Target: Dave Schwartz, spokesperson for the Smithers Viscient testing group
Goal: Stop the Smithers Viscient environmental testing group from using animals as test subjects in lab experiments
The United States environmental testing group Smithers Viscient recently announced its plan to open a laboratory in Harrogate, England that will be used to run eco-toxicology tests on amphibians and invertebrates. At a time when animal testing has become unreliable and unnecessary, attempts to build more labs and continue the suffering must be stopped.
In a statement he made regarding concerns about animal rights, Dave Schwarts, spokesperson for the lab, denied performing tests on animals saying, “It is not the kind of testing that gets classed as animal testing. There will be no testing on mammals at this site.” Not only is this a blatant disregard for the value of the lives of amphibians and invertebrates, it is also a lie. The company has continued to deny allegations that they will also using birds despite the fact that they offer avian toxicology services.
In 2012 Smithers Viscient acquired Covance Laboratories, also in the town of Harrogate, which has been plagued by protests for years. Rather than choose an alternative testing methodology for their new lab to avoid public outcry, the company is planning on increasing security to deal with the problem. Animal rights groups have already begun attempts to keep the lab from opening, so far to no avail. The National Anti-Vivisection Society made a statement saying, “Regardless of what the species, animal experiments remain cruel and unnecessary. Every year in the UK around 3 million animals suffer and die in experiments. That is one animal every ten seconds.”
Though Smithers Viscient has been granted planning permission, it won’t be until the end of the year before the company could move in. Please sign the petition below to stop another animal testing lab from entering the world and to show the United Kingdom that we will not tolerate unnecessary suffering.
Dear Dave Schwartz,
Your company Smithers Viscient recently received approval for the construction of a new lab in the town of Harrogate that will be used to run eco-toxicology tests on animals. You also made a statement in response to concerns about animal rights claiming that what you will be doing is not technically animal testing as you will only be using amphibians and invertebrates. This is a complete disregard for the value of the lives of the animals you will be running tests on. It does not matter the species, all living things deserve protection from selfish and unnecessary suffering. There is no hierarchy on the value of life.
The last thing the world needs is another animal testing facility. The practice is outdated, unnecessary and has recently been proven unreliable. Please do not allow this lab to perform tests on animals. I realize that eco-toxicology tests are important for the protection of our natural environment, but there are alternative means of performing these tests that do not simultaneously harm that natural environment.
[Your Name Here]
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