Local Green joins march for World Day for Animals in Laboratories

26 April 2014

Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party joined other Greens to march with hundreds of people in Nottingham to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories. World Day for Animals in Laboratories on April 24th is a UN recognised date to highlight the millions of animals each year who suffer and die behind the walls of laboratories.

The event on Saturday April 26th started with a rally and then a march around the centre of Nottingham. Nottingham was the venue as there was a previously successful campaign against a Boots animal research facility in Nottingham which resulted in its closure. Sadly, though, 80 animals still die each day in a laboratory in Nottingham. The demonstration called for an end to all animal experiments.

The latest Home Office statistics show that animal testing has increased in the last three years and that the UK is third largest user of animals in experiments in the EU. Animals tested on include rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, deer, marmosets and macaques.

“Vivisection causes great suffering to millions of animals” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party “And it is unnecessary too as medical research can now be carried out that does not involve testing on animals - and is also more accurate. Vivisection is bad science as well as cruel and should be stopped” he added.