Researchers claim that the study will provide new insights into how humans experience fetal alcohol syndrome, which PCRM contends is simply not the case. "That paradigm of using animals to study human diseases has failed," John Pippin, PCRM's director of academic affairs, said in a statement. "Using dogs to look at heart disease, mice for cancer, you can go through any of these and see a long history of animal research with little result ... We have found nothing that has advanced medical knowledge of fetal alcohol syndrome in women."
Pippin, a former animal researcher, believes that Texas A&M is simply continuing with the study because they have the money to do so. The project has received over $5 million in federal grant money, despite producing no new information on the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome in 17 years.
To help put a stop to what PCRM sees as wasteful spending, the organization is even calling on one of its biggest opponents -- Senator Ted Cruz -- to join their fight. Though not exactly an animal welfare advocate, Cruz is undeniably influential. "Some say that Ted Cruz shut down the entire government," Pippin said, "and if he can do that, he can shut down these wasteful experiments in his own state."