Oxford University obtained a draconian injunction in an attempt to hinder SPEAK's ability to protest - it is the law that we include the injunction here. injunction

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Oxford University Encaenia Honorary Degree Ceremony Demo

Oxford University Encaenia Degree Ceremony 2017
Wednesday 21st June 2017 from 10.30am

SPEAK's annual demo against Oxford University's Encaenia Honorary Degree Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 21st June 2017, meeting from 10.30am outside The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ map

This is one of Oxford University's most prestigious events, and the Vivisectors are often "honoured". It is an opportunity for SPEAK to make their voice heard, the louder the better, so please join us on this very important occasion.

Friday, 22 April 2016

SPEAK World Day Vigil

Following numerous requests, SPEAK Campaigns will be holding  a peaceful vigil to remember all the animals who have suffered and died in laboratories worldwide.

Date and time: Thursday 28th April 2016 from 1.00pm until 5.00pm.

Venue: Opposite the Oxford University Testing Laboratory on South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS

There will be speakers and vegan food.

Please support SPEAK'S event for World Day for Animals in Laboratories.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

World Day Cambridge March/Rally

Just a reminder that the Cambridge World Day march is taking place on Sat 25th April. SPEAK are fully supporting this important event, please try to attend if you are able.
A good route for the march has been negotiated, riveting speakers will be there and of course Veggies will be supplying the food!

Friday, 6 March 2015

World Day for Animals in Laboratories 2015

This years World Day for Animals in Laboratories rally will be taking place in Cambridge on Saturday 25th April.
Meet up at Parkers Piece, Cambridge for 12noon. Speakers at 1pm, march at 2pm.
For up to date information, please visit the World Day Facebook page.

SPEAK will be supporting this important annual event and wish the Cambridge A/R group every success for the day.

SPEAK organised the 2013 World Day in Oxford. Here are some pictures of the day.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

As the General Election looms ever closer, we hope for the sake of the animals, that the Conservatives do not get back into power as their record on animal issues is truly appalling. Not only have laboratory animals been let down by the Conservatives, but the badgers are once more in their sights, as their intention is to carry on with badger culling. Also it is worth remembering that the majority of the Conservative Party are in favour of legalising fox hunting again (not that being illegal ever stopped the hunts from killing foxes, especially with the police willing to turn a convenient blind eye!)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Unsavoury Bedfellows

The past years Degree Day demonstrations have proved most successful and productive. We much appreciate the support received from both the public and the graduates receiving their degrees.

Several graduates mentioned that it came as no surprise to learn of the hideous experiments taking place in Oxford University's vivisection laboratories, as the University lacks any moral compass as is shown by its track record of involvement with some very dubious organisations.

We were told of Oxford University's dealings with armament companies and with organisations that destroy the environment.

The University has previously received research grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from BAE Systems, one of the world's largest military contractors. They have also invested substantial sums of money in Lockheed Martin, the US arms manufacturer that is involved in the cluster bomb trade (a loop-hole in the current legislation allows organisations and financial institutions to back cluster bomb manufacturers as long as they don't invest in the bombs directly!).

Shell is a company with a terrible record on both environmental and human rights issues, and yet Oxford University has no qualms about choosing Shell to fund its Earth Sciences Lab. Members of Oxford University Alumni were so incensed by this decision, that a hundred Alumni signatures were added to a letter opposing Shell's likely influence over the University's climate change studies.
Kate Allen, the director Amnesty and also an Oxford Alumna had the following to say about Oxford University and Shell -
"By picking Shell, Oxford University has chosen an odd bedfellow. Amnesty International has consistently highlighted Shell's poor human rights record in the Niger Delta. Large parts of the region, home to more than 30m people, have become a polluted wasteland due to the activities of oil companies.
Numerous oil spills have left local communities with little option but to drink polluted water, eat contaminated fish, and breath in air that reeks of oil and gas. Yet Shell has consistently failed to own up to its responsibilities."
Oxford University have certainly been in bed with some very unsavoury organisations. One day perhaps, the university will face the fact that it has social responsibilities! SPEAK will be back outside the Sheldonian Theatre when the Degree Day Ceremonies recommence next March to remind them of this fact.




Friday, 7 November 2014

Saving Badgers

Last month, SPEAK campaigners helped with the massive task of protecting badger setts in Gloucestershire, guarding setts until daylight, and were pleased to have been able to actively prevent badgers being cruelly shot in cold blood by the heartless killers.

Although SPEAK's primary concern is fighting vivisection at Oxford University, we are not a single issue campaign and will fight other forms of animal abuse as and when we are able.