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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

From 26 March 2002 Issue


April 20 - 28, 2002

Fellow Activists,

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW), April 20 - 28 is rapidly approaching and the tens of millions of animals who are currently imprisoned in laboratories are depending upon us to keep up the fight for their freedom.

            Every year activists across the United States come together in solidarity with the animals and each other to re-ignite the battle for animal liberation.  This is the time when we must all come together for the animals that suffer so severely in laboratories. 

It is absolutely vital that WLALW be a success this year.  Continuing opposition to animal experimentation must again become a high priority for the animal protection movement.  Why?

Because a recent Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! audit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CRISP system has revealed that animal experimentation is increasing at an alarming rate.

The NIH is currently (fiscal 2001) funding nearly 30,000 grants that support animal based experiments.  This number represents an 18.3% increase over the last 5 years, and a 37.3% increase over the last ten years.  The best estimate that we can devise indicates that the NIH is currently spending well over $8 billion a year on animal experimentation.  Animal experimentation is increasing, and it is up to us to reverse this trend.

            Now, as never before, it is absolutely vital that the laboratories that are currently torturing and killing animals be exposed.  The public must learn that millions of animals are suffering and dying with virtually no legal protection.  The legislators, whether state or federal, that support animal experimentation must be made aware that their constituents do not agree with their actions.

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has launched a website or to support activists in the effort to plan and coordinate events for WLALW.  This website contains photographs of animal experimentation which are currently available nowhere else, and these photos are downloadable for your use.  Another part of the WLALW website contains informative articles about many aspects of animal experimentation to enable activists to educate themselves as effective spokespersons on the experimentation issue.  The WLALW site also contains a sampling of printable Fact Sheets (more will be added soon) that are also available for use by activists.  The Resources section of the website connects you with tools for investigating laboratories in your area, as well as links to other organizations that support World Week activities.  The How You Can Help section provides suggestions for event planning, and contact persons for help with both media relations and investigations.

            We are currently suggesting that in addition to focusing on the cruelty of animal experimentation we should also utilize the financial issue that is part and parcel of animal experimentation.  The ongoing process that squanders over $8 billion in federal tax dollars on animal experimentation every year is a scandal worthy of the most spectacular expose.  Our website contains (in The Escalating Cost of Animal Experimentation article) a list of laboratories that receive large amounts (often over $100 million annually) in NIH funding for animal experimentation. 

We are urging activists to organize protests at local laboratories with NIH funded experiments.  Colleges, universities, and private labs must all be shown that the tortures, which they routinely perpetrate on animals, are opposed by a militant and vocal movement.

As a movement we must use WLALW to launch an effort to insure that federal funding for animal experimentation is drastically cut.  The National Institutes of Health is currently the largest federal agency in the funding of animal experimentation.  Our goal is to make the NIH remove this funding entirely.  We will all benefit much more from drastic increases for the funding of clinical and epidemiological research coupled with non-animal technologies and substantial programs for the prevention of human disease.  

            Whether you are assembling a protest for a laboratory near you, a news conference to reveal the results of an investigation, or a simple tabling event, our website can help with many aspects of your endeavor.

            Please contact us to list your WLALW event on our website so that activists from across the nation can join in your efforts.  If we can be of any help in coordinating your WLALW event please contact us immediately.

            Remember, you have a simple choice to make.  Sitting at home won't change anything.  If you want animal experimentation to end, you must do something about it, yourself.

                                                With respect for all life,

                        Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.
                                                Executive Director, SAEN

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