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

The Defender
Vol. 3, No. 1 - Spring/Summer 2004

From the Desk of Michael Budkie, SAENís Executive Director

The first half of 2004 has already been exciting and hectic, as we have fought for imprisoned animals across the United States. Our work has already generated more than a dozen different pieces of media coverage on the animal experimentation issue in four states. We have exposed abuses within Harvard, University of Wisconsin, Yale, two branches of the University of Connecticut, Mt. Ida College, University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern, and many other labs. Our investigations have unveiled the worst labs in the nation, bringing local and national coverage in prestigious publications such as The Medical Research Law & Policy Report. Everything we do is made possible by your contributions. You can be proud of all SAENís achievements; you have made them a reality.

This issue of The Defender will bring you up-to-date on all of our recent work for the animals. Updates are included on: the continuation of our campaign against the University of Wisconsin & Harvard, World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, and our efforts in opposition to the annual conference of the American Society of Primatologists. You will also get the details from our wonderful visit to the headquarters of the International Primate Protection League including their gibbon sanctuary.

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (WLALW) 2004 was an extremely effective event, with twenty-one media events taking place in eighteen states across the United States. WLALW also saw the release of another hard-hitting SAEN report: Breaking the Law, Animal Care in U.S. Labs, which exposed major violations of the law within 25 labs across the country.

As I write this letter to you, we are launching in-depth investigations of laboratories in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and Minnesota. We are also continuing our investigations of the University of Wisconsin. We will leave no stone unturned in our campaign to expose primate experimentation. We will be traveling across the U.S. to work with activists as our campaign broadens.

Right now, we are uncertain how far we can go with these vital investigations. What if we must hire an attorney to compel a lab to turn over documents? Will we be able to afford the state imposed document costs? Only you can answer these questions.

In 3Ĺ years we have been able to make the horrors of animal experimentation into major news stories 52 separate times. And we do this on an annual budget which is less than other groups spend on the salary of one person. Can we continue this high level of effectiveness? It is up to you.

We do not waste your contributions. Your gifts are spent on things like investigative costs, materials for news conferences and protests, and the meager wages that we pay to our devoted staff. There are no fancy dinners in high-priced restaurants, there are no expense accounts. We have dedicated staff who spend all of their waking hours fighting animal experimentation.

We routinely travel the nation fighting for animals. I have personally been in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Madison (WI) so far this year. In coming weeks I will travel to Washington D.C., Sacramento, and San Francisco (CA). We go where ever animal abuse takes place to speak for the voiceless.

When local activists need the facts about animal experimentation, they turn to SAEN. We have already provided valuable information to groups in Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, and many other cities. We do everything in our power to abolish animal experimentation.

Will we be able to continue our work? That is entirely your decision. There is no one else.

When I receive the next call for help, what will I have to say? Will I be able to keep SAEN fighting for animals? Will we be able to keep pressure on the labs like Harvard, University of Wisconsin (UW), the many branches of the University of California that are abusing primates, dogs, cats and other animals? All of these things are entirely up to you.

Please send as large a tax-deductible donation as you can afford to Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! With your gift of $25, $50, or $100 we can keep the pressure on Harvard or UW. A special gift of $250, $500, or $1000 will allow us to investigate and expose the University of California branches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Davis.

Without your gift, SAEN cannot continue. It is really that simple. Our work is entirely dependent on your donation. YOU are a vital part of SAEN.

Can the animals count on you?


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