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Clandestine attack on researcher leads to charges of invalid research, UCLA lies by animal protection coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/News Conference Advisory Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)

ATTN: Tuesday Assignment Desk

LOS ANGELES, Ca. In the wake of recent actions by underground animal rights groups who have targeted University of California researchers including one at UCLA who says he quit doing animal research because of the attacks a coalition of local and national organizations will make public comment for the first time.

The coalition has called a major news conference for TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at the UCLA Chancellor's Office (Murphy Hall, corner of Hilgard and
Strathmore)

The news conference will reveal UCLA's efforts to mislead the public, according to Cincinnati-based SAEN, a nonprofit organization which investigates the treatment of animals in U.S. research laboratories, and a co-sponsor of the news conference.

SAEN will release internal UCLA documents detailing primate health care records and experimental procedures, including those of former UCLA researcher Dario Ringach, who quit doing animal research recently because he was targeted by the Animal Liberation Front.

"We hope to provide new and vital information regarding UCLA and the raid by the Animal Liberation Front," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of SAEN. "Half-truths have been perpetuated by UCLA because to UCLA animal experiments are not about science, but more about attracting federal funding to UCLA," added Budkie.

He said analysis by scientists found Ringach's research, which brought millions of dollars to UCLA, was "a waste of precious and limited health care and research resources."

Speakers at the news conference will include Budkie, Chris DeRose (Last Chance for Animals Founder and Director) and Kristy Anderson (President University Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

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See: University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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