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Saturday 27th April 2013

World Day Rally for Animals in Laboratories

27th April 2013


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/img/arc/worldday2013.jpgThe official start of the rally is 12noon, in Oxpens Park, next to Oxpens Ice Rink. There will be information stalls and vegan food for sale by Veggies and at least one other vegan caterer. Speeches will start about 12.30 and we expect to set off on the march around the centre of Oxford at around 1.30. There will also be a short rally with speeches when the march reaches the Oxford University animal laboratories on South Parks Rd. You can download and print the map of the meeting place and the route of the march.

If you are able to bring your own anti-vivisection protest materials, e.g. banners, placards, leaflets, posters, drums, megaphones, whistles, please do so. We will be marching through some of the busiest places in Oxford, so we should really be able to get our message across to the public.

Speakers at the Rally and at the Labs
Dr Adrian Stallwood, is a practising emergency physician and lecturer at Cardiff University, and Scientific Advisor to Animal Aid. Dr Victoria Martindale was trained in human medicine, and also specialises in studying primates, so has a unique insight into both the scientific and moral arguments against vivisection. Dr Matthew Simpson is an Oxford graduate and a founder-member of Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford, which campaigns within the University for animal-free medical research. Long time campaigner for animals John Curtin will also speak at the rally, as well as reprentatives from grass roots anti-vivisection campaigns such as Stop Wickham Animal Testing, and SPEAK, which campaigns against experiments at Oxford University.

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The World Day march and rally is just over week a away, please try to support this important event in any way you can. Below and on the website there is some important information about the day such as parking advice and list of arranged transport.

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World Day for Animals in Laboratories
National March & Rally in Oxford
Saturday 27th April 2013
Meet 12 Noon in Oxpens Park, Oxford OX1 1SA
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Helping on the day
The march is organised by volunteers from various grass roots groups, please help out as much as possible on the day.
In particular we would be grateful for any help throughout the day, for example we will need traffic stewards for the march, and help in setting up the equipment and stalls and taking down at the end of the day, keeping the site clean and tidy by sorting out rubbish and recycling.
Remember there are no big societies organising this. It's your march, so please take responsibility and help to make the day a success.
Information Stalls
There will be a number of information stalls on the day from various animal rights and anti-vivisection organisations. If you want to set up a stall in Oxpens park, that's fine, but please bring your own table if possible, although we may have a few spare. Please try to let us know in advance if you're coming with a stall so we have an idea how many to make space for.

What to bring
If you are able to bring your own anti-vivisection protest materials, e.g. banners, placards, leaflets, posters, drums, megaphones, whistles, please do so. We will be marching through some of the busiest places in Oxford, so we should really be able to get our message across to the public.

Route of the March
There is a map of the meeting place and the route of the march on the website which you can download and print for the day. See

Transport and Parking

Organised transport
These are the buses we know about, if you have transport and have spaces to fill, please let us know.
West Midlands Coach calling at Redditch, Coventry and Birmingham. The cost per seat is 12 waged and 7 unwaged. Anyone interested should contact wmids_animalaction(at) or 01527 458395.

North-West: Transport from Manchester, contact Manchester Animal Action - or 07809 293370

East Midlands For transport from Nottingham contact Nottingham AR. nar(at) or 0845 458 9595

London. There are regular and frequent buses from London to Oxford, with Oxford Tube and Oxford Bus X90 the cost is 16 return. If you want to travel on one of these buses as a group with London Animal Rights contact info(at) or 07575 881575

Bristol. Contact: Bristol Animal Rights Collective /barc(at) Phone: 07581 679803

South London/Surrey, Possible Minibus from Croydon and Sutton. Email: info(at) phone 07907 894946

West Yorkshire: Minibus from Leeds/Bradford can pick up along M1, eg Sheffield, contact wdail for details, see below.

Got Spaces or Need a Lift? If you're driving to the demo and you've got spaces to take fellow protesters please let us know. Or if you need a lift from somewhere let us know and we'll try to help.

As you can see below, parking is expensive, you may want to use Park and Ride. For details about all your parking options, take some time to read the info on Parkopedia

Parking at Oxpens and other council car parks:
There is parking in the council car park next to Oxpens where the march and rally begin, but it is quite expensive: (3.10 / 1 hour) ( 5.10 / 2 hours) (7.70/3 hours) ( 9.70/4 hours) (14.70 / 6 hours). There are other council car parks in the centre, but they are also very expensive, about the same price. - Westgate (1225 spaces) - - Worcester Street (190 spaces) - Abbey Place (120 spaces) - - Gloucester Green (100 spaces) - Underground close to the centre -- St Clements (120 spaces) - Near Magdalen Bridge. There are cheaper options a little out of town, but it will mean a bit of a walk.

Park and Ride
You might prefer to make use of Oxford's excellent Park and Ride facilities, There are five Park and Ride sites around the city on Oxford's ring road: - Pear Tree, - Water Eaton - Thornhill - Redbridge - Seacourt
Further information can be found on the Oxford City Council website.

On-street (Pay & Display)
These can be mainly found in Broad Street and St Giles (386 spaces). Also on Mansfield Road and Keble Rd, but these have a 3 hour time limit. See the Parkopedia site for details of all parking

The most important way you can help at present is to spread the word and help to publicise the march.
* Order leaflets and posters to display and distribute in your area, plus you can download them from the website.
* Put a link to our website on your website or social networking page, you can make a web banner from the flyer on the website, or use a text link.
* Send out an alert, or forward this email, on your email list or send it to your friends and contacts.
* Hold an info stall/table in your area to publicise World Day, we can send you leaflets and posters etc.
* Put a notice, an advert, or an artice article in your magazine or newsletter, or on your website, about World Day.
* Write to your local media or make a press release, saying you'll be travelling to Oxford to support the march.

Leaflets and Posters
Please help us to advertise the march by ordering leaflets and posters, and distributing them in your area, to friends and neighbours, or getting them displayed, eg in health food shops, cruelty-free shops, (Lush eg), libraries, supermarkets, community centres, schools and
colleges, your place of work etc etc. We have A5 colour leaflets, double sided, and also A3 colour posters. To order, contact us stating how many you would like of each, and don't forget to give us an address to send to. You can also download the leaflet/poster from the website.

Donations and volunteering:
The march and rally and other events for World Day in London are being organised by a collective of individuals and grass-roots groups. Please consider making a donation to help to cover the costs of the event. You can donate on the day, or send Cheques/POs (payable to 'WDAIL')

WDAIL, BM Box 8623, London WC1N 3XX.
Tel: 07749 367799

Films of the WDAIL March in Birmingham, 2012

Film of the WDAIL March in Manchester, 2011

Film of the WDAIL March in London, 2010

Film of the WDAIL March in London, 2009

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If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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