Congressman compares those who use animals in research to cancer victims

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a childhood cancer survivor, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the heartbreak of cancer “is something you can’t comprehend.” “It’s something,…

Congressman compares those who use animals in research to cancer victims

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a childhood cancer survivor, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the heartbreak of cancer “is something you can’t comprehend.”

“It’s something, I can’t even articulate the grief, the despair, the pain that I felt,” she said.

Gerberding lamented “the cruel, tax payer-funded experiments on puppies” exposed by Rep. Nancy Mace of the GOP-controlled House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Mace made the same claim on Fox News earlier this week.

According to her spokesman, for the past six years, Dingell staff has “appropriated over $100,000 to Maggie’s Foundation” to “research ways to help breast cancer patients survive treatment,” CNN’s John Berman reported.

Louise Dingell has made no secret of her stance on research on animals. “Most scientific research, or testimony, should not be in front of a human being,” she told the USA Today in January 2012.

“The alternatives to animal-based research are often more expensive and more prone to quality issues, and it would be foolhardy to think animals can be entirely eliminated from our nation’s scientific research or medical care,” Dingell said in an email to CNNMoney.

“It’s immoral to use a child in a procedure that’s not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society for Clinical Oncology,” said Ann Moore, President of the International Foundation for the Scientific Investigation of Cruelty to Animals. “Even more so, to use an animal in a ‘healing’ process when humans actually could help or heal that person through medical science is just cruel.”

According to the American Cancer Society, children account for 15% of all cancer cases worldwide.

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