Animal rights activists are protesting the University of Washington’s plan to build what they say would be the largest underground animal testing facility in the United States. Here in New York, protesters targeted the home of Richard Cavallaro, CEO of Skanska USA, the construction firm contracted to build the lab. Michelle Gjuraj was among the protesters who marched three miles to Cavallaro’s house in Long Island.
Michelle Gjuraj: “Skanska USA is a large construction company that was contracted by the University of Washington to build an underground animal research facility. If this lab is built, thousands of different kinds of animals, including primates, guinea pigs, cats and dogs, will be subjected to terrible torture and eventually be killed.”
Two people were arrested attempting to scale Richard Cavallaro’s home with a banner urging him to drop his contract to build the animal testing lab in Seattle.