“Hamburg Town Musicians”: Riddle about sculpture on the Alster/Hamburg
A dog, a monkey on its back, a rabbit on it and a rat at the top: a sculpture has been on the picnic area on the Outer Alster since Wednesday, erected in a nightly action by unknown animal rights activists.
The “Hamburg Town Musicians” are supposed to be a protest against animal experiments.
The animal figures by the unknown artist appear very lively, the sculpture is heavy, and presumably even made of bronze. The base is embedded in the ground, there is a commemorative plaque:
“Dedicated to all the victims of animal experiments worldwide”, even Chinese characters are engraved.
In a “confessor writing” it says on the website hamburger-stadtmusikanten.org:
“We, the ghosts of the killed laboratory animals, erected a memorial for the victims of animal experiments on October 12, 2021 on the picnic meadow in Uhlenhorst / Hamburg. It’s the Hamburg Town Musicians. ”
And a photo: A person with a hoodie, his face hidden behind a rabbit mask, crouches next to the plastic.
The background of the elaborate art campaign is explained in small notebooks that the anonymous activists on site tied to trees.
It reads: “The Hamburg Town Musicians – a current fairy tale, inspired by the Brothers Grimm”.
It tells the story of the test dog that escaped from the qual laboratory of the LPT company (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology now renamed Provivo Biosciences GmbH and Co. KG).
The dog meets the monkey, which was intended for an experimental laboratory in Bremen, the rabbit, whose eyes were supposed to be tested for cosmetics, and finally the rat, which has escaped from a laboratory.
And like the Bremen Town Musicians, the Hamburg animal quartet also sets out in the fairy tale according to the motto … “We find something better than death everywhere.”
In Germany, according to conservative estimates, animal experiments are funded with at least four billion euros, research on alternatives with around 20 million, according to the opponents of animal experiments. At least three million laboratory animals die every year, according to animal rights activists.
The “monument” meets with approval from passers-by, many stop and take photos. “That should stay here for ever,” demands a walker.
Someone has planted some heather in front of the statue.
Are the “Hamburg Town Musicians” tolerated on the Alster?
The northern district says vaguely: “We first check whether the sculpture poses a hazard.”
And I mean…A hazard situation for animals and us, humans, arises with certainty in the experiment laboratories, not from the monument.
People are already laying flowers there, silently kneeling down to commemorate the victims.
The work of art was secretly concreted into the ground on the anniversary of the LPT discovery, according to unconfirmed information.
We thank the brave and great artists for this memorial.
So that the victims are not forgotten.
In rare footage from an animal testing facility, released on October 11, dogs can be seen lying in blood and excrement, while primates spin in circles in tiny cages, visibly in distress. Dead beagles are hung up on meathooks, and macaque monkeys are violently handled, restrained and force fed. Staff also appear to harm cats.
The footage was shot at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT), a contract testing laboratory near Hamburg, Germany, and relates to its toxicity testing for pharmaceutical companies.
The investigation, organised by animal welfare organisations SOKO Tierschutz (based in Germany) and Cruelty Free International (based in the UK), involved getting someone employed at the facility in December last year. This undercover investigator worked there for four months, filming with a hidden camera.
In the US, it is estimated that 100,000,000 animals are used for testing/research YEARLY. Approximately 95-99% are not afforded any legal “protections” under the Animal Welfare Act and are therefore not required to be reported (thus the estimate). Of the few who do receive “protections” under AWA, they still suffer, experience pain and fear, and violently die; sadly, they are often subjected to INTENTIONAL PAIN as it is theorized that pain relief would compromise testing outcomes. These animals include dogs, cats, and primates, totaling >56,000 victims REPORTED, neglecting the vast majority who are not afforded even the illusion of existence by mandated recording of their suffering, pages 7-8:
Animal exploiters DETEST social media for giving activists a platform to publicize the violence they inflict on vulnerable animals, who all experience pain, fear, and suffering as human animals do. If the law doesn’t prevent humans from violent exploitation of animals, then it cannot exempt humans for exposing these criminal, unethical acts.
