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

The Defender
From Spring 2009 Issue

Primate Torture Continues at Johns Hopkins University

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has recently obtained federal reports which reveal 17 pages of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations in less than two years at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The inspection reports obtained from the USDA reveal that JHU has been charged with dozens of AWA violations including inadequate veterinary care, unqualified personnel, inadequate housing, etc.

Internal university records reveal that JHU researchers are abusing rhesus monkeys in unnecessary and duplicative experiments. The two JHU researchers involved are Charles Connor and Ernst Niebur. Johns Hopkins rakes in over $3.3 million every five years for the Connor and Niebur grants combined. These research protocols are posted on the SAEN website in the Government Grants Promoting Cruelty to Animals section.

The protocols filed by Connor and Niebur involve the bolting of metal restraining bars and recording cylinders to the heads of primates, along with the implantation of wire coils near the eyes. After this procedure, the primates are then confined in plexiglas restraint chairs for hours at a time. The rhesus monkeys are also deprived of water to coerce them to participate in the experiment while awake – with electrodes inserted into the brain.

“The experiments at JHU are so similar to each other and to projects at other labs that it is difficult to tell them apart,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “These experiments are not only terribly cruel but are also extremely redundant. Why are we paying for the same experiments to be done over and over again at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars each?”.

Please contact Johns Hopkins to demand an end to cruel and redundant experiments:

William R. Brody, President
Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 516-8068 (410) 516-6097 (fax)
[email protected]

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