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PETA Scientists Get Noticed in Montreal

Written by PETA | September 6, 2011

This may be what you’re used to thinking of as an anti-viv poster:

 

But nowadays, you’re just as likely to see this as an anti-viv poster:

That’s because PETA has a squadron of scientists who meet with government regulators, serve on expert working groups, put pressure on international corporations, publish in scientific journals, and make presentations at international scientific conferences like the one that took place in August in Montréal.

The World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences is the premier international conference on alternatives to animal testing. (Yes, we know that the “and” in the title should be “to” and have mentioned that to the organizers.) Even though animal experimenters attend the conference and peddle their wares and displays touting cruel experiments like force-feeding animals Jerusalem artichokes (seriously), there is also a lot of excellent information presented on non-animal testing methods and strategies.

Five PETA scientists presented displays and gave talks at last week’s conference about ways to avoid using animals in endocrine testing, skin testing, and other tests. Our presentation on vaccine testing evidenced how PETA has succeeded in using a variety of pressure points to save thousands of animals from being used in cruel vaccine testing, including convincing the U.S. government to replace the use of pigs in painful erysipelas vaccine tests. Another PETA scientist addressed attendees regarding new non-animal technologies that can replace the use of mice in antibody production work

With close to 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries at the conference, PETA’s scientists were encouraged to note how many companies and laboratories represented at the Congress are actively working on technology and testing methods that can reduce or replace the use of animals. Not only are these methods 100 percent humane, they are also less expensive, more effective, and faster than animal tests.

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  • Samantha Dozier, Ph.D., Policy Advisor; Medical Testing Issues, PETA says:

    While we hope that the commenter’s laboratory becomes completely animal-free in the very near future, in the interim, we are glad to see that at least for antibody use, the commenter no longer uses animals as antibody-producing machines. Animals used for antibody production and amplification are injected with antigen multiple times and then are repeatedly bled — in some cases they are bled to death. In a particularly painful method of antibody amplification, mice develop debilitating and painfully large tumors. The great news is that all of the animal-based methods are functionally replaced by the newer method highlighted in our scientific poster. We applaud scientific advances that really advance science and the advent of recombinant antibody production, which does not require the use of any animal tissue at all, is one of those very valuable advances. For further information, please visit the PETA-authored article on this topic at http://altweb.jhsph.edu/mabs/mabs.html.

  • animal experimenter says:

    we’ve been able to produce antibodies for immunohistochemistry (read: these are not antibiotics for medicinal purposes, they’re used for staining tissues… which come from animals) without using animals for some time, it’s only now that recombinant DNA techniques make it cheap enough to be viable. HOWEVER, their template recombinant DNA *comes from animals* – they use raw material from Yeast DNA, but markers that have been derived from animals are used to guide the recombinant production, so this technique still depends entirely on the use of animals. It just means that the antibody can be raised in vitro, rather than in a living rabbit or donkey, and from a template copied from an animal, so the animal only has to be used once to establish the Yeast line.

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