Animal Testing

Animal Experiments: Out of Control

Michelle Thew | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The figures tell a simple, stark story. In 2010, the Government in the Coalition Agreement promised to work to reduce animal experiments. Yet, experiments rose in 2011. They also rose in 2012. And now they have risen again in 2013, to 4,121,582. The promise has unambiguously failed to be delivered.

Does Anyone Still Think We Regulate Animal Testing Properly?

Michelle Thew | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

We've argued previously about the ineffectiveness of animal research in producing reliable results for humans. But let's look at something else today: how the regulatory system is supposed to work. What would you expect from a well-monitored system? How about four reasonable expectations?

Imperial College London 'Not Maintaining Legal Animal Welfare Standards'

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

One of the UK's leading scientific institutions has fallen short of its duty to maintain legal animal welfare standards, according to Government advis...

As China's Animal Welfare Movement Grows, Let's Celebrate Another Important Step Towards Ending Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

It's true to say that China has more than its fair share of animal abuse issues - from rabbits and racoon dogs being skinned alive for fur; dogs and cats brutally beaten, boiled alive or butchered in the street for meat; to bears, monkeys and other wild animals routinely degraded for entertainment in zoos and circuses.

Brazil Passes Historic Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing but Loopholes Must Be Closed

Troy Seidle | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

The vote of an animal protection Bill in the Congress is a rare event. We should savour this victory that puts Brazil on the path to join the 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Israel and India, countries that have rejected these unethical tests.

Brazil Triumph for Animals as Global Cosmetics Campaign Rolls On

Michelle Thew | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and toiletries just nine months ago. And after a whirlwind campaign, the Congress last night voted that most cosmetics tests must now be carried out without the use of animals.

UK Universities Experiment On Kittens, Breaking Their Skulls And Attaching Electrodes To Brains

The Huffington Post UK/Rex | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

WARNING: Graphic pictures Kittens have had their skulls broken, electrodes attached to their brains, ribs and spines and been left paralysed as a r...

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

Chinese Scientists Receive Training in Non-Animal Testing Ahead of China's New Cosmetics Rule

Troy Seidle | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Next month, China is expected to implement the most significant change to its cosmetics testing regulations in more than 20 years - removal of mandatory animal testing for ordinary cosmetics manufactured within China. For the first time ever, Chinese companies will be able to choose to use a state-of-the-art non-animal test instead of a decades' old animal test.

We Must Resolve to Get Animals Out of Laboratories

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

We must resolve to get animals out of laboratories - for their sake and ours.

If I Made My Money Telling Science Horror Stories I'd Be Worried About Open Labs Too

Chris Magee | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Chris Magee

Of course I'm not claiming animals never suffer in labs - that's why such research is licensed. My point is merely that it's likely that most people have a worse perception about what goes on than is the case in reality.

Animals endure 'severe' distress in charity-funded experiments

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK

British charity The Cure Parkinson's Trust has been condemned for funding "profoundly disturbing" experiments in which monkeys have their brains damag...

Animal Testing: No More Pseudo-Transparency

Michelle Thew | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

It has become fashionable in the animal experiments industry to say that they want greater transparency. After decades of saying as little as possible and hoping that public concern would just go away, researchers have publicly stated that they would like to engage with the public...

Moral Opposition To Animal Testing Is On The Rise

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK

Opposition to the use of animals in scientific experiments has grown significantly over the last decade, a study suggests. Researchers analysed sur...

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.

São Paulo, Brazil Introduces Latin America's First Ban on Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Exciting news just in from Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign team in Brazil, where the State of São Paulo has just introduced Latin America's first ever ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

Lucy Sherriff

Newcastle Uni Ends Capture Of Wild Primates For 'Disturbing' Animal Experiments

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Newcastle University has announced it will be stopping its controversial capturing of wild primates for animal experiments, following public pressure....

Criticism of Animal Research at Imperial College London Raises Significant and Far-Reaching Questions About Animal Research Across the UK

Michelle Thew | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The public has a right to know what is being done to animals in laboratories up and down the country and one way that can happen is by lifting the curtain of secrecy which has hidden animal suffering and human incompetence for far too long.

'Not Fit For Purpose'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK

Sweeping changes are needed to improve the treatment of laboratory animals at one of Britain's leading centres of medical research, a panel of experts...

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.

China Takes First Steps on Path to Beauty Without Cruelty

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign team has been working hard with Chinese policymakers, regulators and scientists to change the requirement to test cosmetics on animals, and this latest development is testament to our efforts.

Universities Killed More Than A Million Animals In Scientific Research Last Year Alone

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

British Universities killed more than a million animals in scientific research experiments last year alone, including dogs, cats and primates, it has ...

'A Victory For Animal Rights'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Plans for a "beagle farm" breeding dogs for scientific experiments have been rejected after massive public opposition. The proposal to build the fa...

Your Chance to Tell Animal Researchers What Openness Looks Like to You

Chris Magee | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Chris Magee

In October 2012, over 40 organisations involved with bioscience in the UK signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research, committing them to se...

Animal Testing on Cosmetics

Harriet Williamson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Harriet Williamson

Can we now buy all cosmetic products with confidence? Unfortunately not. An eyeliner or concealer stick or bottle of perfume and its ingredients bought in the EU cannot be tested on animals, but there are lots of big companies who want to sell to the Chinese market.