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World Day for Animals in Laboratories: March and Rally Saturday 27th April
Posted 22 April 2013
April 24th marks World Day for Animals in Laboratories – a day, recognised by the United Nations, to remember the millions of animals who are used and killed every year in animal experiments around the world, and to redouble our campaigning efforts against vivisection.
Inside British laboratories, more than three and a half million animals are subjected to experiments every year. Medical charities, for example, fund disease research in which monkeys are deliberately brain-damaged, and dogs have their hearts systematically destroyed. In depression studies, genetically modified mice are dropped into beakers of water and monitored as they make frantic attempts to save themselves from drowning, eventually moving to despair, defeat and immobility.
This year, there will be a national march and rally in Oxford on Saturday April 27th, where Animal Aid’s Scientific Consultant Dr Adrian Stallwood will be speaking. For full details, including information about transport from around the country, visit http://www.wdail.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animals are sentient creatures, capable of experiencing pain, fear, loneliness, frustration and sadness. To incarcerate them and deliberately inflict pain on them in the name of science is unacceptable. All the more so because the results that are gained cannot be reliably applied to human medicine. For example, drugs that are shown to be safe in animals may later prove to be dangerous in humans, while valuable cures and treatments can be missed if they fail in animal tests.