We want to raise awareness of the suffering going on behind closed doors, and to call the University to account for its uncaring attitude towards animal cruelty. Animals are not laboratory tools, but are sentient creatures capable of experiencing pain, fear, loneliness and sadness. They are not ours to eat, hunt or experiment on or otherwise exploit, whatever the perceived benefit.
According to the Vivisection Week of Action website, demonstrations are taking place this week at 18 locations across the country. In recent months, campaigners in West Yorkshire have picketed open days at the University of Bradford, as well as the offices of organisations linked to animal experiments there.
Activists are organising a march through Sheffield on 19th June, to protest against animal experiments. See http://saeis.wordpress.com/ for more information on the campaign or check out http://www.sheffieldaf.org.uk/ for information on other animal rights activism in Sheffield.