UCC used more than 4,000 live animals for research last year

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rabbits, birds and guinea pigs were among more than 4,100 live animals used in research experiments at University College Cork (UCC) last year. The animals were sourced through specialist suppliers in Ireland, the UK and the US at a cost of almost €200,000. A further €3,000 was paid to dispose of carcasses …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Reaction to Animal Testing in Trinity is Hypocritical and Inconsistent

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The issue of animal testing for biomedical purposes within Trinity was dragged into the news again this week, following the release of figures by the Irish Independent showing that over 100,000 animals had been used in research since 2012 …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 24 August]

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‘It’s behaviour from the Dark Ages’ – Outrage as Trinity experiments on 110,000 animals

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 110,000 animals have been used in medical research by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in the past five years, new figures have shown. Last year alone, it spent more than €310,000 buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10,000 to dispose of them when the research was complete …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 21 August]

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NUI Galway uses 16,500 animals in tests

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 16,500 animals have been used for research purposes at NUI Galway during the past four years. Last year alone, the university spent almost €160,000 to procure 3,140 live animals, while a further €4,300 was paid to dispose of carcasses following the conclusion of experiments …” (more)

[Darragh Mc Donagh, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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122,000 animals in university lab tests in Ireland between 2012-2014

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 122,000 animals were used in tests at six of the country’s top universities over a three-year period. Figures obtained under Freedom of Information show Trinity College used the most animals for tests from 2012 to 2014, followed by University College Cork and NUI Galway …” (more)

[Aine Boner, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Challenging times

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 13th, 2015 by steve

EU“The Stop Vivisection initiative has been panicking European researchers since it was first proposed in 2012, but its long-trailed public hearing this week at the European Parliament in Brussels turned out to be a pretty grey affair …” (more)

[Editorial, Nature, 13 May]

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Keep the directive that protects research animals

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 6th, 2015 by steve

EU“Losing legislation that has animal welfare at its core would not just jeopardize science, it is also likely to lead to a drop in standards, argues Kay Davies …” (more)

[Nature, 6 May]

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Trinity and UCD spend €600k on lab rats, mice and pigs

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has purchased almost 10,000 mice and rats since the beginning of 2013 at a cost of almost €400,000. The college use animals for biomedical research, as is practiced in several universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 2 January]

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Anger as report exposes kitten experiments at top UK universities

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Animal campaigners have reacted angrily to reports that top UK universities had been performing ‘repulsive’ experiments on lab test cats and kittens …” (more)

[Independent, 2 June]

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14,000 animals killed for university research at Queen’s and University of Ulster

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2014 by steve

“Almost 14,000 animals died in experiments carried out in the laboratories of our two main universities in one year …” (more)

[Liam Clarke, Belfast Telegraph, 10 February]

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Inside the mouse house: animal testing in Irish labs

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2013 by steve

“Animals are used all the time for research in Ireland but scientists are split about whether or not to talk openly about it …” (more)

[Anthony King, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Rats, mice used in medical research cost colleges €1.7m

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Universities have defended spending more than €1.7m on tens of thousands of live rats and mice for medical experiments over the past two years …” (more)

[Treacy Hogan, Independent, 2 April]

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TCD spent €368,000 on animals for medical tests

Posted in Legal issues, Research on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“Live animals are increasingly being experimented on by Irish scientists, despite controversy over the practice. Figures obtained by the Irish Independent show researchers in Trinity College spent more than €368,000 on live animals in only 12 months to use in tests aimed at treating disease in humans …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 19 November]

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NYU medical research is set back years by dead laboratory mice

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of lab mice drowned on Monday night as the Sandy storm surge flooded into New York University’s Smilow Research Building at the eastern edge of Manhattan. It will take several years — and many generations of careful inbreeding — to rebuild the colony, which included animals that had been genetically engineered for the study of melanoma …” (more)

[Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, 1 November]

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Pledge by universities on animal research

Posted in Research on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“More than 40 scientific organisations, including 15 universities, have pledged to be more open about the animal research they carry out in the wake of an opinion poll indicating declining public support for the use of animals in research …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 22 October]

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Colleges spend €3m on live lab animals

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Irish colleges have spent over €3m buying live animals for experimentation since 2005. The number of animals used in tests in laboratories has rocketed 800% in this period, with welfare groups expressing concerns that Ireland is becoming a hub for animal experimentation …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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TCD denies ‘painful’ tests on animals

Posted in Research on July 12th, 2011 by steve

“Scientists have denied they are carrying out unnecessary experiments on animals at a new multi-million-euro medical-research centre at Trinity College Dublin. The €130m Biomedical Sciences Institute, which opened last month, is home to more than 700 scientists working in areas such as cancer and Alzheimer’s research …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 12 July]

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Research Committee May Be Stacked Against Chimps

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 20th, 2011 by steve

“An influential panel evaluating the scientific value of invasive medical research on chimpanzees may be stacked in favor of the controversial practice, say animal advocates. Although the Institutes of Medicine’s research review panel no longer has vocal supporters of medical research on chimpanzees, the Humane Society says remaining members won’t likely challenge the status quo …” (more)

[Brandon Keim, Wired Science, 20 June]

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European directive gets its tentacles into octopus research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 12th, 2011 by steve

“The times are changing for European biologists who work with octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. A European Union (EU) regulation on animal experiments will soon make them familiar with the bureaucracy that is already the daily routine of those who experiment on monkeys and mice …” (more)

[Nicola Nosengo, Nature News, 12 April]

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Animal drug trials keep mum about failures

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2010 by steve

“Even negative findings tell a story – but when experimental drugs are tested in animals, negative results are far less likely to be reported than positive ones. This makes drugs appear more effective than they really are. As a result, expensive clinical trials can sometimes go ahead when they are unlikely to succeed, diverting resources from better options, says Malcolm Macleod of the University of Edinburgh …” (more)

[New Scientist, 3 April]

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