Category: Vivisection

USA: US Military Tests On Animals for ‘Havana Syndrome’.

The US military has been carrying out and funding testing on various animals.

The testing is aimed at seeing if radio frequency waves cause the mysterious sickness known as “Havana Syndrome.”

US intelligence determined last week that the ailment is likely not caused by a foreign adversary or weapon.

The US military has been carrying out experiments on animals in an effort to replicate the symptoms caused by the mysterious “Havana Syndrome,” according to a new report. 

The Pentagon has been exposing primates to pulsed radio frequency waves to see if that could be the cause of the unexplained ailment that has sickened scores of US government personnel over the past few years, Politico reported on Thursday. The new report comes days after the outlet reported that the Department of Defense was continuing to test weapon systems in an attempt to recreate Havana Syndrome symptoms after an intelligence community dismissed the theory that a foreign adversary or energy weapon was to blame.

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The US military has been testing pulsed energy on animals trying to recreate the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’ symptoms: report (

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England: Animal Aid Launch New University Animal Testing Campaign To Help Students Select Animal Free Testing Universities.

New animal testing campaign

Animal Aid, based here in our home county of Kent, have set up a new website called ‘Universities Challenged’; which helps students identify which universities conduct animal experiments and which reveals the scale of animal testing across the UK. 

Since its launch, Animal Aid have received an outpouring of positive feedback from students and non-animal scientists alike.  Furthermore, the resource has sent rumblings throughout the scientific and educational community, as it is the first website of its kind; allowing students to make informed choices on which university to attend based on whether their fees could be funding animal experiments.

Students and community members are already using the AA resources to put direct pressure on universities, and AA are currently working with several student groups who are planning actions at their universities.

For more, go to: | Universities Challenged

Regards Mark

England: Five arrests after animal rights protest at Ledbury lab.

Five people have been arrested after animal rights activists gathered for a protest outside a drugs laboratory.

Members of Camp Beagle UK were among protesters outside Sequani on Bromyard Road in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

The group campaigns against beagles and other animals being used for drug and chemical testing in the UK.

Sequani uses laboratory animals in clinical trials and said it does so to ensure the highest standards of product safety.

Continue reading the full article at:

Five arrests after animal rights protest at Ledbury lab – BBC News

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Horizon Europe: unlocking the full potential of non-animal technologies to tackle human diseases.

Horizon Europe: unlocking the full potential of non-animal technologies to tackle human diseases

24 February 2023

In response to the public consultation on the past, present and future of the European research and innovation framework programmes, Eurogroup for Animals highlighted the need for further focus on human-based approaches to better manage health and disease, and for more transparency regarding animal-based research funded by EU public funds.

The European Commission recently closed the largest public consultation ever held on the past, present and future of the EU’s Horizon research and innovation programmes 2014-2027. Under the current Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, the cluster health aims to advance new knowledge, improve our understanding of health and disease, and develop innovative solutions to prevent, diagnose, monitor, treat and cure diseases. However, it is not clear that these objectives are being pursued in line with the best scientific evidence, the EU’s commitment to move away from animal testing, and the repeated calls from EU citizens to transition to non-animal science. 

“What we do not understand, we cannot address effectively”.

The report on Horizon Europe’s Mission on Cancer stresses that understanding the human biological processes is crucial for developing effective treatments. Preclinical animal studies, which are costly and time-consuming, are of questionable relevance to study human cancers and rarely lead to successful treatments due to physiological, anatomical, and psychological differences between animals and humans. Conversely, advanced human-based approaches can improve our understanding of disease mechanisms, including cancer, provide new insights into drug discovery, and deliver more effective personalised treatments. However, their validation, standardisation and implementation remain slow, partly because these processes are expensive, laborious and often inadequately funded. In its reply to the EP Resolution to accelerate the transition to innovation without the use of animals in science, the European Commission stated that it has been a strong supporter of the development of non-animal methods over the past two decades. Yet, as the Commission pointed out, the annual budget for non-animal approaches has remained unchanged over the last 14 years at a figure of about 48 million euro per year.

In our response to the public consultation, Eurogroup for Animals emphasised that:

Non-animal approaches are game-changing technologies that have the potential to significantly improve our understanding of human diseases by producing data based on human biology, leading to considerable benefits for public health in terms of preventing and curing diseases. 

The Mission on Cancer provides a great opportunity to support and promote innovative non-animal technologies to better understand cancer, and deliver new treatments to address the alarming growth of cancer cases.

Strong national and international collaborations across all sectors and with different stakeholders (e.g. regulators, academia, industry) are key to unlocking the full potential of advanced non-animal solutions, and allow for a continuous interaction and exchange of experience and best practices.

Sharing and disseminating the latest human-relevant scientific knowledge through education and training activities is an effective way to inspire the next generation of scientists and encourage a change in attitudes and priorities.

