Feds spend up to $14.5 billion annually on animal testing

Another professor with the University of Minnesota has been given $3.6 million over the past decade on research that involved forcing monkeys to do drugs like PCP, METH, heroin and cocaine to study their behavior. The study also looked at how using these drugs affected female monkeys’ menstrual cycles.

“At the University of Minnesota, Professor Marilyn Carroll has been funded for nearly 30 years by taxpayers,” Bolletti said. “She tests illegal recreational street drugs on monkeys by forcibly addicting them to heroin, Crystal Meth, and Angel Dust and then painfully withdrawing them. When she first got on the dole, the #1 album in America was Michael Jackson’s Thriller and #1 movie in America was Return of the Jedi.”

For more than 20 years, an Ohio State University professor got funds from the NIH to conduct research that included forcing small dogs to run on treadmills to induce heart attacks. Taxpayers put up $1.9 million for these experiments.

In another NIH-funded experiment, University of Wisconsin researchers were given funds to cut into the brains of cats, drill holes in their skulls, place wire coils in their eyes, deafening them and starving them to death. The researchers didn’t even justify the cat deafening based on its benefits to humans, instead saying that the NIH funds were meant to “keep up a productive publication record that ensures our constant funding.”

“As a physician and expert in human brain research,” writes Dr. Lawrence Hansen, professor at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, “I can tell you that research to better understand how the brain processes sound can be conducted ethically on human volunteers using sophisticated brain imaging and recording techniques.”

“Funding the UW-Madison’s violent and unnecessary experiments on cats means $3 million less is being spent on research that can actually improve human health and well-being,” Hansen added.

What’s the benefit?

Despite criticisms of using taxpayer dollars to fund animal testing, the NIH argues that testing on animals help scientists identify new ways of improving peoples’ health and lives.