Target: Ana Mari Cauce, Interim President of the University of Washington
Goal: Insist that the university repurpose its expanded, underground animal research facility and cease conducting experiments on animals
A massive animal research facility is under construction beneath the University of Washington (UW) campus. Hundreds of people recently marched in protest of the expanding program, reports King 5. A judge has ruled in favor of activists, agreeing that secretive meetings about the new facility had “the purpose and effect of shutting the public out of this decision-making process and shielding defendants from accountability for their positions.” Yet the university insists on moving forward with construction, further committing itself to horrific animal cruelty in the name of science.
Protesters have reason to be concerned about expansion of the UW’s program. The new underground complex, dubbed the Animal Research and Care Facility, would increase the number of animals under the care of university research staff. And as past performance suggests, animal test subjects suffer greatly at the hands of these very researchers. Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an animal rights group, conducted an investigation of the university and found numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Animal testing is inherently cruel, and UW research staff have shown themselves incapable of preventing unnecessary suffering. The university should be ashamed to associate itself with such barbaric practices, let alone support them with expanded facilities on its campus. Call on the university to discontinue its animal research program and make humane use of the newly constructed buildings.
Dear Ms. Cauce,
After multiple legal challenges, alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act and intense protests by local citizens, leadership at the University of Washington should be well aware of the public’s distaste for animal testing. Using innocent creatures as research subjects, under conditions which have and will continue to result in their suffering and even death, cannot be justified.
To make matters worse animals under the care of UW researchers have been dismembered, emaciated and have even had to be euthanized because of incompetence. These are reasons to shut down the program completely, not cause to expand it. Unacceptable past performance, combined with the public’s growing objections to animal testing, should motivate you to choose a different direction for the university while its reputation is still salvageable.
I urge you to abandon this primitive and heartless program, and to use the new facilities for research that can benefit humans and non-humans alike–without depending on animal testing.
[Your Name Here]
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