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June 26, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Physicians Committee Joins Coalition in Petitioning NIH to Protect Octopuses Used in Research Labs

Physicians Committee Joins Coalition in Petitioning NIH to Protect Octopuses Used in Research Labs
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Clinic, along with a coalition that includes the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has petitioned the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to include cephalopods—octopus, squid, and cuttlefish—among the animals entitled to humane treatment by those involved in federally funded research.

The Clinic is representing the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and a coalition of well-known cephalopod scientists and other organizations, including the American Anti-Vivisection Society; the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; the Humane Society of the United States; Humane Society Legislative Fund; Jennifer Jacquet, PhD; Becca Franks, PhD; Judit Pungor, PhD; Jennifer Mather, PhD; Peter Godfrey-Smith, PhD; Lori Marino, PhD; Greg Barord, PhD; Carl Safina, PhD; Heather Browning; and Walter Veit.

"It’s time for biomedical research to enter the 21st century," said Catharine E. Krebs, PhD, medical research specialist with the Physicians Committee. "It’s time to put protections in place for all nonhuman animals in research and to employ approaches most relevant to human health."

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