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Animal Testing May Lose Funding in NIH Restructuring

Animal Testing May Lose Funding in NIH Restructuring

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is restructuring and animal testing facilities are worried they will lose funding in the process.

The NIH is discussing plans to open a new facility that will supposedly speed up the process by which laboratory results will be implemented into practical procedures and medications. This branch of medicine is called translational medicine.

Researchers who perform animal experiments fear that restructuring will lead to fewer funding dollars for their respective programs. As more dollars are funneled into the new facility, fewer will go to older facilities and programs and according to NIH guidelines, one older facility will have to be cut when the new one is established.

The process here is complicated as all bureaucratic debates about government funding inevitably are. A program here is funded to applause while an analogous program elsewhere is defunded to groans and complaints.

The NIH has stated explicitly that it isn’t attempting to eliminate funding for animal testing.

However, as innovation and progress are inherently hostile to outdated and scientifically unsound practices like vivisection, any move toward newer procedures will undoubtedly be at least a small step away from animal testing.

Scientists who make their living torturing animals have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, deferring progress, and discrediting newer techniques which will inevitably bring the realm of medical research into the modern age and out of the dark and brutal age of vivisection.

As a veterinarian who worked in an animal testing facility told me, the funding for this kind of experimentation is addictive. Researchers get so invested in the way things are done because it is a safe route to maintaining their cash flow. This addiction, he assured me, will only be broken when the federal government mandates newer techniques for medical research and sparks innovation in promising alternatives.

Animal testing is a scientific farce and an ethical affront to our better nature. We must exhaust every avenue of ending vivisection not only because of its outdated scientific status, but because it maintains the morally reprehensible dogma that any treatment of animals, no matter how arbitrary, painful, disgusting, or unimaginable, is justifiable if it has any potential to ever benefit humanity.

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2:29PM PST on Mar 12, 2011

It takes US for them to lose their funding for animal testing. Since there in no care for seniors, no housing for the homeless and no food for the hungry. Now is the time to strike our representatives!!!!

7:38AM PST on Feb 23, 2011

YEA! YEA! YEA! Vivisection on its way out! Not fast enough, not completely, but lack of money will have ONE good effect. And yes, grants are ADDICTIVE! Year after year, someone gets money to vivisect, and they go on and on, even if the results are known. Must deplete their moral compasses, doing all this cruelty.

11:12PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

4:31PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

In my opinion, ALL animal testing needs to stop now!

12:54PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

I am responding to Linda H. statement that we who feel animal research is wrong should alter our thinking and the way we live. BUT perhaps if animal testing was not TORTURE and spending years locked in isolation,slowly going insane then those of us who believe it should be changed or stopped will think like she does. Animals feel pain, sorrow and must be given the right to live without fear. The researcher's receive BILLIONS of $$$$ and perform the same tests over and over, and receive more money each time with the same results. And by the way WHERE are men and women in Africa going to obtain the money to buy this gel when they don't have the money to buy food. Perhaps she will provide it!

9:27AM PST on Jan 24, 2011

This is a biased and blatantly anti-research article. There have recently been two major strides in AIDS prevention, a gel for women and a pill for men. The gel will protect African women who, for cultural reasons, can't insist on condoms. It will save many thousands of lives in the next decade, and will prevent birth of HIV infected babies. Wake up, this development required extensive animal research and testing. I only respect anti-animal research statements from those who FOREGO ALL VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT which was developed thru animal use. Get real, people. Life isn't always pretty and cute. Work for better care and treatment, not to stop the research. There is NO effective laboratory alternative to the mammalian immune system, at this time. If you find one, tell the world, and a Nobel Prize will be yours.

12:09PM PST on Jan 23, 2011

This is directed to NIH Director Mr. Francis Collins....
The only way to stop the animal testing torture is via the denial of funding from governement...YOU! Please take this opportunity to enforce alternative measures of testing and stop the animal cruelty! Why are you funding labs that continue to use such barbaric methods?????
Concerned and Outraged Tax Payer Julie A.

7:13AM PST on Jan 23, 2011

The NIH (fed) needs to stop using animals/primates in reearch and it needs to dtop funding reearch that used animals. It just is not necessary.

5:59AM PST on Jan 23, 2011

Cash flow for this will only be broken WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MANDATES ... the problem is clear.

8:56PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

thanx for this article

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