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Tell the NIH: Animal Welfare Must Not Be Compromised

Tell the NIH: Animal Welfare Must Not Be Compromised

NEAVS is calling on the National Institutes of Health not to weaken laws meant to offer minimal protections to animals in labs. 

The NIH has released a request for information (RPI) relating to new regulatory changes "to improve coordination of regulations and policies" for animals in labs in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2043(d). 

However, some of the considerations provided by the NIH would compromise the welfare of animals in labs by reducing the level of oversight and allow deference to guidelines developed by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).  

Members of the public are asked to go online and tell NIH that animal welfare must not be compromised as part of the agency’s current attempts to decrease its regulatory burden.

The NIH is soliciting public input until Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 11:59 PM (EST). 

Here's how to take action:

  • Go online to: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=71 
  • Type in your name, email address, and other info you wish to provide
  • Scroll down to Comment A. 5. "Other approaches not previously mentioned"
  • Post your comment. Suggested language includes: 
    • "Animal welfare must not be compromised in order to decrease regulatory burden; and if differing regulations are to be harmonized in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, they must be of the highest level of standard currently recognized by PHS and OLAW."  
  • Scroll down to bottom of page and follow the prompts

Thank you for taking the time to complete this action on behalf of animals in labs! To see the impact of weak regulatory standards on primates in labs, please watch "Empty Laws," a short film created in partnership with We Animals.