Our achievements

Since its establishment, ADAV has:

  • Worked with the BCSPCA to end the practice of pound seizure to obtain animals for laboratory use in the province of BC
  • Pressed the University of British Columbia (UBC) to end dog and pig labs for 3rd year surgical students
  • Aided in the successful effort to have the BC Teachers’ Federation pass its 2010 amendment that teachers must inform students of alternatives to dissection and must actively encourage their use
  • Received the endorsement of the CUPE Local that cares for UBC lab animals
  • Embarked on the ambitious and highly successful Stop UBC Animal Research campaign. With the support of a coalition of more than 50 animal welfare organizations, and with funding provided by Lush Cosmetics, this highly visible campaign has been successful in achieving greater disclosure of certain animal research practices at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The University became the first in Canada to disclose the number of animals used annually in its research projects, and an unprecedented degree of open dialogue on animal research issues has begun to occur on the UBC campus as a direct result of our peaceful grassroots campaign
  • Brought renowned anti-vivisection speakers Dr. Ray Greek, CEO of Americans for Medical Advancement, and Dr. Olivier Berreville, Canadian representative for InterNiche (International Network for Humane Education), to speak in Vancouver and the Okanagan on animal research and humane education matters
  • Screened the breakthrough Canadian film Maximum Tolerated Dose, and together with editorial cartoonist Dan Murphy created the irreverent short film Truisms, which exposes the harsh reality and discredited reasoning behind animal experimentation at UBC
  • Presented a petition of over 20,000 to the UBC Senate in April 2014, with a 10 minute presentation on why UBC should ban the use of animals in category D and E testing (the most cruel and invasive protocols). The CCAC reported that 1,237,050 animals suffered at these two worst levels of pain an invasiveness[1] in the last reported year: 2011.  UBC continues to use 74,000+ animals in these categories

[1]Canadian Council on Animal Care. (n.d.). CCAC 2011 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS. Retrieved from CCAC:                 http://www.ccac.ca/Documents/Publications/Statistics/CCAC_Animal_Use_Statistics_2011.pdf