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Spread the good word
Posted 1 October 2004
Hot off the press, we are pleased to present three great new leaflets and other campaign materials - ready and waiting to be sent out for use on stalls, in library displays or to be handed out to friends and family.
And the double good news is that for the next six months, as a special trial, we are offering all leaflets, posters, petitions and postcards free of charge! We hope this will encourage you to help us get the information out there.
(Donations to cover postage will be very gratefully received, as this swallows up a phenomenal amount of our funds.)
Monkey Experiment Madness!
Primate experiments have received plenty of media attention in recent months, with the Cambridge primate labs saga prompting a raging debate between anti-vivisectionists and those behind these horribly cruel and scientifically unreliable methods of research.
Keeping the issue alive, our Monkey Experiment Madness! leaflet outlines the types of experiments inflicted upon primates, why they don't help people and who conducts them. It also gives details of the ways in which medical research could make progress if researchers instead invested their time and energy in state-of-the-art, scientifically reliable and animal-friendly technologies.
Illustrated with hard-hitting photos, this leaflet will leave you in no doubt that primate experiments must be banned for the benefit of both animals and people.
Our new primate leaflet is available free as part of our vivisection action pack.
Death Valley Eggs
If you believe that eating eggs is a cruelty-free option, then think again. That's the message of our new egg leaflet, which looks at both battery farming (75% of British eggs still come from battery farms) and the supposedly less intensive systems - barn and free range.
Are these completely cruelty-free, or do the friendly sounding names deliberately disguise the harsh reality of all egg production? Cartoonist Steve Hutton's poignant illustration of a battery hen down on our fictional Death Valley Farm, plus photos taken inside battery, barn and free-range units (all disturbing) may persuade egg-eaters to think again about their diet.
Our leaflet also shows that eggs are not all they're cracked up to be health-wise. They provide no nutrients that cannot be obtained from plant sources and also contain significant doses of saturated fat and cholesterol. We also have a new Egg Factfile available with more detailed information.
Send for a free Go Veggie pack, which includes our new Death Valley Eggs leaflet.
Ban the Bird Market action pack
The largest fair in the bird dealing calendar is due to take place in December, at Stoneleigh Agricultural Ground in Warwick.
During last year's event at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, approximately 100,000 birds were on sale. About half of them would have been trapped in the wild. For every bird who survived, it is estimated that up to three more would have died during the brutal capture and transport process. All that faces these birds is a lifetime in captivity.
The fact that this year's fair has been downsized from the NEC to the smaller agricultural ground is a success in itself. But our aim is to stop it from going ahead altogether. The event is not only cruel, it is also illegal. To sell animals in public places breaches the Pet Animals Act 1951/83.
For all the background to this on-going campaign see the Ban the Bird Market index.
Stop EU chemical tests
A shocking proposal by the European Union could subject tens of millions of animals to a horrific death by poisoning.
In order to obtain safety data on thousands of chemicals currently in use, the EU's REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) proposal will lead to researchers spending the next 20 years force-feeding or injecting animals with toxic (or potentially toxic) substances. Yet the data they obtain will not be relevant to humans because animals react to many substances in very different ways from humans.
While Animal Aid recognises the importance of protecting human health and the environment from harmful chemicals, it believes that more scientifically reliable methods should be implemented. It is both immoral and bad science to use animals as living test tubes. Please send for our Stop EU Chemical Tests postcards, so that Science Minister Lord Sainsbury gets the message that any approved EU testing strategy must be based upon reliable and humane alternatives to animal research.