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The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 1 - Spring 2005

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2005 – Travels with Wally

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW) 2005 was even larger and more successful than last year’s event with activists participating in more than 32 cities within 18 states across the U.S. News conferences, protests, rallies, tabling, and other events revealed the truth about animal experimentation to the public on a huge scale.

WLALW 2005 events took place in Birmingham (AL), Tempe & Tucson (AZ), Los Angeles & San Francisco (CA), Denver (CO), Washington DC, Maitland, Palm Beach County, Orlando, & Tampa (FL), Atlanta (GA), Baltimore (MD), Boston & Southborough (MA), Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo (MI), Buffalo & New York City (NY), Raleigh/Durham (NC), Athens & Columbus (OH), Beaverton & Portland (OR), Allentown (PA), Austin, Dallas, Houston & Fort Worth (TX), Seattle & Vancouver (WA), and Madison (WI).

During WLALW 2005, we released our newest investigative report: The Animal Experimentation Scandal. This cutting-edge report reveals that millions of animals suffer in U.S. labs annually at a cost to taxpayers of over $12 billion. The highlights of this report are presented in The Animal Experimentation Scandal -- Federal Funding of Animal Experiments later in this newsletter.

SAEN’s Executive Director, Michael Budkie, traveled to Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama during WLALW to work with local activists in the fight against animal experimentation.

Media coverage of WLALW was extensive and significant. Examples from many cities including: Iowa City (IA), Madison (WI), Austin (TX), and Boston (MA) are in the media coverage section of our website. Events in Birmingham (AL) received substantial coverage from (4) television stations over a two-day period – including a live remote broadcast! Michael was also a guest on the Go Vegan Radio show (which broadcasts out of Los Angeles) to discuss animal experimentation.

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 2006!

Travels with Wally

No matter where we go, we are constantly confronted with the national crisis in companion animal issues. While traveling for WLALW, Michael was personally confronted with just such an “issue”.

On a deserted section of I-85 in Virginia, Michael came upon an apparently abandoned dog crossing and re-crossing the highway. It was almost dark, and the dog was a black Labrador without any identification. No animal shelters were nearby in this rural section of Virginia. In fact, the highway didn’t even have another exit for ten miles. Clearly, if the Labrador were left to roam on the highway, he would have become a fatality.

No choice existed. Michael now had a passenger for the next four days. As it turned out, Wally (as he was later named in honor of WLALW) was a wonderful traveler (even trying to help with map reading). Everyone whom Michael stayed with welcomed Wally into their homes. A special thanks goes out to Beth Levine for Wally’s collar, leash, and food. Wally is now a valued member of the SAEN family.

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