Animal Experiments

April Fool's Day - Don't Be Fooled By Animal Research

Michelle Thew | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

On April Fool's Day, the time of year when humans play practical jokes on each other, the BUAV is highlighting some of the more outrageous and frivolous animal experiments carried out in EU laboratories...

Missed Opportunity as Long-Awaited Government Reduction Strategy Is a Whitewash Which Offers Little Hope of Progress

Michelle Thew | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The public has been promised a reduction strategy to set out how this pledge would be achieved for some time, and over 200 MPs have signed Motions in the House of Commons calling for it. After over three years of deliberation the Government finally delivered their strategy this morning.

Openness in Animal Research Must Mean More Than a Pre-Arranged Visit Around a Laboratory

Michelle Thew | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

We assume we live a free country; we can speak freely and know the truth. But I believe that being confronted by the truth can be a reminder of how elusive a commodity truth is and how often - quite deliberately - we're kept in the dark.

Why the Hindu Community Needs to Help the Monkeys of Mauritius

Michelle Thew | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

Lord Hanuman is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu religion and is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. The 'monkey god', is revered by Hindu communities around the world, including a considerable segment of the population on the paradise island of Mauritius.

Cures for the Leading Diseases in the Western World are on the Horizon

Troy Seidle | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.

Britains Cruellest Secret

Jan Creamer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jan Creamer

If the public were able to properly assess the cost to animals against the potential benefits, it is difficult to imagine how some animal experiments would pass public & scientific scrutiny...

Animal Researchers May Well Talk the Talk, but Are They Prepared to Walk the Walk?

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The animal research industry has learnt the PR value of acknowledging the need to consign to history the overwhelming secrecy which governs its work... But what does such verbiage actually mean?

Are Standards for Lab Animals Really 'The Highest Possible'?

Barney Reed | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech
Barney Reed

Given our expanding understanding of animals' needs and their capacity to experience suffering, it is clear that some of the current provisions for animals are not the highest standards that could be possible.

Iran Is Repeating the Wasteful and Deadly Cold War-Era Space Experiments on Animals

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Tech
Mimi Bekhechi

In the interests of progressive science, compassion and Iran's reputation, we've contacted ISA once again asking that it stop shooting animals into space and urging it to put a stop to these useless, misguided missions.

A Nation of Animal Lovers? So Why Is Animal Testing on the Rise?

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Jasmijn de Boo

On 16 July, the Home Office released statistics regarding the types of 4.11 million scientific procedures on other animals used in 2012, which again show an increase compared to 2011 figures. The Vegan Society is deeply worried about this trend and the assumed effectiveness of animal research that exists among many scientists and parliamentarians.

Why We Should Accept Animal Testing

Professor Elizabeth Fisher | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Professor Elizabeth Fisher

Nowadays we all take for granted the medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century: diphtheria and polio vaccines, antibiotics, modern anaesthetics, the treatments for childhood leukaemia that have allowed so many children to live full and healthy lives. These all owed a huge debt to animal research. If we are to address the unmet medical needs of the 21st Century such as cures for dementia and stroke, then it is likely that some animal research will be necessary.

Out of Control: Government Impotence As Animal Experiments Rocket

Michelle Thew | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Michelle Thew

The Government's commitment in 2010 was quite clear: to "work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research". This week it was announced that in 2012, over 4.11 million experiments were carried out, with a 9% increase in the number of animals used. Rarely has a broken promise been so directly exposed by reality.

Why the Animal Testing Licensing System Is Not Working

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Michelle Thew

The tragic situation for the animals at Imperial College also shows the need for more transparency, with publication of full project licences (with names and confidential information removed) instead of sanitised PR summaries.

Will Researchers Agree to More Transparency in Animal Experiments?

Michelle Thew | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

Chris Magee writes in the Huffington Post "We all agree" that the European ban on animal testing for cosmetics is "fantastic news" that has been "a long time coming", but that the research community parts company with animal protection campaigns that seek to end animal testing for veterinary and medical uses.

'Gruesome' Military Experiments On Monkeys And Pigs On The Rise

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK

Almost 10,000 experiments were conducted on animals, including monkeys and pigs, at a top-secret military research facility last year. The number o...

Lab Animals Are Left Waiting for Words to be Turned Into Actions

Barney Reed | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Barney Reed

The use and suffering of animals in experiments is a persistent and legitimate public concern. Both the government and the scientific community have recently set up initiatives that attempt to convince a sceptical public that their concerns are understood and taken seriously.

Why Crows Are Just As Bright As Children

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

The scientific community is in a flap over a new study that shows that crows are just as bright as children under eight. Researchers at the Univers...

The Mystery of the Elusive Animal Testing Reduction Strategy

Michelle Thew | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

Coalition government is intrinsically difficult, with key party priorities liable to founder on the need to achieve agreement in detail. All the more reason, one might think, for the Government to forge ahead in areas where the parties entirely agree. One such area is a reduction in experiments on animals.

The BUAV Responds to the latest Slur from Chris Magee of Understanding Animal Research

Michelle Thew | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

It is probably a forlorn hope but wouldn't it be nice if the debate about animal experiments could be based on what is really involved?

Why the Government is Wrong to Expose Stray Pets to Lab Testing

Michelle Thew | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

Those opposed to animal experiments argue strongly against both animal and human experiments. We are consistent in our ethics. Those in support of animal experiments, by contrast, are inconsistent.

Government Opens Laboratory Gates to Lost Pets, Protects Secrecy, Poisoning and Electrocution

Michelle Thew | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

The Home Office last week released a statement on its plans to bring in a new EU law on animal experiments. The plans, such as maintaining larger minimum cage sizes than strictly necessary, have been heralded by some as good news. The overall picture is very different.

Medical Charities Are Funding Animal Experiments But They Don't Want You to Know

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Peter G Tatchell

In a bid to mimic the effects of Parkinson's disease, a London medical research team injected 22 marmoset monkeys with a potent brain poison every day for five days. After the last dose, none was able to move. They sat hunched, mute and rigid in their cages, so severely disabled that they had to be hand-fed. The monkeys were then given the illegal party drug Ecstasy in the hope that it might provide insights into chemical pathways within the brain. None of this research proved beneficial to humans; rendering the suffering of the monkeys valueless. This experiment was part funded by the medical charity Parkinson's UK.

No Need for Newcastle University to Spend £250,000 in Legal Fees to Fight FOI Request on Monkey Experiments

Michelle Thew | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Thew

Let us be clear. Newcastle University did not need to spend over £250,000 in legal fees in fighting the Freedom of Information request made by the BUAV.

Overlooking the Failings of Animal Research

Michelle Thew | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK
Michelle Thew

Kirk Leech extols the alleged benefits of animal research. It is to be hoped that scientists bring greater intellectual rigour to their research than he does to his arguments.

Newcastle University 'Forced' To Disclose Controversial Animal Experiment Information

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Newcastle University will be forced to disclose licences governing its controversial experiments on primates after a tribunal ruled that they would no...