HSUS: Public health has been compromised by ‘failed’ animal testing

There is no scientific basis for a ban on animal testing, and animal testing saves lives by helping us better understand the biology of the world, says PETA

If you think of the global health system as a giant lab with regulators and laboratories that dissect every aspect of the global environment, you might expect approval of lab mice on a daily basis.

In other words, some people, for whatever reason, really like monkeys, rats, dogs, pigeons, and cockroaches for medical purposes. But our standards are too lax and that’s the dilemma facing public health officials who have often lamented their inability to make decisions based on sound science.

Today, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is asking Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the part of the National Institutes of Health that has been responsible for more than half of all human and animal used testing in the United States, to resign.

“Our current standing as the top public health agency for the nation is seriously jeopardized by its dysfunctional operational management,” said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President and CEO. “The proposed budget for NIAID is dangerously low and completely inadequate to meet the agency’s own stated goals of protecting human health by vigorously protecting the animals that play such a critical role in the study of all disease-causing agents. The agency’s approach to animal research has become so compromised that it is simply not worth any taxpayer money to continue its current business as usual.”

In an open letter to Fauci, Pacelle asks him to resign and demands that the agency’s leadership commission a “thorough audit of the agency’s budgeting, contracting, oversight, and management practices.”

These are dire times in the United States where public-health agencies are facing an ever-increasing demand for biomedical research with inadequate resources, with human pain clearly in the forefront. The budget proposal for NIAID, however, does not take seriously the agency’s obligation to provide better oversight of human suffering. Its proposal to provide $190 million for animal research that includes experiments on more than 320 species of animals – including rabbits, fish, salamanders, mice, rats, and a broad array of toxic microbes – is unprecedented and threatens the entire budget.

This is a sad day for public health.

– Read more at the HSUS website

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