Money Well Spent

Paws Up!

To the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for recently presenting a $6 million grant to The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

In a recent news article, “The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) has received a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pioneer potentially revolutionary new methods for toxicological testing to improve human health and reduce animal testing.”

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An estimated 50 to 100 million vertebrates are used annually, including more than 20 million mice and rats, in laboratory experiments in the United States. No one knows the exact number. Few of the animals used, however, are protected under the Animal Welfare Act . In fact, more than 90 percent of animals used in laboratory experimentation are not protected.

Therefore, this grant and the results it brings may spare some of animals the horrors of the laboratory.

Take Action: Contact the director of NIH and thank him and his organization for making this grant available. Encourage the Institute to continue to fund projects to find alternatives to animal testing.

Dr. Francis S. Collins
Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Tele. No.: 301-496-2433
E-mail: francis.collins@nih.gov

Source:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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