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Ten ways animals are traumatized in PTSD experiments

CAARE's report, From Trauma to Treatment, details the sweeping failure of PTSD experiments on animals to help patients, in contrast to existing, effective treatments and modalities for human-based research.

Yet despite the existence of highly successful therapies to treat PTSD, only 10% of patients currently receive them.

Rather than bridge this gap in access to care, millions of government dollars continue to fund appalling experiments that intentionally traumatize animals, claiming to study PTSD.

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Join Jane Goodall to pass the Humane Research Act

History is in the making with the introduction of the Humane Research and Testing Act of 2020 (H.R. 8633). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), will enact the boldest steps ever to reduce the use of animals in experiments by establishing the National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing (Center) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Shocked, soaked and gassed

This is not the way to help PTSD patients.

At Washington State University, scientists are putting animals through hell, claiming to study PTSD.

CAARE has revealed that 3-month old rats are “traumatized” through a series of cruel procedures that last days. To start, they are immobilized in plastic devices for hours, then placed in chambers where they receive repeated electrical shocks. After that they are forced to swim in cold water for 20 minutes before being bombarded by alcohol fumes until they lose consciousness.

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Act now to stop reckless monkey COVID tests!

At least ten different vaccine candidates for COVID-19 have already advanced to human clinical trials, yet absurdly, the nation’s seven primate research centers have banded together to push a desperate scheme to subject several hundred monkeys to a cruel and unnecessary vaccine comparison study, which will cost tax-payers an estimated $10 million.

Please send a polite letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to let them know you strongly reject this needless plan to infect monkeys with COVID-19.

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This hospital is torturing mice to test Botox

CAARE’s investigative team has revealed that Boston Children’s Hospital is killing mice and rats to develop an enhanced version of botulinum toxin, a product already in widespread use for cosmetic and medical use. More commonly recognized by one of its commercial names (Botox), botulinum toxin has a number of medical uses, including relief from migraines and nerve-related disorders. 

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Ask Congress to ban breeding while labs are closed due to COVID-19

Please note: Congress requires that all signers provide a current U.S. address. Those outside the U.S. can sign a similar letter here.

As shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic extend indefinitely, universities and private laboratories are dealing with ongoing staff shortages and delayed research by killing thousands upon thousands of animals, mostly mice and rats. 

Yet as thousands of animals continue to be massacred, laboratories outrageously continue to breed more.  CAARE’s previous request to NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) asking for a breeding ban during the pandemic has been ignored, and we are now asking Congress to intervene.

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Tell NIAID: Infecting animals with COVID-19 is unscientific

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) has released a Strategic Plan detailing its research priorities for fighting COVID-19.  Unfortunately, the plan recommends ineffective and cruel animal studies while omitting non-animal methods that can provide more efficient, human-relevant data. 

Please ask NIAID to stop wasting resources creating animal models and instead utilize superior, human-centric methods in the fight against COVID-19.

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Animal killing rampage at US labs

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, it has exposed a chilling disregard for animal life in labs across the country. To prepare for staff shortages, universities are ordering “extraneous” animals to be “euthanized.” Already, thousands of mice have been killed and the situation is likely to worsen as the crisis escalates.

Incredibly, labs are still allowed to keep breeding mice, even as they are being killed. Please send your polite letter to the NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) to ask that they immediately ban the breeding of mice and other animals while the country remains under lockdown due to the coronavirus.

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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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