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.
Did you know that there is an entire industry around breeding, raising and selling laboratory animals? It’s big business.
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.
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.
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.
Monash Animal Services are able to procure most species of laboratory animals on your behalf with ease. We have developed an extensive network of providers to ensure that we can obtain the best level of service and competitive pricing for all of your needs. We presently procure cats, guinea pigs, cane toads and a range of other species from around Australia and internationally, as required.