USDA subverts Animal Welfare Act in whistleblower protection case

Ron Wood's crack-smoking experiments. A case study of waste, fraud and animal abuse

"Scientific Welfare" needs reform. Wasteful, irrelevant and cruel research underwritten by U.S. tax dollars

Retaliation Case of
Jan Moor-Jankowski, M.D.

Top Ten Lies of the Department of Agriculture
In the matter of animal welfare whistleblower - Jan Moor-Jankowski, M.D.

The History of Medical Progress written by Dr. Ray Greek, Director of the Medical Research Modernization Committee

"If I, an internationally recognized scientist and consultant to heads of state and national academies, couldnot secure protection under federal law, how can U.S. citizens believe thatanyone, let alone younger, lesser-known scientists, dare to oppose scientificmisconduct, animal abuse and the misdeeds of corrupt administrations?"- Jan Moor-Jankowski, M.D.

ACTION is part of Agency's long-standing pattern of failure to uphold the law.

The History of Medical Progress
written by Dr. Ray Greek, Director of the Medical Research Modernization Committee

Introduction | Surgical Advances | Medication Testing in Animals | Curing and Preventing Cancer |Do Animals Feel Pain? | AIDS Research with Animals
Heart Disease | Cardiovascular Disease | Childhood Diseases | Birth Defects

Do Animals Feel Pain?
The philosopher, Descartes thought that animals did not feel pain and thatattitude has prevailed throughout the ensuing decades. Today we know thatall vertebrates, animals with a backbone, have the same nerves that humanshave. In other words, they feel pain. While this may seem like a silly statementto anyone who has ever stepped on a cat's tail or accidentally tripped overtheir dog, many people actually believe animals are like clocks, withoutfeeling. When you stump your toe on the bedpost, certain nerves in yourtoe are stimulated. These nerves are called nocioceptors. That is a bigword meaning nerves that feel pain. These nerves go to the spinal cord andon up to the brain where you experience the sensation of pain. It is ofcourse, much more complicated than that. Many chemicals are released bothat the site of injury and in the nerves. But the general anatomy and physiologyof all vertebrated is essentially the same with regards to how vertebratesfeel pain.

There are differences too. Notice how some people experience pain with somethings that others do not. The amount and type of chemicals in the bodyinfluence this. No two people are exactly the same and no two animals areexactly the same either. Just because you do not experience pain exactlylike your best friend does not mean that one of you does not feel pain.You both do, only differently. The same is true of animals.

Animal experimentation is very painful. Consider the following. An animalis placed in a highly artificial environment. Rats are crammed into cages,dogs are not allowed to socialize or exercise, and cats are frequently notallowed to groom. In addition to being separated from their mothers andfamily they do not live, what is for them a normal life. The laboratoryis very stressful. Animals can sense death and their compatriots are dyingall around them.

The actual experiments are really torture. Did you know that scientistsare not required to anesthetize the animals prior to operating on them?If they think the results of the experiment will be effected by the anesthesia,then they simply do not have to give anesthesia to the animal. Animals areparalyzed with drugs while being fully conscious. That is like being wideawake but unable to move, blink your eyes or breathe. Can you imagine thehorror? Animal are cut open, have wires placed in their brains, are shockedand have acid poured on them, all without anesthesia. Do you think that is right?Animals experience pain and have interests justlike us. What gives us the right to torture them?

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