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BLOG: World Day for Animals in Laboratories protest, Nottingham – #GrowUpVegan

Today is World Day For Animals In Laboratories and I marched with meaning to end animal experiments! It was a fantastic turn out with around 600 people stomping through the streets of Nottingham being closely looked after by a team of police and of course the organisers, Animal Justice Project and Nottingham Animal Rights. This was my first march for ending animal testing, so I want to tell you how I found it, and what you can expect if you have never done one either!

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BLOG: Shocking New Greyhound Racing Figures – Samantha Francis

In March this year the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) released some shocking figures.

  • Over 1,000 retiring greyhounds either died or were “put to sleep” in 2017.
  • Nearly 350 were killed because either a suitable home could not be found for them, or treating them was deemed “too costly”.
  • The total injuries in the industry for 2017 was reported as 4,837, across just 22 tracks – 257 of these were fatalities – killed trackside on “humane grounds”.
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Clinical Trials May Be Approved Based on Incomplete Animal Data

A new study has shown that important documents known as investigator brochures often omit vital details about the outcomes of potential new therapies in animal studies.

The purpose of investigator brochures is to allow ethical review boards and regulatory agencies to make decisions about whether new therapies should be trialled on humans. But incomplete information in the brochures means it is often impossible for an informed decision to be made.

Alarmingly, the study found that 89% of the animal studies are not published, meaning institutional review boards do not know whether they are peer-reviewed or not. And in over 95% of cases, investigator brochures did not state whether measures had been taken to reduce bias in the animal studies.

This is worrying because previous research has shown that it is common for animal experiments to be poorly reported or biased. Additionally, the majority of brochures did not report any studies showing negative effects of the drug in question, despite the fact that it is very rare for all studies to be positive. This raises fears that institutional review boards may be making decisions which could endanger trial participants as a result of incomplete information.

These findings could go some way towards explaining why positive results in animal studies rarely seem to translate to success in clinical trials. Fewer than 15% of trials are successful, despite apparently encouraging results in animal studies. This may waste money and resources as well as endangering those who take part.

It is unclear why this data is omitted, but it may be to do with confidentiality or the fact that the animal studies are thought to be too complicated to be understood by IRB members. The worry is that companies may have motives for withholding the data which aren’t in the best interests of the general public – trying to please shareholders, for example.

Experts have described the results of the study as ‘a serious problem’ and ‘incredibly alarming’.

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Animal Experimentation Drops By Nearly Half In The Netherlands

In 2016 the Netherlands conducted 403,370 procedures on animals, a 15.9% fall compared with 2015!

Data has recently been published concerning animal experimentation in Europe between 2015 and 2016. It revealed that in the Netherlands the use of non-human primates in experiments has dropped by 49%, all in a one year period. Similarly the use of dogs dropped by 13% while horses, donkeys and other equines were used 31% less than the year before. Additionally, the use of goats, sheep and cattle for experimentation saw a substantial 39% decline.

Subsequently, the Dutch government passed a motion in March 2016 to ‘phase out experiments’ undertaken at the largest primate facility in Europe, the Biomedical Primate Research Centre, which is located in Rijswijk, western Netherlands.

Following this move, the then Dutch Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Martijn van Dam, announced plans to ‘end the use of animals in toxicity tests for chemicals, food ingredients, pesticides, veterinary medicines and vaccines by 2025,’ PETA revealed.

The general public is becoming increasingly louder in their unwillingness to support businesses that test on animals. Previous data showed 72% of consumers found animal testing ‘inhumane or unethical’, while a recent survey showed that 46% of respondents supported a bill to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

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New Report Casts Doubt on the Effectiveness of Animal Experiments!

A recent paper appearing in the journal Business and Society Review has claimed that researching drugs on animals is both ineffective and misleading.

The authors, Lisa A. Kramer and Ray Greek, looked specifically at the impact of animal experiments on stakeholders. They concluded that animal research does more harm than good, even when the welfare of animals is not taken into account.

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Animal Justice Project Wins The Pollination Project Grant!

The Animal Justice Project has won a grant from The Pollination Project to help fund its campaigns against animal exploitation. The Pollination Project received 550 applications for the grant this year, from which it selected 71 to receive funding.

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