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Archive: November, 2004
BUAV - Witness the cutting edge of British Medical Research
The shocking investigation by the BUAV reveals for the first time the fill in-debth horror of primate research in the UK.
"At Cambridge University a colony of between 400-500 marmosets were kept in small, barren metal cages. The monkeys were being bred for use in brain experiments. The research looked at aspects of brain function, brain disorders and potential treatments.
(mouse over the marmosets to read their story)
The experiments, some of which could last more than two years, included the deliberate infliction of brain damage (once, twice or three times) either by cutting or sucking out areas of the brain or by injecting toxins (this normally involved the top of the marmosets' skull being sawn open or drilled); training and testing on tasks before and after brain damage (water deprivation and food restriction were used to coerce the monkeys to carry out the tasks); testing novel drugs, brain grafts and gene therapy on the brain damaged monkeys.
The suffering and distress experienced by the marmosets was immense. Such brutality towards our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom cannot be allowed to continue. The BUAV is therefore calling for the Zero Option, a new campaign initiative to end the use of primates in research."
"It's quite amazing. It's just like taking the lid off a monkey... and you just plonk it back on again." ~ Researcher describing sawing the skull of a marmoset
"It's good fun to get them to do different tasks & to set up different tasks." ~ Researcher
"Nasophallophilia" - What on earth? This has to be the weirdest sexual fetish I have ever heard of. Okay, big noses I can understand, I ADORE big noses (although not in a fetish way, I think), but 2 metre long Pinocchio noses? On Women? Come on!
The forum is just as entertaining and seems to be overrun by desperate men looking for the perfect Pinocchio woman, like this guy:
"I'd like to see a girl that is self conscious about her big nose have her nose grow from anywhere to six inches long to the length of a stripper pole and then have it used for various humiliating tasks." ~ Mike"
Luckily for Mike the world is full of women who's noses grow really long while they are forced to tell lies in front of other people, so hopefully his hobbies and personality will help him find that perfect girl.
Lego club have the most addictive online games! There's a lot of new stuff, so its worth checking out again, even if you've visited before.
For years I - along with the rest of the world - thought Thabo Mbeki had lost the plot on HIV and AIDS. I wondered whether he had gone mad... I couldn't understand how he could stick his head in the sand while over 250,000 South Africans were dying of AIDS every year. How could he hold back life-saving AZT from infected citizens? How could such a respected leader tell people that HIV does not cause AIDS?
After reading this article from a few years back, I can understand his concerns... I just needed to know what was going on in his head.
On a similar thread, I'm interested to know if Christine Maggiore is still alive today. There are loads of articles about her and her contraversial beliefs online, but I cant find any that indicate whether she is still alive.
• Help dogs heal people in need
• Save an abandoned bear cub
• Spare a baby harp seal from the slaughter of commerical hunting
• Rescue an oil-soaked penguin and release it into the wild
• Protect an elephant from poachers in Malawi
SHARE A SCARE ... WITH MISTY!
Some of our older girls (40+) will remember this one. I remember how excited I used to be, waiting for the weekly issue to arrive in the bookshop. Now you can read Misty in full, online!
In Park Lane, Mayfair, the Princess Royal unveiled the first permanent tribute to the horses, dogs, pigeons, elephants and others on whose skills the British have depended in times of conflict. Carrying the inscription "They had no choice", the huge memorial, designed by David Backhouse, comprises a carved Portland stone wall alongside sculptures of two mules carrying battle equipment, a stallion and a dog."
"We never said thank you to them. They died in their millions. They carried our food and our weapons and they were phenomenal," ~ Jilly Cooper
Eight million horses are believed to have died in the First World War, most from exposure, disease or starvation while carrying men, ammunition and equipment. "In the First World War horses would neigh when they heard enemy fire but would do nothing when they heard their own fighters going overhead. It's their sixth sense."
Hundreds of thousands of "mile-a-minute" carrier pigeons delivered crucial dispatches from the front, many suffering bad injuries. Among them was the famed Mary of Exeter, who returned from one mission with a damaged wing and three shotgun pellets in her breast.
"In the Blitz, dogs used to wake up their owners and take them to the shelters when they heard the sirens," added Miss Cooper. A seven-year-old Army springer spaniel, he broke a resistance cell in Safwan, southern Iraq, when he found a hidden cache of weapons. His presence honoured the sacrifice of the many dogs who ripped their paws raw sweeping minefields, helping to lay vital telegraph lines or sniffing out survivors. Some, like Rob the "Para-Dog" even made parachute jumps.
"Miss Digital World is the search for a contemporary ideal of beauty, seen through virtual reality."
~ Franz Cerami, Creator, MDW competition.
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