Irish universities purchase over 46,000 live animals for research in two years

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have purchased over 46,000 live animals for research use between 2017 and 2018, with Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) far surpassing the national average. According to records released to Trinity News under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, University College Cork (UCC) purchased 22,946 live animals in total in 2017 and 2018 for use in research, while Trinity purchased 17,038 between October 2016 and October 2018, a significantly higher number than purchases made by other universities around the country …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Animal Experimentation

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action he has taken on the reports that UCC and Trinity College Dublin have been involved in experimentation on thousands of live animals each year; and his plans to deal with banning vivisection …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 October]

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Trinity purchased over 17,000 live animals for research between 2016 and 2018

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has purchased 17,038 live animals for use in research between October 2016 and September 2018 for use in biomedical studies, with a drop of nearly 40% in the number of animals purchased in 2017/2018 compared to the previous year …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 15 October]

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22,000 animals euthanised at UCC

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 22,000 animals have been euthanised after being used in scientific research at University College Cork in the last three years. Almost half of the animals euthanised after being used in research were mice, while fish also comprised a significant portion …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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DCU purchased rodents for scientific research

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The university bought 1790 mice and rats between 2016 and 2017 for scientific research purposes, The College View has learned. Mice took up the majority of the purchases with 1,296 of the 1,790 rodents. The other 494 were rats. DCU also declined to provide the name of the supplier of the rodent …” (more)

[Brian Mahon, The College View, 6 February]

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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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