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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. 2 - Winter 2004-2005

Exposing Cruelty and Waste in California

During 2004 Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! released a report titled: Breaking the Law, Animal Care in U.S. Labs, which ranked and exposed the top twenty-five major violators of the law within labs across the country. These facilities are the worst offenders in the U.S., accounting for 559 violations of federal regulations for the treatment of animals in labs in a three-year period.

While this cutting-edge white paper received substantial coverage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, an important gap in media coverage still existed. The facility ranked as the worst abuser of animals in the nation had not been exposed to the public. This facility had the worst record in terms of numbers of violations, most repeat and direct violations, and the highest numbers of violations in areas of IACUC and Veterinary Care -- the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Coincidentally, we had just completed a new report which focused on one of the largest primate laboratories in the U.S. – the University of California, Davis/California National Primate Research Center. Inside the Laboratories of UC Davis: The Truth About Primate Experimentation exposes the truth about this northern California primate prison camp which confines over 4000 primates per year. During the 2002–2003 funding year, the primate center brought roughly $81 million in federal grants to the University of California. Necropsy report information from this facility revealed horrific conditions which clearly indicates that the veterinary care given to these animals is grossly insufficient.

1/3 of the primate deaths were linked to gastro-intestinal tract disease which can be caused by stress.

1/3 of the primates who died in this concentration were emaciated.

20% of the animals were dehydrated.

One of the most basic concepts to our work is the belief that the American public has the right to know the truth about what is happening in our federally-funded research facilities. We all have the right to know how our tax dollars are being wasted and which recipients of that money are breaking the law.

By our best estimates UCSF receives roughly $160 million per year from the National Institutes of Health for the performance of animal experiments while having probably the worst record in the U.S. for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

On August 3, 2004, SAEN’s Executive Director, Michael A. Budkie, held a dramatic news conference that both announced the filing of an official complaint against UC Davis and released our investigative report to the media. This media event was very successful receiving coverage from five separate media outlets, including two television stations, two newspapers, and one radio station.

On August 5, 2004, we held another news conference – this time our target was the University of California, San Francisco. We were extremely successful at exposing UCSF. Coverage of our news conference appeared in no less than six media outlets – hitting all forms of media – television, radio and newspapers.

Check out the outstanding media coverage from both news conferences on our website.

Please help us to keep the pressure on these abusive labs. Please write to protest the cruelty they practice on primates:

J. Michael Bishop, Chancellor
Box 0402, 513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci 126
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143-0402

[email protected]
415-476-9634 (fax)

Dallas M. Hyde, Ph.D.
California National Primate Research Center
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616-8542

[email protected]
530-752-2880 (fax)

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