Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tour Against Torture Report

To mark World Lab Day and Week, animal rights activists went on a tour around Auckland City on bikes and buses stopping off at companies and institutions involved in animal testing. Unfortunately due to ANZAC day, most places were closed but we held protests outside of The Body Shop (who are owned by L'Oreal), GlaxoSmithKline (a client of the world's largest contract animal testing company, Huntingdon Life Sciences), Auckland University Medical School, Liggins Institute and Unilever. We got a lot of support from pedestrians and a busker who joined in our protests.

As we were outside of the Auckland University Medical School, a nursing student informed us about the experiments on sheep that was being conducted inside the basement. Not many students even know about this, but embryonic testing is done on pregnant sheep and their foetuses. They test on 8 sheep at a time. The student said to us, "They cut open pregnant sheep, putting electrodes on the foetus and sew them back up again" to monitor the embryo. They kill the sheep afterwards because nobody wants a tested sheep. If you have any more information about this, please email us and let us know.

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