RUSSIAN ACTIVISTS PROTESTS AGAINST VIVISECTION & HLS CUSTOMERS
Sunday, 18th - Sunday, 25th April
World Week for Animals in Laboratories has been actively supported in
Annual World Week for Animals in Laboratories was held from April 18th
- 25th, 2010 in different countries around the world. Russian citizens
were not aside and actions devoted to this week were held in Saint-
Petersburg, Moscow, Petrozavodsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Perm, Saratov,
Krasnodar, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Murmansk, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and
In a number of cities the emphasis was placed on campaigns against
clients of Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory, where every day in
severe lives of 500 animals are taken and 70 thousand animals are
contained in cages. Clients HLS ordering these experiments on animals
are presented in Russia.
During the actions lists of companies producing perfumes and cosmetics
and household chemicals were distributed. In these lists an ethical
companies, which do not use animals for testing their products are
listed as well as those which had been involved in carrying out tests
Details on how the World Week for Animals in Laboratories was
supported in Russian cities are below.
On April 28 in St. Petersburg activists visited the two business
centers, where the offices of pharmaceutical corporations, which are
cooperating with HLS - Novartis and Orion Pharma, are. The activists
stood in front and held placards, chanted slogans and distributed
leaflets. After that, the activists entered both buildings and handed
out leaflets to employees form adjacent offices to HLS clients’. In
the business center, where the office Orion Pharma is, security forced
activists to leave the building.
During the Week in Tyumen on Tsvetnoy Boulevard info table took place
for the first time. Passers-by could read the material on vivisection
and other problems associated with the usage of animals. On 27 April,
at a punk concert leaflets and 30 DVDs with documentary were handed
On April 26, in Rostov-on-Don in front of the business center, which
houses the office of Schering-Plough, was drop a banner claiming "No
to experiments on animals". On the same day in the office of Syngenta
among employees were distributed informational materials on the HLS,
and they were recommended to cancel the experiments. On the same day
on the streets of the city a lot of stickers against vivisection were
On April 25 at the Malaya Konyushennaya street of St. Petersburg was
held a theatrical performance, which clearly showed the conservatism
of many representatives of science. In this sketch more advanced
scientists explained, what the alternatives to experiments on animals
are, and persuaded the students to use new and more humane and
reliable technology in the experiments.
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On April 25 in Rostov-on-Don, members of the Alliance for Animal
Rights visited a vegetarian picnic, where they reported on the actions
for the banning of vivisection and distributed leaflets.
On April 25 in Chelyabinsk a demo was held during which leaflets
against vivisection, as well as against fur industry were distributed.
Nearly 30 activists participated.
On April 25 in Saratov on the Kirov Avenue a picket was held. About 30
protesters chanted slogans: "No to experiments on animals,"
"experiments on animals - the new concentration camps", "Beauty does
not require victims", "Animals are part of our world!", "Freedom of
animals - freedom of human!" and handed out leaflets.
On April 25 in Nizhny Novgorod on Shchelkovo farm activists handed out leaflets,
booklets and stickers. "No to experiments!", "Rats have rights too!" and
other placards were unrolled to attract attention. On April 26 at Freedom Square
info table was placed.
On April 24, Petrozavodsk workshop "Experiments on animals: necessity or a
crime?" took place. On the workshop organized by the Alliance for Animal Rights
those came who have never heard of experimentation on animals. For them was
shown the documentary "Experiment paradigm" and videos of modern laboratories,
including HLS. The discussion came to the conclusion that it is necessary to
develop alternative ways to conduct experiments. At the end of the workshop
there was an exhibition of products not tested on animals available in
On April 24 in Perm took “Not for experiments, but into friendly hands! "action
against experiments on animals took place. Activists of the Permian animal
defending organizations were looking for new trustees for the homeless animals
that are often used in the experiments: mice, cats and dogs. Within the scope of
the action activists placed white and black lists of producers in the "Practical
Magic" stores. Shop staff very favorably took it and did not refuse to place
listings. In the near future in student scientific society of biological faculty
of Perm State University (PSU) documentary screening and discussion on
alternatives to animal experiments are planned.
On April 24 at various locations in downtown of St. Petersburg activists of the
Alliance for Animal Rights held flash mobs: on the streets and squares has
appeared a group of people in white robes, carrying posters showing victims of
On April 24, in Krasnodar nearly 20 activists met at the crossing of Red and
North streets in the heart of the city. They unrolled a large banner claiming
"Vivisection has no justification," and another with Pythagoras quote: "To
anyone who calmly kills an animal is not difficult to kill a man".
On April 24 in Kirov near the city administration was held a rally in which 35
people participated. A variety of leaflets and CDs with documentary recorded,
bright, flashy banner "Experiments on animals are deceit and cruelty" all
together urged people to think about the problem of using animals in
On April 22, Murmansk independent animal defenders with the support of the
“Nature and Youth" organization held documentaries screenings followed by
discussion of humane education and alternatives to animal experiments in
On April 18 in Moscow about 20 activists staged a theatrical run at one of the
most crowded streets of the city - Old Arbat. In the race participated
vivisectors in bloodied robes, with huge syringe in his hands, and the guys in
costumes of animals - mice, rabbits, raccoons. First, the crowd rushed in one
direction – these were vivisectors chasing “animals”, then “animals” suddenly
were given help and the pursuit turned against the persecutors, resulting in
sadists overtook a deserved punishment. Many people took an interest in the
action. Young men as well as grandmothers with their grandchildren photographed
with runners and asked about the essence of what were happening. In a total of
15 minutes, activists managed to distribute 150 flyers.
Throughout the Week in Sochi distribution of information materials was held. One
day a banner claiming "Experiments on animals are killing people!" was posted on
in a conspicuous place in the city.
Thus, in the World Week for Animals in Laboratories residents of 13 cities of
Russia attended for the first time. Organizational support for the many
activities was provided by the Alliance for Animal Rights, and the group For the
Abolish of Vivisection! (SHAC Russia).
In Italy and Britain thousands of people in these countries came out to the
streets and held marches.
Do not believe those who say that nothing can be changed. Many people were not
paying attention to such words, and acted to achieve their goals. Thanks to the
many not indifferent people it became possible to close terrible farms for
animals used in experiments and to ban testing products on animals in many
countries. Many HLS allies refused to cooperate with them in a result of public
Campaign for the cancellation of vivisection goes on! Learn how to stop the
cruelty, to disseminate information, participate in promotions and start a
campaign on your own and your friends.
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Other links to Russian resources on this topic:
SHAC campaign Russia:
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