DIARIES OF DESPAIR PROTEST

Three hundred protesters descend on Home Office to demand independent inquiry

Three hundred protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square on the first anniversary of the publication of the Diaries of Despair report and leaked documents that told the story of the most vicious vivisection project in Britain in recent history.

The inspirational protest was launched by rousing speeches from Kathy Archibald (Animal Aid), Dr Caroline Lucas (Green Party MEP for South East England) and Dan Lyons (Uncaged Campaigns). They tore into those responsible for pig-to-primate organ transplant research and the Government's incestuous relationship with the vivisection industry.

As the protest marched down Whitehall, Angela Roberts and Jez Bateman joined Kathy and Caroline to submit over 150,000 signatures to the Prime Minister opposing xenotransplantation research and requesting an independent judicial inquiry. The finale of the march was a passionate demonstration outside the Home Office, the department responsible for sentencing five hundred higher primates to a wretched death in Imutran's xenotransplantation research at Huntingdon Life Sciences - and covering up the consequences.

Outside the Home Office, the crowd - dressed in primate costumes and masks staged a die-in in poignant remembrance of the primates tortured and slaughtered in xenotransplantation research. The dramatic protest was really fired-up now. For a further hour the demonstration confronted the Home Office in a dignified and heartfelt demand for justice.

As part of the Diaries of Despair day of protest, a simultaneous demonstration was held by activist group Protect Our Earth's Treasures (POET) at Ohio State University in the United States to oppose the carnage that Novartis is continuing to wreak in its pig-to-primate research programme (see http://home.att.net/~poetwill/xeno_demo.html for a report and photos).

Uncaged Campaigns, 21 September 2001

 

Die-in outside the Home Office 2002
Credit: Organ Farm

 

 

 

 

 

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