Saturday 21st September 2013
Save the Harlan Beagles National March
21st September 2013
Join the Save the Harlan Beagles National Silent March, meeting at Parkers Piece, Cambridge CB2 1AA on Saturday 21st September at 12.00 noon|
A peaceful silent march to raise awareness of Harlan and the plight of the beagles and to gain support from the public to get them closed down.
The march will be led by the dogs (all dogs that want to help with this are very welcome) and will be silent apart from music and short statements being read out on scientific and ethical/welfare facts.
Absolutely everyone is welcome.
If further details are required please contact Erica on 07840 986864
Please sign the petition to close down Harlan and help save the lives of 1000s of beagles: http://change.org/harlan
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IT'S A DOGS LIFE
Save the Harlan Beagles campaign demonstrate in Brighton
Vivisection might not be at the forefront of activism these days, but that
doesn't mean any fewer animals are being squirted, prodded, injected, creamed,
caged or otherwise tortured - or that some humans aren't still kickin' up a fuss
Save the Harlan Beagles campaign held a demonstration on Saturday (9th) in
Brighton. The campaign targets Harlan Laboratories, a set-up sinister to the
core: Harlan is one of the world's leading suppliers of animals to labs for the
purpose of animal testing. The UK branch has a diversity of inmates including
marmosets, beagles, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, and
hamsters. Also available are hybrid, mutant, and transgenic animals. A quick
google demonstrates the crazy world of lab-animal mutants - Harlan's online
catalogue has more modified mice ('research models') than you can shake a stick
at. Take the poor wee sod that is the 'athymic nude' - these bald fellas were
'derived from a nucleus colony from the National Institutes of Health' and is
referred to as an 'immunodeficient model'. Sounds like a recipe for a long,
healthy and natural life.
Harlen's brochure proudly boasts it supplies more stocks and strains of lab
animals than any other commercial supplier in the world. The company has been
quoted as saying it provides humane care to the 'research models'. Yet (not so
surprisingly) investigations have found that, apart from the animal testing
itself, the welfare of its death row prisoners translates to 20 luxurious
minutes out of their cage per week and brutal manhandling techniques. An
ex-employee of Harlan told mainstream media during an interview the unwritten
company policy was to separate dogs "by kicking and punching them".
In Brighton, the 500-600 protesters gathered to demand the end of the use of
beagles in vivisection in particular. Protesters began to assemble at 12 noon by
Victoria Fountain, at the Old Steine Gardens, listening to speeches. A silent
march began at 1.30pm, with the mourners marching through the streets of
Brighton behind a coffin, accompanied by a dozen or so community liaison
officers and team of motorbike cops. After a loop around the city centre the
march came to an end at about 4pm. Protesters had travelled down from different
parts of the UK as well as some mourners from across the channel, with 100
envoys from Belgium, Italy and France. Non-human participants included about 30
dogs, mostly beagles. The message was simple: 'CLOSE DOWN HARLAN', and stop
testing on dogs.
The usefulness of testing on animals has been scientifically debunked time and
time again. On the beagle front, bad-ass vet and animal rights activist Andre
Menache has written an article which, in essence, asks readers to consider "Why
on earth are Beagle dogs being used to see what pharmaceutical drugs do to
people?". Menache points out that it's like using a parrot to test drugs for
horses - so why does it continue?
As it stands pharmaceutical drugs have to be tested on rodents (normally rats)
and also non-rodents (usually beagles) before trials begin on the species the
drugs are actually meant for. And as Menache writes, 'science has moved forward
by 65 years since those early laws were written, but the laws have not yet
caught up with the science'. Animal testing is not only cruel, unnecessary and
evil but also unreliable - hence pretty pointless. There are alternatives such
as human cell studies which even to a layman sound more sensible.
There is an injunction in place to stop demonstrations at Harlan Laboratories,
which in the UK are in Blackthorn, Hillcrest, Shardlow and Wyton. Save the
Harlan Beagles campaign will not be holding any demonstrations at these sites in
the immediate future, due to the injunction, and on their website has requested
supporters to refrain from breaching this injunction in any way.
But that doesn't mean they're sitting back quietly. One demonstrator at the demo
told us, 'There was quite a good turnout. We need to raise awareness in the
public about what is happening in Harlan - the beagles are bred for torture and
death.' On the future of the campaign, they said the plan was to 'target the
shareholders'. Watch this space...
You can sign a petition, check their website, facebook and twitter to keep
World Day for Lab Animals in on 27th April in Oxford. Save the Harlan Beagles
campaign will have a stall there along with other animal rights campaigns.
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