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 Bloody, insider photos from University of Houston will be released Wednesday; $2 million 'torture' chair used in UH labs

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY - Wednesday News Conference Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Melissa Stringfellow 281-620-9055
Michol Rantschler 713-880-1055
Michael Budkie 513-703-9865


HOUSTON: Rarely seen bloody photographs leaked from INSIDE animal research laboratories at the University of Houston will be made public for the first time at a major news conference WEDNESDAY, 2 p.m. at the J. Davis Armistead Optometry School on the UH Main Campus.

The graphic photos ? which are being released simultaneously around the country by those opposing animal research ? represent a "restraint" chair used for more than $2 million in animal experiments at the UH optometry school.

Following the news conference Wednesday, activists with In Solidarity with Animals will hold a vigil at the optometry school, which coincides with similar demonstrations around the nation as part of "National Primate Liberation Week."

"We're going to show the world what the University of Houston and vivisectors don't want the world to see. If a photograph is worth a thousands words, these photographs speak for the more than 55,000 primates lamenting in research labs across the country," said Melissa Stringfellow of In Solidarity with Animals.

"These photographs of instruments of torture speak of unmitigated physical and emotional pain. What do they say about the way we treat 'mankind's closest genetic relatives,'" added Stringfellow.

The photos are also part of an investigative report released this week by a non-profit research watchdog organization linking testing failures of Vioxx and other similar drug scandals to extreme stress caused research primates, resulting in fraudulent, taxpayer-funded research at laboratories across the nation.


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