An 8-minute news report on alternatives to animal experiments,
'Learning to learn without hurting animals' is currently being shown
on EuroNews, a pan-European terrestrial and satellite/cable TV
station with worldwide reach.
The science program, Futuris, explores developments in science, and
this news report looks at alternatives to animal experiments. It
includes demonstrations of alternatives by InterNICHE members, and
interviews with teachers who have developed and use alternatives.
These include anatomy and physiology software, and veterinary
clinical skills training mannekins.
Some footage was shot in Prague in December 2006 at a central
European conference on alternatives in education and training, co-
organised by InterNICHE and the Czech organisation Svoboda Zvirat.
The focus of the program is mostly on the use of non-animal
alternatives in education and training to ensure the subsequent
application of the 3Rs in laboratory animal science.
While such use of alternatives may reduce suffering in this field,
the program does not sufficiently explore the impact of alternatives
in helping to support a fully humane science where cutting-edge non-
animal techniques are used for research and testing, nor where vets
are involved in clinical work with animal patients rather than
experimental work on laboratory animals. Nevertheless, it does
popularise alternatives in general.
From this weekend the feature will be available in low resolution on
the Euronews website, www.euronews.net (click on Futuris). It is also
available on-line now for a subscription cost (free trial for 14
Euronews is broadcast in 7 languages, including Spanish and Russian.