Wednesday, April 17

Ecologists denounce the sacrifice of 32 dogs after an experiment in a laboratory in Barcelona

Several environmental entities have denounced that the Vivotecnia laboratories, a company that supplies the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), which depends on the University of Barcelona (UB), they will sacrifice 32 beagle dogs after animal experimentation.

According to the complainant entities, including PACMA, the experiment consists of give dogs a drug to calculate the exact dose to end the lives of half of them and, once the tests are finished, all the animals will be sacrificed to carry out necropsies.

In this regard, sources from the University of Barcelona have acknowledged to Efe that “an outside company” is conducting an experiment “which seeks to develop care for fibrotic diseases and which involves the histopathological study of the organs of 32 dogs of the Beagle breed”.

The UB has clarified that the company carrying out the investigation “does not belong to the PCB, but is hosted by it, like so many other external groups and entities at the UB”.

Like other companies housed in the PCB, this company can access the services of PCB providers, among which is Vivotecnia, have confirmed the same sources.

Regarding the experiment in particular, the university has stated that at this time “the work protocol is being prepared”, so “the experimentation phase has not yet begun”, which “is scheduled to start in mid-March”.

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Also, he has stated that “will ensure that all legislation on animal experimentation is complied with” and that the dogs “will only be euthanized if there is no other alternative”.

For this reason, the work protocol must be subject to “all the requirements established in regional, state and European regulations”, in addition to “the ethical precepts that bind both the PCB and the UB”.

The university has indicated that the practice with animals “is currently irreplaceable in order to guarantee scientific progress, especially in biomedicine”, which “allows us to deal with the multiple diseases that affect us”.

According to the UB, this practice “is carried out at the university only when it is strictly unavoidable and always with the highest ethical standards, to minimize the impact on the animals that are part of the experiments”.

Controversy in Madrid

Finally, he added that universities, research centers and public institutions are “committed to continue working to find alternatives to animal testing” and to “find options that make scientific progress possible without having to resort to this practice”.

Some entities such as PACMA or the Socialist Youth of Catalonia have organized protests against animal experimentation and to prevent the sacrifice of dogs and have called for their “immediate release”.

Last April, the Community of Madrid suspended the research activity of the Vivotecnia laboratory after, as a result of a complaint, signs of animal abuse were found after carrying out an inspection at its headquarters in Tres Cantos.

The temporary suspension was lifted on June 1, sources from the Ministry of the Environment, Territorial Planning and Sustainability confirmed to Efe, after verifying that the laboratory had implemented all the preventive and corrective measures requested, such as security cameras and a veterinary team that writes reports on the situation of the animals.

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