National Primate Liberation Week: Oct. 7 - 15, 2006
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National Primate Liberation Week:
Oct. 7 - 15, 2006
From Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN)

120,000 suffering primates
need your help!

Fellow Activists,

 

Over 55,000 primates (chimpanzees, rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, etc.) are experimented on every year in the United States.  Another 45,500 are imprisoned in labs for breeding and conditioning.  This brings the total number of primates held captive in non-federally owned laboratories to almost 100,000.

Many more primates are caged in facilities owned by the federal government. Over 7000 are imprisoned within the laboratories of the National Institutes of Health. The Department of Defense incarcerates over 1600. Other federal agencies also use primates in experimentation including NASA, USDA, FDA, and the CDC. And animal dealers who sell primates to labs lock away 7000 - 10000.

 

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.

 

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 for your use on our website.

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)
Richmond (VA)

Atlanta                        
Chicago

New Orleans      
Baltimore                     
Ann Arbor (MI)          
Minneapolis

St. Louis            
New York                   
Rochester                    
Durham (NC)

Winston-Salem (NC)
Pittsburgh                    
Philadelphia                 
Nashville (TN)

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 7 - 15?

 

With Respect for All Life,

 

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!)

 Local Events 7-15 October 2006

Sign-On as a Participant in National Primate Liberation Week

Primate Experimentation in the US: The Facts We Weren’t Supposed to Know

The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2003 - An Investigative Report

Government Propaganda – Misleading the American People Concerning Primate Experimentation - A Report

Forty Years of Fraud:
The Regional Primate Research Center System
An Investigative Report

Animal Experimentation in the United States (July 2003)

General Access Letter

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