Protest planned against University’s animal testing
However, the Animal Justice Project called for greatertransparency about “out-of-date and futile” tests on rabbits. The event is co-organised by WDAIL and Speak – the Voice for the Rights of Animals, which has previously campaigned against the building of a new animal laboratory by the University. It regularly holds demonstrations and information stalls in Oxford. “In the twenty-first century we now have the means and theability to carry out cutting edge medical research without recourse to animalexperimentation. British universities have been acused of “growing moresecretive” about their use of animal testing, with AJP alleging that Edinburgh,Cambridge, UCL and 15 others also declined to give details. A protest against Oxford University’s use of animal testing will be held today, coinciding with the 40th World Day for Animals in Laboratories (WDAIL). The protest intends to highlight the plight of animals who “suffer in the name of research and profit.” They stated: “The university also releases all animaltesting data, by species and sever- ity, every single year. This is usually inthe autumn.” The day begins with a rally at Oxpens Park at noon. Themarch begins at 1.00pm and will follow a route through Cornmarket and to theUniversity’s laboratory on Mansfield Road. There is set to be speeches both atOxpens Park and outside the laboratory. The organisation’s founder Mel Broughton, stated: “Millionsof animals are still being experimented on in the name of medical research. British universities have been condemned by theanti-vivisection campaign group, Animal Justice Project (AJP), who alleged thatsome of the rabbits “had been infected with cholera, others given fatalinjections, and some had their eyes sewn shut.” According to data obtained by the AJP, the UK is one of thelargest users of laboratory animals in the world. According to the latest HomeOffice statistics, over half of the 3.87 million experiments conducted in theUK in 2017 were in universities. “Those who think that science is ethically neutral confusethe findings of science, which are, with the activity of science, which isnot.” There will be speakers at the event, including the firstperson to rescue an animal from a laboratory in the UK Mike Huskisson,campaigns manager at Animal Aid Jessamy Korotoga, and the founder of AJP ClairePalmer. This figure corresponds to around 26 animal experiments perday in the United Kingdom. Other universities, such as Liverpool, UCL, and Sheffield,have also been criticised by the campaign group. The AJP alleged last year thatNottingham University “infected sixty baby rabbits with cholera, causingdiarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. “They were believed to have suffered extreme thirst, low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat causing death if “humane termination” was not carried out.” An Oxford University spokesperson said they refuse Freedomof Information requests only on data already due for release. In 2018, Oxford “neglected” to release the number of rabbitsthey had used in testing. This was the first time in four years that theUniversity had not provided the information. In 2017, they carried out 236,429tests on animals.