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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Letter to NIH – 1 April 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Here’s a letter we wrote to the Director of the National Institutes of Health about the cruelty shown toward over 5700 primates (spider monkeys, tamarins, marmosets, chimpanzees, baboons, macaque monkeys) at the Southwest National Primate Research Center. Among these horrible acts: starting an autopsy on a live baboon. The Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SWFBR) of San Antonio, Texas receives a federal grant of approximately $54 million per year.

31 March 2008

Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
[email protected]

Dear Dr. Zerhouni:

We urge you to please take immediate action against the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research for their egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Such action would include the following:

1. Full repayment by SWFBR of the grant money spent during noncompliance.

2. Prohibiting the offender from ever receiving another NIH grant.

3. Revoking SWFBR’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) accreditation.

4. Investigating SWFBR for further noncompliance with the Animal Welfare Act during the entire funding period of the grant(s) in question.

We look forward to your reply. You can contact me at the address in this letter.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Frank L. Hoffman
Mary T. Hoffman

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