At the beginning of summer 2004, construction of a new animal research centre began at Oxford University. The stated objective was to seek answers to the problems of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. ‘Animal models’ of these and other human diseases will be used - a methodology that is now increasingly regarded as outdated, even within the research community. In fact, the University’s own history of animal experimentation provides ample proof that not only are animal experiments morally abhorrent and ethically unacceptable, they are also scientifically irrelevant.
Not long after work began at the site, the project ground to a halt when, following ongoing negative publicity, weekly protests and concerted campaigning from local grassroots activists, the building firm withdrew its services. The project was in trouble. Construction has since resumed and the campaign to halt it is being stepped up.