Help Humane Research Australia stop unnecessary testing on animals.

Baboons used in experiments

 

Recently, surgeons at the Royal North Shore Hospital used 8 baboons in an invasive study of the healing process of shoulder tendon surgery. Three surgeons  surgically cut the tendons and damaged the rotator cuff in healthy baboons in an attempt to replicate the healing process in humans.

The eight baboons, all over 15 years of age, Eight had been used in experiments and breeding programs all their lives and were scheduled for death, but were taken from Australian Baboon Breeding Colony to be used in these highly invasive experiments.

The researchers acknowledge the problems that could arise in extrapolating results to humans because the primates were healthy and their bones and tendons were normal whereas this is not the case with human patients. The results themselves are flawed because while with human patients after the operation, immobilization would be standard procedure, this was not possible for the post-operative baboons.

The final conclusion of these experiments was a recommendation “that excessive tension on the repair site should be avoided for at least 12 weeks” – somewhat obvious statement!

 

Humane Research Australia

 

Humane Research Australia feels that putting non-consenting, highly sentient, beings through the pain and suffering of serious surgery (and death), to merely demonstrate what is already known in the field of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation cannot be justified.   

The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching states that: “Using animals for scientific purposes is acceptable only when any harm done to the animals is very greatly outweighed by the benefits of their use”.  This study that was undertaken with baboons is not only highly unethical; it is unscientific. Data cannot be extrapolated from one species to another with certainty of success. 

 

Supporting Humane Research Australia

 

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Take Action

 

We can help Humane Research Australia in their quest to convince the necessary people to stop funding animal experiments.

 Write/Email :

University of New South Wales Animal Ethics Committee  
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of New South Wales
NSW 2052
Email: enquiries.research@unsw.edu.au

and

Central Sydney Area Health Service Animal Welfare Committee
C/o Executive Support Unit & Secretariat
PO Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050
Email:  SLHD.ESU@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

to demand that they never again approve experiments such as these.

Read more about the experiment on baboons: http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/case-studies/eight-baboons-used-and-then-killed-to-study-the-healing-process-of-shoulder-tendon-surgery

 

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