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STOP UBC multi-day presence at UBC this week



In January, the Province newspaper published a front-page story about Stop UBC Animal Research‘s campaign to halt UBC’s brutal experiments on monkeys (See “Bid to Save UBC monkeys from grim death”). As noted in the article, Stop UBC Animal Research has urged UBC to release the monkeys to a sanctuary so they can live their remaining years in peace. After conducting horrific experiments on the monkeys, UBC intends to kill them, perhaps as early as April.

From Monday, March 28th until at least Friday, April 1, Stop UBC Animal Research will be maintaining a presence on the UBC campus.  Each day members of our group will be gathering at the UBC Student Union Building. (Click here for SUB address and directions.) During that week, Stop UBC Animal Research will be on the UBC campus in shifts from 8AM-12 and 12-4PM.

Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at:



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  1. John says:

    The same worn-out sophomoric rant, nothing original here. So… I won’t excercise myself much…

    Drugs tested on animals are frequently found to be unsafe in humans.

    Perhaps the most famous teratogen, Thalidomide was given to pregnant women in the 1950’s to control nausea, causing more than 10,000 births with limb-reduction defects.

    After thalidomide was withdrawn from the market, tests in pregnant mice, rats, and guinea pigs were negative; finally, one strain of rabbit (the New Zealand white rabbit) was found to be susceptible. Cats, hamsters, rats, and mice were later found to be sensitive only to extremely high doses.”

    James Schardein summarised the Thalidomide situation in Drugs as Teratogens (1976) as: “To date, in approximately 10 strains of rats, 15 strains of mice, 11 breeds of rabbits, two breeds of dogs, three strains of hamsters, eight species of primates, and in such other varied species as cats, armadillos, guinea-pigs,
    swine and ferrets in which Thalidomide has been tested, teratogenic effects have been induced only occasionally.”

    There are countless examples that contradict the assumption that it is possible to apply scientific conclusions from animals to humans. The Journal of the American Medical Association (October 20, 1975) revealed that it had been established that man is 60 times more sensitive to Thalidomide than the mouse, 100 times more sensitive than the rat, 200 times more sensitive than the dog and 700 times more sensitive than the hamster – all of them favorite laboratory animals. So wy all the test? Because ther’s money in it? Nah! Couldn’t be!

    Primodos, Amenorone-forte, Duogynon and Debendox gave a repeat performance of the Thalidomide tragedy all over Europe.

    In 1978, after more and more stories and pictures of malformed newborns, whose mother had been treated with Duogynon during pregnancy, appeared in West Germany, its manufacturer, Schering of Berlin, pulled a neat trick on the consumers: it changed the drug’s name to Cumorit. The Health authorities voiced no objection.

    In the USA, among the drugs held responsible for the yearly increase of malformed births, there is one called Bendectin – the American trade name for Britain’s Debendox.

    EXPERT REVEALS: COMMON DRUG CAUSING DEFORMED BABIES – ran a headline on October 9, 1979 of the National Enquirer, often decried as a muckraking scandal-sheet for revealing certain disturbing truths that Americans never find in the N.Y.

    Times, the Washington Post or other authoritative and “respectable” papers committed
    to the protection of special interests. The article began:

    In a monstrous scandal that could be far larger than the Thalidomide horror, untold thousands of babies are being born with hideous birth defects – after their mothers took an anti-nausea drug during early pregnancy. Unbelievably, the drug is still being
    rescribed – for nearly half a million American women each year! Despite clear expert evidence that the drug is a vicious, body-twisting crippler, its manufacturer denied the danger and has tried to cover up the terrifying truth, charge outraged experts. Even more shockingly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received numerous warnings from doctors about the dangers but has done absolutely nothing to stop its use. The medication – which is called Bendectin – is the most commonly prescribed anti-morning-sickness drug for pregnant women in America. ‘This is one of the most shocking
    disasters in medical history,’ declared Dr. Neil Solomon, former professor at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical School…

    And on January 20, 1980, Britain’s highly respected Observer carried a front-page headline which read:


    It concerned Debendox, “under suspicion” of being responsible for the increase of birth defects, but what was particularly interesting in the article in relation to this present report was that those “suspicions” had been existing for a score of years.

