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Paper reveals research cruelty and official wrongdoing

I’ve finally managed to wring a journal article out of my PhD thesis on the evolution of UK animal research policy. It is published in the latest edition of the journal ‘Society & Animals’, whose focus is self-explanatory.

The article is actually based on a paper I gave at the inspirational Minding Animals Conference which took place in Newcastle, Australia in July 2009, and for which I was honoured to be presented with the Best Conference Paper prize by Professor Peter Singer. You can download a copy of the article from here.

In a nutshell, the article provides shocking insights into the true level of suffering inflicted on animal in laboratories, as well as the connivance of researchers and the Home Office in evading the law and covering up wrongdoing.

These are some of the verbatim observations recorded by researchers as primates endured a lingering and agonising death as a result of xenotransplantation experiments:

• “Uncoordinated limb spasms” and “stroke”
• “in a collapsed state” and “found dead”
• “Gastro-intestinal toxicity, resulting in severe diarrhoea”
• “very distressed”
• “body and limb tremors”
• “grinding teeth, eyes rolling . . .”

We urgently need to learn the lessons of this scandal so we can prevent such futile cruelty under the updated law resulting from the new EU Directive on animal experiments.

  1. November 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    All of what animals are forced to endure at the hands of the uncaring and “Cruel Human Population,” needs to be addressed and confronted for what it is and has been and FINALLY CHANGED! Animals deserve basic rights and this needs to becomes “LAW.”

  2. Alex Irving
    November 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    We need to engage with animal protectionism through intellectual and political processes to be heard whilst grass roots and the rest of us do our utmost to make animal cruelty, particularly in laboratories, more visible. If more of the population were aware they would speak out and show that the moral compass that is claimed to be the guiding principle of the government’s continued sanctioning of animal experimentation, would be shown to be in reality in stark contrast of the govt’s position of accepting and licencing millions of experiments condemning millions of animals to suffering and death.

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