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Activists march on UW to urge halt of animal lab

Image: Activists protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo Karen Ducey photography).
October 2, 2015
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Seattle, WA – Hundreds turned out to protest construction of a new animal research facility on the University of Washington campus today, October 2, in Seattle.

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 enable the UW to expand the number of animals used and consolidate its labs. 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.

Image: Activist Jake Conroy from the Animal Defense League in San Francisco, Calif. addresses a crowd during a protest against the new animal underground animal research facility being built on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Image: Louie, a bulldog mix from Seattle, Wash. hangs with his owner Jerry Esterly during a protest against the construction of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. "Louie is a vegan," says Esterly "and enjoys tempeh sandwiches with vegan mayonaise." Esterly says it has helped Louie's allergies. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Louie, a bulldog mix from Seattle, Wash. hangs with his owner Jerry Esterly during a protest against the construction of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. “Louie is a vegan,” says Esterly “and enjoys tempeh sandwiches with vegan mayonaise.” Esterly says it has helped Louie’s allergies.

Image: Activists from a group called No New Animal Lab protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Activists protest the construction of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

Image: Amanda Schemkes, right, from Seattle, Wash. leads activists in a protest against the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo karen Ducey photography).

Amanda Schemkes, right, from Seattle, Wash. leads activists in a protest against construction of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

Image: Activists from a group called No New Animal Lab march through the Hucky Union Building (HUB) during a protest against the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo karen Ducey photography).

Activists from No New Animal Lab march through the Husky Union Building (HUB) protesting construction of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

Image: Activists from a group called No New Animal Lab protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo karen Ducey photography).

Activists protest outside the construction site of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

Image: Activists from a group called No New Animal Lab protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo Karen Ducey photography).

Activists protest outside the construction site of a new underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

Image: Activists from a group called No New Animal Lab protest the building of a new animal underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015. (photo karen Ducey photography).

Activists march down a street outside the construction site of an underground animal research facility on the University of Washington campus on October 2, 2015.

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