The Centre for Neuroscience, from Champalimaud Foundation, is building a Vivarium (Bioterio), in Azambuja, where animal testing will be practiced, with all the cruelty embedded in it to breed animals for research purposes.
A vivarium is a place where animals are bred and kept (including rats, dogs and rabbits and other animals) with the purpose of being used as guinea pigs in animal testing. It will have between 20.000 to 25.000 cages of which animals will be raised and sold to universities, investigation institutes and pharmaceutical companies. It will cost 36 million euros, where 27 millions euros are coming from the taxpayers.
This money should not be invested to delay the progress of science but should instead be invested in investigation and implementation of alternative methods, that are more accurate, inexpensive, ethically and compassionately practiced through another forms of research that will not bring extreme cruelty suffering and pain to helpless and weak animals.
The competencies of a vivarium includes the following: Ensuring the supply of equipment and facilities necessary for its operations on laboratory animals; Ensure compliance with the law in force in the creation and maintenance of laboratory animals as well as the standards of the national authority in animal houses; Keep record of entry and exit of all animals.
Although the law requires that there is an ethics committee to monitor the proper functioning of laboratory practices, internal auditing in practice this is reduced or absent in almost all domestic animal breeding.
More than 95 percent of U.S. and Canadian facilities offering ATLS courses now use only non-animal education methods such as human-modeled simulators. This shift has been facilitated by innovations in medical simulation technology, increased availability of alternatives, a rising awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgment that medical training must be human focused.
Help prevent the construction of this Bioterio, and to stop the animal experiments that have been practices at the Champalimaud Foundation for years.
Champalimaud Foundation's partner in this outrageous enterprise is the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. As a result of such an enterprise, they intend to make millions of euros in financial profits by means of intense animal cruelty and murder, absolutely NON-necessary for research and learning purposes.
Respectable Medical Research References: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the United States: http://www.pcrm.org/about/index.html