It's Not Science; It's Violence


Animals in Research: Not Ours to Use

As opponents of all speciesist exploitation, DxE has an on-going campaign against animals in research.

around the world

At DxE, we primarily focus on the animals that make up the vast majority of those killed for human purposes, the animals humans exploit for food. That said, we also encourage animal liberation activists to address speciesism in all its forms, be it in our entertainment, in our fashion, or in our labs.

"It's not Science. It's Violence." placards are available in legal or letter format. Contact Chris or Sapphire if you have any questions or need support organizing protests

Some of the places we have targeted can be found below:

UCSF, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

  • DxE's anti-vivisection protests started at UCSF, in conjunction with the amazing Christy Griffin at In Defense of Animals. Even third-party observers have noted the horrific abuse of animals at UCSF. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
  • "The details are chilling, even gruesome. Due to negligence or errors, laboratory mice at UCSF had toes removed without anesthesia. Several animals, including birds and a squirrel monkey, received little or no pain medication after surgical procedures. In one instance, a primate starved for weeks. In another, mice died of thirst. And for nearly two years, a rhesus monkey remained in a brain study despite chronic and painful complications."
  • From UCSF's own reports: "Due to the inability to predict death in individual animals, all animals are at risk for unrelieved distress and death," "The most successful... way to attain this level of motivation is through fluid and food restriction," and hundreds of animals vivisected in experiments "involving pain or distress" without the use of any painkillers.

UC BERKELEY, BERKELEY, CA

  • According to the SFGate, in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture fined UC Berkeley $8,750 for allowing five voles to die of thirst in 2011. Two graduate students had placed about 150 voles in a light box, expecting a staff member to tell caretakers to give them water. But no one checked the animals until the following Tuesday.
  • This is one story, but it illustrates how UC Berkeley devalues animals. Thousands more suffer and die without any report or fines. These animals include mice and other rodents, non-human primates, cats, various birds, hyenas, and a host of other animals. These animals are subjected to a variety of barbaric procedures.
  • For example: In the Gallant lab, monkeys were dehydrated and restrained to perform eye movements or other cognitive tasks with their heads bolted, while single-cell activity was recorded invasively with wires sticking into their brains.
  • In the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory, mice were fed nerve poisons to the level at which half of them will die in two hours (the LD50 test).
  • In the hyena colony, animals were subjected to tranquilizer dart, and in some cases, female hyenas were deliberately impregnated just so researchers could cut out their unborn cubs to observe genital development.
  • Every single one of these animals meets a gory end, as by their own admission, UC Berkeley considers carbon dioxide gas poisoning, manual cervical dislocation, and decapitation to be humane techniques for murdering animals who are no longer considered useful to them. Every one of their experiments involves misuse, abuse, neglect, because no animal wants to be kept in captivity, starved and dehydrated, probed and mutilated, and eventually killed for human convenience. In reality, the ethical obligation that UC Berkeley truly has is to stop exploiting and killing animals in any way, shape, or form. Ultimately, these egregious acts of injustice are wrong, no matter how the animals died, or what standards UC Berkeley met or failed to meet.
  • If UC Berkeley claims to be committed to "maintaining high standards" and the “the humane care" of animals, and an ethical obligation to address the "inhumane treatment of animals that jeopardizes the health and well-being of those animals (e.g., misuse, abuse, neglect)," they must stop exploiting and killing animals in any way, shape, or form. Every one of their experiments involves misuse, abuse, neglect, because no animal wants to be kept in captivity, starved and dehydrated, probed and mutilated, and eventually killed for human convenience.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER, CANADA

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