Thanks everyone!!! We did it!!! See you on the east coast this summer!!! <3
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The Open The Cages Tour began in the summer of 2012. The basic concept of OTC was to create an animal rights tour that would be a muti-disciplinary and targeted response to the issue of animal testing and vivisection in the United States and Canada. The first tour was 9 different cities along the West Coast of the United States and Canada, with each city being chosen because of laboratory facilities that are currently testing on animals such as primates, mice, rabbits, beagles and other dogs, as well as cats, guinea pigs and rats.
The tour comprised on 3 major components:
- An action against a lab or vivisection target;
- Screening of the film Maximum Tolerated Dose - A full length documentary film by Karol Orzechowski/Decipher Films about vivisection and animal testing;
- A musical event/art event featuring Mike XVX and Garbageface, as well as local musicians with total liberation or Animal Rights messaging.
The tour was a massive success! We had thousands of people out over all the dates, we were responsible for some of the largest protests that these labs had seen in years, and we energized and connected local activists and communities who have continued to pressure these facilities since we have passed through.
Because of the success of the first tour, and because we at OTC believe the work is so vital and urgent, we believe that the next logical step is to take the tour up the East Coast of the USA and Canada next. The East Coast OTC tour at first glance appears to be a much larger undertaking than the West Coast was. We learned a lot of lessons about how to do this and how to do it well, and we are ready to bring an even more impactful and well organized caravan North from Florida the Summer of 2013.
What We Need & Why
Since the East Coast Tour is already much longer in distance than the West Coast Tour was (Starting in Ft Lauderdale Florida at Primate Products and ending at The University of Toronto in Ontario Canada) we are going to need more help getting us from Point A (down south) to Point B (up north.) In order to do this we are going to need a van to travel in, the ability to print materials (brocures/handbills/flyers and outreach materials on the realities of vivisection & animal testing, gas, vegan food, tune-up money for road catastrophies, road tolls and other incidentals.) We are looking for people from the community who understand the necessity of exposing the lies and the pseudo-science of the animal testing industry to help us do just that, as well as to help us get as many people as possible to see Maximim Tolerated Dose.
Maximum Tolerated Dose is the first feature-length documentary by Decipher Films. The film charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand, with hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path, as well as the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage. MTD aims to re-ignite the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.
By funding part of this project you are helping make this tour a reality, and you are helping make a better world for animals a reality as well. We are very excited to continue to do our outreach and to educate the public as well as vivisectors, about the true cost of these tests. Additionally, as we are screening the film in many university cities, as well as often doing actions on campuses, we have the ability to reach people who would be the next generation of scientists, and encourage and equip them to make more compassionate choices in their current and forthcoming work/research.
When we come through cities we work to try and build coalitions and strong communities to continue to keep local pressure on these facilities, and also to shine light and publicity on the people who are already working hard in their own communities by bringing media, people from out of town, fresh ideas and new tactics to their groups and demonstrations. We strongly believe that the tour has a positive and lasting impact on every city that it goes through, and for this reason we would like to bring it through as many cities as possible.
Other Ways You Can Help
It's not just about money! We need contacts on the East Coast who can help us organize legal protests and facilitate music events and screenings in cities we will be visiting. Maybe you work for a print company that can help us with posters or flyers? An animal rights group that can help spread the word about the Tour? Maybe your friend works at a place that makes stickers, or you know of leads on where we can get discounts or free things we'll need along the way to spread our message!
Please get in touch with our Tour Director: firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything at all you think you can contribute to the tour. We are also looking for bloggers, writers, journalists, college papers, radio shows/college radio... anything really that gives us an oportunity to talk about the tour and help spread awareness and reach our goal of getting back on the road in 2013! Email Jen@openthecagestour.com with any media/publicity tips you have and we'll get back to you ASAP!
We also need people to come out to our events!! Watch the tour website and stay up to date with our facebook page. You can find out when we will be near you and come with your friends to show your support! Eventually we will have limited edition T-Shirts for sale, if you can't donate now, why not pre-sale order one of those in the spring? Join our mailing list and stay up to date if you aren't on facebook! Backers will be subscribed to updates by email after the campaign ends, so no one has to ever feel out of the loop!