British HeartLESS Foundation – Halloween day of Action – CAMBRIDGE

12042967_1802283003332146_6254318241736615541_nJoin the Cambridge demo for the British Heartless Foundation’s national day of action this Halloween – exposing the horrors of animal experiments carried out by BHF.

BHF abuse the generous nature and kindness of those that donate and raise money for them by using a large proportion of these monies directly to fund cruel and unnecessary animal experiments – including testing on DOGS, HORSES, SHEEP and PIGS.

Please join the demo on Halloween from 11 am Saturday 31st October  to help raise awareness and let BHF know that this is not acceptable.

Gruesome fancy dress welcomed – as it is Halloween!11224357_1802283063332140_273261042603085766_n

BHF Cambridge, 10 Burleigh Street, Cambridge, CB1 1DG

The Big Debate: Animals in Experiments at Cambridge University

30 October at 7:00-9:00pm (subject to change)
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Hosted by Cambridge Young Greens

The University of Cambridge is notorious for its extensive use of animals in experiments. Last year alone, the University used nearly 170,000 animals in research – that’s over 450 every day (Home Office, 2014).

The animals used range from mice, rats, guinea pigs and fish to larger mammals like sheep, horses and primates.

The Cambridge Young Greens are hosting this iconic event which will see opposing scientists and political campaigners debate the issues surrounding the use of animals in experiments. It’s the first time something like this has taken place at Cambridge University outside of the student body…a real moment in history!

Is using animals a vital part of University research? Is it ever acceptable to use another being for scientific progress? Our panelists seek to outline their own perspectives on these questions…

The Panelists are:

FOR the use of animals –

Dr Stefano Plucino MD, PhD – Cambridge University Lecturer in Brain Repair. Honorary Consultant in Neurology. Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Initiative. Has used primates and rodents in his research, with a particular interest in central nervous system degenerative diseases like MS
http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?pluchino

Tom Holder BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics – Campaigns Manager at Understanding Animal Research. Founder of the campaign groups Pro-Test and Speaking of Research, which advocate the use of animals in scientific research
http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/

AGAINST the use of animals –

Dr Andre Menache BSc(Hons) BVSc MRCVS – Scientific Adviser for the Anti-Vivisection Coalition and CEO of Antidote Europe. Dr Menache currently sits on two animal ethics committees in Geneva and Belgium.
http://antidote-europe.org/en/

Dr Caroline Allen MA, VetMB, CertSAM, MRCVS – Clinical Director for a group of Veterinary Surgeons in London. Spokesperson and Policymaker for the Green Party’s animal issues.
http://london.greenparty.org.uk/elected-greens/caroline-allen.html

We look forward to this exciting and historic event – please share widely and prepare questions!
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/animaldebate

Cambridge Badger Cull Protest and Vegan Stall at the Strawberry Fair

2014 badger cull march

On Saturday, June 7, about 150 people braved the weather and marched from Guildhall in the Market Square of Cambridge to the Strawberry Fair – Midsummer Common to stop the badger cull.

The march was organised by Cambridgeshire Against the Badger Cull and supported by Care For The Wild and the Badger Trust.

Before the protesters set out, three anti-cull speakers discussed the politics behind the badger cull, the lack of scientific evidence to support the cull, and the situation on the ground.

Dominic Dyer (CEO for Badger Trust and Policy Advisor for Care For The Wild), in his inspired speech, said:

Most of the badgers that are being killed are healthy, and the reason why they are being killed is for political reasons. They’ve been demonised. I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post a few weeks ago to say that we’ve been playing the badger-blame game for too long. Basically, what we’ve been doing is blaming the badgers for the incompetence, negligence and deceit of the heart of our farming industry and government that’ve allowed bovine TB to spread so widely. […]

This is bad politics. It’s bad because people have had enough. They question the decisions taken in government. They can see that you made them for grubby political compromises. They can see that you’ve pushed aside all good scientific advise. They can see that you didn’t give a damn about humaneness. They can see that you are willing to kill tens of thousands of animals just to back up some votes in some rural constituencies and to keep the support of the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Countryside Alliance and that is an absolute disgrace. […]

We will continue to fight against this crazy, cruel badger cull in the fields. We will continue to fight against this crazy, cruel badger cull in our towns and cities. We will continue to fight against this crazy, cruel badger cull in the media, in the courts, in the council chambers. But we will win this debate and when we do British people can say, it was us who made a difference in this country, it was our love and respect for wildlife that changed this damaging, disastrous, cruel policy […]

Peter Martin (Gloucester Against Badger Shooting or GABS) described the situation in the ground during the last cull and the disastrous role played by the police:

We were in contact with the police since the start so we were quite surprised in the early part of the cull that we were being hammered by the police, and stopped, and searched, and followed, when, in fact, GABS members wearing bright fluorescent jackets, entirely visible when everything we were doing was above board and legal. Now, the police realise now that they made a lot of mistakes. Every time we were intimidated by a collar and we reported it to the police nothing was done.

He described the measures that will be taken in the case the cull goes ahead:

We are now going to demand incident numbers. Every time we are being intimidated we are going to demand an incident number which means it goes into their system, which means they have to track it, which means they have to do something about it. So, when you all come down to the cull zone next time, if it goes ahead, and it is still possible it won’t, it’s very important that you bring your camera phone with you or some camera recording device.

And talked about vaccination:

We are starting to find, as Dom [Dominic Dyer] was saying, that a number of local farmers, and an increasing number do not want the cull. They have started to read the science; and, here we are, in the home of science, and they’ve started to agree that vaccinating is cheaper, more effective, faster than culling.

Tom Langton, a freelance ecologist, talked about the controversial Republic of Ireland culling programme and the inaccurate and misleading BBC report that badger culling helped reduce bovine TB in Ireland.

Strawberry Fair

After the speeches, the protesters marched towards the Strawberry Fair where Cambridgeshire Against the Badger Cull and Animal Rights Cambridge held a vegan stall with face painting, plush toys, delicious sweets and lots of information on how to stop the badger cull.

If you care, get involved!

ARC Outreach – NAVS, The Black Fish, LUSH

ARC Outreach-May 3-2014

Today, Animal Rights Cambridge teamed up with National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) and took to the streets to speak for animals in laboratories, helping people understand why there is no need for animals to be used in research. We had lots of chats with people, helping them see how the medical, cosmetic and household chemical industries exploit animals. We explained how horrifying the journey from birth to death is for the 4 million animals used for research in the UK every year, and showed them what they can do to help.

NAVS sent us over a hundred ‘Section 24′ petition postcards, which were snapped up by the public quicker than you can say ’empty cages’!

We also had the privilege of attending Lush CAMBRIDGE’s The Black Fish charity pot day where we learned about the desperate state of the world’s oceans and what our friends at The Black Fish are doing about it. Exciting news coming up regarding Cambridge’s involvement in marine issues…watch this space!

Thank you to all who helped on the stall, to NAVS for the materials and their continued work against vivisection. Thanks also to the fantastic Cambridge shoppers, families and passer-by who stopped to learn and think about the animals in laboratories. And to LUSH for being generally amazing, plus The Black Fish, who tirelessly speak for the animals in the globe’s oceans, and help us land-dwellers untangle the mess that we have made of them.

Until all are free!