A decade of taking a stand for animal rights outside university

Oxford Mail: The protests have taken place outside Oxford University's animal testing labs The protests have taken place outside Oxford University's animal testing labs

ANIMAL rights campaigners from Speak marked 10 years of protesting outside Oxford University’s animal testing labs on Thursday.

The activists, who say methods used for the testing are cruel, have gathered at the South Parks Road site every week since 2004.

A group of university students from the Indian Vegetarian society presented members with an award to mark the occasion.

Mike Haines has been to almost every protest since they began.

He said: “We will do this for as long as it takes. I have been arrested multiple times, but they have never stopped me because we do it quite legally.”

An Oxford University spokesman said: “Without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn’t exist.

“It has enabled us to find treatments for cancer, antibiotics for infections (which were developed in Oxford laboratories), vaccines to prevent some of the most deadly and debilitating viruses, and surgery for injuries, illnesses and deformities.

“The university is committed to very high standards of animal welfare using the latest research methods.

“Almost all the animals used in Oxford research are mice.”

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7:28am Sat 22 Mar 14

Kevin_E says...

The number of animals used in medical research has increased over the last ten years. Bit of a fail there, Speak.

It's right that we look for alternatives to animal research wherever possible, but some medical techniques are only possible with animal research. Test tubes and computers don't have hearts, or skin, or nervous systems, or arteries. Animals and humans do.
The number of animals used in medical research has increased over the last ten years. Bit of a fail there, Speak. It's right that we look for alternatives to animal research wherever possible, but some medical techniques are only possible with animal research. Test tubes and computers don't have hearts, or skin, or nervous systems, or arteries. Animals and humans do. Kevin_E
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8:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"Woman admits to involvement in city brothel"
here's another public interest case that we can't comment on. Why have our "leaders" decided to revive defunct Victorian legislation? What on earth is it about? Are they to forbid us from having chairs with "exposed" legs? The old brothel keeper laws had been in abeyance for nearly a century on the premise that if you kept it quiet and didn't frighten the horses then we'll leave you alone. A bit too tolerant, frankly, I used to think, having to take my motorbike for repair in St Pauls in Bristol over 40 years ago. But now it's all Robocop and "let's get those wicked Madams "at the same time as tolerance of outrageous displays of behaviour at the City's "Carnivals" has reached terrifying heights.
"Woman admits to involvement in city brothel" here's another public interest case that we can't comment on. Why have our "leaders" decided to revive defunct Victorian legislation? What on earth is it about? Are they to forbid us from having chairs with "exposed" legs? The old brothel keeper laws had been in abeyance for nearly a century on the premise that if you kept it quiet and didn't frighten the horses then we'll leave you alone. A bit too tolerant, frankly, I used to think, having to take my motorbike for repair in St Pauls in Bristol over 40 years ago. But now it's all Robocop and "let's get those wicked Madams "at the same time as tolerance of outrageous displays of behaviour at the City's "Carnivals" has reached terrifying heights. Lord Palmerstone
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2:16pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

This is a really strange editorial policy. Unlike the S wales argus and Southern Echo, clearly part of the same group, it allows comment on very little and constantly deletes comments, for example the one I did above saying how vile the Mel Broughton clone animal terrorists were and then going on to the Oxford City Council's crazy gamble with an appeal by the Cowley Road child abusers when it decided, in total denial of the fact that it is simply a spender of others' money, to give money to one of the victims of the Cowley Road gang, which could easily be construed as the giving of incentives to give certain evidence, i.e. witness interference
This is a really strange editorial policy. Unlike the S wales argus and Southern Echo, clearly part of the same group, it allows comment on very little and constantly deletes comments, for example the one I did above saying how vile the Mel Broughton clone animal terrorists were and then going on to the Oxford City Council's crazy gamble with an appeal by the Cowley Road child abusers when it decided, in total denial of the fact that it is simply a spender of others' money, to give money to one of the victims of the Cowley Road gang, which could easily be construed as the giving of incentives to give certain evidence, i.e. witness interference Lord Palmerstone
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