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Gateway to Hell Campaign Re-Launched

NAVA | 27.07.2010 22:02 | Animal Liberation


The majority of animal used in UK laboratories are sourced from outside the country, ranging from xenopus to beagles, primates and even horses. This is due to the two main breeders, Harlan and Charles River, not having enough breeding stock to be able to supply the needs of the vivisection establishments nationwide. Other factors include the copyright placed on genetic strains of animals and the inability to breed primates in the laboratory environment, meaning many have to be captured in the wild or imported from holding centres such as Mazor Farm in Israel.

Many primates used in laboratories are either caught in the wild or are known as 'second generation', whose parents were caught in the wild. This happens on a regular basis in the jungles of Mauritius, Vietnam and China. Primates are baited into cages with sugar cane, where they are captured and slung on to the back of a lorry - destined for a life of hell a far cry from their nature habitat. Some of these animals are clubbed to stop them escaping and no doubt exhibit signs of distress and fear. These monkeys are then taken to holding centres where they are used for breeding, or shipped to laboratories across the globe.

Animals are transported in small cages inside the cargo holds of planes, or the back of lorries coming on ferries through Dover Docks. Many travel journeys upto 60 hours from their original destination, only to end up being poisoned or mutilated in barbaric laboratory experiments. We can reveal that animals being brought into the UK from the USA have frozen to death in transit after being exposed to extreme temperatures. Other animals have suffocated or dehydrated in transit.

We are also able to reveal most of the trade for the last two breeders comes from exporting animals to other countries. Documentation has revealed Harlan UK shipping beagle dogs from their site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, all the way to South Korea. Charles River in Kent also regularly supply rodents to laboratories across the World, including Covance in the USA. UK universities, including Cambridge, Bristol and UCL, also make extra income by exporting laboratory animals.

The simple fact is that the UK vivisection industry is reliant upon these imports of animals to be able to continue. Without them, laboratories would struggle to conduct experiments and the two major breeders would not be able to make sufficient revenue to continue without their exports to foreign clients.

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