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The University of Iowa’s animal studies are highly regulated

Letter to the editor by Paula Clifford

The University of Iowa is the latest victim in a dangerous campaign aimed at smearing scientists and derailing health research.

The UI website provides a clear picture of the important work taking place with animals in university labs. Researchers are combating Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, mental health issues, obesity, cystic fibrosis, diabetes —  the list goes on and on.

Groups like Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! want to cast a dark shadow over all scientists who study animals. Here are the facts: All major institutions that conduct health research require the use of animals. In many cases, there are simply no alternatives.  Another fact: The University of Iowa’s animal studies are highly regulated. SAEN’s complaint itself — based on publicly available documents — is proof that our country’s animal welfare laws are extensive and provide transparency. Read more.

Published May 8th, 2018 by Iowa City Press-Citizen

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