Today, the Home Office released statistics on the number of experiments on animals conducted last year. It’s not good news.
In 2013, animal testers in Great Britain used more than 4.01 million animals in experiments, a 52 per cent increase since 2000. The number of experiments was the highest in a generation – a step backwards for scientific progress in this country and a catastrophe for the millions of animals who live and die in laboratory cages.
Most of these animals lost their lives because of genetic engineering experiments, an imprecise, inefficient and … Read more.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who took part and called Air France’s office. Its staff received hundreds of calls from compassionate people all over the UK – sending the message loud and clear that Air France needs to end its cruel cargo.
Watch this space for more campaign updates!
Only one major airline still ships monkeys to laboratories to be used in experiments – Air France.
Despite hearing from thousands of disappointed customers and seeing other airlines drop the cruel practice one by one, Air France continues its complicity in the … Read more.
This week, we learned that the European law Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH), which is meant to ensure that chemicals are tested on animals only as a last resort has failed miserably to protect thousands of animals from suffering and death.
According to a report published this week by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the legislation failed to stop the following atrocities:
- Approximately 2,300 animals have had chemicals applied to their sensitive eyes or skin in new experiments, despite the fact that non-animal methods are available.
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Right now, animal tests in Britain are hidden behind a veil of secrecy. There’s a law that actually makes it illegal to share with the public what is being done to animals in laboratories – even though taxpayers’ money may be funding the experiments.
Now, at last, we have the chance to get rid of that law – Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
The UK government launched a public consultation to scrap Section 24, which has now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded to the consultation and asked … Read more.
Rock-and-roll icon Peter Gabriel has just taken time out from his European tour to sound off about an issue that is completely inexcusable – Air France’s involvement in trafficking primates for animal testing. In a letter that he sent to Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac, the “Sledgehammer” singer points out that Air France is the only airline that still transports monkeys to laboratories where they are caged, experimented on and killed. He wrote the following:
Before arriving at their final destination, these intelligent, sensitive primates are torn from their homes and
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Globally renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall certainly knows a thing or two about monkeys – since the 1960s, she has been conducting groundbreaking research into the lives of chimpanzees and other primates. So she speaks with authority when she describes the suffering of the animals who are shipped by Air France to laboratories.
In an e-mail to Alexandre de Juniac, the chair and chief executive of Air France, she explains:
You may not know this, but in the wild, long-tailed monkeys—the species Air France most commonly ships to laboratories—live in warm rain
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A step in the right direction! The UK government has just launched a public consultation to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding animal testing.
Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 not only makes it illegal for information about animal experiments to enter the public domain, providing animal experimenters with a cloak of secrecy to hide behind, but also leads to wasteful, poorly conducted studies which delay medical progress and actually endanger human lives.
Every day, 11,000 animals are subjected to abuse and suffering in British laboratories that would … Read more.
The word has been spreading far and wide about Air France’s notorious cruelty, as it’s the only major airline that still ships monkeys for animal testing. And last week, the campaign got a notable new supporter – Justin Bieber!
The Canadian pop star encountered a group of protesters at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and after learning how primates are snatched from their homes in the wild, crammed into crates and flown to laboratories all over the world on Air France planes, he rightly concluded, “Air France sucks”. Justin – … Read more.
Following Freedom of Information requests, it emerged today that the British Army conducts deadly, violent tests on live animals at its secret Porton Down military base in Wiltshire. In three years, 115 pigs were blasted with explosives in terrifying experiments to determine whether they could be saved after being subjected to “severe battlefield trauma” and to evaluate blood-clotting products.
This shocking revelation follows PETA’s release of exclusive photos showing pigs tied to a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns in cruel military training drills held in Denmark and callously known … Read more.
A promising development: the small handful of NATO countries (Canada, Denmark, Norway, the UK and the US) that continue to shoot, stab, mutilate and dismember live animals for archaic military training drills might be reconsidering their policies.
An initiative has been launched through NATO to evaluate simulation technology in order to replace the use of animals. As the NATO website says, the crude practice of live animal trauma training “has come under significant scrutiny … [and] will have to be severely curtailed if not completely eliminated”.
That “scrutiny” includes vocal opposition … Read more.