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Animal Welfare Act

Following the wishes of Sen. Jesse Helms and the National Association for Biomedical Research, a congressional committee has moved to exclude birds, rats and mice from the protection of the Animal Welfare Act -- the only U.S. law on the books that requires humane treatment for animals used in research. By attaching a rider to the Farm Bill (HR2646), they have negated any debate on the issue, even though a majority of scientists and many scientific organizations support AWA coverage for birds, rats, and mice.

Rats and mice, along with birds, make up 95% of the animals used in testing, so by excluding them, the Biomedical Research Industry is almost entirely bypassing the Animal Welfare Act.

Animal Rights activists are asking people to call their Senators and demand they say no to animal cruelty. The Senate vote is imminent. (Read More)

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