This is in regards to Tim Adam's letter to the editor from the April 23 Norwalk Reflector — "budget fixes.” All great ideas.
I would like to add another idea: Stop animal research that costs the American public billions of dollars every year. This past week was "World Day for Animals in Laboratories". Animal testing and experimentation are archaic, ineffective, outdated and cruel. Animals suffer needlessly whether they are in research facilities or colleges or university programs. How can any accurate data be obtained from animals that are stressed and in pain?
It cannot. Animals are different than humans. So it is seldom that research can be correlated from animals to humans. Yet, our tax money goes to these programs continuously. Funding needs to go to smarter, humane research. Non-animal alternatives are less costly, more effective, more humane and human relevant. Also, stop and think, animals that are pets (dogs, cats, birds, fish) are often used. They suffer horribly. As do monkeys, rats, mice, pigs, etc.
Many of these research facilities are in violation of the USDA's Animal Welfare Act. They receive a small fine but are right back in the business of torturing animals. Some tests are so frivolous as to be ridiculous. More and more people have realized that animal testing is wrong and of no value to humans.