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

The Defender
From Summer 2009 Issue

SAEN Leads Animal Experimentation Talks at AR2009 -- SAENís UCLA Protest Tops Off Conference

Every year the Animal Rights National Conference (AR2009) brings over 1000 activists together for seminars, training, and motivational presentations on virtually every issue which faces the animal rights movement. AR2009, held in Los Angeles this year, was another extremely successful event which saw dozens of wonderful speakers educating participants on numerous topics. SAEN was a major player in this yearís event, handling seven presentations, tabling, and organizing a major protest at UCLA as the climax of the conference.

Our Executive Director, Michael Budkie, either led or participated in every AR2009 panel that dealt with animal experimentation. SAENís Office Manager, Karen, and our Summer Intern, Elyse, staffed SAENís information and merchandise table communicating with hundreds of attendees and spreading the word about many of our major campaigns and recruiting activists for the critical UCLA protest for Monday, July 20th.

According to participants, one of the best presentations of the entire conference was the Abusing our Cousins panel discussion, which revealed all aspects of the abuse which our society heaps on non-human primates. This presentation was led by Dr. Shirley McGreal, Chairperson of the International Primate Protection League, who explored the international trade in primates and their sale to the U.S. SAENís Michael Budkie presented an in-depth exposition of the use of primates in U.S. research laboratories. Kari Bagnall, Director of the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida, closed the session with a thought provoking talk on the primate pet trade.

Other presentations given by SAENís staff included: Newcomer Orientation II, Animal Abuse for Science, Vivisection Campaigns, Effective Tactics for Vivisection, and Research/Info Programs.

SAEN merchandise officially debuted at the AR2009 conference. SAEN t-shirts, stainless steel water bottles, and posters are now being sported by many conference attendees. Also unveiled at this event was Michael Budkieís new book, Tear at the Jacket -- a Grim Look into Americaís Primate Research Labs. All SAEN merchandise will soon be available through our website.

On Monday, July, 20th, dozens of AR2009 attendees gathered in the hotel lobby to board the chartered SAEN bus which would take them to the campus of UCLA for a major protest.

Over 100 activists marched from the edge of the UCLA campus to the chancellorís office to present a demand that the primate experiments of Joaquin Fuster be immediately ended. The rally was capped by an inspiring speech given by Michael Budkie (which can be seen on YouTube and Facebook).

The UCLA protest garnered major media coverage from the Los Angeles Times, two local Los Angeles TV stations, and the largest local radio news station.

Return to Summer 2009 Issue

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