Report against CHUV, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, of Lausanne, followed the year after by a charge against the Anatomy Institute of Lausanne. It is the first report against vivisectionists in Switzerland with reference to the damages of vivisection on public health. Through this report OIPA has drawn Swiss population’s attention both to the atrocities of vivisection and to its scientific failure. For the first time, a vivisection lab is involved in a case by an antivivisection league through petitions, reports, leaflets and conferences.
OIPA launches another memorable action against the Institute of Physiology of the University of Lausanne which is closed for three months and put under investigation by the authorities.
These actions are accompanied by investigations on the traffic of lab animals (actions against the kennel of Corcelles-le-Jorat, canton VD, and unmasking of the trafficker Fritz Lanz, who was buying dogs to sell them to vivisection labs).
Actions against goods tested on animals (pesticides, detergents, food additives, colorants, etc.), through the publication of proofs and documents on the damages deriving from synthetic cosmetics. Following a sensitisation campaign against perfumes containing animal extracts, many companies give up this kind of production.
Actions against cell therapies deriving from sheep foetus cells. After years of public awakening, it is learned that some freeze-dried “alive” cell products have been withdrawn from the market and forbidden.
Actions against the traffic of lab animals. Some of the channels for the trade of cats and dogs imported from abroad are interrupted and traffickers unmasked.
Interventions at Chiasso customs to avoid the transfer of experimental animals, such as the intervention against the transfer of 30 beagle puppies sent by Madorin to Farmitalia-Carlo Erba. OIPA charges Madorin breeding farm.
Actions against genetic manipulation (e.g. Lab of Quarino, Canton Ticino) and actions against experimental animals breeding farms (Morini, Charles River, Madorin, ecc.).
Participation in public debates, conferences, interviews on radio and TV in Switzerland and abroad (Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Spain, UK, etc.) and exhibition of scientific material about vivisection through stands, conferences, tape projections and debates.
1982-1983. Interventions at the European Council and at the European Parliament against the Strasbourg Convention which legalises vivisection in EU countries.
Report against the vivisectionists of the University of Parma due to tests of experimental neurophysiology on cats.
OIPA launches the historic action against the cruel experiments on Biozement carried out on monkeys at the Inselspital of Bern and on dogs at the Tierspital of Bern.
Launch of the campaign OIPA for the third world and report to the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights of nine multinationals for the export of harmful drugs to the third world.
Press conferences in Bern, Lausanne, Lugano, Zurich, Milan, Paris, Geneva, where the damages provoked by products tested on animals are exposed.
Report of the import of beagles from the American Marshall-Farm carried out by the multinational Sandoz and of the export of cats carried out by Ciba-Geigy (Sisslen breeding farm) for German and Swedish labs.
OIPA reveals the horrible backstage of experimental animals traffic: cats and dogs, mostly stolen and ill, are crammed in lorries in Italy and transported to German and Swiss labs.
1991–1992. Action against the terrible neurophysiology experiments carried out on cats at the University of Bologna; charge against the vivisectionists involved, followed by the tabling of the interpellations of some Italian MPs, press conferences, an international demonstration in Bologna; important echoes on television and in the press. OIPA obtains the end of the experiments one year and a half before the date established by the original protocol.
Charge against some vivisectionists of the Institute for Brain Research of Zurich with reference to experiments on monkeys.
Research on carcinogenic substances of pharmacopoeia and collection of data.
Action against the import of experimental beagles with cut vocal chords from the USA; launch of a new petition and collection of 30 000 signatures, press conference in Bellinzona and intervention on TV with the beagle Gina.
Thanks to the delegation OIPA Italy, it is enacted the Italian law 413/93 on conscientious objection to animal experimentation for students of scientific faculties.
1993-1994. Action Diana against the transport of primates to labs; launch of a petition and interventions at the UN; report of some airways companies and of the capture methods of monkeys.
New inquiry on breeding farms of experimental dogs and cats; an article published on OIPA’s magazine helps the sentence towards a French breeder.
OIPA Italy delegation reports the former Minister of Health De Lorenzo and the former President of the Commission on Drugs Poggiolini for massacre, endangering of public safety and epidemic for the distribution of harmful vaccines and drugs.
1994–1995. Action against cats’ vivisection at the Anatomy and Physiology Institutes of the University of Lausanne through press conferences in Lausanne and Bern, motions tabled by two national counsellors and launch of a petition that collects 133 515 signatures; report of the vivisectionists and of the Federal Council that supports these experiments financed with public money. Great success: the authorities order the end of the experiments and the closure of the cats’ stabling. For the first time in Switzerland it is ordered the end of vivisection experiments and the closure of a stabling as a consequence of anti-vivisection actions.
Report in the press of some therapies deriving from animal experimentations and particularly cruel for patients, such as animal cells genetically manipulated and injected in ill people.
1990s. Production and distribution of several videotapes that show the atrocities and the damages of vivisection, like the three videotapes VHS “THE MASSACRE OF INNOCENTS 1,2,3” and “THE MALEDICTION OF VIVISECTION”.
1999-2001. After a long campaign, the delegation OIPA Italy obtains the end of the cruel experiments carried out on beagles at the University of Pavia.
2000-2002. Department of Medicine of the University of Milan, experiments carried out on cats are revealed; the tabling of a complaint to the magistrature of Milan and several investigations, controls and picketing cause the end of the tests.
Thanks to an alert launched by OIPA against the killing of experimental animals employed in an Israeli lab, Israel enacts two laws which foresee the progressive abolition of tests on animals for cosmetics.
After OIPA’s international campaign, the South Korean Government enacts a new law in defence of animals which foresees the prohibition of carrying out experiments on strays and on dogs who have served human beings, such as police dogs and dogs serving blind people. Furthermore, the National Institute for Toxicological Research is collaborating with other countries to introduce alternatives to animal experimentation.
The Monash University, the biggest University of Australia, affirms it will put an end to the dissection of living rabbits carried out during physiology classes.
OIPA’s call against the use of living animals during the professional post-degree classes in ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) in Pisa. The region of Tuscany announces that “starting from now not a single animal will be used during such courses in Tuscany and speaks out in favour of already existing alternative methods”.
Varied actions at the European Parliament in Brussels; opposition to the European directive approved on the 5th May 2009 on animal experimentation. July 2009, the European Commission, in collaboration with the industry of cosmetics, allocates 50 millions of euros for a research project aiming at the approval of alternative methods to animal experimentation.
Following the report of the transfer of 50 dogs from the USA to Scotland and following more than 22 000 protest letters, Lufthansa announces a new policy prohibiting the transport of experimental dogs and cats.
The airports of Montichiari and Verona announce they will cease the transport of experimental animals as a consequence of the many e-mails of protest and picketing.
After an eight-year campaign which involved OIPA as well as other associations in defence of animal rights, the beagle breeding farm Morini shuts down.
After a long campaign, NASA gives up the exposition of dozens of monkeys to harmful radiations.
Brescia public prosecutor’s office orders the forfeiture of Green Hill, the breeding farm of experimental beagles, as a consequence of some the irregularities noticed during the inspection carried out on the 30th September 2011 by OIPA’s guards and of the many protests of the associations for animal protection.
After the campaign “Save the rabbit! Protest against cosmetic tests” launched by OIPA JAVA (Japan Anti-Vivisection Association), Sisheido, the main Japanese beauty firm, announces it will end tests on animals for cosmetics and semi-pharmaceutical products.
Diverse actions against the practice of vivisection in USA Universities.
The University of Minnesota Medical School gives up vivisection on sheep; Idaho State University (ISU), seven days after the launch of OIPA’s campaign, the university announces it will end the use of living dogs coming from a local shelter in its ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) courses; the New York Medical College ceases vivisection on dogs during cardiology courses (2007); the Brody School of Medicine of the East Carolina University declares not a single living pig will be used in the future during surgery courses (2008); the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s (UMDNJ’s) University Hospital give up the use of living pigs during ATLS courses (2009); after a long campaign, Nepal decides it will close the breeding farm of experimental monkeys doomed to biomedical research in the USA (2009); after the protests, the Missouri-Heartland Regional Medical Center (HRMC) replaces living cats with mannequins (2009); the University of Michigan and the University of South Alabama announce, following OIPA’s campaign, they will end the use of living pigs during ATLS classes (2009); the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) affirms, following a long protest campaign, it will end the use of stray cats coming from the city of Odessa in its training classes (2009); the Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) announces it will give up the use of living animals (pigs, frogs, rabbits and rats) during physiology courses (2010); the Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, affirms it will end experiments on dogs, cats and ferrets: it is the last USA university carrying out vivisection on dogs.
