Otago Uni defends the killing of 57,000 animals

The College of Otago is advocating animal testing practices whereby it killed extra unused animals than some other college within the nation in 2020.

A complete of 57,226 animals have been killed by the college with out being examined in 2020, in line with information obtained by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society below the Official Data Act.

Firm director Tara Jackson criticized the numbers, which made up almost 40% of the full variety of animals raised, not used and killed for scientific functions, nationwide.

Nonetheless, Vice Chancellor of College and Enterprise Analysis Richard Blaikie mentioned Otago ran one of many largest biomedical analysis amenities within the nation, the place tasks have been topic to strict moral approval.

“Analysis undertaken on the College of Otago has immediately contributed to essential medical breakthroughs in lots of persistent and life-threatening illnesses and situations, together with coronary heart illness, infertility, diabetes and most cancers,” he mentioned.

By comparability, the College of Auckland killed 49,537 animals bred for analysis, testing and instructing (RTT) with out utilizing them in 2020.

The quantity was 3124 at Victoria College in Wellington and 1212 on the College of Canterbury, whereas the opposite universities have been fewer than 50.

Additionally in 2020, the College of Otago used 21,599 animals for RTT, of which 16,186 have been killed.

Auckland College used 6691 and killed 6433, whereas Massey College used 47.115 and killed 21.064.

Information launched by the Ministry of Main Industries earlier this yr confirmed universities accounted for 41.1% of RTT animal use in 2020.

Miss Jackson criticized the college’s use of animal testing as merciless and generally ineffective as a result of variations between mice and people.

He requested the college to make enhancements.

“The College of Otago wants to start out investing in non-animal strategies instantly,” he mentioned.

Professor Blaikie mentioned the dearth of large-scale business suppliers of laboratory animals meant the college needed to keep its personal breeding colonies.

The animals utilized in an experiment needed to be of the identical age and situation, and infrequently in a litter of animals only some could possibly be used, he mentioned.

‘The researchers will do their greatest to make use of the remaining animals, however this isn’t all the time doable.’

The excess culled animals have been despatched to highschool science courses for use for dissection or to wildlife organizations to make use of as a meals supply.

The variety of animals killed with out use on the College of Otago in 2020 fell from the best determine of 67,641 in 2019.

Final yr the college opened the Eccles Constructing, a $ 50 million animal analysis facility.

Professor Blaikie did not speculate on what the most recent information would possibly present, however he mentioned the college was on the lookout for methods to cut back and refine use.

“Over the previous yr, Otago has established a extra formal course of for sharing materials and reusing animals for a couple of analysis challenge.

“We’re refining the technical strategies in order that we will get extra info from fewer animals.”

Animal analysis has solely been carried out when important.

The College of Otago was one of many inaugural signatories to the Opening Settlement on Animal Analysis and Instructing in New Zealand, he mentioned.

“The settlement expressed the College of Otago’s dedication to offer info to the general public, and particularly to tangata, in order that they are often nicely knowledgeable about animal analysis.”

Miss Jackson mentioned there was a distinction between being open and being progressive, and the deal did not deal with any of society’s considerations.

fiona.ellis@odt.co.nz

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