Prevent severe suffering of animals in university laboratories

An estimated 6.4 million dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, mice and other warm-blooded animals are used in research at U.S. universities annually. Existing laws allow researchers to conduct research that causes severe animal suffering.

The Humane Society of the United States has asked more than 500 U.S. colleges and universities using animals in research to go above the bare minimum of the law and adopt a policy that prevents all laboratory animals in their care from experiencing severe and unrelieved pain and distress. So far, more than 60 schools have adopted policies, but those schools that have ignored or refused this modest request need to hear from concerned citizens.

Find out where your school stands and take action: http://www.humanesociety.org/campuspolicy

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1. Universities use an estimated 6.4 million warm-blooded animals annually in research.

2. Tax and tuition dollars should not be spent on research that causes severe animal suffering.

3. Pain and distress--especially when severe--compromise animal welfare and are detrimental to the science produced, affecting human health advances.

4. Seventy five percent of Americans oppose animal research that causes severe animal pain and distress.