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Primate Lib Week 2012: Kick-Off and Letter Writing Party

“We must always take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  ―    Elie Wiesel

As you know, Oct 6-14, 2012 is National Primate Liberation week. While we aren’t excited that researchers continue to abuse and exploit our close cousins in the name of human health, we are excited to get together to talk about what we can do for these monkeys and future generations of primates.

We plan to kick-off the week  with a great social and information sharing event and letter writing party. If you are vegan and have been thinking of getting more involved, this is the ideal gathering to learn more about NARN and what is possible when a group of people get together to make a difference.


The current president of NARN will speak about what type of primate experiments and financial support come into the NW and we’ll have other guests as well. We’ll also show a trailer for the upcoming documentary screening of Maximum Tolerated Dose, which will screen on Monday evening. Vegan snacks and treats will abound – Violet Sweet Shoppe is even donating some vegan sweets.

NARN will provide some sample letters designed for: a) UW Leaders and Policy Makers b) Those Currently Involved in Primate Research, c) other academics and professors at the UW who would be willing to open up the conversation with their students and colleagues and d) press and media. We will have physical paper and envelopes, and some old stationary and cards too. We can be creative and serious about our cause at the same time.  Children are welcome – as long as they are old enough (or young enough) to see photos of animals in cages and hear open discussion about why it matters. There won’t be anything specifically gory, but use your best discretion. Their letters may end up being some of the most influential.

Bring your laptop if you have one! We have more than 30 different people to write – sending emails and typing is much faster – even if less fun. We’ll have sample letters on a memory stick for you to take and modify – adding your own voice and ideas.

And remember: For every single letter or email that you you write, you’ll be entered into the drawing for this amazing vintage Animal Rights shirt commemorating the liberation of an infant rhesus monkey, not unlike the many infant monkeys that suffer in UW labs today. For more information about the activities for the week RSVP on the Facebook Event Page and for more information about the experiments and abuses in UW labs visit

See you Sunday!

5:30 PM
University Friends Meeting Hall
4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle

Free parking, bike racks (and right off the Burke-Gilman trail), and on many bus lines!


News of Note



Killer whale’s mysterious horror gash prompts fresh fury over the treatment of animals at SeaWorld
A performing Killer Whale suffered a horrific injury which left its jawbone exposed at a SeaWorld theme park, prompting fury from animal rights groups.  Pictures showing Nakai, an 11-year-old whale who performs at the San Diego SeaWorld park, with a large gash to its chin were leaked online by a unnamed whistleblower. In a statement, SeaWorld said Nakai’s injury was caused when it ‘came into contact with a portion of the pool environment’.


Orac Lies Again
David Gorski, MD, PhD, has written a 2500+ word blog regarding “mouse “avatars.” I would rebut his position on his own blog site but since I am not allowed to post there, and because my own response will probably be long, I will address his position here.
Dr Gorski starts his supposed scientific analysis of mouse avatars by committing the fallacy of poisoning the well. He relates that some animal rights activists have advocated for, and perhaps participated in, violent activities. While I too have denounced the use of violence in a civilized, democratic society I have not conflated the morally questionable activity of someone with his position on a scientific issue. If Hitler ever said 2+2=4 or “germs cause disease,” he was right, Auschwitz notwithstanding. Considering Dr Gorski’s intelligence, education, and hobby (refuting woo with science-based critical thinking) I can only conclude he used this fallacy on purpose.



Soy, seitan taste great if done right
The lure of the health benefits associated with a vegan diet (no dairy, eggs, meat, fish or poultry) is starting to attract the attention of even carnivores.  Lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity are being seen among people who eat fewer animal foods and rely more on fiber-rich beans, grains, nuts and seeds as a source of protein in their diets. In addition, vegans tend to have lower blood pressure than their meat-eating counterparts.


Illegal feeding may have contributed to famous dolphin’s death
Despite the fact that the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits feeding or petting wild dolphins, many people in Sarasota, Fla., did just that for years to one dolphin in particular, possibly contributing to his recent death, officials say. The body of the dolphin, named Beggar, was recently found in the waters where he was known to be fed by boaters, and a necropsy revealed fishing line and hooks, fish bait and ulcers in his stomach as well as external injuries from boats. “All of our findings indicate that he was in poor health for a long time and that his interactions with humans played a role,” said Gretchen Lovewell of Mote Marine Laboratory.


Woman’s brain tissue to be tested for disease
Disease investigators have sent a brain tissue sample of a deceased 32-year-old Spokane woman to a national research lab to be tested for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable condition that has multiple variants, including one called mad cow

Action Alerts


Please speak out for Washington’s wolves!

On Friday Oct. 5th the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will receive an update on state wolf conservation and management activities.  The briefing is scheduled to begin at 1 pm. Public testimony regarding wolves will be accepted after the briefing.  The briefing and public comment period is scheduled to end at 5 pm.


The meeting will be held in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia.

This is the procedure for giving public testimony:

If you cannot attend, written comments can be submitted to:


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