Horizon Europe should strive to collect and share information in a simple way to understand where animals continue to be used, and where investment in non-animal approaches is most needed.

Significant funding must be made available for the validation and implementation of advanced human-based methods in order to fully unlock and exploit new tools, technologies and digital solutions to tackle and manage human diseases.

The EU has now the opportunity to become a world leader in advancing non-animal science, but this can only be achieved by replacing animal-based methods with next-generation non-animal technologies. Joining forces across Europe to better promote and fund these technologies will help achieve the objectives of Horizon Europe and the Commission’s commitment to fully replace animals in scientific procedures, but also to improve the successful translational outcomes to humans.

Regards Mark

USA: I-TEAM: New Evidence in Augusta University’s Animal Research Case.

I-TEAM: New evidence in Augusta University’s animal research case

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – New evidence in a case involving animal research at Augusta University could prove AU lied to the federal government, risking millions of research dollars.

Our I-Team first uncovered allegations of fraud, forgery, and a cover-up at Augusta University after a research monkey died nine years ago. You could call it a smoking gun, and for years, Augusta University used the big guns to try to keep it under wraps.

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I-TEAM: New evidence in Augusta University’s animal research case (

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USA: Great News – Major Success in the USA: New Drugs NO LONGER Have to be Tested on Animals for Approval.

Major success in the USA: new drugs no longer have to be tested on animals for approval

7 February 2023


For the first time in more than 80 years, a change in U.S. law will allow new drugs to be tested using modern, animal-free, human-based methods.

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes this huge step forward and calls on the EU to follow suit by developing and implementing a strategy for human-relevant drug development without animal testing.

The new law, signed by U.S. President Joe Biden at the end of December 2022, allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new drugs without requiring animal data. Previously, pharmaceutical companies were required by law to test the safety and efficacy of their drug candidates in multiple animal studies, including toxicity tests on one rodent species such as a mouse or rat, and one nonrodent species such as a monkey or dog, before testing the drug candidates in human clinical trials.

A large amount of data clearly demonstrates the failure of the outdated system based on animal testing. On average, 92% of drug candidates that successfully pass all animal tests are later abandoned during human clinical trials, mainly because they do not work or cause significant side effects.”

Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments

Thanks to the new law, modern, human-relevant approaches, such as human mini-organs (“organoids”), organ-on-a-chip and computer-based methods can now be used for regulatory purposes in the U.S. instead of standard animal test methods. Many non-animal methods have already been shown to be more accurate and reliable than animal testing. For example, a recent study used a human-liver-chip to demonstrate the toxicity of several liver-damaging compounds, whereas previous animal tests had incorrectly classified the same compounds as harmless.

Such examples show the potential of this legislative change to not only save countless animals from barbaric testing and a cruel death, but also to ensure better safety for patient.”

Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments

However, animal testing is not banned under the new law and is still allowed as a possible testing approach. Nevertheless, it is a huge step forward that pharmaceutical companies will no longer be legally obliged to conduct animal tests, and will be free to use accurate, human-relevant, non-animal methods.

While the U.S. is introducing this modern, forward-looking legislation, some animal testing is still required by law  for drug approval in the EU.

Europe must follow the example of the U.S. as soon as possible, and end the use of animals in drug testing. If we want to develop better therapies and not fall behind in the global drug market, we should also rely on the most modern, successful and reliable human-based methods and not on pointless animal testing.”

Dr. Dilyana Filipova, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments

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Doctors Against Animal Experiments

Regards Mark

Canada: Proposal to alter Food and Drugs Act could see animal-tested products outlawed in Canada.

Proposal to alter Food and Drugs Act could see animal-tested products outlawed in Canada

Canada could ban testing of cosmetics on animals, a move which some animal rights activists say makes them “very hopeful” for the future.

“There’s a lot of support from this across parties,” said Camille Labchuk, executive director of the organization Animal Justice.

The ban aims to change the Food and Drugs Act to outlaw the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals or contain animal-tested ingredients. These include products such as make-up, nail polish and perfume.

Read more:

Canada trails other nations on banning animal-tested cosmetics. A new plan aims to change that | CBC Radio

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EU: End animal testing European Citizens’ Initiative validated with over 1.2 million signatures.

26 January 2023

Signed, sealed, and delivered! The “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – Commit to a Europe Without Animal Testing” European citizens’ initiative (ECI) has smashed the requirement of gathering 1 million validated signatures, reaching over 1.2 million statements of support from European citizens.

The European Commission must now meet with campaigners and address citizens’ concerns. As over 10 million animals suffer in experiments in the EU every year and new non-animal technologies are being developed faster than ever before, the time for change is now.  

The days of forcing cosmetics ingredients down the throats of defenceless animals, intentionally infecting them with debilitating diseases, or drilling holes into their skulls must end – a radical rethink at the EU level is needed to support the transition.”

