World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week is the week that surrounds April 24th every year - It's a national week of protests, media events, etc. at laboratories to stop testing and research on animals

Media Coverage - 2002

Wisconsin State Journal 


Date: Saturday, April 27, 2002  Section: LOCAL/WISCONSIN  Edition: ALL  Page: B3  Byline: Beth Williams 

A Cincinnati-based animal rights group released a report Friday in Madison that criticizes animal research as expensive and repetitive.  "Even if you think animal experimentation is worthwhile ... you don't have to have the same research done over 100 times," said Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now and author of the audit of animal experimentation projects that receive money from the National Institutes of Health.        

According to the audit, UW-Madison receives $103 million from institutes for research with animals.  UW-Madison spokesman Terry Devitt could not confirm that number and said the report, which is part of World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, is not trustworthy.  "Basically this is a common complaint that has no basis in fact," Devitt said. "Research is not replicated unless there is a very good reason for doing so. Part of the scientific method is replicating research."  SAEN is asking Congress to commission a General Accounting Office audit of NIH grants to avoid duplicate research.       

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