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UCLA Chancellor target of protest Monday; Activists say large number of research animals are subjected to experiments without anesthesia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Contact: Lisa Beal 818-681-3672 Julia Orr 310/402 1431 saenlosangeles@yahoo.com www.saenonline.org
Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)

ATTN: DAYBOOK/Assignment Desk

LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2007) - Animal rights activists said today they will march to UCLA Chancellor Norm Abrams' office Monday to demand "unannounced" tours of research labs. The protest is one of scores being held this week in the U.S. as part of World Week for Animals in Laboratories.

The UCLA demonstration begins at 12 Noon MONDAY at the UCLA Medical Plaza Building (corner of Le Conte and Westwood in Westwood Village).

In particular, activists point out a large number of animals - more than 40 percent - are being experimented on without anesthesia.

"This is a very high percentage of animals experiencing pain in anesthesia," said Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN, a non-profit research watchdog organization based in Cincinnati and co-sponsor of the march Monday.

Among the demands of activists are:

1. Unannounced tours of UCLA laboratories with news media present.

2. A schedule for the gradual reduction of the number of animals in UCLA laboratories, redirecting funding into clinical and epidemiological research.

3. Immediate free access to all records relevant to animal research at UCLA including; animal health care records, research protocols and internal UCLA inspection reports.

4. Immediate elimination of the use of the primate restraint chairs, paralytic drugs and water deprivation as a part of all UCLA experimental protocols.

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