This week, we are honoured to have at Queen’s University Elisabeth Ormandy, from University of British Columbia, give the talk “What Legal Protection do Animals in Science in Canada Have?”. She is also the Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute.
Friday February 2, 2018
Room 211, Sir John A Macdonald Hall
Monkeys have been successfully cloned by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Many fear that this could represent the next step towards human cloning. However, while human cloning might be technically closer, there are numerous legal and ethical barriers that stand in the way, given the inevitable suffering and death of research subjects that would be involved in developing the process. Animal cloning experiments have resulted in appalling harms to mothers who endure repeated forced embryo implantation, abortion, cesarean birth, and death of their infants; and to their babies who die before or shortly after birth due to multiple complications and impairments. Existing laws protecting human research subjects almost certainly prevent this sort of cloning research being done on humans, although explicit bans on human cloning would provide a safer guarantee.
Sadly, it is not criminal to subject monkeys to non-consensual research causing suffering and death, and so this latest cloning research “success”, despite the harms to the monkeys involved, is trumpeted across the world. How do the scientists rationalize their actions? Continue Reading
A celebration of the fabulousness of vegan food. Come enjoy cooking demonstrations, a wide range of food vendors, product samples and other delights. Treat your palate to the best that food has to offer.
A celebration of connectedness. Come discover a vibrant and mushrooming community of people on plant-fueled journeys. Expand your awareness of the issues and how our choices impact the planet and our fellow animals. Treat your heart to the best that connectedness has to offer.
A celebration of physical and mental health and well-being. Come learn from our experts on nutrition and fitness, ask questions, educate and empower yourself. Treat your mind and body to the best that health has to offer. Continue Reading