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National Primate Liberation Week 2012

18 Sep
This is a special week where vegans, activists, advocacy organizations, and those who speak up for animals will come together to work towards the liberation of primates from laboratories. Join us all week with the Northwest Animal Rights Network, Action For Animals, and the Seattle Animal Defense League for educational, social, and political action events (details will be announced as plans are finalized):
Sunday Oct 7th: Kick-Off Info Event and Letter Writing Party. We’ll have information about primates in labs here in the NW, a guest speaker, and materials for everyone to write to UW leadership and the press. (U-District)
Monday Oct 8: Movie Screening and guest speaker. Free event at local vegan theater. Learn more about animal testing and experiments. (Capitol Hill)
Thursday Oct 11: Protest and Demonstration at the University of Washington. Open to the public and all UW students are encouraged to attend. Signs and literature will be provided. Meet at noon (12 pm) in Red Square outside of Gerberding Hall.
All Week: Seattle’s favorite bar, Highline, will have both alcoholic and sXe drink specials all with proceeds going to SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now).
All Week: Special T-Shirt Drawing. The Northwest Animal Rights Network has a very special vintage 80s ALF Celebration T-shirt. For each event you attend, or letter you write, you’ll be entered into the drawing. At the end of the, someone will get a very unique and rare animal liberation t-shirt. More details available soon.
There are many other ways to get involved during this week. We need volunteers to help poster, work at the events, and otherwise promote this important week. Please email if you have questions.

Protest UW Crimes Against Primates This Summer

14 Jun

Please join us as we, concerned citizens of Seattle and surrounding areas, protest against the University of Washington’s continued use and abuse of primates at their notorious Blue Building facility this summer.

From July 5th to Labor Day
every Thursday 5-7 pm
at the “Blue Building” at 3010 Western Ave
directly across from SAM Sculpture Park

Hidden inside this dark, unmarked, sunless building, 700 primates live and die for research, subjected to painful surgeries and traumatic procedures until their usefulness is over.  The Blue Building at 3010 Western Ave is the main facility for the UW National Primate Research Center, the largest of eight across  the country.   For almost 50 years, UW primates have endured injuries, abuse from incompetent staff, prolonged restraint, starvation, filthy cells, isolation, light deprivation, intense physical pain without medication, psychological intimidation, reproductive mutilation, numerous Animal Welfare violations, and repetitive experiments with no application to human health.

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New Information from UW Documents Detail Further Primate Abuse

5 Jun

Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), a national organization that monitors animal laboratories, has recently released information contained in documents and photos that were obtained from the University of Washington, Seattle.  These photos and documents paint a vivid picture of the harsh reality daily inflicted on primates within this lab without even delving into gruesome experimental procedures.  Barren captivity, severe illnesses, and staff incompetence exact a heavy toll on these primates.

The bungling staff of UW is incapable of even doing simple things like making sure the primates are actually in their enclosures.  Within sixteen months, seven primates escaped from their enclosures, injuring either themselves or other primates in the process.  How many more primate escapes went undocumented?

According to UW primate health care records, many other animals were negligently injured.  On 2/27/11 Primate J97270 was injured because “AT reported injury to animal.  Animal grabbed scissors from AT” (AT may mean Animal Technician).  On 4/5/11 Primate K11027, an infant experiencing thermoregulation issues, is listed with “what looks to be burn trauma of the D5 of the left foot” after an external heat treatment.

Unfortunately, this insanity doesn’t stop here — UW documents are riddled with many more episodes of ineptitude.   On 1/20/11 Primate A07005 was not properly prepped for surgery:  “Veterinarian cancelled surgery as the animal appears to have had access to food.  . . .  Animal vomited large quantity of partially digested food and extubated itself.”   On 4/14/10 a botched surgical procedure occurred when a “1mm probe inadvertently penetrated brain tissue.”  Primate R08004 was simply found dead with “severe edema and swelling of head . . . Ingesta present in mouth and a few drops of blood noted on nose.”  Primate A07121 was euthanized because “During a routine blood draw, it was discovered that the animal had a fractured right femur.”  Apparently, the incompetent UW staff had failed to even notice a major broken bone.

