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
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.
It’s about time that someone finally decided to put all of our technology to work to help the world’s most oppressed creatures – the laboratory test subject. SynDaver Labs is doing just that. They have developed revolutionary, realistic, synthetic, human, and canine test models that mimic the varied properties of living subjects.
Why have we as a society agreed that experiments on non-human animals is “okay”? Is it okay because it is for the greater good, because it is necessary … or because we don’t actually know what it entails?
I know what you’re thinking; “I haven’t agreed to animal experiments”. Well the hard truth is that by buying products tested on animals you are not only agreeing with the practice, but you are funding it too. Whether it’s cosmetics, toiletries, household products or medication, you are voting with your pound.
The Human Brain Project. Sounds like something from a dystopian future novel, right? Well you wouldn’t be far wrong, except it isn’t fiction and it is taking place right now.
The eleven-year scientific research project (2013-2024), currently four years underway in Geneva, Switzerland, ‘aims to build a collaborative ICT-based scientific research infrastructure to allow researchers across the globe to advance knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine.’ In other words, its overly ambitious goal is to apply the latest knowledge of the human brain (and its diseases) to a computerized simulation…of the brain. Mind-blowing stuff when you start to dig deep and discover more about this, might I add, largely EU-funded (€1.2bn to be precise) project.
So something that has been playing on my mind for a very long time; have you ever stopped to take a look around your local supermarket and ever think to yourself enough is enough. Every aisle you walk through, pretty much, contains products that have animals in or that are tested on animals, all for your personal gain.
Let me begin by introducing myself: I am a Vegan. My friend Kevin still thinks a Vegan is an alien visiting from outer space. He could be right. That look of sheer confusion on the faces of unsuspecting co-workers when someone offers to make a hot drink in the office canteen and you say“Uh, yeah – coffee for me but no milk, thanks… I’m Vegan.” It plays out like a scene from Mel Gibson’s Signs.
I heard about ‘Pig Save’ through a friend who posted about it on social media. Intrigued, I wanted to know more. On the event I found on Facebook, it immediately drew me in. The idea was to go to slaughterhouses, hopefully stop the vans for a few minutes, provide comfort to the pigs either by giving water or/and a little love, but also to document what the reality really looks like by capturing them on film and photos which can then be shared widely to try to spread awareness.
Sitting at your dressing table, picking up your brush and your foundation. Do you ever stop to think how it’s made or how its tested? Or do you ignore the thought of it?
Well .. don’t!
In the beauty industry, animals are looked upon as prey. How a fox would see a rabbit, if you like. But the fox is actually a huge beauty product company that wants to test and sell to the masses their ‘revolutionary’ products.
We marched through Birmingham town centre stopping at British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Skanska.
We joined with activists from all over the UK to show that we are strong in numbers and we will continue our fight to end animal experiments.