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Post details: Pro-Test marches for lifesaving research

01/02/08

Permalink 10:23:23 am, by Tom, 284 words, 2009 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

Pro-Test marches for lifesaving research

On Saturday February 9th 2008 Pro-Test are marching in Oxford to support animal research, and to stand against the campaign of fear and intimidation which had previously all but silenced the voices of many scientists across the country.

The rally in Oxford, says Laurie Pycroft, teenage founder of Pro-Test, will
“show that students, scientists and the public at large will not be cowed by animal rights extremists. The new biomedical research centre at Oxford is nearing completion, and we must continue to speak out in support of animal research to prevent the future of medical research from being held hostage by violent extremists.”
Recent polls have shown that public opinion mostly backs animal research.

Tom Holder, an Oxford student and one of the march organisers, added
“There are widespread misunderstandings regarding animal research. Antivivisection groups spend much time and effort confusing the general public with pseudoscience and lies. We must all take active steps to put this right. The new laboratory will provide top class facilities for scientific research and state-of-the-art accommodation for the animals housed within”.

Celebrity and scientific speakers at the rally will include Peter Hollins, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, Prof. Robin Lovell-Badge, a leading stem cell researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Evan Harris, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and Laurie Pycroft.

The march has three main aims. As well as defending the rights of researchers to work without harassment, the march will celebrate the successes of animal research in developing treatments for disease, and communicate a better understanding about animal research to non-scientists everywhere.

For further information contact: Tom Holder, Pro-Test Press Officer. Tel: 07802482994 E-mail: contact@pro-test.org.uk Web: www.pro-test.org.uk

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