Home > Science > HIDEOUS AND INCOMPETENT RESEARCH BY LONDON SCIENTISTS

HIDEOUS AND INCOMPETENT RESEARCH BY LONDON SCIENTISTS

Added: (Fri Jun 22 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - June 2001

HIDEOUS AND INCOMPETENT RESEARCH BY LONDON SCIENTISTS

The National Anti-Vivisection Society today exposed cruel research on dogs that involved pumping blood from one dog’s leg directly to the another dog’s neck, force-filling the recipient dog’s bladders, then killing all of the dogs, by stopping their breathing and draining their blood.

Funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council, researchers were from the Royal Free and University College Medical School and Kings College.

21 dogs were used in this experiment. Some of the dogs were artificially ventilated through a tube into the windpipe and their lungs were collapsed by piercing the chest.

The recipient dogs had a number of nerves severed to manually control blood pressure and a catheter inserted in its hind leg to measure blood pressure. A catheter was then inserted in a leg artery and connected to a main vein in the other leg. A tube with salt solution was inserted into the bladder and tied to the wall of the bladder. To prevent the fluid escaping, a tube was inserted into the canal that carries urine in male dogs and in females a ‘plug’ was inserted into their vagina. By then filling up the bladder with salt solution it became enlarged.

The research aimed to examine how breathing, heart rate and blood vessels are affected by stimulation of cells that respond to blood gases when the bladder is full.

The NAVS is furious that a license for this research was granted because;
The anaesthetic used on the dogs has been shown to stimulate the cells in question and increase the heart rate so results are meaningless
It demonstrates complete incompetence of the scientists
The species differences between dogs and humans even further make results meaningless
Repetition; two of the researchers had already done previous research and admitted that this experiment just confirmed their last one

Jan Creamer, Director of the NAVS said today: “We are totally disgusted that this research was given a licence by the Government. The experiment demonstrates complete ignorance with the drugs they were using in a particularly nasty experiment.

“The government will only be made accountable for these experiments when we get Freedom of Information”.

For more information or interviews contact Nina Crane, NAVS Press Office on 020 8563 0250, 020 8846 9777 ext 224.
Email: pr@navs.org.uk

Submitted by:
Disclaimer: Pressbox disclaims any inaccuracies in the content contained in these releases. If you would like a release removed please send an email to remove@pressbox.co.uk together with the url of the release.