Thursday, February 10, 2005

Animal testing: the way out?

"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."
Charles R. Magel

There is an alternative:
"PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., announced today that PCRM has developed the world's first cruelty-free insulin assay, a test used to measure insulin levels in individuals with diabetes. The assay, which uses no animals, was developed as part of PCRM's ongoing clinical trials to test the effects of a low-fat, vegan diet on patients with type 2 diabetes."

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Anonymous Sujatha Karanth said...

April is Lab Animal Month! Plan a Protest, Bloggers! Organise something and Contact me at diyabangalore@gmail.com

If you are in the following cities (see below) or near them, organise a protest of those abusing animals in the name of science from http://newsite.navs.org.uk/downloads/animalexperimentsinindia.pdf

Bombay Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai; Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Corporation Ltd., Pune; National Institute of Virology, Pune; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; Delhi University, College of Pharmacy; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar; Jai Research Foundation, Ahmedabad;Bengal Chemicals, Kolkata;Kakatiya University, Warangal;Marathawada University, College of Veterinary Sciences;King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Chennai

Here's how:

1. Find the information about scientific/medical institute

2. Put the information into flyers and handouts. Include information about your own organisation so that interested people can join you at the next protest.

3. Write a letter asking for police permission for the event and collect it signed before the event.

4. It may be useful to have the same to inform the selected institute of your protest before the event. They may make a positive pre-announcement to save their reputations.

5. If you can create colourful banners, posters, invite interested artists, musicians, dramatists to join. Set up a table and collect signatures to send to the institude, to the President, to the Animal Welfare Board to show public support and also sign them on to your own group's email network.

5. Last, inform the media in your area - they will be interested in covering the event. The media prefer faxes and a follow-up phone call the day before the event, esp. call and remind the journalists who covers animal activism.

5:39 PM  

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