US-Vanderbilt University: Elite institution has an obsession with animal testing

Published August 12, 2021 by Danny Prater.

Vanderbilt University is seen as a prestigious academic institution.

But now, PETA has unearthed documents revealing appalling violations, misery, and death.

This dark side of Vanderbilt is kept hidden from the public as well as most students and faculty. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the school itself are the largest hotbeds for crude, painful, and useless experimentation on animals in Tennessee. In fact, Vandy ranks among the most prolific tormentors of animals in laboratories anywhere in the country.

Recent reports that document violations of federal animal welfare regulations and guidelines paint a grim picture of animal suffering at Vanderbilt.

Earlier this year, the university was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after four guinea pigs died painfully and in distress while being used in experiments in which a tube was forced down their windpipes. The lead experimenter didn’t even have a veterinarian present, as required, and it was later determined that the guinea pigs had not been fully anesthetized—they likely felt it all.

The experimenter attempted to hide these issues but was found out.

Last year, the USDA cited Vanderbilt after six rabbits were found to be suffering and in pain after an experimenter injected a test drug into their eyes. The rabbits’ were red and swollen, and some of the animals couldn’t even open them.

Previous violations at Vandy include these.

Multiple experimenters failed to obtain approval from the school’s animal experimentation oversight committee before carrying out invasive and painful experiments on animals.

In one case, an experimenter deviated from the approved protocol for pain relief for gerbils—resulting in the death of multiple animals.
In another, an experimenter used more pigs in an experiment than had been approved.

On numerous occasions in Vanderbilt’s laboratories, mice have died of starvation or dehydration after laboratory personnel failed to provide them with food or water.
Experimenters at the school have subjected animals to painful procedures—including invasive surgeries—but then failed to do the following:

Provide the animals with post-procedural pain relief in accordance with approved protocols
Ensure that pain medications weren’t expired.

Further evidence of animal suffering at Vanderbilt
Neglect, incompetence, and a culture of disregard have resulted in almost unimaginable misery and suffering for the animals trapped in laboratories at Vanderbilt.

In 2020 alone—a year in which the university received more than $377 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about half of which was directed toward funding or performing cruel and deadly experiments on animals—the school imprisoned these animals in its laboratories:

-Dozens of dogs, rabbits, and monkeys
-Hundreds of gerbils
-Untold numbers of mice and rats

The Sshool has repeatedly been fined by the USDA

In 2007, the school was fined $7,218.75 for—among other lapses—failing to give water to a squirrel monkey named Lil Wayne, who later died of dehydration. Water had been shut off to the monkeys’ caging area, but no one checked on the animals for days.
In 2008, the school was fined $8,156 after a galago monkey was scalded to death when her cage was run through a high-temperature mechanical cage washer while she was still trapped inside.

Animals used in experiments suffer horribly, and the results of the archaic and cruel animal tests performed at Vanderbilt (or anywhere else) don’t help anyone.

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And I mean...Animal experiments are in some cases still required by law. Products such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, pesticides and biocides may not be approved or marketed without tests on animals.

In 2017, around 22 million animals were killed in European laboratories, around ten million of them in basic research.
In the meantime, research has become an unlawful area, which means that experiments have been and are approved that are actually not approvable.
Every year almost 100,000 rabbits die in German test laboratories – most of them for human medicine.
They suffer for the manufacture and quality control of heart valves, stents, hip joints and dental implants as well as for the development of vaccines, serums and antibodies.

To produce antibodies, certain substances (antigens) are injected into them with a syringe.
The animals’ immune system reacts to this by producing antibodies, which can then be isolated by taking regular blood samples.
The rabbits suffer from painful inflammation and fever and when they can no longer be used for the production of antibodies, they are killed by a final bleeding.

Animal experiments are to be rejected for ethical and scientific reasons.

This is not an alien vision.
If you look at the current success rates for drug development, they are worst for drugs against cancer and neurological diseases.
It is only five percent for cancer, six percent for psychiatric diseases and eight percent for neurological diseases.
Results from animal experiments can be transferred catastrophically to humans.

Nevertheless, the number of animals used in experiments in Europe has stagnated at around 10 million for years.
Unasked and whether we want to or not, we subsidize all animal experiments with our tax money.
Nobody knows exactly how much public funding from the federal, state and EU levels actually flow into animal research. Statistics on this are not publicly available.

Billions of funds are approved and wasted on animal testing, which is a useless business for us humans.
Animal testing is a danger. They are interposed to protect people. As a result, the animal experiment promises a level of security that is not given at all.

The law just needs to be changed. Just because there is a law doesn’t always mean it is right.
In this case, it’s bullshit.
But it is about strong lobbying, the fight against the animal testing industry can be compared to the fight between David and Goliath.

At the moment there is a very strong campaign with posters against animal experiments going on here in Germany.
Initiated and carried out by the “Doctors Against Animal Experiments”
With great success and response from the population!

My best regards to all, venus

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