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Horrific Cruelty Exposed at Leading UK University

Horrific Cruelty Exposed at Leading UK University

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is calling for an investigation into wrongdoing at Imperial College London following the release of footage obtained during an undercover investigation that exposed horrific cruelty to lab animals.

According to the BUAV, one of their investigators worked undercover for seven months at the college and documented a variety of problems ranging from the cruelty of the experiments themselves to the complete and utter disregard for animal suffering by researchers.

Michelle Thew, the BUAV’s Chief Executive, made this statement:

Despite claims made by the Government and research industry that the UK has the best system of regulation in the world, this shocking BUAV investigation shows that the reality for animals is very different. Standards at this leading UK University were poor with breaches of the regulatory regime and inappropriate licensing and enforcement by the Home Office. This investigation raises significant and far reaching questions about animal research in the UK. A full independent inquiry must be carried out as a matter of urgency. The public will expect no less.

Imperial College London, which is ranked sixth in U.S. News and World Report’s list of the World’s Best Universities, announced it will be commissioning an independent investigation and working with the Home Office after the story broke in the Sunday Times.

According to a statement from Imperial College:

Scientists and staff at Imperial work hard to ensure that animals are kept and cared for using the highest standards of husbandry, thereby causing least pain or distress.

The UK law which governs the use of animals is widely viewed as the most rigorous piece of legislation of its type in the world and the Home Office Inspectors who administer it maintain a continuous inspections programme of facilities where work is carried out.

If it weren’t so awful that would be laughable, considering the footage, but what else are they going to say? Animals are seen moving during surgery after being improperly anesthetized (intentionally and unintentionally), left to suffer in obvious pain for days and killed by disturbing methods that ranged from gassing and breaking their necks to beheading them with a guillotine …a guillotine.

The BUAV is now also criticizing the college’s “independent inquiry” which will be led by Professor Steve Brown, Director of the Medical Research Council’s Mammalian Genetics Unit for two reasons: Brown is a known supporter of animal research and the Medical Research Council funds animal research at Imperial College.

The organization has since delivered a letter to the Home Office with the support of MPs from all parties asking for a full investigation that is independent of both the Home Office and Imperial College, in addition to calling on the government to make good on its pledge to use reduce the number of animals used in research through its Broken Promises campaign.

For more information and updates on this investigation, visit Licensed to Kill.

Warning: Graphic Footage

 

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5:35AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Imperial college as well as Huntingdon life are complete 'ARSEHOLES' they know exactly what they are doing and should be held accountable, there are perfectly good computer models which could be used instead of picking on a creature which will not fight back. This fits in nicely with these bastards as they are all cowards of the worst possible kind.

4:05PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I thought the UK was supposed to be civilised????

6:21AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Signed and shared, thanks for sharing

1:50AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Very sad that these students did not have any compassion

5:52AM PDT on May 28, 2013

People should ensure that an end is not put to progress in animal research..Far too much good has come from it..Biomedical researchers know that an animal in distress is simply not a good research subject..no more than a human subject in distress be in a clinical trial..
Researchers are embarked on an effort to alleviate misery..not cause it..

Are there bad people in these places..I am sure there are a few..But the majority is in it for the well being of humans and animals..
Unfortunately there still is no alternative to animal research..Living systems are complex..The nervous system..blood and brain chemistry..and gland secretions are all interrelated..It is impossible to explore..explain or predict the course of many diseases
or the effects of many treatments without observing and testing the entire living system..

Doing so has brought about many great treatments..drugs..for both humans as well as for animals..in the medical field..

Install cameras..Yes absolutely ensure that no neglect or unneeded harm is done to these animal subjects..
But those who say that the people who work there are evil..bad..uncaring is just not true..It is because they care that they do what they do and it is for the better of mankind and animals..

4:27AM PDT on May 27, 2013

When you say they found "problems ranging from the cruelty of the experiments themselves to the complete and utter disregard for animal suffering by researchers." could we have many instances they found of each?

10:10AM PDT on May 26, 2013

ANIMAL TESTING SHOULD BE BANNED PERMANENTLY -- IT SERVES ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE -- THERE EXIST ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR RESEARCH WHEREBY ANIMALS ARE NOT NOT NOT USED! IN ADDITION, IT'S BARBARIC, UNCONSCIONABLE, TERRIBLY CRUEL TO INFLICT SUCH HORROR ON LIVING BEINGS, IN THIS CASE, INNOCENT ANIMALS WHO HAVE NO POWER TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THOSE HUMAN SAVAGES! LET THE ANIMALS GO -- SET THEM FREE INTO CARING AND LOVING ENVIRONMENTS!

2:47AM PDT on May 25, 2013

I despise animal testing!
I hope they take away the funding and their licenses at Imperial College London!
These poor animals have suffered way too much for this to continue!

6:43AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Stop this horrific practice!!!

9:24AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Just for the funding.

Everything is about money.

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