FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 18, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)
Attention: Daybook/Weekend Assignment Desk
Money to protect U.S. troops in Iraq wasted on
unnecessary lab experiments at Wright Patterson Air Base, charges
DAYTON, OH – Scarce federal dollars for U.S. troops in Iraq are being
squandered in useless experiments across the country – including here at
Wright Patterson Air Base, according to a national research watchdog
A protest and news conference to provide details will
be held SUNDAY, April 20, at 12 Noon at the Wright Patterson AFB, Gate
1-C, RT 444.
More than $1.1 million at the air base – which could
be used to provide missing body armor for U.S. troops in Iraq – is
wasted on animal experiments that could be done more cheaply, according
to the non-profit watchdog group SAEN, based in Ohio.
One medical expert said of the work at the base:
"(These experiments) are particularly unnecessary
(they) may be performed using validated non-animal methods that are
scientifically, educationally and ethically superior, if done at all."
Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN, will host
the news conference. He is conducting a tour of research facilities
throughout six Midwest states this month.