Achievements – 2016

Have a read through some of our achievements we’ve made during 2016.

Greyhound Experiments


Humane Research Australia uncovered a string of cases in which 78 greyhounds, believed to be discarded by the racing industry, have been used in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia for dental, kidney and heart experiments.
The revelations came after the greyhound racing industry in New South Wales was temporarily shut down following footage showing industry participants were involved in live baiting, mass killings and burials of unwanted dogs.
Our expose on heart transplant experiments forced Monash University to issue a public statement.
Several case studies were published on our website and were subject to international media attention and an online petition was launched via Change.org. We continue to seek and uncover more greyhound experiments around Australia.


Cosmetics Animal Testing


On June 3rd 2016 the Federal Government pledged to ban cosmetics cruelty in Australia by July 2017, following a 4 year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree Australia, led by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International (Global). Humane Research Australia, as part of the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign, joined Assistant Minister for Health Ken Wyatt and Member for La Trobe Jason Wood as they announced that the Coalition Government would ban the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals within Australia as well as the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia.
The announcement received widespread national and international media coverage. Channel 7’s news story can be viewed here, and Channel’s 9’s coverage viewed here. HRA’s media release can be viewed here.


Primates


The majority of our work thus far in 2016 has been in furtherance of our campaign to ban primate experiments.
In February we provided evidence at the senate hearing on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015 in Canberra. Whilst the senate advised against banning primate imports, the bill resulted in much international exposure about the use of primates in research and researchers opening up about their work with primates.
Through anonymous tip-offs and Freedom of Information requests we have uncovered details that the research industry has fought hard to conceal – despite much of it being funded with your tax dollars. We disclosed details of:

  • A male and female marmoset (known only as CJM814 and CJF602), both recently imported from France, found listless, bleeding and gasping for breath before dying of unknown causes.
  • A male macaque used to obtain blood samples for a commercial company, exhibiting an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia and killed.
  • Conan – a baboon who received a kidney transplant from a pig and then killed due to widespread blood clotting.
  • Scar – a baboon transplanted with neonatal islet cells from piglets and kept on large doses of immunosuppressant drugs.
  • Frazer and Belvedere – baboons rendered diabetic and waiting on islet cells.

(Unfortunately, despite GIPA applications and questions in Parliament we have not been able to ascertain the fate of Scar, Frazer and Belvedere).
This information resulted in several media exposes in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald SunToday Tonight and many other news and radio interviews.
In December, the campaign was taken to Melbourne train commuters as display ads – similar to our billboard the previous year – were seen across the Melbourne metro network.


Case Studies


Our listing of case studies grew substantially with the addition of details of experiments on primatesdogscatsmice and sheep. These accounts are provided to demonstrate that experiments occurring behind lab doors are not some exaggerated claims from yesteryear. They are happening right here and now.


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