What: Rally against the proposed UW animal lab
Where: University of Washington, Red Square
When: This Saturday, April 25th, at 2 pm
The University of Washington is planning to expand their animal testing facilities. Come to the UW this Saturday and join a rally, demonstration, and march against these horrible plans.
Despite public opposition–and modern science and reason–UW is moving forward with the lab. Skanza, the construction company working with the university, has already cordoned off the area of the proposed lab.
If you oppose animal testing, please join the march on the University of Washington. THe event coincides with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, and will be a great chance to raise awareness of this issue.
Lauren Gazzola of the SHAC7 and Center for Constitutional Rights will be just one of the special speakers at the event.
Stop the lab!
NARN would like to pass along important information from the No New Animal Lab Campaign:
The University of Washington continues to invest in outdated animal research methods. Animal labs throughout the world have been shutting down but the UW, on the other hand, has decided to spend over $123 million on building a new animal research facility.
The University of Washington’s history of using animals in research includes being fined by the USDA for allowing a primate to starve to death, citations for performing unauthorized experiments on primates, and evidence of primates engaging in self-mutilation. The UW uses and kills thousands of animals—primates, mice, pigs, rabbits, cats, and others—every year, and they all suffer and die behind closed doors.
It is time for the University of Washington to join the growing trend towards no longer using animals in research.
Stand up and tell the University of Washington and Skanska, the construction company that currently has the contract to build the lab, that we will not stand for a new larger animal research lab.
Check out the No New Animal Lab Facebook page for event info and email email@example.com if you have any questions. For more information about the campaign, or to help organize demos, visit NoNewAnimalLab.com.
Where: Skanska USA Building 221 Yale Ave N Ste 400, Seattle, Washington 98109
Skanska USA is slated to begin construction of the new underground lab at the University of Washington as early as April, and it is especially important that activists in the Seattle area get involved in stopping it.
We will meet at 2:00 PM at the site of the proposed lab to discuss the campaign and what will happen to animals if we don’t stop this lab from being built. With the urgency of saving animals from hell in a new lab in our minds, we will then go to the houses of several different people who are key players in the plans to build the new lab. At each house, we will have a protest that will bring the message of NO NEW ANIMAL LAB to front doors.
Join us. The clock is ticking on the building of the new animal lab. The time is now to stop it…. What are you going to do?
Another Friday demo at the Skanska Seattle office (Skanska USA Office, 221 Yale Ave N Ste 400)
The government of Zimbabwe allowed THIRTY-SIX baby elephants to be stolen from their families last month, so they could be exported and sold to zoos. Helicopters swarmed their herds and as elephants scattered, the infants who couldn’t keep up were captured. Plans are in the works for HUNDREDS more to be stolen this way, leaving entire herds distraught and mothers frantic and grief-stricken. It’s really hard to imagine which is worse, the prolonged suffering of poaching, or this double trauma inflicted on mothers and children, with the children condemned to reduced (in every way) lives in zoos. If they survive: baby elephants are notoriously delicate physically end emotionally and often refuse all sustenance when traumatized. One of the 36 is already dead.
I refuse to call it good news, since everything about this is terrible, but there IS still time to halt the export of these babies and to stop further kidnappings. PLEASE write a quick letter ….and email….and fax…and while you are at it, make a 20-second call, too…to the Zimbabwean Embassy, asking them to stop this immediately. A sample letter is below (thank you, PETA), but please edit it to make it personal.
Are you ready to sing for the elephants?
Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants will be caroling throughout City Hall to Christmas songs reworded to promote Bamboo and Chai’s retirement to a sanctuary.
As you may have heard, Woodland Park Zoo is closing their elephant exhibit and relocating the elephants. However, they are planning to send the girls to another zoo. They need to go to a sanctuary. The Mayor has the power to make that happen!
When: Monday, December 15th, 2014 from 10:45am to noon.
Where: Main lobby of Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, 98104.
The main lobby is at the 5th Avenue entrance between Cherry and James streets (or just go upstairs from the 4th Ave entrance).
Please wear ORANGE. Wear the t-shirt from previous actions or your own orange top.
Have you called Skanza yet? Please join two groups–Don’t Expand UW Primate Testing and Portland Animal Liberation–for an important campaign to help animals.
From the campaign’s Facebook page:
Skanska USA is contracted to build the University of Washington’s new Animal Research and Care Facility, so it’s time to tell them to not build it! If they don’t build the lab, animals can’t be tortured in it — it’s that simple. So let’s show Skanska USA how simple it is.
You can take action right now by calling and emailing Skanksa USA to tell them to pull their contracts with UW. Let Skanska know that you and many more say NO NEW ANIMAL LAB!
“Hi, I’m calling to ask that you all not build the new Animal Research and Care Facility for the University of Washington. Please cut your contract with the UW. Thank you.”
