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Vigil for International Animal Rights Day

Animal Rights Cambridge joined with people from across the world in commemoration of the International Animal Rights Day. The group held a candlelight vigil in Cambridge city centre on 10th Dec for the millions of animals world-wide who are exploited at human hands.
The International Day calls for the recognition of the basic rights of animals via a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. Groups representing hundreds of people across the world have signed the declaration.
According to an Animal Rights Cambridge spokesperson, the day coincides with the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, we feel that animal and human rights are linked. There is a proven association between cruelty to animals and violence against people. Like Martin Luther King said, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The spokesperson said that people from many different walks of life support animal rights and are animal rights campaigners. Rich and poor, black and white, students and childcare professionals – compassionate people who support the right of all beings to live without the fear of torture and abuse.
To sign the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights go to: http://www.uncaged.co.uk/signform.htm

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McProtester Found “Not Guilty”!

An activist from Animal Rights Cambridge arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act for a protest inside the McDonalds restaurant in Cambridge in June 2008 was found ‘not guilty’ on 30th April 09. The protest was in commemoration of the now-famous Mclibel case’s anniversary, that was a huge PR disaster for McDonalds. The protesters entered the restaurant and informed customers about issues regarding McDonalds corporate practices on arange of issues. One of the campaigners was then arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
This is a small victory for the animal rights movement that has been under increasing state repression. Lets take this as a collective lift to our self-esteem, said the cleared activist, I’m Mcloving it!.
The case has dragged on but it finally came to an end with the magistrate finding the defendant not guilty Animal rights activism may have been covertly outlawed in the UK, said the activist, but it seems not everyone has read the memo yet!.
The campaigner’s Barrister put forward an excellent case with the help of the brilliant defence witnesses. As the Not Guilty verdict was read out the supporters in the public gallery began to applaud!

“Supermarket Sweep” Boycott Proctor and Gamble Day Action 2008

To mark the anti-animal testing group Uncaged’s 12th International Day of Action against Proctor and Gamble (P&G), who test on animals and whose brands include the likes of Daz and Fairy, Animal Rights Cambridge headed to Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys to speak out against this needless violence.

Campaigners headed to Tesco in Cambridge, some stayed outside with leaflets whilst others entered the store and filled trolleys with P&G products before heading to the front of the store and securing the trolleys with pad locks and beginning to chant. This continued for sometime getting the attention of shoppers with some taking leaflets.

Tesco staff told campaigners that they could continue protesting outside in the car park area. The police were just driving up and the activists took up Tesco’s offer and unlocked the trolleys. They leafleted outside Tesco for awhile and then moved on to ASDA to do the same thing.

Their action at ASDA was a little different with a campaigner’s banner being torn by a member of ASDA staff and two campaigners being grabbed and forcibly ejected from the store. Staff even took a leaflet away from one of their own shoppers! This reaction from ASDA added to the spectacle the protest created and sympathetic shoppers stopped for a leaflet after seeing the employees’ behaviour.

Another campaigner who could not make the main protest educated the public (about the cruelty P&G are involved in) at Sainsburys handing outleaflets and Uncaged’s anti-P&G reusable carrier bags to shoppers. This allowed three supermarket chains to be covered in Cambridge, hopefully getting people thinking about the products they buy.

For a full list of all P&G products see  http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pgproducts.htm. UPDATE (21/10/2013): The page does no longer exist. For more information about P&G animal testing and the reasons to boycott go to http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pg.htm