This year's UK WDAIL march will be held in Nottingham.
Gather at Market Square, by Brian Clough statue.
Introduction by this year's hosting group: Nottingham Animal Rights.
TALK 1: Angie Greenaway
TALK 2: John Curtin
Prepare to march.
Press call, march sets off.
Arrive at St. Peter's church.
TALK 3: Animal Aid
Arrive at Clumber Street.
TALK 4: Mel Broughton
Arrive back in Market Square.
Thank you, rememberance and wrap-up.
Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies.
Included are experiments on more than 600,000 animals which were categorised by researchers as causing “MODERATE” or “SEVERE” suffering.
Objections to animal experiments fall into two categories, moral objections and scientific objections.
We have no right. Animals are not ours to do with as we please.
The extremity of the suffering. Vivisection puts feeling creatures through about as much suffering as it is possible to put a feeling creature through, from surgical procedures without anaesthetic to drownings, from electric shocks to foreign object implants.
Consistency. It's now (since 1998) illegal to vivisect gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in the UK. If it's wrong to forcibly compel a chimpanzee to undergo painful experiments, then it's wrong to forcibly compel a mouse to.
The public is increasingly against it (especially the younger generation).
For example, according to Ipsos Mori, a clear majority of under 21s they surveyed responded that 'Experimenting on animals is always morally wrong'
Malpractice and failing regulation. Undercover investigations have revealed appalling breaches in what little protection exists in vivisection laboratories.
For example, workers at HLS (one of the biggest contract test laboratories in the UK) were filmed punching beagle puppies in the face. As another example, workers at the Royal College of Surgeons found it amusing to tattoo the word "crap" on a monkeys forehead (for this breach the laboratory was fined a mere 250 pounds and even this was subsequently overturned on appeal).
It is not just the animals that suffer and die in the laboratories. Millions are additionally killed every year in squalid breeding facilities and as "surplus stock".
Violence leads to violence. People who train themselves to "not be squeamish" about inflicting extreme suffering on animals, are capable of anything. This can only be detrimental to society's moral progress.
Reliability. A research methodology must be reliably predictive, not just occasionally right.
Animals are poor model for humans.
Paracetamol is toxic to cats.
Chocolate is toxic to dogs.
Penicillin is toxic to guinea pigs.
Chimpanzees (one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom) are essentially immune to AIDS, malaria and hepatitis B.
Learning about the wrong diseases. For example, we are wasting resources studying (artificially created) mouse cancer instead of human cancer. Data from mouse cancer studies has proven itself not reliably predictive of human response.
Life saving human cures may have been thrown away because they failed animal tests (for example we nearly lost the useful cancer drugs Gleevec and Tamoxifen in this manner).
Testing on animals does not safely screen drugs that are harmful to humans.
Examples include Vioxx (which caused heart attacks and strokes), Thalidomide (which caused birth defects) and TGN 1412 (which caused multiple organ failure!). In fact 9 out of 10 drugs tested safe on animals prove harmful to humans.
Decades of cruel animal experimentation has glaringly FAILED to find cures for the most feared human diseases like cancer, aids and alzheimers.
More reliable alternatives exist. These include cell and tissue studies, computer modelling, micro-dosing and autopsies.
Nottingham University is responsible for the killing of 33,000 animals a year in cruel experiments.
Rats being injected with ecstasy, then subjected to electric foot shocks, warning sounds and water deprivation.
Researchers concluded that even small doses of ecstasy can produce negative effects on the rats brain, then broke all the rat's necks.
Hamsters and rats having telemetry devices surgically implanted, then being given amphetamines.
Researchers concluded that metabolism of a drug can vary markedly in different species. All the animals were killed.
Mice having alcohol mixed into their drinking water.
Researchers concluded that chronic low doses of alcohol, induced memory deficits. However, the effects of chronic alcohol consumption in humans are already widely known. All the mice then had their necks broken.