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Animal Experiments: an Inside View from the Home Office.

Monday 19th October 2015 at 7 p.m.

Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford

Norman Baker

Animal Experiments: an Inside View from the Home Office.

Norman Baker was Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes from 1997 until 2015. From 2013 he was the Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for animals in scientific research, perhaps the only declared anti-vivisectionist ever to hold that post. He argued that ending animal research would bring both moral and economic benefits to the UK. He resigned as Minister in November 2014, famously saying that being a Liberal Democrat in the Home Office was like being the only hippy at an Iron Maiden concert (his own rock band, called Reform Club, has a new album due out soon).

Norman Baker’s political memoirs, Against the Grain, are to be published in September. This talk will be a rare opportunity to hear and question this distinctive personality on the political realities of animal research, and the prospects for ending it.

The event will be chaired by Sir David Madden, former British Ambassador to Greece, now senior member of St Anthony’s College

All are welcome! The event is organised by Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford. For more information, contact mail@vero.org.uk

Hedgehogs and Road Sense.

by Antony Porter.

It is heartening to learn that the hedgehogs of London’s Regents Park have evidently learnt to stay alive by never leaving that park. Conservationists who recently tagged a colony of up to fifty hedgehogs found that they survive simply by not attempting to cross the capital’s roads.
 
Motor vehicles kill thousands of hedgehogs on Britain’s roads every year. There are fears that they could vanish from our rural areas within a decade. These lovable, harmless creatures are often left squashed in the road. And with the ever-increasing motorisation and expansion of Britain’s thoroughfares, they simply don’t stand a chance.
 
Drivers and motorbike riders are therefore encouraged to reduce their speeds, especially within the countryside and nearby. They can also support wildlife groups in their initiatives to protect animals from traffic. At night hedgehogs can be seen in headlamps and thus avoided. Given the opportunity, many will move away quickly.

Image courtesy of Richard McMellon.

Image courtesy of Richard McMellon https://www.flickr.com/photos/37568385@N07/