Non-procedural injuries at UW are rampant, too.  In 2010, two traumatic incidents led to the amputation of eight inches from the tails of two UW primates.  On 4/3/11 the tips of several fingers on the left hand of Primate A06077 were avulsed (forcibly detached) exposing bone.  Primate K03150 is listed with two lacerations, a 5 cm injury and an older 10 cm injury.  By no means are these the only animals with traumatic injuries; the full list would roll on for several pages.

Not only does UW staff regularly violate federal animal welfare law, they also regularly violate their own internal animal care policy.  Illnesses frequently cause weight loss, but major weight loss indicates severe suffering and should never be allowed.  UW’s policy regarding “Permissible Weight Loss” states:  “The upper limit of acceptable weight loss in animals on experimental regimens shall be 20%.”  A 20% weight loss is excessive – comparable to a 150 pound human losing 30 pounds.  In violation of UW’s own policy, Primate J04245 lost “over 25%” of his body weight.  Similarly, Primate A06014 also had a major loss of weight:  “The animal has had a dermatological condition intermittently since ’07.  Recently, there has been a >20% body weight loss, and the dermatologic condition has been recurring.”  Primate A02006 also experienced major weight loss noted as “The animal eventually developed >25% body weight loss . . . .”  Primate 01134 suffered “approximately 30% weight loss” – now our 150 pound person is up to a 45 pound weight loss!  Primate 04044 is only noted as enduring a “profound weight loss” – one can only imagine what percentage profound means.  A human, or a primate, who losses this much weight would look like a walking skeleton, like a concentration camp victim.

All of these incidents of negligence and trauma paint a grueling picture that is almost too bizarre to be believed, if it weren’t based on the UW’s own records!  Primates regularly escape from their enclosures.  They are allowed access to scissors.  Traumatic injuries requiring amputation of major body parts are common.  And many primates are allowed to become so severely emaciated that they resemble walking skeletons.

Take Action Against the University of Washington:

1.  Contact Dr. Robert Gibbens to demand immediate action against the University of Washington,   Seattle. The criminal acts of this lab must be severely punished!

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
2150 Center Ave
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

(970) 494-7478

2.  Contact the President of the University of Washington, Michael K. Young, to demand that all abuse of primates at this criminal lab be terminated immediately. 

Michael K. Young
Office of the President
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195

(206) 543-5010

3. Support the campaigns by local groups to end the abuse of animals in labs in this area, such as the Northwest Animal Rights Organization, Seattle Animal Defense League, and Action for Animals.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories 2012

10 Apr

a photo taken inside a University of Washington animal laboratory

For one week in April of every year, animal activists and advocates in multiple countries organize together for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) to highlight the archaic and wasteful use of animals in biomedical research. Here in Seattle, the Seattle Animal Defense League, Action for Animals, and the Northwest Animal Rights Network have coordinated events; we encourage everyone to participate. Details are still being worked out, but they will be updated here as they are finalized.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st (evening)
WWAIL kickoff!
Join us at a delicious vegan potluck where we will watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Following the movie we will have a brief discussion about the realities of life for animals in laboratories.
5615 12th Ave NE
(Facebook event page, RSVP and post dish you plan to bring)

Demonstration at SNBL USA
3:00-5:00 pm
6605 Merrill Creek Parkway
Everett, WA
(Facebook event page)

Demonstration at UW Infant Primate Research Lab
3:00-6:00 PM
Corner of NE Pacific St and Montlake Blvd

Outreach at the University of Washington
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Pedestrian Overpass, NE 40th and NE 15th

Demonstration at UW
11:30 am-1:00 pm
1705 NE Pacific St.


Please join us in speaking up for laboratory animals and help spread the word!

