Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Today: Urge UBC President to Have A Heart

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URGE UBC PRESIDENT TO “HAVE A HEART” BY ENDING ANIMAL RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY

This Valentine’s Day (February 14) please urge the University of British Columbia (UBC) President Stephen Toope to “have a heart” by ending animal research at the university. Please send him a Valentine’s card ORcall or email his office to wish him a Happy Valentine’s Day and ask him to put a stop to UBC’s brutal experiments on animals.

BACKGROUND

Every year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, monkeys, and others. Many of the experiments are highly invasive and painful. Most of the research is conducted with little public scrutiny. In 2010 alone, UBC used a shocking200,000 animals in research.

Stop UBC Animal Research has discovered UBC researchers have:

*Cut open the backs of cats, inserted screws into their spines, and built restraint chambers along the cats’ spinal columns

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures

*Poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure

*Injected toxins into the brains of monkeys to cause a form of “parkinsonism”

*Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for six months in emphysema research

*Blinded monkeys in vision studies

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

*MAIL UBC President President Toope a Valentine’s card urging him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. Send cards to:

UBC President Stephen Toope

Office of the President

The University of British Columbia

6328 Memorial Road

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

OR

*Email or call UBC President Toope to urge him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. To contact President Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-8300

Be sure to let Stop UBC Animal Research know when you mailed your card to President Toope or called or emailed his office. We’re trying to keep track of how many people contact the UBC President. You can reach us at stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com. Thanks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stop UBC Animal Research at:

604-551-3324

stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

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Stop UBC Animal Research Outreach at upcoming Occupy Vancouver Event

Stop UBC Animal Research outreach at upcoming Occupy Vancouver

Time Saturday, October 15 · 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street Vancouver

ALERT: Stop UBC Animal Research outreach at upcoming Occupy Vancouver On Saturday, October 15, diverse groups will gather in downtown Vancouver as part of the global “Occupy Movement” – a movement launched weeks ago in New York City to protest against social and economic inequality, corporate excess, and the influence of corporate money on government. The “Occupy Movement” has since spread to demonstrations across the world, including one to begin in Vancouver this weekend. Stop UBC Animal Research’s mission ties in closely with the Occupy Movement. After all, Canadian taxpayer dollars are used to fund animal research, research that is incredibly cruel, at odds with our society’s sense of compassion, and is conducted largely without any oversight or public scrutiny. In addition, much of that research is performed to benefit large pharmaceutical companies which have shown little interest in ending animal suffering.

WHEN: 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 15

WHERE: Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver. Look for our members in Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirts. If you get lost Saturday or can’t find us in the crowd, call Brian on his cell at 604-618-1030. Click here for Google map: http://bit.ly/nroRzu.

WHY: Occupy Vancouver will be finalizing its mission statement at the Saturday morning general assembly meeting. While the statement mentions protecting the environment and civil liberties, it does not yet contain any language about ending the oppression of animals.

(See Occupy Vancouver’s statement by clicking here: http://bit.ly/oklinp.) We can help influence the Occupy Vancouver statement to embrace animal rights. In addition, Saturday’s downtown meeting will give Stop UBC Animal Research a chance to distribute literature about UBC’s animal research to a sympathetic crowd and to recruit new members to our cause. We will also set up an information table. This is a prime outreach opportunity!

WHAT TO BRING: Please wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. T-shirts will be available for sale for $20. We will have literature available for distribution.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Brian, 604-618-1030, stopUBCanimalresearch@gmail.com

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Join Stop UBC Public Education Event “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Join Stop UBC Animal Research at public education event at showing of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 8:50PM

WHERE: Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard St. (Smithe & Burrard). Click here for Google maps: http://bit.ly/q4PNfr.

WHAT: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes just opened around North America to rave reviews. The film makes a powerful case against animal research and is perhaps one of the greatest commercial animal rights films ever made (Click here to watch movie trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=LaK6khs8aMw). Stop UBC Animal Research will educate moviegoers about UBC’s cruel experiments on non-human primates and other animals. NOTE: if you haven’t seen the film yet you can see it after our public education event. Let’s make the evening a Stop UBC Animal Research social night too!

