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Animalearn Presents “Dying to Learn” Report at the World Congress on the Use of Animals and Alternatives in the Life Sciences, Rome, Italy

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Laura Ducceschi, Director of Animalearn, presenting at the World Congress on the Use of Animals and Alternatives in the Life Sciences, Rome, Italy
Jenkintown- Animalearn presented our recent two-year investigation “Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply and Use of Dogs and Cats in Higher Education”, as a scientific poster at The 7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal use in the Life sciences in Rome, Italy from August 30-Sept.3.

The World Congress is a unique venue where scientists, policy-makers, and advocates for animals from over 40 countries around the globe come together to assess progress in the field for alternatives to using animals. The 7th World Congress was titled "Calling on Science", and emphasized that scientific progress today goes hand in hand with progress towards the reduction, refinement and replacement of experimental animals. Laura Ducceschi, Animalearn’s Director, states “Animalearn’s “Dying to Learn” report focuses on the concept of replacement, offering detailed, pedagogically sound solutions and resources for replacing the harmful use of cats and dogs as well as other animals in life science, veterinary, and medical education with alternatives that are humane and beneficial alternatives.” In addition, “Dying to Learn” offers a toolkit for colleges and university students, faculty, and administrators which offers templates on how to create policies such as “No Random Source” and Student Choice, which directly benefit animals.

“Dying to Learn” details animal acquisition and use from 92 public colleges and universities in the U.S., and documents the hidden practices in which tens of thousands of former pets are used, and often killed for life science, veterinary, and medical education teaching labs at 52% of colleges and universities in the U.S. “Dying to Learn” also reveals that all categories of animal dealers supplying dogs and cats for educational purposes have track records of inhumane treatment and violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The full report is available at www.Dyingtolearn.org.

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