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Hundreds rally against UW animal lab

IMAGE: Aubrie Keegan (center) and Meadow Holtby (right), both from Whidbey Island, Wash., protest the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. "This cruelty needs to be stopped. Now. Not one more life," said Holtby. (© Karen Ducey Photography)
April 25, 2015
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Seattle, WA – Hundreds from the group No New Animal Lab protested construction of a new animal research lab on the University of Washington campus today. The controversial 80,000 square foot, $124 million, two-story lab is being built underground at site at 1450 NE Boat St. in Seattle, WA. by Skanska USA. Considered a state of the art medical research facility by the university, opponents consider it a hidden animal torture chamber. The new facility will allow the UW to expand the number of animals used by 30%. Currently it has around 1,000 primates and numerous other animals including dogs, pigs, guinea pigs and tens of thousands of rodents and fish.

Construction started this spring and will continue through 2017.

Hundreds turned out to protest the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Hundreds march across the University of Washington campus protesting construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

IMAGE: Protesters pause in front of the construction site of the animal research facility on Boat St. next to the William H. Foege Building. Hundreds turned out to protest the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Protesters pause in front of the construction site of the animal research facility on NE Pacific St. next to the William H. Foege Building lined with police monitoring the march. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

IMAGE: Bullhorns, fighting words and a cameraman. Amanda Schemkes (right) leads a chant during a protest on the University of Washington campus. Hundreds turned out to protest the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Bullhorns, fighting words and a cameraman. Amanda Schemkes (right) leads a chant during a protest on the University of Washington campus. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

IMAGE: Lauren Gazzola (left) from New York City shares her thoughts on why shutting down animal research facilities matters during a rally protesting the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. Gazzola was imprisoned in 2006 under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for publishing website aimed at exposing the animal research experimentation at the Huntingdon Life Sciences in New Jersey. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Lauren Gazzola (left) from New York City shares her thoughts on why shutting down animal research facilities matters during a rally protesting the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. Gazzola was imprisoned in 2006 under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for publishing a website aimed at exposing the animal research experimentation at the Huntingdon Life Sciences in New Jersey. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

IMAGE: Taking it to the streets hundreds march up University Avenue protesting the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Taking it to the streets, hundreds march up University Avenue blocking traffic and protesting the construction of a new $125 million underground animal research lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. on April 25, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

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