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National Institutes Of Health Spent $2.3 Million To Inject Beagles With Cocaine

By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy

Unfortunately, cruel experiments that you fund on the dime of innocent animals show no sign of slowing down. Previously, the National Institutes of Health funded an experiment where beagles were eaten alive by flies. Now, the White Coat Waste Project has uncovered a new experiment, costing $2.3 million taxpayer dollars, involving injecting beagles with cocaine.

Seven six-month old beagle puppies were shown how to put on a special jacket so that cocaine could easily get in their bodies. The report states “puppies were dosed with cocaine again and again and again for months, along with an ‘experimental compound,’ to see how the two drugs interacted.”

To monitor the vital signals of patients, researchers surgically implanted an electronic telemetry system.

Following the end of the experiment, beagles could be killed or rehabilitated to use in future experiments. This practice is especially ethically unacceptable in scientific experiments.

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A paper on ethics of animal testing published by the NIH themselves writes that researchers should, “Prevent unacceptable study end-points: death as an end-point is often ethically unacceptable and should be fully justified. When death cannot be avoided, the procedures must be designed to result in the deaths of as few animals as possible”, as well as “Avoid repeated use of animals in experiments: any animals should not be used in more than one experiment, either in the same or different projects, without the express approval of the IACUC.”

Why was this experiment necessary? White Coat Waste Project documents claim it was for evaluating the cardiovascular effects cocaine and another substance. This information is confidential.

Because of its outdated live animal testing requirements, the FDA continues to require these cruel experiments in order for drug approval. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate mandatory testing on animals.

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