Alan was the next speaker, pointing out that the vivisection industry had nothing to do with improving human health, but had everything to do with money.
The protestors marched from Oxpens Park to the road where Oxford University’s new vivisection laboratory is situated, and stopped some tens of metres away from the new lab for some more speeches.
A poem was recited, telling the story of Felix, a monkey who was condemned to endure the most horrific of experiments within the university, before finally dying and being discarded like a piece of unwanted rubbish.
Matthew Simpson, a graduate of Oxford University, spoke of Oxford’s tradition of opposition to vivisection, and sought to give his former university the same lesson in ethics that the people he spoke of had tried to give over a century previously.
Mel Broughton was unable to attend the rally due to his incarceration as a political prisoner. Instead, a written message was delivered on his behalf.
The final speech was delivered by the same lady who read Mel’s message, whose name I didn’t catch, who outlined the sort of horrific things that would be happening in the new vivisection laboratory.
The protestors then marched back from the university site to Oxpens park. As has become traditional on these occasions, they marched in silence along Oxford’s high street before making an enormous din upon reaching the end of the street.
Contrary to the mainstream media’s stereotype of violent animal rights extremists, this was a very peaceful (if very noisy) event. I’m not aware of any arrests having been made, and the day was only marred by one incident when a passing member of the public apparently threw an egg at some of the protestors.