Sabrina Engel, chair of the ECI’s organising committee, PETA Germany

This European citizens’ initiative powerfully backs up the demand of the European Parliament to phase out animal testing for good. With the voice of the citizens added to the chorus, the Commission cannot ignore the loud calls to accelerate the transition to non-animal science.”

Tilly Metz, MEP, Greens–European Free Alliance

With the threat that the chemicals strategy poses to animals in laboratories, this ECI could not be timelier. From today, no additional animal tests should be requested to fill information gaps about chemicals. We need to move to safer and more humane safety assessments of chemicals.”

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, European People’s Party

The message from citizens has never been clearer or more aligned with the voices of scientists, industry, NGOs, and politicians. Everyone understands that a plan to phase out animal experiments is a win-win situation for humans, other animals, and the environment. Now, the Commission should listen to citizens and finally make it happen.”

Anja Hazekamp, MEP, the Left

European citizens have been asking for cruelty-free cosmetics for a long time. This European citizens’ initiative is another reminder to the Commission that EU citizens will not stand by while loopholes in legislation are not closed to end all animal tests on cosmetics.”

Niels Fuglsang, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

The ECI’s three critical asks call for robust implementation of the EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics ingredients, a full transition to non-animal methods for chemical safety tests, and committing to a plan to phase out all experiments on animals. 

The ECI was launched in August 2021 by Cruelty Free Europe, Eurogroup for Animals, the European Coalition to End Animal ExperimentsHumane Society International/Europe, and PETA, with the support of global beauty and personal-care companies The Body Shop, Dove. It has since been actively promoted by companies such as Lush and a coalition of groups and campaigners from every corner of Europe. Hundreds of celebrities also supported the campaign, including Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, Italian singer Red Canzian, French journalist Hugo Clément, and actor Evanna Lynch. 

No other ECI has ever received this level of support across so many different countries. To be successful, an ECI has to collect at least 1 million validated signatures and has to meet a minimum target across at least seven different EU countries. This ECI passed the minimum target in 22 different countries, demonstrating pan-European support for ending animal testing.   

Regards Mark

England: If You Shop Online At Amazon, Dont Use the Normal Route – Use ‘Amazon Smile’ Instead and Get Amazon to Donate Money to A Charity of Your Choice. Its Easy, Its Free – Its Still Amazon, So Use It !

If you shop at Amazon, like many of us do now days; there is a way that you can still buy (through Amazon) and yet at the very same time, get Amazon to donate money to an animal organisation of your choice.

Instead of just selecting items directly from the main Amazon site, do a Google search for ‘Amazon Smile’.

My selected charity is the London based Brooke Hospital for Animals, for which I am able to view my donation status at any time: The Brooke do such fantastic work, so why not support them ?

Your current charity

The Brooke Hospital For Animals

Location: London

MissionTo promote the welfare and relieve the suffering of working equines and other animals in africa, asia, the middle east and south and central america, and in any other areas outside the united kingdom that the trustees may think fit, for the public benefit, in particular, but not exclusively, by: the support, promotion and provision of veterinary and other animal healthcare services whether in the context of veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, other animal healthcare facilities or…

Programmes: Activities: Makes grants to organisations, provides services, provides advocacy/advice/information, sponsors or undertakes research, Beneficiaries: Other defined groups, Purposes: Education/training, animals

Anything I purchase through Amazon is always made via Amazon Smile.

With my purchases over the last 12 months, as you can see below, I have got Amazon to donate £52-41 to the Brooke.  Along with other Amazon Smile users, we have collected more than £24,000 for the Brooke.

You have generated

as of 07 January 2023

My current charity,

The Brooke Hospital For Animals has received

£24,031.45 as of November 2022

It costs you nothing, and is simple to switch from Amazon to Amazon Smile every time you purchase.  Not everyone knows about this, but for sure it is the way to do your shop and also donate to charity at the same time.

I would encourage everyone to shop via Amazon Smile instead of the normal Amazon site; why not shop and get money given to a charity of your choice instead of getting Amazon to donate nothing ?

Try it – Amazon Smile.

Every little bit counts

When millions of supporters shop using AmazonSmile, charitable donations quickly add up. Additional donations generated as a result of special offers may take several months to update.

United Kingdom charities have received

£18,557,857.86 as of December 2022

All worldwide charities have received

£381,995,657.00 as of December 2022

Regards Mark

Animal Testing Is Still Required for Drugs and Certain Cosmetics.

Animal Testing Is Still Required for Drugs and Certain Cosmetics — What Are the Pros and Cons?

Whether it’s done for cosmetics, medication, or anything in between, animal testing is a cruel practice, and one that animals can never consent to.

However, testing on animals is required for all new medications used in the U.S., and is still required in China’s cosmetics industry in many instances.

Keep reading for a look into the pros and cons of animal testing, aka vivisection, both in the pharmaceutical industry and the cosmetics industry.

Animal Testing Is Still Required for Drugs and Certain Cosmetics — What Are the Pros and Cons? (

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