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World Day for Laboratory Animals

Posted 16 April 2007

April 24th marks World Day for Laboratory Animals – a day to remember the millions who have been killed, and to redouble efforts to hasten the end of all animal experiments. This year, Animal Aid is planning to deliver 10,000 leaflets to members of the public in memory of the 10,000 primates who are used in laboratories across Europe each year. This initiative is proving to be massively popular, with a record number of participants signing up.

Thousands of primates are poisoned to death every year inside British laboratories and hundreds more are subjected to appalling brain experiments. The Europe-wide campaign to end primate experiments has united animal protection groups as well as compassionate MPs and scientists across the continent. New EU legislation could mean an end to the use of primates – our closest evolutionary relatives – in laboratories. To achieve this, the public must see what really happens to animals inside testing facilities and understand why research using animals is so overwhelmingly unreliable. Delivering the leaflet – which contains no gruesome images – is a powerful way to garner support for this vital campaign.

If you would like to add your support to this initiative, please order leaflets.

Around the world, events will take place to mark World Day for Laboratory Animals. In the UK, a day of meditation and reflection has been organised in Oxford on Saturday 28th April. The day will begin with speeches, followed by a period of reflection. A silent walk through the city centre will end at the site for the proposed new animal laboratory. The day will end with a vegan picnic. For more information, contact John on 0777 195 3465 or email

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