Campaigners from Animal Rights Cambridge held a 24-hour vigil calling for an end to Cambridge vivisection. The action commemorates Pat Griffin’s activism on behalf of other animals. Pat, co-founder of Animal Rights Cambridge (originally known as Animal Aid Cambridge), died on 26th June 2009.
The campaigners called for an end to animal experiments at Cambridge University, Addenbrookes, Huntingdon Life Sciences and at Babraham. In the lab animals are isolated, starved, burned, blinded, poisoned and irradiated. The laboratory is a sterile, non-stimulating environment that prevents animals from displaying natural behaviours – if this was happening outside of a lab it would be considered illegal animal cruelty.
For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
Pat was particularly interested in campaigning against the animal research conducted at the University of Cambridge. She was committed, caring and always there when the animals needed her. Her life, full of compassion and dedication was, and remains, an inspiration to us all. We are calling on the University and all animal researchers in Cambridge to end the use of these cruel, unnecessary and misleading ‘animal model’ tests and, instead, use the funds for modern, human-relevant research.