As you know, the University of Washington’s Board of Regents approved plans for a new Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF) at the UW. It is now being considered by the UW’s Environmental and Land Use Compliance department, which can decide to NOT let the proposed lab plans go forward — and they are currently taking public comments. If they receive an AVALANCHE of letters, they cannot ignore them. So please, read the information below and then submit your comment to help prevent this lab from being built.
THE ARCF WOULD DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PRIMATES, PIGS, AND RABBITS THAT THE UW CAN TORTURE. It is SO important that it never be built.
Please submit your comments (and try to keep them polite, professional and focused) by this Wednesday, August 27, to Jan Arntz, Environmental and Land Use Compliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas for comments:
1. Follow comments with questions. Questions are more difficult for the UW to dismiss without addressing. Examples of such questions are: What has the UW done to ensure that XXX impacts are mitigated? Did the UW consider XXX and if so what did it find? If not, why not?
2. Raise public involvement issues. Has the UW really considered the concerns of the public, including pressure to consider alternatives to using animals in research? Members of the Board of Regents admitted to not doing outside research about the lab, animal testing, or alternatives to animal testing and did not consider much of the public comment submitted to them prior to voting for the ARCF.
3. Incorporate comments of others by reference, including anyone else opposed to the construction, possibly including members of a group you work with.
4. Comment on everything, even if it seems small. Comment on environmental impacts, consistency with broader UW plans (including reputation), UW’s history of violations in their labs, and compliance with all other laws. Animal Welfare Act regulations, environmental regulations, etc.