World Day for Animals in Laboratories Rally, Melbourne Australia.

by Steven Sklifas
Animals in Laboratories protest. Melbourne. Australia

The ‘It’s not science, it’s violence! World Day for Animals in Laboratories’ peaceful rally was held on Saturday April 27, 2019 in the city centre of Melbourne Australia. The rally was organised by the Melbourne Save Animals in Laboratories.

World Day for Laboratory Animals was instituted in 1979 and is observed every year on 24 April. The whole week until the end of April is known as the “World Week for Animals in Laboratories”. Corresponding rallies  are held around the world on this day commemorating the suffering of laboratory animals.

The Melbourne weather was cold and bleak but that didn’t deter the dedicated and compassionate activists who alerted the public and highlighted the hidden and unspoken plight of millions of animals worldwide who continue to suffer unethical, inhumane and unnecessary experimentation in research laboratories.

I was there as an ardent supporter and as a documenter. I witnessed some interest by open minded passers-by with a few wanting further information.  Of course, there will always those members of public who will deny forward change or progress.

“Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” -George Barnard Shaw

A concealed fact is that Australia annually uses and abuses over 10 million animals for experimentation purposes and appallingly is the the fourth highest exploiter of animals in the world, behind only China, Japan and the United States.

To evolve as a species humanity needs to face the reality of our injustices and cruelty towards all earthlings. We will either be remembered as a species that wallowed in ethical mediocrity or be remembered as a species that had a awakening and  embrace the union of all earthlings, a brotherhood where abuse, exploitation and slavery are against the laws of nature and mother earth.

For further information on World Day for Laboratory Animals please visit the following website.  https://worlddayforlaboratoryanimals.org/


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