National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Progressive Science? Oxford University Is Stuck In the Dark Ages

Posted: 31 July 2008


The National Anti-Vivisection Society Lists Oxford Top the League of Pain for Horrific and Unnecessary Animal Experiments

Oxford – April 24th is World Laboratory Animal Day and this year the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is naming and shaming Oxford University as among the leading universities guilty of horrific and unnecessary animal experiments. As a university that considers itself a pioneer in the field of science their torturous experiments are far from progressive, say the campaigning group, who cite that there are numerous alternative research methods that should be implemented by any university that sees itself as a leader in academia.

The Department of Experimental Psychology have been performing experiments on Rhesus monkeys that sound like something straight out of a Frankenstein movie. Chopping out sections of the animals skulls and implanting electrodes deep into their brains to observe stimulus response they show no regard for the suffering of the monkeys. The animals are restrained for around six hours at a time, terrified as they are strapped down with head restraints in a fashion that could be likened to prisoners on death row. These little animals are unable to understand why this trauma is happening to them so are in a continual distressed state; all this is of little concern to Oxford University who use these living creatures as disposable tools in their warped science.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) said:

“It’s disgraceful that Oxford University is sanctioning cruel and unnecessary tests on animals when research data already exists. It has long been recognised that there are clear species differences between animals and humans, but more animals than ever are suffering for science, despite proven alternatives to animal experiments”.

In other gruesome experiments:

  • Dogs were cut open to test synthetic vein grafts (University College London)
  • Guinea pigs were gassed with ozone to study lung disease (Cardiff University)
  • Pigs had heart surgery to compare a new drug to aspirin (University of Strathclyde)
  • Pigs had their livers microwaved to test a probe for liver tumours (University of Bath)
  • Mini-pigs were given cystitis to look at kidney scarring (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne)
  • Lambs were cut open and infected with bacteria to assess colonisation in the intestine (University of Bristol)

All the animals were killed at the end of the experiments

NAVS grants awards totalling £300,000 each year to innovative non-animal studies through its research wing, the Lord Dowding Fund. There are several professors currently carrying out non-animal research with LDF grants in the areas of Neuroscience, toxicology and learning technology. All these research methods are documented in the LDF magazine New Science which is a publication covering the advanced techniques in the world of research without animals.


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