NATIONAL PRIMATE LIBERATION WEEK 2003 – A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!
National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) 2003 was an extremely successful event. SAEN coordinated the second annual NPLW to bring activists from across the United States together to promote awareness of the use of primates in experimentation. Currently over 96,000 primates are confined within U.S. labs, with the federal government spending over $500 million annually on primate experimentation.
Throughout NPLW 2003 major laboratories that experiment on primates were targeted across the U.S.. Public education events took place in cities coast to coast. Activists in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Utah came together to expose abuses within primate laboratories.
Our work was very successful. Media outlets in several states produced major media stories covering the events of NPLW (see our website – www.saenonline.org in the media coverage section). The Worcester Telegram & Gazette made their coverage of National Primate Liberation Week into a front-page story.
Possibly the most important part of our work during NPLW was our filing of official USDA complaints against both the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) and Harvard. This is discussed in another article (below).
We would like to express our gratitude to all of the grassroots activists that participated in this event. We would also like to thank these organizations for making National Primate Liberation Week 2003 such a success: Northwest Animal Rights Network, In Defense of Animals, Vigil for Animals, Animal Activists of Alachua, Alliance for Animals, Massachusetts Action for Animals, Michigan Animal Rights Society, New York Animal Rights Activists, Voices for Animal Liberation, Utah Primate Freedom Project, and In Solidarity With Animals. We would also like to thank the National Activists Network for media assistance.
National Primate Liberation Week 2003 is an excellent
example of the results of cooperation and coordinated action. Through the
combined efforts of hundreds of activists and many wonderful local and
national organizations hundreds of thousands of people were educated about
the abuses of primates within laboratories, and one of the largest primate
labs in the U.S. was forced to change internal policy on primate
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