    By the time the manufacturer, Merrell, was taken to court, he had secured “scientific findings” by “medical experts” who challenged the allegations that the product was teratogenic (malformation causing).

    The Observer published documents “written in the belief that they were confidential and would not be disclosed.” They revealed that “a professional relationship” had been established, among others, between Merrell and Professor Richard Srnithells, FRCP, professor of pediatrics at Leeds University, and that after this professor had completed a “study” which cleared Merrell of any responsibility, he suggested in a letter marked “Confidential” that the Merrell company might consider endowing a research fellowship in his department.

    This letter included such passages as “I should appreciate any gesture Merrell felt inclined to make but I imagine that if we are able to give Debendox a clean bill of health with regard to teratogenesis this would be of substantial help.”

    No great prophetic powers are required to assume that Merrell, in its pharmaceutical wisdom, knew how to take the hint.

    On the American scene of the Debendox-Bendectin tragedy meanwhile, the National nquirer provided the following bits of information:

    “Incredibly, despite the dangers of Bendectin cited by experts, Merrell has attached a label on bottles of the drugs it sends to pharrnacies, saying that it is safe. Only near the end of the label does Merrell issue a mild caution that Bendectin ‘should be used only when clearly needed.'”

    from Slaughter of the Innocent, Hans Ruesch

    In Turkey there were no Thalidomide children, because Dr. S.T. Aygun had recognised in 1958 the effect of Thalidomide leading to deformaties in the course of a month’s tests with cell-cultures and prevented its introduction into Turkey. He also informed the manufacturer Chemi Gruenenthal of the results of his investigation. However, the manufacturer replied that the product had been tested for three years on three thousand animals and so it was judged to be harmless. We know what happened.

    Dr. Aygun portrays the testing of a drug on a womb in the course of a birth: “One should imagine the animal in the late stages of pregnancy, fixed by the paws, the abdominal cavity opened and the womb suspended outside the body. After the drug has been administered the movement of the womb is observed. And of course this is only possible when the animal is fully conscious as any anesthetisation would have a paralysing effect upon the proceedings. When one visualises this terrible scene and the unspeakable torture of the animal and at the same time realises that the desired effect can equally well or even better be produced on tissue cultures, it is enough to make one’s heart turn in one’s body. And this is just one experiment among thousands.”

    Source: Stiller

  2. How sad to know that those who oppose the use of animals in research because they care for both the animals tortured and the humans devastated by ignoble motives and unreliable results (check on Vioxx, HRT, Fen-Phen et al) are summarily dismissed by the research establishment as violent activists…. Rather, we are striving against a tidal wave of advertizing dollars and misguided donations to instill a belief in the sanctity of all of creation…. We are seeking to preserve all of fragile Nature, even the researchers and their loved ones we would protect with all our might as deserving the light of life in their eyes that is gone so soon…we are all kin and our time on this lovely planet can be put to so much good without harming one another…..

  3. Margret says:

    Not all animal research provides us with any useful information. Some animal protocols provide no benefits whatsoever. To suggest otherwise is factually unfounded.

    Animal research as a process provides us with medical solutions to human disease. To suggest otherwise is factually unfounded.

    That it is not necessary to utilize animals to prevent harm to humans is factually unfounded –just ask the children of mothers who took Thalidomide for pregnancy nausea if they feel that more robust animal modeling should have been done.

    To suggest that people concerned about animal welfare should forgo the benefits of modern medicine or contrarily, that researchers should volunteer their own bodies is facile, pointless and distracts from the real issue.

    The ethical treatment of animals is a serious concern of all parties and deserves more than emotive drum beating and spreading of hysterical misinformation.

    If one chooses to pursue a passionate engagement of the issue, before providing an opinion based on preschool level understanding, it behooves one to become educated on the fundamental processes in place to safeguard the ethical treatment of animals and whether or not they are being appropriately exercised.

