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From 4 September 2002 Issue
Prepared Statement, Detroit News Conference, 8/22/02
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN
The use of primates in experimentation has reached crisis proportions in the United States. Over 60,000 primates are experimented on every year and another 40,000 are held captive in laboratories. This costs U.S. taxpayers over $657,960,000. But with all these deaths and all these wasted tax dollars the only benefit derived has been the continued employment of a large group of people who like to call themselves "scientists."
(Most people like to think of monkies as the one in the picture to the left, but the reality of primate experimentation is in the other photos)
The American Public has been deceived. The majority of projects funded by the National Institutes of Health that involve primates do not examine conditions like heart disease and cancer. Most studies look at drug addiction, and esoteric topics like "neural information processing." What is passed off as aids research is a total fraud. The majority of studies using primates to supposedly study HIV in the most commonly used primate species (macaques) actually study SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus). But humans don't get SIV, just like macaques don't get HIV. Primate experimentation is not curing diseases; it is not benefiting human health.
The system of experimentation that uses primates is supposedly regulated by the Animal Welfare Act which is enforced by USDA/APHIS. But the USDA/APHIS cannot even force the labs to report their animal use accurately; they can't even get the labs to fill out the forms right, or at all. As a result of the essentially unregulated condition of animal experimentation primates (and
other species) are routinely subjected to extreme confinement, deprived of food and water, and forced to endure the throes of severe pathological conditions. Pathological conditions like septicemia, hepatitis, encephalitis, pneumonia, are not uncommon in primate laboratories.
The time has come for the American Public to realize that we are being lied to. The labs are essentially unregulated, hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants are being wasted, and animals are suffering tremendously.
Therefore, a coalition of local and national animal protection organizations has come together to expose the truth. We have proclaimed August 24th - September 2nd to be National Primate Liberation Week. Protests and educational events will take place across the U.S. to bring the truth about primate experimentation out into the open for all of us to see. Activists in San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Madison (WI), Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Boston, New Haven (CT), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Nashville, and other cities will be coordinating news conferences, protests, informational tabling, and other events designed to bring out the truth about primate experimentation.
We have also assembled an in-depth report: The Primate Experimentation Scandal: An Investigative Report. This document reveals the truth about primate experimentation in the U.S.
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