not sure that today in 2010 we are any wiser since I wrote a letter to the
Editor of the Cleveland PD in 1991. You'll have to read it to decide for
I wrote this letter
to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on February 5th, 1991:
ironic that I should read an interesting stat on the "greying"
of America in view of the PD's "Bush will seek $23 billion Medicare
cut" (2/3/91). Nearly 40 million Americans are over 60 and by the year
2010 there will be more than 12 million people 80 years or older.
would think how wonderful that people live longer these days, but as the
article goes on--there is a darker shade of grey that is not so apparent
to most of us. Millions of these elderly Americans are not enjoying their
longer life because many of them are poor and almost one third of them are
living in absolute poverty. Some of them can't even afford basic health
United Action for Animals (UAA) thinks they know where a lot of money could
be saved and used for our elderly directly. I hope you will read with exasperation
and disbelief as I did re the huge amounts of taxpayer's money being wasted
on research grants whose results often times border on the ridiculous and
which sadly often cause much suffering to the research animals.
are the results of animal experimentation in AGING RESEARCH:
- Old cats do not
sleep well in very hot or very cold rooms.
Stanford School of Medicine, 1988 Cost: $150,000
- Labrador Retriever
pups, whose ankles were surgically destroyed, suffer weakness and loss
of bone mass in the mutilated limb.
Case Western Reserve, 1985 Cost: $365,000
- Adult cats with
screws driven into their brains, aluminum plates glued to their skulls,
and the sound center of their brains removed still produce brain waves
in response to loud noises.
UCLA Medical, l986 Cost: $2, 018,000
- *Old resus monkeys
do not learn or remember as quickly as young monkeys.
Boston U. and Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center,
1988 Cost: $1,225,000
are only 5 of twenty examples given by UAA totaling $12,082,939. And similar
grants have been awarded by the National Institutes of Health to the present
day which in the opinion of many of us are neither worth their salt or merit
so much needless animal suffering. (End of my 1991 letter.)
in the 90's 60 Minutes showcased Dr. Michael Carey's Wound Study which caused
600 cats to be shot in the head. We had so many head wound experiences from
the Wars - did we learn nothing from them? Despite others on the program
decrying the faulty and uncessary protocul, I got the impression that Mike
Wallace agreed with Dr. Carey in this regard. I no longer had much respect
for his opinions thereafter.
the wound study produce any new results? Not per the Physicians for Responsible
Medicine. And to add injury to insult the National Institute of Health awarded
him another lucrative grant - this time to shoot rats. Somehow this did
not make me feel much better.
research studies improve our health? I guess it's a matter of opinion. I
won't say that we learned nothing from so many millions and millions of
dollars granted to often repititive protoculs on millions and millions of
animals but for myself, I would not even want one animal to suffer for my
these animal research studies still being conducted? Yes, per Michael Budkie
of SAEN - Stop Animal Experimentation Now. He largely works to expose the
many cruel protoculs used in the Primate Centers --though NIH funds other
research entities or groups as well.
use any of the drugs approved by the FDA? No, so far so good and I hope
I never have to either. If we would spend those discretionary health funds
in search of safe alternative cures, I believe we would be far ahead of
the game by now. Finally, have you noticed? A good diet heavy on veggies,
grains, and fruits is being mentioned more and more for healthier living
and cures for such serious conditions as diabetes, cancer, and heart problems.
I'm one of those mentioned hitting 80 in 2010. Thank God even though I'm
not even considered middle class per my tax returns, I am not hurting for
the basic necessities of life like some mentioned in the UAA post. So hopefully
those needing health care - the Health Care Reforms enacted this year will
be the needed safety net for them.