I am sending this out now,as I am going to make this the next meetup event for our group. Please do your absolute best to attend this event,as we want there to be as many people on this march as possible.
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Sent: 3/26/2009 12:13:01 AM
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Subject: [ARevents] Just over a week to the World Day March in London
Saturday 25th April
National March and Rally in London to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories.
Meet 12 noon, Hyde Park, Reformers' Tree, near Speakers' Corner.
There is now just over a week to go until the National March and Rally in London to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories on Saturday April 25th. Already campaigners are planning to travel to London from across the UK, with still more coming from other countries such as France, Sweden, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain.
It promises to be the biggest anti-vivisection march for years, and will bring together campaigners from many different parts of the movement. As well as seasoned campaigners, we also hope to attract many new and young activists, some of whom were not even born when many thousands regularly marched against animal experiments. With this march we hope to revive the spirit of those marches, and unite the movement in a show of strength and solidarity.
Meeting in Hyde Park
The day will begin with a gathering from 12noon in Hyde Park. Here there will be speeches and information about various aspects of the anti-vivisection struggle, and more importantly what we can all do to help end this barbaric and unscientific practice.
March through central London
At around 1.30pm we will begin the march which will take us through the centre of London, through the busiest areas of the capital, including Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, enabling us to get our message across to tens of thousands of shoppers, tourists and residents along the route.
To Whitehall, Downing St and rally at Parliament
Then the march will move on to the political centre of London, along Whitehall, past the end of Downing St, into Parliament Square and past the Houses of Parliament. Here the march will end with a rally, with speeches calling among other things for an end to government support for vivisection, and an enquiry into the whole area of animal experimentation, something which the government promised some 12 years ago before coming to power, one of many broken pre-election promises which the march will highlight.
After-March Evening event
The rally at Parliament will finish at around 5pm.
From 6pm 'til around 11pm there will be an after-march info/social event at Conway Hall, which is just a short walk or bus/tube ride away. Here the anti-vivisection theme will be continued, with information stalls, films, speakers and discussions about where we go from here, all in relaxed surroundings, with lots of tasty food and drinks (all vegan).
What to bring
Please do feel free to bring your own banners, placards, costumes, be creative, inventive and colourful, we want to make the march as eye-catching as possible. Also please bring megaphones, drums, whistles etc, let's make ourselves heard; as well as showing our anger and sorrow about vivisection, we also want the march to be a celebration of our movement and its determination to bring the suffering to an end once and for all.
Whether or not you can make it on the day, you can help us to publicise the march. We have posters and leaflets which we can send you by post or you can download from the website. Please help us to spread the word by distributing them to friends and fellow campaigners, or by placing them in places such libraries, health food shops, community centres, offices etc. Forward this email and the link to our website and facebook page to as many of your contacts as possible. There are web banners you can download from the website.
The march and rally and other events for World Day in London are being organised by a collective of individuals and grass-roots groups. Please consider making a donation to help us make the day a big success. Send Cheques/PO���s (payable to 'WDAIL') to the address below.
World Day for Animals in Laboratories (WDAIL)
Write to: BM Box 8623, London WC1N 3XX.
"He who does not hesitate to vivisect would not hesitate to lie about it" George Bernard Shaw
It is now over 10 years since Labour was voted into government but any hopes that they would carry out their pre-election promises on animal experiments have long vanished. Soon after coming to power, the Government abandoned plans to hold an official inquiry into animal experimentation claiming this would be too costly. At the same time the Labour Party was accepting millions in party donations from powerful figures in the biotech and pharma industries, who were in return given key government positions and life peerages.
In the intervening years this has allowed the drug companies to wield huge influence over government policy. Far from the promised reduction and end of vivisection, in the past 3 years the number of animal experiments has actually started to increase for the first time since the 1970���s.