Dr Julia Baines, science policy adviser for PETA UK, spoke out against animal testing in a panel discussion at Imperial College London, a university widely known for its use of animals in research. The jam-packed event, titled “Animal Testing: Vital or Unnecessary?”, was organised by Imperial College’s Animal Protection & Education Society and included speakers from a pro–animal testing organisation, a non-animal medical research charity and a representative from Imperial College’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.
In her address, Dr Baines explained the horror that animals face in laboratories:
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Following a detailed complaint lodged by PETA more than two years ago, the EU Ombudsman recently confirmed PETA’s darkest fears about what has been happening in the world’s largest animal testing programme, REACH.
It’s estimated that more than 100,000 animals were used in tests that could potentially have been avoided, and millions more are expected to die over the coming years. We contacted the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) repeatedly regarding this unconscionable use of animals, but it refused to accept its responsibility to ensure that animal tests are minimised.
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“In France, we must reject all suffering. Please, ask Air France to stop transporting primates to laboratories!” That was the in-flight announcement heard loudly and clearly by Air France passengers this morning as they boarded a flight from Paris to Marseille.
Just before takeoff, a PETA France supporter pulled out a poster with an image of a monkey who was tortured inside a laboratory to alert passengers to the fact that Air France is the last major airline in the world that still delivers monkeys to laboratories in the US … Read more.
It’s a disgrace. Because of the provisions laid out in the world’s largest chemical testing programme, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), ingredients used in cosmetics continue to be tested on animals within the EU.
In 2013, the European Cosmetics Regulation was supposed to ban the sale of cosmetics products that had been tested on animals. This was a huge step forward in ending cruel and abhorrent cosmetics tests on animals. But under the guise of REACH, the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are … Read more.
Some promising news: the Norwegian Animal Research Authority (NARA) has, for the first time, rejected an application by the Norwegian Armed Forces to injure and kill animals in archaic trauma training exercises.
In live-animal trauma training, animals such as pigs and goats are shot apart, are stabbed and have their bones broken before being sewn back together by trainee surgeons – and then they’re killed. It’s an unacceptably cruel practice, especially as humane, high-tech training methods have been proved to prepare doctors for the battlefield more effectively.
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Victory! In a landmark decision that could save millions of animals from suffering and death in laboratory experiments, the European Ombudsman has determined that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the agency responsible for overseeing the largest animal testing programme in the world, is not fully applying its authority to minimise animal experiments, as required by law.
In 2011, PETA learned that tens of thousands of animals were being poisoned and killed in avoidable tests, contrary to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), which states that … Read more.
In a groundbreaking victory more than three decades in the making, the US military has agreed to replace the use of animals in six different areas of medical training with modern human-patient simulators – an enlightened step forward that will save countless human and animal lives.
These advanced simulators will better prepare medical personnel to treat injured soldiers and will save animals from being cut into and having hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their throats, among other invasive and often deadly procedures.
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People all over Europe celebrated last year when the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the European Union came into full force.
So we were deeply concerned when a joint statement from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week confirmed that cruel tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients will continue under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the world’s biggest animal testing programme.
Here’s our statement on the issue:
PETA believes that the cosmetics testing ban is a vital start,
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Claire Cooper, a British actor from Wakefield, has joined PETA in taking action against B&K Universal’s plans to build a new beagle breeding facility in East Riding of Yorkshire.
In a letter, Claire voiced her disgust at the plans to breed thousands of beagle puppies so that they can be tested on and killed in experiments. She writes:
“Breeding dogs for deadly experiments is a shameful trade. Dogs aren’t commodities or test tubes with tails. Beagles are friendly, loyal and gentle”.
As a local girl herself, it is clear that Claire … Read more.
A huge victory for animals – the Indian government has just announced a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics!
This news comes after intensive efforts by PETA India, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and others and will save millions of animals from being blinded, poisoned and killed in cruel and useless tests for products sold to India’s billion-plus population. The India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare made its decision public in The Gazette of India today and will implement the ban in November.
The compassionate move brings India up to speed … Read more.