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Petitioning Champalimaud Foundation and 8 others

Stop The Construction Of The Biggest "Vivarium" For Vivisection In Europe!

The Centre for Neuroscience, from Champalimaud Foundation, is building a Vivarium (Bioterio), in Azambuja, where animal testing will be practiced, with all the cruelty embedded in it to breed animals for research purposes. 

A vivarium is a place where animals are bred and kept (including rats, dogs and rabbits and other animals) with the purpose of being used as guinea pigs in animal testing. It will have between 20.000 to 25.000 cages of which animals will be raised and sold to universities, investigation institutes and pharmaceutical companies. It will cost 36 million euros, where 27 millions euros are coming from the taxpayers. 
This money should not be invested to delay the progress of science but should instead be invested in investigation and implementation of alternative methods, that are more accurate, inexpensive, ethically and compassionately practiced through another forms of research that will not bring extreme cruelty suffering and pain to helpless and weak animals. 

The competencies of a vivarium includes the following: Ensuring the supply of equipment and facilities necessary for its operations on laboratory animals; Ensure compliance with the law in force in the creation and maintenance of laboratory animals as well as the standards of the national authority in animal houses; Keep record of entry and exit of all animals.
Although the law requires that there is an ethics committee to monitor the proper functioning of laboratory practices, internal auditing in practice this is reduced or absent in almost all domestic animal breeding. 

More than 95 percent of U.S. and Canadian facilities offering ATLS courses now use only non-animal education methods such as human-modeled simulators. This shift has been facilitated by innovations in medical simulation technology, increased availability of alternatives, a rising awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgment that medical training must be human focused. 

Help prevent the construction of this Bioterio, and to stop the animal experiments that have been practices at the Champalimaud Foundation for years.
Champalimaud Foundation's partner in this outrageous enterprise is the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. As a result of such an enterprise, they intend to make millions of euros in financial profits by means of intense animal cruelty and murder, absolutely NON-necessary for research and learning purposes. 
Respectable Medical Research References: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the United States: http://www.pcrm.org/about/index.html

Letter to
Champalimaud Foundation
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Parliamentary Group of the Green Party "The Greens"
and 6 others
Parliamentary Group of Socialist Party
Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party
People's Party Parliamentary Group
Parliamentary Group of the Party of the Left Bloc
Parliamentary Group of the Portuguese Communist Party
Portuagal Authorities
I was informed about Portugal's intention to build a large vivarium for vivisection in Azambuja, Portugal. To my knowledge, the Centre for Neuroscience, from Champalimaud Foundation, is building a Vivarium (Bioterio), in Azambuja, where animal testing will be practiced, with all the cruelty embedded in it to breed animals for research purposes.
They intend to make millions of euros in financial profits by means of intense animal cruelty and murder, absolutely NON-necessary for research and learning purposes.

As you certainly are aware of, a vivarium is a place where animals are bred and kept (including rats, dogs and rabbits and other animals) with the purpose of being used as guinea pigs in animal testing. As I heard, your vivarium will have between 20.000 to 25.000 cages of which animals will be raised and sold to universities, investigation institutes and pharmaceutical companies.

It will cost 36 million euros, where 27 millions euros are coming from the taxpayers.
Is is my point of view __ scientifically embased, by the way __that this money should not be invested to delay the progress of science but should instead be invested in investigation and implementation of alternative methods, which are more accurate, inexpensive, ethically and compassionately practiced through another forms of research that will not bring extreme cruelty suffering and pain to helpless and weak animals.

Respectable Medical Research References: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the United States: http://www.pcrm.org/about/index.html less

Although the law requires that there is an ethics committee to monitor the proper functioning of laboratory practices, internal auditing in practice this is reduced or absent in almost all domestic animal breeding.

More than 95 percent of U.S. and Canadian facilities offering ATLS courses now use only non-animal education methods such as human-modeled simulators. This shift has been facilitated by innovations in medical simulation technology, increased availability of alternatives, a rising awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgment that medical training must be human focused.

We expect you to prevent the construction of this Bioterio, and to stop the animal experiments that have been practices at the Champalimaud Foundation for years.
Champalimaud Foundation's partner in this outrageous enterprise is the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. As a result of such an enterprise, you must understand that you will be agreeing and planning to make millions of euros in financial profits by means of intense animal cruelty and murder, absolutely NON-necessary for research and learning purposes.

This is perfectly CLEAR to us all.

We, citizens of the world, simply do NOT agree to that. This is simply NOT the way should be investing taxpayers' money. Portugal is giving a worldwide demonstration of underdevelopment and bad scientific practices, a testimony to the world of GREED and of its delay in joining you fellow European countries standards.

We are in touch with many fellow Portuguese citizens who simply do NOT want this to go on. Be sure we will answer to you by means of tourism boycott and a large international campaign against Portugal worldwide, by every means at our disposal.

Your are know a shame to the vast majority of your citizens, as you seem to understand you can use the public money to subside such unnecessary cruelty, as you have already been doing in relation to bullfights. You CANNOT.

Now you have stepped a little too far, by internationally declaring you bad criteria for scientific research, based ONLY of the financial purposes of a few. Is it very awkward for Lisbon University to support this greedy business, and this will only contribute to the downlevelling of that institution to third world standards.

Consequences will follow if you insist on your choice. Mostly to your deputies, who will find the proper reaction on next elections' results. Your citizens have joined the international community and are awaking and having information about what are your true interests on these practices.

Hope you will take a little time to consider these words,

(You name and country)