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SPEAK Protest at Degree Ceremony Thursday 27th September 2018

Five of us here today outside the Oxford Animal lab.
The sun is shining on us but we know that will never be an experience a lab animal will know.
Occasionally the breeze brings with it the smell of rodents carried from the lab vents.

We’ve had some people from Oxford Brookes university coming to offer there support, including a lady who’s friend has Parkinson’s disease.

She spoke to us at length about her friend and also expressed how strongly she disagreed with animals being used to try and mimic this illness.

It demonstrates that not everyone is seduced by the unquestioning and at times dogmatic cheerleaders of animal research.

 

SPEAKProtest at Degree Ceremony Saturday 15th September 2018

Today we held a demonstration against animal research at Oxford university. 20 people joined the SPEAK protest which was highly visible and noticed by all those who came as tourists or were receiving their degrees.

We have done many such protests but today stood out as a particularly successful one.

With use of placards, megaphone and undercover film from inside a UK animal lab we were able to inform many people about the reality of animal research at Oxford.

Speak Protest at Degree Ceremony Saturday 15th September

One woman who’s daughter was receiving her degree inside the Sheldonian theatre came out and told us how she could hear us from inside.

She went on to say how glad she was that we were there and that everyone could hear our message about animal experiments at Oxford.

Equally gratifying was the tour guide who stopped in front of us and proceeded to tell his clients all about us and our demonstration, this happened on two occasions.

Speak Protest at Degree Ceremony Saturday 15th September

Of course we had the rantings of one Oxford servant and despite his attempts at trying to intimidate an 80 year old protester he left having made a fool of himself.

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to our presence from the public.

Oxford university cannot use it’s position of power to ignore us.

The scientific and academic establishment is not above question.

When that questioning involves the suffering of nonhuman animals in research it must listen.

Oxford university is now the largest user of animals in research in the UK.

We will continue to highlight the suffering caused and to ask why in the 21st century you are continuing to ignore the need to base research on human relevant technologies.

Speak Protest at Degree Ceremony Saturday 15th September

 

Lab Mice can’t help us in the fight again Cancer

In 2017 oxford university used a total of 236,429 Animals the vast majority of which were mice.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/lab-mice-cant-help-us-in-the-fight-against-cancer-8316756.html

 

Imagine yourself in a Laboratory
Imagine that your skull has been sliced open and part of your brain has been removed. Then imagine that you have spent fifteen years imprisoned in a barren cage denied contact with your own species, never feeling the sun, the wind or the rain on your face, never experiencing the natural world into which your forebears were born, and that you have been experimented on over and over again by your jailers. Without any respite, without any hope. Now imagine that this scenario is being enacted as you are reading this. This isn’t fiction – it’s fact. That’s what animals at Oxford University are forced to endure every day.

Oxford University recently completed an animal research laboratory that can hold 16,000 at any one time for just such experiments.

THEY MUST BE STOPPED!

By supporting SPEAK you are part of a vital struggle: the fight against greed and self-interest; the fight against the brutalisation of the weak and defenseless who cannot speak for themselves. Be a part of something momentous: add YOUR voice to the many who are joining us in our battle to stop vivisection in this country.

SPEAK’s Aims

SPEAK aim to prevent the suffering of animals across the board; it is a grassroots animal rights organisation that takes the fight to the animal abusers themselves. It is not fundamentally a single-issue organisation but its current focus is to end vivisection.

SPEAK is an inclusive campaign and believes that everyone has an important role to play in the fight to end vivisection and beyond – to end all forms of animal abuse. We organise demonstrations and public meetings to ensure the public are kept informed of the fraud and suffering involved in vivisection and we provide information to show people how they can be more pro-active.

SPEAK are pro-science, not anti-science – we just don’t believe animal ‘models’ accurately predict human disease, or that the suffering and death of animals can be justified in the name of a science that many scientists increasingly believe is defunct. Vivisection is archaic; SPEAK believes in supporting progressive and enlightened scientific practices and provides information on the latest scientific developments, which don’t use animals and are cruelty-free.