Earlier this week, the animal advocacy group called Animal Justice Project, released a report that alleges the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) poisoned animals by intentionally addicting them to drugs.
UMMC has not responded to the allegations made by the report that was written by the Taxpayer Protection Alliance and Animal Justice Project.
Julia Orr from Animal Justice Project says that over the course of 14 years, UMMC would intentionally starve rats and food-trained baby rats. The University would take the time to place catheters on the rodents and them administer bath salts and methamphetamine to determine the effects of drug use. The Animal Welfare Act does not cover the existence of rats and mice in laboratories. Therefore, their lives are not accounted for. According to Orr, it is estimated that the cost of the experiments was of $5.6 million and that they were funded by taxpayers.
The following text has been taken from the report:
“The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Research Triangle Institute has received more than $5.6 million over the past 14 years for an experiment to determine if synthetic drugs like bath salts are as addictive as methamphetamine. Two-month-old rats were starved to 85 percent of their normal body weight and trained to press levers for food. The baby rats were divided into two groups and had catheters implanted, which delivered either methamphetamine or a mix of designer drugs. The results concluded that methamphetamine did not produce the same results as designer street drugs like bath salts and Flakka, often referred to as the “zombie drug”, and more experiments were needed to test for abuse potential of synthetic drugs in order to determine how to regulate them.”
David William, President of the Taxpayer Protection Alliance stated the following: “It’s heartbreaking that animals are being killed for no good reason, and infuriating that our tax dollars are being used to kill them. Congress must put a stop to this disgusting practice.”
Each year, millions of animals are used by researchers as commodities in laboratories. These animals suffer and die in experiments that are not only inherently wrong, but also simply cannot be trusted. Vivisection is hailed by its proponents as being “essential” for medical progress, but the vast majority of animal experiments are carried out in “fundamental”, or curiosity driven research. These are misleading and, in fact, have been demonstrated to hinder medical progress. – Animal Justice Project.
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