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

The Defender
From the Spring 2007 Issue

From the Desk of Michael Budkie, SAENís Executive Director

Iím not sure if it is possible to feel both exhausted and elated at the same time, but if so, then that is what we are feeling right now. The last several months have been both tiring and rewarding. Our campaign to expose the truth about animal experimentation has led us literally across the length and breadth of the U.S. Our work has taken us to 16 cities, and we have supported activist groups in dozens of other cities across America.

SAENís work to expose animal abuse in the media has been amazingly successful, even generating international coverage.

By working with a former animal caretaker at the University of California (Davis), we were able to bring the reality of the brutal laboratory environment to light, which forced the university to launch an internal investigation. Our exposeí of the conditions within the University of South Alabama was reported in news media across three states, reaching hundreds of thousands of people. Breakthrough media coverage of our work in Baltimore exposed evidence of primate abuse within federally-owned laboratories. The suffering of dogs and primates in laboratories from Wisconsin to Massachusetts and Connecticut has also been revealed by SAEN campaigns.

During 2006, SAEN reached millions of people with over 70 different pieces of media coverage on the animal experimentation issue. We have done more to expose cruel and abusive laboratories than anyone else. SAEN is fighting for these innocent victims and winning!

In lab after lab we have seen incontrovertible evidence of inadequate veterinary care, severe stress, and indisputable negligence. This information comes from the very government agency that is charged with protecting animals in laboratories and provides a compelling indictment of both the callousness of the laboratories that routinely break this law and the utter inability of the USDA to fulfill the mission that it has been given to protect animals. We have reached a point where the law that was designed to protect animals has actually become little more than a smokescreen, allowing criminals to hide the heinous reality of what they do. It is now up to us to utilize this law both to reform this agency and to end animal experimentation. For if this law was given its full scope, I believe that it could actually prevent some of the most abusive kinds of animal experiments.

Whether a single facility is abusing animals or a government agency is failing to enforce federal regulations, SAEN has stepped up to fight for animals. Wherever this fight takes us, we will continue to be a powerful and effective advocate for the innocent animals who are imprisoned within our nationís laboratories, and we need you to get involved. We need your help to keep the pressure on labs across the U.S. to end the abuse of animals Ė get involved in World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week events in your area (see www.wlalw.org for event listings) Ė or plan your own event with our help.
We have launched an immense investigation which will literally lead us inside the corridors of every laboratory in the United States. We have begun the process of obtaining government documents relevant to 1100 research facilities that imprison animals. Since the government has proven itself incapable of ending the abuse of animals within laboratories, it appears that this huge responsibility has been left to us. We will not shrink from this challenge -- for millions of animals are depending on us.

Just as countless millions of primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, cows, pigs, sheep and other species are depending on SAEN to end their suffering -- SAEN is depending on you to make all of our work possible. We cannot take on this prodigious task without your help. Our work simply cannot be done without you. You are an integral part of SAEN.

I am sincerely grateful for all of your previous donations which allowed us to achieve so much for the animals. What will we accomplish in 2007?? Only you can make this decision. Please continue to give generously so that we can target even more adversaries. We cannot hope to be successful without you!

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 the 1100 laboratories that blanket the U.S. with animal exploitation. Your continuing 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.

Go on to University of Wisconsin Ė still torturing animals after all these years
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