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Mysore cuts into the owls' skulls, inserts into their brains, restrains the birds in an "experimental rig," and then Watching them on a TV monitor or exposing them to bursts of noise through earphones. 12 hours while recording and poking at neurons in their brains.
In another published paper, Mysore describes how to put the owls into a restraining tube so that they would be prone to unnatural position for
A news release from the university now claims-without evidence or rational-that understanding of neural activity in the barn owls could pave the way to developing therapies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in humans. Say what?
Looking at the neural responses of trapped barn owls-whose skulls were cut open-to-dots on a screen or noises blasted through earphones offers no insight into human ADHD. Even if it did, it's too much to be allowed.
In addition to its transparent cruelty, the use of animals in experiment has proved to be an unqualified failure. The evidence is overwhelming that data from experiments on animals. NIH itself acknowledges that they are dangerous or dangerous.
Yet each year, NIH directs more than 90 percent of the research done by the BMJ $ 15 billion of taxpayer money to animal experiments.
Please urge NIH not to squander taxpayer dollars on Mysore's cruel and worthless experiments on owls and instead to redirect funds to modern, superior, non-animal research methods.
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