#76: Vaccines, Animal Testing, & Ethics

Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
Paw & Order: Canada's Animal Law Podcast by Animal Justice
#76: Vaccines, Animal Testing, & Ethics
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April 2, 2021

In Episode 76 of the Paw & Order podcast, co-hosts Camille Labchuk and Jessica Scott-Reid deep dive into the ethics of getting vaccines that have been tested on animals—which is an especially hot (and rightfully sensitive) topic as we grapple with the global pandemic.

They discuss why animal testing is outdated and less effective than modern alternative methods, why research animals are often unprotected by cruelty laws and deserve protection, what types of animal tests leading research companies have been doing to develop COVID-19 vaccines, what animal-derived ingredients go into these vaccines, what’s really going on with a ‘plant-based’ vaccine being developed in Canada, and why animal advocates should still consider getting vaccinated although animal testing is a requirement, so they can stay in good health, help end the global pandemic, and keep on fighting to make change for animals. 

In the news, Camille catches listeners up on Animal Justice applying to intervene in a dog abuse case that’s being appealed in Alberta, an Ontario fur farm pleading guilty to animals cruelty after an exposé revealed horrific conditions, lots of media buzz regarding Manitoba’s proposed ag gag legislation, and why animals aboard livestock ships in the Suez Canal are at risk of starving to death. 

The Hero(es) of the episode are the filmmakers behind the new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, which exposes the corrupt fishing industry’s devastating impact on our oceans, and the Zero is Alberta for considering making rodeo its official sport. 

Thank you to our sponsors The Grinning Goat and FAIR/SQUARE. Use code PAW15 to save 15% on your purchase at grinninggoat.ca and code AJ15 to save 15% on your purchase at fair-square.ca.

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Special thanks:

To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.

To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.

To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.

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