Friends and animal lovers: The University of Washington is still planning to double the size of their animal laboratory with an underground facility. The dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, mice, rabbits, and monkey’s that suffer in the dark halls and cages of the laboratory compel us to know what is happening and to do something about it. Animal’s lives belong to them. Not to us.
The campaign against the lab expansion has been going strong since the last march, which drew more than 500 people from the US and Canada. Weekly sidewalk demonstrations, letter writing, banner hangs, and some friendly civil disobedience has kept this campaign in the spot light. Another major march on the UW is planned from one month from today, October 2, 2015. But this one must be bigger.
It is time to block your calendars, invite your friends to come visit from out of town, and start planning your sign designs. We must end this practice. We must empty the cages. We must stand up for animals that are tortured at the hands of other people. We have to let our conscience will us to action. Let’s stand up together. Let’s march together.
I have a dog sister, her name is Louise. She was born into the lab system in NY in 2011, purchased by a laboratory here in Seattle, and then used for testing until she was almost two. Now she is 4. She is an amazing companion, house-mate, and co-explorer. As a hound dog, her sense of curiosity is insatiable, as is her will to go where she wants when she wants. She is incredibly communicative and an individual through and through. I’ve never met anyone like her. Every day for me, she stands in for every animal in every cage. I can look at her and know her life belongs to her. I look at her and I know their lives belong to them.