Cardiff University has been criticised following the revelation that over 50,000 animals were used in research by scientists at the University in the 2016 year alone. Worse yet, some experiments involved inducing an asthma attack on animals. The grim findings have led to the University being criticised by animal rights groups. It also places the unethical issue that many students will have been providing tuition fees that contribute to animal testing – something that has been met with increased resistance in recent years. Read on for more.
Around 43,000 mice, 1,900 rats, 4,700 fish, 10 amphibians and 8 pigeons were among those to be tested on. 2 guinea pigs were also used for research purposes. In the case of the guinea pigs – the 2 male pigs were enclosed in a chamber, where they unwittingly breathed in substances. These substances would induce a style of attack meant to resemble an asthma attack. The animals were killed in the aftermath of the experiment. As for the other tens of thousands of cases, precisely what happened is unknown.
Anyone that has suffered an asthma attack in the past – or has witnessed someone enduring one – can attest to how painful and distressing they can be. It is therefore disappointing that animals have been treated in this way – especially under the banner of research. The experiments were indeed condemned by the Cardiff Animal Rights group. In a statement, they stated they were ‘saddened’ that this kind of ‘barbarity’ was still happening. Rightly, they also raised the issue of the fear the animals would experience by such experiments.
The Animal Rights group have urged the University to steer clear from animal testing. Cardiff University responded by saying its research on animals is designed to try and tackle diseases. They also pointed to how current methods of treating asthma were created due to the use of animal research. They went on to say the use of animals in research was ‘essential’. They maintain they are fully compliant with all relevant legislation in the United Kingdom. Despite this, they have been criticised.
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There has been a push from animal rights group across the United Kingdom to try and stop the level of tests being done on animals under the ‘research’ banner at Universities. Indeed, similar cases have been reported at multiple Liverpool-based Universities. The fierce response to this case shows the disappointment of many to these revelations.