In Memory of ‘Britches’ For 24/4/.


In memory of Britches


Every year on this day I remember the liberation of the macaque baby “Britches” from the University Laboratory of California (ULC). The ALF has made this exemption. Britches, a five-week-old monkey baby, was separated from his mother shortly after his birth. The aim of the experiment was to test the effect of a device on the blind so that blind people are guided by warning signals. For this reason the eyelids of Britches had been sewn and a sonar device attached to him.

On April 20, 1985, some courageous ALF activists deactivated the alarm system of ULC, entered the lab, and freed Britches, along with other 460 laboratory animals.

The story of “Britches” is perhaps known, but less well-known is that due to this action, these cruel trials in UCR were no longer pursued. The eyes of the monkeys were also no more sewn. And ALF has written with this liberation a history in the fight against animal experiments.

After a lot of actions, demos, signatures we have made against animal experiments, I ask myself today what we have achieved against this criminal idiocy (animal experiments). Unfortunately not much.

After 40 years of fighting animal experiments, the EU has forbidden animal experiments on cosmetics by law on 11 March 2013. This was really a great success! But this is obligatory only for the EU. In China, for example, animal testing for cosmetics is mandatory. The requirements in China mean that companies who want to sell their products there, must have them tested on animals. This means that if a cosmetic company from Germany wants to have new customers in China, it has to participate the animal experiments. Although this company is animal-free in Germany.

Nevertheless, a boycott of animal experiments is possible only in the cosmetics sector.

In the drug area, on the other hand, a boycott is almost impossible. All medications, treatment methods, surgical techniques … etc. have been tested in animal experiments, and are still being tested. In most cases with no clinical benefit. Because what works with the animal, does not necessarily work for human beings. The reason is that the animal experimentation system, as known, is based on an incorrect methodological approach, that is: the diseases of humans are reduced to symptoms in experimental animals. The so-called “animal models” are produced in Labor animals. Cancer is produced in mice by injection of cancer cells or gene manipulation. These “animal models”, however, have nothing in common with human disease, and are therefore not suitable for curing human beings.

Cancer is a typical example of the chronic unsuccessfulness of animal experimentation medicine. I quote the opinion of researcher Dr. Richard Klausner, director of the American National Cancer Institute, 1998 “The history of cancer research is the history of how to cure cancer in mice. For decades, we have been curing cancer in mice, but in humans it just does not work “.

I still want to end my contribution to the day of the experimental animals with a positive message, which has sent me a friend recently.

“Maybe we need to stop thinking of animals as these little furry test tubes that can be or even should be controlled,” Joseph Garner, a behavioral scientist at the Stanford University Medical Center, and lead author of the study, told NPR.

 “And maybe instead we should think of them as patients.”

Mice not ‘furry little people’: Researchers rethink animal testing as human trials fail

My best regards to all



SAV Comment –

Mark (SAV Founder), has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 17 years now.  Animals do NOT suffer from MS; only humans.  So, I ask, why then are we doing animal testing to find a cure for MS ? – Is this not like putting a car tyre onto a Boeing 747 and finding out if it can stand so many landings ? – it makes no sense; you test aircraft tyres on aircraft, so why try and find results for human illness by testing on animals ?

An animal trapped for fur will often chew its own leg off to escape the trap and death.  Would a human chew off his own leg and survive ?

A woman who has a hysterectomy is advised not to raise her arms above her head for several weeks.  When my dog was sterilised, we were out in the park playing ball within 2 days !

Animals and humans are not the same – they are very different; their body types are specific to their species.  You cannot find cures to human illness by testing it (or falsely creating it as with MS) on an animal – they react differently and are certainly not duplicate models for the human species.  Anyone who thinks they are  is living in the past.

And yes, animals are still being used to find a cure for MS.  Why does someone not investigate why the human species gets MS and animals don’t.  Is it genetic ? – are there other reasons ? – that would be useful research instead of artificially creating something in an animal that the animal species does not even naturally suffer from in order to find cures for a human only disease.

And yes you have guessed it; we still MS test for MS using animals; and still we have no cure for MS in humans.  I would say that all the time we test on animals we will never find a cure.  Lets go outside the envelope and undertake some proper research which does not involve animal testing but which will be beneficial to human diseases.

I have an illness and want a cure – but the cure does not exist in animals which do not suffer from it in the first place !

As an MS sufferer and someone who wants a cure, I will always speak out AGAINST animal testing for human diseases.  It makes no sense.


Check this out and you will see what I mean:




Monday 24th April is the World Day For Laboratory Animals.


Monday 24th April is the World Day For Laboratory Animals.


Check out a lot more on this and other lab animal campaigns at London based ‘Cruelty Free International’ (CFI) – formally known as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) which was founded as long ago as 1898. 


Read more about the fantastic work of, and many campaigns from the BUAV and its change recently to CFI at the following –


Check out the current site at:

Meet some CFI celerity supporters –




South Korea: Dog Meat Trade – Latest News And Actions.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO):
The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry
​ imposing dangerous health risks.

