This week, Take Action Thursday advocates for setting federal priorities in research that do not rely on animal models.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends nearly $39.2 billion annually on medical research projects, yet over the past five years, its research has seen an overall failure rate of more than 80%. A substantial number of these projects rely heavily on the use of cruel and outdated animal models, which are notorious for their inability to successfully translate their findings to humans, instead of using more humane, predictive and human-relevant models to advance medical science.
The Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act, HR 1209, would seek to reduce this reliance on animal research by directing the NIH to develop a system of incentives aimed at encouraging the use of existing humane and scientifically relevant non-animal methods in research proposals from all NIH researchers, as well as from researchers receiving funding from the NIH.
While the NIH funds only 22% of biomedical research being conducted in the U.S., according to STAT News, much of this research relies on animal models. Encouraging the development and use of non-animal methodologies has the potential to greatly reduce the number of animals used, boost oversight and funding for non-animal test methods, and increase the success rate of the research in human clinical trials.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of the HEARTS Act.
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