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

The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 2 - Spring 2006

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

At times so much needs to be said, that finding a place to start is difficult. As I look back at our work since the last newsletter and over SAEN’s first ten years, I am struck with both the magnitude of our efforts and the immenseness of the battle in which we are engaged. This issue of The Defender is packed with so much information that it may burst at the seams, having grown now to 14 pages.

In SAEN’s last six months or so, the projects undertaken, the laboratories targeted, the animals fought for, and the battles won have spread across the length and breadth of the U.S. Our tireless efforts have brought to light violations of federal laws, seen labs fined, prevented the deaths of primates within at least one lab, and exposed abusive laboratories in California, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nevada, Florida, Texas, Missouri, and many other states,.

Since the use of animals in experimentation as a whole is an immense issue, it is sometimes helpful to examine the plight of individual animals or specific laboratories to provide more depth and clarity. Yet at other times, we need to step back to see the larger picture by examining entire agencies within our government. This issue of The Defender uses all of these approaches to give you the fullest possible picture of animal experimentation today:

>Insider information about the animals that suffer in Department of Defense labs; leading to the exposure of the most painful lab in the U.S.

>First time ever, shocking data on the 50,000 animals suffering in labs owned by the USDA, the supposed protector of animals, and why most of these animals are excluded from any legal protection whatsoever

>Find out which U.S. lab breaks the law most often

>Learn which labs paid paltry fines, while amassing millions of dollars for “research”

>Meet Karen (a chimpanzee imprisoned within the New Iberia Research Center) and Cornelius (a rhesus monkey incarcerated at the University of Connecticut)

Additionally, a new section, Vegetarian Recipes, will be featured to help SAEN supporters live a longer, healthier, and more compassionate life. If we are to continue our fight for animals, we must all remain healthy and active. Hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as we do.

The very government agencies chosen to protect the animals within labs have abdicated their responsibilities, so their protection is left to us. This is why SAEN came into existence ten years ago this year -- to fight for animal liberation until the suffering ends and the cages are empty. We will expose the barbaric practices of these labs to the light of day and will make certain to keep the pressure on until our goals are achieved. Some might expect us to commemorate our tenth anniversary with memorabilia or galas, but we cannot celebrate when so much remains to be done for the animals who are still suffering. We must continue to focus our energies and resources towards concrete efforts and an ultimate victory for the animals – that is when we will celebrate.

Have we been successful in our work? -- more than I could have ever dreamed. During 2005, SAEN reached millions of people with more than 50 different pieces of media coverage on the animal experimentation issue, bringing our 3-year total to more than 100. We have done more to expose cruel and abusive laboratories than anyone else. This year we directly saved the lives of primates inside a Florida lab. SAEN is fighting for these innocent victims and winning!

I am sincerely grateful for your prior gifts which allowed us to achieve so much for the animals. What will we accomplish in coming years? Only you can make this decision. Please continue to give generously so that we can target even more adversaries.

Your donation of $25, $50, or $100 will help us to fight for millions of imprisoned and suffering animals. Larger gifts of $250, $500, or $1000 will help us to take on crucial new campaigns like the Air Force Research Laboratory. Your ongoing financial support will make it possible for us to keep fighting the cruelty and abuse that is intrinsic to every animal experiment. Thank you in advance for your gift.

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