WHAT TO BRING: Signs that read, “Stop UBC’s Monkey Business”, “UBC Conducts Cruel Experiments on Monkeys”, UBC Shocks Monkeys in the Name of ‘Science'”, “UBC Researchers Blind Monkeys in the Name of ‘Science’.” We’ll need four people to dress up as monkeys. We will provide the costumes. Be sure to wear your “Stop UBC Animal Research” T-shirt.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: stopubcanimalresearch@gmai​l.com, 604-551-3324

RSVP: stopubcanimalresearch@gmai​l.com

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Urge UBC to Disclose Info about it’s Cruel Experiments on Animals

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ALERT: Urge University of British Columbia to disclose information about its cruel experiments on animals

Every year, the University of British Columbia (UBC) conducts thousands of research projects involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, rabbits, monkeys, and others. Some of that research employs extremely painful and, ultimately, lethal procedures. Nearly all the experiments are done with little public scrutiny.

For instance, one UBC researcher has experimented on cats for 30 years. In his papers, the researcher described how he had cut open the backs of cats to expose their vertebrae, inserted titanium screws into the cats’ spinal columns to inhibit movement, and built restraint chambers around the cats’ exposed vertebra to give researchers access to the cats’ spinal columns and to fix the animals in a sitting position for recording sessions.

UBC researchers have also:

*Repeatedly poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure

*Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for up to six months in emphysema research

*Injected toxins into monkeys’ brains to simulate “parkinsonism”

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

To date, UBC has denied Stop UBC Animal Research’s freedom of information act requests and has yet to provide the organization with any details about its experiments. Since much of UBC’s animal research is funded by taxpayers, the public has a right to know what UBC is doing to animals with that money.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

*Urge UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope to release information about UBC’s research on animals. See below for sample letter. Please be polite in your communication with UBC. Send any replies from UBC to stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

Phone: 604.822.8300

*Urge BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to compel UBC to disclose information. The OIPC is charged with enforcing BC’s freedom of information law and has the authority to order UBC to provide information to the public.

To contact the OIPC:

Phone: 250-387-5629

Toll-free line for greater Vancouver area: 604-660-2421; 1-800-663-7867

E-mail: info@oipc.bc.ca

For more information contact Stop UBC Animal Research at stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604.551.3324

SAMPLE LETTER TO UBC PRESIDENT TOOPE

DATE

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.

UBC – a public institution that promotes critical thinking, debate, transparency, and freedom of speech – has been less than forthcoming about its research on animals. 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.

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. 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 2000-2010, 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 2000-2010

∗Data on the number of animals used annually in research, teaching, and testing at UBC for 2000-2010. 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 2000-2010

∗Photos, videos, and other recordings of experiments conducted on animals by UBC researchers and instructors for 2000-2010

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.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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Air Canada Transports Primates for Animal Research Please Write

Primates Suffer in Cargo Transport Please Write to the Addresses Below

BUAV investigates Primates as Cargo
Airlines transport primates packed into small wooden crates to research facilities  worldwide, including to the U.S. Some die in transport because of the deplorable conditions of being shipped as cargo. Others endure and survive only to reach a cruel fate in research.

A recent report from BUAV cited 11 airlines that continue to transport primates. They found that Air France ships to Covance Clinical Research Units in the USA; Air Canada ships primates from  China to labs in Canada; and China Southern and Eastern airlines transport them to the U.S.

During flights, the primates endure delays, poor ventilation, noise and dangerous temperature fluctuations on their extremely long journeys. The anxiety and stress they suffer can lead to increased susceptibility to infection. Documents obtained by BUAV provide a disturbing insight into how these animals suffer.


BUAV investigates Primates as CargoThe following reported incidences illustrate the pain and suffering endured by the primates:

‘On uncrating, he was found in moribund condition. Part of the wooden crate had been chewed away and no food was present in the crate. The primate died while IV fluids were being administered.’

‘One animal died during transport from Vietnam. The animal was removed in Paris at the airport; the cause of death was reportedly from … [the build-up of gas in the intestinal tract]

‘One animal imported from Mauritius was dead on arrival.’
 

Conditions that resulted in the death or euthanasia of primates (during the quarantine period) imported into the USA during 2009 included pneumonia, enteritis, gastroenteritis, dehydration, weight loss, poor body condition and infection.

Contact AirlinesNEAVS is calling on supporters to contact airlines listed below to request that they cease involvement in primate transport and implement an immediate ban on the transportation of primates for research.

