Bachinski R, Alves G, Souza MFA, Bones VC, Garcia R, Gebara R, Ruiz V, Alonso L, Thales Tréz T, Oliveira ST, Rocha AA, Paixão RL, Pizzigatti Klein RP, Gasparetto D, Jukes N, Matera JM. On the journey toward humane education in Brazil: first request for a total ban of harmful animal use in professional and higher education. ATLA. 2017,45.5:287-293


The Brazilian Network for Humane Education (RedEH) is an independent and self-managed group comprised of academics from ten different Brazilian states and a number of international collaborators. In 2016, in a concerted effort to change the educational field in Brazil and propagate humane education, RedEH sent a request to the Brazilian National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation (CONCEA), asking that harmful animal use in education in professional and undergraduate courses be banned. This was the first formal request for a total replacement of harmful animal use in education in Brazil, and represented a major historic landmark in the advancement of Brazilian science education. This paper presents the full text of the request, as well as outlining its national and international repercussions. The request was supported by InterNICHE and representatives of 18 other international organisations. A major national impact of the request was its recognition by the Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine. With this action, academics and researchers took a potentially revolutionary step in the Brazilian education arena, with regard to advancing and supporting a higher quality, ethical and democratic educational system.

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