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An End to Animal Testing May Be In Sight

Very promising news just came across my desk. University of California at Berkeley researchers have just announced the invention of a new biochip that may signal the beginning of the end of animal testing for chemicals and cosmetics.

The chip is a suspension of more than a thousand human cell cultures in a three-dimensional gel on a standard microscope slide. Each cell culture is capable of assessing the toxicity of a different chemical, according to the researchers. Organ cells, such as from the lungs and heart, may also be added, so that the chip could test for any part of the body, potentially, and not just the skin. That suggests future drugs, shampoos, and all sorts of other products may qualify for biochip testing instead of trials on animals, which still take place.

Over the years I’ve heard both sides of the animal testing argument. Some chemists argue that “natural” chemicals are just as dangerous as man-made ones, so untested natural products pose risks too. Animal researchers also point to human benefits from their work, and often explain that they must follow rigid guidelines when they conduct their chemical trials. There is no question in my mind, however, that animals feel pain and stress in ways that are akin to human suffering. More and more studies are providing proof, such as by demonstrating that chemicals associated with stress in humans show up in non-human animals too. The biochip could put an end to the entire debate.

A tremendous added bonus is that, in future, you would be able to donate your own cells (presumably through a blood test or minimally invasive procedure) for a biochip of your own. That way you’d know exactly which types of medicines or products to avoid, or to use. You would be your own guinea pig, and be none the worse for wear.

In the meantime, for a list of companies that do not conduct animal testing, please click on the appropriate link below to download a list!!!

Companies That Do/That Don’t Test on Animals

Companies That Don’t Test on Animals (PDF Format | Word Format)

Companies That Do Test on Animals (PDF Format | Word Format)

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December 28, 2007 at 1:32 am 1 comment

Greek parrot in parking fine row

By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, Patras


Coco and his parking spot

Coco’s parking spot

A legal battle is under way in the western Greek city of Patras over a parrot that is facing a $650 (£320; 444 euros) parking ticket.

The local council says his perch is illegally parked and is obstructing drivers because it partially blocks a metered parking space.

Coco the parrot’s owner, Lambros Michalopoulos, says the bird will die if it has to move back inside.

Neither side is backing down so now the dispute is going to the courts.

‘Sociable creature’

With his multi-coloured Amazonian plumage and extrovert personality, Coco has, for 18 years, been something of a mascot in this busy port city, with narrow streets and precious few parking places.

His small perch occupies part of a metered zone and under the zero tolerance rules, the local police have ordered Mr Michalopoulos to pay a heavy fine.

The pet shop owner says he has ignored the authorities because if Coco goes back inside the store permanently the macaw will die because he is a sociable creature who enjoys being with people.

Patras’s Deputy Mayor Spiros Demartinos is embarrassed that Coco’s plight is attracting international attention.

He would prefer to talk about the city’s ambitious plans to use parking revenue for funding bicycle lanes and pedestrian zones.

“Is it bureaucratic to be concerned about the parrot’s safety?” he asks.

“The parrot’s security is of paramount concern to the council.”

Both sides are refusing to back down and so the dispute is heading to the palace of justice.

Coco’s owner is hoping that the case will be laughed out of court.

December 9, 2007 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Cat tells owner to jump and how high

Cat’s daily routine baffles owner

Sgt Podge is collected by car every day

Sgt Podge is collected between 0800 and 0815 GMT every day


Podge’s daily ride

A cat is baffling his owner by wandering off at night before expecting to be collected by car every morning at exactly the same time and place. Sgt Podge, a Norwegian Forest Cat, disappears from his owner’s home in Talbot Woods, Bournemouth, every night.

The next morning, the 12-year-old cat can always be found in exactly the same place, on a pavement about one and a half miles (2.4km) away.

His owner, Liz Bullard, takes her son to school before collecting Sgt Podge.

She said the routine began earlier this year, when Sgt Podge disappeared one day.

Ms Bullard rang the RSPCA and began telephoning her neighbours to see if anyone had seen him.

An elderly woman who lived about one and a half miles away called back to say she had found a cat matching Sgt Podge’s description.

Ms Bullard collected him but within days he vanished again. She rang the elderly woman to find Sgt Podge was back outside her home.

Sgt Podge is collected by his owner

Owner Liz Bullard thinks Sgt Podge crosses a golf course every night

She said a routine has now become established, where each morning she takes her son to school before driving to collect Sgt Podge from the pavement between 0800 and 0815 GMT.

It is thought Sgt Podge walks across Meyrick Park Golf Course every night to reach his destination.

Ms Bullard said: “If it’s raining he may be in the bush but he comes running if I clap my hands.”

All she has to do is open the car passenger door from the inside for Sgt Podge to jump in.

Wandering the streets

Ms Bullard also makes the trip at weekends and during school holidays – when her son is having a lie in.

She does not know why, after 12 years, Sgt Podge has begun the routine but explained that another woman who lived nearby used to feed him sardines, and that he may be on the look-out for more treats.

“As long as you know where they are you don’t mind as a cat owner,” Ms Bullard said.

“I know where to collect him – as long as he’s not wandering the streets.”

Back at home, Sgt Podge has breakfast before going to sleep by a warm radiator.

November 16, 2007 at 1:53 am 1 comment

dont use dog flea medicine on cats…please

 

 

Sometimes there is a reason why there are to seemingly identical products for 2 different animals or people, men, women, cats, dogs and fish..