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I am shocked to learn that your airline has, is or would be involved in the international transportation of primates to laboratories. It is inhumane and unacceptable that living animals are packed into small crates and shipped like cargo only to end up in laboratories where they will suffer or die in experiments.

I urge you to join the increasing number of airlines that have stopped their involvement in this money making cruelty and instead refuse to be a part of the trade in living animals for profit and research. Until you do, I will not be flying with your airline.

Sincerely,

Your name

__________________
Send to:
Air Canada
Air Canada Centre
Fax: +44 (0) 208 750 8495
Email: acexecutive.hautedirectionac@aircanada.ca and
aircanada_customercare_en@mailca.custhelp.com American Airlines
Gerard J. Arpey, Chairman
Fax: +44 (0)20 8745 1469
Email: Customer.Relations@aa.com
LiveAnimals.Cargo@aa.com
contactus@aacargo.com

Continental Airlines
Fax: +44 (0)1293 567122
Email: corpcomm@coair.com

Other Airlines:
Air China
Email: info@cacargo.co.uk

Air France
Email: customer-service.LHR@klmcargo.com

Caribbean Airlines
Email: cto.uk@caribbean-airlines.com

China Eastern Airlines
Email: saleslondon@chinaeastern.co.uk

China Southern Airlines
Email: csnib@csair.com and ecsupport@csair.com

Philippine Airlines
Email: corpcomms@pal.com.ph

Vietnam Airlines
Email: cargo@vietnamair.com.vn

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Stop UBC Mock Funeral in the News!

This weekend, Stop UBC Animal Research staged a mock funeral for the animals used in research at UBC. The action, which had stunning visuals including caskets, photos of animals in laboratories, the Grim Reaper, and campaign members dressed for a memorial service, was an outstanding success. More than two dozen Stop UBC Animal Research members participated. And the demonstration received good media coverage (See links below):


Animal research protestors state mock funeral at UBC (UBYSSEY newspaper)

Fake funeral held in protest of UBC animal research (UBYSSEY youtube video)

Memorial at UBC for lab animals (Saving Animals News)

Activists protest UBC animal testing (CBC TV)

To see photos from the Saturday action go to:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150275825119009.372859.614844008

http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/blog/8-blog/61-mourning-for-animals-at-ubc

Thanks to all who made the event such a brilliant success!

-Brian

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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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STOP UBC multi-day presence at UBC this week

 

ALERT: STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH TO STAGE MULTI-DAY PRESENCE AT UBC UNTIL MONKEYS ARE FREED

BACKGROUND:
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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US:


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:http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

 


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UBCO Professor Joey Castricano Raises Ethical Questions on Animal Research

UBCO professor Jodey Castricano highlights some sensitive issues around the use of animals in research.  Some of her thoughtful comments are quoted in a recent article written by  Jennifer Smith of the Kelowna Capital News.  I was so impressed by the commentary of  Castricano that I had to investigate a little bit more.

When UBCO professor Jodey Castricano, whose work deals with the ethics of animal testing, began asking questions, she too was not impressed with the answers she recieved.

Castricano points to research on everything from strokes to HIV to that Parkinson’s disease research to show that there is just as much to learn from the human body as animals—if not more.

She believes people really need to question whether animal testing actually advances medical science.

“We start talking about human benefits and our minds go numb,” she said, pointing out there is very little emphasis on just how much can be learned without the animals.

The professor asked to see the facility, but was turned away because the university says the animals cannot be contaminated by having those who are not trained in how to move through the lab come through the facility.

When she asked for the tour, the facility, which is set to open next fall, was empty, she said.

“It’s really difficult for people to wrap their minds around the idea that animals are subjects of their own lives,” said Castricano.

At various points in history, women, slaves and Jewish people have all been in the same position, treated like we currently treat animals—without rights.

She contends the university is overlooking the fact that science, too, is a social phenomenon and, therefore, the very idea of animal testing should subject to moral analysis, not removed from it.

Read Full Article Here

 

Jody Castricano is the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies; serves on the UBCO Senate and sits on the DVC Committee for Human Rights and Equity as well as on the Senate Research and Learning Committee.  She has recently been appointed a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford University, United Kingdom.  http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/index.php.

