Stop Animal Cruelty at Leading Research Facility

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Target: Sir Kieth O’Nions, President and Rector, Imperial College London

Goal: Save animals from unnecessary suffering and death at an internationally  prominent research laboratory

A panel of scientific experts has found extreme wrongdoing in the animal research department at Imperial College London, one of Britain’s leading research facilities. This is not the only recent complaint: the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection reported “appalling animal suffering” upon its inspection of the facility.

Initial allegations of animal cruelty by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection prompted the college to call in a team of independent scientists to review the practices of the laboratory. The results were worse than originally expected. In fact, the facility’s operational, leadership, management, training, and supervisory systems were all described as inadequate.

Among the atrocities going unchecked by the college review board was a failure to provide proper anesthesia, poor surgical procedures, and inexperienced, unsupervised staff performing invasive surgical procedures. The report noted unnecessary suffering and death of lab animals, and loud music that contributed to animal stress.

A lack of communication between staff affected the laboratory’s efficiency, while a lack of staff put stress on existing employees and caused some things to be overlooked.

The Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities and internationally recognized as one of the best research facilities. As such a prominent leader, it is imperative that proper animal welfare standards be exercised. Ask the college to lead by example and stop unnecessary animal suffering, by immediately implementing the 33 recommendations made by its team of review scientists.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sir Kieth O’Nions, President and Rector, Imperial College London,

Numerous recent reports have uncovered unnecessary animal suffering and cruelty in the lab facilities at the Imperial College London. Reports by an independent group of scientists found appalling wrongdoing in various aspects of operation: operational, leadership, management, training, ethical review and supervisory systems were all found to be inadequate. In fact, the ethical review board was deemed not fit for its purpose.

Some issues uncovered included improper surgical procedure, failure to provide proper pain management, and invasive surgery performed by inexperienced and unsupervised staff, which contributed to unnecessary stress, suffering, and death.

As an internationally recognized research institution and prominent university, the Imperial College London should show leadership in the humane treatment of laboratory animals. I demand that the recommendations made by the review panel be immediately implemented in order to prevent further suffering.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. Sheila Jefferson says:

    STOP this NOW! Please!

  2. SHAME ON YOU SIR KEITH O’NIONS! YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE ADDRESSED AS SIR AND BEING THE PRESIDENT AND RECTOR OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP UNIVERSITY, YOU SHOULD LEAD BY GOOD EXAMPLE TO STOP THIS IMMEDIATELY. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING ON YOU, SO UNLESS YOU TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO STOP THIS, OR ELSE YOU ARE GONG TO RUIN THE GOOD BRAND OF YOUR UNIVERSITY. HOW CAN YOU DEVELOPE SOME GOOD QUALITY STUDENTS IF YOUR UNIVERSITY IS NOT RESPECTING ANIMALS’ LIVES!

  3. Your institution is an international disgrace. How can you treat animals this way? You are using science & research as an excuse for animal cruelty. Please do the right thing and stop this now!

  4. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    So sad to see that the human race do NOT respect the creatures God created. YOU will one day pay the price for not respecting God’s creatures and creations.

  5. Patricia Wicker says:

    This University is an absolute Disgrace!!!!

    Stop this Cruelty, it is demented and sadistic!!!

  6. This is a disgrace, if this is supposed to be a top facilty then god help the poor animals in the lower ones. Animal experiments are outdated and cruel and its time to put a stop to it.

  7. I cannot imagine the fear these beautiful animals feel when they see a human being coming towards them, it is so low and cruel, let then use each other, and leave these poor creatures alone, they are not here for you they share this world with us, we have no right to do this.

  8. Patricia Wicker says:

    SHAME ON YOU!!!!! How very Cruel and Sadistic is this. I do not know how you can sleep at night you sick demented person!

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