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Animal-rights activists to target UC Riverside

July 14, 2012 |  8:30 am

Protesters plan to target UC Riverside on Saturday as part of a West Coast anti-animal research campaign dubbed the “Open the Cages Tour,” which includes demonstrations, concerts and film screenings.

The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of University and Iowa avenues, according to the group's website.

“We planned this tour to not only educate people about the fraudulent scientific research and billions of taxpayer dollars that are invested in dead-end animal trials,” organizers said in a statement. "The suffering that beagle puppies, primates, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals endure in these laboratories are not only a massive waste of life but a waste of human knowledge as well."

Other cities on the tour include Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Sacramento/Davis, Reno, Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Victoria & Vancouver, Canada.

The tour is a collaborative effort among activists, filmmakers, artists and musicians. It is sponsored by Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN).

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