Dying to End Vivisection Due to Government LiesSTOP PRESS: Barry dies
Barry Horne, gaoled for 18 years for taking nonviolent direct action in defence of animals tortured in laboratories, began his third hunger strike on October 6th, exasperated by the failure of the Labour Government to honour its election pledges on animal issues. Barry will continue his hunger strike until the government sets up a Royal Commission on vivisection - a specific promise made by the Labour Party in its pre-election statement on animal issues.
After nearly two months hunger strike, Barry is about to slip into a coma, from which he may not recover, has had his pagan last rights administered and has been moved from prison to a police-guarded bed in hospital after doctors decided his condition was critical.
As Barry said, "The fight is not for us, not for our personal wants and needs. It is for every animal that has ever suffered and died in the vivisection labs, and for every animal that will suffer and die in those same labs unless we end this evil business now! The souls of the tortured dead cry out for justice, the cry of the living is for freedom. We can create that justice and we can deliver that freedom. The animals have no-one but us, we will not fail them."
A close friend who visited him in prison just before he was transferred to hospital, said Barry seemed to be hours rather than days from death, having lost most of his sight and being unable to walk. Barry has drawn up a living will which states that he wants no medical help if he loses consciousness. Doctors said last week that even if he did give up the fast, his chances of survival were slim.
"Barry is still hoping that the Government will grant him a royal commission and he will not give up until they do. He is still determined to win, but if he doesn't win he will die," said a spokesman for Animals Betrayed Coalition.
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