Please File Letters of Support for NABR DOT Complaint

As previously reported in our update, NABR has filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the refusal of major airlines to carry animals for the purpose of research. Opponents to animal research have now activated their grassroots networks and are flooding the docket with individual comments. Please help us show the DOT how critical this issue is to the future of biomedical research.

The importation of non-human primates (NHPs) for research into the U.S. has become problematic. Further, the transport of several other research species around the world has also become increasingly challenging. As a result, the research community is beginning to see increased costs and uncertainty about the future of research projects. However, without access to the appropriate models for medical research, the public stands to lose the most, as treatments for emerging public health crises may be delayed, discontinued, or moved to other countries. This issue was also featured on September 21 in The Scientist, in that article NABR President Matthew Bailey stated, “Unfortunately, opponents to animal research have engaged in tactics of harassment, protests, and public smear campaigns in an effort to end the transportation of vital research animals involved in health studies worldwide.”

NABR strongly encourages research institutions to submit letters of support for NABR’s complaint on the DOT docket which argues that airlines’ refusal to ship research animals violates common carrier rules regarding discrimination of cargo. If you have not done so, please submit a letter either as an individual or institution. Instructions on how to access the docket can be downloaded here: http://www.nabr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Instructions-for-Access-DOT-docket.docx. NABR has also made a template letter available for download.

Please take a moment to file a personal comment of support or draft a letter on behalf of your organization.

The following organizations have currently filed comments in support of the complaint:

• AbbVie Inc.
• Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
• Agenda Resource Management
• American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
• American Association of Immunologists
• American Brain Coalition
• American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
• American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
• American College of Veterinary Pathologists
• American Federation of Aviculture, Inc.
• American Neurological Association
• American Physiological Society
• American Psychological Association
• Americans for Medical Progress
• American Society of Andrology
• American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
• American Society of Animal Science
• American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology
• American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
• American Society of Primatologists
• American Veterinary Medical Association
• Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
• Associated Medical Schools of New York
• Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
• Association of American Medical Colleges
• Association of American Universities
• Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
• Association of Primate Veterinarians
• Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
• Animal Health Institute
• Axion Research Foundation
• Basel Declaration Society
• Baylor College of Medicine
• BFC Israel
• Bioculture (Mauritius) Ltd.
• Bridge the Gap
• Brown University
• California Biomedical Research Association
• Camarney S.L.U.
• Cardiovascular Research Institute-UCSF Zebrafish Shared Facility
• Carolina Center for Neurostimulation
• Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
• Coalition for the Life Sciences
• College on Problems of Drug Dependence
• Columbia Center for Translational Immunology
• Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine
• Cornell University
• Council on Governmental Relations
• Drexel University
• Duke University Laboratory Animal Resources
• Duquesne University
• The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University
• Ellegaard Gottingen Minipigs
• Envigo
• European Animal Research Association
• European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
• Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
• Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations
• Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
• GIRCOR
• Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Animal Resources
• Helsinki Institute of Life Science
• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus
• Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
• Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
• Institutional Officials Consortium
• International Mammalian Genome Society
• International Society for Stem Cell Research
• The Jackson Laboratory
• JMC Welfare International Ltd.
• Johns Hopkins University -signed by Professor and Vice Provost for Research
• International Society for Transgenic Technologies
• Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology
• Louisiana State University
• The Mannheimer Foundation, Inc.
• Massachusetts Society for Medical Research
• The Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience
• McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences
• McLean Hospital
• MD Anderson Cancer Center
• Medical College of Wisconsin
• Merck KGaA
• The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
• Michigan State University
• Musella Foundation
• National Animal Interest Alliance
• National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science
• National Association of Veteran’s Research and Education Foundations
• National Primate Research Centers
• The Neuropsychopharmacology Translational Research Unit of the Albacete General Hospital
• New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research
• New York University
• New York University School of Medicine
• Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
• Northwestern University
• Noveprim Ltd.
• Oregon Health & Science University
• Partners Healthcare
• Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research
• The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
• Pfizer Inc.
• PreLabs, LLC
• Research4life
• RxGen
• Scripps Research
• Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada/McGill University
• Sinclair Research
• Sleep Research Society
• Smithers Avanza Toxicology Services LLC
• Society for Neuroscience
• Society of Toxicology
• States United for Biomedical Research
• Texas Society for Biomedical Research
• The Society of University Surgeons
• Understanding Animal Research
• Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
• University of Alabama at Birmingham
• University of Houston Division of Research
• University of Illinois
• University of Iowa
• University of Maryland School of Medicine
• University of Michigan
• University of Minnesota Research Animal Resources
• University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
• The University of Oklahoma
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Pennsylvania Animal Welfare
• University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
• University of Wisconsin-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center
• VetEquip Inc.
• Wake Forest University
• Washington Animal Research Network
• Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
• Yale University

Click here to view the docket which includes all relevant documents: https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=commentDueDate&po=0&D=DOT-OST-2018-0124