• Compassion for Animals in Labs World Day
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    World Day for Animals in Laboratories April 24th is World Day for Animals in Labs Today is special because it is a reminder of the millions of animals hidden in labs who need our help. From beagles and rabbits who are used in research and toxicity testing for their small size and docile disposition, there's a lot of change for animals we wish to see in the world. http://3rs.ccac.ca/en/research/replacement/ (https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2F3rs.ccac.ca%2Fen%2Fresearch%2Freplacement%2F&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AFQjCNGT6dvy-9Tx0ZJBFnWyFmi9oa2jrw) Replacement Alternatives Relevant resources arrow C. elegans Invertebrates such as C. elegans are relative replacement alternatives. Photo by Conny Lin, Brain Research Centre, UBC (click to enlarge) Replacement alternatives refers to methods which avoid or replace the use of animals in an area where animals would otherwise have been used. This includes both absolute replacements (i.e. replacing animals with inanimate systems, such as computer programs) and relative replacements (i.e. replacing more sentient animals such as vertebrates, with animals that current scientific peer advice and interpretation of scientific evidence indicate have a lower potential for pain perception, such as some invertebrates). When animals are humanely killed to provide tissue (i.e. organs, cells, etc.) for in vitro experiments, it is often possible to obtain enough material to conduct a greater number of experiments from each animal than if whole animals were used for the study. But that sacrificed an animal as a donor. General Examples of Replacement Alternatives Using: * information already gained (for example by literature searches and systematic review) physical and chemical analysis techniques - Secondary research is required for any gradudate level thesis before doing primary research; we should have learned to look for what has already been discovered and documented * mathematical and computer models * in vitro systems * human volunteers and human-oriented post-marketing surveillance and epidemiological approaches * species with lower neuro-physiological development (relative replacement) Challenges to Replacing Animals Currently implementation of replacement is limited by the complexity of whole organisms. In addition, absolute replacement is currently not possible or desirable in some areas of research, for example in studies of: * whole physiological systems * animal behaviour * applied animal agriculture * wildlife populations This section has been adapted from the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). * CCAC resources Best Practice Recommendations: Facilitating Sharing of Animals and Animal Tissues (2014) * Discussion Paper: Opportunities and Obstacles to Animal Resource Sharing in Canada (2014) * Tissue Engineering * Three Rs Search Guide * Alternative Test Methods Table: Validation and Regulatory Status Online resources * Balls M. (1994) Replacement of animal procedures: alternatives in research, education and testing. Laboratory Animals 28(2):[masked]. * Dr. Hadwen Trust (n.d.) Research Highlights. When Annually on April 24 Where In laboratories worldwide... ( map (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=In+laboratories+worldwide...+&hl=en) ) Video call Join video call (https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/bWF5bmFyZC5jbGFya0BnbWFpbC5jb20.55t37c4ums3ejm6idarvprlr90) Calendar Janine Laura B. Who (Guest list has been hidden at organizer's request) Going? All events in this series: Yes (https://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=RESPOND&eid=NTV0MzdjNHVtczNlam02aWRhcnZwcmxyOTAgYTExbWFzc2FnZUBhb2wuY29t&rst=1&tok=MjMjbWF5bmFyZC5jbGFya0BnbWFpbC5jb205YjJhYThkYjRlOWU5ZDEzYzVjMDU3ZTE3ZWIxZTMyODI2Yzg2ZmJk&ctz=UTC&hl=en) - Maybe (https://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=RESPOND&eid=NTV0MzdjNHVtczNlam02aWRhcnZwcmxyOTAgYTExbWFzc2FnZUBhb2wuY29t&rst=3&tok=MjMjbWF5bmFyZC5jbGFya0BnbWFpbC5jb205YjJhYThkYjRlOWU5ZDEzYzVjMDU3ZTE3ZWIxZTMyODI2Yzg2ZmJk&ctz=UTC&hl=en) - No (https://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=RESPOND&eid=NTV0MzdjNHVtczNlam02aWRhcnZwcmxyOTAgYTExbWFzc2FnZUBhb2wuY29t&rst=2&tok=MjMjbWF5bmFyZC5jbGFya0BnbWFpbC5jb205YjJhYThkYjRlOWU5ZDEzYzVjMDU3ZTE3ZWIxZTMyODI2Yzg2ZmJk&ctz=UTC&hl=en) more options » (https://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=VIEW&eid=NTV0MzdjNHVtczNlam02aWRhcnZwcmxyOTAgYTExbWFzc2FnZUBhb2wuY29t&tok=MjMjbWF5bmFyZC5jbGFya0BnbWFpbC5jb205YjJhYThkYjRlOWU5ZDEzYzVjMDU3ZTE3ZWIxZTMyODI2Yzg2ZmJk&ctz=UTC&hl=en)

  • Survey, how would YOU like to do OmGym, (What's that?) check it out below!

    Have fun, and do an activity you might not have experienced before. It's called OmGym, and it involves suspension yoga. Check out the web site www.omgym.com and we have the PERFECT qualified certified licensed and insured OmGym Instructor to guide you, eighter one on one (to the tune of a minimum of $86 per hour's session) or split it by having a group session and only paying $20 total for the same length of time, followed by a free calming, relaxing, beneficial centering meditation session! Comments? We would need at least two of you to be considered for scheduling a session (at your convenience, of course!) Thanks very much, for responding!