National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Progressive Science? London Universities Are 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

London– April 24th is World Laboratory Animal Day and this year the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is naming and shaming several London Universities as among the leading institutions guilty of horrific and unnecessary animal experiments. As universities that consider themselves as pioneers 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.

Infamous London universities, King’s College & University College London have been carrying out primate experiments in their Neurodegenerative disease research centre which are akin to something out of a Frankenstein movie. The study aimed to ascertain the effects of a drug used to treat the disease Parkinsons, though as primates never develop the disease they have to be brain-damaged in order to create a ‘similar effect’. After being restrained and pumped full of drugs for 30 days the animal’s brains are removed and they are killed. Authors of the report into the findings of this study conclude that the effects “mirror the observation in vitro” which means these painful and terrifying experiments need never have occurred.

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

“It is disgraceful that these universities are 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. Parkinsons is a disease specific to human beings and laboratory replications involve brain damaging a primate to mimic the disease, yet it is impossible to replicate this accurately. This is a disease that progresses in human beings and research should be carried out to reflect the inaccuracies in using monkey studies”.

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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