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Facility Seeks Aid to Continue Animal Research

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- 2008 days ago -
Lifesaving research or animal cruelty, that's question Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute wants cleared up before its facility comes under county control. Biomedical animal research has been happening in their facility since 1947, testing treatments.

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Nicole W (646)
Friday November 23, 2012, 10:58 am
sadly noted~

mar l ene d (264)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:12 am
noted today with too much sadnes and pain for this little face, and the others, that had been usued and the ones will continue to do so!!!!!!, thnx for t his post!!!!! this is so bad!!!!

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:13 am
Noted. In my opinion they should not get a blanket exception. Should be closed down period! It is a well known fact already about cigarette smoke and the lung diseases, and cancer it causes. Just because they have been doing this since 1947 means nothing to me, except a bad feeling for all the animals they have experimented on over all the years.

June M (139)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:03 pm
noted with great sadness

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:21 pm
bloody viviisectors,,,on wish they experimented onthem selves and stopped torturing animals!

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:22 pm
i meant "I wish they experimented on themselves "

Dany Strakova (123)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:31 pm

Ana Fontan (16)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:53 pm
Noted with anger. They must stop this atrocity once and for all!

Susie S. (4)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:55 pm
Stop testing on animals!!don't buy products tested on animals!

Christeen A (368)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:05 pm
This is so very sad and must stop. Thank you.

Sharon Blodinger (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:42 pm

Linda P (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:44 pm
We all know about cigarettes and lung cancer. Just because they have doing a torture chamber for animals since 1947 they should not get a blanket exception. Stop testing on animals. Just think how many animals they have tested since 1947. Needs to stop.

Patricia W (5)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:19 pm

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:31 pm
dispicable thanks Carrie

Helen Porter (39)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:30 pm
We must keep fighting.

The horror must cease.

Pamela C (75)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:42 pm
“These are well-paid jobs. These are scientific jobs, and necessary research that benefits humans every day,” (county comissioner) Johnson said.

No matter what they say, it isn't and never will be right, they are just trying to salve their consciences. If a serial killer came through their state, it, too, would create more jobs for the police, forensics, and any branch that caters to the media, but it still wouldn't be right.

janet f (29)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:43 pm
These people are worried about jobs. I'm more worried about morality and the torture of animals.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:12 pm
Jobs piggy-backed on the suffering and shortened lives of animals. This is the same excuse used for the Canadian seal hunt and so many other cruel uses of animals.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:27 pm
Stop vivisection now!

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:20 am
Rhe trouble is that if they were forced to close they would only set-up in a different state where the laws allowed their procedures. Vexatious question on a horribly sad subject.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:47 am

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:58 am
Poor little puppy, he looks so sad. I would give him so much love!
Those bastards should have the same done to them. If there was a god, that's what would happen.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:16 am
What goes around comes around!

There is a place called Plum Island, its a place where they do experiments on animals, I saw it on tv a few days ago, no one knew about this till now that someone went there and did a documentary about it, it made me cry.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:27 am
GOD help us.

Ro j (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:31 am
Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson sounds like a jerk. He thinks torture is okay as long as it saves 2000 jobs. Don't get me wrong, I've been out of work for over a year now due to the economy ... but I would not take a job at that place. I'd rather starve.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:15 am
Angela is correct in her comment. The problem is even if they close the lab here in New Mexico, they will just relocate. Of course, it will cost them a lot of money to do that, but I doubt it will change anything. So very sad.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:54 am
Let me have a few minutes, there is a big thing going on and most research labs are losing funding this year, and trying to get activists sympathy to get some funding...and pulling all kinds of crap to get animal activists sympathy...if they can get any of their lies through, then they are in for billions of dollars of this particular group, I am almost certain is from CHINA... give me a few minutes..wont take me long ... NIH actually said they would not test on live animals and would be willing to do non-animal research for epilepsy and breast cancer if they were allowed funding and signed an agreement and a treaty with many of the animal rights ...including ALF

Roxie H (350)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:16 pm
I am writing to The Governor of NM and The Bernalillo County Commission and Lauren Zakalik from before the go to vote on this on Nov. 27.

Tell Bernalillo County Commissioners Not to Drop Animal Cruelty Law

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on November 20th, 2012
The Animal Legal Defense Fund urges all New Mexico residents to tell the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners not to drop their historic animal cruelty law—a dangerous precedent for all of New Mexico up for consideration when the Board meets on November 27, 2012.

The Board is under pressure by a notorious private laboratory, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, which engages in cruel and harmful testing on helpless dogs, primates, and other animals. Tests include making animals inhale cigarette smoke and coal-burning exhaust. The laboratory wants Bernalillo’s law dropped because they know they are probably violating it. This could begin a dangerous trend that could spread across New Mexico, inviting cruelty as local animal laws disappear.

Some Commissioners mistakenly believe that because the laboratory is also regulated under federal laws like the Animal Welfare Act, Bernalillo County is free to drop their ordinance. The truth is that none of the federal laws cover the sort of cruelty addressed by the County’s ordinance—that is why Lovelace only needs the local law off the books. Attorneys at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, experts in the relevant federal laws, confirmed that the federal Animal Welfare Act is not a comprehensive anti-cruelty law and does not prevent cruel experiments like those conducted at Lovelace.

"Make no doubt about it—if the County repeals the ordinance it is taking the position that animal cruelty is now acceptable in the Albuquerque and the County," said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. "When the County passed this law it was saying—it’s cruel to treat animals in this way. Now they are saying, it’s OK, we made a mistake. What message does it send when government drops legal protection for animals because those that abuse the animals simply ask?"

Take Action!

Please call, email, fax, or write the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners and ask them

not to throw away their animal cruelty law just because a notorious laboratory asks them to
alternatively, to delay a vote and work with ALDF to address the problems at Lovelace
please remind them that federal law—which is minimal and virtually unenforced—does not and was not intended protect Bernalillo’s animals.
Contact information:

Simon A. Kubiak, Commissioner District 1
One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
(505) 468-7027
Fax: (505) 768-4329

Art De La Cruz, Chair
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7448

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Vice Chair
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7108

Michael C. Wiener, Commissioner District 4
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7010

Posted in ALDF Blog

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Carrie B (306)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:24 pm
Emails to the research center do more good. I have done that. They are reading ALL emails and have been surprised that the attention is so widespread. Unfortunately, from their on air comments earlier in the week, they are only concerned with local emails. Local meaning New Mexico.

Sergio P (65)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:42 pm
This is so wrong!
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