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Victims of Charity Day of Action: Saturday September 8

Posted 4 September 2012

This Saturday (September 8) is Animal Aid’s Victims of Charity Day of Action, and local campaigners will be holding information stalls across the country to raise awareness of the involvement of medical charities in vivisection, and to urge people not to donate to those charities that fund animal research.

Animal Aid’s Scientific Consultant, Dr Adrian Stallwood, recently uncovered some shocking new examples of charity-funded animal research:

The British Heart Foundation paid experimenters at Leeds University to surgically mutilate and kill hundreds of beagles in grotesque experiments. Their chests were cut open, their blood was drained and recirculated, and multiple instruments were inserted into their blood vessels. Even under anaesthesia, the dogs could still move their limbs whilst they were being dissected alive.

The Alzheimer's Society continues to pay experimenters at Edinburgh University to brain damage mice in high mortality procedures. Mice have been given strokes with wires inserted into their brain arteries, had their brains smashed with high pressure jets, and their main neck arteries narrowed with coils. Many mice were then forced to swim around in a pool of water to find a hidden platform on which they could rest.

Parkinson's UK funded researchers at King's College, London to poison marmosets with nerve toxins, making them so severely disabled that they could not feed themselves. Dozens of monkeys have been paralysed, or left shaking, mute and hunched – all with money from this charity.

Cancer Research UK funded researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine to give young mice a dose of ‘lethal irradiation’, and then inject cancer cells into their abdomens. This radiation poisoning is similar to the illness suffered by atomic bomb survivors, leaving the mice extremely vulnerable to infection. Sixty mice then endured the growth of the cancer inside them for eight weeks before their deaths.

The Day of Action is the latest initiative in Animal Aid’s Victims of Charity campaign, which is supported by a fully-referenced scientific report of the same name. Co-written by hospital doctor and university lecturer Dr Adrian Stallwood, and veterinary surgeon Dr Andre Menache, the report examines charity-funded animal research and concludes that animal-based research into cancer, dementia, heart disease and Parkinson’s has been ‘a wasteful and futile quest’ – one that has failed to advance the cause of human medicine.

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