A thought-provoking, well-researched article by Victoria's Barbara Julian - a must-read!
"Private donors ultimately hold the purse strings when it comes to curbing medical research on animals in Canada."
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Tilikum, the orca kept in captivity at SeaWorld and who was featured in the documentary Blackfish, has died after three decades of confinement. The ADAV Society continues to work toward the end of animals in captivity.
2016 has been a busy year for the ADAV Society and its Stop UBC Animal Research campaign.
In January, we shone a spotlight on Langara University and its use of animals including cats and rabbits in at least one of its courses, Comparative Anatomy 2350. Our investigation led Langara to commit to ethical sourcing of animals, to support students wishing to opt out of dissection, and they appear to be halting the use of companion animals. But we won't stop there: NO animals need be used in today's education or research, given the highly sophisticated and costefficient options that are readily available.
February found us at Pet Lover's Fair in Abbotsford, where we shared the message of compassion and respect for life in all its shapes and sizes!
In April, ADAV's Executive Director Laura-Leah Shaw made a ground-breaking presentation to the UBC Senate - a full transcript of this can be seen here.
Tabling at Lonsdale Quay, at Handswoth Secondary and at St. George's School Sustainability Fair gave us more opportunity to spread the message of making Science make sense. Beautiful hand-made cards by fine artist Gayle Koyanagi and her team of dedicated crafters made our displays more than eye-catching: her "message in a test-tube" and "thank you" Valentines to vegan businesses were unique and wonderful - thank you to all who helped make our outreach materials beautiful as well as illuminating.
This Fall, animal advocate and MP Don Davies NDP brought our petition to Canada's Parliament, ensuring that animals in laboratories will not go unheard in proposed Criminal Code amendments.
In "Not to Count our Chickens" Department news, UBC's latest statistics show a suspension of the most cruel and invasive procedures (Category of Invasiveness = E) in their research and training protocols - a measure long fought-for by our Stop UBC Animal Research campaign. We couldn't have done it without our amazing supporters!
Be sure to check out our social media pages for exciting news on alternatives to animal use in science - good things are happening!
Please contribute what you can to help us make more progress for animals AND humans.
For Immediate Release: December 20, 2016
Vancouver, BC – The University of British Columbia (UBC) just released statistics on its use of animals in research and teaching in 2015, revealing that 185,692 animals were used in 517 research and teaching protocols at UBC. This corresponds to a total increase in animal use of 2% from last year.
The number of animals used in experiments causing moderate to severe distress (category of invasiveness D) also increased by 2.1 per cent over 2014. However, no animals were reportedly subjected to experiments in the most invasive category (category E), i.e. in studies representing severe pain, at, or above the pain tolerance of unanesthetized conscious animals.
Stop UBC Animal Research would like to congratulate UBC for seemingly eliminating the most invasive research protocols in 2015 - a result that comes after a multi-year campaign by Stop UBC Animal Research which culminated in 2014 with representatives from the organization talking to the UBC Senate and presenting the senators with nearly 22,000 signatures from British Columbians asking for an end to the most invasive experiments. Despite this success however, a number of concerns remain with respect to the 2015 data.
“While we are pleased to hear that no animals were reportedly used in Category E experiments, more than 80,000 animals were still subjected to extreme pain and suffering in category D experiments,” stated Laura-Leah Shaw, Director of Stop UBC Animal Research. “In addition, Stop UBC Animal Research is concerned that the number of animals used in research and testing increased from the previous reporting year. This is a trend that is counter to the spirit of the scientifically recognized "3R Principles" of Reduction, Refinement and Replacement which UBC is required to abide by.”
In addition, the number of animals subjected to experiments as provided by UBC is a gross underestimation of the actual number of animals involved. According to the CCAC guidelines, many animals are not counted – for example, animals who are not killed for a specific protocol and animals killed as a result of commercial practices or those used as sentinels.
Also, researchers who use animals have been shown to routinely underestimate the pain and suffering of animals and therefore many more animals may have been subjected to levels of pain greater than those reported – something which is impossible to verify without total transparency on the protocols allowed under categories C, D and E.
Stop UBC Animal Research continues to call on UBC to ensure modern, evidence-based medicine is adopted, rather than clinging to outdated 19th century science relying on the inferior animal model.
To learn more about the Stop UBC Animal Research campaign, visit: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org
Alexandra-Erika Gmeiner is a vegan filmmaker with cerebral palsy who is planning to ride 2,500 kilometer on a trike from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, California over the course of 8 weeks.
During her trip, which will be the focus of a documentary about animals and our relationship with them, Alex will visit as many animal sanctuaries as possible.
As Alex says, "it's up to you, it's up to me, to make the world a place where everyone is happy safe and free."
Please support Alex as she prepares to set out on her journey of awareness for all beings!
Stop UBC Animal Research was quoted in a recent article from Ubyssey reporting on Dr. Santa Ono's first day in office.
Dr. Ono, with whom we spoke, promised to read documentation provided by Stop UBC Animal Research which calls for an end to the two worst categories of invasive research at UBC by September of 2018.
Some great supporters came yesterday to the 'meet and greet" for new UBC prez Santa J. Ono on his first full day in office! We were welcomed and turned some heads with signs calling on the university to implement innovative and infinitely more promising research over their dark history of animal experimentation. President Ono spoke with us and will - he promised - read the transcript of our director Laura-Leah's presentation to the UBC Senate last April, and the timeline laid out by our colleagues Alex and Almira the following month. We call for an end to the two worst categories of invasive research at UBC by September of 2018. Thank you, Leslie, Layne, Elisa and Alex for bringing the message to the forefront so that Dr. Ono could not miss it!
For Immediate Release
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Vancouver, BC – Dr. Santa J. Ono from the University of Cincinnati has been announced as the new president of the University of British Columbia (UBC), replacing Dr. Arvind Gupta, who held the position for just one year. Humane research advocates from the Animal Defense and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC (ADAV), which works to bring an end to invasive animal research at UBC, had built a positive relationship with Dr. Gupta. The organization was cautiously optimistic that a progressive replacement would be found, particularly following interim president Dr. Martha Piper's call for increased dialogue, recognizing that societal support for the use of animals in research has shifted.
ADAV is deeply concerned with Dr. Ono's appointment as he has an extensive history of using animals in his own research on eye disease. UBC's past research on eye disease has involved blinding monkeys by severing their optic nerves and causing painful increases in pressure within the animals' eyes. Following the surgeries, these animals were kept alive without pain medication for a number of weeks before being killed. This research has been condemned by other researchers, most notably Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis.
Dr. Ono has stated: "The first thing to do is to listen to the community." We urge him to honour his commitment and recognize that public opposition to the use of animals in medical research is growing and trust in both scientists and the rules governing the controversial practice is falling. Dr. Ono has the opportunity to reflect this change and make progress towards a more humane, superior science. “As cruel, invasive and unreliable animal research is being phased out at prestigious research institutions around the world, UBC has an opportunity to become a leader in the use of humane, superior non-animal research methods”, stated Laura-Leah Shaw, Director of the Animal Defense and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC.
To learn more about the Animal Defense and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC, visit: http://adavsociety.org
Together with MP Don Davies, the ADAV Society and Stop UBC Animal Research are calling for an end to the two most painful categories of animal research. Please join with us - sign and share the petition: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-333!