Animal testing opponents leaflet USF listen04/24/08 Seán Kinane
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This week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories. Today the group Florida Voices for Animals passed out flyers at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus in front of the main library and the medical library.
Mindy Lasley is an attorney and a member of Florida Voices for Animals. She said she wants to educate students about animal testing.
The Outreach Coordinator with Florida Voices for Animals, Nikki Benoit, said she hopes to provide awareness to students.
Lasley said that three of the most egregious abusers of laboratory animals are the National Institutes of Health, medical schools and the U.S. military.
Some cosmetic companies still test their products on animals, Lasley said, but there are alternatives to animal testing. She calls Johns Hopkins the worst among the universities, but there is even animal testing at USF, she says.
The opinions of students on campus differed on animal testing. Patrick Hernley, a first-year PhD student in music education, said he is opposed to testing on animals.
Sami El-Shair from Sweden studies at the English Language Institute at USF. He says he favors animal testing, within limits.