Animals In Print
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From 7 October 2003 Issue
National Primate Liberation Week 2003
(October 25th – November 2nd) is rapidly approaching!!
Over 52,000 primates (chimpanzees, rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, etc.) are experimented on every year in the United States. Another 43,000 are imprisoned in labs for breeding and conditioning. This brings the total number of primates held captive in laboratories to almost 100,000.
Many of these primates experience horrible conditions. Recent government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration, wasting diseases, hepatitis, encephalitis, and many other severe illnesses.
The experiments to which these intelligent animals are subjected are extremely cruel. Many primates are confined to restraint chairs for extended periods (up to 104 consecutive hours). Other primates suffer through the throes of withdrawal from addictive drugs. Devices are often literally bolted to the skulls of primates using steel screws. Infants are ripped away from their mothers and driven insane. This list of cruelties only scratches the surface.
These intelligent social animals often suffer terribly from social isolation. Approximately 35% of the animals housed in labs undergo some level of social isolation. Solitary housing has been shown to cause psychologically aberrant behavior in primates within laboratories. In fact, as many as 10% of isolated primates engage in self-injurious behavior, biting and tearing at their own flesh.
Right now government officials are seeking to increase the funding of primate experimentation in the U.S. by over $100,000,000. This money is our federal tax dollars. Duplication within the system is rampant, with some experiments being funded 187 times simultaneously.
As citizens of the United States we feel that we have the right to see what is happening within the laboratories that are funded with our tax dollars. Therefore, we would like to ask all activists to contact laboratories in your respective cities to demand an in-depth tour of the facilities. Sample letters are posted on our website (www.saenonline.org).
It is also crucial that all of us work together to educate the public about the horrors of primate experimentation. There are several important steps to be taken to prepare for events in your area.
First, look at the materials on our website www.saenonline.org which will be useful for educating both activists and the public. We have recently prepared new fact sheets about animal experimentation and primate experimentation. Several informative reports are available on our website to acquaint you with relevant information about primate experimentation. Photos of primate experimentation are also available on our website for your use.
Second, pick a target for your event. Primate laboratories are located within many major cities across the U.S. including:
Birmingham (AL), Little Rock (AR), New Haven (CT), Washington, D.C. Seattle, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver , San Antonio, Houston , Austin (TX), Gainesville (FL) , Atlanta , Chicago, New Orleans, Baltimore, Ann Arbor (MI), Minneapolis, St. Louis, Rochester NY, Durham (NC), Winston-Salem (NC), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville (TN), Richmond (VA), Madison (WI),
It is possible to locate primate laboratories by using the resources section of our website.
Pick the style of event you would like to organize. Protests, vigils, news conferences, informational tabling, leafleting, etc. are all worthwhile events. The type of event that you choose is limited only by your own imagination. Utilize the informational resources on the SAEN website to help in your planning.
Now go to our website and fill in the participation form so that we can support your efforts. We will provide you with information, press releases, and other technical support that will make your events more effective.
Remember one thing: the primates who are suffering in laboratories as you read this letter are depending on us to work together to fight for their freedom. We must exercise our rights (free speech, freedom of assembly, etc.) so that we can fight for the recognition of their rights. They have no voice but ours. They have no protection, no hope, unless you act. For every activist that does nothing, more primates suffer and die.
The decision is yours. You have the choice to do nothing, but your decision has consequences for the primates. Your inaction condemns primates to suffering and death. Your hard work can bring their freedom closer.
Where will you be October 25th – November 2nd?
With Respect For All Life,
Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SEAN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!)
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