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The Defender
From Spring 2009 Issue

National Primate Liberation Week 2008 Ė- Taking on the Abusers from Coast to Coast

National Primate Liberation Week 2008 (NPLW) was an amazing event which focused the attention of the American Public on the continuing abuse of primates in U.S. labs. Crucial cities across the nation saw major media events coordinated by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! as well as many local groups.

SAENís Executive Director, Michael Budkie, coordinated dramatic news conferences in Baltimore (MD) and Richmond (VA) to reveal primate abuse at Johns Hopkins and the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. He also coordinated a media event in Raleigh (NC) to expose inadequate enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by the USDA.

On the west coast, local activists from Vigil for Animals targeted the heinous labs of the University of California in San Francisco while SAENís Los Angeles Chapter coordinated events targeting both UCLA and the California Institute of Technology, and StopCalVivisection held a protest at the University of California, Berkeley. The Northwest Animal Rights Network held a protest at the University of Washington, Seattle.

On the east coast, the Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC) held a major protest at Harvard Square to oppose the continuing abuse of non-human primates at the New England Primate Research Center which is run by the Harvard Medical School. This facility performs numerous terrible primate experiments including one which studies self-injurious behavior in dozens of macaque monkeys.

In the Midwest, the Michigan Animal Rights Society coordinated a protest at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while the Kalamazoo Animal Liberation League protested at the MPI lab in Mattawan.

Additional events were held in Reno (NV), Philadelphia (PA), Hanover (NH), Austin (TX), and New Haven (CT).

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

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