Bad information equals misinformation ; vivisection is a lie

There is information available about animal use at UK Universities. One can ask for this information
via such mechanisms as the freedom of information acts. This is nothing new and has abundantly been used by animal activists. One web site will even provide you the tools to do this on your behalf -follow the link.

This blog provides the number of animals used by UK universities for the year 2011. Some show the animal species or families used together with the amount of animals per species, others just the overal total amount. The header reads University Vivisection abuse. Clearly this type of publishing information does not follow a rigorous scientific methodology as scientist do when engaging a procedure or study. There is no mention of what was studied nor why but I guess that is pointless because the intent is to link amount of animals with abuse.

It reminds me of the tactics used, to say that animals die in transit or during air transportation without any further substantiation. That situation changed when US airlines reported animal escapes, injuries and deaths. The numbers reported clearly demonstrates that whilst there are such instances they are nowhere near the level animal activists want you to believe. I think there are actually more animals that die or are put to death because of lack of space at shelters than those in transit. For an overview of such incidents reported to the DOT by US carriers click here. I don't think it is the love for statistics that keeps this reporting requirement alive because by now it should be clear that some statements made by animal activists are pure and simple misinformation.

Actually the more they are able to insert new requirements into laws in the name of animal welfare, the less attractive flying animals becomes for airlines. The result is that they throw in the towel and the flying public has less options for flying their pets. Sounds all too familiar? Well indeed the same tactics are used with other animal use industries such as those involved in fur or breeding, agriculture, display, entertainment, ornamentals or the food industry. Even my colleagues involved in conservation at zoo's and aquaria are feeling the lack of available carriers as an increasing problem.

So what can you do? Make sure your associations know about your needs, ensure that transportation is a permanent agenda item and available air services is monitored on a regular basis. Ensure your voice is heard at CITES and at the OIE/World Animal Health Organization and the WHO. For what matters to you most likely matters to others as well, even if they appear silent. Make sure the devil does not creep into the details of regulatory proposals in the name of animal welfare!

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