- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington says two animal rights activists who climbed to the top of an excavator at a construction site to protest the building of an animal research facility have come down with assistance from the Seattle Fire Department.

University spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Monday evening that the two were being booked into the King County Jail.

They climbed onto the excavator Monday morning, unfurling a banner that read, “You will not build this lab.”

A news release from the activists says the facility will increase the number of animals the university can use and kill in research.

In a statement, the university said it “understands that the protesters do not want us to build the facility, and we know they hold this view passionately. However, this building is needed and construction will proceed.”

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