When I received a phone call from Duke Ingram asking me if I wanted to be a part of the second chapter of the BESUREIS SAY NO educational awareness campaign addressing animal experiments, there was no hesitation on my part.
During this conversation the concept for my painting just “popped into my head” so to speak.
This campaign addresses the issue of vivisection in support of FLOE (For life on earth) and Betsy, the rescued laboratory Beagle.
Betsy who was rescued and saved by Dog’s Trust is helping Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan call for the EDM 278 science hearing in the UK.
Animal testing has a 90 percent failure rate in human drug trials.
Dr Andre Menache, MRCVS, who is the science consultant for the Say No Campaign
holds degrees in zoology and veterinary medicine and has campaigned against animal experiments since 1980, when he was a veterinary student in South Africa. He was instrumental in amending the Helsinki Declaration (version 2000), calling for the wider use of non-animal methods in research and testing. In 2015, Dr. Menache took part in the European Citizens Initiative "Stop Vivisection" which secured over one million signatures, and was followed by an EU Parliament Hearing to call for a ban on animal experiments. Dr. Menache is a member of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, specialising in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, and is a consultant on science and animal testing legislation for a dozen organisations worldwide, seeking an end to animal experiments.
With all this information, it was all the motivation I needed to immediately start creating the image (painting) which was to be the face of the second chapter of the Besureis SAY NO campaign.
The second chapter of this campaign has now started its journey. It will make its way around the world in seminars, school talks, concerts and more to educate and inspire the public to take action and be the change they want to see in their community.
Our precious animals deserve to be treated with respect.
Animals used in experiments include: rats, mice, fish, guinea pigs, birds, dogs, cats, beagle puppies, monkeys, chimpanzees, llamas, farm animals, sheep, rabbits and beagle puppies.
I hope that my painting will not only draw attention to the act of vivisection but to motivate people into taking action to force responsible regulation and hopefully put an end to these cruel experiments.