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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 1 - Spring 2005

Convention of Cruelty II – Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! and San Diego Animal Advocates Target The IUPS Convention of 2005

Pictures courtesy of RE Penney

The International Union of Physiological Sciences came to San Diego in April of 2005 for their annual convention. Thousands of scientists were in attendance. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! joined with San Diego Animal Advocates (SDAA) to make sure that the innocent animals who are imprisoned for the research performed by many of the attendees had a voice.

Dozens of activists (including both SDAA and Orange County People for Animals -- OCPA) turned out to confront the vivisectors who make a living torturing animals. Though we had been threatened with arrest at the protest of the Neurosciences Convention (11/04) and forced into a “Free Speech” zone, we were allowed to protest peacefully and express our outrage at this big business that is based on animal suffering.

Not only was the protest huge – over fifty dedicated animal people turned out to be a voice for the voiceless -- but the media response was also tremendous. Michael Budkie (spokesperson for SAEN) and Jill Fritz (voice of SDAA) were swarmed by San Diego area media.

Camera crews from seven different television stations descended upon the protest site and exposed the truth about animal experimentation to the people of San Diego.

We have been able to track coverage from three of the television stations. One of the stations was a local independent and the others were affiliated with either ABC or CBS. These three stations alone exposed the truth about animal experiments to approximately 400,000 people in San Diego for 24 hours.

Conventions of scientists such as this typically result in positive media coverage that extols the value of animal research. The public is often spoon-fed a line of pseudo-scientific propaganda that belies the truly horrific nature of animal experimentation. However, we were able to turn this event around into a medium for spreading the truth about animal experiments.

We want to thank SDAA and OCPA members for all of their hard work and dedication.

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