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US Laboratory Closes One Of Its Breeding Facilities

Charles River Laboratories are the world’s largest breeder of animals for use in experiments and also responsible for one out of every two animals tormented in laboratories. The company have recently announced that one of its facilities will close as part of a streamlining effort.

The facility conducts painful experiments on animals for companies that produce industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives and pharmaceuticals. It was estimated that this particular facility held around 50,000 mice, all who would have been used in painful and unnecessary procedures.

Charles River has an appalling history of animal welfare violations, including failing to provide animals with proper veterinary care; not giving suffering animals pain-relief and using unsuitable surgical methods. At its facility in Nevada 32 innocent monkeys were baked alive when a thermostat malfunctioned and no one noticed. Another beautiful monkey was scalded to death when her cage was run through a high-temperature cage washer while she was still locked inside.

A spokesperson for the company said that the facility’s closure is part of a plan to increase the efficiency of the company’s operation.

It has been acknowledged by scientists around the world that non-animal experiments are faster, cheaper and more reliable than those using animals. However Charles River are still in the past with their cruel punishment on these sentient creatures.

Animal Justice Project is opposed to animal experiments on moral grounds and also on scientific grounds. We advocate the abolition of animal breeding, and the abolition of the use of animals in all forms of research and within educational institutions.

IMAGE: Dina Rudick / Boston Globe staff

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BLOG: ‘Animals can’t feel pain or emotion’: MPs vote as part of Brexit bill – Cecily Baker

This week while debating the Brexit bill, Conservative MPs had voted not to transfer into UK law parts of EU legislation which recognise that animals have sentience and can feel pain and emotions. This would have come into effect once we leave the EU in 2019.

In contrast to this vote extensive scientific evidence shows that non-human animals do have feelings and emotions, some even stronger than ours. An example of this comes from Carl Safina, the author of Beyond Words, he talks about sightings of humpback whales helping seals being hunted by killer whales. There is a documented account of a humpback sweeping a seal on its back, out the water and away from the killer whales. This has only recently been recorded but could have been happening for thousands of years. This story alone is proof that non-human animals have more empathy than many humans do.

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