And to the indignant who equate animal suffering with human health, do remember the negative consequences and fatalities of pharmaceuticals that were considered safe as the result of testing them on different species: thalidomide was a tragedy, and saccharine, which was found to cause cancer in rats, is still marketed to humans. If humans claim human superiority as a validation for condoning animal experimentation, perhaps those “intellectual giants” can determine more effective research methods that do not violently kill billions of animals, a rather contradictory “means” to an uncertain “end”.
Some states have enacted student rights to not use animals in education, determine if you have Student Choice Laws via AAVS HERE or NAVS HERE
The organization “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” in a report on the vote of the EP against animal experiments was delighted and calls this news (caution: no decision) a historic step.
“The European Parliament voted on September 15, 2021 for a comprehensive plan to phase out animal testing The EU Parliament (EP) has passed a resolution calling on the EU Commission to present an action plan to get out of animal testing.
The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of 667 votes, 4 against and 16 abstentions. The nationwide association “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” is delighted “
Responsibility for the action plan should not lie in the hands of a few, but a high-level task force should be set up, which brings together various Directorates-General of the Commission and EU agencies as well as involving the Member States and relevant stakeholders. Targeted promotion of animal-free methods and training on these are also part of the requirement.
While the EP recognizes that the EU is striving to reduce and “refine” animal testing, an active, coordinated approach to reducing and ultimately eliminating animal testing has so far been totally lacking. With the request, the EP wants to actively promote the withdrawal from animal experiments.
The umbrella organizations Eurogroup for Animals and European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, of which Doctors Against Animal Experiments is a member, as well as Cruelty Free Europe, Humane Society International and PETA, which together unite over 100 member associations in Europe, have campaigned for the resolution and are calling for it now from the EU Commission to give it the highest priority.
The majority of EU citizens want to get out of animal testing.
This is also shown by the current European citizens’ initiative “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – For a Europe without animal testing”, which has already collected over 120,000 signatures within just three weeks.
“The vote in the EU Parliament is a historic moment for the anti-animal experimentation movement,” said Dr. med. vet. Corina Gericke,Vice-Chairwoman of Doctors Against Animal Experiments.
“The call from European citizens to phase out animal experiments and move on to research that is relevant to humans was heard. In addition to protecting animals, new advanced research systems are, above all, essential to achieve the Union’s environmental and human health objectives. With today’s vote in Parliament, we are making progress on all three fronts, ” concluded Gericke.
Almost ten million animals are “consumed” in animal experiments in EU laboratories every year – monkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice and animals of many other species.
In addition, there are around 12 million animals that are killed as “excess”, mostly because they do not have the desired genetic modification. This enormously high number has hardly changed in the last ten years.
And I mean…one thing must be clear: the EU Commissioners are not elected by EU citizens. Each of the 27 Member countries proposes its representative and, depending on the case, it is accepted.
The members of the EU Parliament are elected, but unfortunately have no executive power. Only the EU Commission has that, according to the statutes.
It can then decide on a proposal from Parliament whether it wants to comply with the request or not. The only thing the Commission is obliged to do is to justify its decision in any case.
We remember…The Danish EU parliamentarian Dan Jørgensen initiated the 8hours campaign and collected well over 1.1 million signatures by the beginning of 2012to limit the transport times of farm animals to a maximum of 8 hours.
At the same time, 395 EU parliamentarians and thus the majority of EU parliamentarians signed the corresponding written declaration 49/2011.
When the list of signatures was presented by the representatives of European animal welfare organizations and EU parliamentarians on June 7, 2012, Dalli (the then European Commissioner for Health and consumer protection) promised for 2014 a new EU bill for the protection of animals on transport.
Although his statements were recorded by a camera, Dalli distanced himself completely from his statements a short time later.
The member states have shown themselves to be unable and unwilling to push through this campaign, and the EU Commission, with its executive power, had the right to decide again what the lobbyists of the animal transport industry wanted.
This makes one thing clear: in the Monster EU, decisions are not made democratically, and when it comes to animals, those who were not democratically elected decide their fate.
We are also happy about the resolution of the EU parliamentarians to abolish animal experiments.
