Outbreak Imminent – The story of the ‘Pirbright’ animal research facility in Woking, Surrey

In 2007 there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease that wreaked havoc on British farming, this outbreak was from the Pirbright Institute.

In 2012 the institute was fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to uphold control measures and so risking another outbreak.

Now, in 2017, there is a £48 million animal research facility being planned for Pirbright, which will focus on foot and mouth disease, African swine fever, bird flu and bluetongue.

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Positive news regarding The Body Shop and L’Oreal

Both L’Oreal and The Body Shop have been in the news a lot lately, and it’s going in a positive direction for animals!

The latest news is that L’Oreal are looking to sell The Bodyshop to ‘Natura Cosmeticos’ a Brazillian cosmetics company who have an ethical stance when it comes to environmental issues. They are considered the second most committed company to sustainable development in the world.

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BLOG: Vivisection: A Study in Suffering – Lauren Davies

“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?’” – Jeremy Bentham.

Vivisection is the exploitation of animals in scientific experiments, in which animals are poisoned, deprived of food and water, isolated, paralysed, injected with diseases, burned, gassed, electrocuted, surgically mutilated and much more. As a result, most of these animals are killed. Approximately 11.5 million animals are used for vivisection in Europe every year, with rats and mice being experimented on the most. The products tested on these animals include pharmaceutical drugs, bleach, tobacco, and cosmetics, and these tests can last for months, years, or for the duration of the animal’s life. And all of this happens legally.

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BLOG: A Day at a Slaughterhouse Vigil – Samantha Francis

As I approached the entrance to the slaughterhouse I couldn’t help but notice the irony of the abattoir’s deceptively innocent logo of a sunrise, belying the horrors that take place behind their walls.

I was arriving to join my fellow animal rights activists on a vigil. These peaceful vigils take place outside slaughterhouses around the country and worldwide. The aim is to bear witness to the animals who are being taken to their brutal deaths. Many apologise to the animals they see on the trucks – for past carnivorous behaviour, as an apology for not being able to help those particular animals,and perhaps even to apologise on behalf of the whole human race for the atrocities we commit against the animal kingdom.

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Script of a talk by Dr Brett Cochrane from Animal Free Research at Kettering Vegan Festival 2017

Dr Brett Cochrane of the charity Animal Free Research UK (formerly the Dr Hadwen Trust), gave a talk at the Kettering Vegan Festival this year! He spoke for an hour and then at the end, Animal Justice Project’s Samantha Francis, interviewed him.

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BLOG: Vivisection – Ebony William

The word Vivisection means different things to different kinds of people. To some, Vivisection is a word associated with medical advancements, and ‘imperative’ research being done to cure diseases. To others it is a word filled with darker meanings, a word that is associated with unnecessary suffering and a lack of compassion.

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BLOG: Are service dogs treated with the respect they deserve? – Alex Henry

Are service dogs treated with the respect they deserve?


Service dogs are some of the best dogs on the planet, they will always stick by their ‘owner’ and have been trained to stay calm in all situations. The number of human lives saved by these amazing dogs is unthinkable and we know as a fact they are many people’s best friends.

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BLOG: Christianity & Veganism – Samantha Francis

Many who are concerned for animals dismiss Christianity as “speciesist” and unconcerned for animal welfare. They, as a result, are tempted to turn to Buddhism, for example, as it seems the kinder religion to animals. With some justification they assume Christianity to be hostile to their own moral insights. Many see the Church as an agent of animal oppression – even though atheism is as historically guilty of perpetuating speciesism.

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BLOG: Animal Justice Project at the Make Hunting History march! – Cecily Baker, Communications Officer

The Animal Justice Project team headed to London on Monday to support the Make Hunting History march which was organised by an alliance of anti-hunt campaign groups. #KeepTheBan

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Golden Retriever Research!

Nothing sends a chill down the spine faster than hearing the word “vivisection”.  Vivus, meaning “alive” and section, meaning “cutting”. The term vivisection is used to denote the practice of human experimentation and study using LIVE animal subjects. It conjures images of draconian mad scientists and hidden torture chambers that cause profound suffering to helpless animals.

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