Friday, 28. November 2014
17. 01. 10. - 12:00
By David Rogers
Scientists have abandoned an experiment in which pigs were buried alive in snow and left to die after protests from animal lovers.
Researchers in the Austrian Alps wanted to study the effects of being caught in an avalanche and chose pigs because of their biological similarity to humans.
Some were completely submerged and others were buried up to the neck, and the time they took to die recorded.
But the teams from the Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine in Italy and the Medical University of Innsbruck, Tyrol, stopped the tests after killing ten of 29 pigs because of public outrage.
The Austrian Association of Animal Protection said: "The scientists should bury themselves, and their colleagues can analyse the results."
And the local mountain rescue association pointed out that it was already known that avalanches were "dangerous to life".
Activists called the experiment cruel and pointless.
Johanna Stadler, head of the animal rights group Vier Pfoten (Four Paws), said: "It is absolutely unacceptable that these highly sensitive, helpless animals are killed for such an unnecessary test."
And Gerda Matias, president of the International Union of Animal Experiment Opponents, added: "People are shocked and outraged that such cruel experiments can even be carried out in Austria."
A statement posted on the Medical University of Innsbruck's website, organisers said the experiment was ethically justifiable and had been approved by a commission in Austria's Science and Research Ministry.
Panda Dies Of Horrific Injuries After Savage Attack
A three-year-old wild Giant Panda left badly wounded in the Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve in China after an attack by yellow-throated martens has died of its wounds.
Food Jewellery Craze In Japan
The designers call it modern art, and claim it is designed for the woman who wants a guarantee she will stand out at the next dinner party.
Darth Vader Taken Out By Street Sign
Darth Vader and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers felt the force of a blow from a road sign after not paying attention while hitting the campaign trail.
How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake
Spectacular images that show how a park becomes a lake each spring complete with underwater trees have been captured by two divers.
Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.
Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.
Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.
Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.
Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.
Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sisterís fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake|
|Chicken Farmer Jailed For Hacking Off Lovers Head And Fingers|
|Aysha King Prague Proton Centre Doubles Prices|
|Outrage Over Slapping Of Baby Panda|
|Stag Do Brit Had Taken Cocaine Admit Family|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.