Animal Aid

Day of Action for Primates

Posted 14 February 2007

Animal Aid supporters will take to the streets in more than 50 towns and cities across the UK to inform the public about a Europe-wide campaign to end experiments on primates. Street stalls - with campaign postcards, petitions and leaflets - will be set up in town centres right across the country and campaigners will be also delivering leaflets door-to-door.

Around 10,000 primates are used in laboratories across Europe each year, around one third of them undergoing 'procedures' in Britain. Most are used for toxicity testing of medicines by the pharmaceutical industry in order to gain regulatory approval. Toxicity testing is one of the cruellest of all animal procedures as it involves deliberate poisoning by overdose. Over a period of days, weeks or months, animals are dosed with drugs or chemicals by injection, inhalation or gavage (force feeding). Symptoms of drug poisoning may include retching and vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhoea, tremors, liver failure and death. Some of those who survive the experiments will be re-used but the majority are killed so that their body tissues can be studied.

You can help stop the suffering of animals!

The campaign to end primate experiments is ongoing. Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Set up an information stall in your local town centre and collect signatures on petitions and postcards
  2. Door-drop leaflets in your home town
  3. Order petitions and postcards and collect signatures from family, friends and colleagues

Contact Kate for more information about the campaign and to order resources.

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