On the afternoon of Saturday, October 11, 2014 Empty Cages Los Angeles and Progress for Science joined forces for an eventful day of action in solidarity with SAEN’s 2014 Primate Liberation Week. The day began at LAX at the Tom Bradley International Terminal packed with holiday weekend traffic. All eyes were on the Air France ticket counter as over twenty activists bellowed chants from outside loud enough for the entire terminal to hear.
Passengers took pictures and videos of the activists and their signs while requesting literature detailing Air France’s bloody ties with the vivisection industry. After roughly an hour of reminding Air France that they were the final commercial airliner willing to transport animals to labs and that they will be held accountable by the global Gateway to Hell network, activists convened for a group picture and headed off to hold another animal abuser accountable.
Activists regrouped in the neighborhood of UCLA vivisector, David Jentsch, to the usual squad of UCLA PD in attendance. As usual, a legal observer was present and constitutional rights were upheld. Activists lined the sidewalk across the street from Jentsch’s mansion behind an orange line marked specifically for anyone who dare vocally oppose Jentsch’s ways.
Hoping that their words could melt the ice in his cold and empty soul, activists chanted as loud as they possibly could to ensure Jentsch heard every word. A couple of angry neighbors loudly objected to the noise though one agreed with our stance. One woman driving by was so moved she joined in on the demonstration and thanked us. As the sun began to set the activists headed down the hill to regroup.
Placards of individual letters illuminated with lights reading “UCLA FREE THE MONKEYS” were distributed and activists marched back up the street to Jentsch’s house and stood silently in remembrance of the monkeys held captive and the ones whose lives had been stolen from them in the cold, cruel labs of UCLA.
Cars usually buzzing quickly up and down the street slowed to read the display, soaking in its meaning before passing on. The group then silently marched down to Ventura Boulevard where onlookers slowed in their cars, some even getting out to take pictures of the artistic display of compassion. The group dispersed to their final action for the evening.
Reconvening at an exit off the 101 freeway, the placards were illuminated and distributed once again. The group headed up to the freeway overpass for all passersby to see “UCLA FREE THE MONKEYS” shining so clearly it could not be missed.
In solidarity with the primates locked up in lab cages: We see you, we care, we are sorry, we are trying.
Empty Cages Los Angeles & Progress for Science – October 11, 2014