Animal studies can be dangerous and put babies at risk. The antibiotic streptomycin was tested on dogs, guinea pigs, and pigs and deemed "safe" for people. But infants who were given the drug suffered brain damage, went deaf or blind, or died.
Experimenters funded by the March of Dimes have:
*sewn shut newborn kittens' eyes, then killed them after they had endured a year of blindness.
*removed fetal kittens from the uterus, implanted pumps into their backs to inject a drug that destroys nerves, then re-implanted the fetuses in the uterus. After the kittens were born, they were killed and studied.
*implanted electric pumps into the backs of pregnant rats to inject nicotine, even though the dangers of cigarette smoking to human babies is already known.
*destroyed the ear drums of unborn lambs, then killed the mother sheep and lambs just before birth to examine the brains.
Despite these experiments, the Centers for Disease Control reports that birth defects are occurring more often. Of 38 birth defects studied over a 10-year period, an astounding 27 have increased in frequency, nine occur at the same rate, and only two have decreased in frequency.
Human-based research identified:
*the dangers of thalidomide, a drug that resulted in severe physical deformities; animal studies had shown thalidomide to be safe.
*The disastrous effects of lead, methyl mercury, and alcohol on developing fetuses.
Animal studies can be dangerous and put babies at risk. The antibiotic streptomycin was tested on dogs, guinea pigs, and pigs and deemed "safe" for people. But infants who were given the drug suffered brain damage, went deaf or blind, or died. Please try to help save these defenseless animals..
The above signatures agree with the idea that animal experimentation is cruel and inhumane. We believe that the March of Dimes should put the money they collect toward safe and useful research. Animal testing does do good, isn't reliable to on assuring that a product is safe on humans. Humans are so different from other animals because they have a longer period of fetal development, so their babies may be more sensitive to birth defect-causing agents than other species.
And the genetic differences among species of animals affect the way they react to chemicals.
March of Dimes could save more babies if it put donations into under-funded programs that have been proven to prevent birth defects and help babies.
*An estimated 25 percent of all infant deaths could be prevented if adequate pre-natal care were provided for the 1.2 million women who need it every year.
*Infant deaths would decrease by as much as 10 percent if women who smoke (25 percent of pregnant women) gave up cigarettes during pregnancy.
*Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is the leading cause of preventable birth defects, and there are not enough affordable addiction treatment programs for the women seeking help—yet precious resources are wasted injecting rats and other animals with alcohol.
*The establishment of a National Birth Defects Registry can help to identify causes—and pave the way toward prevention of—birth defects. Data from the registry could be analyzed to look for possible patterns or clusters of birth defects that may be associated with certain environmental exposures or genetic traits.
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