Home Page
About SAEN
Articles and Reports
Contact Us
Events and Campaigns
Fact Sheets
Financial Information
How You Can Help
Make a Donation, Please!
Media Coverage
Picture Archive
Press Releases
Resources and Links
Grass Roots Org. List

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 2, No. 1 - Spring/Summer 2003

From the Desk of Michael Budkie, SAEN’s Executive Director

The millions of animals that are imprisoned in laboratories have very little protection from the depredations practiced upon them during animal experiments. The only law which protects animals in labs is the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This law has very minimal requirements, spelling out things like standards for adequate feeding, watering, housing, and veterinary care. However, it seems that adherence to even these extremely basic standards is beyond the ability of most laboratories.

Dozens of facilities across the U.S. have a history of violating the AWA. Facilities like the University of Connecticut continue to violate federal regulations despite being fined $129,000 by the USDA for AWA violations. Other laboratories have fared no better. The University of California (San Francisco), Northwestern, Emory, Harvard, Yale, and many other laboratories continue to violate the AWA on a regular basis. Dogs, cats, rabbits, primates, and other species are suffering tremendously simply because the labs can’t follow the laws.

Therefore, we have launched our National Lawbreakers Campaign with the goal of gaining access to the labs and exposing the true extent of suffering experienced by the animals. In this issue of The Defender this campaign is discussed in these articles: National Lawbreakers Campaign – Targeting University of Connecticut and The Deaths of Primates 9K2 and 8D4 at Northwestern University. Other articles discuss our ongoing campaigns for animals in laboratories: World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week Update – Activists from Coast to Coast Fight for Animals! & National Primate Liberation Week is Coming!

Our ongoing efforts at educating activists to enable them to be effective in their struggle for animals continues this year through participation in two national conferences for animal activists. Our work in this area is outlined in: AR2003 Conferences – SAEN Leads the Fight Against Vivisection.

The plight of exotic animals in exhibitions (such as circuses) is exposed by Don Elroy (Director of SAEN’s P.E.A.C.E. Project) in The UNReality Show – The Truth Behind Exotic Animal Training.

Animals are abused in so many ways and in so many places that it is easy to feel that we have taken on an impossible task. The fight which we wage for animals is a long and arduous battle against adversaries who are always large and powerful. It would be easy to despair of ever making any changes. But, were it not for organizations like Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, the victims of animal abuse might have no voice, no champion, no advocate.

I have recently spoken to several people who are, or have been on the inside of a laboratory. They fight battles every day that you and I can only dream of. Most people never understand what it is like inside a laboratory. However, seeing animals suffering is a torture with which I am familiar. I have seen the inside of a research facility, and it is not a pretty sight.

So, you see, I understand how these people must feel. They spend their days trying desperately to ease the suffering of all the animals whose paths they cross. They cannot end the abuse, but they do everything in their power to make a difference. These people have personally thanked me for trying to make a difference for animals.

This must be our mission – to do everything in our power to make a difference. We may not be able to save the world, but maybe we can save a little piece of it. Maybe we can prevent the death of another primate like 9K2 who died of dehydration at Northwestern University. Maybe we can end the suffering of an animal like primate 94B106 who was stress pacing within the laboratories of the University of Pennsylvania. Maybe we could help an animal like primate #3566 who lost 1/3 of his/her body weight at Emory University over a fourteen-month period. Maybe we can do something for the rabbits at the University of Pittsburgh who were restrained twenty-four hours a day for thirty consecutive days.

Remember these innocent victims and those of us who have made it our lives’ work to be their voices, their advocates. We wage an unending battle against immense odds, often with little support, except from people like you. You have a simple way of expressing your belief in the importance of our work. You can make a donation to Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! which will enable us to continue our crusade. Your check for $25, $50, or $100 will make it possible for us to keep up the battle. A special gift of $250, $500, or $1000 will truly demonstrate how much you believe in our work, and how important the animals are to you.

Do you want to end the suffering of all of these animals?

Can we count on your help?

Return to The Defender: Vol. 2, No. 1 - Spring/Summer 2003
Return to Newsletters

We welcome your comments and questions

Welfare (d-7)

This site is hosted and maintained by:
The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation
Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org.
Since date.gif (991 bytes)