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Raid Sees 1,000 Mice And 18 Primates Go Free In Italy

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Originally Posted by Annikat View Post

I am all for rescuing animals from labs, but is the spray paint really necessary? I also really doubt that the people helping the slaves torched the houses back then or destroyed the buildings. (I seriously can't believe that we are comparing rats and African American slaves)
It's the same theory as when resistance fighters destroyed the railroad tracks on which the Nazis were traveling in order to hurt them, only even more direct, i.e. destroying the instruments of torture. And economic sabotage makes sense, in terms of lessening the likelihood that labs might continue, that is, increasing the costs of doing vivisection. If you dont think economic sabotage was part of other resistance movements, I think you're quite naive.
I don't know. They're not wild animals, so they would not be set free. When you hear about mink being set free, that's different - they are wild animals.

But even if they were humanely euthanized, that's a far better ending for them than being a research tool in a lab.

Not personal to anyone here, but anyone who supports vivisection I think hasn't got much to say about what happens to rescued animals. A vivisection lab is the worst existence I can imagine. It's lingering torture.
You should look up the definition of "wild" and "domestic" in this context. Even if a chihuahua is feral, he or she is still a domestic animal. Even if a lion is bred in a zoo, he or she is still a wild animal. Mink are still wild animals, despite what the fur industry might say. And, some animals cannot be truly domesticated, even after generations of humans trying to do just that.
Originally Posted by OregonAmy View Post

However, that brings me to another question -- these 1000 mice were just removed from the facility. Won't the company just order 1000 more mice? So doesn't "freeing" the mice actually increase production & demand for laboratory animals?
That would be why any destruction of lab equipment occurs - economic damage. They also have to spend more money on security, and they get some press (pictures of animals) that probably isn't wanted. It all adds up to making it less desirable to do vivisection. Some breeders and farmers that have had liberations simply close, because it isn't worth it to deal with security, and the cost of repairing facilities and replacing animals. Insurance costs go up. A monkey lab at Cambridge was not built because of these concerns - they knew they wouldn't be able to protect the lab all the time. Maybe any one action would not spell the end for a facility, but one can see that it adds up as part of a protracted struggle, for those who choose this method.
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