And we remain optimistic that by August 2022 the petition will not only have over 1 million votes (which would force the EU Commission to a legal act) but also act as a strong means of exerting pressure against lax decisions by lax commissioners
From the experience of the past, however, we should have already learned that positive results unfortunately cannot come only from good-willed people, but rather from fighting and working against those who do not respect the will and the voice of these people, although they are obliged to do so according to democratic rules.
The protected witness in the Vivotecnia case accuses the laboratory of manipulating animal tests.
The veterinary technician who recorded the alleged animal abuse that was made public five months ago testifies before the judge about the evidence she collected between 2018 and 2020
Hidden until now in the shadows, the woman who recorded the images that showed the alleged animal abuse in the Vivotecnia laboratory came to light this Wednesday,September 22ndfive months later, to answer the questions of the judge as a protected witness.
She answered a myriad of questions about exactly when and what she saw, who was directly involved, and whom she contacted before she began gathering evidence.
She was the only one who could clarify the most relevant details of an investigation that is being carried out in the Colmenar Viejo Court, under summary secrecy since April, when the scandal broke out thanks to an eight-minute video recorded by her between 2018 and 2020 and edited and published by the NGO Cruelty Free International(CFI).
It showed how different workers allegedly mistreat the animals they experimented with.
She arrived nervous, but she did it in a big way, unveiling one more bomb: in the laboratory, she assured, not only was there “repeated abuse” of the animals, but the results of the tests were also manipulated to approve studies that later went on to a second phase of experimentation with human beings.
All the lights pointed towards Carlota Saorsa, the pseudonym by which the person who signs the video with which she began her particular battle of David against Goliath is known, that of an anonymous person against a company whose main business is commissions of studies of the pharmaceutical industry.
How the cruel death of a little stray dog led to riots in 1900s Britain
Novelist campaigns for statue of terrier experimented on by scientists to regain its place in a London park
An animal in peril can inflame British public opinion like nothing else. Nearly 120 years ago, the fate of one small brown dog caused rioting in the streets of London, to say nothing of the protest marches to Trafalgar Square and questions asked in parliament.
Now the astonishing, little-known story – involving anti-vivisectionist campaigners, an eminent doctor, a legal battle and a controversial memorial statue in a park – is the subject of a new book and of a fresh campaign to honour the lowly terrier at the heart of it all.
An “affair” that made headlines and provoked disorder, but has since been forgotten, the Brown Dog story is a tale that has “obsessed” the imagination of first-time novelist Paula S Owen ever since she heard it.
“The book and the campaign really are a dream come true for me after all this time,” Owen said this weekend before the publication of Little Brown Dog, her fictionalised account of historic events. “I’ve been obsessed with this story for so long, it’s fantastic to know it has been told.”
The extraordinary row began with the public vivisection of a stray dog carried out in 1903 by Dr William Bayliss, a renowned physiologist who was also instrumental in the discovery of hormones. Operating alongside his brother-in-law, Professor Ernest Starling, Bayliss demonstrated the procedure to medical students at University College London, including a duo of undercover Swedish feminists and animal rights campaigners, Leisa Schartau and Louise Lind-af-Hageby. The operation, the women declared in their diary, was cruel and unnecessary, and the dog, which had been previously experimented on, had not been properly anaesthetised.
Months later, the campaigners recruited the help of a barrister Stephen Coleridge, a descendant of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and secretary of the National Anti-Vivisection Society. He spoke out in public against Bayliss, prompting, first, an action for slander, and then one for libel, once the accusations of cruelty had been repeated in print.
The case quickly became a cause célèbre, discussed across the country, and when Coleridge eventually lost the case, Britain’s animal lovers were enraged. A fundraising drive resulted in the erection of a statue in Latchmere recreation ground in Battersea, south London, to commemorate the life of the stray dog. But, as Owen explains in a note at the end of her novel, in the 1900s the nation was not prepared to let a deceased dog lie.
The issue, she recounts, “became a lightning rod for continuing disturbances, riots, and rallies across London.