Jody Castricano studies ethics and has written a book entitled Animal Subjects:

 

“Animal Subjects…is…a major contribution to the overlapping interdisciplinary field variously named animal studies, human-animal studies, or even critical animal studies, depending on one’s ethical and political commitments. The text is unique in that it treads a line between abstract academic and more accessible and overtly political writing. Consequently, the text will likely make people nervous on both sides of the current debates about what role, if any, advocacy should have within animal studies. On one hand, there is a fear that rigorous scholarship often suffers under the desire to ameliorate or abolish animals’ suffering and use. On the other, there is a concern that the animals of animal studies are now regarded as the next reservoir of interesting topics to tap, without any kind of accountability to the billions of non-human beings who are harmed through institutionalized animal practices. Fortunately, Animal Subjects works against the notion that careful scholarship and political weight are inversely proportional…. The insightful text demands that we confront the limitations and myriad contradictions in various schools of thought, such as ecology, sociobiology, legal discourse and philosophy among others…ground-breaking…. Hopefully, Animal Subjects is just the beginning.”

— Lauren E.J. Corman, Topia

 

It makes me very curious to see how those in the scientific community, who are supposedly on the leading edge of open minded thinking are still so deeply entrenched in what I would call medieval thinking. Critical thinking, in my opinion results in a logical, thoughtful, conscious review of one’s own actions and how they affect others.  It also explores many concepts and questions about our perceived truths and cultural idea’s.  Free thinking is an expansion of awareness. I would personally encourage all of those deeply entrenched in such thinking who accept unquestioningly the concept of using other beings as subject matter rather than subject beings to read her work. Perhaps if they were to begin exploring their own inner thinking and to really apply the same valuable critical thinking skills that philosophy demands, these pseudo scientists would arrive at the same ideal that many of us have:

 

Buddha:  May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
Louis J. Camuti:  “Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.”
Charles Darwin: “There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”
Leonardo Da Vinci:  “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Jeremy Bentham: “The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”

 

There have been men and women, great scientists and thinkers far more intelligent than those currently experimenting on animals who were horrified that men were capable of harming such innocent beings.  I think perhaps it is time to take a lesson in kindness, compassion and in depth analysis from those who have walked this path before.

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Important Date Change for Stop UBC: Now Walk For Animals on Sunday Feb 13th

Update!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have CHANGED THE DATE OF THE WALK TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13!

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SHOW YOUR HEART, HELP STOP ANIMAL SUFFERING
Valentines Walk for the Animals

JOIN STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH IN CALLING FOR AN END TO ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS

WHEN: Noon-2 PM, Sunday, February 13

WHERE: Meet at the Inukshuk statue at the southwest end of English Bay beach. The statue is located off the popular Vancouver seawall. It is near where the large trees are lit up during Christmas. Along Beach Ave near Bidwell Street.
See map at: http://www.venturevancouver.com/inukshuk-first-beach-english-bay-vancouver

WHAT TO BRING:
*Your companion dog on leash

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, we’ll have shirts for sale for $20.

*Signs that read: “End all animal exploitation,” “UBC – All animals should be respected,” “One man killed 100 dogs in Whistler. At UBC 100,000 animals are harmed each year,” “End animal research at UBC,” “Every animal can feel pain – Stop animal research at UBC.”

WHY: Understandably, there has been much public outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Stop UBC Animal Research joins the chorus of voices against that senseless slaughter. From this tragedy, we hope the public will begin to make the connection between “Man and woman’s best friend” and the animals suffering in UBC’s laboratories. Each year UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals yet much of that research is hidden. Our dog walk along the Seawall will help raise awareness about what is happening to animals at UBC. And it is meant to spark a dialogue about how all animals among us should be treated.

CONTACT: stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604-551-3324.


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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

Previously Post!

PLEASE POST AND FORWARD WALK FOR THE ANIMALS From the Whistler Dog Massacre to the Animals used at UBC for Research JOIN STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH IN CALLING FOR AN END TO ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS

WHEN: Noon-2 PM, Friday, February 11

WHERE: Meet at the Inukshuk statue at the southwest end of English Bay beach. The statue is located off the popular Vancouver seawall. It is near where the large trees are lit up during Christmas time. See: http://www.venturevancouver.com/inukshuk-first-beach-english-bay-vancouver

WHAT TO BRING: *Your companion dog on leash

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, we’ll have shirts for sale for $20.

