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Federal: Support Increased Review and Oversight of Animal Research and Testing

Federal: Support Increased Review and Oversight of Animal Research and Testing

Name: Support Increased Review and Oversight of Animal Research and Testing

This legislative session has seen unprecedented efforts in the U.S. House and Senate to bring better oversight and reduce the use of animals in research, particularly research funded by the federal government. Currently, there are three new House appropriations bills in the works for fiscal year 2020 that would provide additional accountability and reduce the number of animals used for federally-funded research.

The first appropriations bill, for Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies programs, has a House Appropriations Committee’s report that recommends restoring records removed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) searchable database covering records of all licensees under the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act. These would include all inspection reports, records of noncompliance and research facility annual reports, without redaction of their content except for signatures. NAVS has been working on increased transparency from this agency and restoring these records on a searchable database is the first big step in that direction.

A second bill, for the Departments of the Interior, Environment and related agencies, has a House Appropriations Committee’s report to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to include, in its Strategic Plan for the reduction of testing in vertebrates for chemicals, a section concerning the development and implementation of alternative test methods that are directly applicable to identifying the risks faced by susceptible subpopulations, while reducing reliance on testing in vertebrates.

The first two bills have not yet been formally introduced but are currently being prepared for introduction in the near future. The third bill, however, for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies, is already under consideration as HR 2740. The House Appropriations Committee’s report expresses concern about the National Institutes of Health’s own use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research. It also urges the NIH to accelerate efforts to reduce and replace the use of nonhuman primates with alternative research models.

We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for giving voice to concerns about the continued use of animals for research and their plans to call for more accountability from federal agencies with an eye to reducing the use of animals throughout.

Please voice your support for these efforts to your U.S. Representative and encourage them to carry through with these proposals.

 

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Please support accountability by federal agencies for their use of animals for research

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that encourages accountability and a reduction in the use of animals by federal government agencies.

This session has seen unprecedented support for legislation that would require more accountability from federal agencies using animals for research or providing funding for animal research. In three House Appropriations Committee reports, federal agencies--the EPA, NIH and USDA--were asked to improve their oversight of animal research protocols and work towards a reduction in the use of animals in favor of in vitro or in silico tests.

Appropriations bills for FY 2020 for Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies programs, the Departments of the Interior, Environment and related agencies, and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies (HR 2740) have all resulted in House Appropriations Committee reports recommending changes in agency funding or reporting on animal research.

I hope that you will give your full support to efforts to better regulate and reduce the use of animals in research for the future.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]