[The statue] was subjected to repeated attacks by outraged medical students. And was defended by the equally outraged working-class locals of Battersea, plus a cast list of feminists, suffragists and suffragettes, trade unionists, radical liberals and anarchists. The situation became a national talking point and was debated in parliament. The statue was protected, at great expense, day and night, by the police.”
Eventually the council acted, taking down the statue covertly at night. It has never been seen since.
In 1985, a bronze statue by Nicola Hicks, which commemorates the dog and the lost memorial, was unveiled in nearby Battersea Park. But on Sunday Owen is to visit the spot in Latchmere recreation ground where the original statue once stood to launch her campaign for a new monument to the terrier. She will put up a carefully re-created lightweight model.
“It’s incredible that the team who helped me have made something so realistic and 3D from a grainy old picture,” she said.
Owen, who is Welsh but lives in south London, has worked as a climate change campaigner and environmentalist. Her factual book about the Brent Spar controversy of 1995, when Greenpeace fought Shell’s plan to sink a decommissioned North Sea oil storage and loading platform in the Atlantic, is being adapted for a television series. And she sees a clear link between the animal protection story at the heart of her novel and her environmental work.
“This isn’t simply the tragic tale of one stray dog, appallingly treated and abused in a less enlightened age,” she has written. “Nor is the hysteria, violence and bewildering behaviour directed at a lump of stone and metal – so feared by authorities it drove them to steal and destroy it – the main focus of the novel.
“It’s more complicated than that. The whole sorry episode is an echo, a mirror, reflecting the endless injustices and evil carried out by humans on other species throughout history.”
Her novel is being published by Honno Press, a supporter of Welsh women’s writing for 35 years, and Owen said it keeps very close to the facts. “I have stayed true to events but I have changed the key characters a little. My surgeon is Bayling and my heroines are now British ≠ one upper class and one a working-class young woman from Wales.”
On Wednesday, when Owen launches her book and the new statue campaign, it will be the 115th anniversary of the day the original Brown Dog statue was unveiled to gathered celebrities, including Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.
In the spirit of the words of Lena, Owen’s fictional heroine, who argues “our humanity is defined by how we treat, respect and nurture other species, not just our own kind”, the author now says she hopes her book will ask: “Can we say, hand on heart, we are any more ‘humane’ today than we were one hundred years ago?” This article was amended on 16 September 2021 to include reference to the 1985 memorial by Nicola Hicks that stands in Battersea Park.
On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution vote calling for the European Commission to develop a definitive action plan to bring an end to lab animal testing. This should clearly identify key milestones and targets in order to ensure and incentivize meaningful progress.
Cross-party members of the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority (667-4) in favor of a transition from animal testing to ethical and effective alternatives.
In a press release, animal advocacy NGO Human Society International (HSI) welcomed the vote, calling it a “historic opportunity” to protect the almost 10 million animals used by EU laboratories every year in invasive experiments.
The vote is not legally binding, but it does place political pressure on the European Commission to respond to the results and take action. (Earlier this year, a similar process began to ban cruel caged animal farming in the EU, which the commission is now moving forward on.)
“This vote signals the need for systemic change in the EU’s approach to safety science and health research,” says Troy Seidle, vice president for research and toxicology at HSI.
Seventy-two percent of European citizens agree that the EU should set binding targets and deadlines to phase out animal testing, while 70 percent of adults believe full replacement of all forms of animal testing should be prioritized. Sixty-six percent say that all animal testing should be ended immediately.
“We need to let go of the unfounded belief that these animals are miniature people and get serious about understanding and predicting human biology in the real world,” says Seidle.Nearly ¾ of adults in Europe believe the #EU should set targets to phase out experiments on animals. We want to see humane, human-relevant, animal-free science properly funded and fully utilised in Europe. If you AGREE sign here ➡️ ➡️ https://t.co/Tve5BC9vNL#EndAnimalTestingpic.twitter.com/rGVt5zOkxE
Pharmaceutical testing, in particular, receives criticism for its relative lack of reliability. Small animals are not humans, and “successful” initial tests can lead to dangerous clinical trials. A 2015 study titled the Flaws and Human Harms of Animal Experimentation explored this.
