An animal rights group says the
amount of animal research the University of Florida does is wrong -
Cincinnati-based Stop Animal
Exploitation Now conducted an independent audit of the National
Institutes of Health, and report that Florida alone wastes $61 million
a year on redundant animal research.
Budkie, executive director and author of the study, claims it's not
the animal research that's upsetting them this time - it's the wasted
"There's a very high amount of
duplication that's going on, to the point where in some instances,
we're seeing the same projects done literally hundreds of times,"
Budkie notes the number of
experiements on animals also rose in 2001, almost a 40% increase over
a 10-year period. And those projects cost a whopping $8.5 billion.
Budkie admits some might say the
study is biased, considering his organization tries to stop animal
exploitation. He counters that criticism, though, by pointing out the
entire study is available online and can be duplicated.
University of Florida assistant
director of Animal Care and Use, Robert Vomocka, defends the
university against allegations their studies are redundant.
"It's the policy of the
University of Florida to follow the federal guidelines exactly,"
Vomocka said. "One of the prime things we consider in animal research
is to not do repetitive research. That would be redundant."