The University accepts that some people do not agree with animals being used for research.
Some opponents of animal research believe that animals should not be used in this way no matter what the potential for medical progress.
Others do not accept that some research using animals is still essential for medical progress, and claim that there are other ways of finding out answers to health problems. This is contrary to the overwhelming body of scientific opinion, and the issue is addressed in the 'research using animals: an overview' section of this website (see link on left).
The vast majority of those opposed to research using animals make their views heard within the law. The University is committed to free speech and supports people’s right to protest.
However, a minority of opponents to animal research operate outside of the law and are willing to use threats, intimidation, harassment and violence. The protection of staff, students, funders, alumni and those who work with the University is a priority. To that end, the University has sought and obtained a legal injunction granting protection from harassment. This is explained in full below.