Most of USA medical schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, have now replaced the use of living animals in physiology, pharmacology and surgery classes.
Varied actions against vivisection – conferences, debates, publication of articles- have been undertaken by OIPA’s delegations in Brazil (important action against the cruel neurological tests carried out by Dr Pimentel a Belo Horizonte), Peru, Germany, France, Belgium.
The OIPA officially joins the campaign STOP VIVISECTION that aims to seek a new European Directive on animal testing.
- Consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.
Thanks to strong protests of citizens and to the pressure from associations, including OIPA International, Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture announced that it would not enact a newly amended hunting law that authorized the hunting of dogs in rural areas of the country.Together with the Italian Forestry Department, OIPA’s volunteers took action for the seizure and custody of more than 400 puppies from Eastern Europe. The stand-off was taken care of by OIPA, and also foster care for the puppies and the finding of a second home for them, together with the Forestry Department.
Flooding in the Balkans: OIPA supports volunteers involved in animal rescue: food was provided for dogs and cats in Zaniga, Bosnia. In Croatia, food, medicine and veterinary care were provided.
The “He loves me, I eat” campaign with posters in the subways of Milan and Rome. The Easter campaign invites people to reflect on the difference between two dog or cat puppies and a baby lamb: there are none – both are living beings that live, suffer and love.
Killing of Daniza: a complaint lodged against Italy at the European Commission. In September, OIPA, in collaboration with I-Care Italy, Green Italy, Association Animalisti, Leal and Green Federation, filed a complaint to the European Commission against the Italian Republic (Ministry of Environment, the Autonomous Province Trento) for the killing of the bear Daniza. In December, OIPA sent an opposition to the request for action on the complaint filed against the province of Trento, opposition partially upheld in February 2015.
Patronage of the film “Belle & Sebastien”. Thanks to this sponsorship, OIPA supported the activities of rescue and recovery of dogs without a family.
- OIPA supports the “Stray Dogs Ploiesti” campaign for the sterilization of dogs in Romania.OIPA helped a shelter in Albania after a severe flood. Thanks to OIPA’s support, Animal Rescue Albania, OIPA’s member league, bought food and paid for the veterinary hospital stays.
OIPA supported the establishment of a veterinary office in Romania. The clinic, run by Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti, OIPA’s member league, offers affordable prices for members of the local community and practices free sterilization both on stray and family owned dogs.
OIPA officially opens “Cat Village”, the first facility for cats in Lombardy, Italy. The facility, authorized by the Local Veterinary Company, can also accommodate amphibians, reptiles, ornamental birds and rodents.
The comeback of the “She loves me, I eat” campaign, with OIPA billboards in the subways in Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples to raise awareness about the slaughter of lambs for Easter.
“Botticelle” (horse-drawn carriages) in Rome: OIPA, together with other associations, gathers more than 100,000 signatures from Roman citizens to abolish them: double the initially required number.
- OIPA’s Animal Guards seized 52 puppies from an international illegal puppy trade in Southern Italy.Manifestation against the Yulin festival (Dog Meat Festival) in Milan.
Earthquake in Central Italy: OIPA volunteers saved many animals and worked with the police for rescue operations.
Snow emergency in the earthquake areas – OIPA volunteers support local shelters to help animals, feed them and free them from the snow.
The “DON’T SHOP, ADOPT” campaign – promotion of adoptions rather than the purchase of animals.
- OIPA India obtains a ban on imports of reptile, chinchilla, mink and fox skins after the Director of Foreign Trade announced it issuing a notification.OIPA starts a forest and wildlife conservation project with the ministry of forestry and wildlife of Cameroon – the habitat of the endemic pangolin and chimpanzee, endangered species, will be protected.
OIPA launches the “STOP VIRAL ANIMAL CRUELTY” project, allowing people to report videos or pictures on the Internet showing violent and cruel treatment of animals, by filling up a special form.
- OIPA animal control officers in Rome report 30 dogs owners and 4 veterinaries to the judicial authority: after a one year long investigation on mutilated dogs and fake certificates in the name of a “dirty beauty”.OIPA India plays a key role in the decision to ban the import of sealskin to the country, becoming the 37th nation to pass the ban, after the Directorate General of Foreign Trade communicated the prohibition in a recent notification.