This week, Animal Justice Project travelled to Sweden to join forces with our Swedish campaign partners, Djurrättsalliansen. We handed in our petition signed by 55,139 people to end monkey imports and experiments at world-renouned university, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
An appeal lodged by Cruelty Free International against the High Court’s ruling to allow the proposed expansion of a beagle and ferret breeding farm in Grimston, East Yorkshire has just been denied by a Court of Appeal judge.
This would have been the last possible chance to put a stop to the notorious breeders of animals for use in research, B&K Universal, from breeding up to 2,000 beagles and an untold number of ferrets here in the UK.
B&K are part of, Marshall BioResources, the US company that were also responsible for Green Hill in Italy. A protest at Green Hill in 2012 turned into a daylight rescue when activists gained access and liberated more than 40 dogs. The facility was then later in the year seized by Italian authorities and the remaining 2,500 beagles were put under the protection of the judiciary and fostered into caring families. In 2015, two managers and the company’s veterinarian were convicted under the Animal Welfare Act of cruelty and the illegal killing of dogs.
The dogs and ferrets that will be bred here in the UK at the Grimston site will be used both here and abroad. Beagles are a preferred laboratory ‘tool’ due to their quiet and gentle nature, they are frequently used in toxicology studies, for example, poisoning with pesticides, chemicals and other toxic substances. Ferrets are the ‘animal of choice’ for studies involving flu viruses.
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On Monday 9th January, Animal Justice Project Wales teamed up with local groups Cardiff Animal Rights (a group with which we have worked with in the past) and the newly set up group, Cardiff Vegan Action.
Our event on campus formed part of a Cardiff Animal Rights Day of Action. Also taking place on the day were two slaughterhouse vigils and an evening ‘Earthlings Experience’ vegan outreach event in Cardiff town centre. Our event at the university involved local volunteers and campaigners distributing Animal Justice Project material and we received a wonderful reception from students and the public alike.
Some of our volunteers spoke with people who had come to the university on that day to look around and decide whether they would attend. It was a great opportunity to talk to them about the animal experiments taking place there. We also spoke with existing Cardiff University students, many of whom were unaware of the animal use and condemned it. Some even joined up to Animal Justice Project!
We enjoyed so much joining up with local groups as part of the Campus Without Cruelty campaign, we hope to do more regular outreach events like this. And this is just the beginning! We will be sure to keep you posted and announce dates and times for all those who would like to participate. We are always looking for new members to add to our team so be sure to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org On behalf of the animals,
Rachel Ward, Wales Coordinator
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Every year, billions of birds crash into windows causing serious injuries, internal damage to the organs or at worst, deaths. Unknowingly, bird fly into windows because they believe the reflection they see is an extension of the sky, trees and flowers or other birds. According to a recent study by a University of Alberta researcher, homes with lots of vegetation (trees, plants and bushes) and bird feeders have the most incidents of collisions. Along with cats, bird collision is one of the top reasons why deaths occur.
Scores of campaigners, students, and Animal Justice Project volunteers came together on Friday 2 December to hold hearts for the animals inside one of the UK’s leading universities – University College London (UCL). At our third Campus without Cruelty event in a UK university, attendees held signs, props, and encouraged UCL students to make origami hearts. The hearts were placed into the ground at the university’s Main Quad.
It is estimated over 100 million animals are used for vivisection worldwide every year. Not only are these animals subjected to cruel and prolonged treatments – something which they have no say over whatsoever – the way there are handled and housed also causes suffering, such as being put in small, bare cages.
On Friday 23 September, at noon outside Cardiff University, the Animal Justice Project Wales team launched the Campus without Cruelty campaign. Cardiff University are the largest user of animals in Wales, and in the top ten users in the UK! The turnout was fantastic – with faces new and old from all the different