Francis Collins’ replacement should push agency into the 21st century, accept research modernization deal, PETA says
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12 October 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Washington – Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Francis Collins is stepping down, and PETA supporters in giant dinosaur costumes will gather outside the White House, follow President Joe Biden to various events and appear in Washington with signs that read: Biden, do not appoint another NIH dinosaur. ” PETA is urging the president to take us out of the scientific stone age and choose a forward-looking replacement that will end funding from the animal testing agency and instead invest in modern research methods such as organs on crystal. -speed computer analysis and three-dimensional tissue models.
Under Collins’ leadership, the NIH has spent nearly half of its budget – $ 19.5 billion in 2020 – on animal experiments. yearlydespite the fact that 95% of drugs that appear to be safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials, and more than 90% of basic research, most of which involves animals, fails to cure humans.
“The NIH’s failure to abandon outdated animal experimentation continues to hamper the development of new therapies, vaccines and drugs,” said neuroscientist and former NIH researcher Dr. Catherine Rowe, now at PETA. “President Biden must take research out of the Stone Age and appoint a director to bring the United States to the forefront of world scientific research.”
PETA is urging Biden to accept the PETA Scientists’ Research Modernization Deal, which describes the proven failure of animal research and proposes a strategy to phase it out and redirect funding to more promising research areas. Last month, following consideration of the Research Modernization Agreement, Members of the European Parliament voted to develop an action plan to phase out animal experimentation, including a timetable.
In its strategic plan for 2016–2020, the NIH acknowledged that animal research is problematic and often results in “wasted time and money while patients wait for treatment,” but under Collins’ leadership, the agency was unable to fix its path.
Collins’ resignation came after PETA protested in front of his home, publishing a high-profile article demanding new leadership at the NIH, which appeared in Miami Herald and other newspapers, as well as full-page advertisements in local media saying “Francis Collins must go.”
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human excellence. For more information on PETA news gathering and reporting visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…