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Urge UBC President to end Animal Research at the University: Sample letters

February 8, 2012


Please send one of the two sample letters below.

Every year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, monkeys, and others. Many of the experiments are highly invasive and painful. Most of the research is conducted with little public scrutiny. In 2010 alone, UBC used a shocking 200,000 animals in research.

‘Stop UBC Animal Research’ has discovered UBC researchers have:

– Cut open the backs of cats, inserted screws into their spines, and built restraint chambers along the cats’ spinal columns
– Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures
– Poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure
– Injected toxins into the brains of monkeys to cause a form of “parkinsonism”
– Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for six months in emphysema research
– Blinded monkeys in vision studies


Send a card, letter or call to UBC President President Toope and urge him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC.

UBC President Stephen Toope
Office of the President
The University of British Columbia
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604-822-8300


Email UBC President Toope to urge him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. To contact President Toope:

TO: ,


Dear UBC President Toope,

I am ashamed to be part of a species that objectifies animals, seen as commercial products to eat, wear, and exploit for entertainment and testing. However, of all the inherently cruel conditions humans inflict on animals, nothing is more destructive and immoral than vivisection, unparalleled in both its cruel intent and apathetic nature. To subject animals to unnatural medical conditions and practices for the purpose of theorizing potential human treatments is not only scientifically illegitimate but it is also fundamentally inhumane. As a means of fostering social validation, vivisectors consistently promote the idea that animals are responsible for producing lifesaving equipment and treatments and that those who are against vivisection are opposed to medical advancements. That illogic would be laughable if millions of animals were not tortured to support such. Indeed, to grant animals the power to cure and prevent disease while experimenting on those same animals is a contradiction in both practice and thought. With respect to such idiotic assertions, when do you establish the innately flawed practice of animal experimentation as the fault when people die as the result of unpredicted drug reactions?

From a pragmatic standpoint, if we could adequately determine the effects of drugs using animals in general, then, as I see it, human trials would be completely unnecessary. Therefore, if we acknowledge that data from animal testing cannot be extrapolated to humans, as demonstrated by the need for human testing trials prior to a general administration of drugs, then why are animals used at all? To determine a general idea relative to safety of them? If animals cannot be used to predict a human outcome in general, then how can they be used to predict safety? It’s a ridiculous premise, one on which you place the lives of humans and the death of animals with a publicity machine using deceptive statements and misleading assertions fabricated by unscrupulous “scientists” to garner social approval. Indeed, to establish your legitimacy, you constantly promote the idea that those opposed to animal testing are supportive of human suffering. What an insidious remark, effective in its subtlety to gain public endorsement while at the same time fostering a hatred towards anti-vivisectionists, labeling us as misanthropists. I can assure you, I am neither ethically challenged nor stupid: your false assertions are nothing but pathetic attempts to rationalize a morally deficient industry where you capitalize on the fear of people and exploitation of animals.

Allow me but another moment to correct your disclaimers that animals are treated well, absent suffering and pain. The arrogance of such proclamations is astounding. Humans are unable to adequately describe pain in other species other than to accept its existence; to attempt such is based on pure conjecture and open to interpretation. Furthermore, tens of thousands of animals are deliberately denied pain relief while in obvious states of such, the theory being that introducing pain relief would compromise testing results. How can you honestly submit that introducing diseases to animals, subjecting them to pain, suffering, and agony, denying them companionship and comfort, and imprisoning them for life as done from a position of caring? Your claims are nothing but disingenuous rhetoric meant to deceive unknowing people: if you honestly cared about the well-being of animals, you would adamantly oppose vivisection.

Animal experimentation is unnecessary, unjustified, and unprincipled, its only function to financially benefit those who exploit animals; you are not invisible and your actions are indefensible. Animals have rights to live free from pain and suffering regardless of your objections to acknowledge such, and as long as you profit on the torture of animals, complicit in their abuse and death, I will continue campaigning on their behalf.



Dear UBC President Toope,

I am disturbed after discovering that live animals are subjected to mutilating experiments and killed in your institution, a practice that inflicts immense suffering upon them. These animals are marvelously intelligent and sentient beings, capable of thought, love, pain, and fear, and to expose them to this archaic method of training is alarming. In a recently-conducted survey, it has been determined that in greater than 95% of similar programs and schools in the US, the TraumaMan System has been utilized (PCRM). The TraumaMan System has been proven a superior model to the live animal “model”, and I fear any student or researcher not trained on the most advanced method will have a diminished learning experience. This should be concerning to any potential patient.

Additionally, since animals cannot be substituted for human beings, subjecting them to this exploitative process reflects a blatant disregard for life; how can we teach our future medical professionals ethics while enforcing courses and research that maims and kills live, sentient beings? This represents a conflict of interest as well as a contradiction in both morals and actions: if non-human animals are deemed similar enough to humans physiologically, then you must acknowledge that, as sentient beings, they should not be exploited and killed either. Any other conclusion would be considered a discord and would serve as a detriment to the learning process, especially in such a critical field of study.

It would be regrettable not being able to recommend your fine institution; however, because I value the most sophisticated and innovative learning techniques, it would be remiss of me to consider UBC based on your reliance of such an obsolete method of study. As such, I respectfully ask that you please accept the superior method of study, the TraumaMan System, for your university and students, and make yours an institution of credibility and honor.

I know that your time is limited, and I want to thank you for your attention and consideration.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 9, 2012 4:26 am

    we ask ourselves
    will this ever end
    we ask ourselves
    will the broken
    ever mend
    we ask ourselves
    and then we do
    whatever it takes
    to make our
    dream come true
    for all those suffering
    in torture labs
    we will work until
    no more animals
    lie on those cold


  2. February 9, 2012 8:38 am

    TY sweetie for creating this xxx


  3. February 9, 2012 4:27 pm

    I do my research and any place that I find out does this sick shit is no longer supported by me and I quickly spread the word.


  4. Robin Bodurka permalink
    February 9, 2012 5:31 pm

    I will let everyone on twitter know about this, and they will pass it on to their followers. I’ll find out as much as I can about the people involved in this, and I’ll share that also. This is done for one reason, greed.


  5. linda badham permalink
    February 11, 2012 4:46 pm

    never will i understand how this sick evil is ALLOWED to happen, ever ! theres no reason and certainly no excuse what so ever and its just blatant cruelty.



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