World Week Roundup
Activists across the country came together to fight animal experiments and expose abuses & waste within U.S. labs during World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW). Protests and other media events targeted labs in California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Connecticut, as well as many other states.
Throughout WLALW Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) organized news conferences and media events in conjunction with the Alliance for Animals (Madison, WI), the Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing (Portland, OR), and other local activists to expose the waste and abuse within laboratories across the United States. Local groups in Seattle (Northwest Animal Rights Network), Tucson (Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom), Baltimore (Maryland Forum for Animals), New Haven (Animal Rights Front) coordinated WLALW events.
In an investigative report (The Animal Experimentation Scandal) that was released to media during WLALW, SAEN revealed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends approximately $8.5 billion per year on animal experiments. According to the report, the number of projects funded by the NIH has risen over 37% in the last ten years. One instance of redundant experimentation exposed by the report has the NIH funding over 450 separate projects that subject rats, mice, and primates to cocaine experiments.
The coordinated media efforts of World Week were covered by the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Wisconsin State Journal, WRUF and WUFT radio stations (Gainesville, FL), The Oregonian (Portland), Portland Public Radio, and the Portland Independent Media Center. Hundreds of thousands of people were educated about the redundancy and waste of animal experimentation as a result of the participation of activists across the U.S. in WLALW.
Just before WLALW began, SAEN launched our first website: www.wlalw.org . This website contains many useful resources including SAEN fact sheets, educational articles, reproducible photographs, and important tools for investigating laboratories.
The website was used by tens of thousands of activists as a resource before, during, and after WLALW. In fact, the site received over 30,000 accesses per week at one point.
We wish to thank all of the activists across the U.S. that made WLALW a success. Media coverage of the event can be viewed on our website.
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