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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
From the Summer 2007 Issue

WLALW 2007 - Fighting for Animals Across the U.S.

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW) (April 22 – 28, 2007) was the largest event in opposition to animal experimentation in recent years!  During this amazing week, protests, news conferences, and other media events occurred in 41 cities spanning 26 states coast to coast.

WLALW 2007 events were coordinated in Birmingham (AL), Phoenix (AZ), Los Angeles, Davis, & San Francisco (CA), Denver (CO), Farmington, Hartford, Storrs, & Wallingford (CT), Jacksonville & Maitland (FL), Atlanta (GA), Moscow (ID), Fort Wayne (IN), New Orleans & Lafayette (LA)  Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Minneapolis (MN), Jackson (MS), St. Louis (MO), Syracuse & New York City (NY), Cleveland & Columbus (OH), Beaverton & Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), Chattanooga & Nashville (TN), Austin, Dallas, & Houston (TX), Burlington (VT), Fredericksburg & Richmond (VA), Seattle (WA), and Milwaukee (WI).

During WLALW 2007 SAEN’s Michael Budkie led successful news conferences in New Orleans & Lafayette (LA), Birmingham (AL), and Nashville (TN) reaching hundreds of thousands of people through news coverage on radio and television. 

SAEN ventured into Louisiana, because it is the number one state in the U.S. for imprisoning primates.  Tulane University (New Orleans) is home of one of the eight regional primate research centers, imprisoning over 6000 primates.  During the 2005 reporting year over 900 primates died at Tulane, making it one of the deadliest labs in the nation for non-human primates.  The University of Louisiana, Lafayette is the recipient of the NIH funding for the New Iberia Research Center, which imprisons another 6200 primates. 

In these news conferences SAEN released information about highly invasive animal experiments at the University of Alabama (Birmingham), Tulane, and the University of Louisiana (Lafayette) and Vanderbilt University to news media.  We are continuing to work with local activists in these areas to investigate and keep the pressure on these laboratories.

The campaign against experimentation at the University of California, Los Angeles continued during WLALW with a major protest which ended at the Chancellor’s office where activists fought for the right to inspect UCLA laboratories.

The University of Washington, Seattle was the target of another major protest which focused on the university’s multiple violations of federal law, temporary cessation of a research project, and reprimand of a UW researcher – all due to an official complaint filed with the USDA by SAEN.

Across the U.S. activists focused on the increase in violations of federal laws by laboratories.  In the five-year period ending in 2006 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by laboratories increased by over 90%.  Key issues included inadequate veterinary care and protocol regulation by Institutional Animal Care & Use Committees, who were responsible for more than half of the AWA violations by research facilities.

WLALW 2007 was also the beginning of our effort to meet with representatives of laboratories to initiate negotiations for concrete changes in animal experimentation. However, our initial efforts were unsuccessful. In most cases, our attempts at dialogue were stymied by local police or security who refused to allow us to talk to laboratory/university staff.

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