Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZ Live Export Sheep in UK Vivisection Outrage

NZ Live Export Sheep in UK Vivisection Outrage

Undercover footage of animal experiments using sheep exported from New Zealand has caused outrage in the UK. Undercover footage obtained by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) exposed the reality of life in a vivisection laboratory for animals exported live from New Zealand.

The experiments carried out at Cambridge University in the UK involved the sheep having implants put into their brains to monitor brain activity while they suffered from symptoms like weight loss, disorientation and eyesight loss until they died or were killed.

The undercover investigation documented incidences of animal abuse by staff – one sheep had to be killed after her leg was broken by a staff member violently forcing her into a ‘crush cage’ to be weighed. Another sheep was left suffering in shocking conditions for days after her condition had reached the state where the researchers decided she had to be killed: she was nearly blind, suffering from severe weight loss and left lying in her own faeces.

Serious questions are being asked in the UK about the validity of the experiments and how the licences were granted and if the UK’s harm/benefit test was applied correctly. One of the UK researchers had also been previously caught carrying out animal experiments without a licence. This illegal experiment involved giving 200 mice doses of metamphetamine and exposing them to loud music to the point where they suffered seizures and died[1].

“The sheep exported to the UK have been bred in New Zealand to suffer from a condition that only mimics some of the abnormalities seen in people. There are significant differences between sheep and human brains, like there are between mice and sheep brains. Sheep are being used as mice didn’t work so now they are tinkering around with sheep in the hope that might work” said NZAVS spokesperson Stephen Manson.

“These experiments on sheep, similar ones of which are likely being carried out here at Lincoln and Otago Universities where researchers developed this model, will not produce results that can be safely and reliably extrapolated to people. Every day the evidence mounts that animal models do not predict human responses and that for effective treatments it is the actual disease in humans that researchers need to be looking at – not animals with similar symptoms that come from different causes. Five days ago the editorial of the British Medical Journal said exactly this.[2]” Mr Manson went on to say.

Cambridge University has said they will be investigating this matter and will take appropriate actions as required by their Home Office licence.

View the BUAV undercover footage to see what happens to animals exported live from New Zealand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wnyf4ggO9k

Mail Online article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2653095/Sheep-used-Cambridge-University-animal-testing-labs-suffered-distressing-mistreatment.html

BUAV Investigations page: http://www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/sheep-suffering

[1] http://www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/sheep-suffering

2 http://www.bmj.com/%5Bfield_highwire_a_cpath-raw%5D-15

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news