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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 1, No. 2 - Fall/Winter 2002


National Primate Liberation Week -- Nationwide Activism for Animals!!!


                In August Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! launched the first-ever National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW).  Local and national organizations participated in 15 NPLW events across the U.S.  Primate torturers from Seattle to Nashville and from Ann Arbor (MI) to Houston felt pressure from activists to end the abuse of animals in laboratories.


                The first protest took place in Nashville (TN) targeting abusive brain-mapping experiments at Vanderbilt.  Activists came together for a protest on August 23rd and received significant television coverage. 


                Protests began in Michigan on Sunday, August 25th in Ann Arbor.  On Monday, August 26th, SAENís Executive Director, Michael Budkie, announced the filing of an official complaint with the USDA against the University of Michigan (UM) in an exciting news conference.  The target of the complaint was the drug addiction experimentation of James Woods.  This experimentation subjects rhesus monkeys to cocaine addiction and withdrawal.  Protests continued throughout the week at the UM.


At the same time, the Alliance for Animals (Madison, WI) kicked off their NPLW events by releasing SAENís national report on primate experimentation, The Primate Experimentation Scandal, to local media.  This event was covered by the Wisconsin Radio Network, which provides news to radio stations throughout Wisconsin. 


                On Tuesday, August 27th SAEN Executive Director, Michael Budkie, joined protesters in Chicago to oppose brain-mapping experiments at Northwestern University.  This event was covered by the Shadow News Network, which provides news reports to radio stations in Chicago. 


                The Kalamazoo Animal Liberation League held a protest at the laboratories of the Pharmacia Corporation on August 27th.


                On Wednesday, August 28th a SAEN news conference in Madison (WI) exposed abuses within the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.  Both the Wisconsin Radio Network and Wisconsin Public Radio covered this exciting event. 


                On Thursday, August 29th Michael Budkie spoke to a group of activists from Wisconsin and Illinois about the cruelty of primate experiments and the horrors of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.


                Throughout the rest of National Primate Liberation Week protests and media events took place in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Austin, and other cities.  

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