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Shocking Rise In Number Of Monkeys Used For Experiments At Porton Down (As Featured In The Mirror)

Porton Down is a secret military research base in Wiltshire, owned by The Ministry of Defense. After Animal Justice Project sent a Freedom of Information request to MOD, it was revealed that the research unit tested on three times as many monkeys as the year before.

Scientists at Porton Down used 115 monkeys for experiments in 2016, compared with 45 in the previous 12 months.

Research has revealed that the laboratory have been carrying out TB studies for over a decade, this useless and unnecessary experiment involves TB-causing bacteria to be injected into the animals or scientists forcing them to inhale it. Following this the monkeys suffered serious depression, withdrawn behaviour and up to 20% loss in body weight.

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Forget Fur- Is It Time To Stop Wearing Wool?

The fur industry has always been at the forefront of mass condemnation, protests outside fur-selling shops all over the world and a particularly popular campaign run by PETA during Fashion Week every year. These are among some of the actions taken against the battle to stop this horrible fashion trend.

However, PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk explains that their new focus is going to be about shedding light on how abhorrent the wool industry is. Last year, PETA gathered secret footage from sheep-shearing huts in Victoria, Australia that helped to bring about the first convictions of sheep shearers in Australia for cruelty.

Many people will often liken sheep shearing to ‘just getting a haircut’, which is more often than not the case when they are sheared for their own comfort. However, when it comes to mass-wool production, this is unfortunately not the case. It has been found that a lot of the shearers are on amphetamines because they have to work at such a speed. The men will punch these innocent animals, smash them on their backs and hit them in the face.

We support PETA, that all non-human animals, including sheep, should have equal rights and standing in the world.

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Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton Goes Vegan

Lewis Hamilton says he is aiming to adopt a vegan diet after watching What the Health. He explains that he wants to adopt the plant base diet for its potential effects on the environment, animal welfare and human health.

His main concern comes from his family’s medical history, with heart disease and cancer prevalent among his ancestors. ‘I don’t want in 10 or 20 years to have diabetes or catch any of that stuff,’ he said.

‘The cruelty is horrible and I don’t necessarily want to support that and I want to live a healthier life.’

‘By letting people who are following me know, maybe that will encourage a couple of people to do the same thing.’

In the last month Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and singer James Arthur have both announced their plans to make the positive change towards a vegan diet.

Having another high-level celebrity turn towards a plant based diet is such a positive for the vegan movement. The millions of fans who follow each of these celebrities will therefore be exposed to this important message. Hopefully, if these influential figures continue promoting veganism then many others will follow in their path.

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Presentation by Andre Menache on behalf of the petitioners

Our science advisor, Dr Andre Menache was given the opportunity to present a petition to the European Parliament.

The reason for this petition is that the current REACH regulation is failing to protect the health of EU citizens for two main reasons: the continued reliance on animal tests; and not enough collection of human data.

HE WRITES:

Animal testing is not evidence-based, nor predictive for humans. We listened earlier to

information on bisphenol A (BPA). The manufacturers of BPA succeeded in bringing this

product to market by choosing the species of animal that suits them best. In the case of BPA,

the Sprague-Dawley rat is several thousand times more resistant to the hormonal effects of

this endocrine disruptor than the CF1 mouse. The industry has obviously chosen the rat rather

than the mouse to get BPA to be accepted by regulatory authorities. A rat cannot predict what

will happen in a mouse and, nor what will happen in a human.

 

BPA is also capable of causing a biological effect on our cells at very low doses (a few parts

per trillion). We are still relying on regulatory requirements adopted in 1946 or 1947. These

laws requiring animal testing are now 70 years out of date compared to today’s scientific

knowledge. It is time to update the laws.

 

There is also a serious lack of human data collection. Since 2003 we have known of the

presence of 300 industrial chemicals in the bodies of the newborn. At present, the REACH list

of substances of very high concern (SVHC) amounts to 174. It would have been more logical

to launch the list of SVHC at the beginning of the REACH program (in June 2007) using the

300 substances already present in the body of the newborn. We should all be shocked that

cancer is now the leading cause of death in children under 14 years in many countries in

Europe.

 

The lack of epidemiological data collection of people exposed to chemicals, particularly of

millions of workers employed in various industries, represents a huge waste of a precious

resource. Some would consider that this is due to bureaucratic incompetence. Others would

call it criminal negligence. I rather agree with the latter, given the importance attributed to

epidemiology already in the 1950s and 1960s, which demonstrated the link between smoking

and lung cancer in people. Yet those responsible nowadays still focus mainly on animal

testing to the detriment of widely available human data collection. The European Commission

has finally woken up to launch a bio-monitoring project as part of the Horizon 2020 program,

announced in December 2016.

