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Anti-vivisectionists condemn "spin and distortion" by animal research lobby group
Over a million people sign up for the abolition of animal experiments
An opinion poll published by a new pro-vivisection lobby group has been condemned as another example of the spin and distortion employed by defenders of animal research. The survey purports to show public acceptance of animal experiments. Uncaged Campaigns, one of the country's leading anti-vivisection groups, accuses the lobby group "Coalition for Medical Progress" of being a thinly-disguised front for the commercial interests of the drug industry.
Uncaged Campaigns has been fighting a two and a half year legal battle to overturn an injunction preventing publication of leaked documents which reveal the horrific fate of higher primates in cross-species organ transplant research. Director and co-litigant Dan Lyons, observes:
One example of an average UK experiment, in terms of pain and distress, saw piglet hearts transplanted into the necks of wild-caught baboons. This caused tremendous suffering with one animal, for example, being observed holding the transplant which was swollen, red and seeping yellow fluid for several days before the primate was sacrificed.
Dan Lyons continues:
For further information and interviews, call Dan Lyons on 0114 283 1155 or 07799 117695.
Note to editors
One of the main focusses of Uncaged Campaigns is analysis of the ethical and political/regulatory issues surrounding animal experiments. Last year, Dan Lyons received legal aid on account of the public interest in the court case versus Imutran and Novartis Pharma, based on evidence of misleading statements from Imutran/Novartis and misconduct by the Home Office in its regulation of the experiments.
Uncaged Campaigns 19.03.03