World Day for Laboratory Animals

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World Day For Animals In Laboratories (WDAIL) (also known as World Lab Animal Day)[1] is observed every year on 24 April. The surrounding week has come to be known as "World Week for Animals In Laboratories".[2] The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) describe the day as an "international day of commemoration"[1] for animals in laboratories.


World Day For Animals In Laboratories was established in 1980 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA)[3]. PETA Founder, Ingrid Newkirk created the day to advocate for animals in labs.

Today the event is marked by demonstrations and protests by groups opposed to the use of animals in research.[4] In April 2010 protesters marched through central London calling for an end to the use of animals in research,.[5] A similar march took place in Birmingham in 2012.[6] and Nottingham in 2014.[7]

World Day and World Week For Animals In Laboratories have also attracted attention from scientific groups defending the use of animals in research. On 22 April 2009 members of UCLA Pro-Test held a rally in support of biomedical research on animals,[8] and to condemn the violence and harassment directed at faculty member Prof. David Jentsch by animal activists.[9][10]

NAVS and other groups opposed to animal research have claimed that World Day For Animals In Laboratories is recognised by the United Nations.[1][11][12] However, the day is not included on the official list of United Nations observances.[13]

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  1. ^ a b c "The history of the NAVS". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ "World Week for Animals in Laboratories". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ "PETA's Milestones | PETA". PETA. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  4. ^ "World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ "World Day For Animals In Laboratories". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ "World Day for Animals in Laboratories rally, Birmingham". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ 2014 Nottingham Rally Report
  8. ^ "Stand up for Research at UCLA – April 22nd !!". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  9. ^ "West Side Story: Scientists vs. Activists". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Scientists, supporters rally at UCLA for animal research". Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Animal Aid: World Day For Animals In Laboratories". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  12. ^ Peter G., Tatchell. "Medical Charities Are Funding Animal Experiments But They Don't Want You to Know". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  13. ^ "United Nations Observances: International Days". Retrieved 11 April 2013.