Monday is World Day for Laboratory Animals, and over the last few months, the media have helped to expose the terrible plight of lab animals in Canada. A recent W5 Investigative report revealed the abysmal conditions under which animals undergo cruel research activities to bring new products and drugs to market. The investigation further revealed that animals used in these tests are not only subject to severe pain and distress (as a result of deliberate chemical poisoning without pain relief), but are often also the victims of abuse and mistreatment, unrelated to the tests themselves.
People across the country were shocked and horrified to see such suffering happening right here at home. For us here at Humane Society International/Canada, it just reinforced an all too familiar malaise; it was also a stark reminder of the countless hurdles we still need to overcome to bring Canadian standards in line with the dozens of other countries that have already made strides in confronting cruelty in laboratories around the world. Dogs thrown and slammed into cages, macaques suspended by their limbs — these are just a few of the images that made it into the highlight reel of the aforementioned investigation, fittingly taken from hours of torturous footage that didn’t make the cut.
And while we are making progress every day to achieve real results for lab animals across the country, the unfortunate reality is that the animal testing industry in Canada remains largely unregulated.
A year ago, we were successful in convincing the Canadian government to join the ranks of other nations, such as the United States, to drop the one-year dog pesticides test, which has been proven to be scientifically unnecessary. In these tests, beagles are taken from their mothers at just six months old to be fed pesticides every …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada