Target: David John Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Goal: Stop performing cruel animal experiments at the University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge recently signed the Concordat for Openness in Animal Research in the UK, pledging to introduce clarity and openness to its animal research program. While removing this veil of secrecy will help expose to the public the tortures that animals endure at the hand of researches on the university campus, it does nothing to help end the suffering of these helpless animals who are subjected to horrific tests in the name of research.
In January, 2014, the Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) exposed that University of Cambridge researchers were injecting rhesus monkeys with chemicals, starving the animals, denying them water and sticking electrodes into their brains before finally killing them. The AVC staged many protests to raise awareness of the suffering that occurs at this so-called place of higher learning.
The University of Cambridge first came under fire for its insanely abusive animal testing policies back in 2002. An undercover investigation by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) revealed that monkeys were being locked in test boxes which were then banged on by researchers as the starving monkeys grew insane with fear. During sick experiments, these poor animals would have sections of their brains removed so that researchers could induce strokes. BUAV also called into question the University’s anesthetic practices, as the monkeys seemed to react to the pain of having their brains tampered with.
The University of Cambridge’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said, “We are proud of our work, which meets the highest standards of animal welfare, and always strive to reduce the number of animals used. But we recognize the need to talk openly and honestly about research and why the use of animals is necessary.” Clearly, Mr. Borysiewicz has a different definition of high standards than caring animal advocates around the world.
By signing the petition below, you will help to convince David John Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge to eliminate the school’s animal experimentation program.
Dear Mr. David John Sainsbury,
I recently read that the University of Cambridge signed a pledge to be more open about its animal research program. While transparency is usually a good thing, in this case it does not do much to end the suffering of animals on the campus of your university.
Monkeys are subjected to horrific tortures, including having their skulls opened up so that electrodes can be placed on their brains. This practice is disturbing and cruel. I am asking that you please do everything in your power to end the animal experimentation program at the University of Cambridge.
[Your Name Here]
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