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Information and Resources on Alternatives to Animal Testing

There are a variety of alternatives to animal testing, each of which helps save animal lives. In addition to preserving animal lives, the available alternatives to animal testing are reliable and efficient, unlike what many may believe. Additionally, by participating in methods that do not involve animals, the tests that are completed can take less time and cost less as well. Some of the other methods that can be used in place of animal testing include studies completed and tested on volunteers. Some of the more sophisticated techniques that are used include computer modeling, genomic and in vitro.

Some of the modern, forward-thinking companies are testing on human tissue instead of actual people or animals. Along with the human tissue, these types of companies make use of sophisticated computer technology in order to develop and test drugs. The testing that is completed on the tissue is done to see how the proteins and genes react. This method is one of the most effective alternatives to animal testing because the information gained is specific to human cells. Once you have completed this form of testing, there is no reason to go back to animal testing.

Other types of alternative testing methods—when speaking in terms of human population—are designed to find the root cause of a disease or condition. By researching and trying to find the root cause of different conditions, these researchers are able to provide the medical field with the information they need to develop preventative actions. These types of studies are helpful and can and have led to a variety of medical discoveries, some of which include the link between cancer and smoking, as well as the risk factors associated with heart disease. Animal-based studies were used as recently as 1994 and were the basis for executives to deny any link between smoking and cancer.

Human population studies also resulted in advanced information on the transmission of infectious diseases, such as AIDS. These studies helped researchers find information on how transmission can be prevented. Animal testing to find the same information has proven ineffective and has not led to breakthroughs in regards to the treatment and prevention of 
AIDS. For instance, over 80 vaccines that were developed for HIV/AIDS have been successful during the testing on animals but have not been successful in human clinical trials.

Throughout the course of patient treatment studies, there is much that has been learned through the use of scanning technology. This scanning technology includes MRI, PET, CT and fMRI scans. These technologies have been able to show brain abnormalities in those with disorders such as schizophrenia.

In vitro studies are another type of alternative testing that is done instead of testing on animals. These types of tests are done on cell and tissue cultures, and are completed for drugs that are developed to treat and prevent cancer and AIDS. These types of studies are also completed for the production and testing of therapeutic proteins, antibiotics and vaccines. Some of the diseases that benefit from this type of testing include glaucoma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes.

Links to additional resources on alternatives to animal testing can be found by clicking the link to the original article below. 

The original article can be found here: Information and Resources on Alternatives to Animal Testing


Bayside prison chief in hot seat over do-not-feed-cats order

By THOMAS BARLAS Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:21 pm

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP — An animal-care group again is accusing Bayside State Prison of mistreating stray and wild cats on its grounds.

This time, the Animal Alliance of Cape May County said a recent do-not-feed-the-cats order issued to prison staff is leaving many of the cats in “starvation mode.”

Prison Administrator John Powell is ignoring advice on how to handle the cat-feeding, Alliance President Lew Vinci said. That includes establishing a designated area where the cats can be fed only cat food, not leftovers from the meals prepared for prison staff or inmates, he said.

But the suggestions run into another problem: The state Department of Corrections considers cat food to be contraband in prisons. The department contends the cat food containers could be used to smuggle items ranging from drugs to potential weapons to inmates.

Vinci acknowledges the problem but said it can be overcome by having the cat food go through formal prison screening procedures. The food could be limited to donated cat food that corrections officers bring into the prison, he said.

Vinci said he has contacted state legislators and corrections department staff about the problem. He filed a complaint Oct. 17 with the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, charging Powell with animal neglect, he said.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Deidre Fedkenheuer said she could not comment on the cat issue because of the pending complaint.

Stray and wild cats have been a problem at Bayside for several years. Bayside sits on more than 1,100 acres in the Leesburg section. The area is primarily wooded and rural, which animal care officials say provides the cats with something of a home.

Alliance officials said there is no accurate count of cats on the Bayside grounds, but they estimate more than 100 live there. The state paid more than $1,000 in March to have many cats of the cats sterilized.

Vinci said the cats generally are fed by inmates and prison staff, a practice that keeps cats from leaving the area and attracts other cats.

On Oct. 9, Powell issued a directive to prison staff that reads “staff are reminded that they are not to bring any food in to feed the cats, nor are staff to put out any type of containers for the cats.” Vinci provided The Press of Atlantic City with a copy of the directive.

A spay-and-neuter program has operated sporadically at the prison since 2005 to help control a growing stray and wild cat population, according to the alliance. The program resulted in the sterilization of more than 300 cats at a cost of at least $10,000, it said.

Vinci said he is not sure how successful the March spay-and-neuter was, primarily because the prison did not round up all the cats.

“If you don’t get every cat, by spring the prison will be back in the same boat,” he said. “It doesn’t take long for cats to reproduce.”

You can find the original Press of Atlantic City article here: Bayside Prison Chief in Hot Seat Over Do-Not-Feed-Cats Order


Animal Alliance of Cape May County Endorses Barn Buddy Program 

Barn Buddy cats  have their  left ear “tipped” for easy identification.  ALL cats are spayed/neutered, test negative for FIV/Felv, are treated for parasites  and given rabies and distemper vaccinations.  

Cape May - Animal Alliance of Cape May County is pleased to announce their support of the “Barn Buddy” program.  The aim of the program is to locate people who have a little bit of room in their barn or on their property and a lot of compassion in their heart.  

With cooler fall weather upon us, are pesky rodents showing up in your greenhouses, warehouses, commercial garages or barns?  Want a form of non-toxic pest control? Adopt a couple of our Barn Buddies and your problems will be a thing of the past

Cats in the Barn Buddy program are spayed or neutered, receive rabies and distemper vaccines, Feline Leukemia and FIV tested and ear-tipped for easy identification.  (Eartipping is a painless procedure in which a small notch is cut into the ear). The AACMC will absorb all fees associated with the cats in exchange for an agreement to continue long term care, feeding and shelter for the cat.

Through shelter application process, all cats chosen for the program will be moderately socialized to people yet would not be happy living inside a house.  Up to this point they have been living outside. They will keep watch over your barn, your warehouse, your business, where ever they’re needed and they work for room and board.”

Animal Alliance CMC (AACMC) supports the Cape May County Animal Shelter’s efforts to reduce the number of cats euthanized at the Shelter. “If the cats are healthy and have been altered, it is certainly a more humane goal to try to find them homes in a setting such as this.

Most of the cats at the Shelter arrive through Animal Control. While some of these cats are friendly and can easily make a transition to becoming house pets, others are less socialized. These are the cats we’re trying to save. Although they may not want to sit on your lap, they deserve to live out their lives, and can make excellent mousers.”  

If you can not adopt a Barn Buddy, but you still would like to help this campaign, you can sponsor one by making a donation to cover the cost of surgery and vaccinations.  For more information or if you are interested in adopting or sponsoring a Barn Buddy cat, contact the Shelter at 465-8923, or the Animal Alliance of Cape May County at 465-NEUT.


The Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Shelter is located at 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House, Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway. The Shelter is open daily, except legal holidays.




 

If anyone suspects animal neglect or cruelty, please contact the NJ SPCA at 1-800-582-5979.

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