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The times they are a-changing
Posted 1 April 2005
At the beginning of last year, Animal Aid was at the centre of the long campaign against Cambridge University's proposed new primate research laboratory, where monkeys would have been used to study human diseases.
On January 27 - and after a public inquiry during which the University failed to provide evidence to a government inspector that the proposed research was of 'national importance' or would benefit human health - the project was abandoned.
Thousands of monkeys would now be spared from horrific suffering, and the inspector's findings dealt a major blow to the vivisection industry. Doctors, scientists and researchers are speaking out against animal experiments in increasing numbers because their unreliability can no longer be hidden. (For more details see the Cambridge campaign index.)
The summer brought with it more good news. Oxford University had hatched plans of its own to develop a new animal research laboratory. Building had commenced in March, but in July construction ground to a halt when the building firm pulled out. As we go to print six months later, work at the site has yet to resume.
In November, we heard the wonderful news that the UK's largest bird fair - the annual Cage & Aviary Birds Exhibition at which around 100,000 birds (many wild-caught) would have been on sale - had been cancelled.
The organisers - publishing giants IPC Media - buckled under relentless pressure from Animal Aid, supported by other animal protection groups and dedicated local campaigners (see the Ban the Bird Market index).
And to end the year, hunting with dogs looks finally to have been outlawed after more than 80 years of campaigning. It has been a long, hard, and at times incredibly frustrating journey with more legal battles still ahead, but at last this barbaric 'sport' is in its death throes.
From strength to strength
Animal Aid is going from strength to strength. We are featured regularly in the national press, give countless radio interviews, and almost daily our name pops up in the local media. Our message is reaching millions of people and is being received loud and clear.
More and more people are taking steps to make their lives more compassionate. In 2004, we sent out almost 20,000 Go Veggie packs, plus thousands of information leaflets covering our other key campaigns. Record numbers visited our Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, and merchandise orders are reaching unprecedented levels (see the online shop).
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you will be with us all the way for what we hope will be yet another 12 months of progress.
This article by Claudia Tarry is reproduced from the Spring 2005 issue of Outrage, the Animal Aid journal for action.