We are urging the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(UNFAO) to join us in the fight to end the dog meat trade in Asia. The ugly truth is that dog tonics and soup are harvested and created in an unregulated industry in the most disgusting and unsanitary conditions. From start to finish the treatment of the dogs is incredibly cruel and inhumane.

We are reaching out to the UNFAO to help us bring an end to the dog meat trade in South Korea.

How does Dog Meat Cruelty fit into “Eco-Paradise”?

Hwacheon County in Gangwon Province seeks to achieve the status of “Eco-Paradise”, the reason why they pursued Sister City agreements with two American Indian Nation tribes in 2005. They sought to learn from them, how to live in harmony with the natural environment. But where does dog meat farming fit into “Eco-Paradise”?

Let’s tell the Korean cities that they can no longer hide their shameful practices. It’s time to wake up and join the modern world.

Take action today to urge Hwacheon’s Sister Cities to help in the fight to end the cruelty toward our best friends.

Click each of below campaigns to take action.

Hwacheon – Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota


Hwacheon – The Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina


We will keep going until the South Korea ends the horrendous and barbaric dog eating!
Please add your voice today!

Sister city campaigns –

CARE is building a safe ‘Healing Shelter’
for over 300 dogs in their Organization.


Sharing for CARE:

Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), is currently protecting over 300 dogs at their no-kill shelters. Yet, the shelters are built in a temporary residence and the time that they need to move out has come. They need their land to permanently stay and to safely protect their rescued dogs from the harsh environment. Their ‘Healing Shelter Program’ is looking forward to solving this problem.

Learn more –

Clock is Ticking!
This may be the once in a lifetime opportunity for the Korean dogs.

Some opportunities only comes once in a life time. PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic in South Korea might be one of those opportunities. What would you do to save your best friends from horrific cruelty and unimaginable suffering? Probably a lot.  But we only ask a few minutes of your time (more if you can) to help speak out for these animals who have no voice. Feeling sorry for them would not change anything. Only action can. Thank you for caring!!

Take Action –

Petitions –



Russia:  ‘I have no sympathy for the animals…’


 ‘I have no sympathy for the animals… I feel a deep satisfaction’:

Barbarity of Russian fur farms where thousands are slaughtered to make $1m coats and blankets then left to rot in stinking corpse mountain

Further Information on Fur:

This is not related to the above, but for great anti fur campaigning, visit Respect for Animals (Nottingham England) at  







Thailand: Mali Has Been Alone Without Care For 40 Years. She Has Been Offered A Sanctuary Home But The Zoo Refuses. Petition Them Here.



Mali the elephant holds her own tail for comfort. She suffers from cracked nails and foot pads. She has never had proper medical care.

She is suffering, and it is up to us to help her.

Mali has been held in a barren pen at the Manila Zoo for 40 years. Decades spent pacing back and forth on a concrete floor have left her with potentially fatal foot problems. Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand has offered Mali a place where she can roam freely, receive the medical care she needs, and interact with other elephants. But the Manila Zoo has refused to let her go.

Please sign this Care2 petition demanding that Mali be retired to Boon Lott’s Sanctuary as soon as possible.

Elephants in the wild spend up to 18 hours a day walking on grass, soil, dirt, and mud. There is no way that elephants living in places like the Manila Zoo are able to get enough exercise to prevent cracked nails, overgrown cuticles, cracked pads, and arthritis.

When captive elephants develop foot and joint problems, it is imperative that they get care immediately before their wounds become infected. Mali has not received the appropriate foot care in the entire time that she has been held at the Manila Zoo. Elephant experts who have observed her recently now fear for her life.

Mali has spent 40 years alone and in pain at a facility that has done nothing to help her. Together we must speak out to make sure she spends her last years in a place that will nurture her back to health, provide her with a natural habitat, and expose her to the company of other elephants.

Sign this petition to free Mali from the Manila Zoo and send her to Boon Lott’s Sanctuary.

Thank you,

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UK: Update On Amy From IAR. Great Improvement, But Time Will Tell.



Dear Mark

I recently sent you an urgent appeal on behalf of Amy the orangutan. We found her chained by the neck, all alone in a small wooden crate with nothing but an old rag for comfort.

Our medical team were deeply concerned when they first saw poor Amy. She seemed to have completely given up on life.

Her legs were so bent that when our rescue team led her away from her wooden prison she struggled to walk with them.

Amy has undergone a second health check at our Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo, where the vets took x-rays of her legs to try to establish why they are so bent. The results showed that the bone is healthy and there are no fractures or bullets lodged in them. So the problem must have been caused by the long years in captivity which have affected the growth of her bones and her muscle development.

Only time will tell whether the damage can ever be repaired.


