Among the destruction and death caused by Hurricane Sandy, over 10,000 research mice were killed due to being housed in basement laboratories, which contributes to the 60,000 lab animals lost to drowning since 2001.
Despite activist efforts over the past year, the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have yet to prohibit the containment of animals in basement labs in flood-prone areas. Five of the top 20 cities most vulnerable to flooding are in the U.S., and it’s time to prevent this easily avoidable loss of life.
Stand with organizations like In Defense of Animals (IDA) and urge the OLAW and NIH to pass federal regulations prohibiting research animals from being housed in these conditions.
Photo: Rabbits are among the vulnerable research animals that are caged in basement laboratories. (Credit: 100/Getty Images)
To: Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS - Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), Dr. Sally Rockey - Director, NIH Office of Extramural Research
We, the undersigned, urge you to issue a mandate that requires federally funded research facilities located within flood-prone areas to house animals on higher elevations.
Over 60,000 creatures have been lost due to poor care since 2001. The U.S. holds five of the most flood-prone cities in the world, and stronger safety measures must be taken. We can’t wait for thousands more animals to be lost before stepping in.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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