Petition created by 'Occupy for Animals' and 'ESDAW' as part of the International Day of Action against Green Hill and Vivisection - May 8th, 2012
86% of Italians are against vivisection (eurispes poll 2011) and want Green Hill closed down as soon as possible.
In Italy, the struggle for Green Hill to cease its activities has already lasted a few years.
Green Hill, located in Montichiari (Brescia – Italy), breeds beagles destined to vivisection labs and is Europe’s biggest breeder of dogs for the research industry. This company is owned by an American corporation called Marshall BioResources.
More than 250 dogs each month are sold to animal labs. These dogs are born to suffer and die. The 5 sheds of this breeding farm house as many as 2500 adult dogs and numerous livers. A concentration camp for nonhuman animals made of sealed aseptic sheds with no outdoor spaces, fresh air and natural light.
On Saturday, April 28th, a pacific march on Green Hill took place with over 1,000 participants from across Italy, and an unaccounted number of beagles were rescued at the end of the protest. This action led to the arrest of 12 people, released after 48 hours and now pending trial.
The pictures of the puppies gently lifted over the barbed wire have spread across the globe. These images have excited and moved millions of people, who are now aware of the reality of this concentration camp and want the abolition of the cruel practice of vivisection.
A first step could come from the Italian Senate’s approval of restrictive applications of Directive 2010/63/EU, which includes a ban on breeding and selling dogs, cats and primates for scientific purposes.
On May 9th, the Italian Senate Committee XIV will meet to vote on these amendments. Today almost 30 countries worldwide and more than 30 cities in Italy are simultaneously hosting protests and information stalls for the “International Day of Action against Green Hill and Vivisection”.
All these people ask just one thing: the closure of Green Hill and all other lab animal breeders in Italy, as a step towards the complete abolition of vivisection.
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