of mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, primates and other
animals are killed each year in the U.S. in scientific research,
product and cosmetic testing, and in education. The animal's only
legal protection, the federal Animal Welfare Act does not cover
rats, mice or fish, despite the fact that they make up approx.
95% of all animals used in research! The Act does not prohibit
any experiment, no matter how frivolous or painful.
justification for using animals in experiments is usually a
promise of scientific discovery. Research institutions promise
cures to diseases such as AIDS, cancer and diabetes. The reality
is that creating disease in healthy animals is an unreliable
way to study human diseases. Because of biological differences
between species, animal research yields results that cannot
be safely applied to humans.
rights advocates are not anti-science. We believe animals have
the right to not be exploited as experimental subjects, but
we are also convinced that animal research harms humans by diverting
research dollars that should be going to proven methods of curing
disease. An increasing number of doctors and scientists are
voicing their opposition to animal research based on scientific
non-animal research methods such as human clinical and in vitro
(test tube) research, cell and tissue cultures, epidemiology,
and genetic research are more effective methods of studying
disease and to test the effectiveness and toxicity of drugs.
you are concerned about the welfare of animals in laboratories,
please become involved in our campaigns against animal research.
Research in Florida
In 2010, over 15,000 animals were used in research (or held for future use) in Florida. Included in this number are 240 animals—rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and dogs—who were used in painful experiments during which pain-relieving drugs were not provided to the suffering animals. NOT included in these numbers
are the tens of thousands of mice and rats used in research every
year in Florida.
largest research facilities in Florida are the University of Florida,
University of Miami and the University of South Florida—each killing thousands of animals every year in experiments. Other
institutions, such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, use fewer animals
but have records of cruel treatment of animals.
facilities in Florida: (USDA
– Brevard Community
– Chi Institute (Reddick)
Research Center (Grassy Key)
– Dumond Conservancy
For Primates (Miami)
– FAMU College
– Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Institute for Biomedical Research (Treasure Island)
– Lemur Conservation
Foundation (Myakka City)
– Lubee Foundation
– MD Anderson
– The Mannheimer
Foundation (Homestead, Clewiston)
– Max Planck Florida (Jupiter)
– Miami Dade
College - Medical Center Campus
– Mote Marine
– Mount Sinai
Medical Center (Miami Beach)*
– Orlando Health
Primate Products (Miami, Immokalee)
Institute for Cancer Research (Plantation)
– St. Petersburg
Research Institute Florida (Jupiter)
– Space Life Sciences Lab - NASA
Of Central Florida
Of South Florida*
Affairs Medical Centers (Bay Pines, Miami, Gainesville)
*This list does not include institutions
that use only "nonregulated species." The Animal Welfare
Act excludes from protection mice, rats, birds, frogs and fish.
*This list includes institutions that use live animals
for teaching purposes. For example, live animals are used in the
veterinary technology programs at Brevard Community College and
Miami Dade College. Also included are institutions that use captive
wild animals in behavioral research, such as the Dolphin Research
*This list does not include federal
facilities, school laboratories below the college level, and agricultural
research institutions (these facilites are exempt from federal
*University of Florida: In December 2009, a worker carelessly placed a cage containing five baby rats into a high-temperature cage washer. The rats were boiled to death.
In July 2009, a rabbit broke his back during a routine nail trimming procedure. A technician was blamed for not supporting the animal's back properly. The rabbit was euthanized.
Sinai Medical Center: A former staff veterinarian at the teaching
hospital filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired after complaining
about repeated neglect and mishandling of animals. Her lawsuit
detailed cruel treatment of sheep who were used in research. The
Sun-Sentinel reported (July 21, 2003), "Workers
left sheep unattended in shopping carts that sometimes fell over,
once leaving a sheep with two broken legs. A nursing female sheep
was found dead with its neck caught in the bars of its cage,"
and several sheep suffered horrible deaths due to malfunctioning
nebulizers. In 2009, Mount Sinai Medical Center reported using
101 sheep and 20 pigs in research projects.
*University Of South Florida:
In April 2007, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted problems with the care of singly housed rhesus monkeys at USF: "Four primates were observed to have significant areas of alopecia on their arms, &/or legs, dorsum, tail base, and flanks. Some of the primates were observed to be circling around in their cage. These behaviors are frequently attributable to behavioral stresses, which may be caused by a lack of suitable environmental enrichment." In June 2005, five primates in a diabetes experiment at the Division
of Comparative Medicine died within a two-week period, reportedly
due to neglect. USF was cited by the USDA after a May 2004 incident
when several dogs received burns from heating pads.
Food & Drug Administration does not require animal testing
for personal care products (soap, cosmetics) or household products
(laundry detergent, floor cleaner). Non-animal test methods exist
today that accurately predict product safety. Over 600 companies
manufacture cosmetics, personal care items and household products
that are not tested on animals, including Avon, Clinique, Mary
Kay, Nivea, Norelco and Revlon. Sadly,
there are still manufacturers of these products that blind and
poison animals in cruel “safety” tests.
a caring consumer; please only buy products from companies that
have adopted a non-animal-testing policy. Visit the below links
to view lists of companies that do/that don't test on animals:
Anti-Vivisection Society's Compassionate