Fwd: World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week is just 3 weeks away!!
- World Laboratory Animal
Liberation Week is just 3 weeks away!!
We have had a great response
so far with 18 events already scheduled in 13 states!!!
We need to hear from you now
to register your event!
Even if there are no major
laboratories in your city, we can provide you with the information and materials
necessary to do effective actions and have a real impact on animal
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Announcement: World Laboratory
Animal Liberation Week
April 18-26, 2009
As you read this email, untold millions of animals are
suffering and dying in laboratories across the United
States. The majority of these animals
including rats, mice, birds, amphibians, and all animals used in agricultural
research receive no protection under current laws. Federally owned laboratories
(such as those owned by the Department of Defense, the NIH, the USDA, EPA, etc.)
receive no independent inspections. It has been demonstrated that the USDA
does not adequately enforce the very limited requirements of the Animal Welfare
Act (AWA). Labs often break federal laws and more animals are hurt by
every day. Violations are often ignored, fines are
reduced or eliminated, and penalties are ineffective.
The use of non-human primates has reached an all-time high with 69,990
experiencing the cruelty of captivity in a laboratory. In university and private settings,
squirrel monkeys are confined to restraint chairs and steel screws are drilled
into the skulls of rhesus monkeys. Chimpanzees suffer silently for decades
as they slowly go insane. Dogs languish in runs as they pine for their
families. Electrical coils are forced into the eyes of cats.
The official dates for World Laboratory Animal
Liberation Week 2009 are April 18 – 26. However, it is more important that you take
action than that your action falls exactly within these dates (events can also
be planned just before or just afterwards). If we are to be successful in
exposing the ongoing abuses of animals in laboratories, we must begin planning now. Your
participation in this crucial event is an absolute necessity.
The two Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! websites
(www.saenonline.organd www.wlalw.org) have many resources that will be helpful in your
organizing. Sections of our main website have fact sheets about product
testing, primate experimentation, a general flyer about animal experimentation,
as well as materials focusing on specific labs.
Our Government Grants Promoting Cruelty to Animals
Section contains detailed information including research protocols, grant
applications, and journal articles relevant to over 120 different researchers
spread throughout 47 laboratories in 24 states.
The articles and reports section contains informative
discussions of many different aspects of the animal experimentation issue as
well as data about specific facilities.
Our website dedicated to World Laboratory Animal
Liberation Week: www.wlalw.orgcurrently contains a sign-up form for this year’s
event, and listings of events from previous years. It is very important
that we are aware of all WLALW events so that we may help in their promotion and
media exposure, so please sign up with the details of your events as soon as
possible. When your event is posted on our website, more activists will be
able to attend.
Many kinds of events can be planned for World
Laboratory Animal Liberation Week. Using information from our website, any
activist can plan a news conference to discuss the use of animals at a nearby
laboratory. Protests, rallies and civil disobedience can also be used to
pressure a laboratory to change policies or even eliminate specific
experiments. Leafleting can be an effective method of educating the
public. Large numbers of activists can be helpful for protest events, but
media campaigns involving other methods can be effective with a single dedicated
The priority is not necessarily that WLALW events be
large or flashy, but it is vital that we be energetic, aggressive and
effective. We are the voices for millions of suffering dogs, cats,
primates, rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, sheep, pigs and animals of
many other species. Please get involved with this vital event. We
are their only hope.
Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN
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