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From 20 April 2003 Issue

World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) is More Important Than Ever

Sure, you've protested before. You may have even been arrested in support of animal liberation. Hey, we're all busy ... especially in uncertain times like these. The road is long, the battle weary ... so why should we continue observing World Week for Animals in Laboratories (http://wwail.org/)? Simple. Because the battle is far from over. Because animals in labs still suffer and die needlessly for the hypothetical benefit of humans.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories is an annual event designed to expose the plight of animals used for testing and research. WWAIL seeks to arouse concern for animal in laboratories as well as educate the public about the scientific, moral, and economic objections to animal experimentation, also known as vivisection.

This year, WWAIL will be observed during the week of April 19-27. In 1986, In Defense of Animals expanded what had been a day of protest and awareness raising activities into a week-long event to increase our options as activists to do more for animals used in labs. IDA is proud to have served as the premier international resource for WWAIL events for almost 20 years.

Since the earliest demonstrations, WWAIL has grown to involve scores of activities across the U.S. and worldwide. Everything from educational events to direct action protests has spurred unprecedented concern about animals used in research.

But, we're not done yet. With a growing list of innovative non-animal research methods rendering vivisection increasingly obsolete, animal experiments conducted today could be eliminated with the full-scale implementation of non-animal methods - without risk to human health. However, the research, drug and chemical industries - entrenched in animal research for legal, economic and political reasons - perpetuate the myth that animal experimentation is necessary - not stopping short of calling peaceful people "terrorists" and animal torture "humane."

WWAIL moves beyond the status quo of science and looks toward a future free from the misery and pain for animals in laboratories and, at the same time, improving human health. Supported by thousands of animal advocates, physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and healthcare reformers, WWAIL challenges the animal research industry's propaganda and inertia with hard facts and fresh perspectives.

Science -- and our relationship with other living creatures -- must progress beyond experimenting on them.

Visit our website www.wwail.org 
Register Your Event On http://wwail.org/index.cgi?page=register_your_event
Check The Events Page http://wwail.org/index.cgi?page=list_events  regularly to learn what is happening in your area.
View Sample Letters to the Editor and Opinion/Editorials
http://wwail.org/index.cgi?page=letter_to_the_editor
Learn About The Lies Perpetuating Animal Experimentation and What YOU Can Do To Counter Them!

Resources for World Week for Animals in Laboratories:

In Defense of Animals: www.idausa.org 
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: www.pcrm.org 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: www.peta.org 
New England Anti-Vivisection Society: www.neavs.org
Stop Animal Exploitation Now: www.wlalw.org and www.saenonline.org 
For more information, contact IDA at alerts@idausa.org.

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