Starting today, there is something new on the route between Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach International Airport, courtesy of PETA: an eye-catching billboard featuring a close-up of a rat’s face alongside the words, “President Trump: NIH Doesn’t Give a Rat’s A** About Waste—Cut $12 Billion!”
The billboard is located on the south side of Southern Blvd., 200 feet west of I-95 in West Palm Beach and will stay up for the last two weeks of the Mar-a-Lago season.
The erection of the billboard follows a letter from PETA to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in support of President Trump’s proposed National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget cuts as well as an in-depth report, prepared by PETA, highlighting the areas prime for defunding.
PETA suggests that the president start cutting waste by eliminating NIH-funded experiments on rats made to suffer from depression and monkeys intentionally addicted to alcohol as well as other cruel, useless animal tests. PETA recommends redirecting funds that the agency is currently squandering into superior non-animal research methods that benefit humans.
— PETA (@peta) April 30, 2017
Approximately 40 percent of the NIH budget—or $12 billion—currently funds animal experiments that many experts are now decrying as wasteful and irrelevant. Studies have shown that the results of up to 90 percent of animal studies don’t translate to humans and actually undermine work to develop cures for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases.
PETA notes that some of the irrelevant “research” subsidized by NIH includes injecting hamsters with cocaine and forcing them to fight, puncturing mice’s intestines so that bacteria leak into their abdominal cavities and cause septic shock, and purposely breeding dogs to develop crippling muscular dystrophy.
PETA also plans to run the billboard in New Jersey, near Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, and it will be up again in West Palm Beach, FL, for the reopening of Mar-a-Lago later this year.
What You Can Do
With your help, we can end these funding fiascos and the torment to animals that they cause. Click the button below to send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives urging them to mandate that NIH stop wasting taxpayer money on cruel, useless animal experiments and instead focus on modern, non-animal methods of research.