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THE FORCE BE WITH US!
"I am fully supporting the march on
Sunday 9 December in London to bring the day closer when animals
will no longer be 'used' in research of any kind. It is time. It
is time for a full re-evaluation of our role on this planet.
"As a scientist, there is no proof available
that we are more important than the rest of the sentient creatures
on this planet. As a human being ... in my heart, I know that the
terrible indignities and pain suffered by these pitiful animals
are unjustifiable in humanitarian terms."
- Queen guitarist and Dr. of astrophysics,
Brian May, on his website.
foreign language leaflets for International Animal Rights Day are
now downloadable here.
10th International Animal Rights Day (iard)
IARD has grown year on year, with 2007 inspiring a fantastic number
and range of exciting events worldwide - at Uncaged we're proud
to have been the catalyst for such an incredible series of imaginative
protests, demos and educational actions.
Many groups and individual campaigners
downloaded campaign materials in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
German, Dutch and Slovenian at: www.uncaged.co.uk/iard
Uncaged staged the first large animal rights protest seen in London
for years (the previous one being our own Diaries
of Despair marches
in 2001 and 2002). Over 400 people turned to hear speeches, a presentation
on the giant TV, and a peaceful candlelit procession through
On Monday 10th December, and on the Saturday or Sunday before, there
were dozens of smaller events around the UK - vigils, protests and campaign
stalls, including events in: Wimborne (Dorset), Plymouth, Taunton, Salisbury,
Carmarthen, Woking, West Wickham (Kent), Ipswich, Huntingdon, Harlan
(Loughborough), Wolverhampton, Hanley, Leeds, York, N. Wales, Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Perth and Dundee.
This scene was replicated in cities across France and Italy -
with actions co-ordinated by our friends at International Campaigns and
There were also very well attended and colourful marches and candlelit
processions through the cities of Sao
Paolo in Brazil (click here for
a video), Madrid in Spain,
and Santiago in Chile.
Campaigners in Moscow held an exhibition
and animal rights awards ceremony; whilst there was a concert for
animals' rights in Mexico;
and the first ever walk for animals' rights was held in Lagos,
Nigeria after the International
Vegetarian Union congress there.
There were several events in cities across the USA, Canada (& here), Brazil,
and South Africa; and protests & vigils in: Belgium,
Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria (for
the first time), Argentina, Australia and
For the first time in its history, the Knesset
(the Israeli Parliament) celebrated IARD! The Knesset Education
and Science Committees jointly debated the issue of vivisection of
monkeys at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and supervision over
animal experimentation in Israel. The debate stood at the centre of
the IARD events in Israel and was followed by a protest by Let
Animals Live, who also addressed the committees. Knesset members
from all the factions signed an Animal Rights Declaration, and several
parliamentarians addressed the Knesset plenum regarding the issues
at stake. The two subjects are to be inspected, and discussed at a
joint sub-committee of the Science and Education committees.
Here at Uncaged we're always striving to reach new levels with our dedicated
work and with this campaign we've certainly done that. IARD is the only
campaign focussed on the fundamental issue of Animal Rights - and the
fact that it's a global campaign means that the project is not only unique
- it's historic! National media in several countries carried an animal
rights story, reaching millions of people with our compassionate crusade.
Many thanks to everyone around the world who has helped promote and
co-ordinate this day of action!
of monkeys destined for experiments in South America arrive in
an English sanctuary just 6 weeks after a successful IARD protest
to close the laboratory in which they were imprisoned. Click
here to read all about it.