a photo taken inside a University of Washington animal laboratory
For one week in April of every year, animal activists and advocates in multiple countries organize together for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) to highlight the archaic and wasteful use of animals in biomedical research. Here in Seattle, the Seattle Animal Defense League, Action for Animals, and the Northwest Animal Rights Network have coordinated events; we encourage everyone to participate. Details are still being worked out, but they will be updated here as they are finalized.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21st (evening)
Join us at a delicious vegan potluck where we will watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Following the movie we will have a brief discussion about the realities of life for animals in laboratories.
5615 12th Ave NE
(Facebook event page, RSVP and post dish you plan to bring)
MONDAY, APRIL 23rd
Demonstration at SNBL USA
6605 Merrill Creek Parkway
(Facebook event page)
TUESDAY, APRIL 24th
Demonstration at UW Infant Primate Research Lab
Corner of NE Pacific St and Montlake Blvd
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th
Outreach at the University of Washington
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Pedestrian Overpass, NE 40th and NE 15th
THURSDAY, APRIL 26th
Demonstration at UW
11:30 am-1:00 pm
1705 NE Pacific St.
Please join us in speaking up for laboratory animals and help spread the word!
After being pressured from a campaign against the use of ferrets in pediatrics training, the University of Washington has now said that it has replaced the use of ferrets with human-based medical simulators to teach future pediatricians.
This change is the result of a campaign by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), with work on the ground by the Seattle Animal Defense League (SADL), as well as support by members of other local animal advocacy groups and activists, and the willingness of UW to adopt current best practices. This could not have been done without the tens of thousands of supporters from PCRM, SADL, the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) , and others who flooded UW administrators with e-mails and written petitions over the past year encouraging the school to take this progressive step. And UW finally listened!
A UW spokesperson stated that instead of ferrets “tetherless simulators are being employed at the point-of-care at the bedside to simulate resuscitations and enhance teamwork among healthcare providers,” and that “simulation will be a more cost-effective way to train intubation techniques.”
Ferrets used in endotracheal intubation training at UW suffered through multiple intubations and were used for several sessions. Also, some of the animals used were later killed. Fortunately, the school has now joined the 95 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States that view nonanimal methods as not only more humane but educationally superior.
While this is indeed good news for ferrets, much more work needs to be done for the thousands upon thousands of other aniamls currently being used by the UW for research. Let us use this victory as a springboard to get more positive results for others.