National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

International Primate Day, 1st September 2006

Posted: 1 September 2006

As part of the global campaign to end experiments on non-human primates, the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society and ARAN are holding a peaceful vigil to draw attention to the thousands of primates that are now suffering mentally and physically in laboratory cages throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

While there are no longer any primates in Irish laboratories there is no legislation to prohibit primates being used here in the future. We only have the word of the Department of Health that: “it is the practice in Ireland not to license an experiment involving the use of primates”. This is a code of conduct that could be changed and certainly does not offer proper protection against the possibility of primates once again suffering in Irish laboratories.

We urge the Government to honour its commitment to the current practice‚ by banning all non-human primate experiments.


Dail entrance, Dawson Street, 7pm, Friday 1st September

Irish laboratories killed over 37,000 animals last year

Press Release 31st September 2006

In the Republic of Ireland in 2005, laboratories in universities and colleges, hospitals, research institutes and private companies used and killed 37,940 animals. This is according to the latest figures just published by the Department of Health, who licence animal experiments.

5,426 of these animals were used in commercial laboratories. These are companies, such as Charles River in Ballina, Co. Mayo, which make money by carrying out experiments on animals on behalf of their clients, who pay to have various tests performed on living animals.

The Department of Health figures show that animals used in commercial establishments in the Republic of Ireland last year were:

  • 4636 mice
  • 137 rats
  • 48 rabbits
  • 119 cats
  • 167 dogs
  • 172 hoses
  • 61 pigs
  • 73 sheep
  • 286 cattle

According to the figures, 64 cats and 87 dogs were used for toxicological and safety evaluations (including safety evaluations of products and devices for human medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine). The Statistics do not state what type of tests these cats and dogs underwent. They are listed in the OTHER‚ column in Table 7 ("Number of animals used in toxicological and other safety evaluations").

Toxicological testing effectively means poisoning an animal to see the effects of a particular substance on the animal. This can be extremely painful and cause enormous suffering and death. Table 6 states that these cats and dogs underwent tests to satisfy the legislative requirements of just one EC Member State. Is that State‚ Ireland or were these dogs and cats used to test a product destined for another EC country? We wonder who commissioned these tests and what was being tested?

The statistics tell us that another 45 cats and 42 dogs were used in tests for the production and quality control of products and devices for human medicine and dentistry. No further information is revealed about what these tests were for or what they entailed.

30 dogs were brought in from the Europe specifically to be experimented upon. 60 dogs and 30 cats were re-used in procedures, that is, they were used in more than one experimental trial. None of the cats and dogs were used to study animal diseases.

Spokesperson for the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society, Jennifer Scannell, says:
”Cats and dogs used in Contract Laboratories are not re-homed. These animals will die as a result of experiments or be put down when no longer needed. Requests regarding the housing of these cats and dogs in commercial laboratories have been met with complete silence. It is highly unlikely that these dogs and cats have access to outside or the dogs are exercised. Animals in laboratories have a very poor quality of life. Indeed they have very short and stressful lives”.

For further details please contact Yvonne Smalley on 086 60 77 565

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