150 activists today held a loud, noisy and visual demonstration through
Bradford against the University of Bradford’s animal testing laboratory
and calling for its closure.
The march started off in Centenary Square, where speeches were made by Luke
Steele, spokesperson for Stop Animal Experiments at Bradford (SAEAB) who
talked about the determination of activists to achieve their goals and how
if we need to start another campaign like Girton, then we will. Next up
was Amanda Richards from Speak Campaigns who spoke about the need to focus
n university animal research facilities and the campaign to shut down such
laboratories, like Bradford and Oxford.
this, the march set off round the town centre where members of the public
showed support and over 1,000 leaflets were given out about why we were
there. Upon approach to the university, the demonstration became much more
focused and angry, showing that we are united in our aims. Chants echoed
around the area and nobody was left without a doubt as to why we were there.
Once arriving at the university, activists stood outside the Richmond Building
where animals are housed on the top floor and let the animal killers know
we were there. The usually smarmy security staff could be seen scuttling
around inside the building as over a hundred determined activists chanted
loudly outside. The police then decided it was a good idea to start trouble
and begun pushing campaigners and arrested two for currently unknown charges.
Vincent from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty then spoke about the SHAC campaign
and how 40% of the UK’s vivisection is conducted inside university
laboratories, such as Bradford and how we need to remain focused and close
these hell holes down. Sean Kirtley, who was wrongfully imprisoned under
SOCPA, then spoke about how we need to carry on supporting political prisoners,
despite state oppression and violence.
go out to everybody who came and made the day so successful, Veggies for
the brilliant vegan food and the Austrian TV film crew who covered the demo
for their upcoming documentary.
Animal Experiments at Bradford (SAEAB)