Last week, FASEB submitted two letters on the humane use of animals in biomedical and biological research. Addressing the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, FASEB’s first letter requested that they reject an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from conducting research using canine models. If passed, FASEB emphasized that this amendment would create obstacles in furthering initiatives to improve health for veterans.
The second letter responded to the request for information (RFI) on identifying regulatory reform initiatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). FASEB focused its comments on USDA’s role in overseeing the use of animals in research, emphasizing recommendations from a joint report released last month on reducing regulatory burden.