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Government Propaganda Misleading the American People Concerning Primate Experimentation
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN

VII. Call for Access to Laboratories

In light of the conclusions of this report, a call for access to the laboratories of the Primate Center System is being issued. If these facilities are to continue to receive even the funding currently budgeted for their existence they must prove that ALL the research which they perform is useful and non-duplicative, that the animals are adequately cared for, and that some real benefit to human health will be obtained from their continued existence.

Therefore, this letter will be sent to the directors of all eight Primate Centers.

To: The Directors of the Primate Research Centers
From: Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN
Re: Access to the Primate Center Facilities And Primate Health Care Records

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am contacting you today in response to certain reports which have recently appeared in the mass media (i.e. the Boston Globe). These reports make several assertions which form the basis of a request for increased funding for the Primate Center System.

These reports claim that the research performed at the Primate Centers is worthwhile, that it is performed ethically, that it is necessary, and that it is a justifiable expenditure of tax dollars. In the more than ten years that I have monitored the functioning of the Primate Center System I have not seen any data which substantiates these claims.

Therefore, I hereby officially request access to the facilities of each Primate Center so that I may review the practices of the Primate Centers with respect to adequate animal care, and compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. I would also like to request access to the health care records for all primates within the various centers for the period of one year so that the veterinary treatment received by the primates may be assessed. I would also request access to all research protocols involving the use of primates so that the scientific merit of these projects may be assessed.

I believe that it would also be in the interest of the general public to allow broadcast and print media to view the facilities of the Primate Centers. Since the people of the United States fund the existence of the Primate Centers, they have a right to see what their tax dollars are purchasing.

I will expect a response to this request within 10 business days (two weeks) of the receipt of the letter.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN


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