Thankfully, the vets’ latest report shows that Amy is making progress. She is taking an interest in her surroundings and playing with the leafy branches she is given as enrichment. And she no longer seems so sad and depressed which is encouraging news. But she still has a long way to go on her road to recovery.
If you would like to make a gift today towards Amy’s treatment and rehabilitation, your donation will be gratefully received and put to immediate good use by the team of vets and keepers who are caring for her. 

Thank you in advance for whatever you can give.

Yours sincerely

Alan Knight OBE
Chief Executive of International Animal Rescue


To donate to help Amy –


UK: Article 50 To Be Presented To The EU By The UK On 29/3/17. Petition and Video Links Against Live Animal Transport.

Well here we are in the week when (on Wed 29/3) the UK Prime Minister Mrs. May goes to Brussels and formally presents the EU with Article 50 – the formal declaration that the UK is going to leave the EU.  Many of us are very happy about this – the UK will get its independence back from the shackles of ‘do nothing’ Brussels, and all our laws will be changed and re vamped into better UK laws by British MPs in the UK House of Commons – not by un-elected self important; the ‘do nothings’ at the EU in Brussels.

On the animal welfare front already there are many national groups within the UK who are pushing the UK government hard for updated and better legislation when we formally quit the EU.  Something we have said all along – when we go it alone; animal legislation will get better than the false promises made under useless legislation in Brussels.  Article 50 presentation then gives the EU and the UK TWO YEARS to hold very important talks and to establish the future trade agreements etc which we hope will benefit both the EU and the UK.  But the main thing is that we get our own legislation back in the hands of the UK – not with jobsworths in Brussels who always say they can do nothing even when it goes directly against the legislation of EU law.

On the issue of live animal transport which we do know a little about, having been involved for around 30 years; work is already under way to get a complete ban on the export of live animals from the UK.  At the moment, hands have been / are being tied by the ‘we cannot do anything’ bunch at Brussels, despite them being presented with overwhelming evidence that the implementation of EU Regulation 1/2005 on the so called ‘protection’ of live animals in transport simply does not work and is not being enforced.  This is supposedly the main EU Regulation to ‘protect’ animals on the road.  The reality is, it is joke legislation – never enforced and not wanted to be by the Brussels leaders.

Ok, so the situation is if the sand headers at Brussels will not do anything to help animal welfare, then the nation of the UK will.  Hence just one of many reasons why we are getting out of the EU, taking back our own control and fighting hard now for a live animal export ban.  We hope that by early fighting, new legislation for a complete ban will  be in force under new UK law on the day (in 2 years time) when we formally leave the EU behind and make and enforce our own laws once again.

Here is a link to a report from the very respected Christa Blanke – the Founder of ‘Animals Angels’ – an organisation which specialises in exposing the cruelty of long distance animal transport across the EU and beyond.

Entitled – The Myth of Enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport – the report gives a superb insight into exactly why the EU legislation is simply not even worth the paper that it is written on – and boy have we also not said enough about this over the years?  All the welfare froups and their investigators have shown it time and time again – and still the EU refuses to act on the pile of evidence presented to them.


Here is the link to the excellent Angels report –


Also, as we have presented so many times in our posts, the EU is, for example, doing absolutely nothing regarding the situation for live animals being exported from the EU to Turkey.  Have a look at these videos which show the actual real situation obtained by actual, real investigators; not ivory tower jobsworths sitting behind desks in Brussels:


So; things like the above report go to Brussels; and endless video evidence like that shown above also goes too Brussels; and then what do we get back from Brussels ? – word from Mr Van Goethem and the rest of the dire team that ‘there is nothing they can do’ – they hold their hands up and take no action to enforce the rules, THEIR EU RULES; whilst every day, live animals continue to suffer. On the endless trips of cruelty and despair  Another joke is that Mr Van Goethem claims to be a veterinary – yes, a vet ! – are not these people supposed to look after the welfare of animals rather than dismiss the cruelty that is presented to them ?


The UK getting out of the EU is not going to change everything; but it will show the EU the strength of feeling over issues that they simply dismiss whilst shouting that they can do nothing.  If the UK can get out of Europe, take back its own laws and stop the export of live animals; then so can other EU member states.  But do they have the guts to do it or will they just keep on obtaining information and being continually met with the ‘we can do nothing’ shouts from the Brussels brigade over the next five, ten years or more ?.


For Brits, this is not good enough – the EU has failed the citizens of the UK when they have presented endless info and petitions etc about the horrors of live animal exports.  The EU has ignored the facts.  Ok, so now we ignore the EU and we go it alone, making new laws just within the UK and enforcing them.  Maybe the EU will learn from this, or will ivory tower EU continue to have its head in the sand as usual, ignoring the evidence and the campaigns for enforcement of ‘EU’ legislation within Europe !

Here is a new link, one of many, that calls to get the UK government to ensure live exports are banned when we formally leave the EU.  Please sign and pass on – already we have over 29,500 sigs from UK citizens.  Note that this can only be signed by UK citizens, as we hope the issue will be discussed in a UK parliament which represents the UK people.

Please crosspost any of the above links as necessary;

Regards Mark – SAV.