Kitty McSporran Saves the Animals – with the help of her magic cape
‘Kitty McSporran Saves the Animals’ was written by one of our members and HRA covered the cost of publication. This colourful story book is aimed at a much younger audience and addresses this taboo subject in a non-confronting way. Readers share in Kitty’s discovery that by not accepting the status quo, we can show compassion to other animals AND further medical research.
It is freely available to schools and libraries.
One of our very talented supporters, singer and songwriter Kerryn Vaughan allowed us to use her heart-wrenching song ‘Broken’ to use on a video about animal experimentation. The video is shown at all expos we attend and has been circulated widely through international animal groups and social media providing factual information and raising awareness of this important issue.
Provision of pound dogs to Queensland University
HRA has campaigned against the use of pound dogs in veterinary teaching since 2006. Together with our members and supporters we have engaged in ongoing correspondence with the councils involved, the Minister for Primary Industries (Tim Mulherin) and the University of Queensland Veterinary School. We have collected petitions which have been tabled in Parliament and we have personally presented a detailed submission – backed by international experts – to the Minister’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee which, at the request of the Minister, had undertaken a thorough review of the issue.
Upon completion of the review AWAC’s recommendations were made to the Minister. They advised that the use of pound dogs for veterinary teaching should be phased out as soon as possible.
Leo – rescued from a laboratory
Leo first came to our attention in August 2010 when he was released from a testing facility. He was extremely lucky as most animals are killed after experiments are complete. Leo had been part of a study aimed at improving surgical techniques for vision correction in humans. His nictitating membranes (third eyelids) had been surgically removed, but unlike several other cats, he was not implanted with contact lenses as he was part of a control group. Prior to this, he had been used in vaccination studies at another facility.
With the help of local and Sydney-based rescue groups, HRA arranged for Leo to be relocated to Melbourne and rehabilitated with a foster carer. Leo is now in a safe and loving home and has assisted our work by putting a face to the huge statistics we present on animal experiments.