Despite the fact that researchers at the University of B. C. have been justifying their research on animals on the grounds that it provides information required for advancing medical research, protestors intend to continue their campaign against animal experimentation by the UBC researchers.
Noting that UBC’s experiments on animals are brutal as well as deadly, animal advocates recently gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery; painted as cats, monkeys, mice, and other animals tormented in UBC laboratories.
With the protestors ready to brave the predicted cool temperatures and rain, Stop UNC Animal Research activist Annette Parkes, said: “Our momentary discomfort is nothing compared to what the animals endure on a daily basis at UBC.”
Since the guidelines issued by the Canadian Council on Animal Care – the agency that oversees animal research in Canada - are voluntary, it is estimated that UBC uses nearly 100,000 animals per year in research which varies widely in its invasiveness.
According to a description in a recent article in UBC’s campus paper, the Ubyssey, experiment on cats include cutting open the backs of the animals to expose the vertebrae; and the insertion of titanium screws in their cat’s spinal columns to stall movement.
Talking about the cruelty on animals in the name of research, Alka Chandna of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “Canadian taxpayers have unwittingly funded UBC’s cruel and crude experiments and they deserve to know the truth about the treatment of animals inside UBC’s laboratories.”
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