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Animal Rights Groups Encouraged by UW Response to Complaint

by Doug Cunningham

Wednesday, 26 November 2003

From Wisconsin Radio Network

The animal rights group Stop Exploitation of Animals Now says UW-Madison is finally listening to concerns about primate research. Michael Budkie says his group is still awaiting the final results of a federal probe into UW-Madison's research on moneys but it appears that a formal complaint filed by his group with the USDA has triggered changes in the research program.

"Since the complaint was filed the University of Wisconsin has announced they are going to be altering their policy with regard to the use of primates in painful experimentation," Budkie said, "We have yet to see what those alterations will be. But I have to say I am encouraged by this because this is at least apparently a step forward."

Budkie says it appears that persistence by animal rights activists is beginning to pay off. "That certainly is the conclusion you have to draw," Budkie said, "I feel like somebody is listening now and they're beginning to take these issues much more seriously than they have in the past."

Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that primates in UW-Madison labs were being subjected to unnecessary and painful experiments and that the university was misleading the USDA. After that complaint was filed in late October, Budkie says, the USDA sent a letter to him indicating they will send investigators to take a look at primate lab experiment practices at UW-Madison.

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