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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

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

Victory at the University of South Florida – Saving Primates Lives

On May 30th, 2005, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! received an anonymous complaint alleging severe neglect and mistreatment of primates within the laboratories of the University of South Florida (USF). The primates in question had apparently arrived with a Dr. Hansen from Maryland.

The anonymous communication that we received said that five of these primates had died without any attention from the principle investigator who was vacationing for an extended period. This communication specifically mentioned one primate that had been sick for an extended period and should have been humanely euthanized. Instead, this unfortunate animal was allowed to suffer and die without treatment.

After investigating the issue and communicating with the whistleblower, SAEN filed an official complaint with the USDA on June 7th requesting an immediate investigation.

“Information given to us by a whistleblower clearly indicates a grave situation at the University of South Florida which has taken the lives of several animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “We have asked for swift and decisive action by the USDA.”

Our complaint was announced to Tampa (FL) media in a news conference on June 8th. The Oracle, a local newspaper, ran a major story on the issue on the 9th of June (the story is available in the media coverage section of our website). That same morning we received an impassioned email from the whistleblower: “Thank you. Thank you. The monkeys are being cared for now.”

The work which we do is often long, stressful, and tedious. It was wonderful to know that in this specific instance we made a very direct change in the lives of primates who are imprisoned in a laboratory. I am certain that without our intervention, more primates at USF would be dead right now.

This is the kind of crucial work that our members support. This victory belongs to every SAEN activist that wrote a letter, attended a protest, or gave even $1. None of our vital campaigns could happen without your involvement.

Thank you on behalf of the animals.

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