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Isaac Newthorn

“Education without values, as useful as it is,

seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ― C.S. Lewis

Isaac was born in 2010, and arrived at Little Oak Sanctuary in December 2015.

The latest available statistics show that approximately 6.7 million animals were used in research and teaching in Australia in 2013, made up of:


  • 5,839 dogs were used in experiments

  • 1,587 cats were used in experiments

  • 764,683 native mammals were used in experiments, including koalas, wallabies, possums, and wombats

  • 219 primates were used in experiments

  • 1,303,935 mice were used in experiments

  • 272,293 sheep were used were in experiments

  • 603,838 domestic fowl (e.g. chickens, ducks, etc) and 410,836 other types of birds were used in experiments


In NSW alone, 927 goats were used in experiments in 2013.  The faces behind these statistics are often hidden behind figures or lost within inconsistent reporting requirements, however we are able to introduce you to five individuals who made up these figures.


Isaac is just one of the faces behind the statistics.  This boy were surrendered without any further information about his background other than that he had been used for research purposes in a Sydney research facility.  We often don't think of animals used in research for the purposes of animal agriculture, however thousands are used in research to further their 'productivity' - to find ways we can have their bodies grow or produce more, faster.

The use of animals in research is yet another aspect of animal agriculture that is somewhat hidden from the public's view.



Isaac is now safe and will live out the rest of his years at Little Oak Sanctuary, as an advocate for his brothers and sisters in research labs across the country.

You can sponsor Isaac and his friends here




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