Problem: Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finally
agreed to extend its regulatory oversight to birds, rats, and mice,
the biomedical community has rallied to prevent this regulation.
Researchers are lobbying Congress to stop the Department of
Agriculture from covering birds, rats, and mice. Congress needs to
hear from animal advocates immediately.
What Should We Do?
Please write to your two Senators and to your House Representative
and tell them:
Contact: Your House Representative:
- Do not weaken the Animal Welfare Act. The Act is the only legal
accountability there is for those who use animals and the only
protection animals in biomedical research have.
- Public sentiment overwhelmingly supports the inclusion of birds,
rats and mice in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulatory
- Birds, rats, and mice constitute 95 percent of the animals used in
research. One reason these animals are the primary animals used in
research is because, to date, there has been no regulatory
oversight, and researchers have been free to abuse these animals
with impunity. This is also why birds, rats, and mice are the
primary animals used in cruel student science programs.
The Honorable ______________
Contact: Your Two Senators:
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable ____________________
Washington, DC 20510
To learn who your House Representative and Senators are, and what
district you are in if you don't know, call the 24-hour Capitol
Action Alert from United Poultry Concerns and the American
April 7, 2001
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Action Alert - Birds, Rats, and Mice Need Your Help ASAP!)