On November 5, Animal Rights Cambridge held a street protest to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the death of animal rights activist Barry Horne (1952-2001) and to raise public awareness of the cruelty of vivisection within Cambridge University labs.
Through his hunger strikes, Barry raised public awareness about animal suffering, mostly within laboratories and urged the UK government to end vivisection. Besides the hunger strikes, Barry lived and worked every day for the animals and his activism is now legendary.
To pay homage to Barry and his work we came together to protest the exploitation of non-human animals that occurs within the walls of Cambridge University labs. We also wanted to highlight that animal experimentation does not predict human response to disease and drugs. We started our loud protest – drums included – on the Downing Site and continued to the Wellcome Trust site. We also handed out information leaflets to interested passersby and answered questions.
Our hope is that humans realise that other animals have the same rights to life and freedom we claim for ourselves and that it is unethical to use these animals as tools and resources. As Alice Walker once wrote:
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.
—In The Dreaded Comparison : Human & Animal Slavery (1996) by Marjorie Spiegel, Foreword.