SAEN files Massive Federal Complaint against 26 U.S. Labs – United Press International runs Major News Story
On June 1, 2009, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! filed the largest USDA
complaint in the history of the animal rights movement.
Following a year-long analysis, SAEN investigators have uncovered
illegal duplication of animal experimentation in 26 major U.S.
laboratories which squander over $110 million in federal tax dollars
every 5 years.
57 projects examined were compared over 6 different categories: use of
primate species, primate restraint chairs, food or water deprivation,
restraining bars, recording cylinders, and eye coils. Our analysis
demonstrated that these projects averaged 5.4 out of 6 of the relevant
categories. This high level of consistency in the 6 key areas clearly
demonstrates duplication and redundancy.
In a letter addressed to Tom Vilsack (Secretary of Agriculture), Dr.
Robert Gibbens, and Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyre (Directors of the USDA’s
Western and Eastern Regions of Animal Care Division), SAEN’s Executive
Director, Michael A. Budkie, proclaimed:
“It is quite clear that a high level of redundancy exists in these
experiments. They use the same species of animals, investigate the same
processes in the brain, use the same procedures, and are funded by the
same part of the National Institutes of Health.”
Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the use of animals in
experimentation, contains provisions designed to prevent the performance
of unnecessarily duplicative experiments. Researchers are required by
law to file assurances that their experiments are not unnecessarily
duplicative. However, it is obvious from SAEN’s investigation that many
of these 57 researchers have filed fraudulent statements.
United Press International (UPI) immediately ran a major
story on this ground-breaking SAEN complaint. The UPI story has now been
featured on over 9,000 news web pages, including those of USA
Today, The Guardian (Great Britain),
TimesoftheInternet, etc., literally reaching millions of people
with the reality of waste, redundancy, and cruelty in U.S. laboratories.
The ultimate success of SAEN’s landmark complaint could mean the end
of many highly duplicative experiments. This complaint could free
hundreds of rhesus monkeys from laboratory cages while saving U.S.
taxpayers tens of millions in wasted federal funding every year. Your
help is vital if this campaign is to be successful!.