LAB ANIMALS

The harsh reality of animal testing.

It’s confronting learning about the horrific animal suffering that goes on behind closed doors, but we hope this page will help answer some common questions without exposing you to too many shocking images.

Some of the lucky ones…

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Videos like this one produced by the wonderful people at Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary (Northern Spain) remind us that there are glimmers of hope, always. Watch eight rescued laboratory rabbits experience their first taste of freedom!

Take a look at this video by Beagle Freedom Project (USA) and watch beagles rescued from the horrors of “life” in a laboratory see sun and grass for the first time.

Animal-testing in 60 seconds

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WARNING – graphic, disturbing images obtained by PETA. Watch their powerful video released June 2013 here: Monkeys struggling and screaming in terror. Dogs driven mad, pacing in circles. “Animal Testing in 60 Seconds” reveals the horrifying reality of experimentation on animals—and the heartbreaking cruelty PETA is committed to stopping.

Inside the monkey lab: the ethics of testing on animals

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This article was published in July 2015.

“Although attempting to represent a balanced view, (and some comments, including the perceived benefits gained from using animals can certainly be challenged) includes a rare opportunity to see footage of inside a primate breeding and research facility – Biomedical Primate Research Centre – in Holland. Read more here

For more information on the use of primates in research in Australia please visit Ban Primate Experiments (Australia).

Rabbits 101: the natural behaviour of our rabbit friends

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  • Rabbits are intelligent social animals who live in large groups in the wild. They love to play and groom one another

  • In the wild rabbits live in warrens of complex underground tunnels. Although they can live up to 12 years, the average is less than one year on fur and meat farms

  • Rabbits should be kept in pairs because companionship is the key to a rabbit’s happiness. Without a friend, loneliness and boredom ensue

  • Rabbits, though quiet, communicate with different vocal sounds such as a low humming which shows affection

  • Rabbits are gentle and timid. In the Chinese Zodiac, rabbits represent tenderness, sensitivity and compassion

  • In the wild, rabbits are constantly occupied, from foraging to territorial maintenance and defence. Captive rabbits however, lack stimulation - leading to health and behavioural abnormalities

 

ANIMALS

AS PRODUCTS

Did you know that there is an entire industry around breeding, raising and selling laboratory animals? It’s big business.

 

Here’s an example of one such company based in Australia.

Globally, many breeds of animals are used including dogs, cats, monkeys, mice, rats, rabbits, sheep, pigs. These animals are often referred to as ‘products’, not animals. One animal dies in a laboratory in the USA every second, in Japan every two seconds and in the UK every twelve seconds – British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). See Australia’s national statistics here.

WHY
BEAGLES?

Beagles are preferred chiefly because of their docility (they are easy to handle) and because they have short hair (easy to maintain).

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Testing of Chemicals (1993), which as the standard guidelines for the conduct of toxicity tests recognised by most regulatory authorities, specify that in certain common types of toxicity tests two species of animals should be used – one a rodent (eg rats or mice) the other a non-rodent. The preferred non-rodent is a dog and the preferred dog is the beagle.

For more information into the plight of beagles are laboratory animals, please visit Beagle Freedom Project (USA) or Beagle Freedom Australia

WHAT ARE AUSTRALIAN LABS UP TO?

Right here in Australia at Monash University, here are some of the 'services' available to lab animals. The following is from Monash Animal Service.

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