Last Fall, Don't Expand UW Primate Testing filed a lawsuit against the University of Washington’s Board of Regents over the Regents’ decision to build the Animal Research and Care Facility because the decision occurred in one of the Regents’ closed-door dinner meetings at the UW President’s mansion -- a violation of Washington's Open Public Meetings Act.
The Regents made a hidden decision to send more primates, dogs, and other animals to a life of excessive surgeries, restraint devices, and small cages. Only the Regents, UW President, and “invited guests” attended the dinner meeting in question. This is how the lab was approved, and the animal research department at the UW guided the Regents into the decision; Regents have personally admitted that they did not do outside research, nor did they consider comments submitted by the concerned public.
In the November of 2014, the Regents staged a re-vote on the facility in an attempt to escape pressure from the lawsuit -- still without thoroughly learning about the use of animals in research and alternatives, and still ignoring the obligation they should feel to push science forward and stop investing in old methods and animal cruelty. This re-vote marked the launch of the No New Animal Lab campaign.
On April 24th, the case of Don't Expand UW Primate Testing v. University of Washington Board of Regents has a court hearing. We must show the Regents that they still do not get to hide from accountability for their vote for the lab -- not with secret meetings, and not with building animal labs underground. PACK THE COURTROOM.
Where: King County Superior Court (516 Third Ave, Seattle) in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Laura Inveen.
When: April 24, 2015 @ 9:00am (arrive early!)
**Plan for a long security line and note that you may have to show ID and be searched.**