It has been widely reported by many major news outlets that the International Journal of Crashworthiness recently published findings of a study carried out at a hospital in China wherein live young pigs have been used as crash test dummies.
The research, carried out by the Institute for Traffic Medicine, unsurprisingly killed almost half of the pigs, leaving the others brutally injured and suffering for six hours before dying in pain.
Our coalition has come together as a united voice of 200 global expert animal welfare organisations and the millions of concerned people they represent, to let the relevant authorities in China know that the world is watching.
The ITM insisted they had followed US guidelines on using laboratory animals and said their study had been approved by an ethics committee. The appeal letter we sent points out, among other things, that the researchers showed an obvious lack of an adequate literature review into the latest research methods in this field of study. If they had bothered to check, they would have found that this method was shut down in the USA in the 1990's on the grounds of being both highly unethical and scientifically worthless.
Read our letter in full HERE.