Animal testing: cruel practice and insufficient control?

A former animal technician in the lab and a researcher who is a member of the ethics committee, confided in the animal testing association. They denounce the brutal killing of rabbits, the hellish rate of animal sampling, as well as the lack of control by the authorities. Accusations that, if true, would amount to cruelty. The 30 Million Friends Foundation is calling for a ban on animal experiments when alternative methods exist.

This could reopen the debate about animal experimentation. In March 2021, two whistleblowers who wished to remain anonymous spoke in an interview with the Animal Testing Association about the horrors of animal testing labs. One of them testifies to her experience as a livestock specialist in a laboratory specializing in rabbit breeding located in the west of France, where she worked between 2017 and 2019. [ a pu consulter son contrat de travail, NDLR]. The second, a researcher still working in a large French lab, according to Animal Testing, denounces ” conflict of interest which she believes would interfere with the ethics committees responsible for evaluating animal experiment projects, of which she claims to be a member. Revelations promulgated daily Releasewho was able to speak directly to the two main characters.

Rabbits are killed by hitting them against an iron sheet.

An ex-employee says she used to work for a rabbit serum sample service. To obtain the precious blood fluid destined for the pharmaceutical industry, the animals there were anesthetized and regularly removed with a needle at the level of the ears and heart. A 30-year-old man denounces the conditions under which the animals will be detained.” two by two in tiny cages, never seeing the light of day “: ” some are so stressed they bite their paws to the bone ; there are those who eat all the hair on the neck and cause huge wounds “, she describes. Conditions she believes are conducive to accidents: ” Some mezzanines were installed in the cells. […] The problem is that it doesn’t fit very well and the rabbits get their feet stuck in it and break them, so we have to euthanize them. […] We find at least 3 or 4 of these a day. »

When rabbits are euthanized and pricked in the heart, they begin to howl!

Sent by her employer for a few days to study at the Veterinary School of Nantes, the former laboratory assistant would have learned that the sampling rate was too high for animals: “ [Les formateurs] told us that we shouldn’t take more than 4 tubes a week when we take 12 even a week ! » « When they’re anesthetized and you poke them in the heart, they start screaming. exhales a young woman, talking about an animal suffering from great suffering: The rabbit started spitting blood from his mouth, rolled his eyes […] [Ma responsable] told me “take it” […] and brought him out when he was dying. Finally, she testifies to the killing of extra rabbits in the litters of females, as well as ” euthanasia “wounded animals – in a barbaric way:” We take them, then we beat them on the iron sheet […] We catch rabbits almost every day “, she said.

Animal experiments “take the team”…

So many alleged violations, which, however, would go unnoticed by the veterinary services, the teams were warned in advance about the upcoming checks. ” We know what day the control will be, so inevitably they make us grind everywhere “, – the ex-employee admits. The second witness, presenting himself as a researcher in another laboratory, seeks to confirm this opacity. ” There is control over the research, but no control over the animal during the researchshe laments. I’ve seen dogs that didn’t even have a blanket and lived all day, 24 hours a day, on concrete. According to this whistleblower, animal experiments are not always justified by scientific interest: Behind these studies are not only scientific questions, but also economic questions. […] and, I heard it with my own ears : “because the teams must be busy” ! “.

If the president of the ethics committee is in charge of animal experiments, that’s a set-up.

Responsible for evaluating research projects involving the use of animals, ethics committees would not be sufficient to play their advocacy role, according to this researcher, who claims to have been involved in this as part of his own business. ” There is a minority of people on the ethics committee who spoke out against the study. […], because they are too heavy, insufficiently grounded and because animal cages no longer comply with the rulesshe recalls. The warning was given, but the investigation began […]. We asked to stop the study immediately, which we did not. » « If the chairman of the ethics committee is responsible for animal experimentation, and if three-quarters of the ethics committee is [de ceux qui la pratiquent] – research leaders, animal trainers and technicians – [alors] this is a staging, there is no opposition she adds.

9 out of 10 French people are against animal testing

As part of its #Controlonsleslabos campaign, the animal testing association is calling on the government to ” put an end to the impunity of French laboratories by sharply tightening controls » carried out by the veterinary services of these structures. In total, more than 1.8 million animals were used for scientific purposes in France in 2019, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The 30 Million Friends Foundation is sending a petition to European authorities calling on member states to end animal testing, which has already been signed by more than 370,000 people. Once the existence of alternative methods has been demonstrated, 89% of French people are in favor of a ban on all animal experiments (30 Million Friends Foundation Barometer – Ifop, 2021).


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