I have to write about this. It is a research centre (CCAAM) which uses alternative methods to do research which would have been done on animals. This is so important. Animal testing looks increasingly outdated and plain cruel and I’m told that 95% of drugs proved to be effective on animals in tests fail in human clinical trials. Tests on animals more often than not don’t help scientists.
A one million dollar gift to the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, by Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation allowed the institution to open Canada’s first research centre for alternatives to animal testing. The main laboratory is called the Eric S. Margolis Research and Training Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Methods.
The picture shows Charu Chandrasekera, the executive director of the center and Eric Margolis.
“I have always hated animal cruelty. And animal testing is barbaric and extreme.” – Eric Margolis.
“To stop any and all animal testing is one of my heart’s main projects and second, it’s here in dear old Windsor. Windsor is just the right place for it.” – Eric Margolis.
Chandrasekera said that there is a worldwide move away from animal testing.
“We have to think beyond animals. We need to join 21st century science and use human-based biology methods.” – Chandrasekera
There are better way and this facility brings testing into the 21st century.
“If we can do something without harming animals, why wouldn’t we…” – WECDSB superintendent Dan Fister.
Cats are one of the animals used in animal testing facilities. Relative to mice they are used rarely. A recent high profile case caused outrage: America’s USDA’s long term animal testing on young cats to research into toxoplasmosis (see image link below). It was stopped after the intervention of a couple of senators after new law was created.
Source: Windsor Star online.
SOME POSTS ON ANIMAL TESTING…
White Coat Waste Project accuse the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of brazenly lying to lawmakers on cat experiments
White Coat Waste Project files federal complaint demanding government claw back tax dollars wasted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on abusive and illegal animal experiments
White Coat Waste Project effectively lobbies the American government to stop cruel animal testing funded by unwitting taxpayers
VICTORY: Court advances WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT’s lawsuit against NIH’s illegal foreign animal lab loophole
WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT campaigns for the enactment of the Accountability in Foreign Animal Research (AFAR) Bill
VA Secretary Denis McDonough approves experiments on cats and the White Coat Waste Project intends to stop them
WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT’s campaign stops American funding of animal experiments in China and Russia
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