Friday, June 8, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Regulating Animal Testing - Animal Alliance of Canada
Animal rights protesters in Vancouver tried another tactic on the weekend. They set up a silent protest outside a hotel where the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences held its annual symposium. Many came with pictures of animal testing. One woman was chained to a white sheet... splattered with red paint to look like blood.
Bryan Vincent is one of the organizers, and he said the main target of the protest was the association, which provides training in the care of lab animals. Vincent isn't just critical of the association that trains people in testing animals. He, and others, take issue with the group tasked with regulating and monitoring that testing - the Canadian Council on Animal Care. They say it's simply not doing a good enough job.
Liz White is the founding member of Animal Alliance of Canada, a federal NGO that advocates for animal rights. She is also the leader of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters of Canada. She was in Toronto.
Regulating Animal Testing - Research & International UBC
In 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, 3.3 million animals were used in university research across Canada. Some think Canada is doing a pretty good job at regulating that research.
Helen Burt is the Associate Vice President Research & International at the University of British Columbia. She was in Vancouver.
Regulating Animal Testing - Canadian Council on Animal Care
Dr. Norman Willis is the executive director of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. The council oversees research at 210 facilities across Canada that use animals. He was in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Julia Pagel.
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