3,600 animals at 4 universities saved

Another journey of Dr. Corina Gericke to Ukraine in September/October 2009 resulted in a great success! She and our project partner Dimitrij Leporskij of InterNICHE Ukraine delivered animal-friendly teaching tools to seven departments of four universities in Simferopol, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa, worth a total of 7,000 euros. More than 3,600 animals per year, mainly frogs and rats, are now saved from a painful death.  


The first project of this kind was conducted by People For Animal Rights Germany in the East-Ukrainian city Kharkiv in 2006/2007, led by Dr. Corina Gericke. Since then the campaign has been continued by Doctors Against Animal Experiments. Meanwhile eight faculties in 7 Ukrainian cities recieved hard- and software worth 14,000 euros. A total of more than 5,400 animals per year will not be tortured and killed anymore. 

Year City Faculty Number of animals
2006/2007 Kharkiv Biology, veterinary medicine 1,200
2008 Sumy Veterinary medicine 900
2008 L'viv Biology 225
2008 Ivano-Frankivsk Human medicine 470
2009 Kiev Veterinary medicine 60
2009 Simferopol Biology 327
2009 Simferopol Sports 434
2009 Dnipropetrovsk Human medicine 1,840
2009 Odessa Biology 1,153

People for Animal Rights Germany
Doctors Against Animal Experiments 




In spring 2009 we funded the distribution of information packs to 150 Ukrainian universities, sent by Dimitrij Leporskij. Prof. Elena Chuyan, head of the Department of Human and Animal Physiology of the Biological Faculty of the University of Simferopol, responded to this. She had always had ethical problems with animal experiments, but didn't know how to change it. Our campaign was exactly what she had been waiting for. Immediately she convinced also her colleague, Elena Grabovskaya, of the faculty of sports.

Every year a total of 761 animals, mainly frogs and rats, but also 23 cats, which are used to carry out invasive brain experiments, will not be killed anymore.

Prof. Elena Chuyan, head of the Department of Human and Animal Physiology of the Biological Faculty and Elena Grabovskaya, head of the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Sports with the donated computer programs. In addition two laptops were provided. We purchase the hardware in local stores to make use of the warranty and because of the more easier logistics.

The premiere of the educational films on heart physiology which we had dubbed into Russian was a great success. All teachers who attended our presentation were very impressed by the good quality. Also the presented computer simulations were highly appreciated. Two more teachers became interested. The head of the Department of Zoology, Alexandr Stryukov, was really enthusiastic. »This is so much better than dissecting real frogs!«, he commented. He wanted to make a contract with us straight away. We gave him some freeware, so he can start replacing some animal use right now. In addition to this he will later receive a video projector and several CD's and DVD's. 

After this we presented the humane teaching methods at the medical faculty Simferopol. The teachers there had replaced several animal experiments on their own initiative by Soviet educational films already 15 years ago. Two animal experiments are still left which will now be replaced with our financial help. A video projector and some computer programs are needed for this.  

Even cats were routinely used in the curriculum of biology students at the University of Simferopol. They had to undergo painful brain experiments. This will now be ended - thanks to our campaign.

464 frogs, 244 rats, 23 cats and 30 snails per year will now not be tortured and killed anymore in Simferopol. 


Prof. Ugay of the University of Kharkiv who had received humane teaching equipment within the frames of the very first project of People for Animal Rights reported about his positive experience with the introduction of these methods at a congress. The former head of the Department of Physiology of the Medical University Dnipropetrovsk, Prof. Pjotr Nerush, responded to this and contacted Dimitrij Leporskij. He said that during the times of the Soviet Union much more animal experiments had to be carried out in the curriculum, according to a strict plan. Many dogs were used at that time and one frog per student. Already at that time he regarded the harmful animal use as unethical and he reduced the number of frogs by demonstrating the experiments instead of letting each student conduct them. Dog experiments were completely abolished already several years ago. 

However, at the Medical University of Dnipropetrovsk an extremely high number of animals are still killed in the curriculum: 1,120 frogs, 680 rats and 40 mice, a total of 1,840 animals per year! The high number of animals is due the high number of students: 600 students of human medicine, dentistry and pharmacy have to take part in the physiology course.  

Alexander Mozgunov, Deputy at the Department of Physiology of the Medical University Dnipropetrovsk, and Dr. Corina Gericke signing the contract. 

We were in particular delighted to meet two young teachers, Alexandr Trushenko and Tatiana Mashko, on the photo together with Prof. Pjotr Nerush, who are opposed to animal experiments in research. Tatiana Mashko, who had only recently taken up her position at the Department of Physiology, addressed the Russian animal rights organization VITA in search of help. VITA forwarded her request to Dimitrij Leporskij. She was happy to learn that all harmful animal use in the curriculm of her department will be replaced. However, her main concern are extremely cruel and outdated animal experiments in research and for doctoral theses.  

These experiments often have been done countless times and have been published in international scientific journals. The university doesn't have the funds to purchase these publications. It is easier and cheaper to carry out animal experiments than buying an article. One frog costs 0.00 euros (students have to catch them from ponds) and a rat 1.60 euros. Dr. Corina Gericke promised Tatiana Mashko the support of the Doctors Against Animal Experiments. 


At four departments of the Biological Faculty of the University of Odessa the use of a total of 1,153 animals per year, including 590 frogs, 391 rats, 30 mice, 20 rabbits, 4 guinea-pigs, 32 fishes, 16 axolotls (amphibians), 30 earthworms, 30 grasshoppers and 15 star fishes was replaced by humane teaching methods.  

Prof. Tetjana Kladky, head of the Department of Physiology and Dr. Corina Gericke signing the contracts. Prof. Kladky had responded to our information pack and managed to get the heads of three more departments aboard. Apart from the Department of Human and Animal Physiology, also the Department of Zoology, the Department of Hydrobiology and Ecology and the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology were equipped with humane teaching methods.

Dimitrij Leporskij demonstrating modern computer simulations and video films for teachers and students of the University of Odessa. 

The University of Odessa received a laptop, a video projector, a screen and several computer CD's and DVD's. The donated hardware and software for Simferopol, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa has a value of almost 7,000 euros. 

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Further information

Overview of the whole project (in German) >>

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