of dogs and cats inflames strong emotions as our nation is very dog and cat loving- Many people get upset when they see dogs and cats burned alive, cut open, and basically tortured. To these individuals-a nation that loves their dogs and cats-this is no different than torturing a little child.
Universities also use dogs and cats for intubation courses: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, which sponsor the most widely taught pediatric life-support courses in the country, exclusively endorse the use of modern, human-like manikins, not dogs and cats, for this kind of training. Again, cat and dog anatomy is not even close to a human child's. The training is ineffective for human intervention. Cats are forced to undergo painful intubation procedures in which hard plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down their wind pipes by course participants. This can result in bleeding, swelling, scarring of the animals' throat tissue, collapsed lungs, and even death. In another procedure, the cats have air forced into their chest cavities so that course participants can repeatedly practice inserting a needle into the animals to remove the excess air.
The only exception should be for veterinarian schools for medical treatment of cats and dogs-NOT humans.