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S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 24, 2003
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN 513/575-5517
U.S. Research Labs Targeted In Coast-to-Coast 'Primate Liberation Week' Protests
CINCINNATI - A series of coast-to-coast protests are
scheduled to take place in at least 13 U.S. cities Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 as
part of "National Primate Liberation Week," a campaign designed to end
the use of primates in experiments.
Protests are scheduled in at least 13 U.S. cites next week, including
San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), Portland (OR), Seattle (WA),
Salt Lake City (UT), Madison (WI), Houston (TX), Ann Arbor (MI),
Pittsburgh (PA), Boston (MA), New York (NY), Richmond (VA) and
In a report - "The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2003," - to be
released at the protests, a national research watch organization claims,
according to 2002 USDA reports, that more than a half billion dollars
annually is spent for primate experimentation on about 100,000 primates,
an all-time high.
SAEN, which produced the report and is sponsoring the protests, said
USDA documents reveal a "pattern of Animal Welfare Act violations"
within major primate labs. Internal reports note primates dying from
dehydration and "wasting away." As many as 35 percent of all primates in
laboratories experience some social isolation.
The SAEN report also cites "numerous" reporting errors by major U.S.
labs, especially around the issues of stress and potentially painful
experiments. SAEN is recommending the elimination of redundant
experiments, accurate reporting by labs and increased congressional and
public oversight of primate research.
"There are significant questions about the actual utility of primates as
research subjects. Many scientists are suggesting that primates have not
contributed to advances in diseases that are killing humans, including
cancer, HIV and heart disease," said Michael Budkie, A.H.T., executive
director of SAEN.
"Laboratories are performing highly invasive and painful/stressful
experiments on primates and lying about it to the USDA," added Budkie.
"Experiments subject primates to addictive drugs, confinement in
restraint chairs, and total social isolation (which is known to cause
insanity in primates)."
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