Animal-Free Science Advocacy

Animal-Free Science Advocacy

Campaigning for a future where no animals are harmed in the name of science, and scientific progress is advanced through animal-free research methods. Formerly known as Humane Research Australia

Episodes

May 29, 2024 40 mins

Andrew Costello, Strategic Consultant to the International Medical Robotics Academy (IMRA) discusses the benefits of non-animal surgical training methods and outlines IMRA's world-leading training programs and high-fidelity synthetic models.

Find out more about IMRA on their website.
Read AFSA's web resource on surgical training.

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Maddie holds a master’s degree in Humane Education and has worked in animal protection for over a decade. During her undergraduate education, Maddie worked for two years at UW-Madison’s Harlow Primate Research Laboratory and was later diagnosed with PTSD as a result. Maddie discusses her experiences and the organisation she has co-founded, Justify.  Maddie hopes Justify will establish greater transparency in the animal res...

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Dr Pandora Pound is Research Director at the Safer Medicines Trust. Dr Pound has written numerous influential papers on the scientific drawbacks of using animals as models for humans. Her newly published book ‘Rat Trap’ is a must-read.
www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/computing-science-education/rat-trap

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Savita Nutan is a science communicator, educator and former scientist who founded Medicine Without Cruelty in the UK. We interviewed her for the Animal-Free Science Advocacy podcast all about why medical research needs to urgently transition away from using obsolete and cruel animal methods towards far superior animal-free methods of research.

Savita Nutan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/savitanutan
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Animal-Free Science Advocacy CEO Rachel Smith interviews Sarah Margo, an expert in animal law on her perspective of the failings of the Australian regulatory system surrounding animals in science. 

Sarah is Policy Advisor to the Hon. Emma Hurst MLC of the Animal Justice Party, Animal Law Teaching Fellow at UNSW and Director of Voiceless, the animal protection institute and an Animal Law and Policy Consultant.

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Animal-Free Science Advocacy CEO Rachel Smith interviews Nisha Narang, the CEO and founder of Leorah Clinical, a clinical research company with the mission is to bring sustainable, animal derivative-free medical products to people everywhere. 

More about Leorah Clinical: https://www.leorahclinical.com/

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Animal-Free Science Advocacy speaks with member and clinical neuroscience researcher Dr Hugo Morandini about his research and reflections on the use of animals in research. 

Dr Hugo Morandini is a clinical neuroscience researcher with a deep interest in animal-free research methods. 

He is currently a member of Animal-Free Science Advocacy's management committee. 

Dr Hugo Morandini at UWA

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Animal-Free Science Advocacy interviews Dr Denise Russell, an academic and independent researcher who specialises in animal ethics about her research on the effectiveness of animal ethics committees.

Denise was the founding editor and managing editor of Animal Issues, a journal covering a wide range of topics related to human/animal interactions, now incorporated into Society & Animals published by Brill.

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Rosemary has spent the vast majority of her life fighting for animals in a personal and professional capacity. In this podcast she speaks with Animal-Free Science Advocacy about what she has learned throughout her long and diverse history in animal advocacy.


Image supplied by Rosemary Lavin. Caption:  Rosemary with Ruby and Dougal, her rescue dogs she adopted through Beagle Freedom Australia.

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Would you support animal experimentation if you were diagnosed with a life threatening illness?

In this episode of the Animal-Free Science Advocacy podcast, we chat with HRA supporter Belinda who is a passionate animal advocate. She shares her perspective on animal experimentation and her experiences living through cancer.

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For several years, Animal-Free Science Advocacy has been closely monitoring the use of forced inhalation studies in Australian Institutions.

This led to the development of our report: "Optimising Inhalation Research: Transitioning to Human-relevant Science."

In this episode, we learn from Animal-Free Science Advocacy CEO Rachel Smith about the questionable ethics that surround the use of animals in smoke inha...

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For several years, Animal-Free Science Advocacy has been closely monitoring the use of forced inhalation studies in Australian Institutions.

This led to the development of our report: "Optimising Inhalation Research: Transitioning to Human-relevant Science."

In this episode we interview the report's author, Natalie Anderson, a respiratory research scientist, who also works as Animal-Free Science Advocacy's Sc...

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In this podcast, learn about the practice of dissection in Australian high schools, the alternatives available, and what educators can do to transition to cruelty-free teaching methods.

Animal-Free Science Advocacy offer a loans of educational resources called the Humane Education Loan Program (HELP). This aims to provide educators and students with current, cruelty-free alternatives to animal use in teaching.

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 In this Animal-Free Science Advocacy podcast, we take a look at the obscure and courageous history of the anti-vivisection movement throughout the world. Learn about the trailblazing Australian organisations that paved the way for Animal-Free Science Advocacy's work in Australia today.  

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On 25 February 2020, 3 baboons escaped from a truck while being transported from a primate breeding colony to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The ensuing media attention brought the previously hidden industry into the public limelight, raising the question as to just what research on baboons entailed. A year on, Animal-Free Science Advocacy discusses what we know and what has happened in the last year. 

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In this episode Animal-Free Science Advocacy podcast, we learn about the Forced Swim Test and why is it considered to be cruel and unnecessary? Learn about the scientific validity of the test and whether or not its results are applicable to human health. 

Are there any plans to phase out this cruel and unnecessary test in Australia in favour of more scientifically robust animal-free alternatives? Have a listen to fi...

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An overview of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019- is there a ban on Cosmetic testing on animals in Australia? What can consumers do to ensure their purchase has not been tested on animals? 

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In this episode of the Animal-Free Science Advocacy podcast we look at the effectiveness of Australia's current laws regarding freedom of information requests (FOI's). Is this an effective advocacy tool for organisations in the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom to uncover animal experimentation in secretive laboratory settings? 

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