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19 September 1999

POWERFUL VIDEO ON ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS
From EuroNICHE

A ground-breaking video featuring state-of-the-art alternatives to animal experiments was launched worldwide by the humane education network EuroNICHE (1).

University teachers who have newly developed or use multimedia computer software and other products and approaches (2) demonstrate their efficacy and pedagogic advantages (3) over traditional harmful animal use (4). From anatomy to physiology, surgery to pharmacology, the film samples classical experiments where conventional animal use has been replaced by a range of progressive alternative methods.

In the current approach to the new academic year, the 33-minute multi-language film (5) is being shown and distributed across Europe, the US, Australia and Japan to teachers and students of biological science, veterinary and human medicine, and to ethics committees, legislators and animal protection groups (6).

Co-ordinator of EuroNICHE, Nick Jukes, said, "The life sciences are undergoing a radical change as recent developments in technology offer new and exciting ways to gain the skills and knowledge required for the professions. Ethical and financial concerns have also prompted a reassessment of conventional practice. 'Alternatives' are now becoming the norm."

For further details, contact Nick Jukes: tel +44 7867 513 215 (mobile),
tel/fax +44 1892 548462.

For cost and distribution, see (7) below.

Notes for editors:

(1). The European Network of Individuals and Campaigns for Humane Education, a non-profit charitable network of students and teachers with contacts in over 20 European countries, the US, Australia and Japan. Working with teachers to introduce alternatives to harmful animal use and with students to support freedom of conscience. A full list of national contacts is available.

(2). Products featured include computer simulation and learning packages, computer-linked human self-testing apparatus, waste organ surgical training apparatus, high-resolution video and a veterinary training model. Full details of the products and producers are available. Further alternative approaches for practical work requiring animal tissue are covered in the film with the sourcing and use of 'naturally-dead' or euthanized animals, and clinical practice.

(3). At least 29 published academic studies evaluating the effectiveness of alternative methods have found that students using alternatives perform at least as well as those using animals.

(4). Worldwide, tens of millions of animals are killed each year for dissection and harmed during experimentation within education. Many students face academic and psychological penalty for objecting to compulsory harmful animal use but recent legislation and legal challenges have often found in favor of students' rights and the use of alternatives.

(5). The film is currently available in English, Czech, Slovak, Russian and Japanese. It will soon also be available in French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Romanian.

(6). It has been shown pre-launch at several national-level scientific conferences and was shown at the 3rd World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (Bologna, 29 August - 2 September 1999).

(7). Cost - Western Europe: 12 (8 concessions), Eastern Europe: 6 (4),
US: $20 ($15), Australia: A$30 ($20), Other: contact EuroNICHE.

Nick Jukes
EuroNICHE Co-ordinator
11 Beckingham Road
Leicester LE2 1HB
England
mobile: +44 7867 513215
tel/fax: +44 1892 548462
e-mail: <lynx@gn.apc.org>

USA / Canada:
Dr Jonathan Balcombe
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St
NW Washington
DC 20037
USA
Tel: 301-258-3046
Fax: 301-258-7760
e-mail: <jbalcombe@hsus.org>

Australia / New Zealand:
Elizabeth Ahlston
New Educational Aids in Medicine and Science Trust (NEAMS)
PO Box 516
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Australia
Fax: (02) 9361 6448
e-mail: <humane@mail.zip.com.au>

Source: lynx@gn.apc.org

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