3RD INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RIGHTS DAY
10TH DECEMBER 2000
Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations'
ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR),
Uncaged Campaigns launched an ambitious and historic project - to
achieve a similar ratification of a Universal Declaration of Animal
Rights (UDAR) by the centenary of the UDHR - 2048.
At the present time, the focal point for this project is International
Animal Rights Day (IARD) on December 10, the date of the ratification
of the UDHR. The premise is simple and irresistable - all animals,
not just humans, are autonomous, sensitive, conscious beings who
are vulnerable to harm. The reasons why humans beings deserve the
respect that flows from a recognition of their right not to be deliberately
harmed apply equally to aniamls. To withhold such respect from animals
is arbitrary and unjust. Animals will never be free from harmful
domination by humans until their basic moral rights are recognised
and honoured. The most fundamental aim of all animal rights campaigners
across the world is encompassed by our campaign for a UDAR. This
is the touchstone for our movement.
Focus on primate vivisection
Uncaged Campaigns has consulted with the U.S. animal protection
organisation In Defense of Animals (IDA) in the run-up to this year's
IDAR. Originally the focus for the day of action would be the issue
of primate vivisection. Our suggestion is that campaoigners across
the globe mount a candleit vigil outside an institution or company
that conducts or supports the vivisection of nonhuman primates.
We think that this is a logical approach which acknowledges the
historical shifts that are beginning to take place with regard to
attitudes towards nonhumans: the first 'battleground' is the status
of nonhuman primates. However, the beauty of IDAR is that animal
rights campaigners can hold a candlelit vigil outside whichever
abuser of animals they choose, in the knowledge that they are joining
together with campaigners around the world in a global call for
respect for animals.
Novartis xenotransplantation research on primates
Uncaged Campaigns had hoped to devote more time to the build up
to this year's IDAR, but as I'm sure you are aware we've been rather
pre-occupied with our efforts to expose Imutran/Novartis's horrific
xenotransplantation research on primates. However, this does fit
neatly into the rationale behind IDAR. Novartis are conducting pig-to-primate
organ transplant experiments in several countries in an effort to
develop a brand new form of animal abuse: xenotransplantation. Novartis
have moved their primate vivisection from the UK to Canada because
of restrictions placed on the level of suffering they could inflict
on primates by the UK Home Office. Novartis is a global company
that moves its research to wherever it can conduct it without unwelcome
animal welfare limitations. We must respond to the globalisation
of this extreme animal abuse with global pressure.
We propose to hold a candlelit vigil outside Imutran's offices
at Wingate House, Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge around teatime
(4pm - 7pm) on 10th December. Imutran are still operating until
the end of this year, and our vigil will be a remembrance of the
hundreds of primates who have suffered and died at Imutran's hands,
as well as a protest at Novartis' continuation of this traumatic,
painful and lethal research programme.
Please join us outside Imutran or organise a vigil outside a Novartis
centre in your area. A list of Novartis offices can be found on
their website www.novartis.com.
Spread the word & feedback
Please pass on this information about IDAR to all your friends
and colleagues. Whatever you plan to do for IDAR, please contact
us to let us know! We shall keep a record opf participants and actions
on our website in order to enable concerned people to get involved.
More information about the campaign can be found at our website
We hope that we can all join together to help secure respect for
animals and a recognition of their rights not to be deliberately
harmed by human beings who should know better.