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There is a growing pressure from animal rights organizations that would deny Americans the health benefits derived from the use of animals in medical research.
Opponents of animal research represent a small minority of the population, but they engage in misleading, visible and vocal campaigns that can impact the ability of scientists to conduct medical research with animals.
The scientific consensus is clear — recent polls by Nature Magazine and the Pew Research Center show that 92% of scientists believe that animal research remains essential to the advancement of biomedical sciences.
We call on the U. S. Surgeon General to publicly recognize the past contributions of the humane use of animals in research that has improved the well-being of human and non-human animals, and to stress the essential role they continue to play in advancing medical science and knowledge.
By acting on this petition the U. S. Surgeon General would be publicly reaffirming the scientific consensus and join the many medical and scientific organizations that have already adopted resolutions in support of the responsible and regulated use of animals in research. These include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Heart Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Society for Neuroscience and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, among others.
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