This Saturday (25 August), a national march and rally will be taking place in Cambridge against Harlan Interfauna, which breeds beagles for vivisection. Last year, the Sunday Times ran an expose based on the testimony of a former Harlan employee. The piece revealed shocking details about the treatment of the dogs in its care, such as senior employees kicking and punching beagles during training sessions in correct animal handling techniques. It was also reported that staff would write swear words on the dogs with marker pens, or shave pictures into their fur.
The event begins at midday, at Parkers Piece, Cambridge CB2 1AA, and will feature guest speakers from the scientific community. The Cambridge branch of Lush will be supporting the event by offering free cosmetic treatments and beagle-themed fun! Activists will also be collecting signatures for a petition to the Home Office calling for the closure of Harlan, and a public inquiry into its treatment of beagles.