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Post details: Anti-vivisectionists finally put their (deposit) money where their mouth is...

07/12/06

Permalink 12:59:12 pm, by iain Email , 410 words, 1806 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

Anti-vivisectionists finally put their (deposit) money where their mouth is...

Last week saw the launch of Animals Count - a new political party which is opposed to, well, pretty much everything to do with animals. We did a few radio interviews on this (Five Live and World Service), including an amusing one where Carla Lane was left slightly confused as to what she thought when it was politely pointed out to her that animal research was helpful for developing vetinary drugs as well. She couldn't quite work out whether this meant that she liked animal research or not. It will be interesting to see Animals Count do, although I'm relatively sure it's time to kiss the deposit money goodbye. They've failed to consider one simple fact, those who vote on the issue of animals already vote Green. All this will do is split the vote. A smart move, clearly.

Sadly no one from Pro-Test was there for the launch of this future political giant (Ed: Surely midget?), but the ever reliable BBC News website lets us imagine what it was like....

>And, while fair-goers were greeted with a panoply of brightly-coloured >stalls bearing photographs of caged animals, foxes being hunted and literary >tomes denouncing vivisection, the sound of people passionately discussing >these issues provided a constant backdrop.

>"Vivisectionists are the antithesis of the moral vegan. They're sadists, not >scientists," proclaimed one stall-holder, clad in a 'Vegan Power' T-shirt, to >an audience who nodded sagely in agreement.

Oh dear. Still, each to their own. I'm sure they'll have lots of fun canvassing, they'll be the only party trying desperately not to talk about the NHS. I hear that the Welsh Assembly is to be their first target - do let us know if they come a knocking on your door.

Even more amusing was the launch of SPEAK political, to an almost total absence of any media interest. Clearly with his trial approaching in January, Mel Broughton feels it's time to try and get a bit of respectability by launching a political party. Is it just a coincidence that this was two days before Animals Count was launched? Or is Mel trying to steal the limelight? Some room for improvement regarding solidarity I feel. Apparently they'll be contesting Evan Harris's Oxford West and Abingdon seat, amongst others. I understand Evan is absolutely delighted, as the council elections last year showed that being openly pro animal research is a great vote winner, anything that boosts the issue up the agenda can only help him...

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