A delegation to the Ministry of Defence of Tony Banks MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Cox MP, and myself as BUAV’s Campaigns Officer handing in a letter to Michael Heseltine, the Minister of Defence, asking a large number of specific questions relating to experiments conducted at Porton Down, the U.K. government’s military research laboratory near… Read More


Thirty years ago in London’s Trafalgar Square, I was the lead organiser of a national demonstration to recognise World Day for Laboratory Animals, when I was Campaigns Officer at the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. The protest was at that point in time the world’s largest animal rights demonstration with nine thousand people, with the… Read More


Mark Hawthorne wrote Bleating Hearts because he wanted to ‘examine animal exploitation that does not get enough (or any) attention.’ (4) As you might expect, this is a book that is a catalog of our inhumanity to animals. It’s not an easy read but each chapter concludes with a ‘What You Can Do’ section. The… Read More


How a group of very luck beagles are transformed — thanks to a bankrupt vivisection laboratory and Pets Alive — from animal research models identified by a number to beloved animal companions with names. It gives one hope. More here. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt… Read More


In a recent study of health care in seven countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) the Netherlands ranks first, followed closely by the UK and Australia. The US ranks last overall, as it had in earlier studies.… Read More


Philosopher Peter Singer makes sense in Religion’s regressive hold on animal rights issues. He begins by saying, Last week, the chief minister of Malacca, Mohamad Ali Rustam, was quoted in the Guardian as saying that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans. Activists had been protesting against his approval of an Indian… Read More


Understanding Animal Research publishes on its Web site an outline to the political parties and their stance on animal experimentation. It concludes It is clear that within each of the main parties, animal research will continue to feature within their commitments to animal welfare, even if it is not currently in their manifesto. The research… Read More


The second in the series by The Guardian on the political parties and their science policies. The first was the LibDems. The Guardian asks: Is animal testing necessary? Are the ethical concerns outweighed by the benefits? How would you like to see regulations on animal testing change under your government, if at all? In an… Read More


The Guardian begins a series on the political parties and their science policies. First up is the Liberal Democrats. The other parties are to follow and I will post them here as soon as they are available. Animal research is one of several issues addressed. Here is the LibDem’s response in full on animal research from their… Read More


The Guardian publishes a scare-mongering story yesterday, Animal rights activist using FOI laws to target universities, which I suspect was planted by the animal industrial complex. The subtext is that people who have been arrested should not be allowed to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). The requests were sent by Luke Steele, an… Read More