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RabbitWise Alert<br><br>
Rabbits on Treadmills<br><br><br><br>
The Experiment<br><br>
Medical experts agree that moderate exercise is good for pregnant women and their babies. This conclusion is based on both physician observation and more than 20 years of clinical studies. OHagan of Midwestern University in Chicago, however, is using $200,000 in government funds to investigate questions long settled by clinical research. In this case, OHagan wants to know how exercise affects the flow of blood to the uterus of pregnant womenbut she isnt examining pregnant women. Instead, OHagan is impregnating 60 rabbits, implanting probes and catheters into them, and forcing them to run on a motorized treadmill. At the end of her experiment, OHagan kills the rabbits, cuts them open, and examines their fetuses.<br><br><br><br>
Our analysis of OHagans protocol shows that her experiment is cruel to animals, wasteful of public funds, flawed in design, and irrelevant to womens health, and it should be ended immediately.<br><br><br><br>
Read on, (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and it will become painfully clear that OHagans experiment needs to stop. Then, please take a minute to find out what you can do to help end this cruel and wasteful experiment.<br><br><br><br>
How You Can Help<br><br>
Please write a polite letter to OHagan and tell her what you think of her rabbit experiment. Tell her that animal experiments will not help women make decisions about exercise during pregnancy. Tell her that her grant money would be better spent on human trials or on addressing diet and other lifestyle factors that could be corrected through education and outreach. Ask that she stop her rabbit study and return the remaining grant money to the NIH. Finally, tell OHagan that she needs to use non-animal research methods, such as Doppler ultrasound, to study exercise in human pregnancy:<br><br><br><br>
Kathleen OHagan, Ph.D.<br><br>
Department of Physiology<br><br>
Midwestern University<br><br>
555 31st St.<br><br>
Downers Grove, IL 60515<br><br>
630-515-6966<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
Please write to Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the NHLBI, and politely ask her to rescind the current grant to OHagan. Remind her that the NHLBIs own Working Group on Hypertension in Pregnancy reported, Animal models are of limited benefit because of significant differences in placentation among mammals, as well as differences in length of gestation and perhaps even posture between mammalian models and humans. Point out that human-based research needs her organizations support because, in its own words, There are few obstetrician/gynecologists trained in rigorous clinical research and even fewer formal training programs:<br><br><br><br>
Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director<br><br>
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute<br><br>
31 Center Dr.<br><br>
Bldg. 31, Rm. 5A52 MSC 2486<br><br>
Bethesda, MD 20892-2486<br><br>
301-402-0818 (fax)<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
You can also help by writing letters to the editors of Illinois newspapers, such as:<br><br><br><br>
Chicago Tribune<br><br>
Chicago Sun-Times

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what kind of sick person would do that???<br><br>
someone with no brains obviously!<br><br>
this is disgusting and things like this need to be stopped
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