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Summer 2010 Issue

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SAEN holds First National Day of Mourning for Animals in Labs -- Cruel Deaths memorialized from Seattle to Miami

May 30th, 2010, was the first National Day of Mourning for the millions of animals who die every year in U.S. labs. Memorial events were orchestrated in 13 cities coast to coast.

This event was kicked off early with a major memorial coordinated by Adirondack Animal Rights with Michael Budkie of SAEN handling news media, and a service conducted by Rev. Frank Hoffman. The Albany Times-Union and several TV stations covered this crucial event.

In Seattle (WA), Northwest Animal Rights Network memorialized the hundreds of primates who died at the hands of the University of Washington. Portland Animal Defense League (OR) came out to stand up for the prisoners of the Oregon Primate Research Center. In Reno (NV), Northern Nevada Animal Alliance and SAEN jointly coordinated a memorial service which was conducted by an animal chaplain at a Charles River Laboratories facility which was covered by several news outlets.

Two events honored the animals who are prisoners in laboratories of the University of California system. East Bay Animal Advocates took to the streets to focus on the University of California, San Francisco, and local activists marched on the University of California, Davis to remember the monkeys who have died there.

In the Midwest, at the University of Kansas Medical Center local activists participated in a memorial led by SAEN’s Michael Budkie. Multiple television stations as well as the Kansas City Star and Kansas Public Radio covered this event.

Northwestern University (Chicago) was targeted by Coalition for Animal Rights. Primate Freedom Project in Atlanta (GA) focused on Emory University. Local activists in Miami (FL) coordinated an event to expose Primate Products, Inc. Defend Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow protested the Bioreliance lab in Maryland.

New Hampshire Animal Rights League targeted Dartmouth, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey was also picketed by local activists.

The first National Day of Mourning was a solemn day designed to raise awareness of the ongoing deaths of animals in laboratories. Many attendees dressed in black or wore black armbands to memorialize the dead. Several locations held actual memorial services both to remember the animals and to assist activists with their grief.

This extremely successful event enlightened hundreds of thousand of people. Due to positive activist feedback, the National Day of Mourning event will be coordinated annually by SAEN, giving everyone another avenue to keep pressure on labs year round.


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