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Also read World Week for Animals in Laboratories
April 24 is World Day for Animals in Laboratories, an international day to commemorate the millions of mice, chimpanzees, rats, rabbits, dogs, cats, fish, birds, and other animals tortured in needless experiments. It’s also a day to take action, with rallies and marches held around the world. [See Events.]
But even if you are not able to participate in an organized event, there’s still plenty you can do!
You can start by asking Air France and ABX Air to stop shipping monkeys for animal research. Just last month, China Southern Airlines ceased its shipments of live primates to laboratories, thanks in large part to public outcry, so these campaigns do work!
You can also voice your objection to your tax dollars being used to fund torture. If you live in the United States, tell Congress you don’t want your taxes used to underwrite animal experiments. Every dollar the US government spends must be approved by Congress, and since virtually all federally funded research is paid for with tax revenue, it’s important to let your elected officials know how you feel. You can find the members of Congress representing you, as well as phone numbers and links to contact them online, at Contacting the Congress.
In addition, you can write to research-funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health:
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director
National Institutes of Health
Shannon Bldg., Room 126
1 Center Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20892
phone (301) 496-2433
You can Tweet the director @NIHDirector
In the United Kingdom, you can write to the Home Secretary and ask for the most progressive and compassionate laws governing animal research. Find contact details. You can also use the website of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection to lobby your MP.
In Canada, let your Member of Parliament (MP) and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) know how you feel. Find your MP online.
In Australia, you can find your federal electorate here.
MPs in New Zealand can be found here.
South African Members of Parliament can be located online here.
When writing letters, be sure to make the following two points:
In the US, animals also suffer for the “safety” testing of household products, such as cosmetics, cleansers, and even foods for companion animals.
Other campaigns and groups worth checking out include AAVS, Animals Australia, The Bunny Alliance, BUAV, The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, Humane Research Australia, The Italian Anti-Vivisection Society, NAVS, The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, PETA, SAFE New Zealand, Stop Animal Explloitation NOW! (SAEN) and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.
P.S. I devote Chapter 3 of my new book Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering to vivisection—it’s a chapter that took me a year to research and write. You can download the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes, or buy a hardcopy from your local bookstore.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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