What’s wrong with vivisection?
We first and foremost oppose the racing and exploitation of a fellow sentient being on moral grounds. Animals used in scientific experiments are conscious beings capable of suffering and we oppose any intentional harm to them. We reject speciesism in all its forms, including purposeful use of individuals for hypothetical gains of another, including that of humans.
The sentient beings utilised for science are usually purpose-bred, often with purposeful deformities or disorders, starved of normal social interactions and indeed anything resembling a normal existence. In Australia, there are primates such as macaques and baboons, dogs, cats, rats and mice, and cephalopods currently imprisoned in sterile cages and tanks awaiting invasive, painful and often fatal experimentation. They will never experience kindness, nor will many even see natural daylight
Whilst there have been notable human health benefits resulting from animal testing, the bulk of research using animals does not result in such progress. Experiments are often justified by career researchers and the medical-industrial complex as necessary for human health and progress, however the costs and resources of using animal models in fact holds medical research back and has resulted in endless poor studies of little benefit to anyone.
By demanding that all universities end animal testing and commit to a rapid phase-out period.
By demanding that the ARC and NHMRC no longer provide grant money for testing involving any non-human animal and increased incentives for researchers developing alternatives.
By demanding that all use of non-human animals in coursework be immediately ended, including products derived from non-human animals.
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