Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) was founded in 1996 to force an end to the abuse of animals in laboratories. Our first major event was a news conference that revealed the suffering endured by dogs, rabbits, and primates in 9 laboratories across the United States.
Documents obtained by SAEN had revealed severe abuses within the laboratories of Michigan State University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Stolle Research and Development, University of South Florida, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center (associated with Emory University), University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Toledo. The USDA fined several of these laboratories, and abusive primate experiments within the laboratories of the University of Toledo were terminated subsequent to the SAEN news conference.
Since our inception, SAEN staff and the tireless volunteers who support our campaigns on the local level have allowed us to make a real difference for the animals. With the help of grassroots activists, SAEN has ended pound seizure (the sale of former pets from animal shelters to labs) in Nashville (TN), and we have also ended abusive experiments on primates in San Diego (CA).
Our investigations have revealed abuses within laboratories from Boston to California and from Florida to Washington. Facilities that torture animals in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, and North Carolina have been exposed. SAEN has been able to bring the truth about animal experimentation to the public through dozens of newspapers, magazines, and television & radio stations. Literally millions of people have seen the results of SAEN investigations. But Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! is probably the best kept secret within the animal rights movement.
In 2001 SAEN filed the largest Official Complaint in history with the United States Department of Agriculture. Our complaint uncovered abuses in nationally known laboratories like UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, Harvard, The Salk Institute, MIT, and dozens of other laboratories.
In April of 2002, SAEN released the results of an investigation into the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the bankrolling of U.S. animal experimentation. The SAEN report asked for a General Accounting Office audit of the NIH to examine the issues of duplication and redundancy. Media coverage of the SAEN report reached over one million people.
In June of 2002, SAEN again filed a milestone complaint with the USDA revealing that Harvard and Yale had lied to the USDA about the number of primates experimented on in university laboratories.
In our brief history SAEN has made a concrete difference for the animals, and we will continue to fight for their freedom until all the laboratory cages are empty.
Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), that works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, and coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the University of Cincinnati that launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations before he co-founded SAEN in the mid-1990s. He has been published and he travels extensively, appearing on TV and radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.