Demonstration to End Use of Ferrets by UW Medicine

20 Sep

Last February, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explaining that the University of Washington (UW) is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live ferrets in its pediatrics residency program. In the pediatrics residency program at the UW breathing tubes are pushed down the throats of live ferrets to teach endotracheal intubation. This painful procedure is repeated numerous times on each animal and can cause tracheal bruising and bleeding. Non-animal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary.

The SimNewB, manufactured by the Norwegian firm Laerdal and developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, simulates newborn babies, and the Gaumard PREMIE Blue Simulator is designed to mimic the air way of a premature newborn. UW’s state-of-the-art Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) owns SimNewB simulators. Both of these simulators are appropriate alternatives to using live ferrets for endotracheal intubation training.

More than 85 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States do not use animals. It is time for UW to join the majority. So far, responsible UW faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. So now, the PCRM, in cooperation with the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) and the Seattle Animal Defense League (SADL), is taking this message to the school’s front door.

Please join us for a demonstration to let the University of Washington know that its use of live ferrets for pediatrics residency training is cruel and unacceptable.

Thursday, October 6 10:30am – 12:00pm
1959 N.E. Pacific St. near the main entrance of the University of Washington Medical Center

Please also e-mail, write, and/or call UW School of Medicine dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D and ask him to replace the use of animals in its pediatrics residency program.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-7718

Demonstration Against AstraZeneca

20 Aug

Since 1999, there has been a global mobilization against one of the world’s largest and cruelest animal abusers, Huntingdon Life Sciences. Concerned citizens, activists and animal advocates worldwide have focused their efforts on shutting down this company that undercover investigations have revealed numerous instances of animal abuse and cruelty. This Thursday (8/25) and Friday (8/26) Seattle Animal Defense League (SADL) joins the fight. Please join us as we protest against AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical and biologics company headquartered in London, U.K. It is the world’s seventh-largest pharmaceutical company, has operations in over 100 countries, and is one of HLS’s largest customers. There are offices for AstraZeneca in downtown Seattle.

Thursday August 25
Friday August 26
Please meet at 2:30 pm each day at Tully’s on 4th and Union in downtown Seattle for a solidarity discussion. After the discussion, we will walk over to the site and demonstrate our disgust at AstraZeneca’s support of HLS.

Please spread the word to as many people as you can. Together we can make a difference and liberate the animals imprisoned within its walls.

For more information please visit:

Day of Mourning for Animals in Laboratories

17 May

Primate experiment performed to research psychological stress

Sunday May 29th will be the second annual Day of Mourning for Animals in Laboratories. Each year untold millions of animals suffer and die inside animal research laboratories; numbers are at best a guess as many types of animals used in laboratories are not required to have accurate counts. They undergo painful procedures such as burning, suffocation, intentional gunshot wounds,  drug overdoses, contraction of diseases, starved, implantations, invasive surgeries, and much more, with fatality as a result — or at the end of the experiment, simply killed outright as they’ve outlived their “usefulness.”

As the University of Washington is home to several animal research laboratories both inside the main campus proper and scattered throughout Seattle, the Northwest Animal Rights Network will conduct a walking funeral procession along University Ave and end with a vigil in front of the Health Sciences building, where many animals have died and continue to suffer.

The meeting/staging area will be at the corner of NE Campus Parkway and University Ave, after which the assembled party will walk up and down University Ave, then through campus to a resting point in front of the Health Sciences building where a vigil and memorial will take place. Black/mourning clothes are encouraged.

Please take a couple hours out of your time to join the procession and vigil to honor the deaths of innocent individuals who have never been paid their proper respect.

SUN MAY 29 1:00-3:00pm
Meet at NE Campus Parkway and University Ave
For questions/more info: info [at] narn [dot] org

Take Action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act

18 Apr

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810) has been re-introduced in the 112th Congress. This bill will end the use of chimpanzees for invasive research procedures, shut down federal breeding programs, and release federally-owned chimpanzees to permanent homes in sanctuaries.

