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

The Defender
From Fall 2008 Issue

WLALW 2008 – Fighting for Animals Across the U.S.

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW) (April 20 – 26, 2008) 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 43 cities spanning 26 states and Washington, DC. International events took place in France, Israel, Ireland, South Africa, and England.

WLALW 2008 events were coordinated in Mesa (AZ), Los Angeles, Davis, San Francisco, & San Diego (CA), Farmington, Hartford, & New Haven (CT), Kissimmee, Orlando, & Maitland (FL), Chicago (IL), Fort Wayne & Indianapolis (IN), New Orleans (LA), Kansas City (KS), Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Detroit, East Lansing, & Kalamazoo (MI), Minneapolis (MN), Jackson (MS), St. Louis (MO), Reno (NV), Concord & Durham (NH), Syracuse & New York City (NY), Dayton & Columbus (OH), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), Nashville (TN), Austin, Bastrop, Dallas, & Houston (TX), Salt Lake City (UT), Richmond (VA), Everett & Seattle (WA), Madison (WI), and Washington, DC.

During WLALW 2008, SAEN’s Michael Budkie led successful news conferences in Dayton (OH), Detroit (MI), and Madison (WI). These media events exposed abuses within Wright Patterson Air Force Base, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan. SAEN news conferences and events in these states generated substantial news coverage from outlets like WHIO-TV, Detroit Free Press, Associated Press, and Wisconsin Radio Network, reaching hundreds of thousands of people with the truth about animal experimentation.

SAEN’s Michael Budkie also gave an informative lecture on animal experimentation at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The talk was well-attended and highly motivating.

SAEN chapters in Los Angeles (CA) and Nashville (TN) were also active during WLALW 2008. SAEN’s Los Angeles chapter coordinated protests at UCLA and the notorious Cedars Sinai laboratory. Our Nashville chapter met with 45th District State Representative Debra Young Maggart to demand action against Tennessee universities with substantial Animal Welfare Act violations.

Local activists across the U.S. coordinated many successful WLALW events. In Mesa (AZ) local activists protested at a Covance laboratory to expose the company’s history of animal abuse. Protests at Yale, University of Connecticut, and Hartford Hospital were jointly coordinated by PETA and Yale Affiliates Animal Rights Network. In Boston, Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition held a rally against animal testing in Copley Square and a protest against primate experimentation at Harvard Square. Residents of Reno (NV) held a protest at Charles River Laboratories. Win Animal Rights organized several anti-HLS events in New York City. People for Animal Rights coordinated a protest at the Bristol-Myers facility in Syracuse (NY).

Protect Our Earth’s Treasures (POET) coordinated several events in opposition to animal experimentation at Ohio State University in Columbus. In Defense of Animals’ Northwest Office organized three days of protests at the Oregon Primate Research Center. Local activists also held events to target the primate centers in New Orleans (LA), Seattle (WA), and Davis (CA).

Reach Out for Animal Rights assembled activists for a protest at the University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s leading violator of the Animal Welfare Act. Local animal protectionists in Richmond (VA) came together to oppose drug addiction experimentation at the Medical College of Virginia. Houston activists coordinated an event to expose the animal abuse of the Texas Heart Institute. PETA coordinated a public event at the Department of Health & Human Services in Washington, DC.

SAEN would like to thank all of the wonderful local and national organizations and activists that made World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2008 such a smashing success and look forward to continued cooperation as we work for a day when events like WLALW will no longer be necessary.

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