World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week is the week that surrounds April 24th every year - It's a national week of protests, media events, etc. at laboratories to stop testing and research on animals

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78% RISE in Dogs Dying in Irish Laboratories

PRESS RELEASE

To mark World Laboratory Animal Week (20-27th April)

A commercial animal testing company in the Republic of Ireland greatly increased the number of dogs it used for poisoning tests and developing commercial products in 2006, according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Health (which issues licences to companies and universities to conduct experiments on animals).

In Ireland, the number of dogs subjected to a miserable, short life in barren laboratory conditions had been dropping since 2002. It is therefore grave news that the total number of dogs used in experiments in Irish laboratories increased by a staggering 78% in 2006.

It is of particular concern that only 115 of the dogs experimented on by Universities, Colleges and Commercial companies based in Ireland were used to comply with regulations. Therefore, the other 182 dogs suffered and died FOR NO REASON REQUIRED BY IRISH OR EU LAW. These dogs die because profit-making companies pay for experiments to be done to help their businesses. In 2006 commercial contract testing companies in Ireland used a total of 8,633 animals in experiments, including, 289 dogs, 169 cats, 168 horses and donkeys, and 260 cattle. An increase of 37% on the number used in 2005.

A spokesperson for the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society says: “It is unacceptable for the Department of Health to give a licence to companies who make money out of causing suffering and fatal harm to animals. Contract testing companies keep their work secret because they know how strongly the public disapproves of animal testing. Unfortunately, the lack of information available from the Department of Health aids this secrecy about experiments and animal welfare in laboratories.

Furthermore, it is the view of the IAVS that animal testing is an outmoded and unreliable way of assessing whether a substance is safe for human consumption or harmless in the environment. Safety testing chemicals on animals has been publicly criticised by important scientific bodies such as the US Academy of Science who advocates the use of human cell systems instead.”

The total number of animals used in Irish laboratories in 2006 was 73,794 – almost double the number used in 2005.

297 DOGS - increased
169 CATS - increased
60 HAMSTERS - increased
25 GUINEA PIGS - increased
4 FERRETS - increased
4,689 CATTLE - increased
36,151 FISH - increased
61 other mammals - increased
21,152 MICE - increased
10,314 RATS - increased
69 BIRDS
101 RABBITS
182 HORSES & DONKEYS
331 SHEEP 189 PIGS
 
Total 73, 794
 

FOR RADIO INTERVIEWS

PLEASE CONTACT JOHN CARMODY, ARAN ON 087 627 5579

www.irishantivivisection.org, www.aran.ie 

IAVS & ARAN

join forces for

WORLD LABORATORY ANIMAL WEEK

PROTEST AGAINST DOGS IN IRISH LABORATORIES

Central Bank, Dame Street

SATURDAY

26th April 2008

2pm – 4pm

PLEASE COME ALONG TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF

ANIMALS HIDDEN IN IRISH LABORATORIES.
 

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