Note: See this follow up from NoNewAnimalLab.com, BREAKING: No New Animal Lab Fights Back Against Skanska SLAPP Injunction
HUNTINGTON, NY – On the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16 animal rights defenders launched a march from Heckscher Park and immediately took the streets, which forced vehicles to see banners and signs that read “Your Neighbor Profits from Animal Torture” and “No New Animal Lab”. Every business window had a face of curiosity as to the protesters presence as they could hear the march coming well before they saw it.
After almost three miles of marching, around a hundred protesters descended upon the home of Skanska USA’s Richard Cavallaro. As the Chief Executive Officer, Cavallaro has the power to cancel the contract with the University of Washington (UW) to build an underground animal testing lab in Seattle, so-called Washingtoni. People from all over the so-called U.S. converged at his house to demand that he drop the contract and to call him out for literally building foundations for animal cruelty.