JOHN P Hunter, in the Advertiser, shows his ignorance of the Animal Rights movement.

If he ever bothered to attend one of our rallies or marches he would see that we are a disparate group of people, men, women and children, bound only by our love of animals and our determination to do something about animal abuse.

The only people who wear balaclavas at the moment are the workers at the Oxford Laboratory, as they are too ashamed to show their faces, and occasionally the police.

It was not a cancer specialist who was allegedly attacked by a baseball bat but an accountant named Brian Cass, who is the chief executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Mysteriously, his injuries disappeared within a couple of days.

Vivisection is a 19th Century science practiced in the 21st Century and there are so many better techniques that do not involve the imprisonment and abuse of animals.

If it were not for vivisection, we would be miles ahead of where we are today.

Yes, I take medicine when I have to, but this is available despite vivisection, not because of it.

P Beaven.

Swindon Animal Concern.