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Tales of the Red Tape #26: Taxpayers Finance Rat Condos (Read Them All!)
Heritage Foundation ^ | January 27, 2012 | Diane Katz

Posted on 12/03/2012 10:46:31 AM PST by IbJensen

Millions of American homeowners face foreclosure, but at least one sort of housing crisis has been remedied: No longer will research rats suffer the indignities of crowded cages.

That is to say that the federal government has ordered labs to provide precisely measured living quarters for all rodents used in federally funded research. Thus, a female rat and her offspring must be housed (for their short, genetically altered lives) in lodgings that feature no less than 124 square inches of floor space and 7 inches of head room. By comparison, a mama mouse and her litter merit a mere 51-inch area. (Space taken up by food bowls, water containers, litter boxes, and toys doesn’t count.)

The new requirements appear in the latest edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (page 57), published by the National Research Council. No such requirements have appeared in previous editions.

Researchers are alarmed, to say the least. According to the National Association for Biomedical Research, the new standards will increase lab costs by hundreds of millions of dollars—chunks of it from taxpayers—thereby detracting from research projects. Scientists also say there’s no evidence that luxury cage space will have any positive effect on Rattus norvegicus.

Alas, the opposition doesn’t faze the folks at the National Research Council, who warn that “departures from the Guide for reasons of convenience, cost, or other non-animal welfare considerations are not acceptable.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: cluelessrepublicrats; evilobamaregime; getbozooutofthewh; liarcheatnonamerican
Rats? Rats? The entire White Hut, the annex, the Senate and the House are full of rats!

Call Orkin!

1 posted on 12/03/2012 10:46:40 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

I think the only way to fit a member of congress into the allocated space would be through cremation. Hmmmm.


2 posted on 12/03/2012 10:56:04 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: IbJensen
I skipped over thread a few times since I kept reading the link as "Taxpayers Finance Rat Condoms (Read Them All!)"

dang brain is acting up today, my booze levels must be low

3 posted on 12/03/2012 11:12:35 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: IbJensen
I worked in preclinical research for years. This has been SOP since at least the Seventies.
4 posted on 12/03/2012 11:25:36 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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