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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:

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: 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,


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STOP UBC Animal Research Demo January 27 “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,

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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Fur Free Friday in Vancouver

Here is the event schedule for FUR FREE FRIDAY in Vancouver on November 26th!!! 11:30am to 1:00pm Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side) where we will be marching to several businesses in the area who sell fur (TBA) We will be spending approx. 15-30 minutes at each location. 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Max Mara, 2756 Granville St. There is a global campaign against Max Mara and we want to strengthen their efforts by putting on the pressure in Vancouver! 6:00pm we are meeting at Commercial and 1st Ave where we will be walking to the home of one of Vancouver’s most NOTORIOUS fur store owners for a home picket. We have leaflets and signs for those who don’t, email us for more information. We hope to see you at one or all of the events!!




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Stop UBC at Vancouver Art Gallery

Stop UBC Animal Research’s Nearly Naked, Peta Supported Event on October 24th outside the Vancouver Art Gallery

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gathered media from all of Vancouver to cover the theatrical themed demo, bringing attention to the 100 000 animals used in animal research yearly at UBC. (approximately 2 minutes) (approximately 4 minutes)

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Nearly Naked Body Painted Activists for Stop UBC


Nearly naked body painted activists to urge UBC to end animal research
Stop UBC Animal Research teams up with PETA to expose UBC

Braving predicted cool temperatures and rain, a menagerie of animal advocates – whose nearly nude bodies will be painted to resemble cats, monkeys, mice, and other animals used in research at the University of British Columbia – will gather Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery to expose UBC’s experiments on animals. The Vancouver-based Stop UBC Animal Research teams up with the world’s leading animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to stage a mock UBC research lab where activists role playing as “researchers” will conduct “experiments” on the activist “animals.”

WHO: Stop UBC Animal Research and PETA

WHEN: Sunday, October 24, 12:30 PM

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

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Please arrive at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 10:30 to assist with set up. Help will also be needed to pack up after the event. IMPORTANT: We still need someone with a high-quality video camera to tape the event. If you can assist, please contact Brian at 604-551-3324 or email him at

*Respectful, tasteful, hand-made signs with slogans like “UBC, stop using my tax dollars to experiment on animals,” “Research on animals isn’t science. It’s cruelty” “Animal research is bad science,” “Stop UBC Animal Research.”

*Umbrellas since the forecast calls for rain. Remember the slight discomfort we may feel in the rain is nothing compared to what the animals endure at UBC.

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one from our campaign. Cost: $20.


WHY: UBC has an extensive animal research program. Every year, the university conducts thousands of research projects involving animals, including on cats, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, and other animals. Many of those experiments employ extremely painful and ultimately, lethal procedures. Nearly all of the research is conducted with little public knowledge or scrutiny. One UBC researcher, for example, has experimented on cats for 30 years. In 2008, he received a five-year, federally funded grant for continued animal research. 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. Other UBC researchers have conducted experiments on and off campus in which they have: repeatedly poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure; captured wild songbirds in mist nets; withdrew their blood then decapitated the birds; continuously exposed mice to cigarette smoke in emphysema research; blinded monkeys in vision deprivation studies.

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