Seattle Office Phone Numbers:
Main Office: 206-726-8000
James McReynolds, Senior Project Manager: 206-494-5489
Jay Weisberger, Director, Communications West: 206-494-5469
Jim Bradford, Project Superintendent: 206-616-1883
Dan Howell, Vice President of NW Operations: 206-494-5421
New York Headquarters Phone Numbers:
New York, NY, USA Headquarters: 917-438-4500
Queens, NY, Civil Headquarters: 718-340-0777
Parsippany, NY, Building Headquarters: 973-753-3500
* Even if the offices hang up on you, it’s important to call! Please be polite though so we can get an effective message across.
Dear [Skanska contact],
I am writing to express my concern and opposition to your involvement with the animal research indu…stry. According to reports from the University of Washington, Skanska USA is scheduled to begin construction this April on the UW’s new Animal Research and Care Facility at 1450 NE Boat Street, Seattle.
The University of Washington’s history of using animals in research includes being fined by the USDA for allowing a primate to starve to death, citations for performing unauthorized experiments on primates, and evidence of primates engaging in self-mutilation. The UW uses and kills thousands of animals—primates, dogs, mice, pigs, rabbits, cats, and others—each year, even though animal labs throughout the world have been shutting down due to public pressure, citations for the abuse and neglect of animals, activists’ exposure of the horrific conditions of labs, and a realization that the future of science is in innovative methods that produce more accurate results than using animals.
If Skanska USA builds this new facility for the University of Washington, you will be entangling your company with the UW’s proven, and very public, record of animal cruelty. I implore you to break your contract with UW. Do not follow through with construction of the facility. Do not involve yourself with the animal research industry any further.
A company that claims to be committed to the environment should not dirty its hands with the blood and waste of vivisection.
Seattle Office Email Addresses:
New York Headquarters Email Addresses:
Please join the people at “Don’t Expand UW Primate Testing” for a phone and email action.
All week, from November 9th through 13th, people are needed to call the Regents at UW. Here are details from the Don’t Expand US Primate Testing Facebook event:
In what appears to be an attempt to try to get around Don’t Expand UW Primate Testing’s lawsuit against the University of Washington Board of Regents for a secret decision to approve a new Animal Research and Care Facility, the Regents’ agenda for their Regular Meeting this week includes: “Approve Construction of the ARCF Project at the Preferred Site Underneath Portage Bay Vista.”
Leading up to the Regents’ last vote on the animal lab, people called and emailed them at the Regent phone number and email address. But since that time, we have learned that the Regents did not get those messages. Rather than take the time to learn about people’s concerns about the lab, the Regents let their office just pass the messages over to the UW’s animal research department to send their biased replies to people.
So leading up to the Regents’ vote on the new lab this week, we’re going to make sure that they hear from the concerned public. Please call and email them at their direct phone numbers and email addresses to tell them that they need to do their jobs and actually learn about all the reasons to NOT approve construction of a new animal research facility, and ask them to vote NO on building the new facility.
Remember to keep your calls and emails polite and on point! After you call and email, please post about what the response was!
Board Chair, William S. Ayer
Board Vice Chair, Patrick M. Shanahan
Board President, Kristianne Gates Blake
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Contact her through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marnie.brown.39
Joanne R. Harrell
Email her husband, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regent Office Info
Regent Staff Info
UW President Office Info
UW President Staff Info
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
According to a September 9, 2014 USDA inspection report, the Woodland Park Zoo violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by failing to ensure that elephants have “access to shelter during inclement weather to afford them protection and to prevent their discomfort.”
Woodland Park Zoo has demonstrated once again that they don’t put the elephants’ well-being first. It’s taken the USDA to discover a violation of the AWA to force the zoo to protect the elephants from our unsuitable climate. What’s even more astonishing is that the zoo needs to take another year—2 years total to put up a rain shelter. (A year ago the Task Force said to put up a rain shelter.)
If this enrages you, PLEASE write to the Zoo and others! Will you help Chai and Bamboo by emailing?
The Mayor and Sally Bagshaw are on this list and will monitor how many emails the Zoo gets. PLEASE, write – even one line.
PLEASE be thoughtful and respectful in order to make an impact. All of our reputations are on the line.
Just copy and paste the email list below. It includes the Zoo’s administration, curators, sales and donor staff, elephant and other keepers, and as many Zoo Board and Task Force members’ addresses we could find, and City and some County council members. (Some email addresses may bounce back and some people are away at a conference. They can think about your comments in their hotel room!)
