Animal Aid


Posted 10 August 1999

Animal Aid's Mad Science Awards (AAMSA) - handed out each year for pointless and grotesque laboratory experiments - will next month be presented to 10 university and drug company research teams who carried out horrific tests on cats and dogs.

The researchers' own papers - published between May 1998 and May 1999 - reveal how animals were surgically mutilated, had holes drilled in their sculls and electrodes inserted in their brains. Others were suspended on treadmills and pumped full of experimental drugs.

The notorious cat breeders Hillgrove Farm of Witney, Oxfordshire, the target of a national campaign by animal rights protesters, also features as the supplier of at least 100 cats to AAMSA-winner SmithKline Beecham, the drug company based in Harlow, Essex.

Other 1999 AAMSA winners are research teams from:

  • Bristol University
  • Leeds University (winner of two awards)
  • The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London
  • The Institute of Neurology, in London
  • he Royal Free and University College Medical School in London
  • Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Macclesfield
  • Newcastle University
  • Nottingham University

Each winning research team will be presented with a Diploma, featuring the AAMSA motif of a laboratory beagle stabbed with a scalpel. They will also be the subject of a public protest.

Andrew Tyler, Director of Animal Aid, says:

These experiments are an obscenity. Equally, they yield no benefit to human beings, given the considerable physical differences between ourselves and cats and dogs. Such activities do not represent rational science. Vivisection is an old, bad habit that should be consigned to history. Cats and dogs are Britain's most popular companion animals - yet they are being betrayed in our name in laboratories throughout the country.'

Notes to Editors

  • More information from Andrew Tyler, Yvonne Taylor, or Elaine Toland on 01732 364546.
  • Please see notes to editors.

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