Great news to launch the holidays and new year!
We have an important development to report concerning animals used in scientific research, testing and education in Canada. At long last, Canada has an independent body to advocate for these animals. Last week marked the launch of the Animals in Science Policy Institute based in Vancouver, under the direction of Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy. (Our readers may remember Dr.Ormandy as a recent participant in our Hidden Costs/ Hidden Potential poster campaign. She was also a speaker at the 2014 Queen’s conference on “Thinking Outside the Cage: Towards a Non-Speciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research”. The conference report is available here.)
AiSPI envisions “a society where the public ethic, and technological advancements and global communication strategies in the scientific community have made the use of nonhuman animals in science obsolete“. The Institute’s mandate is to:
- conduct research projects into the efficacy of non-animal alternatives
- provide up to date resources and information about non-animal alternatives
- collaborate with stakeholders in science and policy
- liaise with researchers, governing bodies and other decision-makers about the importance of non-animal alternatives
- encourage transparency and meaningful public engagement about the use of animals in research, testing and teaching in Canada
Check out AiSPI’s informative and up-to-date website. And read about their recently completed project on “Non-animal alternatives in UBC undergraduate teaching“, and their current project on “High School Dissection“.
Bravo to our Vancouver colleagues!