Activists protesting UW animal lab come down from excavator

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SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington says two animal rights activists who climbed to the top of an excavator at a construction site to protest the building of an animal research facility have come down with assistance from the Seattle Fire Department.

University spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Monday evening that the two were being booked into the King County Jail.

They climbed onto the excavator Monday morning, unfurling a banner that read, “You will not build this lab.”

A news release from the activists says the facility will increase the number of animals the university can use and kill in research.

In a statement, the university said it “understands that the protesters do not want us to build the facility, and we know they hold this view passionately. However, this building is needed and construction will proceed.”

According to a release issued by the activists, the move to lock themselves to the equipment is part of an “international effort” to stop the construction of new animal research sites.

If built, the activists said, it will expand the number of animals killed in the name of research “by thousands.”  The campaign is pressuring UW, the activists said, construction manager Skanska USA, and excavation subcontractor Northwest Construction to terminate all plans to continue building the ARCF.

According to the activists, the UW “uses and kills thousands of animals” each year, even though multiple other animal labs throughout the world have been shutting down due to public pressure.

“These animals feel pain, they feel fear, and their lives are spent confined in cages or as tools in cruel experiments,” Oliver McCaughran, one of the activists chained to the equipment, said.


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  • kim dees

    lets try this-constuction guy shows up at job site-calls police -calls co workers-they all agree to meet at a place out of site of the protesters -sit and do nothing-the protesters get no media this way,then they pout and will come down cuz they think hmmm they must not be working today-then when they come down the police can do what they need to do with no fuss- the way its going now the constution guys are still loosein money-the police are costing money-the protesters are gettin exactly what they want in every way==STAKEOUT THE STAKEOUTERS!

  • Eric

    If these were black people chained in protest the cops would have maced stuned beat and shot them immediately. Why not when they get a paid vacation everytime they shoot someone. Med research is a scam for grant money so they can buy house on mercer island and buy a new Mercedes. Make researchers test their BS on there own kids

    • jake

      Way to bring the race card into this even when it has nothing to do with it. You really enjoy stirring things up don’t you?

  • tootietuttle

    do these activists not have jobs, or are they just welfare cases…i think i just answered my own question.

  • Frank D.

    It is really sad to see these kids without work and having to chain themselves up to try and stop hard working people just trying to make a living. This lab will be built and chaining themselves up rather than going out and looking for a job is a sad thing to see. Get a life kids your 15 min. of fame are now over.

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