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Apr 27, 2007


Videos are at the end of the text
The images of the truth are quite disturbing.

In an extraordinary move Oxford University have exposed to the world
the real nature of animal abuse inside this world renowned
institution. In what would appear to be an own goal on the part of
Oxford University, the university late last year opened their doors to
a BBC2 film crew. It is clear that the university were hoping for a PR
coup as they showed the willing and rather gullible documentary film
maker Adam Wishart around one of their vivisection laboratories which
the showed the sanitized, 'acceptable' face of vivisection that
vivisectors want the public to see.

The BBC 2 documentary called 'Monkeys, Rats and Me', largely focussed
on the work of the vivisector Tipu Aziz, and in particular focussed on
one monkey who Tipu Aziz had named Felix. Perversely Felix's soon to
be tormentors have given him a name which in Latin means 'happy'. It
is believed his naming is a so called 'in joke' by Oxford University

For the first time in the UK, and probably worldwide, a vivisection
establishment, namely Oxford University, have exposed the name,
photographs and videos of the non human animal they intend to abuse
over a period of several years. They even disclosed in the film what
form the abuse would take.

In the film Felix was shown strapped to a restraining chair, being
conditioned by Oxford University technicians for his future life of
research. For the camera, Felix's 'conditioning' was allowed to take
place 'on his own terms': the technicians did not force him to sit in
the restraint chair or to come out of his cage if he appeared
reluctant. However, those who have themselves witnessed the harsh
realities of life in the laboratory when working undercover and
released their stories and their evidence to the wider public would
say that this was a falsified representation of what goes on in
laboratories, and biased media coverage at its most blatant. It is not
surprising then to find out that the producer of the so called
documentary was David Henshaw, a journalist who in the 1980's had
written a book called 'Animal Warfare' which purported to be story of
the Animal Liberation Front but in reality was a work of pure fiction.

The BBC2 documentary reported that Felix was destined to undergo
invasive surgery on his brain. The Home Office licence granted for the
long-term experiments on Felix allows the infliction of
severe/substantial suffering. It is also known that once the
experiments on Felix are completed, the university intend on killing him.

SPEAK Campaigns, the group campaigning against the building of
Oxford's new animal experiments lab on South Parks Road, has begun a
campaign to get Felix released. They have arranged for a sanctuary to
care for him and have conducted numerous demos in London and Oxford to
raise awareness. They have also added a page entitled "Fighting for
Felix" on their website, which includes a short video entitled "Felix:
Victim of Oxford University", a petition, articles, and downloadable
campaign materials.

SPEAK's website states, "For 3 years now SPEAK have been fighting
Oxford University's plans to build a new animal lab. Thus far what we
had been fighting was a concept, bricks and mortar if you like. Felix
brings the individual living being into this fight."

The website goes on to say, "At this moment, we are unsure how long
Felix will be allowed to live. It could be that his life will closely
resemble the pitiful lives of the 'Oxford two', two macaques who were
surgically brain damaged and forced to endure 15 years of abuse,
incarcerated inside Oxford University's laboratories. One thing is for
certain, however: if we don't act now, Felix will never see the
outside world or his own kind again. Felix will live, will be abused
and will ultimately die never having experienced the freedoms, which
are his birthright."

For further information about Felix and to view the video, please visit
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Posted: Apr 27, 2007 7:30am
Oct 23, 2006
This article is actually the great proof that violence damages the cause rather then helping in any way:

Why Killing Lab Rats Is Good

Sometimes lab rats die rightly. See this Seattle P-I story of today, on UW research to fight new flu strains sharing similarities with that "Spanish" variety of 1918-19 which took 1,600 lives in Seattle, half a million in the U.S., and 50 million worldwide. Yet animal wrongs activists stress "speciesism" and other idiocies. A poster boy is Seattle activist and new prisoner Josh Harper of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) , a former UW Frat Row non-student resident when last arrested, whom I've previously SPblogged about here.

Harper is the quintessential Seattle radical - intimidation, bluster and temper trump dialog. More here.

Joshua Harper, a West Coast coordinator for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, was sentenced to three years in prison and was ordered to help pay a total of $1 million in restitution to the company and people he helped terrorize. Yesterday, three other members of the group were sentenced to prison for terms ranging from four to six years...

...the...activists were convicted in March of using a Web site to incite threats, harassment and vandalism against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a Britain-based company that tests drugs and household products on
animals.....The government charged that the group waged a five-year campaign against the company, posting the names, addresses and phone numbers of Huntingdon employees and those who do business with the company, and personal information such as where they go to church and where their children attend school. Many of those people saw their homes vandalized and received threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls. The group, based in Philadelphia, maintained its actions were protected under the First Amendment.

There may be some legitimate issues around animal testing for household products, and cosmetics; even if far less so in relation to life and death medical research. But inciting threats to researchers and pinpointing their homes and families is beyond the pale. There is no better way to harm one's cause than with such tactics. Feel free to message the animal wrongs convict Josh Harper here. But as he's been banned from the Internet for a while - quite understandably, as it turns out - they'll have to forward your bon mots to him. Advice: surprise Josh by being radically.......civil.

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