PETA Attempting to Influence NIH Budget


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) has initiated a campaign to influence the budget of the National Institutes of Health to eliminate the use of animal in research.  The organization is using a mobile billboard in the area near the Mar-a-Lago, Florida White House in a direct attempt to influence the President to reduce NIH funding.


The medical and scientific community point to the absolute need for controlled and ethical use of animals in research. It is a matter of fact that the majority of Nobel Prizes awarded to scientists in the category of Physiology or Medicine have resulted in part from research on animals.


The Federal Animal Welfare Act establishes rules for safety, housing, nutrition. Experimental protocols are subject to approval by institutional committees comprising peer scientists, ethicists and lay members.