April 27, 2007
An 88-year-old woman will dress up as a prisoner and sit in a small
cage in Oxford today in protest at animal experiments being carried
out on a macaque monkey at Oxford University.
Joan Court from Cambridge, who plans to fast during her two-day
protest, is protesting during World Week for Animals in Laboratories.
Her demonstration is backed by the campaign group People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). Peta wants to raise awareness
about Felix the monkey, who is being used by scientists at Oxford
University to research brain diseases such as Parkinson's.
Peta members will hold signs reading, "Save Felix - Oxford, Stop
Primate Torture" and hand out leaflets describing what they regard as
the cruelty, waste and uselessness of animal experiments.
Peta's manager of special campaigns, Anita Singh, said: "Felix is a
highly intelligent, social animal whose life has been reduced to
deprivation and pain.
"Whether it's poisoning mice with toxic chemicals or cutting into the
skull of a monkey and inducing symptoms of a disease that non-human
primates do not even naturally get, animal experiments are cruel,
wasteful and unreliable."