Animal Liberation Youth joined Douglas Leith out on the streets for “Australia's Biggest Mourning Tea” and “Deathodil (Daffodil) Day” - two demos organised to open people’s eyes to the cruelty behind animal research. ALY activists gathered in Federation Square and in front of Flinders Street Station during the peak hour morning rush. They leafleted the public about the cruel and senseless animal experiments and informed people that their generous and kind hearted donations to the cancer research appeal will actually be used to fund unscientific animal pain, suffering and death.
ALY handed out over a thousand leaflets containing information about vivisection including the Preferred Products List (PPL) produced by Choose Cruelty Free along with other vegan literature. PPL is an excellent booklet containing information about products not tested on animals. It is an important resource for buying vegan and cruelty free products (email email@example.com for a free copy).
Haphaestus, a larger than life model of a laboratory dog (inside a cage with a cigarette mask strapped to her face) joined the demonstration too. The dog model simulates what smoking experiments can look like and what animals, in particular dogs, go through for cancer research - in this case to study lung cancer in smokers.
Members of the public were very responsive and incredibly shocked when shown the facts about vivisection. ALY helped draw much needed attention to the plight of lab animals.
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