Today is the launch of the nationwide No New Animal Lab Tour! We've officially hit the road, and Skanska USA—the construction company attempting to build an underground animal laboratory at the University of Washington—is about to have a summer that they’ll never forget.
In the last nine months, activists across the country and around the world have been escalating pressure against Skanska with office demonstrations, protests at the homes of executives, banner drops, sidewalk chalk, and direct action.
We'll be joining animal liberation activists around the country to protest Skanska, showing the world what Skanska's lab will mean for animals, and demanding that they cut their contract with the University of Washington. We'll also be giving workshops and networking to build grassroots resistance for animal liberation. Go to our take action! page to see what events are announced near you—and come out and join the fight!
The tour will conclude in Seattle on October 2nd, with our second March on the University of Washington (UW). The last march brought over 500 people to the campus to call out UW and the UW Regents for their involvement in animal torture. This march will be even bigger; we hope you can join the resistance as we show the University of Washington what grassroots resistance looks like.
Folks in Portland, Oregon, kicked off the tour early with two lively demonstrations. On Sunday, August 16, there was a Chalk Art Contest outside the home of David Schmidt, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Skanska USA. Contestants filled David's street with messages of compassion for animals and condemnation of Skanska's involvement in torture. Meanwhile, protesters chanted, held signs and informed neighbors of David’s bloody business dealings.
The next day, activists converged at Skanska's Portland offices, chanting, leafletting, and chalking the sidewalks. Protesters let Skanska employees know that the demonstrations will not end until Skanska ends their involvement with animal torture. If you build it, we will come!
Keep an eye on NoNewAnimalLab.com for updates from the tour, and make sure to come out as we pass through your city this summer to bring the heat to Skanska.
We will stop this lab.