Most people don't even give them a second look when they are here because 'they look like rats'
All but 7 of the ones we have adopted, were adopted by volunteers and fosters
Oh Sus, if only I thought there was even a chance we would make a difference, that's a battle too big for us
- You can quote me
They are at least protected under the AWA, which doesn't mean squat as far as their care and what they are subject to, but it makes recordkeeping necessary (and thus, of course, onerous) to researchers who will then use rats and mice if they can. (Rats and mice are, astonishingly enough, not considered "animals" [thank you, Jesse Helms] and therefore are exempt from the provisions of the AWA.)
Enough people believe that animal research is beneficial and enough people think they can somehow become immortal, I guess (cynicism fully intended) to keep the grant machine running. Oh, and plenty of "researchers" who might have to get a real job if they couldn't get a grant to perform worthless experiments that have already been done dozens of times before ... not to mention the lack of correlation between animal results and the human reaction (to substance x, procedure y, whatever).
Rant for another thread. TX R, do you think you'll be able to help them? (For those who are wondering, these are all PEW's and nearly impossible to adopt out.)
Now I am praying for a miracle.
We are working on a plea for donations and adopters which we will hopefully get posted on our website soon.
We have a major issue with space (I have absolutely no floor space left at all) In fact tomorrow I will be splitting my personal pig's 2 x 5's into duplexes so we can fit in the piggies we have already committed to - 4 from Lufkin and 2 from Dallas.
Would be glad to try and organize something, if anyone had room. I would be concerned about stress levels though, the 1 hour drive the last time was one of the worst I have ever done with piggies.
2 of the females, according to the lab, have hairloss from stress.
I am still waiting for the lab vet to evaluate them before they are released