This year, World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) runs from April 20-26. It is an annual event designed to expose the plight of animals used for testing and research. WWAIL seeks to arouse concern for animals in laboratories as well as educate the public about the scientific, moral, and economic objections to animal experimentation, also known as vivisection.
World Day For Animals In Laboratories was established in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). The date April 24 was chosen as it marked the birthday of former NAVS President, Hugh Dowding. In April 2010 protesters marched through central London calling for an end to the use of animals in research, and a similar march took place in Birmingham in 2012.
Today the event is marked by international demonstrations and protests by groups opposed to the use of animals in research. One of those groups, In Defense of Animals, was founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz DVM. In Defense of Animals is an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals, and in 1986, IDA expanded the day of observance into a week-long effort to increase the effectiveness of the event.
Since then IDA has served as the international coordinator for WWAIL. Today, WWAIL has grown to involve scores of activities across the U.S. and worldwide. Everything from educational events to direct action protests has spurred unprecedented concern about animal research.
Please join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and others this year for World Week for Animals in Laboratories. IDA is sponsoring this event to ensure that the plight of animals suffering in laboratories remains in our consciousness as we advocate for the replacement of animal testing models with non-animal based practices. IDA exposes unnecessary use of animals as testing subjects in colleges and universities across the country.
The timing is perfect to help garner support for H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act. The passage of H.R. 4148 would ensure animals are not injured in any process involved in the creation or manufacturing of cosmetics. Currently, the bill's prognosis is very poor; it only has a 6% chance of going to committee and just a 1% chance of being enacted. It is sponsored by Jim Moran, the Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district. There are currently 30 co-sponsors. You can check to see if your Representative is one of them here. If the are not on board, give them a call! You don't have to live in Virginia to help. If successful, the U.S. would join the E.U., Israel, Norway, and India where this inhumane and unscientific practice has already been banned.
There's some great information about WWAIL on the IDA facebook page.