Written by Michelle Kretzer
Following the finding
by the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) that a former professor at
the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University hurt animals
in experiments and then lied about the results to get more federal funding, PETA
has sent a letter to the director of the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) urging the agency to take
back more than $2.8 million in taxpayer money granted to the disgraced (and
disgraceful) vivisector during the period of misconduct.
Specifically, the ORI determined that Michael
Miller—formerly a professor and chair of SUNY Upstate's department of
neuroscience and physiology—lied about the results of his experiments in which
he forced alcohol into pregnant mice, rats, and monkeys. The babies of these animals were then killed and their
brains were cut out. Miller submitted the fabricated data in his applications
to get even
from NIAAA—part of the federal National Institutes of Health—and also sent them
to scientific journals. Several journals have already retracted the articles.
Unfortunately, this kind of fraud isn't unheard of.
The only animal some experimenters seem to care about is the cash cow—and it
appears some of them will do just about anything to keep the grant money
flowing. If they're going to lie about the results, they could at least have
the decency to leave the animals out and fake the experiments altogether.
Please tell your representative and senators in Congress to
divert public money away from cruel animal experiments like Miller's and into promising, lifesaving, and
relevant clinical and non-animal research.
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