Complaint Slams Alcohol Experiments on Live Animals
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Physicians Committee complaint filed with federal authorities alleges that cruel experiments on live pigs at Brown University in Providence, R.I., violated the Animal Welfare Act.
The Brown experimenters first operated on the animals, surgically reducing blood flow within the animals’ coronary arteries in an attempt to simulate heart disease. They next administered toxic amounts of alcohol—the equivalent of 20 shots of liquor per day—to the animals. They then cut the animals open expose their hearts and take measurements, and finally killed them. The experiments were supposedly aimed at the problem of heart disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
PCRM calls for a human-based approach to understanding health problems caused by alcohol.
For a copy of the complaint, please contact Jeanne McVey at 202-527-7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.
Jeanne S. McVey
Kenneth Litwak, D.V.M., Ph.D.
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