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    URGENT: Ask Senate/House Leadership to Stop Wasting Millions on Animal Experiments PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY AND WRITE TODAY: As time runs out on partisan
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      URGENT: Ask Senate/House Leadership to Stop Wasting Millions on Animal Experiments

      PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY AND WRITE TODAY:

      As time runs out on partisan bickering about the deficit, there is one area everyone can agree on. Cruel, outdated, unreliable experiments on non-human animals cost taxpayers millions each year and result in outcomes that harm human health through outcomes that do not transfer to the human species.

      Please send an email to both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Leadership to ask them to cut funding for federal programs that conduct tests on animals. Use of animals to mimic results in humans is intellectually lazy and morally reprehensible. It's time to move beyond cruel and outdated techniques that are over 200 years old into the modern world of simulators, sophisticated computer modeling, clinical testing and observation, and analysis of existing data.

      Please also copy your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative on your letter or email. For contact info, type in your zip code at: www.congress.org

      Please begin with a sentence about why this issue is important to you, and personalize your letter with other citations which can be found in "50 DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF LAB ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS" at:
      http://www.animaldefense.com/Vivisection.html
      and the "No More White Coat Welfare" website at: http://www.whitecoatwelfare.org/
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      SAMPLE LETTER

      TO:

      Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
      Online contact form: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

      Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader
      Online contact form: http://mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

      John Boehner, Speaker of the House
      Email: SpeakerBoehner@... (mail.house.gov)
      Online contact form: http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

      Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives
      Email: AmericanVoices@... (mail.house.gov)
      Online contact form: http://www.democraticleader.gov/contact

      COPY TO:
      Please also copy your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative on your letter or email. For contact info, type in your zip code at: www.congress.org

      SUBJ: Budget Deficit

      Dear Honored Officials:

      At a time when people are suffering and dying because of budget cuts to healthcare, education, and social services, it is imperative that we look at how our money is being spent.

      Despite the alleged shortage of funds to subsidize healthcare and other life saving social services, every year we waste billions of dollars nationally on animal research that is not helping people. Animal experimenters are receiving more and more white coat welfare without having to produce useful results and justify the cost.

      In the U.S.:

      It is estimated that the publicly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been spending $8-8.5 billion annually on animal research and this expenditure is increasing.

      43.6 million people have no health coverage. According to the Institute of Medicine, 18,000 people in the U.S. die each year for lack of healthcare.

      The utility of animal research is being increasingly questioned by the scientific community. Because every species is different, animal experimentation gives us misleading data which delays medical progress, and which harms and often kills people. For example, penicillin was delayed for a decade and tobacco was 'proven' not to cause cancer.

      Consider the waste of taxpayer dollars each year by the misleading results of animal tests:

      - Smoking was thought non-carcinogenic because smoking-related cancer is difficult to reproduce in lab animals. Many continued to smoke and to die from cancer.

      - Benzene was not withdrawn from use as an industrial chemical despite clinical and epidemological evidence that exposure caused leukemia in humans, because manufacturer-supported tests failed to reproduce leukemia in mice.

      - Animal models of heart disease failed to show that a high cholesterol/high fat diet increases the risk of coronary artery disease. Instead of changing their eating habits to prevent the disease, people continued their lifestyles with a false sense of security.

      - Patients received medications that were harmful and/or ineffective due to animal models of stroke.

      - Pacemakers and heart valves were delayed in development because of physiological differences between animals they were designed on and humans.

      - Opren, an arthritis medication, killed 61 people. Over 3500 cases of severe reactions have been documented. Opren had been tested on monkeys and other animals without problems.

      - The dose of isoproterenol, a medication used to treat asthma, was worked out in animals. Unfortunately, it was much too toxic for humans. 3500 asthmatics died in Great Britain alone due to overdose. It is still difficult to reproduce these results in animals.

      There is NO OTHER technology we are using that is 200+ years old. Use of animals to mimic results in humans is intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible.

      I ask you to stop funding these extraordinarily dangerous, primitive, cruel and misleading experiments at great cost to the taxpayers.

      Sincerely,
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