World Day For Lab Animals – April 24th

In 1979, the NAVS established World Day for Laboratory Animals (also referred to as Lab Animal Day) on April 24th – Lord Dowding’s birthday. This international day of commemoration is recognised by the United Nations, and is now marked annually by anti-vivisectionists on every continent. The World Day for Animals in Laboratories was established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) as a way to draw attention to the suffering of animals used in scientific research and testing. It was first observed on April 24th, 1979, to mark the birthday of William Shakespeare, who famously wrote, “I will not be a butcher of animals.” Since then, the World Day for Animals in Laboratories has grown to become a global event, with animal welfare organizations, activists, and individuals from all over the world coming together to raise awareness of the issue and advocate for change.

The day is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of animal testing, to recognize the importance of treating animals used in research and testing with compassion, and to promote alternative methods that do not harm or kill animals. It also serves as a reminder of our moral and ethical obligations towards animals, and the need for greater protections for their welfare.

World Day for Animals in Laboratories is a time to reflect on the impact of animal testing. And to take action to make a difference. By educating ourselves and others, supporting alternative methods, advocating for change, and donating to animal welfare organizations. We can help ensure that animals used in research and testing treated with compassion and respect. Let’s use this day as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of animals around the world.

6 thoughts on “World Day For Lab Animals – April 24th

  1. Thank you. People should also be aware that some companies that say cruelty free are only that in the U.S. Their oversees operations still test on animals.

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  2. Thank you JWS for this important post. I always try to find products that advertise as “not tested on animals.” The Body Shop is good for these/

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  3. I agree totally, no creature (unless its human) should be used in lab testing, BUT I do allow my deceased dogs to be necropsied and organs and blood can be used. I have had Bernese Mountains and Golden Retrievers for over 30 years. Bernese Mountain Dogs who have an inherited gene for degenerative myleopathy will be helping research for human ALS which is similar (my older sister died of this). Golden Retrievers participate in human cancer research. My6 animals are then created and I have all their ashes waiting to be buried under a tree with me.

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