Eastern Europe

6 computers save 900 animals in Sumy, Ukraine

In April 2008 we bought six computers, monitors and several computer programs for the veterinary faculty in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy. This means that more than 900 animals (820 frogs, 20 rats, 20 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 10 pigs, 10 calves, 10 cows, 2 horses, 2 sheep and 2 dogs) will be saved from death each year in the courses of physiology and pathophysiology.

Sumy University campus.

Dr Corina Gericke of Doctors Against Animal Experiments and Prof Dr Maria Kambur, Head of the Department of Anatomy and Normal and Pathological Physiology of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Sumy signing the contract.

Six new computers and monitors with three years guarantee were purchased at a local shop. This allows technical service to be provided locally.

A technician from the local shop setting up the equipment. Cables and sockets were already installed shortly before.

Dimitrij Leporskij, biologist and active member of InterNICHE in Ukraine, installing the software.

Some of the programs were provided by InterNICHE, the International Network for Humane Education. Thanks to InterNICHE, most of the programs are already available in Russian. InterNICHE's successful work is an indispensible basis for our project.

Prof Dr Maria Kambur, Head of the Department, and Dr Alexander Kalashnik, university lecturer, testing the new equipment.

The animal experiments of this semester were already finished. From now on no more animal experiments or dissections will be conducted in the two courses. Over the next few months the curriculum will be completely re-written and the teachers must become acquainted with the programs. From 1st September 2008, when the new semester begins, the donated computers will in full use.

Dimitrij Leporskij demonstrates the computer programs to the heads of eight other departments of the Veterinary Faculty.

All their lives they have had their students kill frogs and conduct other animal experiments. They probably did not even suspect that there are other, humane ways. The information about the modern teaching methods has yet to be digested, but did not fall on deaf ears. Prof Maria Kambur is fully committed to the teaching method and also intends to convince the physiology professors of other universities.

The veterinary students are also very keen to start working with the computer programs.

Each year at least 13,000 wild frogs are trapped and decapitated with scissors in Ukraine's 15 veterinary faculties, simply to demonstrate physiological facts that have been known for centuries. In addition, an unknown number of animals are killed in the human medicine, biology and pharmacology faculties. Most likely several hundred thousand frogs and other animals are sacrificed each year in Ukraine for educational purposes. There is still much work to be done.

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Further information

Overview of the whole project (in German) >>

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