Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog News and Articles

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 02-04-2008, 02:06 PM
DryCreek's Avatar
DryCreek DryCreek is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: The Great White North
Posts: 428
Default Pro-Test March


Campaigners to march in support of animal testing

Sara Gaines Society Guardian, Monday February 4 2008

A demonstration by supporters of animal testing may reignite the bitter row over the use of animals in medical research.

The pressure group Pro-Test is to march through Oxford at noon on Saturday, marking the first year of its campaign to counter intimidation of scientists who experiment on animals.

The group was set up after violent protests by animal rights extremists, notably against Oxford University and Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Its teenage founder, Laurie Pycroft, said the march aimed to defend the right of researchers to work without harassment; celebrate successes in developing treatments for disease; and improve understanding of the need for animal research.

It has lined up speakers including Peter Hollins, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, and local Lib Dem MP Evan Harris.

"Students, scientists and the public at large will not be cowed by animal rights extremists," Pycroft said.

The demonstration comes at a crucial juncture as MEPs have backed a plan to establish a timetable for replacing primates in scientific research.

It is not yet clear if they would also support an outright ban but any such move would likely be blocked by the European Commission and Council.

Calls to halt animal experiments have also been made by charities. The RSPCA wants animal experiments replaced with humane alternatives. Until that can happen it campaigns for measures to reduce the numbers of animals used, minimise suffering, and improve welfare.

However a Mori poll for the Coalition for Medical Progress in 2005 found 75% of the British population accepted animal experimentation for medical purposes.
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. - Henry Wheeler Shaw
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13 PM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site