This week it is Laboratory Animal Week.
Across the world; animals in labs are suffering in the most terrible ways. One of the aims of Lab Animal Week is to expose the suffering which goes on behind closed doors; and most importantly, to show that the are often NON ANIMAL research initiatives in existence which promote medical research without the use of animal models.
Here we are going to provide you with an insight into the UK organisation ‘Animal Free research’; and expose the many current research programs that they are working on which do not involve the use of animals at all.
Animal Free Research UK began as the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research in 1970.
Walter Robert Hadwen was born in Woolwich on 3rd August 1854. He left school at thirteen, having passed his preliminary examination for entrance into the Pharmaceutical Society.
In 1872, at the age of eighteen, he moved to London where he had obtained a post at a pharmacy in Bedford Square.
It was also when he was about 21 that he became a vegetarian – originally betting a fellow-student that he could not live six months without meat. He not only proved that he could, but that he was in much better health.
He had already been upset at the suffering of animals killed for meat, and now he was convinced that the slaughter was both unnecessary and wrong. At the age of 22 he wrote: “For my part I am quite satisfied with my trial of Vegetarianism, and it would take more than mortal power to persuade me once again to make my stomach a graveyard for the purpose of burying dead bodies in!”
It is based in Hertfordshire which is a county in England, UK.
Animal Free Research UK began in 1970 when the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), now called Cruelty Free International, set up the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research in honour of its former president, Dr Walter Hadwen.
We are a grant-giving trust, set up to award grants to scientists to help replace the use of animals in medical research. We split from the BUAV in 1980 and became a charity in our own right.
We became an incorporated charity in 2013 and in April 2017, we adopted the working name Animal Free Research UK.
Click on the following link to get more information on medical research which is currently being undertaken WITHOUT the use of any animal testing – also the further options to select other medical research projects
Brain Tumour Research
Breast Cancer Research
Chronic Pain Research
Using Thiel embalmed human cadavers to train doctors and test heart disease and stroke treatments
Human in vitro Brain Tumour methods to replace animal research.
The Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (ARC).
Catch up with the latest NON ANIMAL research blog news – Well worth looking at !:
Lab Animal Week
Laboratory Animal Week: 24 – 30 April
Each year during Laboratory Animal Week, many volunteers proudly don red sashes and take to the streets, shaking a can on behalf of laboratory animals everywhere. These activities make a huge difference by raising much needed funds and increasing public awareness about our work.
Lab Animal Week 2006
The horrific story of the six (UK) human volunteers in the disastrous TGN1412 drug trial has forced some scientists to concede that the kind of non-animal alternative that we have been pushing should have been used.
TGN1412 had been extensively tested on animals. The dose that was given to the volunteers was 500 times lower than that which had caused no ill effects in monkeys.
It is accepted that animal models are poor predictors of the effects in humans, with around a third of all new drugs failing in human clinical trials. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Government health watchdog, says that doses in clinical trials should be 100 times lower than doses that are safe in animals.
When the story broke, we were able to give the media details of species difference and of non-animal alternatives such as microdosing. Other commentators had to agree. Microdosing is a system that would replace many animal tests, as it involves administering ultra-low doses of a drug to human volunteers and analysing the results. It avoids species differences, it saves animals, and it is safer for the human volunteers