    Video ambushing animal care personnel or uninformed members of the public is little more than a stunt not dissimilar to the display of the general ignorance of people when Jay Leno goes Jay-Walking with the great unwashed of Los Angeles. Unfortunately such tactics build barriers not bridges. If you actually want to make a change, focus your efforts through effective lobbying and engagement of the bodies that oversee the process. To do that you need to educate yourself and turn down the hyperbole. The recent successes in the BC forest industry with environmentalists and corporate logging interests is a good example of successful interaction and communication between what at first appear to be polar positions.

    • Mohandas Karamchand or Mahatma (Sanskrit for Great Soul) Gandhi was an unequivical liberator of the mind and instrument of the greatest act of freedom for a group of oppressed individuals during the Indian Independence Movement. Gandhi truthfully lived a path of ahimsa of doing no harm. Gandhi’s life included compassion for all sentient beings, vegetarianism and mutual tolerance among individuals of different creeds. He deeply objected to the testing of animals. He also wrote a book entitled the “Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.” Gandhi said the following “I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”

      How does today’s scientific community justify the use of thousands of souls to experiment on for their own curiosity and professional advancement? How do they rationalize the horrors they inflict on the most innocent beings to that they can continue to explore their curiosities under the banner of medical advancements? How does one progress in mind without the inclusion of heart and feeling?

      None of the horrors that have happened in this world have come from an ideological viewpoint of peace and compassion for all. It is the mind’s imbalance from the self that has created terror after terror on this planet: wars, slavery, genocide and technological warfare that brutalizes everyone on our earth. Animal testing is an extension of slavery with the same philosophical thinking as the horror of genocide. To President Toope and his colleagues: Will you ever learn? Will you ever truly try to understand what it is you are doing while testing animals and using the most innocent creatures for your personal advancement?

      Those in the academic community seem to be able to convince themselves of anything as long as they can personally justify it and continue to act while completely cut off from their own feelings. For it is impossible to harm another while existing in the heart of feeling. It was the mind that thought of slavery, and it was the heart that freed the suffering from slavery.

      It shall be the same with animal testing.

      There IS NO justification for torture.

      “I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.” -Mahatma Gandhi

      “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas Edison

      “The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.” – Dr. Diane Fossey, Woman in the Mists (Dr. Fossey was killed by someone who killed animals yesterday.)

      “Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. Wherever one notices them, they constitute a sign of ignorance and brutality which cannot be painted over even by all the evidence of wealth and luxury.” – Alexander Von Humbolt, German Naturalist

      “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” – Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States

      “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of humanity.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Critic

    • Anthony Marr says:

      I would rather die of a certain disease than to make another sentient being die for me against its will.

      I would rather die of a certain disease than to have my soul tainted with arrogance, selfishness, callousness and cruelty.

      I will have to die of one disease or another, so, the big difference for me is that I can sleep while I’m alive. I’m sure that you too can sleep, but the difference is that I have a conscience.

      In general, any act which derives pleasure out of another being’s suffering is immoral. Anything immoral is wrong, regardless of how ethically it is conducted. And rubbing poison into a dog’s eye and forcing monkeys to smoke 10 packs a day is patently unethical. Immoral and unethical, what more have you got?

      I believe in the historical teaching of “Don’t do unto others what you do not wish done unto you.” from a diversity of cultures Do you wish to be injected with the HIV virus to see how horribly you will die?

      Animal experimentation is no better than what Dr. Mengele did in WW2. The only difference are the victims. And, madame, you sound just like the “good” doctor.

      Of course you will laugh at this analogy, but I will state what is obvious to others. How would you like to be abducted by aliens, and vivisected terminally?

      Morality and ethics are a matter of philosophy. And they have everything to do with compassion, reciprocity, and humility, qualities which you evidently lack. I’m usually more of a gentleman than this, but, madame, you are no lady.

      Anthony Marr, Founder and President
      Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
      Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

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