Primate Liberation Week

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"
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October 12 - 20, 2013?

Local Events - October 12 - 20, 2013

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Primate Liberation Week 2013

Fellow Activists,

Over 70,000 primates (rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, marmosets, tamarins, etc.) are experimented on every year in the United States. Many thousands of primates are also imprisoned in labs for breeding and conditioning. Our best estimates (based on USDA statistics) reveal that over 150,000 primates are held captive in U.S. laboratories and the animal dealers that supply them (including those used for experimentation and/or breeding).

Pick a target for your event. Locate primate laboratories by using the Facility Reports and Information section of our website.

Primate laboratories are located within many major cities across the U.S. including: 

Birmingham (AL)
Little Rock (AR)
Phoenix (AZ)
Tucson (AZ)
San Francisco (CA)
Los Angeles (CA)
San Diego (CA)
Davis (CA)
Denver (CO)
New Haven (CT)
Washington, D.C.
Gainesville (FL)
Atlanta (GA)
Chicago (IL)
New Orleans (LA)
Lafayette (LA)
Boston (MA)
Wilmington (MA)
Baltimore (MD)
Ann Arbor (MI)
Minneapolis (MN)
St. Louis (MO)
Jackson (MS)
Durham (NC)
Winston-Salem (NC)
Hanover (NH)
Princeton (NJ)
Piscataway (NJ)
Alamogordo (NM)
Sparks (NV)
New York (NY)
Rochester (NY)
Syracuse (NY)
Columbus (OH)
Portland (OR)
Pittsburgh (PA)
Philadelphia (PA)
Providence (RI)
San Antonio (TX)
Houston (TX)
Austin (TX)
Nashville (TN)
Richmond (VA)
Seattle (WA)
Everett (WA)
Madison (WI)

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.

Complete 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.

Read about the lives of laboratory primates:


Many primates are imprisoned in labs owned by the federal government. Approximately 4000 are incarcerated within the labs of the National Institutes of Health. Other federal agencies jailing primates include the Department of Defense, NASA, FDA, and the CDC. Many well-known colleges and universities incarcerate large numbers (thousands) of primates including Harvard, Emory, Tulane, University of Wisconsin, University of California (Davis), Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Washington (Seattle), University of Louisiana (Lafayette), Wake Forest, etc.

Many other universities hold significant numbers of primates including University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University, Yale, Virginia Commonwealth University, Louisiana State University, University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles & San Francisco), University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, University of Kansas, Washington University, etc.  

Other organizations such as The Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Manheimer Foundation (FL), Battelle Memorial Research Institute (OH) and the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (NM) also imprison significant numbers of primates. Private corporations such as Covance Research Products (TX, WI), Charles River Laboratories (MA), MPI Research (MI), SNBL (WA), Primate Products (FL), etc, hold thousands of primates captive.

Many of these primates experience horrible conditions. Recent government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration, starvation, hypothermia, heat stress, being boiled alive in cage washers, 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 many hours. Others 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 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 though recent information indicates that these numbers may be very low.

Duplication within the system is rampant, with some experiments being funded dozens of times simultaneously, wasting tens of millions in federal funding.

Though we often speak about tens of thousands of animals, we must remember that we are really speaking about individuals. These are intelligent animals with needs, desires, and intelligence. However, our laboratories treat them as though they were little more than furry test tubes. Please read about the lives of individual animals on our website.

It is 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.

Remember: 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.

Previous events:

Local Events 6-14 October 2012
Local Events 14-23 October 2011
Local Events 17-24 October 2010
Local Events 17-24 October 2009
Local Events 11-19 October 2008
Local Events 13-21 October 2007
Local Events 7-15 October 2006
Local Events 15 - 23 October 2005
Local Events 2 - 10 October 2004
Local Events - 25 October - 2 November 2003

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