“The unreliability of animal experimentation across a wide range of areas undermines scientific arguments in favor of the practice,” wrote the study author. “Animal experimentation often significantly harms humans through misleading safety studies, potential abandonment of effective therapeutics, and direction of resources away from more effective testing methods.”
Seidle lists human organ chips, stem cell models, and next-generation computer modeling among the most successful modern alternatives. Some companies are even developing cultured human skin for the cruelty-free testing of both pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Cosmetic animal testing is even less necessary, reputable, and popular than pharmaceuticals. Mexico recently became the first North American country to completely ban cosmetic animal testing, while Hawaii became the fifth U.S. state to implement a ban earlier this year.
The UK, however, could be about to pivot back towards animal testing after more than 100 years of slow progress and over 20 years after a national ban. This news also comes in the midst of ongoing protests over a beagle factory farm located near the notorious Huntingdon Life Sciences. According to activists, the site breeds up to 2000 puppies every year specifically to sell them for animal experiments.
To learn more about the history of animal testing in the UK, read on here.
Call on Spanish airline — WAMOS AIR— to stop flying monkeys to laboratories
Wamos Air, the Spanish airline that operates holiday charter flights, is also involved in transporting many hundreds of monkeys to research laboratories in the USA.
Wamos Air is a subsidiary of the Royal Caribbean Group (formerly Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), the world’s second-largest cruise line entity.
Torn from their family and social groups, monkeys are imprisoned on their own in small transit crates and travel on Wamos Airas cargo.
The journeys are extremely long, including about 24 hours of flying time and many hours in transit to and from the airports and layovers at Madrid airport.
We appeal to Wamos Air and the Royal Caribbean Group to discontinue their direct or indirect association with the cruel global trade in monkeys.’ [Action for Primates : https://actionforprimates.org/%5D
(This petition to Wamos Air and Royal Caribbean Cruises has been launched by Stop Camarles, Action for Primates and One Voice and is written in Spanish, English and French). Please see below.
(Spanish) Llamamiento a la aerolínea española — WAMOS AIR — para que cese el transporte de macacos destinados a la experimentación
Wamos Air, la aerolínea española que opera vuelos chárter de vacaciones, también está involucrada en el transporte de cientos de monos destinados a laboratorios de experimentación en EEUU, Wamos Air es filial de Royal Caribbean Group (anteriormente Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), la segunda compañía de cruceros más grande del mundo.
Apartados de su familia y su grupo social, son enjaulados en su cajas de transporte y viajan con Wamos Air como mercancía. Los vuelos son extremadamente largos, alrededor de 24 horas, y muchas horas en tránsito entre aeropuertos y escalas en el aeropuerto de Madrid.
Reclamamos a Wamos Air y a Royal Caribbean Group que paren su asociación, directa o indirecta, con el cruel comercio global de monos. [Stop Camarles : @Scamarles]
(French) Appel à la compagnie aérienne espagnole WAMOS AIR pour qu’elle cesse de transporter des singes vers les laboratoires
Wamos Air, la compagnie aérienne espagnole qui exploite des vols charters pour vacanciers, assure également le transport de plusieurs centaines de singes vers des laboratoires aux États-Unis.
Wamos Air est une filiale de Royal Caribbean (anciennement Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), deuxième plus grande compagnie de croisières au monde.
Arrachés à leur famille, enfermés seuls dans de petites caisses, ils effectuent le trajet en tant que fret.
Les trajets sont extrêmement longs, comprenant environ vingt-quatre heures de vol, de nombreuses heures de transit en direction et en provenance des aéroports, ainsi que des escales à l’aéroport de Madrid.
Nous demandons à Wamos Air et Royal Caribbean de ne plus participer directement ou indirectement à la barbarie que représente le commerce mondial de singes. [One Voice :https://one-voice.fr%5D
And I mean…On 21st August, Wamos Air flew monkeys from Cambodia, via Madrid, to the US.
“Action for Primates”Organisation has been informed through contact in Europe, that the shipment comprised 720 individuals, destined for Envigo.