The United States is the last country to use chimpanzees in large-scale invasive experiments, and while chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives, there is still enough substantial differences in physiology, genetics, and susceptibility to diseases to make them poor models in research. Millions of dollars wasted and decades of research with inconclusive results  have shown that the use of chimpanzees has not provided any advancement towards cures that human-based research has provided. There are over 500 chimpanzees that are federally owned, and by releasing them to sanctuaries, the Great Ape Protection Act will save taxpayers $20-25 million annually.

The bill has the leadership of Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) as well as 42 cosponsors already signed on in the U.S. House, and Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in the U.S. Senate.

Please take a moment and send an automated letter to your Senators and your House Representative to encourage them to support an end to the confinement and suffering of chimpanzees being used in experiments. The letter is programmed to be directed to your legislators that represent you in your area, and has the option of using a pre-written request or one that you’ve written.  Encourage others you know to sign on as well. Thank you.

Cross-posted at the Blog of the Northwest Animal Rights Network

World Week for Animals in Laboratories 2011

9 Apr

Each year from April 16th to 23rd, animal advocates and activists across the world come together to call for an alternative to the antiquated and unnecessary usage of animals in biomedical experimentation. Billions of tax dollars are wasted and millions of innocent lives are lost under the fraudulent guise of science. We at and the Northwest Animal Rights Network, in coordination with the Seattle Animal Defense League, will be banding together with other activists worldwide to protest these atrocities for WWAIL. We ask you to join us at the events listed below:

Friday April 15th, 7:00pm
“Chattel” Documentary Screening

As a precursor to the events for WWAIL and to provide a visual reminder of the importance of the work necessary to stop the use of animals in research and testing, this documentary will be screened which focuses on the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Portland, OR. (excerpt)
Wayward Vegan Cafe
5253 University Way NE (between 52nd St & 55th St)

Saturday April 16th 12:00pm-2:00pm
Kick off demonstration UW campus on the corner of 15th & 45th

Sunday April 17th, 7:30 pm
SADL General Meeting/Vivisection 101 Workshop

The Seattle Animal Defense League will have their monthly general meeting, after which will be a Vivisection 101 seminar, explaining the kind of techniques used in animal laboratories, why the research extracted from such experiments are not necessary and are fraudulent, and details on local research facilities. A necessary primer and refresher for those who wish to know more about what goes on hidden from view and why it’s necessary to work to abolish the use of animals for research and testing.
Wayward Vegan Cafe
5253 University Way NE (between 52nd St & 55th St)

Monday April 18th, 4pm-6pm
Leafletting at the UW Medical Center

The UW Medical Center, the home of Health Sciences Biomedical Sciences Research (HSK), the site of many small animal experiments, as well as the Infant Primate Research Center, is located at NE Pacific St btwn Montlake and 15 Ave E. Leafletting will occur at Pacific and 15th.

Tuesday April 19th, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Demonstration and leafletting at the UW Medicine South Lake Union Facilities

The UW School of Medicine operates biomedical research facilities inside four buildings inside the South Lake Union area, with an expansion project underway. These labs are the site of many experiments on animals from mice and rats, to pigs and dogs. The most visible facility is located at 815 Mercer, so the demo will be on the corner of Mercer and 9th Ave.

Thursday April 21st, 8:00pm
Candlelight Vigil

A candlelight vigil will be held at the corner of Montlake and NE Pacific in mourning of all the unnecessary lives lost to the falsehood of vivisection. Candles will be provided, but feel free to bring one if you wish.

Friday April 22nd 12:00pm-1:00pm
March through UW Campus

We will be meeting at the Burke Museum (at 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street) and marching to Montlake & NE Pacific with an ending demonstration in front of the Medical Center on NE Pacific.

Other events will be posted as the information becomes more available. Please join us!

Take Action: End Use of Ferrets in Pediatrics Training

11 Feb

We need your help stopping the abuse of animals by the University of Washington. This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explaining that the school is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live ferrets in its pediatrics residency program. Please help this effort by asking the University of Washington to end the use of animals for pediatrics residency training today.

Or manually email UW School of Medicine Dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D. directly to urge him to end this cruel, unnecessary practice:

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-7718