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NZAVS ask the University of Otago to ‘have a heart’

Published: Thu 27 Oct 2016 09:36 AM
Thursday 27th October
NZAVS ask the University of Otago to ‘have a heart’ and Stop building the new animal lab
The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS), and other anti-vivisection supporters, have sent a clear message to the University of Otago. They don’t want the new $50 million animal lab to be built.
“NZAVS are asking for the University to instead invest in more accurate, reliable and humane research methods. We’ve shown them the evidence as to why, if they won’t listen to the science, maybe they’ll listen to their hearts,” said NZAVS Executive Director Tara Jackson.
11,358 paper hearts were hung outside the building site of the new lab this morning. Each heart represents one animal that was killed by the University of Otago for research, testing and teaching last year.
Chalk paths made from hearts were also drawn by activists that led from the campus and the Hercus building, where the current animal lab is housed to the site where the new lab is being built.
“We want students and members of the public to follow the hearts and see just how many more lives will be lost every year if this facility is to be built”, added Miss Jackson.
NZAVS have been campaigning to stop the lab since May and plan to continue their campaign until the facility is changed to a non-animal based research facility.
“Forward thinking facilities should be moving away from animal-based research, not solidifying this outdated practise for years to come”, added Jackson.
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