The suffering these intelligent and sensitive individuals experienced during their traumatic ordeal, packed into small crates and travelling as cargo for over 24 hours with many hours in transit to and from the airports and a layover at Madrid airport, is unimaginable.
It is simply not possible to confine non-human primates to small crates, away from familiar surroundings, and transport them on long journeys across the world without causing considerable distress, physical and psychological suffering.
The transportation and resulting suffering of these sensitive and highly intelligent animals is unacceptable.
What lies ahead for these individuals in the laboratories is unthinkable.
Envigo is a global contract research company that uses various species of animals, including monkeys, to carry out tests on behalf of other companies.
It was formed in 2015, following the merging of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories.
Neither Wamos Air or Royal Caribbean Cruises, one of the parent companies of the Spanish airline, has responded to the appeal of Action for Primates Organisation to end their involvement in this cruel trade.
Please take action and ask others to do likewise. It is important to show Wamos Air and Royal Caribbean Cruises the strength of public feeling on this issue.
Without our resistance, animal abusers will do their work much more easily
Frequently asked questions about #Animal Experiments: -Aren’t all the important medical findings of the past based on animal experiments?
➡ It used to be the same: From experiments on animals you can only learn something about the respective animals. Transmission to humans is speculation.
➡ It is more than questionable whether the knowledge gained from experiments has actually contributed to the progress of medicine. Often their importance is overrated and human-based research in the same direction is underestimated.
➡ Examples are functional #Magnetic resonance tomography and #Deep brain stimulation (#brain pacemaker), which – as is often claimed – have not been developed through animal experiments. In both cases, the research time before the first animal experiments is hushed up by the proponents.
➡ You have to look at past animal experiments like a history book describing wars and atrocities. They are facts that happened. You can’t turn back the clock. To justify current or even future animal experiments with allegedly successful animal experiments in the past is an illogical conclusion.
➡ It is not known how medicine would have developed had animal experiments been banned 100 or 50 years ago.
We are convinced that medicine would be much further ahead if the billions in taxpayers’ money and the whole spirit of research had not been put into misguided research for decades and incorrect animal test results had not stopped progress. Ultimately, however, this is speculation.
It is also speculation that we would not have this or that achievement without animal testing.
➡The animals that have suffered and died in past experiments cannot be brought back to life, but we can learn from past mistakes. However, animal research takes the stand that everything that was good yesterday is good today and tomorrow.
And I mean…Let us be aware of this: a direct relationship between experimenting with animals and saving a person does not exist.
It is wrong to believe that new remedies and healing processes for sick people can be produced by tortured and killed animals.
The inaccurate results from animal experiments can endanger us humans and are therefore a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Cancer is a typical example of the chronic ineffectiveness of animal research.
Hundreds of thousands of substances have been (and still are) painfully tested on millions of “cancer mice.”
We’ve been curing mouse cancer for decades, but it hasn’t worked in humans.
Of course, some types of cancer have some treatment success.
But when you consider the immense animal suffering and the billions in research funds, the overall balance is more than frustrating and gloomy
The pharmaceutical industry is sticking to animal testing of new chemical and pharmaceutical products for other reasons.
In the case of consumers, animal experiments are supposed to create a feeling of security, a guarantee of efficacy and trust that in reality does not exist.
And hence the false belief in society that research without animal testing is unscientific
In addition, we must not forget: experimenters, universities, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, contract laboratories, test animal dealers, companies that manufacture cages and other accessories – a wide network of a powerful industry benefits from animal experiments.
The animal testing machinery is one of the most powerful in the world.
It is like a gigantic “perpetuum mobile” that uses intimidation tactics to create the conditions under which it can exist.
Once started it is very difficult to stop
It’s time to take action for animals in laboratories
23 August 2021
Across Europe, millions of animals are used in education and science each year in experiments that frequently inflict suffering, which can be severe, but seldom deliver on their main promise, which is better health for humans. They include mice, fish, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs and monkeys. We need your help to end this suffering – for the animals and for better medicine, better product safety and better environmental protection.
