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Group pressures University of Iowa to halt animal research

IOWA CITY (AP) --- A national animal rights group announced a campaign Thursday to pressure the University of Iowa to halt invasive brain studies on macaque monkeys and other animal research.

"Barbaric experiments are under way at the University of Iowa," said Leana Stormont, a local member of Stop Animal Exploitation Now! "This is not about science. This is about money."

The group spoke outside Spence Laboratories, target of a November raid in which rats, pigeons and mice, were released and computers damaged. The Animal Liberation Front, an underground group, claimed responsibility.

SAEN, based in Cincinnati, said it had no ties to ALF or the break-in, but said news coverage of the raid brought inhumane conditions to its attention.

The group said the university conducts research on monkeys, dogs, sheep, rabbits, hamsters, mice, and rats. It released a list of 226 federally funded grant projects involving animals at Iowa.

Federal records show the university had 17 monkeys used in research as of 2002, and the group has filed a public records request for all primate health care records and necropsy reports over the last two years.

In a statement, university Provost Michael Hogan called the group's allegations derogatory and said the university has high standards for animal research.

"We do not engage in unnecessary animal research; nor do we conduct research for the purpose of harming animals or for monetary gain," he said.

President David Skorton said in November that a committee reviews all animal research and caretakers look after the animals daily.

"When the use of animals is necessary, The University of Iowa does everything in its power to ensure animal well-being and responsible animal care and use," Skorton said.

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