We are deeply concerned at the extent of animal use in both private and publicly funded scientific research in Canada;
We are shocked and saddened to learn that many of the animals involved are made to endure severe pain that is near, at, or above, the pain tolerance threshold of unanesthetized, conscious animals; and
The studies may be of long duration, after which the animal may be killed or 'recycled' for use in further experiments.
We, the undersigned, Citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to implement an immediate ban on any scientific research on animals that falls under Canadian Council on Animal Care Categories of Invasiveness D & E. These experiments involve the highest levels of pain and distress to the animal. We further urge Parliamentarians to call for a re-evaluation of the use of animals given the availability and superiority of modern technological alternatives. Please make Canada a North American leader in the use of human-based approaches that are proving more effective, cost-efficient and humane.
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