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Marshall Farms

Dear Sir/Madam,

We the undersigned are outraged that Marshall Farms has a company, Marshall Bioresources, that breeds animals, including dogs, pigs, and ferrets, for use in cruel tests in laboratories. We urge you to immediately replace any and all animal breeding programs with the production of humane, non-animal alternative research methods.

We are sure that you know that the information garnered from animal models is not necessarily accurate or predictive. And the information certainly does not protect consumers. In fact, data from animal models often causes more harm than good. Sometimes, drugs are approved too quickly on positive results in animals. Then, patients take them and fall ill and may die as a result. We cannot allow this dangerous practice of animal tests to continue, at the expense of not only animals, but humans as well.
We are aware that the FDA itself has noted that 92 percent of all drugs shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they are unsafe or ineffective. And of the 8 percent that are approved for human usage, half of them are relabeled because of dangerous side effects that were not identified in the animal model. This is not sound science, and we cannot be basing the research that will affect the future of our health and wellness off of such inaccuracy.

We also know that the main reasons that animal data is used in the drug approval process is so that pharmaceutical companies can hasten their drugs through approval, minimizing the costs, and so that pharmaceutical companies can have liability protection, so that if their drug harms a human they can safely say that it caused no such harm in the animal tests. These are not sound reasons to be causing harm to many thousands of animals, and to be using bad science as a basis for the research done on products the majority of citizens will use.

Alternatives to animal tests are effective, reliable, affordable and humane. Unlike crude, archaic animal tests, non-animal methods usually take less time to complete, cost only a fraction of what the animal experiments cost, and do not face the problems that are inevitable in animal tests due to the difference in species.

Human clinical and epidemiological studies, human tissue and cell-based research methods, cadavers, sophisticated high-fidelity human patient simulators and computational models are just a sampling of the other options for testing drugs that are out there. For example, progressive scientists have used human brain cells to develop a model 'micro- brain,' which can be used to study tumors, as well as artificial skin and bone marrow. We can now test irritancy on protein membranes, produce and test vaccines using human tissues, and perform pregnancy tests using blood samples instead of cruelly taking the lives of animals. Animal experiments are bad science, and they only persist because of personal biases and archaic traditions. If we can have more reliable, more precise, less expensive, and more humane ways of gathering data, then why don't we use them?

In order to protect the health and safety of American consumers, and to promote the humane treatment of animals in society, it is critical that non-animal alternative tests consistently be used instead of animal tests to research and approve drugs.

We the undersigned urge Marshall Farms to immediately replace all animal breeding programs for research with the production of humane, non-animal alternative methods. There is no longer a reason to test on animals, and the tests are a danger to American consumers who use these drugs.

Until Marshall Farms ceases the breeding program for providing laboratories with animals, we the undersigned will boycott any brand associated with Marshall Farms, including Marshall Pet. We will encourage as many other people as we can to join the boycott until you make the right decision for human health and the animals in creating non-animal research models.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Katherine Head

This petition closed over 3 years ago

How this will help

Encouraging Marshall Farms to stop breeding animals for cruel tests in laboratories will save the lives of countless animals around the world. It will prevent the abuse of thousands of dogs, pigs,...

Encouraging Marshall Farms to stop breeding animals for cruel tests in laboratories will save the lives of countless animals around the world. It will prevent the abuse of thousands of dogs, pigs, ferrets, and other animals. It will also improve the accuracy and efficiency of research models, as non-animal models are more scientifically trustworthy than animal models. It could better the lives of humans all over the globe. 


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