Welcome Trust-funded research at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London involved inserting needles into the bones and clamping major blood vessels in anaesthetised rabbits.

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Imperial College are still testing smoking on animals.

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During 2013, Imperial College London used over 130,000 animals in experiments. Year on year, since 2011, there has been a 20% rise at the university in the use of animals. 

Imperial College is proud to claim their facilities are amongst the best in the world, yet the university dramatically hit the headlines in 2013 when a BUAV investigator went undercover and exposed the appalling plight of animals in their laboratory facilities. The BUAV investigator discovered a nightmare world for animals used in experiments: animals who suffered even more than necessary for an experiment and died because of staff incompetence and neglect; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief; breaches and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences and the shocking way in which animals were killed.

Following this investigation, the Home Office concluded in their report of 2014 that the university was at ‘high risk of non-compliance’ with the requirements of animal welfare legislation, and that there was a ‘widespread poor culture of care’ at Imperial College. Added to this eight people were sanctioned by the Home Office for failings in animal welfare standards. (Source: Animal Justice Project)

BBC Radio 4 interview with Imperial College, along with the BUAV footage inside Imperial College. In one  experiment a mouse is made to run continuously by inflicting a painful electric shock every time he tries to stop. Under Article 15 (Annex VIII) of EU Directive 2010/63/EU this is classified as a severe experiment. The objective is to produce learned helplessness in the mouse.

Conscious male guinea pigs supplied by Harlan were exposed to cigarette smoke at Imperial College London along with two irritants, chilli pepper and citric acid, to induce coughs so that researchers could attempt to understand how cough reflex would respond to first-generation drug, Theophylline, which is an already commercially available cough syrup ingredient. The guinea pigs were placed in individual plastic chambers twice a day and were exposed to cigarette smoke for almost an hour in each session.

The guinea pigs were anaesthetised, given drugs to paralyse their breathing muscles and artificially ventilated prior to being exposed to theophylline and irritating substances again. Then they were killed.

Researchers already know that Theophylline can be problematic for humans because if used regularly it can cause toxicity problems.

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Four female ferrets were inoculated with a flu virus. Over the course of six to seven days, the fully conscious ferrets were held down and forced to have liquid poured into their nasal cavities to flush the virus through their respiratory systems to see how well the virus can spread.

Following this traumatising experience for these four ferrets, the researchers were none the wiser than they were at the beginning of the experiment regarding the transmission of the virus.

Source: Animal Justice Project