We want to see humane, human-relevant, animal-free science properly funded and fully utilised. That’s why we need you to join us and sign the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling on the European Commission to:
Protect and strengthen the cosmetics animal testing ban
Transform EU Chemicals Regulation
Put forward a concrete plan to transition to non-animal science
Did you know that Europe’s longstanding ban on animal testing for cosmetics is under threat?
Tests on animals for cosmetics products and their ingredients have been banned in the EU since 2009, and a ban on the sale within the EU of animal-tested cosmetics products and ingredients was fully implemented in March 2013. These bans – contained within the Cosmetics Regulation – were designed to ensure that animals do not suffer for the purpose of developing or marketing cosmetics and their ingredients, and that science without animal testing is used to assure safety.
Despite the bans, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), supported by the European Commission and the ECHA Board of Appeal, continues to demand new tests on animals for chemicals used as cosmetics ingredients under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. This policy – which they now apply even to chemicals used exclusively in cosmetics – erodes the bans and goes against the intention of legislators in creating them: that animals no longer suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.
ECHA, the Commission and the ECHA Board of Appeal argue that the animal tests are needed to protect workers and our environment because the Cosmetics Regulation only covers consumer safety. This position places an artificial divide between consumers and workers, disregards a long history of safe use for many of these ingredients, violates the legal requirement to use non-animal methods instead of tests on animals wherever possible and forces cosmetics regulators to disregard the animal test results to avoid triggering the bans.
This is the moment to speak with one voice. We’re proud to be standing with other animal protection groups, Dove and The Body Shop to urgently mobilise 1 million consumers to sign a European Citizens’ Initiative.
Did you know that the EU’s new Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability could mean millions more tests on animals?
With the new EU chemicals strategy, the EU and its member states are seeking to support innovation to design safer products; restrict toxic chemicals and to limit people’s exposure to chemicals that are harmful to our health. Sadly, the approach being taken now by the Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to new chemicals laws could mean millions more animals suffering. And whilst we support the aims of the strategy, more animal testing will not help to protect human health or the environment.
This ECI calls on the European Commission to transform chemicals regulation so that it ensures the protection of human health and the environment by managing chemicals without new animal testing requirements. This means that the European Union should be using modern approaches to ensure an efficient, human-relevant and cost-effective approach to assessing and managing the potential toxicity of chemicals. Better protection is achieved by applying new science to more effectively and efficiently understand and regulate the potential of chemicals to cause harm. The Chemicals Strategy should be an opportunity to future-proof regulations to enable rapid adaptation to technical progress and the immediate adoption of existing and new emerging animal-free technologies. There is also a need for urgent investment in next generation, animal-free approaches that will also improve our ability to characterise and regulate chemicals. Help us transform European chemicals regulation by signing the ECI Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without Animal Testing.
Did you know that EU legislation has the final goal of fully replacing the use of animals in education, research, and testing, but the number of experiments on animals has not changed by much over the past decade?
Eleven years on from the adoption of Directive 2010/63/EU on animal experimentation, which raised hopes that scientific research in the European Union would transition towards non-animal methods, official statistics demonstrate that progress towards this goal is extremely slow. The number of experiments on animals has remained relatively stagnant- from 11.4 million in 2015, to 11.2 million in 2016, 10.9 million in 2017 and now 10.6 million in 2018 (the inclusion of Norway in these figures for the first time elevates that number to 12.3 million).
The rapid emergence of advanced non-animal models such as organs-on-a-chip, pathway-based approaches and computer models today offers the potential for increasing momentum and optimism towards the replacement of animals in research and testing. The EU’s own Joint Research Centre has produced key reports and undertaken activities to promote the use of non-animal models and methods in a range of research areas, but much more needs to be done by everyone involved. The EU still does not have a comprehensive strategy to coordinate and drive the phase out and replacement of animal experiments, encompassing the objectives of existing EU legislation and funding instruments. We believe that an Action Plan is urgently needed to turn the stated ambition of replacing animals in scientific procedures into reality. As animal protection groups, we provide a voice for animals and want to see animal suffering end as soon as possible.
Vanderbilt Universityis 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.