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S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Contact: (248) 683-4176 or Cell (810) 438-5256
Attention: Assignment Desk
Sunday Protest Targets Michigan Researchers;
National Watchdog Group Cites ‘Wasted' Research
ANN ARBOR – A major demonstration – protesting the waste of
millions of dollars at Michigan on research for drug addiction instead of
experiments to save human lives – will be held SUNDAY, August 25, at 12:30
p.m. at the Medical Sciences Research Bldgs (1150 West Medical Center
The demonstration follows revelations late last week that U.S. primate
research facilities – like those at the University of Michigan – are
spending billions of tax dollars not on cancer and other life-threatening
diseases, but on sex experiments, and drug and alcohol addiction.
Cincinnati-based SAEN, a government watchdog group, last week released an
investigative White Paper – "The Primate Experimentation Scandal" – which
outlines the spending of billions of tax dollars over four decades and the
failure of the system to deliver any real discoveries for human health.
Protests will be held Aug. 24-Sept. 2 for "National Primate Liberation
Week," in about 20 cities, including Houston, Portland, San Diego,
Seattle, Madison, Chicago, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Boston, New Haven,
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Nashville.
SAEN said government audits reveal nearly $700 million is spent annually
on primate experiments – but that most of it does not involve research
into diseases that kill most Americans, such as cancer and heart disease.
Instead, the majority of research funds are used for experiments in
cocaine and alcohol consumption, reproduction and esoteric areas like
"neural information processing."
At Michigan, researcher James Woods has garnered millions of dollars over
more than 30 years on primate research into drug addiction, much of
duplicative and not really relevant to human health.
"The American public has been hoodwinked by a pseudo-scientific
establishment whose primary objective is self-perpetuation. More than a
half billion dollars is spent every year in the U.S. on experimentation of
questionable value which is not designed to cure real diseases," said SAEN
investigator Michael Budkie.
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