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The Brain-Chip Is A Valuable Source For Learning More About Pharmaco Dynamics And Pharmaco Kinetics

More than 200 years after Dr. James Parkinson first pondered the cause of his patient’s tremors, the substantia nigra Brain-Chip offers researchers a viable and promising alternative to current Parkinson’s disease animal models. In work supported in part by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at Harvard, Northeastern and the University of Athens.


Paul McCartney Urges Europeans To Sign The European Citizens Initiative To Keep Cosmetic Testing Ban

“We all thought the battle was over and that cosmetics tests on animals in Europe were a thing of the past, but sadly, that’s not the case. The European Chemicals Agency continues to demand the use of thousands of rabbits, rats, fish, and other animals in cosmetics ingredients tests. But you can help put a stop to it. No animal should suffer for beauty” - Sir Paul McCartney


German LPT Horror Laboratory That Was Shutdown Has Been Transformed Into Safe Haven For Homeless Animals

LPT Mienenbüttel laboratory which was raided by police in 2019 after undercover footage showed horrific treatment of animals within the lab was quickly shutdown and now has now been transformed into a rescue centre for animals with thanks to Doris Firlus and her husband tireless work. Approximately 50 dogs arrived from Kyiv at the time of above article being published.


UCD ENGAGE 2022 Grand Final Runner Up Niall Treacy Takes 2nd Place For ‘Keeping It Renal’ Project

The ENGAGE Seminars are an annual competition, hosted by the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in which late stage PhD students are challenged to present their research to the public. Runner-Up for  Niall Treacy for his presentation  "Keeping it Renal: Growing Kidney Tissue Without Using Animal Materials" (Supervisor: Assoc Prof John Crean).


4 Irish Universities: UCD, UCD, TCD & UoG Increased The Use Of Animals For Experimentation By 50% In 2021

Journalist Ken Foxe exclusively revealed in the Irish Independent through a Freedom Of Information request that four of Irelands main Universities spent almost €625k on live animals for medical research over last two years. Trinity College Dublin was the biggest spender of the four colleges, paying out €216,000 for live animals in 2020 and 2021. In records obtained.


Organ-chip Predicts Human Drug Toxicity With Greater Success Compared To Using Animal Models

Differences in genetics and physiology between species can change the way a drug is distributed and how fast it's metabolized. As a result, the predictive value of testing drug toxicity in non-human animals can be a little better than a coin flip. Analyses involving hundreds of post-market drug discontinuations have found toxicity to be a primary factor.


524,596 Rodents Were Used In Unnecessary Botox Potency Testing Between 2017 And 2021 IAVs Confirms

In 2011, botox company Allergan, based in Co. Mayo, received approval for a cell-based test to replace the majority of their animal testing. Unfortunately Allergen, Merz and Ipsen have not completely replaced animals for botox tests. Due to commercial confidentiality being prioritized over ethics. The cell-based tests have not been shared with other botox companies.


TV Presenter Eamonn Holmes Wants The Public To Question The Need And Ethics Of Animal Testing

Eamonn Holmes OBE has continued to express his concerns about the cruel practice of testing on animals. Since Camp Beagle began Eamonn has taking to social media on a number of occasions to object to the unnecessary cruelty inflicted upon animals between the UK & Ireland. Eamonn replied to SAFRIreland last year saying “End Animal Testing.” Well thats the plan! 💡


The ECI To Save The Cosmetics Testing Ban In Europe Reaches A Staggering 1.4 Million Signatures

The European Initiative Against Animal Testing closed at midnight on the 31st of August with 1,413,383 signatures. The citizens' initiative was launched in August 2021 by animal rights groups Cruelty Free Europe, PETA, Eurogroup for Animals, the European Coalition to End Animal Testing and The Body Shop, Dove and SAFRIreland.


Undercover Videos From Charles River in Mayo Reveal Vehicles Linked To Breeding Facility In The UK

Activists who filmed the Charles River Laboratories property in Ballina, Co. Mayo shared undercover with Anti-vivisection Groups between the UK & Ireland. Footage show countless large scale housing sheds for animals such as dogs, rodents and horses. Charles River Laboratories will test anything on any animal, if the price is right.


Sentient Right Ireland and SAFRIreland Organize Two Day Protest Outside Trinity College

Sentient Rights Ireland and SAFRIreland held a peaceful demonstration outside the TCD Biomedical building on Pearse Street over two consecutive afternoons. Since opening in 2011 over 250,000+ animals have been tortured and killed here. This was one of many protests against animal testing in Ireland in 2022.


BBC Northern Ireland Report Breaches Of Law Regulating Animal Experiments In NI Since 2017

Breeches such as: Blood taken from wild animals without a licence, failure to provide food and water to mice and birds housed in cages smaller than required by law. USPCA chief executive Brendan Mullan said "These breaches are shocking and it certainly creates the impression that these animals are seen by some as objects, and not as sentient beings."

MORE NEWS & Events FROM 2022
  • February 2022: Switzerland Becomes First Nation Ever To Give Citizens The Chance To Vote To Decide If Animal Testing Should Be Banned Or Not

    SAFRIreland believes that this is a step for despite the majority of votes (79%) were in favour of this continued unethical practice. Which indirectly slows down focus on working towards replacing animals.

  • February 2022: Party For Animal Welfare Ireland held a demonstration outside Trinity College Dublin

    Protesting against animals being tested on in many facilities throughout the university. As undercover footage has shown
  • May 2022: Sentient Rights Ireland Protest Outside Trinity College To Object To Ireland’s Main Universities Increasing Experiments On Animals By 50% In 2021

    Another Great Turn Out where we spoke with concerned staff and students from TCD

  • October 2022: SAFRIreland and Sentient Rights Ireland Co-Host Two Day Protest Outside Trinity College Biomedical Building

    Objecting to animal experiments conducted within the building on Pearse Street. Since opening in 2011 over 250,000+ have been used within this building.

  • October 2022: SAFRIreland Travels To Manchester To Join Protest To Stop Camarles In Spain

    A breeding facility In Camarles, Spain which transports over 700 macaques throughout the UK via Manchester Airport every single year.

  • October 2022: SAFRIreland Travels To Leeds To Join Protest To Stop Cruel Experiments At Labcorp

    Where beagles are used for any experiments stakeholders want to be carried out for profit driving reasons.

SAFRIreland's parting message for 2022: “We will not let Irish institutions get away with mass murder on such a large scale like they did in previous years within laboratories across the country. Things are changing and we will be part of that change..”