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STOP UBC Animal Research Letter

Please Send Letters to UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope on behalf of the STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH CAMPAIGN



Phone: 604.822.8300      Fax: 604.822.5055     Postal Mail:  Office of the President, The University of British Columbia, 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada


Dear UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

I understand UBC conducts extensive research on a variety of animals, including pigs, rats, non-human primates, cats, mice, rabbits, and other animals. Much of that research is funded by the public, through taxpayer dollars, student fees, alumni gifts, and private donations. Yet, few are aware UBC experiments on animals and that some of the procedures used are highly invasive and painful.

UBC – a public institution that promotes critical thinking, debate, transparency, and freedom of speech – has been less than forthcoming about its research on animals. But the public has the right to know about such research. Many, like me, vigorously oppose vivisection because we find it ethically at odds with our values of compassion and of highly questionable scientific merit.

Information about UBC’s animal research and decisions by its Animal Care Committee should be made widely available so that prospective students, current and potential donors, and the public can make informed choices about whether to support UBC. As you may know, the US has a far more transparent system. Information, data, and reports about animal research are posted at website databases through the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture.

With that in mind, I urge UBC to post the following information online:

  • Assessment reports of UBC by the Canadian Council on Animal Care from 2000-2009, including records of non-compliance and violations issued by the CCAC to UBC, as well as UBC’s responses to those assessment reports.
  • Veterinary care and necropsy reports on animals at UBC from 2000-2009.
  • Data on the number of animals used annually in research, teaching, and testing at UBC for 2000-2009. Data should include numbers of animals used by species, category of invasiveness, and purpose of use.
  • Copies of animal use protocols by UBC animal researchers and instructors for 2000-2009.
  • Photos, videos, and other recordings of experiments conducted on animals by UBC researchers and instructors for 2000-2009.

Finally, I urge UBC to pursue alternatives to research on animals as other universities have done and ultimately end all research on animals.  I look forward to your response. Thank you.


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For more information contact Stop UBC Animal Research at or call 604.551.3324


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