Case Studies: Animal Experiments and Public Misconceptions
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There is a public misconception that animals used in experiments are protected through the presence of ethics committees, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Code of Practice. There is also the view that it is “only” rats and mice that are used. Of course we know that neither of these is true. There are still horrific procedures that are still carried out on all sorts of animals – procedures that the general public are largely unaware of. We are attempting to address that by reporting on what really does occur in Australia.
The following exposés demonstrate that the experiments that occur behind lab doors are not some exaggerated claims from yesteryear. They are happening right here and now.
These scenarios are not only highly unethical; they are unscientific. Data cannot be extrapolated from one species to another with certainty of success.
We need to challenge the researchers and the funding bodies and encourage them to embrace new technologies - non-animal methodologies that are both more humane and scientifically-valid as they relate specifically to human conditions. This is the critical role of HRA. It’s imperative that the community and HRA supporters particularly, are aware of what is happening and what they can do to help stop it.