Mark Dawes, 28 April 2019, Tags:
World Day for Animals in Laboratories was on April 24th and last Saturday there was a national march in Oxford to highlight the millions of animals each year who suffer and die behind the walls of laboratories. Oxford was the place of the demonstration because the university conducts more tests on animals in its laboratories than any other UK university.
According to Government statistics, each year inside British laboratories around 4 million animals are experimented on causing horrific suffering to the animals involved - and every 8 seconds, one animal dies. This is largely ignored as the experiments are hidden away from public view.
Vivisection does not even help advance medical science: over 90% of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they do not work or are dangerous. There are now more accurate ways of performing medical research that do not involve animals, including using human cells and tissues and computer modelling.
We should treat all animals with respect and compassion, and we need to end this cruel practice for good. The Green Party would ban all vivisection.