Most of NABR’s members are familiar with the history of the animal rights movement here in America. But how much do you know about their activities abroad, specifically in the United Kingdom? How much do you know about those standing in support of animal research?
Speaking of Research, a pro-research blog, recently published a posting called, “Pro-Test: Tackling Animal Rights in the UK,” highlighting important events in the U.K. It is important to understand the animal rights movement’s approach to animal research from an international perspective because, as the story points out, the U.K. has been a hotbed for activists since the 1970’s. Having endured threats, violence, and intimidation, researchers there had been apprehensive about vocalizing the importance of their lifesaving and life-improving work. They rose up and marched, in greater number than their detractors, showing the world their pride for their noble cause. They spoke out in the media, snatching the headlines and public support from their opponents. They worked to get political leaders, like then Prime Minister Tony Blair, on-record endorsing the importance of animal models.
These researchers are a shining example of how to effectively stand for the importance of ethical and humane animal research. To read more about the community supporting animal research in the U.K., please click here.