L-ExecutiveLeadershipTeam@zoo.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Bruce.Bohmke@zoo.org, Nancy.Hawkes@zoo.org, Bruce.Upchurch@zoo.org, Darin.Collins@zoo.org, Kelly.Helmick@zoo.org, Lisa.Dabek@zoo.org, Steve.Cremer@zoo.org, Russ.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim.Bennett@zoo.org, email@example.com, Gigi.Allianic@zoo.org, Laura.Lockard@zoo.org, Anne.Knapp@zoo.org, Kim.Haas@zoo.org, Rebecca.Whitham@zoo.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, DeggingerG@LanePowell.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Glennkawasaki@hotmail.com, Pattisavoy@hotmail.com, Ddevita@hotmail.com, Elizabeth.A.Sicktich@wellsfargo.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, LSCaputo@aol.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Kirsten.Pisto@zoo.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fred.Koontz@zoo.org, Jamie.Creola@zoo.org, Kathryn.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov, Sally.Clark@seattle.gov, Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov, Nick.Licata@seattle.gov, Tom.Rasmussen@seattle.gov, Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov, Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some talking points or just send an email you already wrote. Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants’ web site is a huge resource:
FYI: This is what the Mayor said on Oct. 22, 2014: “When I was a legislator I supported the removal of elephants from the zoo. My position has not changed…I hope we can reach an agreement with the zoo…I realize there are levers we could pull, but I think it’s too soon to have those discussions.” (21:40 and 51:17 time code) http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3011410
Thanks for helping get Chai and Bamboo to a sanctuary.
Save the Date: Dec. 2nd Zoo Board Meeting at 4pm. Get to Zoo by 3:40. Details when we get closer.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article yesterday that attributed Watoto’s death to chronic, age-related arthritis.
“We don’t know if Watoto fell or laid down. My clinical assessment is that she was unable to stand back up, due to the joint disease,” Dr. Darin Collins, the zoo’s director of Animal Health, said in a report.
Watoto, the lone Asian elephant in Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, died because she couldn’t stand up. And she couldn’t stand because of her ailing joints, caused by the environment in which she was forced to live: hard substrate in the barn and unyielding compacted ground outside. She didn’t suffer from any diseases or heart problems. And she wasn’t old–despite what the zoo is trying to tell people.
The zoo said the median life expectancy of an African elephant is 41 years. Watoto was 45. But the key word in the zoos statement is median. If you exclude baby elephants, who die more often than adults, and you exclude poaching, which takes the lives of elephants in their prime, you’ll see that elephants in the wild live longer than their captive counterparts. Wild elephants can live into their 60s and 70s. In fact, females are most fertile between 35 and 45, meaning in the wild, Watoto would be still giving birth to calves.
Wild elephants don’t suffer the degenerative joint diseases and foot problems like the majority of captive elephants face.
Confined elephants can’t travel like they should. In the wild, elephants can travel twenty miles a day. Elephants who aren’t free develop psychological problems and physical health problems.
Woodland Park Zoo said Watoto was geriatric. They want people to think Watoto was old. In reality, she suffered because she was isolated and confined. Captivity killed her.
The two surviving elephants, Chai and Bamboo, urgently need to be released to a sanctuary. Please keep up the pressure on Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray.
You can sign this petition, and you can write to the council and mayor at the addresses below.
Seattle Mayor and City Council addresses:
Ed.email@example.com, Jean.Godden@seattle.gov, Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov, Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov, Sally.Clark@seattle.gov, Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov, Nick.Licata@seattle.gov, Tom.Rasmussen@seattle.gov, Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov, Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov
King Council addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave.Upthegrove@kingcounty.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoo management and Board of Directors: Deborah.email@example.com, Bruce.Bohmke@zoo.org, Darin.Collins@zoo.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Sanctuary is the humane choice that is a win for all stakeholders:
Necropsy Reveals Disturbing Death of Seattle Zoo Elephant
Did Neglect Kill Woodland Park’s African Elephant Matriarch?
Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
Community Coalition for Elephant Retirement
Did you know that the Puget Sound area is a bastion of primate captivity, torture, poison, and death. Seattle is home to three University of Washington primate laboratories, including the nations only infant primate laboratory, there is a primate testing breeding, importing, and consulting firm in Edmonds, and Everett is home to a third-party animal clinical trial facility that tests on primates and other non-human animals.
Primate Liberation Week is a time for us all to take pause in our lives and think about the “someones not somethings” that currently suffer scared and sick behind bars, in dark cages, experiencing heart breaking horrors in the name of science. Please join us to speak out for our cousins, help educate the public on why animal experimentation is not good for people or animals, and hold animal abusers accountable. [N = NARN hosted event]
If these events don’t fit in your schedule, there are other opportunities to volunteer. We need help with volunteers to hold banners for a few mornings during the week and to help table at the UW if you are a student or have expertise in primates. Please get in touch with us.
When I was an undergraduate, I read about horrific maternal deprivation experiments that Harry Harlow conducted in the 1950s and 60s. It was hard to read about them, but they happened in the past–or so I thought.
Harlow died thirty years ago but his protégé, Stephen Suomi has picked up with Harlow left off. Suomi works at a taxpayer-funded, NIH (National Institutes of Health) lab in Maryland, where he continues to conduct similar experiments.
PETA recently released disturbing proof of psychological experiments on baby monkeys. You can learn more here.
PETA also ran a full-page newspaper ad in Washington, D.C., that condemned the studies. The ad prompted a CSPAN host to confront NIH Director Francis Collins on live TV about the ad and the experiments.
You can see the ad and TV clip here.
What to do?
Please contact NIH and ask them to stop this cruelty now! Together, we can make a difference.