A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night, April 25, on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol to memorialize the millions of animals that suffer and die each year in laboratories.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. with speakers, followed by the vigil at dusk."Two-thirds of the 60 million to 100 million animals killed each year in laboratories are used for non-medical purposes, in testing cosmetics and household products," said Dr. Robin Ballina, chairman of the Animal Rights Connection of Utah. "Biomedical research is too often redundant, trivial and downright fraudulent. The industry is poorly regulated, with the resultant waste of millions of animals' lives and billions of taxpayer dollars."