*Signs that read: “End all animal exploitation,” “UBC – All animals should be respected,” “One man killed 100 dogs in Whistler. At UBC 100,000 animals are harmed each year,” “End animal research at UBC,” “Every animal can feel pain – Stop animal research at UBC.”

WHY: Understandably, there has been much public outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Stop UBC Animal Research joins the chorus of voices against that senseless slaughter.

From this tragedy, we hope the public will begin to make the connection between “Man and woman’s best friend” and the animals suffering in UBC’s laboratories. Each year UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals yet much of that research is hidden. Our dog walk along the Seawall will help raise awareness about what is happening to animals at UBC. And it is meant to spark a dialogue about how all animals among us should be treated.

— 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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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STOP UBC Animal Research Demo January 27 “UBC MONKEY DEATH ROW”

PLEASE ATTEND THIS EXCITING EVENT

 

STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH  TO STAGE “UBC MONKEY DEATH ROW”

Group calls on UBC to stop brutal experiments on monkeys

At 12:30, Thursday, January 27, Stop UBC Animal Research will stage “UBC’s monkey death row” to protest the university’s brutal experiments on monkeys. The demonstration will include four activists dressed as monkeys in bright orange jail suits and in chains caged in a mock jail cell. We invite you to attend this provocative, theatrical event.

WHO: Stop UBC Animal Research. Contact Brian Vincent at 604-551-3324, stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

WHEN: Thursday, January 27, 12:30 PM

WHERE: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street (Robson Street side)

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring home-made signs that read, ”UBC Monkey Death Row,” “Stop UBC’s Monkey Business,” “Dead Monkey Walking.” Be sure to wear your “Stop UBC Animal Research” T-shirt. T-shirts will be available at demo for $20.

WHY: Every year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments on cats, mice, pigs, rabbits, monkeys, and other animals. After a month’s-long investigation, Stop UBC Animal Research has discovered that UBC has been:

Injecting toxins into monkeys’ brains to simulate “parkinsonism.” A UBC report obtained by Stop UBC Animal Research states that one researcher is using four to eight non-human primates to create in the animals “a new, progressively degenerative ‘model’ of Parkinson’s Disease.” According to the document, the UBC researcher’s experiment “uses rhesus monkeys which are receiving injections of proteasomal inhibitors into their brains. Head-holding devices have been surgically implanted into the monkeys’ brains, and protrude from the top of the monkeys’ heads, to be hooked up to frames when the researchers want to totally immobilize the animals presumably for injection of drugs and for scans at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.  The monkeys have been scanned after implantation but before injection, for baseline (or starting point) information. Some animals are to be killed at 6 months, some at 12 months.” According to an April 12, 2010 progress report published by TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, UBC’s Parkinson’s experiment is active and ongoing. It is anticipated the monkeys will be killed by April, when federal funding for the project ends. Stop UBC Animal Research has offered to buy the monkeys so they can be placed in a primate sanctuary.

 

Administering electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures. Electrodes were applied to the heads of six rhesus macaques through which the shocks were given, apparently to cause seizures. For this the monkeys were only given a sedative and a drug to paralyze them. There was no mention of pain relief. The sedative would not cause complete loss of consciousness and inability to feel and, therefore, the concern is whether they were capable of feeling pain and terror. Because they were paralyzed, they would not have been able to show outward signs of suffering. The animals were also subjected to the unpleasant consequences of repeated doses of anesthesia. There is no mention of what happened to the monkeys.

 

Blinding monkeys in vision deprivation studies. Six rhesus macaques were deliberately blinded in one eye by cutting the optic nerve and allowed to live after this brutal mutilation. A second group of monkeys had one eye deliberately damaged by laser to cause a painful increase in pressure known as glaucoma. The animals were allowed to survive this surgery and kept alive, without pain medication, for weeks before being killed.

 

Injecting particles into the fetuses of pregnant monkeys. Three pregnant rhesus macaques were used, probably off-campus at a facility in the US. A tube was inserted into the monkeys’ abdomens and then into the fetuses where particles were injected into the kidneys to cause damage. A few weeks before the fetuses would have been born, the mothers were subjected to abdominal surgery, the fetuses removed and killed after which tissues were collected.

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