Protestors fight for right to rally at Skanska leaders’ homes

To protest the building of a new animal-research lab, animal rights activists literally bring it home for Skanska executives.

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The motion filed last week is the latest move in the battle between the group – No New Animal Lab – and the executives. The animal rights group has staged several loud demonstrations at the executives’ homes since early last year, protesting the company’s role in building a University of Washington animal research lab.

Construction began last spring on a $124 million underground animal-research lab at the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The activists want construction stopped, contending that research on lab animals is cruel and unethical. The project is expected to be completed later this year.

The group wants the judge to issue a ruling preventing the executives and their neighbors from obtaining an injunction of their own against the protesters. Action that would prevent the demonstrations at the executives’ homes, according to the No New Animal Lab court document, would be a violation of an Oregon statute meant to protect free speech.

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