 

The REACH program in its current format does not work. It must be adapted to the science of

the 21st century. We have several powerful technologies such as molecular epidemiology,

human PBPK modeling, toxicogenomics, Adverse Outcome Pathway (PDO), and a range of

other methods focusing solely on humans. Thank you for your attention

 

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Increased Demand For Vegan Products Will See Egg Replacement Market Soar

The market for egg substitutes is expected to see a boost between now and 2023, due to the growing numbers of consumers choosing a plant-based diet. People are becoming increasingly aware about the health and ethical issues related to the consumption of eggs.

There is a huge amount of scientific evidence that suggests consuming eggs can cause many health issues. For example, the type of choline found in eggs is known today as a leading contributor to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease , and peripheral artery disease. In addition to this, the concentrated proteins, saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol found in eggs clogs our lymphatic system, intestines and colon.

Some egg replacement ingredients can include: soy-based products, starch, yeast extract, and wheat gluten among any others.

Banana is also a good replacement for an egg in a recipe, especially for a desert. Some of the banana flavor may come out strong in the dish which can often enhance the recipe. Flax seeds are another great natural replacement as they work as a good binding agent (it is best to use ground flax seeds). Simply combine three tablespoons of water with a single tablespoon of ground flax seed. Let it sit for a bit until it’s thickened, then use it in the recipe.

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The Guardian Editorial announces officially for the first time, their support for veganism

September 2017

The recent article in The Guardian writes about how vegans should be encouraged and not attacked for their choice, that it is ‘high in moral as well as digestive fibre.’ The piece also discusses Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcement that he is ‘going through the process’ of eating more vegan food. Very soon after this his spokesperson, as if fearful of a backlash, issued a statement denying he was vegan.

Vegans are often unreasonably mocked as do-gooders or just fussy people. The article explains how unfair this is and that the diet does do the world good, even more so if every vegan could also persuade a friend to adopt the plant-based diet as well.

A recent peer-reviewed study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that if the world went vegan then annual greenhouse gas emissions would halve and the new land used every year for each person would near-halve. The article also talks about how many meat products have been linked to cancer, and saturated fat from meat and dairy products can cause heart disease. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA predicts that global veganism would lead to 8.1 million fewer deaths per year.

It is great to read that a well-respected national news company such as The Guardian are writing so positively on the vegan movement, and helping to spread the message about the plant-based lifestyle. This is a big step for veganism!

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The University of Bristol Releases its Animal Experimentation Figures

For at least the past four years, the University of Bristol has failed to respond to Freedom of Information requests seeking information about animal experiments taking place there. They claimed they were unable to respond to the question of numbers and types of animals being experimented on as they had “no central system of record keeping”. In 2014, the university stated publicly that it would “implement a centralised system so that data such as that requested is more readily available in 2015”. Bristol University continued to avoid answers with regards to the number of animals, types of animals and nature of animal experiments.

Animal Justice Project kept the pressure on. We carried out several creative stunts on and off campus, as well as launched an online petition that was signed by hundreds of concerned people. We have acheived nationwide media coverage and widespread support across social media.

In September 2017, finally, the university reveals its figures on animal research!

On 5th September 2017, Bristol University finally responded to pressure from our campaign and answered the requests for greater transparency.

It can now be revealed that, in 2016 the university used 26,990 animals in research. Animals included mice (13,472), rats (3,462), zebrafish (8,964), bats (323), chickens (190), goats (108), sheep (39), rabbits (124), Xenopus (112), pigs (101), dogs (94) and cats (1).

Claire Palmer, Founder of Animal Justice Project states: “Finally, after years of campaigning by organisations such as Animal Justice Project; as well as countless Freedom of Information requests by us and the concerned public, Bristol University has told us what they’d rather you didn’t know – that thousands of rats and mice are used in cruel research within their laboratories, as well as rabbits, pigs and cats. It has been proven time and time again not only that animal research is unethical, but that it doesn’t work. An Ipsos MORI Poll last year revealed that a large percentage of the British public are against animal experiments. Today’s society will not tolerate Bristol University’s treatment of animals and it is time to end it”.

This breaking news and statements from Animal Justice Project were featured in The Bristol Post and student newspaper, Epigram.

Albums of two stunts we carried out in Bristol: The Light Brigade and Demonstration at Wills Building, Bristol.

For a report on animal use in scientific research visit the UK government website: www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-of-scientific-procedures-on-living-animals

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