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Oppose legislative priorities that encourage animal research

Oppose legislative priorities that encourage animal research

Name: Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research, and Education Act of 2019

Bill Number: HR 3573/S 2010

The Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research, and Education Act would encourage development and expansion of animal models for research and increase funding for research that prioritizes animal models instead of focusing on the development of non-animal human-relevant models.

Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) is an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and affects 600,000 people in the U.S. each year. There is limited research and a shortage of trained physicians to provide timely diagnoses once CCM strikes. While these companion bills have the laudable aim of strengthening efforts to diagnose and treat the disease, they perpetuate the continued development of animal models for preclinical research rather than focusing efforts toward the development of new, innovative, human-relevant alternatives.

NAVS supports efforts to better diagnose and treat CCM. However, those who suffer from this disease would be better served by efforts that are both human-relevant and humane.

Please ask your U.S. Senator and Representative to reprioritize research on human disease to focus on the best possible science for humans without the use of animals.

 

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  1. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to prioritize research that is relevant and humane.
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Please prioritize research on human disease to focus on the best possible science for humans without the use of animals.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to amend S 2010 /HR 3573, The Cerebral Cavernous Malformations (CCM) Clinical Awareness, Research, and Education Act of 2019, which would increase funding and resources to improve diagnostics and treatment for this disease, to emphasize the need for developing human-relevant models for the disease rather than perpetuating the use of more animal models.

This bill addresses CCM, which is an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and affects 600,000 people in the U.S. each year. However, rather than focusing efforts toward the development of new, innovative, human-relevant alternatives, these companion bills would instead perpetuate the continued development of animal models for preclinical research.

By prioritizing the "continued development and expansion of novel animal models for preclinical research relating to CCM," this legislation would promote more research that is neither humane nor relevant to the humans suffering from CCM. I hope that you will support an amendment to this legislation to include funding for human-relevant alternatives, and that you will advocate reprioritizing research and funding on human disease to focus on the best possible science for humans without the use of animals.

Thank you for your consideration.

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