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  • Tales of the Red Tape #26: Taxpayers Finance Rat Condos

    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.”


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    5 Responses to Tales of the Red Tape #26: Taxpayers Finance Rat Condos

    1. Chris in N.Va. says:

      Alas, the poor mother rat with offspring (of course sans the absentee father rat) is evermore dependent upon the largess of the government (e.g., taxpayer's wallet) to provide for the material well-being of her and her brood thanks to the tireless efforts of selfless spokespersons intervening on their behalf.

      And if the cruel, evil, Frankensteinian research laboratories (are there any other kind in the minds of cute-furry-critter-lovers everywhere?) do not comply with every jot and tittle of The Law, the swift and furious answer of the Federal Government is: No Cheese For You!

    2. David Brunjes says:

      You just can't make this stuff up! And the "guide" is 246 pages long…

    3. Bobbie says:

      Does anyone that's labeled "government" (paid by thieving everyone elses money,) get to do anything they want? My lord! Embarrassing and humiliating America's dignity! Spreading disease with our money!!

      cute write, though!!!!

    4. Bobbie says:

      speaking of rat condos, the houses the government gave to people that couldn't afford them and now foreclosed are being totaled out by the ungrateful, punching holes in the walls, ripping up tiles, mold, feces smeared in the carpet, animal bones hanging in the door ways. Absolutely disgusting and extremely concerning. My sister looked at 5 out of 5 houses! The appearance on the outside will fool you, inside it's disease ridden with a stench that'll make you puke! Stupid to give special privileges in home ownership that effects the whole economy, to people that aren't mature or accountable and so ungrateful to be irresponsibly, unwilling to keep up with the maintenance making it harder for the next person coming! Just like a democrat!!!

    5. Bobbie says:

      that's not even mentioning the kitchen! there should be arrests! ordinance violations! there are a lot of people with these attitudes that need adjusting following the same rules as everyone else! Their rants are out of control and are products of government!

      If people can't understand what they're signing how can they be expected to understand how to maintain a house, for pete's sake????? oh, they can't, so everyone else pays! And the government puppets, get away!!!

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