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Let’s end this “culture that keeps itself alive”

For the estimated 300 million people around the world suffering from depression there is a need for safe, effective, therapies.  Sadly, vast resources go towards using animals to study depression, a macabre and unscientific pursuit in the guise of medical research.

A notorious example is the Forced Swim Test, in which researchers drop mice and rats into inescapable tanks of water and watch as they struggle to stay afloat. The animals, who no doubt experience tremendous fear and distress, are said to be depressed if they “give up” and stop swimming sooner than others.  This assumption is unfounded, as there are countless reasons why a mouse or rat might stop swimming. 

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University ‘animal lovers’ tormenting mice with vaping fumes

With news of vaping associated health problems growing, scientists are seeing this as an opportunity to expand animal research.

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Tell the CDC: Don't torture animals to study vaping!

In response to the public health crisis involving e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has made the dire decision to use animals to study the role of vitamin E acetate and other potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarettes.

This decision is totally out of step with the current trend to reduce and eventually eliminate animal testing in regulatory toxicology studies.  

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It’s a no-brainer

It’s been a bad year for scientists claiming that experiments on mice brains will produce human cures.

In the last four months, there have been two landmark publications describing unique features of the human brain that should – by all rational standards – halt all future brain research on animals in its tracks.

Please request that those responsible for millions of dollars in cruel and useless mouse experiments heed the results of these studies and stop experimenting on mice.

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Aragorn and Isildur need your help

A CAARE investigation has revealed that John Hopkins University has been keeping monkeys cruelly confined in a laboratory to study the problem of human gambling.  We have learned that at least two monkeys, Aragorn and Isildur, have been used in invasive brain experiments, including extreme confinement. 

In Aragorn’s case, he’s been subjected to these experiments for nearly a decade.

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Important bill will promote animal-free research

As CAARE frequently reports, outstanding developments in science and technology are driving important advances in human medicine without the use of animals. Everything from cell-cultured organoids to 3D printing using human cells to sophisticated computer models are delivering results that are far more relevant to human health than animal experiments.

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Stop torturing animals with forced-swim tests

Many people express confidence in animal tests to advance human medicine, but if they knew the reality behind these experiments, that confidence would be shattered.

For example: studying depression. One standard method that scientists have devised is the Forced-Swim Test. In this misguided attempt, researchers drop rats and mice into inescapable tanks of water and watch as the terrified animals struggle to stay afloat for periods of time. Animals that stop swimming the soonest are considered depressed because they “gave up.”

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NIH: Stop Chronically Wasting Animal Lives

Tucked away in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana, a government laboratory is carrying out painful and sickening experiments, infecting animals’ brains with deadly prions to study Chronic Wasting Disease.

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Tell Congress: Research transparency is essential

This is truly shocking.

At the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry, scientists have been maiming and killing cats for years, claiming to study the brain’s role in vision.

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Support drug company lawsuit opposing animal tests

In a groundbreaking move, global drug developer Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has filed a lawsuit and taken a principled stance against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its senseless demand that the company conduct an additional nine-month, large animal toxicity study in order to proceed with clinical trials for Vanda’s new drug, tradipitant.

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