VERY URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Contact: Leana Stormont (319) 337-4832 Michael Budkie (513) 575-5517
Attn: Assignment Desk
Iowa City, IA - A national research watchdog organization has called
a major news conference WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Spence
Laboratories of Psychology Main Entrance, 308 East Iowa Ave.
The news conference will release internal University of Iowa (UI)
documents which reveal violations of federal law, poor oversight of
research projects, and lack of real public representation on UI animal
The news briefing will also release an audit of U.S. research
laboratories, including the University of Iowa. The audit demonstrates
that more than $12 billion in federal funds are spent on research that
harms human health by diverting precious resources away from
methodologies better suited to treating and curing human disease.
SAEN, a non-profit, Cincinnati-based watchdog group, ranked UI as No.
36 among the top 50 labs receiving the most federal funding in the
nation. Animal research is big business at UI, bringing in approximately
$94 million annually.
This research not only harms animals, it wastes valuable public
resources. According to Michael Budkie, the author of the recent report
and executive director of SAEN, poor oversight and misuse of federal
funds jeopardizes the validity of animal research experiments
"Much of the research in dozens of U.S. labs, including those at UI,
is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Our audit suggests as much," said
The news conference will be conducted by SAEN's Midwest Coordinator.
The University of Iowa was the target of a raid by the Animal
Liberation Front, an underground animal rights group last November.