As part of the Vivisection Week of Action at Universities, London activists had a day of protests on Wednesday 14th April. We started off at Kings College Waterloo Campus, which is now part of the massive University College London UCL umbrella.
We were outside the Franklin-Wilkins Building (150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH), where the Pharmaceutical Science department carries out experiments on primates and rodents. Here we displayed placards and banners calling for “Science without Violence” and “Progress without pain”. We also gave out various leaflets, from groups including Vivisection Information Network, Safer Medicines Campaign and Animal Aid.
We decided to make the protest quiet and to try to engage the students in debate rather than shout slogans etc. This had some success, and there were some interesting encounters with students who were both for
and against experiments. We tried to push the idea of holding a debate on the subject of animal experiments at the Student Union, we’ll have to wait and see if this bears any fruit.
A very large group of dozens of prospective students arrived for a tour of the college while we were there, and they were all given leaflets and info about animal experiments, which we hope will inform them before
they start their academic career.
In the afternoon the protest moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT) yet another part of the UCL brand, where experiments are carried out on rodents and ferrets. Here again we managed to give out hundreds of leaflets and hold some interesting conversations with the students.
All in all it was a worthwhile day, and we managed to take the anti-vivisection to where it’s badly needed, to the next generation of prospective vivisectors starting out on their academic carreer.
We’ll be going back for more soon, so we hope you’ll join us.
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