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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 3, No. 2 - Winter 2004-2005

National Primate Liberation Week 2004 – the Largest One Ever!!

National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) 2004 was even larger and more successful than last year’s event with activists participating in more than 20 cities across the U.S. News conferences, protests, rallies, tabling, and other events revealed the truth about primate experimentation on a huge scale to the public.

During NPLW 2004, we released our newest investigative report: Primate Experimentation in the U.S.: The Facts We Weren’t Supposed to Know. This landmark report revealed that over 96,000 primates suffer in U.S. labs annually at a cost to taxpayers of over $1.1 billion. The SAEN report reveals that the number of primates imprisoned in labs has risen 42% in the last five years and the number of primate-based grants funded by the NIH has risen 55% over the same period. The report also reveals that as many as 35% of all primates within laboratories experience some level of social isolation.

Also, in this report substantial abuses of primates are exposed at: Northwestern, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Wake Forest, Duke, Yale, Harvard, McLean Hospital, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, University of California -- San Francisco & Davis, University of Washington (Seattle), and University of Wisconsin (Madison).

National Primate Liberation Week 2004 events took place in Atlanta (GA), Birmingham (AL), Nashville (TN), Flagstaff (AZ), Washington DC, Raleigh & Durham (NC), San Diego, Los Angeles, Berkeley & San Francisco (CA), Honolulu (HI), Kansas City (KS), Baltimore (MD), Southboro/Boston (MA), St. Louis (MO), New York City, Portland (OR), Houston, (TX), Salt Lake City (UT), and Madison (WI).

Media coverage of NPLW was substantial and widespread. Examples from many cities including: Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City are in the media coverage section of our website at www.saenonline.org .

NPLW 2004 protest at the National Institutes of Health

For this week long event Michael Budkie, SAEN’s Executive Director, traveled to Baltimore, Washington (DC), Raleigh & Durham (NC), Atlanta (GA), Birmingham (AL), and Nashville (TN) to work with local groups to expose primate experimentation. He was also a guest on a radio show in Houston, TX which discussed the cruelty and abuse which is a part of all experiments on primates.

We would like to sincerely thank all of the activists and organizations whose hard work made this event such a success. We look forward to working with everyone again in 2005!

You can still be a part of the effectiveness of NPLW 2004. Contact your federal senators and representatives and ask them to reduce the funding for primate experimentation as it is supported through the National Institutes of Health. You can find their contact information at:


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