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 - 2003

Press Release - 19 Apr 2003

Saturday / April 19, 2003
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NIH Audit Reveals Pitt Research Waste; Details Released, March Saturday
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh is among several dozen research laboratories named in an independent National Institutes of Health audit which suggests there is a massive "waste" of tax money - including nearly $116 million at Pitt alone - on useless, often-times redundant research..

A news briefing to release that audit will be held Saturday (4/19/03) at 12:30 p.m. David Lawrence Hall, Room 120 at Pitt.

Following the news conference, research-reform activists plan a rally and march to the Pitt Science Tower.

Michael Budkie, A.H.T. - a nationally-known animal studies researcher - will release his 2003 NIH Report, entitled "The Experimentation Scandal," at the news conference.

The audit estimates the cost to taxpayers for the wasteful spending is more than $1 million an hour. The report details examples where the identical research - all funded by the NIH - is duplicated needlessly in scores of labs.

Pitt - details will be released Saturday - ranks in the Top 20 of U.S. research labs garnering about $10 billion in government research.

"What's more important - keeping multi-million dollar laboratories open to do redundant research, or keeping Americans alive," asked Mr. Budkie Friday. He is calling for a "radical restructuring" of the NIH grant approval system.

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