Stop Lab Where Thousands of Animals Will Die


Target: Professor Richard Blaikie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Otago

Goal: Cancel plans to build a new animal research building where thousands of animals will undergo distressing tests and be killed.

A university has announced plans to build a new five-story animal research facility, despite animal experimentation being incredibly cruel and often inefficient. The University of Otago in New Zealand will spend 34 million U.S. dollars on the new lab despite increasing evidence that animal testing is ineffective for human research and can even be dangerous as it produces deceptive and misleading results. This money could be far better spent on more accurate and humane research methods.

Moreover, the University of Otago reportedly used 21,705 animals for research during 2014 alone with 18,166 animals actually killed during experimentation.

Sign this petition urging the university to cancel plans to build this facility and work towards replacing animal research with humane and reliable alternatives instead.


Dear Mr. Blaikie,

Please cancel plans to build a new animal research lab at the University of Otago. Animal research is not only incredibly cruel but also proven to be ineffective and even dangerous by providing deceptive results that do not coincide with human results. The vast amount of money earmarked for this project would be far better spent developing humane and more accurate methods of research.

I urge you to scrap plans to consolidate archaic and unreliable animal testing and focus instead on developing humane and effective research methods.


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  1. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Shove those bastards in the cages & test that sh!t on them instead of the poor defenseless animals!!!
    Signed & Shared. ?

  2. Why don’t these “researchers” do these tests on their own children instead?

  3. Since animals are nothing like us physically, biologically, psychologically, physiologically, etc., results of animal experimentation simply lead us in the wrong direction; in other words the tests are fundamentally flawed. People die because we rely on these results. There are newer, more reliable ways of testing that do not involve animals. Animals experience daily horrors such as cutting, burning, poisoning, death, and other barbaric acts.

    Testing on animals will not prove that chemicals, medications, etc., are safe for human beings due to the documented differences between species, and because animals are given unrealistically high doses during experiments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that 95 percent of all drugs that test safe and effective in animals are found to be either unsafe or ineffective in humans. It is not just the welfare of animals that we are concerned about, it is the fact, as I previously stated, that when we rely on animal testing, it is flawed and people die. (Source:

    Regarding funding for research during a government meeting, former director for U.S. National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated that testing on animals to benefit humans has been a major failure. He told his colleagues: “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. . . . We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. . . . The problem is that [animal testing] hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem. . . . We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”

    Fran Visco who is a breast cancer survivor as well as the founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition has stated that, “Animals don’t reflect the reality of cancer in humans,” and the former National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Richard Klausner has said, “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.”

    Rather than using live animals, for instance, combat trauma training courses can be taught using any of a variety of realistic, high-fidelity medical simulators. For example, the Cut Suit, by Strategic Operations, Inc. Compared to live tissue training, the Cut Suit comes closer to replicating the treatment of a human casualty. Further, the Cut Suit can teach extremity tourniquet application, extremity arterial hemorrhage clamping, surgical incisions to the thoracic and abdominal cavity, hemorrhage control of organ structure, and suturing or stapling of organs and skin.

    Another is the Maryland-based Operative Experience, Inc. Not long ago, one highly regarded battlefield trauma expert and Uniformed Services University professor of surgery stated about Operative Experience’s devices that it is “as close to human tissue as anything I’ve ever seen . . . [T]hese models are like nothing else out there . . . Combined with a curriculum, they have the capacity to revolutionize training”.

    As well there are cell-based tests, “organs-on-chips”, tissue models, skin models, computer (in silico) modeling, and so much more that have been developed or are in development now.

    The newest non-animal device is a robot which researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies have developed. It is a completely new way to examine how chemicals can affect human cells, it is totally human based, and it doesn’t involve ANY animals. For more information and a video demonstration, please go to:

    To find out more for yourself about non-animal studies, please read this report on “Averting Drug Disasters:

    Then go to the following website for further information: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine at http://www.pcrm

    It’s time to come into the 21st Century!

  4. Bev Woodburn says:

    This Lab must not be allowed to be built. It will be a Lab of hell, terror and agony committed against defenceless and innocent sentient beings. It is absolutely sickening and unforgivable the atrocities the human species commits against the innocent.
    And the Governments funding these Labs of horror and terror are as guilty as the bastards who commit these atrocities against the innocent.
    These atrocities committed against the innocent must be stopped and banned forever. The vile and heartless human species.

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