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 these infractions 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. org and 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.org currently 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 activist.
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