World Day for Laboratory Animals 2023: Purpose, History – World Day For Animals In Laboratories (WDAIL, known as World Lab Animal Day) is observed every year on 24 April to pay attention to animal suffering, and killings undertaken in laboratories across the world. The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) considers the day an “international day of commemoration” for animals in laboratories.
- The main purpose of this day is to eliminate the suffering of animals in laboratories around the world.
- this day also promotes their replacement with advanced scientific non-animal techniques.
- In 1979, NAVS founded World Day for Laboratory Animals (also referred to as Lab Animal Day) on April 24 – Lord Hugh Dowding’s birthday.
- In 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), led by PETA Founder, Ingrid Newkirk, organized the first World Day for Laboratory Animals protest in the U.S.
- “World Week for Animals In Laboratories” or called Lab Animal Week is being observed between 20th April and 26th April 2021.
About National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) –
- Founder: Frances Power Cobbe
- Founded: 1875
- Purpose: Animal welfare
- Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom