anonymous said:

Im a med student, and in my Introduction to Medical Investigation class the teacher told us that she hated to have to use animal for research but if you didn't used them it was very probable that the pharmaceutical houses wouldn't want to give you the funds to conduct your experiment. I just think is so sad, and in my country (Costa Rica) there is practically no law that protects the animals from this awful people :(

Horrific. Absolutely horrific. Especially considering using animals does more harm to people than good.

Today, in the Italian town of Montichiari, a thousand people broke into a breeding facility where there are about 2500 beagles destined to vivisection and animal testing.

The crowd managed to free about 30 animals before being chased away by the police. 12 were arrested and some have been reportedly hit by the policemen.

These people are all part of the committee that wants to shut down the facility and free all the animals. They have so far been completely ignored by the politicians.

At this link [click here] you can read the article (in Italian) but most importantly you can see the video of the local news station. Seeing so many people carrying dogs so lovingly as they ran, and hearing the crowd cheer every time a puppy was handed over the fence, made me cry like a baby.

You go, guys. This is the Italy I love.

3D-printed human cells could “replace animal testing”

3D-printed human cells could replace the need for animal testing of new drugs within five years, according to a pioneering bio-printing expert at the 3D Printshow in London.

"It lends itself strongly to replace animal testing," said bioengineering PhD student Alan Faulkner-Jones of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. “If it gets to be as accurate as it should be, there would be no need to test on animals.”

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The story of Britches:
1. Britches is stolen from his mother as an infant
2. Kept in a research lab at the University of California, Riverside with a sonar device attached to his head. It kept making a screeching sound that caused Britches to go insane. His body shuddered neurotically, and he kept having fits.
3. Members of the ALF break in and rescue Britches (along with hundreds of other animals).
4. Veterinary specialist Dr. Ned Buyukmihci removes the device to find that Britches eyes had been sown shut without anesthesia.
5. Britches is bathed, fed and cared for daily, and slowly becomes normal again.
6. At last, he is adopted by a real mother.

thedragondancer said:

Do you have any reliable sources for why animal testing is unnecessary to progress science?

Besides the fact that it’s ethically barbaric, I would like to share the facts with you that have brought me to the conclusion that animal testing is a waste of time.

-In the book Vivisection Unveiled  Dr John Carpenter explains that less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals. Over 98% never affect animals.

-According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree “5%-25% of the time.”

-Among the hundreds of techniques available instead of animal experiments, cell culture toxicology methods give accuracy rates of 80-85% as explained in the MEIC Evaluation of Acute Systemic Toxicity. 

-92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both. This is revealed in the 1998 book Nature Biotechnology. 

-The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease. Neither can be reproduced in lab animals as published in Smoking: New York Times and Heart disease: Animal Models in Cardiovascular Research.

-A 2004 survey of doctors in the UK- commissioned by patient safety group Europeans for medical progress- showed that 83% wanted an independent scientific evaluation of whether animal experiments had relevance to human patients. Less than 1 in 4 (21%) had more confidence in animal tests than in non-animal methods.

-In the Drug Metabolism reviews, it’s said that rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans – less use than guessing. The experimenters said: “we would have been better off to have tossed a coin.” 

-Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (eg lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connective tissue. The two are completely different. This was published in World Medicine Volume 79.

-Volume 298 of Science Magazine said the results from animal tests are routinely altered radically by diet, light, noise, temperature, lab staff and bedding. Bedding differences caused cancer rates of over 90% and almost zero in the same strain of mice at different labs.

-Page 41 of Vivisection Unveiled says that gender differences among lab animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.

-AP Fletcher revealed that 75% of side effects identified in animals never occur.

-Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics said that over half of side effects cannot be detected in lab animals.

-Vioxx was shown to protect the heart of mice, dogs, monkeys and other lab animals. It was linked to heart attacks and strokes in up to 139,000 humans. This was revealed in Current Opinions in Lipidology.

-Science Volume 297 said that genetically modified animals are not like humans. The mdx mouse is supposed to have muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate with no treatment.

-The Journal of the American Medical Association published that genetically Modified (GM) animal, the CF- mouse, never gets fluid infections in the lungs – the cause of death for 95% of human cystic fibrosis patients.

-The Journal of the American Medical Association also said that in America, 106,000 deaths a year are attributed to reactions to medical drugs.

-Nature Medicine 2000 revealed that each year, 2.1 million Americans are hospitalised as a result of medical treatment.

-In the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs. All these drugs have passed animal tests. Earl Baldwin published this.

-Professor Hoff at the congress of clinical medicine said that in the UKs House Of Lords, questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs (which passed animal tests) kill more people than cancer.

-A German doctor’s congress Munchner concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested.

-Munchner also concluded that according to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which passed animal tests.

-Developmental Toxicology said that 70% of drugs which cause human birth defects are safe in pregnant monkeys.

-Volume 19 of Biogenic Amines revealed that 78% of foetus-damaging chemicals can be detected by one non-animal test.

-Thousands of safe products cause birth defects in lab animals – including water, several vitamins, vegetable oils, oxygen and drinking waters. Of more than 1000 substances dangerous in lab animals, over 97% are safe in humans. This was published in Sax’s Dangerous Properties Of Industrial Materials.

-One of the most common lifesaving operations (for ectopic pregnancies) was delayed 40 years by vivisection said the Birmingham Daily Post.

-In The Story Of Medicine by K. Walker, it’s said that blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies.

-The polio vaccine was delayed 40 years by monkey tests said the Yale University Press in the report The History Of Poliomyelitis.

-The Journal of the American Paraplegic Society published that 30 HIV vaccines, 33 spinal cord damage drugs, and over 700 treatments for stroke have been developed in animals. None work in humans. 

-The Director of Research Defence Society, (which serves only to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was “I am sure it could be.”

When vivisectionists are asked why they use animals in labs, they tell us it’s because the animals are like us. But when asked why it’s acceptable to do this to animals, they tell us it’s because the animals are not like us.

This is a sort of follow up of the GIF set I made of Britches a few days ago.
For those of you who don’t know, Britches was a baby monkey who was stolen from his mother, and kept in a research lab at the University of California, Riverside, with a sonar device strapped to his head, and his eyes sown shut without anesthesia. The sonar device kept making a screeching sound, and this drove Britches insane. This was an experiment to study blindness.
The GIF you are seeing is Britches after being rescued by the ALF. The bitter ordeal he had to endure had scarred him more than just physically. He displayed neurotic behavior and had fits where he desperately clutched at his body. 
I think it’s very important that everyone see this. The experimenters don’t want you to know that any of this goes on. Infact, before Britches story came out, Dean Leland Shannon, Chairman of the UCR Animal care committee issued a statement saying ”All the research is painless to the animals…there is no pain whatsoever”.
Mr. Grant Mack, president of the American Council of the Blind (a blind man himself) was shocked at hearing about the experiment conducted on Britches, and felt the researches would be putting their time to better use if they were to “find out about blindness from blind people, from blind parents, from blind students. People who can articulate how they really feel, and how they react”.
Britches was lucky as he was rescued, but for thousands of other animals, the horror continues.

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