International Animal Rights Day Inspires Lab Monkey Freedom
Our friends at Chilean animal rights group Coalición por los Derechos Animales (CDA) began a relentless campaign to close down the primate research centre at the Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, in April 2006, after revelations about conditions in the laboratory.
For International Animal Rights Day (IARD) in both December 2006 and 2007, CDA held massive marches and protests through the centre of Santiago and finishing at the Universidad Católica. Just 6 weeks after the last IARD protest, news has broken that the centre is to close!
The centre's 88 capuchin monkeys were flown to Monkey World in Dorset, UK, by a Chilean Air Force plane, and arrived there on Tuesday 29th January 2008. They will be rehabilitated before settling into social groups at the sanctuary's Capuchin Lodge.
David Gomez of CDA told us:
"The march started in one of the most crowded places in the centre of Santiago, with the participation of about 300 activists. The focus of this IARD activity was the campaign to close a research centre owned by Universidad Católica, where in these moments about 80 capuchine monkeys are kept. We marched there giving the message to the people, while many of them showed their support of the struggle.
"During the march the participants showed their energy, force and anger that drives us all to campaign for animals and advocates animal rights, sending the message of the freedom animals must have, without being property of anyone and with the goal of reaching a status of respect for all species in our planet.
"After almost an hour marching, we arrived at the Universidad Católica, place where speeches were given and a candlelit vigil in the entrance of the faculty where the monkeys are kept.
"This was the best IARD activity done here, every year it becomes stronger!"
Uncaged Campaigns 04.02.08