Today, April 26, 2014, is World Day for Animals in Laboratories. It’s a chance to speak up for animals languishing behind closed doors in labs around the world and is part of World Week for Animals in Labs.
In Seattle, NARN organized a protest outside of the UW Primate Research Center at 3010 Western Ave. The infant primate research that goes on behind the walls of the grim facility haven’t produced cures for human diseases and further prove that animal testing is a bad idea.
At SeaTac Airport, The Bunny Alliance met to protest Delta Air Lines. Delta has a partnership with Air France, one of the few airlines that ship animals to labs. Many primates are imported from places like China and Vietnam. Without animals, labs wouldn’t have their research subjects and breeding farms wouldn’t make money by raising primates for labs.
What can I do?
There’s lot’s you can do! Putting pressure on businesses and government is essential. The EU recently banned the use of animals in cosmetic testing, as have Israel and India. Here are a few things you can do:
- Don’t support charities that test on animals. Here’s a page you can use to check your favorite charities.
- Only shop from companies that don’t test on animals. Here’s a page with a list of companies.
- Check out Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW and check out the progress of theses former research chimps.
- Visit the Beagle Freedom Project for info on how beagles are being saved from research.
- Read up on the Animal Aid site and learn more about stopping vivisection.