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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 2 - Spring 2006

National Primate Liberation Week 2005 – the Largest One Ever!!

National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) 2005 was even larger and more successful than the previous year’s event with participation in more than 21 cities covering 17 states and Australia. This is the first time that NPLW has gone international!

National Primate Liberation Week 2005 events took place in Birmingham (AL), Tempe (AZ), Chapel Hill (NC), San Diego, Davis, San Jose, Los Angeles, & San Francisco (CA), Storrs (CT) , Gainesville (FL), St. Louis (MO), Baltimore (MD), Southboro/Boston (MA), St. Louis (MO), Columbus (OH), Portland (OR), Houston, Dallas, & San Antonio (TX), and Seattle (WA). A National Primate Liberation Week event was also coordinated by the Queensland Group for Animal Rights in Queensland, Australia.

During NPLW 2005, we released our newest investigative report: The Primate Experimentation Scandal 2005. This landmark report revealed that over 120,000 primates suffer in U.S. labs and animal dealers costing $1.6 billion annually. The number of primate grants funded by the National Institutes of Health has risen 67% in the last ten years. The funding of the Primate Research Center System has risen 379% in the last six years to eclipse the $1 billion mark.

This report also exposes substantial abuses of primates at: Emory, Harvard, New Iberia Research Center, Oregon University of Health Sciences, University of California -- San Francisco, Los Angeles, & Davis, University of Washington (Seattle), and University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Media coverage of NPLW was substantial and widespread. Examples from many cities including: Los Angeles, Houston, and San Jose are in the media coverage section of our website at www.saenonline.org .

For this week long event Michael Budkie, SAEN’s Executive Director, traveled to San Antonio, San Jose, San Diego, St. Louis, and Davis (CA) to work with local groups to expose primate 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 to keep fighting for primates!

You can still be a part of the effectiveness of NPLW 2005. Contact your federal senators and representatives and ask them to reduce the National Institutes of Health funding for primate experimentation. You can find their contact information at:


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