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Saturday, 12th March

Twenty activists set out on a mobile demo to hit the vivisection industry and put pressure on those involved.

Beagle breeder Harlan in Belton, Leicestershire, was first up and we arrived in time to catch the Saturday staff out of work. As activists were running round the perimeter fence, others were at the gate letting the vivisection breeders know we will never give in.

As labs in the East Midlands went into lockdown, we headed to Cheshire to AstraZeneca's vivisection laboratories in Alderley Edge. Activists split up and headed in different directions around the site.

One group went into the AstraZeneca Sports Club, where workers of the company were trying to spend their weekend away from the laboratory suffering they cause. Megaphones were out and managers failed at claiming the club wasn't part of AZ, despite admitting it was when they didn't realise who we were - doh!

Another group headed straight in through the front gate and ran around the site, with security guards looking confused at how to handle the situation. Vivisectors tried leaving, but were diverted because of the angry protest still at the main gate. After a while, we headed on.

We headed the short distance up the road to Manchester Airport, where many thousands of laboratory animals are imported into the UK each year. As police and airport security followed one vehicle, another two headed to the World Freight Terminal where Air France-KLM are based. As ten security and police vehicles came into the area, they didn't know how to handle the situation so protesters split up and gave them the run-around, letting everyone know about AF-KLM's record of animal abuse.

To finish the day it was back to AstraZeneca at Alderley Edge. You'd have thought they'd have learnt their lesson, but activists still managed to visit again and to see the laboratory's beagle unit at the back of the site. Cages could be seen and these poor animals could be heard in their confinement.

Our movement is spreading, fighting back against the abuse in laboratories. For the animals.



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