PAAV Biweekly Newsletter #4- New Researcher, Protest Reminder, March of Dimes Boycott, and more!

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Association for the Abolition of Vivisection (PAAV) fourth biweekly newsletter.

In this edition:

-New Researcher Added to Website
-Animal Research News
-WWAIL Protest Reminder for April 22nd
-Boycott March of Dimes
-Quotes of the Week

New Entries Added to PAAV website

We have added one new research facility entry to the website.

Get to know your local laboratories:

Ho and the Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research:

Animal Research News

Pfizer pays out £50m after their drug kills Nigerian children:

Physicians Relish Debate With Pro-Test UCLA Organizers: Apologists for Animal Abuse Challenged to Publicly Defend Their Position:

UCLA Pro-Vivisection Organizers Refuse Debate Offer by KPCC Radio: Apologists for Animal Abuse Apparently Unable to Defend Their Position Against Physician Jerry Vlasak:

Peter Young urges UC Berkley students to set animals free:

Thank you, Ingrid. Thank you, Peter. (Article on Animal Research):

Reminder: WWAIL Protest Scheduled for Wednesday, April 22

Please join the Pittsburgh Association for the Abolition of Vivisection (PAAV) in observing the World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL). See for more.

Protesting outside of one of the largest animal research facilities within Pittsburgh, PAAV will be educating the public with leaflets and eye-catching posters. Using rush hour to reach a maximum amount of people, this demonstration will be held from 6pm to 8pm.

If you already have an anti-animal research or vivisection poster, or made your own, bring it along! We are getting word that many people will be showing up so if you can make a poster or recycle one from a past vivisection protest, please do! We will do our best to have enough but any extra ones help!

During the second hour of the protest, we may also have a candlelit vigil for the thousands of animals that have perished in the research center.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Science Tower 3
3501 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

Boycott March of Dimes and Support Humane Charities

Charities that do not fund animal testing exist for most areas of health research. Your money will go to research that will best benefit humans and also spare the animals. To learn more about charities that do not fund animal testing, go here:

The following is from the recent newsletter of a local animal rights group: Voices for Animals of Western PA ( We wanted to share it with you.

March of Dimes Kills Animals: Before you walk, know where your money is really going

It’s the time of year for March of Dimes’ annual fundraiser, Walk America, which is held to raise money for birth defect research. You may have seen the ads on TV and were considering signing up to walk yourself or you might be receiving memos from your company employers asking for you to participate in the event or make a donation. “Walk to Save Babies!” the appeals proclaim. What many people don’t realize however is that these donations the March of Dimes raises go to fund cruel and completely unnecessary experiments on animals.

The March of Dimes spends up to $30 million of your donations annually on wasteful and unethical experiments on kittens, birds, lambs, monkeys, ferrets, mice, rats, and other animals. Some of these experiments include:

- sewing newborn kittens eyes shut and leaving them in that state for over a year

- tethering pregnant monkeys by their uteruses using monitoring cables that run through their uterus into their fetuses’ bodies-the monkeys were kept in cages so small they didn’t even meet the minimal size standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act

- severely dehydrating pregnant sheep to study adult human health problems like hypertension

- brain damaging and freezing newborn ferrets

- deliberately injuring the lungs of newborn lambs

- deliberately injecting pregnant animals with cocaine, nicotine and alcohol

These experiments are not only extremely cruel they are also extremely pointless and unnecessary. It’s been well known for many years how drugs and alcohol affect a human fetus, so what further knowledge could possibly be gained by injecting cocaine in pregnant animals? Given that human physiology and the fetal development period is vastly different from other animals and even different between species of animals, the results of any of these tests would not be able to be reliably applied to humans anyway. And despite these tests, the Center for Disease Control continues to report that the incidents of birth defects are on the rise. Advances in birth defect research don’t come from animal tests-they come from human clinical trials and studies. For instance, randomized clinical trials revealed the link between folic acid supplementation and reducing the incidence of Spina Bifida and anencephaly, and human studies were responsible for finding magnesium sulfate helps prevent mental retardation and cerebral palsy, as well as finding the connection between maternal smoking, drug abuse, and alcohol use and increased infant mortality.

The March of Dimes needs to stop throwing donations away on funding these cruel and wasteful experiments on animals and put all their donation dollars towards funding human clinical research only, as many birth defect charities already do. If you would like to help babies, instead of supporting the March of Dimes, make a donation to one of these humane birth defect charities:

- Birth Defect Research for Children

- Easter Seals

- Little People’s Research Fund, Inc.

- National Craniofacial Association

- Spina Bifida Association of America

- Warner House

If you work for a company that supports the March of Dimes or know of a company that does, consider writing to them and ask them to support one of these ethical charities instead. Regular sponsors of March of Dimes include companies like Blockbuster, Kindercare, CIGNA, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, and Sprint. A list of these company sponsors and their addresses can be found here:

For more information about the March of Dimes and their funding of vivisection, please visit

Quotes of the Week

"I am against vivisection because it is immoral and completely useless for the progress of human medicine. Animals have a physiology and reactions quite different from ours. I am of the opinion that all experiments on live animals should be abolished because they only lead us into error."

-Dr. Marie-Louise Griboval, Paris France

“The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"”

-Jeremy Bentham