Despite rainy weather and cool temperatures, about 55 people came to a protest at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC), where the CU 34 monkeys are held. Activists wore two body screen TVs continuously showing IDA’s anti-vivisection PSA, which features Jane Goodall speaking over undercover footage taken by Matt Rossell at the Oregon Primate Center. Two people dressed in primate costumes and sat in cages on the street corner while others waved posters and banners. Matt Bear provided live music, performing a song he wrote especially for the CU 34.(click on thumbnails for larger image)
In Rochester, N.Y. a dozen animal activists with Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate New York stood outside the animal research building at the University of Rochester with signs facing the windows. They also held a candlelight vigil that included readings to commemorate the deaths of animals used in experiments. The group holds this vigil every year for the animals to recognize the suffering that they endure every day of their lives.
In the U.K., Uncaged Campaigns set up anti-vivisection campaign stalls during WWAIL in the cities of Bishops Stortford, Weymouth, Barnstaple, Warrington, and Monmouth (Wales). Activists also organized a large demonstration at Oxford University to protest a proposed vivisection lab.
Two WWAIL protests took place in South Africa this year. About 20 activists showed up in Johannesburg outside the University of the Witwatersrand in freezing weather to hold posters reading "Animal Experiments are Cruel and Must be Stopped" and "Hoot If You Agree." These posters elicited an encouraging amount of hooting from motorists and pedestrians, so activists did the Wave whenever someone hooted, which both drew the attention of passerby and kept protesters warm. About 25 demonstrators came out to Adderley Street in Cape Town to hand out pamphlets explaining the inherent cruelty of animal experimentation. They engaged many people in conversation and took the opportunity to educate the public about the ugly realities of vivisection.
In France and Switzerland, activists organized 26 events – from street theater to concerts to booths in busy shopping areas, bringing the message of the horrors of vivisection and the many viable humane alternatives to thousands. Click http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/content/category/2/5/16 to read reports and see photos of "Semaine Mondiale pour la Liberation des 'Animaux de Laboratoire'" in French.(click on thumbnails for larger image)
Visit www.wwail.org/list_event.html to see the full list of events held around the globe for
WWAIL. If you held a WWAIL event, please email photos and information to
Kristie@idausa.org so we can update our members on your success.
Throughout France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxemburg, from Saturday the 22d to Sunday the 30th of April 2006 for WWAIL 2006, over 30 local AR groups carried out around 50 information and protest actions against vivisection in the following various cities and towns:
Avignon, Albertville, Angers, Annecy, Arras, Bayonne, Biarritz, Brest, Chambéry, Clermont-Ferrand, Genève, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Liège, Lille, Limoges, Luxembourg, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Neuchâtel, Nîmes, Noyelles-Godault, Orléans, Paris, Perpignan, Quimper, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Valdahon, et Vire.
Over 10,000 leaflets on vivisection, on alternative methods, vivisection explained to the youth, cruelty-free cosmetics and household brands guides, etc.) were handed to the public during WWAIL 2006 in France.
Most information stalls displayed pictures of animal in hellhole laboratories and offered cruely-free product samples for the passer-bys. During this week, over 10,000 people signed the various petitions among which which the new SHAC petition in French and the Greystoke former AR direct action group support petition. Hundreds of people signs these 2 and lots of people also signed the International Campaign ongoing nationwide petition asking for the wide availability of cruelty-free care and household products in supermarkets.
In some cities several actions were carried out during WWAIL 2006 SMAL, e.g. Paris, Toulouse, Lyon and Montpellier.
In addition to the traditional information stalls all over France some of which were covered by local media (http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/component/option,com_datsogallery/Itemid,19/func,viewcategory/catid,1/), other actions have been done such as:
- A protest action covered by the media at the Toulouse Blagnac airport (South of France) to protest against French national Air France air company flying animals to labs wordwide (HLS, Covance, etc.). Activists with animal masks locked and chained their arms in the airport corridors to stop the passengers until they were granted an interview with a head of the airport who was asked to hand a protest letter to the Air France president. Action report here: http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/content/view/21/16/. (short but illegally captured video at your disposal if you want and find a safe server where to upload it)
- An animal rights Hard Core gig with tree bands in support of WWAIL 2006 in Toulouse on the 22d of April. See pics here: http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/component/option,com_datsogallery/Itemid,19/func,viewcategory/catid,7/
- A street demo on the same 22d of April in Toulouse streets to protest against the worldwide vivisection business.
Video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDcvRaUziYE&search=smal2006.
- In Paris, 3 public screenings on a large screen during four hours each showing recent undercover investigation videos in labs such as IAMS and Covance. In the same time, AR activists dressed as giant rabbits and vivisectors ran repeated short “scenes” to make the public aware of the brutal and callous behaviour of vivisectors. See one pic here for instance : http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/component/option,com_datsogallery/Itemid,19/func,detail/id,197/
The 2006 Edition of Semaine Mondiale pour la Libération des Animaux de Laboratoire (WWAL) is encourageing since more and more French-speaking local groups are joining this international campaign and more and more local actions are carried out to make the underinformed public more aware of what is going for the animals on in labs.
We look forward to reporting even more local actions for WWAIL 2007 but in the meantime we will strike with another antivivisection cruelty-free cosmetics campaign which will last all summer long: Bronzez Sans Cruauté (“Tan Without Cruelty” - http://www.international-campaigns.org/bsc/bronzez_sans_cruaute.htm) which will start mid-june till end of August.
SMAL (WWAIL) website:
WWAIL 2006 action reports:
WWAIL 2006 Photo Albums: http://semaine-mondiale-animaux-laboratoire.org/component/option,com_datsogallery/Itemid,19/func,viewcategory/catid,4/
WWAIL 2006 Videos:
WWAIL 2006 Media coverage:
Animal rights activists protest at pharmaceutical facility
Group rallies against Covance in Chandler
PETA organizes protest in White Plaza to raise awareness
Mystery Surrounding Ad That Slams the Big Board
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