Lawmakers Accuse FDA of Inhumane Animal Testing

Lawmakers Call Out FDA for Inhumane Animal Testing

(RepublicanPress.org) – It’s rare for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to agree on anything these days. The partisan divide in the country has reached epic proportions in the wake of the highly disputed 2020 presidential election and the riot at the nation’s capital on January 6. However, both sides united together on a hot button issue recently.

The working relationship between Republicans and Democrats withered away to next to nothing after Liberals forced through their policies using a Senate tool called “budget reconciliation.” Using it allowed Democrats to force their COVID-19 relief package on the country without a single GOP vote, and the Left threatened to use it on Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure packages.

One might think that it would be impossible to get Conservatives and Liberals to agree to anything in this environment. But, the alleged abuse of animals appears to have brought both sides together.

Bipartisan Call for Study of Abusive Animal Testing Practices

On May 6, The Daily Caller reported that it obtained a letter detailing accusations of animal abuse at the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A bipartisan group of legislators led by Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) accused the FDA of “poisoning puppies” — an act that resulted in their death.

The lawmakers sent the letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sometime in April. It calls on the GAO to conduct a study of the requirements and practices used by the FDA to regulate animal testing.

Of particular concern was the FDA’s alleged failure to “develop and implement” policies regarding the use of “alternatives to animal testing.” They alleged that oversight contributed to the “unnecessary” use of laboratory animals, “stymied medical progress,” and wasted time and money.

A recently released report by the government watchdog group White Coat Waste showed that researchers use about 20,000 dogs for medical testing annually due to outdated standards set by the FDA. It is common for researchers to use puppies less than a year old for testing. White Coat Waste also reported that “human error” was the cause of most of the deaths of research animals. The application of an incorrect dose of medications and drug reactions commonly caused the deaths.

As Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) noted, “unnecessary testing” on animals is “cruel and inhumane.” It’s time to quit killing animals when “high-tech alternatives” exist.

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