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3rd International Animal Rights Day
10th December 2000

This was the third year of candle-lit vigils at sites of animal abuse, held to commemorate International Animal Rights Day (IARD).

Our recognise the rights of animals bannerThese vigils also commemorate the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR), which was launched 3 years ago on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 (UDHR).

The UDHR is about respect for the basic, fundamental rights of humans.

The UDAR and IARD make the point that to withhold such respect from animals is arbitrary and unjust. Animals will never be free from harmful domination by humans until their basic moral rights are recognised and honoured. The most fundamental aim of all animal rights campaigners across the world is encompassed by our campaign for a UDAR. This is the touchstone for our movement.

Uncaged Campaigns joined forces with Cambridge group Animals People and Environment (APE) to hold a candle-lit vigil outside the main offices of Imutran, Wingate House, Maris Lane Trumpington, Cambridge.

Despite the wind, the candles burned brightly during a well-attended vigil in remembrance of the hundreds of primates and thousands of pigs that have suffered and died as a result of Imutran's cruel, and ultimately pointless, pig-to-primate research programme (see www.xenodiaries.org). Thankfully, Imutran are being closed down at the end of the year, but their parent company, Novartis, are seeking to continue this traumatic, painful, and lethal research programme by moving its operations to Canada and other parts of the world.

  • Mill Hill Anti-Vivisection Alliance held a vigil outside the National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7.
  • Dundee Animal Welfare Network held a vigil at the Wellcome site in Dundee.
  • Loughborough Animal Concern held a vigil and demo at the Harlan Sera Labs in Leicestershire.
  • Close Harlan UK (CHUK) held a vigil and demo at Harlan UK animal breeders in East Sussex.
  • The Close Bantin & Kingman Campaign held a demo & vigil at the Bantin & Kingman laboratories in Humberside.
  • Vigils were also held in the US; in Holland at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre; in Norway; and in Germany.
  • In Italy, 19 animal advocacy groups announced their intention to work together in order to proclaim the IARD and to build up towards a national demonstration in Rome on December 10th 2001. They also intend to have meetings and cultural events during the year supporting the UDAR. The groups involved are: ADDA, ACEA, Animalisti Italiani PETA, Amici Animali Abbandonati, CEDA, Eco-Ethnos, ENPA, Gaia Animali & Ambiente, GEVAM, Gruppo Ambiente 2 Febbraio, LAC, Lega Nazionale per la Difesa del Cane, LIDA, OIPA-LIMAV, CNAA (coord. Naz. Ass. Animaliste), Progretto Gaia, Societa' Vegetariana, UNA, and Vita de Cani.

Max Newton, Uncaged Campaigns

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