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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
From Spring 2009 Issue
From the Desk of Michael Budkie, SAENís Executive Director
Animal experimentation is a huge issue, and according to recent USDA
numbers animal use in the U.S. is increasing. We really have no accurate
idea of how many animals are victimized in the U.S., because many
animals including rats, mice, birds, etc. receive no protection under
the law and are not even counted by regulatory agencies.
The situation is very similar with non-human primates. Even though we
know how many are used in experimentation, we still donít know how many
primates are actually held captive in labs, because the USDA only
compiles statistics on the monkeys and apes that are actually used in
experimentation. Those that are imprisoned for breeding purposes arenít
totaled on a national basis. As annual primate experimentation
statistics continue to climb, it is certain that the number of primates
held captive for breeding is also increasing. The combined total of
primates incarcerated in the U.S. is probably closing in on 150,000.
And yet, this soaring total is not enough for those who systematically
abuse primates in research labs. The facility populations of 5000, 7000,
or even 8000 primates are insufficient for the avaricious desires of the
primate research industry. And so, this business that is based on
suffering is seeking to expand into the natural areas of the world to
snatch even more monkeys from the wild, forcing them to become part of
this world of abusive confinement and torture.
As those who abuse primates have expanded their plans for increasing the
suffering of monkeys and apes into other parts of the world, SAEN has
followed them, at least figuratively, and we have begun to investigate
the funding of primate breeding colonies in other nations, including
Nepal. Our government is currently funding the breeding of primates
(rhesus monkeys) in Nepal for importation to the United States. This
funding flows through the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
in San Antonio, TX (SWFBR).
The SWFBR conveniently ignored the fact that at least at the beginning
of this endeavor, it was illegal to export monkeys out of Nepal for
research purposes. They also seem to ignore the idea that many of the
primates which they capture are not suitable for breeding, because they
carry one virus or another, and SWFBR wants to have pathogen free
animals. No problem, they simply slaughter any monkeys that donít meet
their specifications. So far, 30 primates have died in Nepal simply,
because they didnít meet SWFBR specifications.
Why would SWFBR, who already has over 5500 primates want more of them?
This is simple. These primates, and their offspring, can be sold for
over $5500 each. SWFBR has projected a cash flow from the sale of these
primates of over $1 million for a five year period. And these profits
are above and beyond the almost $600,000 in annual funding that SWFBR
receives from the National Institutes of Health for this project.
SAEN has been working hard to fight this insanity. Our investigations
have uncovered documents crucial to this struggle, and we have shared
this information with activists opposing the primate trade in Nepal.
These documents were used to file a lawsuit in the Nepalese Supreme
Court in opposition to the farming and exportation of monkeys. A
temporary restraining order has been obtained and so the monkey sales
have been at least temporarily halted. The litigation was at least
partially dependent on information which SAEN provided.
We are fighting the abuse of laboratory animals across the United
States, and wherever else the battle takes us, making a real difference!
What we have learned, yet again, is that despite their protests to the
contrary, animal experimentation is about one thing and one thing only Ė
money. Whether it is the grant dollars for useless and redundant
experiments, or the millions of dollars brought in by the primate slave
trade, money is the real motivation.
The only legitimate place for non-human primates is in their natural
habitat. The only good laboratory cage is an empty one. With your help
we will continue to fight for an end to animal experimentation in the
U.S. and anywhere else that the battle takes us. Your contributions to
SAEN make all of our work for primates and the other animals that suffer
and die in labs possible.
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.
I, too, am shocked and saddened by the
suffering of innocent animals in
labs today. This must be exposed and ENDED.
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