Stop Torturing Animals for Research at Universities

Target: Richard Bruton, Irish Minister of Education and Skills

Goals: Stop the use of live animals for research and experimentation at Irish universities.

Records show that a prestigious Irish university has spent hundreds of thousands of Euros over the past five years on a wide variety of research animals. According to the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society (IAVS), Trinity College Dublin has subjected nearly 110,000 rats, pigs, mice and other animals to painful and torturous medical experiments since 2012. Once these animals were no longer deemed useful, they were disposed of en masse.

The university has confirmed that it does conduct experimental research on animals, yet they claim to do so legally and “in keeping with the practice of all Irish universities.” The IAVS and other animal welfare groups are now calling for stricter regulations to prevent universities from having free reign on torturing animals in the name of medical research.

A growing body of evidence suggests that animal experimentation is unnecessary and leads to inconclusive results in medical research. Sign this petition to tell the Irish government that this cruel and barbaric practice does not belong in institutions of higher learning such as Trinity College.


Dear Minister Bruton,

As Minister of Education and Skills, you are likely aware of the fact that Irish universities and other educational institutions are legally permitted to conduct animal research and experimentation when there is “no alternative method” available. The recent revelation that over 110,000 animals were used in painful medical experiments at Trinity College Dublin over the past five years would suggest that animal testing was done frequently, and calls into question whether or not such tests are truly necessary.

Mounting evidence suggests that animal testing does not provide conclusive results in medical research. Furthermore, better models and simulations have been developed in recent years, rendering animal testing obsolete. We, the undersigned, urge you to make a stand for the animals and call for the end of animal testing at all Irish universities.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. This seems to be happening far too much. Only when no other way is found can these animal tests be used. In recent years better and more reliable methods have been developed which do not involve painful and cruel experimentation. Why can Ireland not embrace these? Why drag on with outdated methods? Move on- join the civilised world!

  2. It really baffles me how universities still do animal research when it has been proven over and over again to be a failure and a fraud, and this has been known for several decades now.
    Don’t universities teach the latest science and technology? Why are they still in the dark ages regarding research?
    And why are they promoting barbarism toward animals in this day of enlightenment about animal sentience and intelligence, and amid worldwide protests against animal cruelty?
    Baffling. And inexcusable.


  4. Barton Dixon says:

    “I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty”.
    Charles W. Mayo, MD

    “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research.” George Bernard Shaw

    “Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” George Bernard Shaw

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