What's this about?

This blog is a place where people can leave messages in memory of animals that were special to them in some way. In exchange they will be asked to make a donation to a charity called FRAME, that raises money to find ways to carry out science experiments without using animals.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Mitch-Monkey and leave a donation (minimum £5 please) and don't forget to mention who it's in memory of. Then come back here and make a comment on the latest post. When the donation is cleared by Just Giving I'll make your In Memoriam post visible.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lots of support

Hello everyone. I've been getting a lot of support from people on Twitter but so far nobody wants to give any money. I'm not asking for much. Just a few pounds.

The work that FRAME does is essential. There's a law that says that alternatives to animals in labs have to be used if they're available, but there's no law that says anyone has to look for alternatives. So scientists just go straight to the animals every time instead of thinking about how else they could do research. FRAME is supporting people who look for alternatives!

Every year just lately more and more animals are being used in labs in the UK (and in other parts of the world) and a lot of those animals are my relatives. They don't use great apes in Britain (that's animals like me - I'm an orang utan but other apes are chimpanzees and gorillas) but they still use loads of monkeys.

And the Americans use apes! Do you know they were going to send some chimpanzees into space? and you you think that they had plans to bring them back? 

Do you know about Laika? She was a Russian dog that was sent up to space and scientists said it was a great achievement. But not for poor Laika it wasn't. She died before she reached orbit - terrified and alone. What kind of achievement is it to send a dead dog around the earth in a tin can? Just remember that when scientists say that you have to use animals to find new drugs and treatments for things.

It's not right.

How can you help?
Click here and make a donation. Leave a message about what you want your Memoriam notice to say. as soon as Just Giving clears it, I'll put your notice on the special page here.

Or you could just visit http://www.frame.org.uk/ and click on the Donate Now button or you could just click here (which will take you to the same place). Tell them Mitch sent you!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Why I set up this blog

I learned about what happens to animals in laboratories a few years ago when I went to a conference in Rome. There were all kinds of people there who are working on finding ways not to have to use animals to test things on.  One of the best is FRAME. They have a laboratory where scientists try to find ways to do experiments without using animals. They helped to develop some of the new ways to test cosmetics that have meant the law can be changed so that no make-up or perfume sold in Europe can be tested on animals any more.

But there is still a long way to go. Please help me to help FRAME find more alternatives so that fewer animals are used in labs in the future.