Cats ‘killed by flea treatment’

A black and white cat

The chemical is toxic to cats

Hundreds of cats may have died because their owners mistakenly treated them with anti-flea products intended for dogs, a study suggests. The Veterinary Poisons Information Service found that one in 10 cats referred to it had died after being exposed to permethrin.

The chemical is used in flea treatments for dogs but is very toxic to cats, said Alex Campbell of VPIS.

VPIS wants clearer warnings to be displayed on canine treatments.

Mr Campbell said the substance was present in many products, but in very low concentrations.

If accidentally applied to cats they can show “severe clinical signs” and need two or three days of intensive veterinary treatment if they are to survive.

Convulsions

“You’d find it in ant powders and a few things like that, but in those sort of products it’s in very low concentrations, so it doesn’t usually cause problems in either cats or dogs,” he told BBC Radio 5Live.

“However, it is occasionally used in spot-on flea treatments for dogs and if you accidentally apply these to cats, or you’ve treated your dog and your cat comes into contact with the dog, and actually manages to groom some of it off or whatever, then potentially the cat can get severe clinical signs.

“This substance is very toxic to cats.”

In a study of 286 cases in which canine spot-on permethrin preparations had been used on cats found that 97% showed signs of poisoning.

Around 90% displayed symptoms of twitching and convulsions, with one in 10 dying or having to be put down.

However, Mr Campbell said poisoning may be more widespread as not all vets report every case, nor do they all use the VPIS, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

November 13, 2007 at 2:27 am 1 comment

Rare China tiger seen in the wild

A South China tiger cub

South China tigers have been bred in captivity

A rare South China tiger has been seen in the wild for the first time in decades, according to reports from China’s official Xinhua news agency. The sighting, which came after a farmer handed in some pictures, surprised researchers who feared the tiger was extinct.

Experts have now confirmed that the photographs do show a young, wild South China tiger.

The tiger is critically endangered and was last sighted in the wild in 1964.

The farmer, who took the pictures at the beginning of this month, lives in Shaanxi province.

Experts have said that no more than 20 to 30 of the tigers were believed to remain in the wild, but none have been spotted in decades, with many fearing that a small number of captive-born tigers were all that remained.

‘Pests’

The population of the South China tiger, the smallest tiger subspecies, was believed to number 4,000 in the early 1950s.

But numbers were greatly reduced after China’s Communist leader Mao Zedong labelled the elusive felines “pests” and ordered an extermination campaign.

The animal has also fallen victim to the decimation of China’s natural environment and the elimination of its natural prey.

The South China Tiger is one of six remaining tiger subspecies.

Three other tiger subspecies, the Bali, Java, and Caspian tigers, have all become extinct since the 1940s, according to tiger experts.

October 14, 2007 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Rescued car kitten set for home

Kitten REscue!

A tiny kitten rescued from a car engine is set to get a new home.

The BBC Scotland news website revealed how the ginger kitten was found by driver Victor Gallacher when his engine was not making its usual purr.

Thought to be about eight weeks old, the kitten had climbed inside the bonnet in Aberdeen and had a city tour before its cries were heard.

The cat home now looking after the kitten has been inundated with offers, and will make a decision on Monday.

High volume

Mr Gallacher, 61, of Bucksburn, Aberdeen, had been driving for several miles across the city in his Rover 400 when he became aware of an unusual noise.

He stopped and rescued the unharmed but oily passenger.

The kitten is now being cared for at Mrs Murray’s Home for Stray Dogs and Cats and Re-homing Centre in Aberdeen’s Seaton area.

The BBC Scotland news website story about the rescue was viewed more than 155,000 times on Thursday, and it also featured on BBC television and radio.

Victor Gallacher in his car

Mr Gallacher said the kitten would make a good pet

However he was not claimed back – so will now be re-homed by one of the interested parties, which is why he has not been given a name by staff.

Assistant manager Vikki McRobbie said: “We have phonecalls and e-mails from all over the country.

“Because there was such a high volume of interest we are going to let people see the kitten and then decide on Monday.”

Staff and Mr Gallacher all said they thought the kitten would make someone a good pet.

Anyone else interested in rehome him – or any other cats and dogs – can contact the centre on (01224) 483624 or via enquiries@mrsmurrays.fsnet.co.uk

July 27, 2007 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Tabby cat terror for black bear

mean little cat

A black bear got more than it bargained for after straying into a family garden in the US state of New Jersey.

The unwelcome intruder was forced up a tree – twice – by the family pet, a tabby cat called Jack. The terrified bear was only able to make its escape when owner Donna Dickey called the hissing cat into the house.Ms Dickey said Jack liked to keep a close watch on his territory and often chased away small animals, but one of this size was a first.

“We used to joke, ‘Jack’s on duty’, never knowing he’d go after a bear,” Donna Dickey told local newspaper The Star-Ledger.

“He doesn’t want anybody in his yard,” she added.

The bear was first spotted in the tree by neighbours who thought the 15lb (7kg) cat was just looking up at it.They then realised the bear was afraid of the cat. After some 15 minutes, the bear descended, but was chased up another tree, before finally making its escape when Jack was called indoors.Bear sightings are not unusual in the area of West Milford in New Jersey, which experts say is one of the state’s most bear-populated areas.

July 27, 2007 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment


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