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To: Irish Government

Stop Ireland Outsourcing Cruel Animal Testing

The Irish Anti-Vivisection Society calls on the Irish Government to enact legislation immediately to ban the outsourcing of research or testing on live animals to any country outside the EU.

Why is this important?

A Freedom of Information investigation by the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society has uncovered horrific chinchilla experiments on an estimated 23 chinchillas commissioned by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

The vivisection project, which broke animal welfare rules on multiple occasions, was intended to test a potential new treatment for chronic ear drum perforation (Tympanic Membrane Perforation). The procedures, which took place in the spring and summer of 2021, were performed in the USA at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Unlike Ireland and the EU, the USA has no independent government regulation of animal experimentation so there are no legal limits on animal cruelty. Therefore, the IAVS is calling on the government to initiate the drafting of legislation prohibiting the outsourcing of animal testing or research - by any Irish laboratory, institution or commercial enterprise - to countries with weaker regulations.


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2023-12-30 19:43:58 +0000

50 signatures reached

2023-12-06 08:08:00 +0000

25 signatures reached

2023-12-05 15:57:39 +0000

10 signatures reached

2023-11-26 16:11:07 +0000

State agency receives complaint over Royal College of Surgeons animal experiments

2023-11-26 16:10:13 +0000

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland criticised for commissioning 'cruel' animal experiments in US

2023-11-26 16:08:07 +0000

To read a detailed report on our investigation and to access the FoI documents, please visit our Chinchilla Campaign page here: