The Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act, introduced in February, will help “ensure that non-animal methods are prioritized, where applicable and feasible, in proposals for all research to be conducted or supported by the National Institutes of Health.” The bill states what AAVS and many other advocates have long believed, that animal welfare “oversight is generally weak and little heed is paid to the use of non-animal methods or the avoidance of duplication, thereby unnecessarily subjecting animals to pain, suffering, and death.”
Currently, researchers just have to show that they’ve considered alternatives to animals. The HEARTS Act, however, would require researchers to do a harm benefit analysis to ‘justify’ their use of animals.
Contact your federal Representative and ask that s/he support the HEARTS Act (H.R. 1209). Tell him/her that alternatives save animals!
Letter to Respresentatives
Support the HEARTS Act (H.R. 1209)
Dear Representative xxx,
I am writing to ask that you support the Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act. Helping to protect animals in labs is important to me and, as your constituent, I hope it is important to you.
The HEARTS Act would direct the National Institutes of Health to prioritize the use of alternatives and non-animals methods of research and testing.
If more researchers used alternatives, more animals would never know the pain and suffering involved in animal experiments. For this reason, I ask you to support the HEARTS Act.
Thank you for your time and attention.