Researchers: Experiments on Mice Don’t Help Humans

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

PETA’s been saying it for years. Now scientists are agreeing. And National Public Radio (NPR) just aired a compelling report sharing further evidence that results of experiments on mice and other animals do not translate into treatments for human diseases.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, PETA is now making this same case to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH—the largest public funder of animal experimentation worldwide—pays for studies that use dogs, rats, monkeys, mice, and other animals as “models” of human physiology. But they rarely result in cures or effective treatments for humans.

NIH has even admitted that “animal models often fail to provide good ways to mimic disease or predict how drugs will work in humans, resulting in much wasted time and money while patients wait for therapies.” This is why PETA supports budget cuts to the agency.

And bad science isn’t the whole story. PETA also exposed—and NIH confirmed—the misery and suffering that mice endure at The Jackson Laboratory, one of the world’s largest breeders of mice for use in experimentation. And all for the sake of experiments that have failed to lead to effective treatments and cures.

We couldn’t agree more with NPR’s recent report: It’s time to stop using animals and adopt modern, human-relevant, animal-free methods of research.

What You Can Do

NIH and other laboratories continue to fund dead-end experiments on animals with your tax dollars. Please ask Congress to mandate that the agency stop wasting taxpayer money on cruel, useless animal experiments and instead focus on modern, non-animal research methods.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind