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Animal rights protesters to demonstrate outside Telford charity shop

By Mat Growcott | Wellington | News | Published:

An animal rights group will demonstrate outside a Telford charity shop against what it claims is the "abuse, torture and murder" of animals.

Telford Vegan Group will meet at midday on Saturday outside the British Heart Foundation shop in Wellington, to protest against the charity's use of animals in its research.

But the British Heart Foundation said they only used animals when every other avenue was closed.

An open letter from Telford Vegan Group said: "The British Heart Foundation spend millions of pounds of donated money funding vivisection.

"We intend to expose the British Heart Foundation to the public in Wellington and all around Telford.

"We encourage the British public to support charities that do not support vivisection in anyway."

Simon Gillespie, chief executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “At the BHF, we’re committed to finding better tests, treatments and cures for heart and circulatory conditions, which blight the lives of 7 million people across the UK. Like many medical research organisations and charities, we do this by funding vital research using cells grown in the laboratory, computer models and human volunteers. Only when these methods aren’t feasible will we fund research involving animals.

“Every application for research funding goes through a rigorous review procedure. We proactively encourage the replacement of animals with other research methods and, when this is not possible, ensure the work involves only the minimum number of animals. We also require researchers to apply the highest standards of animal welfare.

“We’re sorry to hear about this protest but appreciate that some people have strong views on the subject. If any of our supporters have questions about this, I would encourage them to visit our website or contact us to find out more. BHF research has been crucial to the discovery of life-saving breakthroughs for heart patients and has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the last fifty years. But there is still so much to be done and, for the foreseeable future, that will involve using animals in research.”

The demonstration will take place from midday until the shop closes.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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