Federal funding with taxpayers dollars finances and encourages the torture and murder of thousands of animals in U.S. university laboratories every year. Experiments are conducted on animals including, dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and rats that produce little to no viable results. These animals are forced into horrific and torturous experiments for such things as the effects of smoking (which has already been established), for testing the efficacy of household cleaning products and for the cosmetics industry. Those researchers that claim that they use these animals for medical research have thus far produced no viable results. There are currently available alternatives to all research programs including computer and virtual reality programs that are just as effective and more cost effective. They would save taxpayer dollars and would not require the torture and murder of live animals. Animals are not ours to exploit for convenience. They are living, breathing, feeling beings just like us. And if it is true that they are just like us, their welfare should be equated with ours. Wasting taxpayer money to fund universities and aggrandize is an affront to American taxpayers and portrays our country as an inhumane nation. There are more humane alternatives and we, the citizens of the United States, want these brutal, unnecessary programs defunded immediately.
Dear President Obama:
As citizens of the United States we are all exasperated by constant badgering about economic cuts and budget constraints, and above all, we want a humane nation where life is worth more than money. Financing research institutions not only robs innocents of their lives, it deprives us of much-needed tax dollars and leaves us with damaged humanity. Research using virtual reality and computers can better serve humans, is more cost-effective and more humane. If you want a more humane country and a choice about how your money is spent, please sign this petition.