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Spring 2010 Issue

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

National Primate Liberation Week 2009 –- Largest NPLW Ever!

National Primate Liberation Week 2009 (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.

SAEN’s Executive Director, Michael Budkie, coordinated dramatic news conferences in Lafayette (LA) and San Francisco (CA) to reveal primate abuse at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center and University of California, San Francisco. These two news conferences generated media coverage that blanketed the U.S. and appeared in such publications as USA Today and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The west coast was targeted with many NPLW events. The SAEN news conference in San Francisco was followed by an energizing rally organized by the Army of Compassion to further pressure UCSF. SAEN’s Los Angeles Chapter coordinated a candlelight memorial at UCLA, and Cease Animal Torture showed the anti-experimentation movie “Chattel” in Long Beach. The Northwest Animal Rights Network protested at the University of Washington, Seattle.

On the east coast, Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC) held a major protest in Harvard Square to oppose primate experimentation at the New England Primate Research Center, run by
Harvard’s Medical School. In Washington DC, the National Institutes of Health was targeted by protestors.

In the Midwest, Michigan Animal Rights Society organized a protest at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while the Kalamazoo Animal Liberation League (KALL) protested at the MPI lab in Mattawan. The KALL protest garnered major news coverage from the Kalamazoo Gazette and WKZO radio. In Columbus, The Ohio State University was the focus of a major protest. The University of Pittsburgh was targeted with a crucial protest and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City also saw picket lines.

Other major protests were held in Reno (NV) targeting Charles River Laboratories, Chandler (AZ) spotlighting Covance, New York City hitting Huntingdon Life Sciences, Atlanta (GA) exposing abuse of primates at Emory University, and Tampa (FL) focusing on University of South Florida.

Educational tabling was coordinated in Hanover (NH) to expose abuses at Dartmouth and in Gainesville (FL) focusing on the University of Florida.

SAEN would like to thank all of the wonderful local organizations and activists that made National Primate Liberation Week 2009 the largest NPLW event ever with events taking place at 21 cities in 16 states and the District of Columbia. We look forward to continued cooperation as we work for a day when events like NPLW will no longer be necessary.

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