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4 August 2002
National Primate Liberation Week*

Where will you be August 24th September 2nd?

Fellow Activist,

I am contacting you today to ask for your help with an event that will focus on primate experimentation across the U.S. The event is National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) and it will take place August 24th through September 2nd. The goal of this event is to bring the suffering of primates in experiments back into the forefront of public opinion and to work for the end of primate experimentation.

The focuses of the event will be both effective and interesting to the general public. We will use protests, literature tabling, and news conferences to reveal important information about the cost of primate experimentation, trends in primate experimentation, the conditions under which primates suffer in labs, and to highlight the issue of isolation in primate experiments. Your participation in this event is absolutely vital. Thousands of primates who are suffering in labs at this very minute are counting on us to fight for their freedom. Please consider organizing an event (protest, news conference, tabling, etc.) in your area.

We will have many materials available for your use including reports, fact sheets, and photos. Several of the fact sheets are currently available on our website: www.saenonline.org. The information that will be the basis of one report which will be available for release during National Primate Liberation Week is on the same website in the articles section (The Eight Regional Primate Research Centers: Centers of Suffering and Death). We will also be adding another article: Through the Bars of a Cage: The View from Inside a Laboratory. We are currently assembling an additional report which will expose the truth about primate experimentation on a national level. This report will be available for use during National Primate Liberation Week. A vast assortment of photos is available on the website as well. Please look at the site when you have the opportunity.

I am contacting you now to give you as much advance warning about the event as possible. I hope that your local organization will be able to participate in the news conferences and/or to organize a rally/protest. Hopefully, the long weekend will facilitate travel for activists (the weekend of August 31st September 2nd includes Labor Day). Literature tabling is another effective option. Fact sheets for use in tabling are available in the fact sheets section of our website.

Every year in the U.S. 60,000 primates suffer in experimentation, and as many as another 40,000 are imprisoned for breeding purposes (to supply more victims for the labs). It is up to us to fight for their freedom. Please put National Primate Liberation Week on your calendar today!

I hope that this weekend will work for you calendar-wise. This week was chosen to not conflict with the summer vacation season, and to hopefully precede the likely media obsession with the one-year anniversary of 9/11.

Please advise me of your initial thoughts on this event, and let me know if you think any other organizations would like to participate. I will look forward to hearing from you in the very near future. Your participation in this event is crucial.

If you will be organizing a NPLW event in your area, please notify us ASAP with relevant information (contact information including location, email address, telephone number, type of event, materials needed, etc.). We will do everything possible to make your NPLW event a success!

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

*The name of this event was changed from National Primate Freedom Week to National Primate Liberation Week after SAEN was contacted by The Primate Freedom Project. The change in the event name was made to avoid trademark infringement.

PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL ACTIVISTS AND EMAIL LISTS!

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