During this weekends #StormSkanska #SwarmNY events, hundreds march on Skanska CEO Richard Cavallaro’s house in Huntington NY on Saturday to protest their plans to build an underground animal testing lab on the university of Washington campus in Seattle. This comes one day after approximately 170 activists, including acclaimed actor and Hudson Valley resident James Cromwell, gathered outside of Skanska USA headquarters, located on the 32nd floor of the Empire State Building, to protest the construction of the lab.
Cavallaro was home with private security, but folks were determined to disrupt his peace and quiet and expose his dirty little secret to his neighbors. He definitely felt the pressure and was clearly not happy with our presence. His horrified face staring down the mass protest outside his house was all the indication we needed to know that we stirred the hornet’s nest.
Two people were arrested and released for trespass, including a member of Hudson Valley Earth First! and will need continued support. Please consider donating to our action fund to help fund our efforts to participate in actions like these, as well as continue our fight against the CPV Power Plant, also being built by Skanska
This mass action was organized by the No New Animal Lab Campaign with support from the NYC Animal Defense League. This weekend was a culmination of a year of an intense pressure campaign to get Skanska to cancel their contract with the University of Washington and save hundreds of animals from Unncessary and cruel practices inside the lab if built.
It is far from over and expect more from this campaign. check out their facebook for updates and see who’s house they visited today!
This lab will NOT be built!