Written by Michelle Kretzer
President Barack Obama's new $100
million BRAIN Initiative
(Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is intended to
provide insight into human brain
function and behavior to help find cures for diseases. But considering that the
project's leadership committee is dominated by animal experimenters who have little
experience in human brain research, it's doubtful that the initiative will be either
"advanced" or "innovative" or that it will produce results
relevant to humans.
PETA is appealing to the National Institutes of Health, which was tasked with selecting
scientists for the panel, to shake up the leadership committee and include scientists
who are engaging in the human-based research necessary to solve human health problems.
of the 17 panel members are involved primarily in archaic animal experiments, which have consistently failed to find cures for human brain disorders
because of fundamental biological differences between species. In fact, in a recent Reuters article on the BRAIN Initiative, Dr. Christer Nordstedt, Eli Lilly
and Co.'s vice president of neuroscience research, said, "We've been
handicapped by the fact that we have been studying diseases in animals that don't
really exist in animals. Mice don't get depression. They don't get
schizophrenia. They don't get Alzheimer's disease."
at least some of the thousands of researchers who use ethical,
human-based research methods, such as advanced imaging and other modern technology, will
offer insights into the human brain that are not possible through experiments
on animals. That means that the initiative will get closer to finding cures
without tormenting animals in cruel and deadly experiments and wasting more taxpayer money.
You can help by e-mailing your senators and representatives and
urging them to divert taxpayer
funds away from animal experiments and into relevant, lifesaving
Written by Jeff Mackey
For decades, PETA has been calling for an end to the cruel and irrelevant use of
chimpanzees in experimentation. We’ve made significant progress over the years bring an end to this national
disgrace, and now
government is finally taking concrete steps to do the same.
© Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
At a historic meeting
this afternoon, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee recommended
that the agency cut funding for seven of the nine current taxpayer-funded
grants for biomedical experiments on chimpanzees and fully or partially cut
funding for 12 of 13 behavioral studies. With regard to the fate of these 360
NIH-owned chimpanzees, the committee stated that "the majority of
NIH-owned chimpanzees should be designated for retirement and transferred to
the federal sanctuary system. Planning should start immediately ...."
The NIH's momentous move follows the landmark 2011 finding of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that "most current biomedical research use of
chimpanzees is not necessary." After the report's release, the NIH formed a committee to determine, among
other things, which taxpayer-funded projects should be ended and how many
chimpanzees should be retired.
PETA submitted recommendations calling for a complete end to
experimentation on chimpanzees to both IOM and NIH during these deliberations—and
that's just one part of the extensive groundwork that led to this exciting
development. Every step of the way, PETA has relentlessly pursued any and all
avenues to uncover abuse to chimpanzees in laboratories and has advocated for
the creation of stronger federal policy and legislation to protect chimpanzees
from being tormented in experiments.
has exposed cruelty in laboratories,
filed complaints against laboratories
that experiment on chimpanzees, reached out to Members of Congress, organized demonstrations, gained celebrity support, filed shareholder
resolutions, launched online advocacy
campaigns, and called for an end to this barbaric practice in popular and academic publications.
The end is in sight, but we must not stop until all
chimpanzees are out of laboratories. Please sign PETA's petition asking Congress to retire all
federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
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