New figures reveal decrease in animal experiments but still staggering numbers and many carried out inside secretive university labs!
Today, numbers of experiments on rodents, rabbits, ferret, dogs and other animals have been published by the Home Office. The figures come amid new research questioning the scientific rigour of animal experimentation and reveal half of experiments are carried out at university campuses. Shockingly, once again over half of animal experiments in Britain are curiosity-driven or rather, ‘basic’ research.
Animal Justice Project today is releasing information on a failure by top universities to provide the public with key information via the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. We urge you to support our growing ‘Campus Without Cruelty’ campaign to stamp out inhumane research.
Our probe into transparency within Britain’s so-called ‘leading universities’ shows that the largest users of animals in Britain are refusing to disclose basic information about animal research within their laboratories.
According to a new report meat and dairy companies are on track to be the world’s biggest contributors to climate change, overtaking the fossil fuel industry.
An analysis of the planets 35 largest meat and dairy companies was carried out by GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, both non-profit organisations. Broadly speaking, they found that the companies were being secretive about their emissions data and few had set hard targets intended to deal with their pollution.
As part of their analysis, the authors looked at efforts being taken to reduce emissions and found that only six had set targets that included their entire supply chain, despite this portion counting for up to 90 per cent of total emissions.
If these industries continue down their current path the authors of the report warned that the livestock sector could be responsible for 80 per cent of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050.
Devlin Kuyek, a researcher at GRAIN said; ‘There’s no other choice. Meat and dairy production in the countries where the top 35 countries dominate must be significantly reduced.’
When taken together, the world’s top five meat and dairy corporations are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP.
China, the US, the EU, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are collectively responsible for over 60 per cent of global meat and dairy emissions – about twice the rest of the world on a per capita basis.
The report adds to a growing body of evidence for the harm meat and dairy consumption can cause to the planet.
A paper published in Science in June found that if everyone stopped eating meat and dairy products, global farmland use could be reduced by three quarters. The study’s lead author subsequently described a vegan diet as ‘the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet earth.’
The authors of the report said this analysis was evidence for the far-reaching impact of the livestock industry and the need for food systems that meet the needs of farmers, consumers and the planet.
‘It’s time we realised over-consumption is directly linked to the subsidies we provide the industry to continue deforesting, depleting our natural resources and creating a major public health hazard through antibiotic overuse,’ said Shefali Sharma, director of IATP.
‘This report shows what a key role they play in climate change as well.’
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BLOG: Why I Refuse To Do Animal Experiments In My Science Career – And Why It Hasn’t Hurt Me – Danbee Kim
I learned the story of Frankenstein in bits and pieces, mostly from the 1990s TV show “Wishbone” and the Mel Brooks comedy “Young Frankenstein.” Before I read the original text, I empathized much more with Frankenstein’s “monster” than with the scientist. I didn’t like being reminded that humans sometimes create life without considering the responsibilities of caring for that life, and are sometimes cruel to each other just for looking different.