SMITHTOWN, NY — Guardians of Rescue, a Smithtown-based organization with a mission to protect the welfare of all animals, has started a petition to end animal testing, it announced.
“Most people are against animal testing, but they unknowingly buy things that have been tested on animals at some point before they hit the market,” Guardians of Rescue said.
The Guardians of Rescue petition is addressed to U.S. Secretary of Health Xavier Becerra and Undersecretary of Health and Human Services Andrea Palm.
The organization says it recently rescued 30 cats and more than 100 beagles from two labs that were using them for animal testing.
“We are actively rescuing laboratory animals, and we are fighting and lobbying for this barbaric practice to end,” Robert Misseri, founder of Guardians of Rescue, said via press release. “Most of these animals would have been put down once they were no longer needed after living a life of suffering. We are giving them a chance to live the rest of their lives loved and happy. We will fight for that. , but we need the support of community members to help us strengthen our position.”
Guardians of Rescue said that:
- Each year, approximately 780,000 animals are used in regulated animal laboratory activities in the United States alone, according to data collected by Speaking of Research. Guardians of Rescue says many animals are tortured in experiments that inflict pain and distress, but they are not given pain medication or treatment.
- A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that medical treatments developed in animals rarely translate to humans, and medical practitioners rarely prescribe treatments based solely on animal experimentation. These tests are therefore unproductive and useless.
- The Animal Welfare Act is a federal law that deals with the standard of care that animals receive in research facilities. This law excludes rats, mice, birds, fish and reptiles. It also only provides minimal protections for the rest. Additionally, laboratories are not required to report animals not protected by the AWA.
- Currently, there are only about 120 USDA inspectors overseeing more than 12,000 facilities, says the Animal Legal Defense Fund. This leaves little oversight to help protect these animals with very few legal protections.
- While many consumers look for products labeled as “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals,” that doesn’t mean animals weren’t tested. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these labels have no legal definition. Many raw materials used in cosmetics were tested on animals years ago when they were introduced, according to the FDA. A cosmetics manufacturer could use only these raw materials and base its “cruelty-free” claims on the fact that the materials or products are not “currently” tested on animals, the FDA said.
“No one has to work alone to get these cruel animal tests banned,” Misseri said. “They can join forces with us. Together we can make our voices heard and protect animals.”
Guardians of Rescue helps animals on the streets and investigates cases of animal cruelty. It is located in Smithtown, but it helps animals in many places across the country and abroad. He also helps service members with their pets through his “No Buddy Left Behind” program.